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The Summer Slow Cooker

August/September 2020 Issue
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All hail the slow cooker, the perfect small appliance for summer! What, you say? The slow cooker is not just a winter thing, best saved for cold January days when there’s nothing better than a hearty stew to fend off the chill of a polar vortex? Of course, that aspect of slow-cooking is legit, and there’s nothing like loading up the cooker on a chilly morning and having a delicious dinner eight hours later. But I think the slow cooker has a chance to play an unexpected role in the summer. For starters, it doesn’t heat up the entire kitchen in already-warm conditions. It’s also a great way to turn peak-season ingredients into delicious meals with minimal prep time. After you enjoy these dishes, I bet your slow cooker won’t take a seasonal hiatus again.

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