Hi! I'm Karen, a stay at home mom and blogger. Mostly I write about the new foods and recipes I've been making at my house. I like nutella, avocados, muddy buddies, mushrooms, tomatoes, peaches, berries, beans and rice, dark chocolate, cilantro, peanut butter, fried eggs and a million other types of foods. Most of the time, I like to make really easy and simple recipes--that's why I use my slow cooker a lot! I hope you find my posts helpful! Please comment and let me know when you make one of my recipes!

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To Brown or Not to Brown?

There are many slow cooker recipes that have you brown the meat before you add it to the slow cooker.  I always am troubled by the “browning” step because I hate to dirty an extra dish…plus doesn’t the meat just cook in the slow cooker anyhow?  Well, I’ve come to realize that if you don’t brown the meat it does cook and it usually turns out fine.  However, if you really want to give your meat a more complex flavor and an appetizing color you might just want to take the extra 10 minutes and dirty that pan.  Just coat the meat with a little four and seasonings and “sear” it with a little oil in a hot skillet for a few minutes and you’ll be sure to have an appetizing dinner awaiting you at 6 o’clock!

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