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5/14/10 7:36 P

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Keep us posted on how you did!

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5/13/10 12:35 P

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I cannot WAIT to try the apple butter recipe. I have learned to use my crockpot more and more and it is such a timesaver. I think I'll make the apple butter first, then the next day cook up some nut bread to put it on. Thanks, you guys!

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4/21/10 4:41 P

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Don't you love digital cameras???

You are absolutely right, that wand should be with me at ALL times!

I just cooked the bread in the pan. One day I googled "baking in the crockpot" and someone had already done it (with the venting & no foil). Mine turned out just fine (well, my tweaks made the bread a little drier & crumbier(?)than normal...but I think any quick bread would be fine.

I cook my spaghetti squash in the crock pot (after seeing it done on the Food Network by Robin Miller), soups etc. I found a site on the web that you can make your own yoghurt in the crock pot, too. Easy to google. Lots of people experiment. I think the bread one was a blog about being gluten-free.

When my mom was alive, she loved homemade apple butter (our family used to get together to make outside over an open copper kettle over a fire!). I decided that if you can do it in the oven or on top of the stove I could do it in the crock pot. Don't use the lid at all cuz it won't cook down. For her, I used 3 large jars of applesauce (cut down on the work!)and near the middle to end added sugar & a little cinnamon. Sugar helps it cook down - it wouldn't hurt to add it at the beginning probably. I used no sugar applesauce so I could control how much sugar went in...basically so it tasted okay. It takes the longest setting & at least over night & all you have to do is stir every once in a while. You can tell when it's done.

Google...there are all kinds of cool crockpot & cooking experiments going on everywhere!

Enjoy!

Jean-Marie

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4/21/10 7:03 A

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I saw the pictures. I can't believe that you had a whole photo shoot just for me... Thanks!!!

More questions... so you just cooked the bread in the pan. The cookbook I have says to wrap in aluminum foil. When you vent it with the chopsticks, is it enough to keep the bread from getting soggy. That looks like it would be so much easier than the foil. AND you would be able to tell when its done. A huge help over foil covered stuff emoticon

Thanks for the recipe.

Have a super day!!!!

PS... I'm so glad that you found your wand! You should never go anywhere without it.

Edited by: MUGGLE_MOM at: 4/21/2010 (07:04)
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4/20/10 10:26 P

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Ok, found wand, pictures uploaded to the photo gallery on my spark page!

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4/20/10 9:59 P

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I am having some problems uploading the photos, just so you know...will keep trying!

Where's my wand when I NEED it!!!

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4/20/10 9:55 P

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I'll upload photos to my spark page...there should be 5 in all...the recipe was ok, it really needs tweaked. It was actually a white nut bread recipe that I tried to make more healthy...not all unbleached flour, etc....here is the ORIGINAL recipe...this is the recipe I normally would use in those Pampered Chef fancy tubes...for parties..

Anyway:

White Nut Loaf

3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp shortening
1 egg
1-1/2 cup milk
3 c flour
3-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 c chopped walnuts

Set oven to 350 and grease and flour a loaf pan. Mix sugar, shortening, and eggs. Add milk; mix well. Add flour, baking powder and nuts; mix well. Bake 1 hour at 350. Cool on rack. These freeze well.

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4/20/10 9:39 P

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Okay, I need a better visual on how you cooked the bread in the slow cooker. I didn't understand the chop stick explanation.

Oh, and if the bread was good, pass the recipe on pls!

Also, have you made anything in the crock pot that requires a towel draped over the top. The whole concept confuses me a little. Do you drape it so it hangs over the edges and just put the top on, so its not a tight seal? The books (a few of them, but all by the same author) don't seem to explain it very well for my simple mind.

Enjoy your evening.

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4/20/10 9:32 P

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That is another way to hide veggies...quick breads!

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4/20/10 9:30 P

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I just made oat/wheat nut bread (a quick bread - no yeast) in the crock pot a couple weeks ago...couldn't believe bread cooks in the crockpot..put the loaf pan on a couple of tart tins (small) and vented the lid with chopsticks...it was my first time & worked very well..good luck!

As for the white cornbread...well, there is white corn...so it should be fine!

Looking forward to how the apple cranberry bread comes out!

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4/20/10 9:21 P

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You are too funny! They aren't all that, but they are yummy. Then again, my kiddies aren't all that picky. I actually found the self rising corn meal mix today, but it only came in white. White corn bread? Not sure how that's going to go. I bought it and will be making it this week. I'll let ya know what I think.

Tomorrow's big adventure is an apple cranberry bread that I'm making in the crock pot. I am so excited. We need more bfast, and snack things around here. I love getting a new cook book!

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4/20/10 9:04 P

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Sounds great & very easy!

Thanks, Muggle_Mom! Methinks you aren't really a Muggle! These sound magical! :D

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4/19/10 11:42 P

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Sweet potato cornbread.

Here is the original recipe from my friend Angel, followed by my modifications:

Sweet Potato Cornbread

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups self rising cornmeal mix
1/4 cup splenda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1 cup mashed cooked sweet potato
1/4 cup light butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten

DIRECTIONS:

Whisk together all ingredients, whisking just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Spoon batter into a 8 inch glass baking pan coated in olive oil spray.

Bake at 425 for 20 to 25 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean.

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I have yet to find self rising corn meal. I always use 1 box jiffy cornbread mix and add the rest as regualr cornmeal per recipe.

I always add an extra sweet potato. I don't know if my oven is not hot enough, but it takes longer for me. I use the toothpick method to determine when its done.

I use regular butter.

I use regular sugar or brown sugar (depending how sweet I want it) instead of the splenda.

I also tend to make it in muffin tins so my kids can grab and go whenever they want. We use it for both a part of breakfast or afterschool snack. Of course, it usually starts at dinner, but I tend to double or triple the recipe because its such a huge hit in my house.

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4/19/10 11:34 P

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That sweet potato cornbread sounds good...recipe??

Also, I grate veggies in spaghetti sauce, if I make meatballs, I use 1/2 ground beef & 1/2 ground chicken breast...you can hide all kinds of veggies in there...

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4/19/10 7:41 P

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I'm not exactly sure what you're looking for, but I'm a mom of 3 and we gave up all animal protien except fish for lent this year and had a great time doing it.

Some of my kids favorites were sweet potato cornbread, lasagna where I whipped spinach, broccoli, or butternut squash in with the cheese. Sometimes instead of pasta I used zucchini sliced paper thin (with a cheese slicer or veggie peeler) sauted, or roasted eggplant slices. They also liked chickpeas, potatoes and tomoatoes with garam masala (I add a few chilli peppers because my kids like it spicy)

If this is what you're looking for, email me and I'll be happy to send some recipes your way!

Wishing you all the best!
Muggle Mom

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4/19/10 7:10 P

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I was a vegetarian until I got pregnant with my son, and even in the womb he seemed to prefer meat, because I craved it for the first time in over fifteen years!
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He loves meat. He is okay with some meat substitutes (he likes Morningstar Ground Beef and Quorn Chicken Chunks). He gets upset if a vegetable touches his plate. He doesn't usually even want to try fruit. He loves rice but isn't a big fan of pasta.

Any tips for recipes? (Just to make it extra hard, I'm not such a great cook, so it should be easy)

I'm guessing there are other flexi people out there cooking for meat-preferring families, so I hope this thread will help you, too.
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