Cook together, but don’t boil over!

Sean and I love to cook, but we don’t get to as often as we would like. We do go out to eat a lot, but our favorite thing to do is cook at home. I work all of the time so it is hard for me to plan a nice dinner. Sean has been really amazing and stepped up to the plate with his cooking. He has impressed me with his ability to cook and try new things. He used to be anti-lettuce, and veggies were something you rarely saw him eat unless they were fried. He has really grown and I am so proud of him exploring the culinary world. The other day he told me he actually craved a salad, and I almost had a heart attack from excitement. Although we may not always have the same ideas about what good food is, we are willing to try it together.

In this process of cooking, we have learned that the age-old saying that food brings people together, is true. By just making a meal together, it seems like we have time talk about our days and get closer.  We have also discovered cooking helps create better communication skills, even if it is nicely asking them to get you out two eggs and a stick of butter. There is a reason that Thanksgiving brings families together, it was a holiday roughly based on being thankful for food. Try this week to plan time to make dinner with your loved ones. Sit at the table, not the couch.

Call your grandma and ask her for a recipe. They always seem to have the best food!

Sean and I like to use our slow cooker a lot. Here is a good recipe that we have found to be a crowd pleaser and it’s really easy to make!

Suzie’s Sloppy Joes

Hands-On Time: 15 minutes
Ready In: 6-8 hours
Yield: 8 servings


3 pounds 95% lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 cups ketchup
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons prepared mustard
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons chili powder
Toasted hamburger buns


Cook and stir ground beef, onion and garlic in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until beef is browned and onion is tender. Drain and discard fat.

  1. Combine ketchup, bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, mustard, vinegar and chili powder in 4 1/2-quart CROCK-POT® slow cooker. Stir in beef mixture. Cover; cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours. To serve, spoon mixture onto hamburger buns.

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