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Where do you get your recipes?
Sometimes I will see something on-line that inspires me and sometimes I come up with some crazy ideas of my own. I like to update old family favorites or give a new twist to a recipe I’ve made before. I’ve always loved to cook and have always had a hard time exactly following recipes. I also love it when friends (including all of you!) send me recipe suggestions!
Why do you blog about your recipes/take photos of your food?
Because I love to share! I am forever taking pictures of my food and texting them or sending new recipes I’ve made via e-mail to my friends. I finally decided that I would just put them out there for the world to see and a blog makes a great place for anyone who is interested to be able to see my creations (and then I can stop driving my friends crazy!)
Why are most of your recipes for the slow cooker? On the other hand, why are some of recipes not slow cooked?
I’m sharing with all of you the meals my family is eating! I’ve come to love the slow cooker as a way to get healthy and/or wholesome meals on the table without the dinnertime rush! Families are busy these days and slow cooking is a great way to cook at home and avoid the drive-thru. There are days, however, where I just don’t get a meal started or I’d like to try something different that is not slow cooked. I hope you will love the non-slow cooked meals I share with you just as much and promise to keep them quick, simple and easy (but still delicious)!
Why is your blog called Slow Cooker Gourmet? What does that mean?
Basically as I used my slow cooker more and more I felt that too many of the things I was making involved dumping in a can of soup or pouring in a packet of something. Of course there’s nothing wrong with that but it just didn’t match up with my love of cooking and making creative and wholesome meals! I wanted to prove that meals from your slow cooker can not only taste delicious but look delicious too!! Not to mention they can be something you are proud to serve not only your family but anyone who just might happen to come to your house for dinner!
I followed your recipe but it didn’t turn out! What happened?
It’s hard to say for sure but I’d love to help you figure it out. Shoot me an e-mail or leave me a comment with the details. Some slow cookers can cook at higher/lower temperatures than others and sometimes a slightly different brand/version of an ingredient can yield a different result. I test each and every recipe and never share something that didn’t turn out or that I didn’t love.
What are your favorite slow cooking time-savers?
I have many! I always keep jarred minced garlic on hand for days when I just don’t have time to chop. I adore freeze dried herbs in place of fresh. I can always have them on hand and not have to worry about them going bad before I can use them. I always keep bottles of lemon and lime juice in my fridge as well. If I ever forget my lemons or limes I’m covered. I would love to work up an entire post devoted to this subject in the future. Your tips and tricks are welcome… I’d love to hear anything you’d like to share!
Can you offer nutritional information and or diet specific substitutions for your recipes?
Not at this time. Since I am not a registered dietician I don’t feel comfortable offering dietary advice. Not to mention that slight variations in brands or preparation can alter the results. There are lots of great calorie counting website where you can enter any of my recipes to estimate the nutritional content. And I’d be glad to help with any recipe substitutions that are not diet specific. I’d never want to inadvertently recommend something that wasn’t healthy for a particular dietary need!
Can I convert your slow cooker recipe to the oven or can I convert this oven recipe for the slow cooker?
Probably! It’s hard to give a one-size-fits all conversion, at least in my book! Every single recipe is different and may need different tweaks, timing or temperature. If I haven’t tried it out personally it may be hard for me to say for sure, but if you are willing to test it out I’d be more than happy to offer my best guess to help you out!
Can I use your recipes and/or photos on my site?
I love to share! But please don’t publish my recipes and my photos together without my permission. I work hard to create original delicious recipes and to take beautiful and appetizing photos and just like you I prefer to get credit for my work!
If you’d like to include just a recipe please be sure to link back both to the recipe post and to my site. For example: Be sure to try out this Slow Cooker Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta from Jennifer at Slow Cooker Gourmet!
If you’d like to include a photo then just be sure to provide a link back to the blog to get the full recipe. For example: Doesn’t this Slow Cooker Browned Butter Pumpkin Cheesecake <insert photo> look delicious? Check out the recipe here at Slow Cooker Gourmet.
Thanks for respecting this request and helping me to keep doing what I’m doing… creating great recipes and taking appetizing photos for you!
Are you a full-time blogger?
Depends on what you mean by full-time 🙂 I am not currently employed in another paying position but I do try to spend most of the day being a wife and mom! I have two wonderful special needs kiddos that need a significant amount of my time and attention. Not to mention the husband. And the dog. And the three cats!! I love every minute of what I do even if I’m often exhausted at the end of the day. I generally work on the blog during preschool, nap-time, early mornings, occasionally late evenings and every once-in-a-while during yet another viewing of Frozen. I’m very fortunate to be able to do what I love while spending time with my family and I wouldn’t change a thing!
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