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This post last appeared on the blog on December 5, 2011, but it’s making another appearance for #SoupaPalooza 2012.
Last year, my parents got Mr. Fox and I a crock pot for our one-year anniversary. We had previously been using a tiny 3-qt Hamilton Beach (which we still use for apple cider), and it was definitely ready for an upgrade! The first one purchased for us was a 7qt Rival brand digital Crock Pot, with the ceramic insert. It was great, however, it started burning everything. Even on keep warm, it got too hot and ruined everything I put in it. Mr. Fox had long since thrown the box away, so we were stuck. Well, so I thought. I searched the internets and determined that if you call the manager of Walmart (which is where it was purchased), and explain the situation, they’d return it without the box.
A day later, we were the proud owners of the GE 6qt Digital Slow Cooker. Instead of the ceramic crock insert, it has a non-stick crock!
Upon bringing it home, along with some Slow Cooker Liners, I couldn’t wait to use it. And in the year that we’ve had it, it’s seen some pretty good recipes (Crock Pot Chili and Crock Pot Mac and Cheese)!
I bought a cookbook last year that was nothing but ground beef recipes, and it had a few delicious soups including a Cheeseburger Soup. I decided to make it and adapt it for the crock pot. Of course, my altered recipe disappeared with the rest of my old blog, so now I am making it again today! My kitchen smells delicious right now.
A vegetarian friend of mine asked me what was in it, and upon thinking about it, I suppose you could alter this recipe to use vegetable stock for chicken broth and veg-”meat” instead of ground beef. If you are vegetarian and you try it, please let me know how it is, and I will add the veg-friendly version to this post!
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