10 Essentials for Crock-Pot Recipes

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Wouldn't it be great to avoid the last minute rush of getting food on the table at dinnertime? How can you perform this feat of modern wizardry? Why, with a slow cooker -- also known as a Crock-Pot -- of course. Instead of a jitterbug, do a slow dance in the kitchen with an ingenious method of cooking that has reinvented meal making for busy working folk. Don't slave over a stove all day; let the slow cooker do the hard part for you. You don't have to employ a soot-blackened pot on the hearth or use a sink full of dishes for this style of cooking. Modern electronic slow cookers handle temperature adjustments; moisture and time do the rest.