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  1. Evelyn says

    I made this today, it is very easy and just as tasty! I will be making this numerous times.

    • Sheryl Thompson says

      It's a favorite here at the Thompson house, especially on a cold winter day. And its a favorite of mine for potluck suppers! Glad you enjoyed it.:)

  2. leonard patterson says

    on the slow cooker lumberjack ground beef casserole, is there a substitute for the mushroom soup,
    want to try recipe but i can't stand mushrooms, no kind of way,,, please help

    • Sheryl Thompson says

      Any canned condensed cream soup will work such as cream of celery, cream of potato, cream of broccoli. Just pick a flavor profile that you like. Cream of chicken will work too.

  3. Tonya S. says

    I was wondering what other kind of soup I could use instead of the cream of mushroom? My husband doesn't like mushroom's at all. Thanks.

    • Sheryl T says

      Sorry, I missed your question but I would use cream of celery. You want a cream soup to add sauce and some flavor but not an over powering flavor. Cream of Celery would be perfect for that.

  4. Kelly.b says

    This looks good. I was surprised to read about Patten Maine in this recipe. I lived in patten for 2 years and have friends there who are patten natives 🙂

    • Sheryl T says

      Small world! I moved to Sherman, just next door to Patten about 25 years ago from southern New Hampshire. I love it! It's rugged country but so very beautiful. When did you live in Patten? We might have met. I owned a small arts and crafts gallery on Main Street next to Ellis Market and the bank from 1994 to 1999 . It was called The Country Bumpkin Artisans Gallery.

  5. Kayla E says

    Hello, this recipe sounds so great! I am making it tomorrow morning so it can sit for the 8 hours on low. My only question is what kind of onion did you use? When I bought the ingredients I bought a yellow onion, primarily because there were no "good" white onions. Does it really matter what type of onion? Was just curious what kind you had used. Thank you in advance!

    • Sheryl T says

      I tried it with yellow onions, vidalia onions, and spanish onions. I think it tastes best with the yellow onions so you should be all right. The vidalias seemed too mild. The spanish were good but I thought the yellows were the best of the three.

  6. Free says

    I love recipes with history. Thanks for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girls WW

    • Sheryl T says

      I agree with you. The history. They give such an insight in to the region they are from and what was going on from a culinary standpoint at the time. Lots of fun! of regional recipes is fascinating. I collect cookbooks and my favorites are the ones from the 1950's and 1960's that were self published by church groups and women's clubs

  7. Donald B says

    The flavor was great but my biggest problem was that the potatoes never cooked past the chewy stage after cooking it for 7 hours on high. Yes I did cut them small but maybe not small enough. Any smaller and they would not resemble potatoes at all. Should I maybe boil the potatoes before adding to this stew? If so, how long should I boil them?

    • Sheryl T says

      What type of potato did you use? I usually use russets and have never had this problem. If you do pre-boil them, I would add them toward the end of cooking time otherwise they may turn to mush.

  8. Doris B says

    Could you cook this on the stove, and how long should you cook it? I/m not into using slow cookers. Thanks
    Sounds like a very good recipe

    • Sheryl T says

      It's a casserole so you could cook it in the oven. Most casseroles can be cooked sufficiently at 350 F for45 -50- minutes. I have never done it in the oven but this is the way I would approach it.

  9. shanna says

    I'm a little confused. I didn't know they had cream of mushroom soup in the "old days". What do you suppose they used instead? I'd like to prepare this meal as the original recipe.

    • Sheryl T says

      They would most likely have used a white sauce made from scratch with melted butter, flour, salt, pepper and milk. One could make it going "old school" but I use the canned soup because it is quick and easy for the hectic schedule of a contemporary Mom. Its kind of like making your biscuits from scratch or using the "canned" ones from the dairy case. Its a matter of the amount of time you have.

    • Nan says

      It's quite possible that the lumber camp cook DID use canned soup. Campbell Soup Company was started in 1896 and by the early 1900's housewives eagerly were adding it to their favorite recipes.

      • Sheryl T says

        Very interesting, thanks for sharing some canned soup history with us!

  10. Sylvia Mashaw says

    For the camping I too take the ingredients and cook it on camp fire in a cast iron skillet or I slow cook it, cool it, seal-a-meal it, freeze it and bring along. It will thaw out by the time you are almost finished getting to campsite and setting up. All you have to do and put in cast iron skillet and heat.

    • Sheryl T says

      Great idea! I love anything that makes a camping trip easier. We love to go on camping trips here in the North Maine Woods. There are so many delightful wilderness spots to set up a tent and enjoy!

  11. Virginia says

    I am curious. The description in the allfreecasserolerecipes link said this is a good dish for camping, but it is for a slow cooker. How do you do this recipe for camping, or does "camping" mean motorhome and the KOA type campgrounds with electricity? Do look forward to trying it out.

    • Sheryl T says

      I don't write the listings for allfreecasserolesrecipes, just give them permission to use my pics and recipes but this recipe could be used in a camping setting if you had a cast iron dutch oven with you. I often take mine along with other cast iron skillets to use when camping as they work well over a campfire. With the dutch oven I would set the the oven in some coals and also put coals on top of the lid. Cooking time would be about1-2 hours and keep an eye on it.

      • Virginia says

        Thank you for responding. I am looking forward to trying this recipe because my grandfather was a lumberjack. And it will be like being with him again.

  12. Stephanie says

    Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  13. Create With Joy says

    This looks SO good!
    Thank you for sharing it at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy! 🙂

  14. Natasha in Oz says

    Wow, that looks very delicious. I’m so glad you shared this at the Say G’day Saturday linky party. I have pinned this and can’t wait to try making it!

    Thanks for linking up-hope you can join in again this weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  15. Pure Grace Farms says

    Great History, and the Lumber Jack Cassserole looks delicious! Thanks for stopping by and linking up at the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! We are so glad you came! Blessings, Shari @

  16. Treana B says

    Stopping by from Merry Mondays and House of Bennetts! Thanks so much for sharing with us. This looks like a cross between an amazing chili and a casserole.

  17. Jess says

    What a crowd pleasing meal!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  18. Jennifer Johnson says

    How delicious and super filling!

  19. Laurie says

    I'd love to try this. Thanks for linking up to Tip Me Tuesday linky party this week. {knuckle bumps}
    Did you know that I can “lend” your blog posts my Google page rank for better search engine traffic?
    If you upload at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL into your Tip Junkie craft room, you’ll be in business!
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  20. lorraine williamson says

    thanks for sharing pinning and copying for my to do list visiting from much ad o monday have a great day

  21. Diane says

    Thank you for bringing your casserole to Family Fun Friday! Slow cooker meals are always so helpful! Hope to see you next week!

  22. Linda says

    Thanks for the recipe! I appreciate it. Linda

  23. Susie @Bowdabra says

    Hey there! Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up your tasty recipe! Stop by again next week and link up another awesome project!

    Have a great week!

  24. Kristin says

    Yum! This looks so delicious! I will definitely have to try this recipe! I found you through the Tumbleweed Contessa link party 🙂

  25. Diane says

    I love anything for the slow cooker! This looks exceptional. Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot this week 🙂 Enjoy the weekend!

  26. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs says

    I know a lot of people think slow cookers are a blessing in the cold winter months, but I think they're even better in the summer — no hot oven or stove and no slaving over hot barbecue grill! Thank you for sharing this in the GRAND Social!

  27. Cynthia L. says

    I love recipes that go in the slow cooker. This lumberjack casserole sounds delicious!

    Thanks for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! So happy you stopped by.

    Cynthia at

  28. Grandma Kc says

    This looks and sounds delicious. I love slow cooker recipes and since husband really tired of chicken I'm thinking this would be a hit! Just stopping by from the GRAND Social Linky Party. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Heather Who Needs a Cape? says

    Love this and anything that goes in the slow cooker!

    Found you at Kathe with an E 😉

    • Sheryl T says

      When I was a mom working outside the home, I relied heavily on my slow cooker. And now that I am at home, I still find it one of my most important appliances. After cooking with one for 35+ years, I have developed a lot of recipes so I can use it for so many different things. Now that its summer, it helps cut down on heating up the kitchen. I bake bread in it, roast meat in it....helps cut down on warming up the kitchen and is frugal as it uses less energy than my oven. I put it on the picnic table on the porch and let her cook!!

  30. MariaElena says

    It sounds so good! Thank you for the recipe!
    I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Maria

  31. Lanaya @ Raising Reagan says

    Mmm ... this looks delicious! I'll have to star this one too!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. 🙂

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  32. sue says

    MAINE! I LOVE MAINE!! Especially the southern coast!! This looks really good and one I definitely need to try!! Thanks for linking up with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!

    • Sheryl T. says

      Yes, the coast is so charming . I'm headed to the northern coast to Machias tomorrow for fresh lobster rolls, and to photograph Quoddy Head Lighthouse for an upcoming blog post. But try heading inland sometime! There's a lot see in villages, the mountains, and the Northwoods. Moosehead Lake is very beautiful!


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