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Going International with your trusty Crock Pot!

Slow Cook Your Way Around the World with Your Trusty Kitchen Crock Pot

Here is another fun idea from my Wife that almost any crock pot user can handle: An international crock pot challenge! This is a way to make your slow cooker meals even more interesting and varied. Start off by looking up some Rival crock pot recipes from different countries and then plan to make a different one each week or maybe even a new recipe every few days if you find yourself really starting to have fun with the idea. There are at least a couple of ways that you can have some fun with this. One idea is to get into the habit of using a recipe from a different country or region each week, for example, you could make one week Italian week, the next week Spanish week, and so on. This lets you work your way through the cuisines of different countries at a faster pace. A different approach would be to dedicate each month to a different region, so that one month might be Italian month and another might be dedicated to the recipes of Germany. This gives you the chance to work your way through a number of recipes for each region that you choose.

Either way, your family will benefit by enjoying a culinary trip around the world at your own dinner table.


 Travel Around the World – Without Leaving Your Kitchen

If you are looking for something fun and different to bring new life to your slow cooked meals then here is an idea that anyone can try that will let you travel around the world – through your kitchen!

It is called the International Rival Crock Pot challenge and it involves choosing a slow cooker recipe from a different region of the World each week. Of course, just because you will be choosing recipes from around the world, that does not mean that they have to be any more difficult to prepare; there are many ‘international’ crock pot recipes out there that are still easy crock pot recipes. For example, one week you can start off with some slow cooker Tandori chicken from India and then follow it up the next week with a traditional German recipe for ham hocks and sauerkraut prepared a la your crock pot. Perhaps a crock pot lazy Italian lasagne would suit your fancy one week? You could then switch things up with a crock pot Spanish rice recipe the next. With the world as your cook book there is bound to be no shortage of fun and easy ideas for your kitchen’s crock pot.

Add Some New Life to a Crock Pot Potluck Party

I am back with another Crock pot meal idea from my Wife. This time around, she has given me some suggestions on how to use your trusty rival slow cooker to make the meal for your group get together a tad more interesting.

Are you thinking about having a crock pot get-together or potluck party? This is an amazing way to bring some real variety to a regular, boring potluck gathering. Here is an example for you. Recently, one of my college classes planned a potluck feast and it ended up being a terrific get together. Some members of the class all came to the school around eight o’clock in the morning and set up their Rival crock pots. Soon after, the rest of my classmates showed up and started sorting the crock pot ingredients that each of them had brought and the various meats and vegetables were thrown into the waiting slow cookers. Some people had brought their little fondue crockpots so they plugged them in later. We didn’t need to worry if the food was refridgerated or not because it was cooking while we were learning. By the time our lumch hour had rolled around, we all had an appetite and our crock pot meals were all finished cooking and ready to be served out! It was a great experience and I would certainly recommend it to anyone.

A Surprise Guest and An Easy (and Tasty) Crock Pot Moroccan Chicken Recipe for You

I am happy to offer something different this time around: a guest post from my better half!  Of course I am referring to my darling Wifey, and since it was her who was the impetus behind my learning to cook with a crock pot in the first place (and since she has done more with a Rival Crock Pot than I will likely ever attempt) it only seems fitting that she offer her own suggestions here. So, without further ado, I present some of my Wife’s ideas on cooking with a slow cooker!


An Easy (and Tasty) Crock Pot Moroccan Chicken Recipe for You

Have you ever tried preparing a Moroccan chicken recipe in your Rival crock pot? It takes a little more time and effort but it is still quite an easy crock pot chicken recipe that will make you a whole heap of food that can be frozen for later lunches and dinners and that is always very handy. There are a few slow cooker recipes for Moroccan chicken that are easy to follow, and for the sake of any slow cooker novices out there, I have chosen to go with one that I consider the easiest.

First, you need to take two whole chickens and spice both of them with a combination of salt and pepper. If you have sea salt and a peppercorn mixture on hand that’s even better. Once the chickens are both spiced, you need to place them into your medium sized crock pot (at least 5 quarts capacity or larger) with around 3 or 4 cups of water and cook the chickens on the high setting for a couple of hours. Once that is done you need to then skin and debone the chickens carefully making sure not to leave any of the smaller bones behind. Afterwards, put the deboned chickens back in your crock pot and continue cooking on high until it is allstringy -usualy a couple more hours. When you are first putting the deboned chicken back in the slow cooker, make sure that there is still a couple of cups of liquid in there otherwise add some more.

Once the chicken has cooked for a few hours and softened up, it is time to add any of the spices that you have on hand that you would normally add to your chicken recipes such as maybe sage, taragon, parsley or some bay leaves. After this go ahead and add a drained and rinsed can of chickpeas and one of mixed beans. You can also chop up and add any other preferred vegetables that come to mind. Now stir it all together and set it to cook for a final hour on the low setting, and when you are done you will have prepared an amazing comfort food for a big group or a few convenient future meals which can be frozen until needed for someone on the go!

Well that definitely sounds tasty,Honey! Thanks for the recipe idea – and for stopping by to share it!