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by Sarah Steimer

I really wanted to make some sort of dessert to bring in for my coworkers. I started to preheat my oven while I mixed the ingredients up and right before popping the pan in the oven, I couldn't help but notice that it only climbed up to 200 degrees and just stopped. Fantastic. The solution? Slow-cooker brownies. I'll explain how to do both in this recipe just in case you are unlucky enough to find yourself in my shoes one evening.

I really wanted to make some sort of dessert to bring in for my coworkers. I started to preheat my oven while I mixed the ingredients and right before popping the pan in the oven, I couldn’t help but notice that it only climbed up to 200 degrees and just stopped. Fantastic. The solution? Slow-cooker brownies. I’ll explain how to do both in this recipe just in case you are unlucky enough to find yourself in my shoes one evening.

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by Caitlin Saniga

bacon jam

The first time I had this was at my friend Suzanne’s house. We made a day of decorating gingerbread cookies, and she brought out this strange-looking but divine-smelling dip, or so I thought. She wouldn’t tell me what it was until I loaded up a few crackers and tried it for myself. “Bacon jam,” she said, as I stood in awe with my mouth full. Perfect for crackers, bread or French toast or for handing out by the jar to your favorite people. Bacon jam.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Carolina-style pulled pork sandwiches

The recipe I was working from called this Carolina-style barbecue, which I find a bit deceiving. Is it possible for something to be called “barbecue” if it’s never touched a grill? I’m opting to call this pulled pork instead, but it’s darn delicious nonetheless. The apple cider vinegar and hot sauce give it a nice Southern twang, too. And the portion size makes this perfect for feeding a crowd.


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by Caitlin Saniga

Carne asada lettuce wraps with guacamole and red cabbage

There’s a little Mexican restaurant in downtown Roanoke called Alejandro’s that serves what the menu calls “Shorty Tacos” (Stay tuned. There may be a $6 Snack review of those delicious tacos yet!), which are tiny corn tortillas filled with chili-lime marinated steak, pico de gallo and guacamole. It’s one of mine and Eddie’s favorite dishes in Roanoke. So for his birthday, I decided to do a spin on our beloved shorty tacos by making them fresh at home — and turning them into lettuce wraps! I set out all of the ingredients in separate bowls, and we had so much fun trying different variations at the table. What a happy memory!

Carne asada:

  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (from 3 or 4 small limes)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 sweet onion cut into small chunks
  • 1 2-pound beef rump roast
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

Lettuce wraps:

  • 1 large head Bibb or Boston lettuce, leaves removed, rinsed and patted dry
  • chopped Roma tomatoes
  • shredded red cabbage
  • chopped cilantro
  • sour cream
  • guacamole
  • lime wedges, for garnish

In small bowl, beat lime juice, oil, vinegar, cumin, paprika, chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper.

Place the chopped onion in the bottom of a slow cooker. Place the beef over onion. Pour the lime juice mixture over the beef. Sprinkle the garlic over top.

Cover and cook on Low heat for 8 to 9 hours.

Using 2 forks, shred the beef. Stir well to mix the beef with the sauce.

Place all lettuce wrap ingredients on separate serving dishes so everyone can customize their wraps. Generally, though, place a small amount of beef in the center of a lettuce leaf. Add various toppings, roll the leaf around the toppings and eat.

Serves 8.

Carne asada recipe adapted from: Betty Crocker

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by Caitlin Saniga

Holy comfort food! I’m sure I say this every time I make something in the slow cooker, but the smell of this stuff cooking all day was divine. Also, check out the awesome mini sourdough rolls I found at my grocery store’s bakery. They came partially baked, so I popped them in the oven for a few extra minutes to finish cooking. They tasted especially fresh. If you spot similar rolls at your grocery, I highly recommend them for these sandwiches!

  • 3-pound boneless beef roast
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 10-ounce cans beef broth
  • French rolls or hoagies
  • slices Provolone cheese
  • butter for rolls

Once the meat was finished cooking, I tried in vain to slice it into thin cuts, but it shredded on its own. The same will happen to you if you try to slice it warm. (Certainly not the end of the world!) I did find that when I used refrigerated leftovers the second time around, the cold meat sliced more easily.

Trim and discard all visible fat from the roast. Place the trimmed roast in a slow cooker.

In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, bay leaf, peppercorns, rosemary, thyme and garlic powder. Pour the mixture over the roast. Add the beef broth to the slow cooker. Cover, and cook on Low heat for about 5-6 hours, or until meat is very tender.

When the meat is ready to serve, slice and lightly slather the rolls with butter. Toast them in a 350-degree oven for 5 or so minutes. Remove the meat from the broth, reserving the broth. Thinly slice or shred the meat. Pile the meat on the rolls and top each roll with Provolone cheese. Place the rolls back in the oven for about 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Skim off any fat from the surface of the reserved broth in the slow cooker. Serve each sandwich with a small bowl of the reserved broth.

Makes about 8 servings.

Recipe adapted from: The Girl Who Ate Everything

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by Caitlin Saniga

I credit my mom for getting me into steel-cut oats. The last time I was home, she cooked up a batch for my brother’s first day of the school. She added honey and bananas to her batch. It cooked all night, and by the morning the house smelled wonderful! Some other topping ideas I had: peanut butter, chocolate chips and coconut flakes; dried cranberries, honey and toasted almonds; fresh blueberries and maple syrup. Get creative!

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • handful of dried cherries
  • handful of pecans, toasted or plain

Add the oats, water, milk and salt to a slow cooker. Stir gently to combine, and cover with the lid. Cook on low for 8 to 9 hours, preferably overnight.

To prepare the cinnamon sugar topping, mix the 2 ingredients together in a small bowl with a fork.

When the oatmeal’s done cooking, spoon it into bowls and top with cinnamon sugar, cherries and pecans.

Makes 4 servings.

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by Sarah Steimer

This meal was the first time I pulled the slow cooker out this season — I missed it so.

  • 2 15-ounce cans pinto beans
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 medium chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • salt and pepper
  • hot sauce, to your liking
  • 6 Swiss chard leaves, rinsed and chopped
  • 3-4 flour tortillas
  •  toppings (we went with a pepper jack cheese and chopped banana and bell pepper — other options could include tomatoes, shredded carrots, guacamole or sour cream)

Place beans, water, onion, cumin and garlic in a slow cooker. Cook on high until the beans are very soft (2-3 hours). Drain and return the solids (mostly beans and onions) to the slow cooker, saving about 1/4 cup of the water.

Add the salsa, hot sauce (if using), Swiss chard, and additional salt and pepper. Mix up so the chard is not merely hanging out on top. Continue to cook on high until the Chard is completely wilted and the beans are nearly falling apart, about 30-45 minutes. If the mixture seems dry, add the saved water. Adjust seasonings if necessary.

Serve the bean and chard mixture, still hot, in the flour tortillas with the chosen toppings. Also works well just scooped up with tortilla chips (which is how I ate it, reheated, the next day).

Makes 3-4 burritos.

Recipe adapted from: Kalyn’s Kitchen

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