Check out my podcast~ The Dish with Nancy Newcomer. My passion for fresh food, farmers markets, and family dinners are just the beginning of the conversation. I’ll share my favorite foodie finds, kitchen & entertaining tips and feature interviews with experts in cooking, health, nutrition, food, wine, & more. Provocative, informative, fun and fabulous, The Dish with Nancy Newcomer airs Fridays, 12noon PST and on-demand on Empower Radio. Thanks to my amazing sponsor, Go Cleanse for making it all possible! Also available on-demand through i-heart radio, i-tunes, & Stitcher Radio. To order Go Cleanse or for more info, call the FAB coaches at (301) 520-6913 

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Grab a copy of my e-cookbook,  The Best of Back to the Kitchen, Soups & Salads, Vol 1,  a collection of 16 of my most favorite recipes using fresh, farmer’s market bounty.  It makes for a perfect “go to” in the kitchen when you’re looking for a healthy meal to serve your family. Read it on your ipad, laptop, desktop or download in PDF form to print out.

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About Nancy:  Nancy Newcomer, is a food blogger, radio personality and an accomplished cook & creator of simple, healthy meals made from fresh, organic  ingredients. With an emphasis on local farmer’s market bounty, her Facebook blog, “Back to the Kitchen: Healthy Living with Real Food” is followed by people in more than 28 countries. She is a contributor to Empoweradio.comGeffner TV, and Santa Barbara Dining & Destinations Magazine.  Nancy is featured on:

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Now that fall is here, it’s time to break out the crockpot.., BUT, before you do, look over my Tips for Better Slow Cooking in your Crockpot. These simple techniques will help ensure you get the BEST results from the effort you put into cooking for your family. AND just for fun…take a listen to these tips and many others on my Back to the Kitchen Minute on Empower RadioHappy Cooking…and listening :)

1. Use the Right Size Crockpot

Slow cookers are available in a range of sizes. Make sure to use the size cooker recommended in each recipe or adjust the recipe to work for the size cooker you own. This helps ensure that the slow cooker isn’t overflowing or underfilled AND that your meal can cook properly.

2) Don’t Overfill your Crockpot

To make sure your meal is finished in the time listed on your recipe and to avoid potential food-safety hazards, don’t overfill your slow cooker. Most manufacturers recommend filling them no more than two-thirds full.

3. Keep a Lid on It

Resist the urge to take off the lid to peek at your meal. Doing that lets heat escape and slows the cooking process. Only open it 30 to 45 minutes before the end of the cook time to check doneness.

4. Plan Meals Ahead

If you want to turn your slow cooker on first thing in the morning, a little planning goes a long way. The night before: Cut and trim any meat, chop any vegetables, measure out dry ingredients and prepare any sauce; refrigerate the components in separate containers. (Do not refrigerate the slow-cooker insert as a cold insert takes too long to heat up and affects cooking time and food safety.

5) Keep Temperature in Mind

A slow cooker is convenient, but if not used properly, there’s the potential for food-safety hazards. Temperatures between 40° and 140°F fall into the “Danger Zone,” since bacteria thrive in these temperatures. To avoid the Danger Zone, never add frozen ingredients to your cooker, and make sure to refrigerate any ingredients you’ve prepped ahead in separate storage containers. Never attempt to cook a whole chicken or roast in your slow cooker. Large hunks of meat won’t cook thoroughly enough in the slow cooker- Make sure it’s cut into smaller pieces so that it is properly cooked.


Crock Pot Chicken Chile Verde

September 23, 2015
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Hearty, healthy, & tasty, here’s a taste of comfort food that will stick to your ribs but not your belly.  This recipe was created to use in conjunction with the GoCleanse protocol, but even if you’re not on the cleanse, you’ll love this one regardless.  The fresh tomatillo sauce pops with tanginess and flavor. Enjoy! […]

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Slow Cooker Picante Chicken Tinga

August 19, 2015
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I love talking with foodie friends, sharing recipes, ideas, life philosophies, and hearing how about what inspires them. If you ever want to eavesdrop on the conversation, make sure you tune in for my weekly podcast, The Dish with Nancy Newcomer. One of my favorite past guests is fellow blogger Alice Phillips of Ally’s Kitchen. […]

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Summer Squash Chicken

July 10, 2015
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Here’s a quick and easy skillet dinner for the summer using all that fresh garden bounty~ Summer Squash You’ll have dinner ready in 30 minutes flat! And…this recipe fits into the GoCleanse protocol if you’re on an 11 or 30 day cleanse. Summer Squash Chicken Serves 6 Prep Time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 2 TB olive […]

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Rib-Eye Steak

June 20, 2015
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With summer here, what could be better than cooking steaks out in the back yard? I recently interviewed grilling expert, recipe developer, & food blogger Christie Vanover of Girls Can Grill on my podcast, The Dish with Nancy Newcomer.  We discussed her ideas on the best way to approach your  grilling. From technique to rubs and […]

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Asian Summer Soup

May 23, 2015
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Here’s a great summer soup that can be made in about 30 minutes or less depending on how fast you chop! I love all the veggies and you are welcome to add others that are in season or fit your personal taste buds. This recipe is also compatible with the GoCleanse Program that I have […]

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Santa Barbara Sunset Cocktail

May 14, 2015
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This week on my podcast, The Dish with Nancy Newcomer, I shared my favorite Summer Cocktails, including this one, the Santa Barbara Sunset. Super refreshing and truly an excellent libation that you may enjoy any time of year. This recipe is also in the Spring/Summer 2015 edition of Santa Barbara Dining & Destinations Magazine along […]

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7 Rituals for Spring Renewal

May 14, 2015
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I stumbled upon this article and it resonated with me so much that I decided to dedicate a podcast to discuss the subject with my pal Lisa Brown~Just 2 girlfriends chatting at the kitchen table Listen in on The Dish with Nancy Newcomer. Here’s the original post published by Abigail Brenner M.D. on March 28, 2013 […]

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Super Shrimp Salad

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People have asked me what I eat while I’m on the Go Cleanse program~ this would be one of my “go-to’s”. My Super Shrimp Salad is tasty, beautiful, healthy, and easy to make~ perfect choice for a meal while doing the cleanse or just about anytime! (FYI, I’ve lost 50 lbs on Go Cleanse~ for […]

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Tangerine Dream Halibut with Arugula & Heirloom Tomato Salad

January 25, 2015
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For the key to your sweetie’s healthy heart, how about a home-cooked dinner made with love and fresh ingredients? Set a pretty table, light some candles, and get ready to cook! Fish is always a good choice and takes minimal effort to prepare. Try my heart-healthy Tangerine Dream Halibut with Arugula & Heirloom Tomato Salad. […]

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