Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The Crock Pot (registered trademark of Rival Corp.) is the bane of many a newlywed's existence. Almost all of my married friends registered for one of these slow cookers, and celebrate anniversary after anniversary without ever opening the box.
I, on the other hand, love my slow cookers. Yes, I have more than one, and they're both used frequently. The secret is this wonderful cookbook: Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook.
My favorites include "my" famous pumpkin butter (people freak out over this), baked potato soup, Lucky Chili (with black beans, cloves, and coffee), and french onion soup. Not one recipe in this book uses Cream of Anything soup an an ingredient.
If you're stuck in a cooking rut, give it a try - there is nothing better than waking up or coming home to wonderfully fragrant homemade food. And it's green - slow cookers use much less energy than a stove or oven.
(I'm not a Jeff Gordon fan, I just thought this Crock Pot was a crack up.)