Creamy Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup

We’re starting the new year with some freezing temps here in Denver. Today’s high is 1 whole degree-brr! That means soup time! I’m excited to share my creamy tomato basil soup with you. This is a wonderful set-it-and-forget-it soup. Made with beautiful San Marzano tomatoes and fresh herbs, this is an easy way to get your veggies in and enjoy a belly warming soup.

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North Carolina Style Pulled Pork

As part of my Jurassic Park party evening, I was looking for a nice, easy summer staple that I could make for 8-10 people without breaking the bank. Since our awesome shindig went down on a Wednesday night, I had to be at work that day and didn’t have the whole day to play in the kitchen. I also had a friend coming who is gluten, soy and dairy intolerant-challenge accepted! All of this led to the awesomeness that is North Carolina style pulled pork done in the slow cooker!

complete dinner

The complete Jurassic Park party dinner: pulled pork, cantaloupe and prosciutto balls, homemade coleslaw and mini mac and cheeses.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Divan

The first time I made this for dinner it took hours of chopping, dicing, and fussing before I finally called it quits. Luckily, it was so delicious that it ended up being totally worth it. Today, I’ve created some shortcuts to make this prep a cinch while still retaining the ooey gooey comfort-food goodness of this dish. Enjoy this on a snowy winter day, a freakishly hot July afternoon or really anytime!

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

I purchased a slow cooker this summer with the goal of making a couple easy chilies for football season, I have ended up using it about once a week for everything from casseroles to desserts (more recipes to come-I promise!). This last time I made a really easy pot roast, originally from the Pioneer Woman (http://thepioneerwoman.com). In doing so, I discovered that Safeway will cut whatever you ask for even if you, like me, can’t remember the name of the cut when you walk up to the butcher counter; they will take pity on you and try to help. I apologize about some of the pictures-apparently it’s hard to make meat look cute.

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