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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

There is no limit to the type of food that can be cooked in a slow cooker—dips, sides, entrees, even desserts! Winter weather is perfect for crock pot meals, not to mention, this is the time of year when we’re all scraping the bottom of the “free-time” barrel. Easy, quick-prep meals are the best when you’re in a bind. So this holiday season, just set it and forget it with our favorite slow cooker recipes.

Hearty Main Dishes
Fall and winter are great seasons for ribs. But if you don’t want to brave the cold and stand by the grill for hours (believe us, we don’t either) try Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs or Slow Cooker Pork Spare Ribs. They’re still rich and flavorful and go great with with Slow Cooker Pinto Beans or Creamy Macaroni and Cheese (also made in a slow cooker).

Soups ‘n Stews Aplenty!
Soups and stews are so comforting in the winter months. Try Slow Cooker Apple Onion Soup with Cinnamon Cheese Toast, Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup , or Slow Cooker Harvest Stew . You can prep all of these soups in under 20 minutes!

Slow Cooker Changeups
If you’re tired of your crock pot staples, we’ve got some great suggestions. Shrimp Creole is easy and full of flavor. Slow Cooker Orange Rosemary Chicken takes only 15 minutes to prep. If you’re in the mood for a sweet and savory entrée, try Slow Cooker Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin; cooking it in a slow cooker keeps it moist and tender. Slow Cooker Pulled Pickled Beef Sandwiches are super easy and full of flavor. They’re great hot, or make them ahead and serve them chilled.

Don’t forget that your family’s classic favorites can also be cooked in a crock pot! Try Pot Roast or Slow Cooker Cheese Stuffed Meatballs and Sauce for an easier-than-usual execution.

Delish Dessert
Don’t forget about dessert! Slow Berry Cobbler is perfect for a cold day and so simple to make!

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Would you please put Virginia on you itenerary in the future. Buffalo is a bit too far for us to travel.

By Juanita Pendleton on December 29, 2013

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Paula, PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE come out to southern california. we here in Riverside county love you too!

By Anonymous on May 08, 2013

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Paula .... Love all of your recipes. Have made the apple cake several times and it is wonderful. My reason for writing is to tell you how much I enjoyed meeting Bobby at his book signing in Charlotte on Wednesday. He is adorable ..... though he doesn't look like you, he does have your personality. But, most of all, he started out by saying "I love my Mama" which I know you have heard many times but that one statement impressed me so much and told me a lot about his character. I can understand why you are so proud of your boys and the fact that they give you credit for everything the Deens have accomplished is something to be proud of. Love Bobby's book and can't wait to try some of his recipes. You are truly a beautiful family.

By Becky Ricks on February 15, 2013

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I would LOVE to see Paula Deen come to the Flint/Detroit area! We love Paula in MI. Does Paula have any slow cooker recipe books? I would like to see an entire cook book devoted to her slow cook(er) recipes. Thanks, Rita

By Rita Gray on December 10, 2012

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Got a boston butt in the slow cooker while we watch the Christmas parade in our local town gonna make barbecue when we get home

By Sherri on December 01, 2012

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Where can you buy this slow cooker. If you can

By Linda Law on December 01, 2012

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love your recipes i wised i could make more they are so good

By Larisa McDaniels on December 01, 2012

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Great tips for using the slow cooker! It is a great addition to any kitchen!

By Patti on November 30, 2012

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm