October 01, 2011

What's in your slow cooker?

The beets that went into the cabbage and yellow beet borscht.

Today is the first day of VeganMoFo, and I might as well accept that I'll be double-stick-taped to my computer chair posting and reading blog posts for the next month. With today as the exception, I'll be posting every weekday, taking the weekends off to catch up. I've got a plan in mind for each week, sort of, subject to change, that I'll be trying to stick to, kind of. Does that sound wishy-washy? Nah. It's classic Libra mind-changing creative license. (You Libras know what I'm talking about.)

The golden beets, again. So pretty — for beets.

For week 1, the plan is to highlight other people's recipes. Some will have recipes to link to, and others, like today's, will just be taunts. So without further ado, here's a look at all the recipes I've tested so far for Robin Robertson's in-progress, new, slow cooker cookbook. Don't you wish you could have the recipes?

Braised Manchurian-style cauliflower

Potatoes with tomatoes and butter beans.

Layered tapenade potatoes.

Chipotle black bean chili with winter squash

African-inspired peanut stew

Moroccan eggplant and artichokes

Greek frittata

Chickpea and artichoke-mushroom paté


Autumn fruit compote

Creamy polenta with mushroom ragu

Applesauce cake

Balsamic vegetable crock

Cabbage and yellow beet borscht


  1. Oh wow. The pictures are spectacular and mouthwatering. Thanks for sharing! (and I'm looking forward to the rest of the month!)

  2. forget recipes, i want to come over and help taste-test! yum.

  3. So thrilled you will be participating in MoFo. I am looking forward to your posts!


  4. Wow, who knew such a variety of wonders could come out of a slow cooker? I'm cyber-eating my way through each photo!

    And I agree, beets are pretty.

    Looking forward to your MoFo offerings.

  5. MeShell,
    Thank you so much!

    If you hadn't moved so far away, you could! You're missing all the rain and spiders, though I'm sure you have a fair share of spiders where you are.

    Thanks for your confidence. I just hope I can keep it up. :)

    Well, I certainly didn't.

    Are you not mofoing this year? I really looked forward to your posts last November. I hope you'll be posting!

  6. Omigoodness! That's some droolworthy food you've got there!

  7. The chickpea/artichoke pate sounds awesome! I don't have a slow cooker but it seems to be an amazing piece of machinery.
    I totally hear you on giving in to the MoFo. I'm not sure I'll have time to do anything else!! It's crazy obsessive!

  8. I've never felt like I needed a slow cooker, but it looks like this book could change my mind! Love it.

  9. That chili looks fantastic, as does the peanut stew (one of my favorite kinds of soups/stews!). I'll have to check out the cookbook when it comes out because we have a slow cooker that's been much neglected. It all looks great!

  10. Oh, my goodness, that all looks so delicious! The potatoes with tomatoes and butterbeans and the Greek frittata look especially mouthwatering. How lucky for you to be getting the inside scoop (of chickpea and artichoke-mushroom pate)!

  11. Mo,
    Yes, I'd have to agree. :)

    I love the paté. About the mofo, I really don't think I've accomplished a single thing today beyond posting, reading and commenting. I hope October has more hours in it than most months.

    The thing about the slow cooker is once you fill it up, it just cooks without your needing to be there. And, it doesn't heat up the kitchen, making it a great help in the summer.

    Robin will be putting some of her recipes on her blog during mofo so you can try them out, if you want.

    The ones you mentioned were some of my favorites, though I pretty much liked them all.

  12. Nah, I got nuthin'. I'm taking a break from MoFo this year...just reading, not posting. :)

  13. Your pictures are great, everything looks really good!

  14. Why oh why did I read this post when I'm just having salad an roasted broccoli for dinner? Can you airmail some borshdt and pate? I'll trade you some broccoli.

  15. Rose,
    That was my plan too, then I started feeling left out and here I am. Sigh.

    Thanks! Everything WAS really good.

    Broccoli is really good for you — don't knock broccoli. Especially when it's roasted. I would mail the paté if I could, but the borscht is long gone. Sorry.

  16. I'm not gonna lie, this post makes me pretty mad that I donated my crockpot before moving! Ugh.

    I guess I'll just have to live vicariously through you :)


  17. What lovely pictures -- I want to eat every single one of those dishes! Can't wait for more vegan mofo creations.

  18. Oooh - frittata in the crockpot! I can't wait for that cookbook; I have her first slow cooker cookbook and use it often. Lasagna is especially wonderful in the slow cooker!

  19. AMAZING!! It all looks so good, I'm really looking forward to your posts
    Happy MoFo'ing

  20. Nice photos, especially the yellow beets! I like your theme (or first part of your "theme series"). Those potatoes, tomatoes and butter beans...mmmmm. Glad you'll be doing MoFo too!

  21. I had no idea slow cooker meals could be so gorgeous and varied. Lovely!

  22. Yay for MoFo! You are *such* a Libra! (I can say that, as one who knows). ;) Glad you'll be participating. And wow, I want those potatoes. . .and everything else.

  23. jd,
    The crock pot's always the first thing to go, isn't it? My first slow-cooker was a donation from a friend. The resale shops always have them, if you really want it back. :)

    Thanks! You may just see one of your creations appearing here soon.

    Yes, frittata. How does she think of things like that?

    Looking forward to yours, too, especially if they involve spectacular cake decorating!

    Thank you. I like your theme, too, frustrating though it be.

    Well, neither did I. Meals like this take more prep time than I usually devote to my slow cooker, but I'm willing to do it now that I've seen the results.

    You know, I had you in mind when I wrote that, though you seem supremely organized and decisive. :)

  24. I wish I had the recipes and a slow cooker. All of the dishes look so yummy! Very pretty pic of the beets! :-)

  25. Visiting your blog when I am hungry is just not a good idea Andrea :)

  26. I nearly gave away our slow cooker without ever having used it UNTIL I found Anupy Singla's "The Indian Slow Cooker" book. Too easy, cheap, and YUMMY!!!!!! So nearly EVERY single day I have a no fat, vegan dish going in the cooker, which makes our house smell Punjabi, in the slow cooker. ADORE IT.
    All your slow cooker stuff looks great!

  27. Chow vegan,
    Beets make pretty photo subjects but truthfully I think I like pictures of them better than the real thing.

    I feel that way about your blog, too!

    Get Skinny,
    Now that sounds like a book I want to own. (In addition to the one I'm testing for, of course.) Thanks for the recommendation!

  28. Andrea, these pictures are stunning & your foray into this year's MoFo formidable! Well-played. Drooling...

  29. I have a hard time placing demands upon myself (sticking with a theme) so I'm probably going to be all over the place. You've been busy! I think Robin will very very happy with how amazing you've made her dishes look.

  30. Abby,
    Well, thanks, but I really wish I were doing what you're doing. Maybe.

    Robin made the dishes amazing — I just took the pictures. :) I know what you mean about sticking with a theme — that's why I have four. We'll see how it plays out, but I have to have a plan or I'll go crazy.

  31. I seriously need that cookbook NOW! :)

  32. Christina,
    I want it, too. You should see the recipes the other testers have made!


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