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Beth Bergren underscores a basic tenet of crock-pot cooking, which is "don't lift the lid during cooking." In the foreground are slow-cooker bags for easy cleanup and instant tapioca (not the pudding) that can be used to thicken gravy. Staff photo by Judy Spooner.

Local crock-pot expert stirs it up with area residents

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Kathleen Lambrides is busy all day doing day care.

"I need some new ideas so I don't have to cook at the end of the day," she said.

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Becky Smyth hates to cook and wanted recipes she can make by just throwing something in a pot.

"Finding recipes is a challenge," she said.

Both found some alternatives during a class on crock-pot cooking offered on Gentle Saturday last month, at Cottage Grove Middle School, hosted by District 833 Community Education.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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