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.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


1/2 cup dry navy beans
1/2 cup dry black beans
1/2 cup dry lima beans
1/2 cup dry garbanzo beans
1/2 cup dry split peas
6 cups water
2 cups chopped ham
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrot
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 bay leaves
6 cups water

Rinse and drain all the beans.

In a large pot, combine the beans with the first 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, simmer 10 minutes, uncovered.  Drain and rinse.

In a crock pot or slow cooker combine the beans, ham, onion, carrot, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, bay leaves, and the second 6 cups of water.  Place lid on cooker and cook 8 to 10 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high.

Note: 2 1/2 cups of any combination of dried beans may be used rather than the ones listed above.

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