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Dairy Crockpot Dishes – Win our Contest!


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Maybe you’re like a friend of mine – a crockpot fanatic who has 6 crockpots: 2 meat, 1 dairy, 1 pareve, 1 Pesachdig and — not sure what that last one is for. (Even she’s not sure.)

Truth to tell, I have only one crockpot, used exclusively for cholent until recently. So all the recipes I’ve given you for slow cookers over the past month have been either meat or vegetarian.

Vegetarian Chili
But that doesn’t mean you can’t go dairy with these recipes. Sprinkle cheese over the top of my Three Bean Chili just before serving and add grated cheese to the Curried Chickpea Stew.

In fact, you can add cheese to absolutely anything (kashrus allowing) and it adds instant zip!

When you make my White Bean Soup with Lemon and Garlic Cornbread – top the bread with sliced or shredded cheese, or make a simple garlic butter spread. Add a little sour cream for a garnish on the Mexican Black Bean Soup with Spiced Tortilla Chips, or top it with cheddar.

Black Bean Soup

It happens that my fave cheese company is Anderson International. Their cheeses are wholesome, delish, hormone-free and RBST-free. Best of all, they have dozens of products to satisfy everyone: Cholov Yisrael (Natural & Kosher), stam (Les Petites Fermieres), and organic (Organic and Kosher) with a variety of types and flavors including Pepper Jack, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Brie, Camembert, Gouda and Muenster.

After I developed my own private addiction to these cheeses, I had a chance to meet and become friends with the owner of Anderson International – a fabulous French lady named Brigitte. She’s very serious about her cheese, but she’s also lots of fun, so she suggested a little contest.

How would you like to win a $50 assorted cheese package from Anderson? And there will be not one – but two — lucky winners! All you have to do is leave me a cheesy comment. Anything! What’s your favorite dairy dish? Your favorite cheese?

Tell me about your Big Cheese – and good luck!

[Contest open to US residents only. Contest ends Monday February 28 2011 at 9 am. Winner will be chosen in a random drawing. Comments must include only KOSHER ingredients]

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About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




27 Responses to Dairy Crockpot Dishes – Win our Contest!

  1. avatar says: dena

    I like Les Petites Fermières cheeses. I first tried their passover line, but liked it so much I now use their cheeses all year ’round.

  2. I love mozzarella cheese. When I buy some, I make sure to milk it for all its worth. It’s whey better than other cheeses.

  3. avatar says: AidelK

    I’m eager to check out the website for Anderson International–I haven’t heard of them before. I’m a big cheese lover, but also trying to lose weight, so I’m using it as a condiment these days. (In Shamayim, I’m going to eat Brie all day.)

  4. avatar says: kira

    I am a total cheese lover. My favorite cheese of the moment is Mediterranean Jack- has a wonderful zip!

  5. I like Moneterey Jack, so versatile!

  6. avatar says: wendym

    I love Cheddar!

    wendym at cableone dot net

  7. avatar says: abgsay

    I love sharp cheddar, yum!

  8. avatar says: shelley

    I think I’m your friend! I have 3 crockpots – 2 meat and 1 dairy. I’m thinking of a pareve one! sshhh…. don’t tell hubby!

    My fav dairy recipe is this Mac N Cheese – noone can EVER believe it was made in a crockpot! Using raw noodles!

    (Tip: Although this is a crockpot recipes, I wouldn’t ‘st it and forget it’ it does need to be stired every hour or so).

    –1/2 pound uncooked macaroni or hearty pasta (can use more)
    –4 cups of milk
    –1 egg
    –1/2 t kosher salt
    –1/2 t black pepper
    –1 tsp dried mustard

    The Directions.

    Spray crock well with cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, whip egg and milk together. Stir in spices.

    Add cheese and noodles, and stir well to combine. Pour the mixture into the crockpot.

    It will be very liquidy.

    Cover and cook on low for 2-5 hours, or on high for 1-3. The cooking time will vary depending on what size crockpot you are using, and how quickly it heats and cooks. I was quite surprised at how quickly our pasta got fork-tender.

    Credit: http://www.365crockpot.com

  9. avatar says: shelley

    ok, I can’t help it!

    One. More. Recipe.

    Another winner! We make this gluten free, too – delish!!!

    Baked Spinach and Noodles with Cheese

    –2 T butter
    –1/3 cup flour
    –2 1/2 cups milk
    –1/2 t pepper
    –1 t kosher salt
    –3 T dijon mustard
    –15 oz ricotta cheese
    –1/4 cup parmesan cheese
    –10 oz package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
    –1 chopped red pepper
    –16 oz package of un-cooked noodles

    The Directions.

    I made a roux with the butter and flour, and then added the milk, the container of ricotta cheese and stirred in the spinach, red pepper, and spices.

    Spray the inside of your slowcooker with cooking spray and dump in a package of uncooked pasta noodles. Turn on your crockpot so you won’t “shock it” when you stir your cheese and spinach mixture into the noodles. Crockpot stoneware shouldn’t change temperatures rapidly.

    Top with 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese.

    Cook on high for 5-7 hours, or until the noodles are tender.

    Ours took 6 hours to cook on high.

    credit: http://www.365crockpot.com

  10. avatar says: chavlene

    I like to keep it simple — Muenster Cheese!!! I could live on it!
    Living in a small community makes getting “fun” kosher cheese a real treat so my experience is limited to the basics. Favorite dish was a brie wrapped/baked in filo for a dip – heavenly!

  11. avatar says: Rachel

    My tastes are simple. I love Miller’s edam cheese. If I win, I will definitely work on developing a taste for more complex cheeses.

  12. avatar says: MK

    I wish our local kosher market had a better selection of cheeses.

  13. If you love mac-n-cheese, but want to make it more healthful, in addition to using low fat milk and reduced fat cheese, you can replace a quarter to a third of the milk with vegetable broth.

  14. I am a feta nut. We go through a block every 2 weeks (and we’re just two people. And try to limit our consumption!)

  15. avatar says: Rochel

    I once made your cheesy, creamy baked ziti for a potluck at work. It was such a hit that I’m asked to bring it for every office lunch!

  16. avatar says: Amala

    Anderson cheeses, please, please, please come to Pavillions market in Rancho Mirage, California or Ralphs markets in the Coachella Valley. Especially the Brie!

    Ok, here’s the joke:

    I had a friend who wanted to open a factory making cheese. I asked him what type of cheese he was thinking of making as most popular cheeses were already being made. He thought about it for a while then decided to import cheese instead.

    A week later I saw him again.

    “How’s the cheese importing business coming along?”

    “Great.” He says, “I’m importing cheese from Israel.”

    “What’s the name?”

    Came the reply, “Cheeses of Nazareth!”

  17. avatar says: rifka

    I a cheesy person through & through….While everyone else craves pickles & ice cream, I can’t get enough cheese! And despite using plenty of mozzarella, cheddar, feta, provolone & paremsan (just to name a few) in many dishes I make at home, by far, my absolute favorite is stringy, melted meunster cheese!
    My little secret – melt one slice on a rice cake (which is coated with the slightest amount of margarine or butter) in the microwave for 20 seconds — an instant nosh that kids & adults alike enjoy! Enough to make all smile & shout “cheese”!

  18. avatar says: julie

    Vegetable Lasagna with Carmellized Onions, it doesn’t get any better than that!

  19. avatar says: deborabus

    Pesto with Parmesan. I would love to find real kosher paremsan from a block, not the powdered stuff from a bottle.

  20. avatar says: chani

    i dont love chesse but, when i was on atkins (a hign protein diet) i tried alot of cheese. I love feta in greek salad but hate it hot! I love chedder and the best sandwich in the world is italain bread toasted w italain dressing than avocado, lett, tomato and mozzarella!

  21. avatar says: miriam

    I love making homemade pizza with caramelized onions and garlic on top.

  22. avatar says: SerenaC

    My favorite cheese is the Les Petites Fermieres Brie – I could eat a whole package in one sitting!

  23. avatar says: BEM684

    Swiss, Muenster, Ricota and Brie,
    Cholov Yisroel’s the cheese for me.
    Monty Jack, Pepperjack, or Parmesian Power?
    I’d love it if I didn’t have to wait six hours!

  24. Here is one from my aishes chayil, Arleen:

    Fish Chowder

    1 1/2 pounds of cod or haddock
    3 medium potatoes cut into 3/4 inch pieces
    2 carrots sliced
    1 medium onion chopped
    2 stalks of celery sliced
    1 qt. of whole milk

    Place chopped onions on the bottom of the crockpot. Place carrots and celery on top of carrot and then the potatoes. Place fish on top and add salt and pepper to taste. Cover with water and cook on high for one hour. Then add milk and cook on low for 2 hours.


  25. avatar says: shelley

    Has the winner been announced? I hope it’s one of us that gave actual recipes (and crockpot ones, at that!)

  26. avatar says: Jamie

    Hi all SO sorry for the delay. I ended up on the road all day yesterday. Our winners – selected at random are….
    MK and ABGSAY. We’ll contact you so you can collect your prizes (YAY! I love having 2 winners!). Thanks all for playing – and now it’s time to enter our new contest — it’s fun, its yummy, it’s all about popcorn – http://blog.kosher.com/2011/02/28/secrets-to-popping-the-perfect-popcorn-win-our-contest/

  27. avatar says: abgsay

    Yay! Thanks! So excited! My husband and I love cheese. Thanks Anderson International, blog.kosher.com, and Jamie!