Chicken, Crockpot

Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken


  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks, juices reserved*
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. In a large bowl, combine pineapple juice, chicken broth, brown sugar, soy sauce and garlic.
  2. Place chicken thighs into a 6-qt slow cooker. Stir in pineapple juice mixture. Top with pineapple chunks and reserved juices.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours, basting every few hours.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup water and cornstarch. Stir in mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high heat for an additional 30 minutes, or until sauce is thickened.
  5. OPTIONAL: Preheat oven to broil. Place chicken thighs onto a baking sheet, skin side up, and broil until crisp, about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Serve chicken immediately, garnished with sesame seeds and parsley, if desired.
Cakes and Pies, Dessert

Dump Cake


  • 1 can crushed pineapple, with juice
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • ¾ cup chopped nuts
  • 1 box yellow cake mix (dry)
  • 1 stick butter


  1. Use a 9×12-inch pan, ungreased.
  2. Spread in layers, crushed pineapple, cherry pie filling, chopped pecans (reserving (1/4 cup), dry cake mix, butter (cut-up in small pieces) and remaining pecans
  3. Bake about 25 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden brown on top.
  4. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Summer Fruit Salad



  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 3 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 cup seedless grapes
  • 2 cups blueberries

Bring orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, orange zest, and lemon zest to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla extract. Set aside to cool.
Layer the fruit in a large, clear glass bowl in this order: pineapple, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bananas, oranges, grapes, and blueberries. Pour the cooled sauce over the fruit. Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours before serving.

Side Dishes, Sides

3 P’s Covered Dish

  • 1 c. crushed pineapple
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 lb. mashed sweet potatoes
  • 4 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp. peanut butter
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 c. miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 c. chopped, dry roasted peanuts


Drain pineapple. In blender, mix with eggs, sweet potatoes, brown sugar, peanut butter and salt; pour into an 8 x 8 inch buttered pan. Top with marshmallows and peanuts. Bake at 350 degrees until heated through and marshmallows are melted and golden brown. An unusual and delicious side dish.