slow cooker recipes

Two Delicious Southern Slow Cooker Recipes

There is nothing more comforting then some authentic southern cooking. Slow cookers are a great way to make a delicious southern meal and having it waiting for you when you return from work or Sunday outings. We’ve got two slow cooker recipes that will have your mouth watering. First a great fried chicken recipe that can be made right in the slow cooker, and second, a delicious sausage and bean stew that can be a side to your chicken or a meal in itself.

Slow Cooked Fried Chicken

You will need:

  • a large slow cooker
  • as many chicken drumsticks that will comfortably fit in one snug layer in the slow cooker (approximately 12)
  • ¼ C butter
  • ¼ C flour
  • 2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 TBSP Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp pepper

Method:
Combine all spices and flour in a deep baking dish or gallon size plastic bag, drop chicken in a couple pieces at a time and coat well, place into slow cooker until full, pour ¼ C butter over chicken, cover, cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 – 10 hours.

When chicken is done the juices should run clear. Serve with traditional biscuits and gravy and some mashed potatoes, or try alongside the sausage and bean stew!

Sausage and Bean Stew

You will need:

  • large slow cooker
  • small blender
  • 1 lb smoked sausage
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 48 oz chicken broth
  • 3 C dried northern beans
  • 2 C chopped onion
  • ¾ C chopped carrot
  • ½ C chopped celery
  • 10 cloves of sliced garlic
  • 1 TBSP fresh sage
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 Parmesan cheese rind
  • 1 fresh rosemary spring
  • 3 C water

 

Method:
Saute diced sausage in olive oil until brown and put in the slow cooker, add 1 C broth to a pan and scrape all sausage bits from the pan boiling for 1 minute. Combine the remainder of the broth and all beans and seasonings (except rosemary) plus 3 cups of water and cheese rind in slow cooker, cook on high for 7 hours. Remove cheese rind and discard, stir spring of rosemary into the stew for 1 minute, remove and discard. Scoop out 1 cup of beans and puree in a blender, add back to stew for thickness – puree more beans as needed to thicken the stew.

Once done, serve immediately with a side of cornbread for a delicious lunch. Serve alongside the slow cooked fried chicken for a hearty meal.

Both of these fabulous southern slow cooker recipes are delicious and easy to prepare – a treat for your entire family at the end of a long day, or on a relaxing weekend afternoon!

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Benefits of Spam Filtering for Office Email

We have seen big corporations fall like Ozymandias with just one click on a corrupted email link. Criminals are experts at disguising spam email as legitimate correspondence. Once an unsuspecting user clicks on an outside link or responds to the infected message, the entire company becomes the target of malicious and devastating activity. A virus or a hacker can worm through a company, often undetected, and cause great harm to the company, its employees, its partners, and the clients or customers who place their trust in the business. Everything can fall after one email. Companies must consider spam filtering to protect the integrity of the institution.

Four Benefits of Spam Filtering

On March 6, the Associated Press reported that hackers stole over 1 billion email addresses from marketing companies in a spam email scheme. The criminals were not only successful in gaining access to the computer systems via malicious spam emails, but the hack was successful in tricking the marketing companies own system in sending out the hacked emails to employees. The criminals made $2 million in commissions for software and products sold by the websites in the infected emails. Companies must consider spam filtering for a number of important reasons.

1. Ensures emails you do want make it through

When spam inundates a mailbox, the real mail can find itself being dumped out with the trash. Spam prevents important and legitimate correspondence from reaching the intended audience. Spam filtering blocks the junk and prevents it from hitting the inbox in the first place. Instead of the user having to take time out of his/her work day to shuffle through numerous emails, trying to decide which ones are legitimate and which ones are phony, the employee can get back to work and focus on the business. Blocking spam also keeps networks and servers running smoothly and efficiently.

2. Complies with data security and email regulations

Many companies and businesses are held to strict privacy standards and regulations for their computer systems and correspondence. Spam filtering assists companies with remaining compliant and up-to-date on security.

3. Virus filters prevent and block threats

The spam filter’s sole purpose is to prevent and block threats. An individual user alone is not equipped with the sophisticated software and technology needed to identify properly spam email and threatening messages. Often, dangerous emails appear innocent and legitimate, but when a user is asked to click on an outside link, chaos ensues. Sometimes the effects are immediately noticed or visible and other times, the lingering effects or the intrusion go on for days, weeks, or even months undetected. A sophisticated spam filtering system has the ability to remove completely the risk and likelihood of intrusion.

4. Preserves the company’s image and reputation

The company’s image and reputation depend on the effectiveness of the above-mentioned points. A company that fails to protect client data, infects its uses with viruses, and suffers embarrassing data disasters struggle to recover from such events. Not only can companies face financial losses, fines, public embarrassment, and lawsuits, but the future success of the company is compromised as well.