Thursday, November 08, 2007

Crockpot Cooking

While talking to Candace on the phone last night, she brought to my attention the fact that she had never made anything in the crock pot. She was talking about how difficult it was to come home from working all day and make a good, wholesome meal. I suggested she throw something in the crock pot before she left in the morning and that's when the above piece of news was revealed. How we had missed this vital life skill, I don't know. My crock pot is one of my favorite and most indispensable kitchen tools. But the good news is that she says Michael declares that she is the best cook in the world. Ok, then. She is off to a good start.

Here is one of our favorite crock pot meals for my darling daughter and anyone else who might enjoy it.

Rosemary Chicken (only 5 ingredients):
Cut up carrots and celery and place them in the bottom of the crock pot. About 1 c. each.
Place raw chicken pieces over the vegetables - we like boneless, skinless thighs.
Pour over all about 1/2 of a bottle of Italian dressing and sprinkle about 1 tsp. or more of dried rosemary. Cook for about 8 hours on low. Before serving prepare some rice or pasta. Serve the crock pot ingredients over the rice or pasta.

Something new I tried last week was Teriyaki Beef. I had a bag of frozen shitake mushrooms and I took these and a bag of frozen asparagus and dumped them in the crock pot. I added a chuck roast on top and poured some teriyaki sauce over all. I cooked it all day and it was delicious but I had to remove the asparagus before the roast was done because it was getting so mushy. Next time I'll add that much later in the cooking process.

The crock pot is so fun to experiment with. You just have to add some meat, vegetables and a maybe a sauce of some kind and you have the basic components of your meal. I love my rice cooker too because once employed with the crock pot, we have a complete meal ready to eat.


MamaLion said...

Strider says*:
come on, Mrs. _____, even I know how to cook crockpot food. And I'm a boy...just make sure all your daughters that are at home figure out how to do it before they leave home. :)

*edited by blog owner to omit last name

MamaLion said...

I guess I was too busy teaching her the *higher" things like making bread from our own ground wheat, making cream of chicken soup from scratch, homemade biscuits and waffles, her specialty-renowned-chocolate-chip cookies, and things like that. So there! (sticking my tongue out at you) :)

MamaLion said...
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Strider said...

hmmm...I don't know...I can do all those things too. I may need to have a talk with you on Saturday..:) *gently reprimands mamalion*

Maybe I'll let it slide...but just this time. :) hopefully see you at the H20!!

MomToCherubs said...

Below are some of the available websites that are filled to the brim with crockpot-style recipes to get her started -- lunches, dinners, and even breakfasts. We live by our crockpots most days through the week - I assemble dinner in the morning and turn the crockpot ON, add maybe salad and bread before serving in the evening. VOILA - a home cooked meal desite a very busy day with school and "life".

And my personal favorite:

God Bless.