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line change ADVICE FOR PARENTS, REFS AND COACHES HOCKEY MOM COLUMN ALL-STAR RECIPES FOR THE HOCKEY SEASON The Crockpot Army Wages War Against Fast Food Pit Stops BY CHRISTIE CASCIANO BURNS T BY KIM TRET OWICZ POT ROAST ake two parents who work full time, add any number of hockey playing children, a cup of Ingredients: after-school activities, a dose of volunteer work, a pound of housework and what 3 1/2 to 4 po unds of Chuc have you got? The recipe for a nightly dinner dilemma. k Roast 1 onion quar tered and sli What's a hockey family to do? The crockpot just may ease your hockey season indigestion. ced 6 carrots, pe eled and cu By simply dumping everything into the slow cooker in the morning, and Bam!, you just saved t into 1 inch 6 medium po pieces tatoes, quar yourself time, money and whipped up a healthful alternative to the fast food pit stop. tered and ha lved It wasn't hard to recruit Baldwinsville, N.Y., hockey mom Jackie Waldon to the army of Directions: crockpot converts. With four boys to feed, she presses the crockpot into service on a weekly 1. Brown ro ast over med basis, cooking everything from pulled pork to chicken stew and even breakfast. ium heat on Season if top of range. desired. Tran "I think for working single mothers like myself, it is one of the best tools to have for a hot sfer to croc 2. Place onio kpot n, carrots, & cooked meal," Jackie says. "When I work nights, I'll put oatmeal, sliced apples, cinnamon potatoes ar Add 1/2 cu ound roast. p of water. Se and sugar and water in the crockpot and breakfast is ready for them in the morning." ason with Ita seasoning, lian salt, pepper Crockpot meals can also turn a profit at your tournament table with delightful dishes like , etc. 3. Cover and cook on low pulled pork and macaroni and cheese providing a better alternative to snack bar chili dogs 6 to 8 hours and nachos. Syracuse Nationals hockey mom Kim Tretowicz employs her crockpot for team dinners. Her chicken wing dip scores big. O CHICKEN WING DIP "Although not the healthiest choice, the boys love it," says Kim. "It's a quick and easy CROCKPOT BUFFAL ssing appetizer. We had a team dinner in between two games in Rochester. I put it together in the 1 cup blue cheese dre Ingredients: morning and it was steaming ready after our first game with chili, a big tossed salad and 1 cup sour cream es of 2 (8 ounce) packag pizza. The kids were able to rest, eat and then head back to the rink for the second game." 2 cups shredded cream cheese Lysander, N.Y. hockey mom Jennifer Grinnals turns to the crockpot to save money during cheddar cheese eless chicken 3-4 bon tournaments as well. stalks of chopped ked and diced 3-4 breasts, coo "Rather than eating out all weekend, we make meals with the crockpot," she says. "Most celery (add to dip or sauce 1 cup Frank's hot times the kids would rather spend time in the hotel than be in a restaurant, so it's a win-win serve on the side) g 1 cup ranch dressin for everyone." Jennifer's tip when cooking ground beef? Brown up a few pounds when time allows, then Directions: ients in crockpot freeze in one pound packages for quick crockpot meals without the additional prep work. 1. Combine all ingred for the top some cheddar cheese No question it works for hockey families by adding the key ingredients of comfort and 2. Reserve for 2 hours convenience to a long, cold and sometimes stressful season. 3. Cook on low cheese to g, add the reserved 4. Just before servin lt to me Syracuse, N.Y., hockey mom Christie Casciano Burns is the author of The Puck Hog and the top and allow Haunted Hockey in Lake Placid, The Puck Hog, Volume 2. COACH OF THE MONTH Peter Bedford Dunbarton, N.H. 10 JANUARY. 2014 Hockey is in Peter Bedford's blood. He grew up playing the game, and has devoted the past 25 years of his life giving back as a coach and administrator. He started his coaching career at the high school level. Then, 10 years ago, he was asked by thenNew Hampshire Coach-in-Chief Larry Rocha to help him with coaching clinics and player development. Two years ago, when Rocha took over as the coach-in-chief for the New England District, he asked Bedford to fill the role he left behind in New Hampshire. Now, Bedford is in charge of organizing most of the Coaching Education Program clinics around the state. The experiences he had as a kid playing hockey, knowing the hard work his coaches and other volunteers put USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM in, are what have inspired him to follow a similar path. "I just want to give back," Bedford says. "I know that growing up I had a lot of great people who instilled a lot of fine attributes in terms of work ethic and fairness. I just hope to instill that in coaches and to provide the best instruction I possibly can to keep the game fun and keep it safe." Calling all crockpot commandos. Share your favorite crockpot recipes with us, and we'll publish the top recipes in the March 2014 issue of USA Hockey Magazine. Send your recipes to PHOTO COURTESY OF Peter Bedford

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