I haven't changed the fall wreath on the door...yet....change coming soon! But it was a dark and windy fall day...and I indulged my passion for my favorite piece of kitchen equipment...the Crock pot. I got one in 1974 as a wedding present, and have continued to use it regularly since. I have had a half a dozen crock pots since then, and have a dozen crock pot cookbooks...although many of the older ones have to have recipes adapted to lighter eating.
This is a 1994 Better Homes And Gardens Crockery Cookbook I received as a gift back then and has several favorites I come back to, including the one I made...Gingered Pork And Prune Dinner, which is a favorite.
1 2-pound boneless shoulder roast (I used a pork sirloin roast I got at Costco)
2 tbs oil
3 tbs quick cooking tapioca (I used organic from the bins at our local farmer's market)
2 med cooking apples, cored and cut in 1/2 inch slices
4 med carrots bias sliced in 1/2 inch pieces
1 med onion cut into 1 inch chunks
1 cup pitted prunes snipped into quarters
1 cup chicken broth (I use low sodium organic)
3/4 cup apple juice
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp ground cloves
minced garlic to taste (my addition)
1. Trim the fat from the meat; cut pork into 1 inch cubes. In a large skillet brown pork, half at a time in the oil. Drain fat.
2. Transfer to 3 1/2 to 4 quart crock pot.
Sprinkle with tapioca. Assemble apples, carrots, onions and prunes.
Add to the crock pot covering the pork.
3. In a small bowl, combine broth, juices, spices and minced garlic if used. Mix and pour over mixture in crockpot.
4. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high setting for 4 to 5 hours. Serve over hot cooked couscous, noodles or rice (we always use brown rice).
An added bonus is the glorious, spicy smell pervading the house all day! Definitely autumn in a pot. See why I love my crock pot??!
This is where all our local organic vegetables come from...Nash's Organic Produce...a favorite place, as you can easily see why...
Now it's time for a refreshing cup of tea from a 1980s bone china mug I found at an estate sale...perfect for fall, don't you think???
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Shelley Cup Shapes Part 1
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