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Fresh Herbed Yogurt Cheese

I love goat cheese, and almost every other kind of cheese you can think of, except blue cheese but I’m weird that way! Anyway, goat cheese is expensive so I decided to experiment with making my own. Then…..I changed my mind! Making your own cheese, of any kind is not difficult but does require some ingredients that are not readily available at my local Walmart, so I decided to put making “real” goat cheese on the back burner and take the easy way out for now. I found a recipe from Sara Moulton for this Fresh Herbed Yogurt Cheese and decided this was a good start. And I was right! This semi soft cheese spread is awesome!!!

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Roast Chicken & Baked Potatoes Slow Cooker Hack

I have had a pretty hectic schedule lately so I decided to make my Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken for dinner tonight, along with baked potatoes and a salad. Easy. After I prepared and seasoned my chicken I got out the foil to make the logs or balls that go in the bottom of the slow cooker to support the chicken and bam! I had an epiphany! Why couldn’t I use foil covered potatoes in place of the foil logs? I have made baked potatoes in the slow cooker before so maybe it would work! So I tried it! And it worked! The chicken turned out fabulous and the potatoes are perfect! I can’t believe it has never occurred to me to do this before! You know the old saying “you learn something new every day” well it is certainly true at my house today!

I used 4 medium to large baker potatoes, and lucky for me they all fit!  I’m sure foil covered corn on the cob would work as well, and, if you are only cooking for two you could do both! Of course there were chicken juices on the outside foil covering of the potatoes, but the insides were just fine. If you are worried about the juices I guess you could use a slow cooker liner to put the chicken in and set it on top of the potatoes. The juices would stay in the bag but would run into the crevices around the potatoes, keeping the chicken from swimming in the juices while it cooks.

Anyway you look at it, this Roast Chicken and Baked Potatoes Slow Cooker Hack is genius! Try it and let me know what you think!

Directions 

  • Wrap 4 medium to large baker potatoes in foil and arrange in the bottom of your slow cooker
  • Prepare your chicken according to the directions for my Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken
  • Position the prepared chicken on top of the foil wrapped potatoes or place the slow cooker liner on top of the potatoes then position the chicken inside the liner on top of the potatoes
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours
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