Copy Editor Samantha Laros' favorite: Lentil Soup. "In my household soup is served every Sunday during the fall and winter time, and this is one of my favorites to make each year as soon as it turns cold. It says in the directions to pour out all but 1 tbsp. of the grease after cooking the bacon, but I like to slip a little more into the soup. It gives it a stronger flavor, and I figure if you're going to use bacon, you might as well go big. I also add a few chunks of feta cheese."
Staff Writer Janet Podolak let 10 pounds of onions caramelize in her slowcooker, then bagged and froze them. The perfect addition to baked potatoes, cooked pasta, couscous, grilled cheese sandwiches, mashed potatoes, omelets, pizza, quesadillas, risotto, sauteed greens, sauteed mushrooms, savory tarts, spinach salad, steaks, burgers, sausages, stews and soups, and vinaigrette. Additionally, larger amounts can be used in French onion soup, French onion dip, patty melt, and onion and bacon…
Mobile/Digital Editor Cheryl Sadler's new favorite: Cajun Chicken with Sausage. "The recipe is so flavorful. If you like a Cajun flavor profile, you will love this recipe. It's so convenient to prep several bags of this in advance and freeze, then just dump in the crockpot to make when I'm ready to eat it. Definitely, definitely will be prepping more bags of this in the near future."
Mobile/Digital Editor Cheryl Sadler's favorite: Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili. "I've made this a few times with slight adjustments to the ingredients, and it's always delicious. It's hard to eat just one bowl."
From reader Barbie Washington: 365 Days of Slow Cooking: Recipe for Slow Cooker Copycat Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Soup. Barbie says, "Made this yesterday for my hubby's birthday. He loves's Olive Garden's Pasta Figioli and he said this tastes just like it!"
Staff Writer Devon Turchan's favorite: Slow Cooker Green Beans, Ham and Potatoes. "My family's favorite. A depression-era favorite, Ham and Green Beans. It's somehow comforting in the winter but refreshing in the warmer months. Enjoy!"