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Slow Cooker Pineapple Coconut Cake


Sep. 1, 2017 4:48 pm

Slow Cooker Pineapple Coconut Cake






Cake:
 Nesco 6 Quart Slow Cooker
 1 (16.5oz.) package yellow cake mix
 1 cup water 
 3 eggs
  1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
 1 cup drained crushed pineapple from a 20 oz can (save juice and remaining pineapple for the glaze)
 1 cup coconut
 ? cup chopped pecans
Glaze:
 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
 Remaining juice and pineapple from the above can of crushed pineapple ( ? cup melted butter 1/2 cup coconut
 ? cup chopped pecans Slow Cooker Size: 6-quart oval

Add the cake ingredients into a large bowl and whisk until the batter just comes together, do not over mix, some little lumps of cake mix are fine. Spray the Slow cooker with non-stick spray and pour in batter. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours, keep the lid. After 2 hours, turn off the Slow Cooker and make the glaze. Add the powdered sugar, remaining pineapple, melted butter, coconut and chopped pecans. Whisk until a sauce forms. Pour this mixture over the warm cake. Let the cake sit for 5 minutes before serving

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Why Jerky is a Food You Should be Eating


Aug. 11, 2017 2:05 pm

The next time you need a snack to bring to a party, hiking or just hanging out, grab your Dehydrator and whip up some jerky. Even though it's a wildly underrated snack, it brings way more to the table than most snacks because it's savory, salty, and healthy.




Jerky is a Low-Carb, High Protein Food
Studies have shown that a high protein, low carb diet can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Protein keeps your metabolism running smoothly and leaves you feeling satisfied, keeping cravings at a minimum.

No Unnatural Chemicals or Preservatives
Jerky, especially homemade, is free of unnatural dyes, chemicals and weird preservatives. Typically, jerky only has three ingredients-meat, cure, and spices. Making your own jerky is an easy way to control the chemicals you and your family put into your bodies.
Ground Beef ready for Dehyration

Satisfy Your Salt Cravings, Without Going Overboard
It doesn't matter how healthy your diet is, salty food cravings are real. Don't overdo it with unhealthy snacks like potato chips, cheese puffs or pizza. Quash your salt cravings with a serving of beef jerky, it'll satisfy your taste for salty foods while actually giving your body fuel.

Jerky is Easy to Bring Anywhere
There's a reason hikers and cyclists use jerky to keep moving throughout the day. It's lightweight and easy to carry, just keep it in a plastic Tupperware container or zipper bag for up to two weeks.


There's Endless Flavor Options
Create unique flavor varieties that can be mixed and matched with Nesco's variety of seasonings. Find your favorite flavor or mix them together to create your own unique blend. You can also experiment with different types of meat, like turkey, bison or even tofu. Experimenting with different flavors and textures lets you find the perfect blend that suits you best. Jerky is the pizza of the snack meat world, there's a million different varieties and they're always great. 

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8 College Apartment Kitchen Essentials You're Probably Forgetting


Aug. 2, 2017 11:16 am


Moving on your own for the first time can be tough. Not only do you have to figure out how to use a washing machine on your own, you have to fully stock the place with all the essentials a college student needs. When you're trying to get ready for the big move and a new school year, it's easy to forget things, so we've come up with a list to make it easier:
  1. Pots and Pans: A staple of any kitchen, pots and pans should be one of the first things you buy for your first kitchen. You don't need anything too fancy or extensive, just a few sizes of each
  2. A Can Opener: Living with your parents for the first 18+ years can lull you into a false sense of security that there will always be a can opener close by. It's disappointing when you get home from your first trip to the grocery store and you can't get into any of your canned goods without the proper equipment.
  3. A Slow Cooker: Class all day and studying all night can leave you with little time to cook. Don't resort to eating fast food for every meal. A Slow Cooker will save you time and hassle and money (those burger runs add up). Just throw your ingredients in before classes, set your temperature and come home to a prepared meal.
  4. Measuring Cups: Cooking is a lot easier when you know how much of everything you're putting in. Measuring cups don't have to be fancy, in fact, you can usually get them at the dollar store.
  5. Basic Cooking Utensils: Spatulas, mixing spoons, a set of knives and a pasta spoon will do wonders to make your life in the kitchen easier. These also don't have to be anything extravagant (just make sure that everything is heat-resistant).
  6. A Vacuum SealerCollege students are busy, meaning you may not have time to cook with all of the groceries you buy. Don't let them (and the money you spent on them) go to waste by vacuum sealing everything. This will also help keep your refrigerator clean and free of moldy, spoiled food.
  7. Mixing Bowls: Large bowls come in handy for more than just mixing food. They can also be used for serving, holding fruit or soaking small dishes without blocking the sink. Metal or glass will last a lot longer for just a little more money.
  8. Pizza Cutter: Don't be caught without one. It can only lead to disappointment. 

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Peanut Butter and Bacon Jalapea?o Poppers


July 24, 2017 4:29 pm

Peanut Butter and Bacon Jalapea?o Poppers




6 jalapea?o peppers
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
6 strips of bacon, cut in half


Preheat Roaster to 325?. Cut jalapenos in half, clean and remove seeds. Fill pepper halves with about 1 teaspoon of peanut butter, so they are full, but not overfilled. Wrap each pepper in a half strip of bacon and bake on wire rack in Roaster for 20-25 minutes until bacon is cooked thoroughly.

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Queso Blanco Dip


July 10, 2017 12:01 pm



This Queso Blanco Dip has just enough kick to keep things interesting, but it's mild enough for anyone to love. It's perfect for parties, tailgating, or just hanging out on the weekend. The salsa verde adds a certain chunkiness and heat, while the cream cheese and sour cream give it a smooth texture and a balance to the spice, giving it a full flavor, without an actual burn. If you're a spice lover, adding diced jalapea?os takes things up a notch. 

Ingredients:

Nesco 1.5 QT. Slow Cooker
16 oz. cream cheese
32 oz. salsa verde (medium)
7 cloves minced garlic
3 cups sour cream
16 oz. package shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese
Chopped green onions for garnish
Tortilla chips or veggies for dipping

Combine all ingredients in Nesco Slow Cooker. Cook on Low heat for 3 hours, stirring every half hour. Dip is ready when all ingredients are heated through and well blended. Garnish and serve immediately. 



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