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Old 08-06-2007, 10:56 AM   #11
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You have the go ahead from me. I have been craving those same types of foods too. A big bowl of mashed potatoes is what I have been craving!
What's with that? Me, too. I was all by myself last Monday, and made a big bowl of mashed potatoes for dinner!
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:22 AM   #12
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What's with that? Me, too. I was all by myself last Monday, and made a big bowl of mashed potatoes for dinner!
Jeeze, now you have me wanting some
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:29 AM   #13
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I never even thought of using a crock-pot like an oven. So many new possibilities to explore now!
Believe me, keltin, I'm a lover of the crock-pot. Our house isn't air-conditioned and on days, like today, when the temp is supposed to be in triple digits, my crock-pot is my best friend.

As a matter of fact, I've been conducting a little experiment. Since June 1st, I've cooked about 80% of our evening meals in the crock-pot, without duplicating a single dish.

Last night we had stuffed beef tenderloin in a rich red wine sauce.

Tonight's meal will be chicken with shiitake mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, red wine, can't remember what else.

When it's this hot, I don't even feel like cooking ANYTHING, so it's nice to rely on my crock-pot to do all the "heavy lifting," as it were, and have a nice meal with little or no effort.
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Old 08-06-2007, 12:00 PM   #14
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Last night we had stuffed beef tenderloin in a rich wine sauce
Could We have the recipe for this? Sounds wonderful.
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Old 08-06-2007, 12:53 PM   #15
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When I first bought my CP, I made a meatloaf, as an experiment. I poured in a box of scalloped potatoes (w a mixture of water to the seasoning packet? - it's been awhile), and placed the ML on top. Had no problem lifting the loaf out (used a spatula), but the dish was greasy & too salty. My Rival doesn't make an insert for my model. I also don't like heating up the kitchen during the summer, but IMO, meatloaf tastes better prepared in the oven - crunchier topping and the meat doesn't taste like it was steamed. I have made meatballs in the CP, but first browned them & drained the fat.
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:00 PM   #16
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The way I typically cook a meatloaf is on the grill. I prepare the meatloaf as usual, bank all of the coals on one side of the grill (you need at least an 18, but a 22 is even better), and put your meatloaf on the other side. Add some hickory chips that have been soaked in water, and let it cook (indirectly) for 1.5 hours. Awesome stuff.

But, this crock-pot method is something Ive not tried before, so its time to experiment!
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Old 08-24-2007, 07:50 PM   #17
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Katie E and Kitchenelf,

I did the meatloaf in the crockpot (with foil) Low and Behold...it was delicious. Thanks for the tip. I think I actually like it better than the oven as mine tends to sometimes be dry.
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Old 08-24-2007, 08:30 PM   #18
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I did meatloaf in the crock-pot for years, and it is really good cooked that way. I must have read the same book as Katie, as I used the foil trick for years.
You can also make a fine meatloaf in the micro-wave. I don't use a recipe, but I'll see if I can find one.

Katie, I'd sure like to have a link to your conversion chart!

Keltin, any recipe of Katie's will be good.
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Keltin, any recipe of Katie's will be good.
Got that right! I've tried several with exceptional results!
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I did meatloaf in the crock-pot for years, and it is really good cooked that way. I must have read the same book as Katie, as I used the foil trick for years.
You can also make a fine meatloaf in the micro-wave. I don't use a recipe, but I'll see if I can find one.

Katie, I'd sure like to have a link to your conversion chart!

Keltin, any recipe of Katie's will be good.
Thanks for the compliment, Connie.

I'll PM you the conversion chart because it might have a copyright on it. I'll do that tomorrow since I'm not where I can get to it right now.

Elaine, if you want it, I'll send you a PM at the same time. Just say the word.
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