There are a few givens that each and every fall brings – the weather will turn delightfully crisp, pumpkins and apples will grace practically every culinary creation, and slow cookers will be rescued from the back of cabinets everywhere and returned to full service. So to help you get your slow cooker back into full swing, we give you our very best slow-cooking recipes. Imagine yourself curled up in your favorite wool sweater in front of the fire, enjoying a piping hot bowl of Beef Stew With Wild Mushrooms, Roasted Tomato-Basil Soup, or Braised Pork Shoulder With Sauerkraut. You don’t own a slow cooker? That’s OK. It certainly doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the slow-cooking fun. Sure, slow cookers are great for folks who don’t have a lot of time at home, because you can simply throw in your ingredients and walk away. But all you really need to make any one of these recipes is a Dutch oven or a fairly deep skillet with a lid. And we can’t forget the liquid! A slow cooker of any kind won’t work without this key ingredient, since moist heat is what the process is all about. Just brown your meat, sweat your vegetables, pour in your liquid, cover and simmer on the stove or in a low oven until tender. It’s as easy as that!
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