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Slow Cooker Recipes and Tips

A slow-cooker is a busy cook’s best friend. Get great recipes, time-saving tips, and inventive new uses for your crock pot.

Dinner Made Easy

25 Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes
Fill it up, plug it in, and come home to one of these cozy, comforting slow-cooker meals.

Orange Chicken with Potatoes

6 No-Fuss Slow-Cooker Meals

From lasagna to lemon poppyseed cake, a savory selection of weeknight staples that need no tending.
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Your Slow Cooking Questions, Answered

Learn the basics about your kitchen’s secret weapon.
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10 Best Slow Cookers

When it comes to setting it and forgetting it, these slow cookers are your best bet.
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12 Easy One-Pot Meals

Toss all your ingredients into a single skillet or stockpot and you have no-stress, no-mess recipes for any night of the week.
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Orange Chicken with Potatoes
Roast Beef With Slow-Cooked Tomatoes and Garlic
Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Programmable Stovetop Slow Cooker
Pork Chops With Chard and White Beans

One-Pot Recipes

Plate of pulled pork with tortillas and limes

3 Hearty, One-Pot Meals
These recipes allow you to toss everything into one skillet or stockpot, then turn your attention elsewhere while it cooks.

Curried Rice with Shrimp

Easy Skillet Dinners
These six delicious one-pot meals make cleanup a snap.

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Spice rack

Beyond-Basic Spice Checklist

Are you an avid cook or baker? For a well-stocked pantry, supplement the items on Real Simple’s Basic Spice List with the following.

  • Allspice Though it tastes like a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, this aromatic seasoning is really just a single spice. It complements both sweet dishes (think apple and pumpkin pies) and savory dishes (such as Caribbean jerk chicken).
  • Ancho chilies, ground Often described as having a spicy raisin flavor, ancho chilies are sweeter than most other varieties. Commonly used in Mexican cuisine.
  • Anise seeds These greenish brown seeds have a licorice flavor. Delicious in both sweet and savory recipes, they’re particularly prevalent in Italian and Southeast Asian cooking.

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