…or for anytime of year, really.
I love the slow cooker, and every year around this time I start using it a bit more. I like it year-round, of course, but something about the cooler weather makes me crave really warm, cozy foods. To me it’s not the same as cooking a meal on a stovetop, something that has been cooking for hours and hours somehow feels more suited to the season, better able to nourish and fulfill us in ways that food does that has nothing to do with just your stomach. Maybe it’s that the whole house smells good, maybe it’s the delayed gratification, who knows.
We’ve had some downright dreary weather here, for 3 days so far and a few more expected, and so super cozy food is all I’m in the mood for right now. I had some beef stew over egg noodles last night at a dinner meeting that was just so perfect for the weather, and it got me thinking about other slow-cooked meals that I love. These are all made directly in the slow cooker, but if you don’t have the appliance they could all be adapted for a dutch oven or heavy pot with a few tweaks.