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Where They Have Gone: Adams Grad is Slow-Cooking and Blogging

Hope Comerford graduated in 1998 from Adams High School; today she writes a popular cooking blog.

Hope Comerford purchased her first Crock Pot for $5 at a day-after-Thanksgiving sale.

That was years before she became a working mom looking to save time in the kitchen.

Comerford grew up in Rochester (as Hope Jacobs), where she attended , and .

Today she's an elementary music teacher for the L'Anse Creuse School District. She's also a wife (to Justin) and mom (to Ella and Gavin) — and a successful blogger who has gained a following for her expertise in all-things-slow-cooker.

"It was just a hobby, but then it became a challenge," said Comerford of her cooking experiences, which she turned into a blog, A Busy Mom's Slow-Cooker Adventures.

Starting today with a recipe for and continuing each week, Rochester Patch will share Comerford's recipes with our readers, in hopes that they, too, will dust off their slow cookers and find a new meal to put into the weekly rotation.

How she got started

Comerford said life was hectic three years ago when she and Justin (who is also a teacher) were each working full-time during the day and working on their master's degree classes at night and on weekends.

They also were trying to spend time with their baby, Ella. Cooking fell by the wayside.

"I was feeling like an absolute crazy person," she said.

One day, Comerford said she re-grouped and pulled out her Crock Pot from the back of her cupboard. She made a roast. It was delicious.

From there, she hasn't turned back. "I thought, 'this is the answer to our prayers,' " she said.

Sharing recipes

Comerford started cooking three or four meals a week in her slow cooker. Then, she started talking about her cooking adventures with her colleagues at work.

"They started asking me for recipes, and I got tired of writing them down. I thought about a way to easily share them with everyone," she said.

"I started the blog on a Saturday morning while my daughter was sleeping in. Honestly, I never thought anyone would read it except for the teachers at school."

Today

Comerford updates her blog a few times a week, and she has hundreds of loyal followers.

She has three slow cookers: a seven-quart, a 6.5-quart programmable that she can set to a timer, and a 3-quart one.

Meals and more

Here are a few of Comerford's favorite slow cooker creations:

  • White Bean Chicken Chili: "This is my go-to meal; it's easy and everybody likes it," she said.
  • Buffalo Chicken Pasta: "My kids are the pickiest eaters and they'll eat it," she said.
  • Ribs: Comerford said she has perfected her recipe. "They are so surprisingly easy," she said.

Look for Comerford to share these recipes and more in the future on Patch.

 

This story is part of a continuing look at Rochester-area alumni. For more reports, see our Rochester Alumni page. If you know of a Rochester grad who is doing something unique, send an email to editor Kristin Bull.

Natalie December 11, 2011 at 01:15 PM
Hope's recipes are a lifesaver for me! There would be a lot more carryout in this house if it wasn't for her ideas!
B Pastora December 11, 2011 at 02:04 PM
What a treat for the patch readers! Hope's site is a great resource for our busy family too. This is great news!
Colin McConnell December 11, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Hope is AMAZING. Her facebook fan page has over 6,500+ fans and her page is visited of a million times a month. I love how interactive everyone is on her page... sharing ideas, recipes, and fun stories. https://www.facebook.com/SlowCookerAdventures
Kristin Bull (Editor) December 12, 2011 at 02:34 AM
Colin you are so right — I love how random readers will post a question about a recipe and other readers will pitch in to answer. Hope has quite a following (I write this as I search for my Crock Pot. It has to be here somewhere ...)
Hope Comerford January 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Thank you so much Natalie!!!!
Hope Comerford January 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Thank you Brina! You know I love your family too! :)
Hope Comerford January 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Thanks for all the kind words Colin! I think you're my biggest fan! ;)
Hope Comerford January 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM
You crack me up Kristin! I'm happy to help whomever I can with the blog :)
Michele Webb January 26, 2012 at 03:14 PM
So, I guess I have to subscribe to Rochester Patch to see your articles?! I already subscribe to my local New Baltimore / Chesterfield Patch, but, YOU ARE WORTH IT, Hope!! Your recipes are some of my family's favorites, and have been shared with lots of others! Thanks for helping this "BUSY MOM" keep it together! God continue to bless you and your family in all things!
Hope Comerford January 26, 2012 at 10:18 PM
LOL, MIchele! I can contact the editor and see if they will publish me there too......JUST for you! ;) Thanks for all the compliments!

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