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.

Friday, September 21, 2012


nonstick cooking spray
1 pkg (20-oz) Italian sausage
1/2 to 3/4 lb fresh green beans, broken into bite-size pieces
2 lbs tomatoes, chunked
1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup water
2 cups whole-kernel corn, drained if canned
1 tbsp instant polenta for thickener, if desired

Brown the sausages on all sides in a large nonstick skillet that has been lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray; remove to a slow cooker or crock pot.

Layer the green beans, tomatoes, and rosemary over the sausages.

In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar and water together; pour over the ingredients in the cooker.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low 8 hours.

Carefully remove the sausages from the cooker and place on a cutting board.  Add the corn to the cooker; replace lid.

Cut the sausages into bite-size pieces and return to the cooker.  Stir in the polenta if you wish to thicken the stew.  Cook until thickened or corn is heated through.

Serve with a crusty Italian bread, if desired.

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