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Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

BEAN STEW WITH DUMPLINGS

1 can (28-oz) tomatoes, undrained & chopped
2 cups chopped red bell peppers
1 can (15-oz) black beans, rinsed & drained
1 can (15-oz) pinto beans, rinsed & drained
2 small zucchini, sliced
2 large onions, chopped
1 poblano pepper, seeded & chopped
1/2 cup sliced celery
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp salt

Combine all the above ingredients in the slow cooker or crockpot; stir to blend.  Place lid on cooker and cook 4 1/2 hours or until the vegetables are tender.  During that last half hour, prepare the dumplings.

Dumplings
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp cold butter
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tbsp fresh cilantro, minced
1/2 cup milk

In a medium mixing bowl combine the salt, flour cornmeal, baking powder, and sugar.  Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in the cheese and the cilantro.  Pour the milk into the mixture and blend with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula until the flour mixture is just moistened.  Drop the dumpling dough, approximately 1/6 at a time, onto the top of the stew.  Replace the lid and cook another 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the toothpick inserted into the dumplings comes out clean.

Yield: 6 servings.

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