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I absolutely love cooking. Food is a passion of mine, and I really enjoy experimenting with different flavor profiles and cooking techniques. My family sure doesn't argue, because they always have delicious, homemade meals on the table. (Unless it's pizza night...Then it's a Mark & Philly's Sicilian Pie. Yum!)
One thing I rely on often, especially during the colder months, is my Crock-Pot. I love whipping up some honest to goodness comfort food, like chicken and dumplings, beef stew, or a nice, hearty chili. Something about a steaming bowl of slow-cooked deliciousness really warms the body and soul when the weather turns bitterly cold. I love wrapping myself up in a blanket with a nice hot bowl of stew when it's snowing and just watching the snowflakes dance outside the window.
Of course my Crock-Pot comes in handy other times, too. As the mom of a teenager and 2 preschool aged kids, I stay quite busy. Some days, my schedule is packed full of errands, conferences, and activities. Slow-cooking takes the hassle and time out of meal preparation. I literally just throw everything into my trusty Crock-Pot, set it, and forget it. By dinner time, the house smells amazing and our food is perfectly cooked and ready to eat. I especially love a corned beef brisket and potatoes from the Crock-Pot. (I skip the cabbage since to me, it smells like dirty socks!)
Did you know that you don't need to be a culinary expert to use a Crock-Pot? Slow-cookers are very, very forgiving. Also, the folks at Crock-Pot have launched Seasoning Mixes that make creating comforting and tasty family meals easier than ever. No measuring spices necessary!
Recently, I received an assortment of Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes to try for myself. I have to admit, my expectations weren't very high, since I do mostly from-scratch cooking. I have never been a big fan of prepackaged seasoning mixes. However, I do love the convenience of it, and Crock-Pot is a name I trust, so I decided to give it a whirl.
The first meal I tried was the Crock-Pot Original Chili. This was so incredibly simple. I just followed the instructions on the envelope, threw everything in the Crock-Pot, and let the magic happen. I have to say, this chili came out very, very well. The kids loved it because it was not overly spicy, and the balance of flavors was spot on. Dan and I did add some additional hot sauce to our bowls, since we like our eyebrows to sweat when eating chili. So the mix is a great base for those who love a milder chili, and more heat can always be added for those who like a bit more kick. As you can see, I am a cheese lover, so I added a very generous helping of shredded cheddar to my bowl!
Tonight, I will be serving the Savory Pot Roast for dinner. It already smells wonderful, and I am eager to see how it stands up against my famous pot roast and gravy. I think it will be a hit, judging by the way it smells, and it saved me so much time that I would have had to spend on prep work. I actually used that time to enjoy a nice, hot bubble bath. As a mom, I don't get to enjoy enough of those!
I would definitely recommend Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes to amateur cooks and seasoned pros alike. We all need a day off from cooking once in awhile, and these seasoning mixes deliver hearty, delicious meals with very minimal time or effort.
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