Tuesday, May 27, 2008
What a crock!
Not having grown up with a mama who used a crockpot, I am always fascinated by those families who do. I guess my mom just didn't want to mess with it, and knowing her stubbornness, I guess she figured she could make everything by hand in just as much as time as fooling with the crockpot. To me, the theory of the crock pot sounds wonderful. You throw your ingredients together in the morning and then forget about it...in the evening there will be a delicious meal waiting for you. Is it really possible? And would I have to eat everything doused in cream of mushroom soup?
I have one crock pot, and it's older than the hills, yo. And now it's useless because Sol broke the glass lid. Sigh. Anyhoo, of all the creativity that I boast about, the most creative thing I can make in the crock pot was a roast and veggies.
I know, I know, I'm pathetic, right? I guess my mind just can't translate regular recipes to crockpot ones. Also, I'd be really annoyed if something I made didn't come out right. I'd have seven people sitting at the table staring at me, ready to take my head off.
But then I found this blog called A Year of CrockPotting and it is the shiznit. Seriously. The blog author made a New Year's Resolution to cook for an entire year using her crock pot. Who does that? It's totally cool! The blog is really easy to read, the recipes don't include a thousand weird ingredients like cream of tartar or liquid smoke. And I like how she takes a picture of her ingredients (looks like she is a dedicated Trader Joe's shopper like me) and then the verdict (her kids output is really helpful). Awesome.
So I'm thinking I need to buy a new crockpot so I can try out some of the tastier recipes. Like the crockpot apple dumpling recipe.