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Our expanded Senior Wellness & Nutrition Program is entering into it’s 4th month. In the beginning, we gave drawing tickets away at each class and last week we celebrated our success with a drawing for a Cuisinart slow cooker with digital controls.
The back-story: Fred came to our first class saying ‘I really don’t like to cook!” Later he said “I can’t cook,” and just two minutes after that he said “I don’t know how to cook.” Well, the first class was all about crock-pot soup and Fred has been experimenting with crock-pot soup every week.
So guess whose name was drawn for the 3.5 qt electronic Cuisinart slow cooker? You’re right and Fred will use it often because he discovered how easy it is to use slow cookers.He also said he can cook a big batch and freeze some for later Here are some other reasons to use slow cookers:
- Some cuts of meat become tender after the long cooking process.
- You can load it with food, set it and forget it until your return.
- Slow cookers save energy, yours and electrical.
- Easy cleanup
- Cook without fat and oil for healthy options
Gabriel Claycamp introduced us to boneless pork shoulder cushions
Pork shoulder cushions were the centerpiece for December’s Cook-In. Several people commented that they would start using more pork in their meal plan because these boneless roasts cost just $1.90 per pound at Cash & Carry in Bellingham when purchased in bags of four roasts. Pork, the other white meat not only fit their budget, they found it to be versatile and delicious. But in order to be tasty and tender, it needs to be cooked properly. Read more about two simple ways to prepare pork shoulder cushions. Continue reading
This bean-spinach soup was created in a slow cooker using 4 simple ingredients.
What is slow cooking? To be clear, it is the same as braising; cooking over low temperature in a covered pot with a bit of liquid added to create a moist environment. Continue reading
This veggie and sausage chili was made from ingredients found in my pantry. I’m calling it chili simply because there’s lots of chili pepper added to the mixture.
Our third slow cooking class with seniors showcased just how flexible crock-pot meals can be. To assemble affordable meals, families living on a limited budget often use just what’s in their pantry rather than buy special ingredients required by recipes. Continue reading