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Mar
14
2012

Awhile back I remember my friend Marinka writing several blog posts about her crock pot and of course, I thought this was sort of sad that her life now focused around an electrical cooking appliance but like any good friend, I said nothing and just watched her spiral downward into her lamb stew.

But I may owe her an apology.

Because I bought a crock pot.

At first I was going to buy a slow cooker. But then I thought, “No, let’s go old school and stay with the crock pot” and then I thought, “Wait, let’s be cutting edge and go with the slow cooker” and then of course, immediate relief when I confirmed with very solid culinary sources that they are indeed the same thing.Β  I knew it.

Now as you all know, I am not a cook. I survived my twenties quite happily on food court sushi and Stouffer’s french bread pizza.Β  But now I’ve got this husband and kids and well, we can’t always get to the food court for some California rolls.

So I bought the crock pot. With great trepidation. I kept thinking about that sewing machine just sitting idle in my attic and feared my new slow cooker might end up parking its ass right next to it.

The sealed box sat in my dining room for days.Β  And then in a heroic act of bravery, I pulled that cooker thing out of the box, determined to make pulled pork.

And you know what? It was awesome. And so EASY. Well, cutting the fat off the pork was a little “hands on” for me but I got through it.

And the next week… Italian chicken people. Easy again. Rick said something about it tasting like one of his mom’s chicken recipes from his childhood which I knew was a HUGE compliment. And then 5-year-old Summer said…

“You’re a cook.”

Now she didn’t throw any adjectives in there like “a great cook!” or “a fabulous cook!” but I didn’t care. The fact that she would think of me as a cook at all (even for a tiny moment) made me feel euphoric.

I don’t know how long this crock pot high will last. A friend told me that eventually all the slow cooker recipes start to taste the same which I don’t really get because don’t they have different ingredients?!Β  I have no idea. Just in case, be prepared for the follow up blog post, “I’m So Over My Dumb Crock Pot.”


39 Responses to i might just go all crock pot on you

    • I voted. I voted on all three of my devices. You should make sure to let people know they can vote one time EACH day. I just confirmed this by voting again just now and it took the vote. πŸ™‚ Kelsey should win this! She rocks! πŸ™‚

  • Loukia says:

    Oh crap… you mean I still have to touch the raw, gross meat? I thought crock pots were magical! I’m being given one to review and I’m so excited, really. Let’s hope I don’t burn my kitchen down…

  • Student Mom says:

    I love mine!! With big heart palpatating loves! Just remember to brown your flour tossed meat first (which can be tedious, but the flour thickens the sauce without your extra effort – whoop!).

    I’m so glad you succumbed! Welcome!

  • Susan says:

    Try Reese Witherspoons Coq au vin recipe (google). But the very best is – you can make lots of one thing and I freeze the rest like spaghetti sauce!

  • Beth says:

    Pinterest recipes have recently revived my interest in the crockpot. Got two new ones for Christmas, retired my old ones I’d had since our wedding 16 yrs. ago, and started slow-cookin’! My old crockpots had only been used for potlucks and parties to keep my food warm, but these glorious crockpots have been used to make all kinds of culinary delights! There’s just something about dumping a bunch of ingredients in and going away and Wah-lah! A homecooked meal has taken it’s place! Even frozen meat is no match for my crockpot…turns out moist and tender and delish! Keep on crockin’ Kelcy and you’ll be fooling your family into thinking you’re a GREAT cook in no time, just like I do! πŸ˜‰

  • Lindsey says:

    You’ll never be over your crock pot- ever. Its the only reason my husband ate when my daughter was an infant. It allows me to make delicious mouth watering dishes that wouldnt normally get prepared in my house b/c of the lack of time and desire to have that kind of time!!!

  • Linda says:

    Here’s the recipe for others. It was AMAZING !!!
    Tuesday Nights Dinner……
    5 Bonesless, Skinless Chicken Breasts In Crockpot,
    Add 3 Tbsp Of Willow House/Southern Living At Home Santa Fe Dip Mix & 1 Jar Of Newman’s Own Mango Salsa.
    Cook In Crockpot On Low For 6 Hours. Shred Chicken In Crockpot & Stir It Through All The Juice. Served It On Small Flour Tortillas With Tomatoes & Sour Cream.

  • Agent99 says:

    the look on your face is priceless!! the crock pot has come in very handy….my kids LOVED the lasagne I made in it (add lots of extra sauce!) and it was great for making the matzoh ball soup and freeing up the stovetop for other stuff. now if we could just figure out how to use it to make sushi rice.

      • Agent99 says:

        Easier than snot! If you’re using meat, brown it. No need to boil lasagne noodles, just layer in the crock pot as you nromally would; sauce, noodles, cheese (ricotta & mozzarella), repeat. I cook on low for 4 hrs. Add lots of extra sauce, it can be dry. Enjoy

  • kristena says:

    Try ravioli lasagna! My kids LOVE it and all you have to do for it is brown the meat and then it all goes in the croc pot! Its great!

  • annie says:

    I have one, my sister bought it for me. I’ve used it for pulled pork also….twice. Then every recipe i saw included “cream of….” soup and that makes me gag. I’m too lazy to find more recipes even though i have more cookbooks than anyone will ever need. I also hate casseroles. i have issues.

    • Dana says:

      I’m with you Annie! I cannot stand Cream of anything soup and I hate casseroles, too. But everyone swears by their Crock Pot. I’m sure there are some good recipes out there but I’m just too skeptical!

      • Kim W. says:

        We use ours for chile Verde, or bean soups, or basic meats and vegetables. I rarely use any prepared sauces, and also gag at Cream of anything soup.

  • Meg D says:

    I love how unconvinced you look in the “before” picture, there should be an “after”!

    Try this one: 6 chicken thighs or 4 breasts with 1 bottle bbq sauce, 1C Italian dressing and 1/3C brown sugar. I think you cook it for about 4 hours but since I don’t have a Crock Pot (I just cook this low and slow at 250 degrees in the oven in a pot with a top on it for 4 hours) I’m not 100% sure of timing. Try 4 hours and see how it looks.

  • daphne says:

    I just got a great super easy burrito recipe from my neighbor — best thing is it makes a ton and now we’ve got a few night’s worth of ready to go dinners in the freezer (how June Cleaver I sound…)

  • Nanette says:

    Two nights ago my daughter said, “Wow Mom, this dinner doesn’t tastes as bad as your usual dinners do!” I think that was a compliment…… I made Crockpot beans. πŸ™‚

  • erinb says:

    I love the crockpot concept but what I am really looking for is someone to buy the needed items, chop up all the ingredients for me, throw it in my crockpot and plug it in. Because I hate cooking that much.

  • Emily says:

    Italian Chicken People? Sounds gross.

    Try this book. You can order it on Amazon.

    Busy People’s Slow Cooker Cookbook.

    ALL of the recipes are 7 ingredients or less.

    I love this book and most of the ingredients are things kept on hand. For cooks. I’m not sure about you, though. Heh.

    Love the photo!

  • Valerie says:

    I used the slow cooker today myself. It’s heaven-sent, especially on these nicer days when I’d rather be outside with the kids in the afternoon than in the kitchen making dinner (and I *love* to cook!) There are plenty of recipes that don’t use cream soups- we’re a can-free household and I haven’t found a powder (and I don’t have a limitless supply of cream soups I’ve made). I use the slow cooker and have for years. Welcome to the club!

  • Tracy says:

    When I had my second child, my sister gave me a slow cooker as as my baby shower gift. It’s actually been a pretty great gift. The reason it was such a success though is that we alternate sending recipes to each other once a week, so I’m forced to use it at least once a week, and I’ve found a lot of really great recipes that way. Here’s one of my favorites – and one of the easiest. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/t.....etail.aspx

  • I loved my crockpots and cried when I had to give them away when we moved abroad. Although it always seemed to me that they didn’t save a WHOLE lot of prep time, at least for dinners that involved meat, because you really still have to brown the meat (and prepare the vegetables) first if you don’t want to end up with gray mush.

    Anyhoo, the crock pot I had that got the MOST use was a $10 small unit from Target — we used it pretty much every single night to make amazing slow-cooked oatmeal that would be ready in the morning. You just take your oats, add yummy stuff like dried cranberries (any dried berry), spices, or maple syrup, and the kids love it in the morning. Especially during the colder parts of the year.

  • meg says:

    Welcome to the crock pot darkside… we have more time because it works for us! πŸ™‚ So glad you are so enjoying yours too!

  • Heather says:

    I don’t care what these people say, you better watch it, Kelcey. Crock pots are so versatile that you’ll soon be doing your laundry in one if you aren’t careful.

  • Lazy me says:

    We use it about once a month. During summer, it doesn’t heat up house. During winter, best way to make yummy comfort foods. My most fav is chicken and a jar of chunky salsa. After cooking all day, makes great chicken tacos. You can also throw in a table spoon of curry and after cooking all day serve shredded over rice.


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