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January 14, 2005



Yeah, I know what you mean about the crock pot.
I'm just discovering crock pot recipes and I love it.



what is the difference of a crockpot from a casserole?

or can it just be any point where i can boil veggies and stuff for eons of time? :D


hee hee. my hubbie grew up on crock-pot cooking that was watery and tasteless - he still shudders if i leave too much tomato liquid in the spaghetti. so i know he'll never get me one. i'd like one, though, so i could make enchilada soup:
saute one chopped onion until translucent, add to crockpot with 2 cans vegetarian chili, 2 cans enchilada sauce, 1 can kidney/garbanzo/black beans, 2 cans diced tomatoes, 1 can black olives, sliced. cook forever in your crockpot and, before serving, add any kind of meat you like, grated cheddar cheese and sour cream or 1/2 & 1/2 to taste. i add frozen corn to my not-quite-so-delicious stovetop version.


I love crockpot cooking! We have two huge ones and we often have them both going at the same time. I have one of the Fix-It-and-Forget-It cookbooks, but mostly we just throw stuff in there and experiment. You can't go wrong.


I love my crockpot. It is now 10 years old and the bottom underneath is rusted out. I saw a wonderful one in Wal-Mart where the dish you cook in comes out and that is my very next purchase. What elegance! I can't wait to buy it. Everything tastes delicious in a crockpot. It really does! Enjoy!


I got smart after the first Christmas with my husband, and started giving him my wishlist every year. Worked like a charm.


Hey, Cooper...I had a crockpot some years ago during the bachelor days. Like you, I was pretty skeptical about the whole endeavor until I started using it. Then, it become love at first sight. Everything went in the crock pot. Just load it up in the morning and come home after work to a hot meal. I was using the thing every day...until I overdosed on crockpot food and got sick of it. I had to throw away the crockpot because I couldn't even look at it anymore. Even today, the sight of a crockpot (or a can of Campbells French Onion soup) makes me nauseous!

In other words, enjoy it while it lasts!


I can never remember specifics to share recipes while at work and away from the written down recipes, but I can tell you I'm a fan of the Cooking Light Slow Cooker Cookbook and I've heard good things about "Fix It and Forget It Lightly."
Crockpots are the working moms friend.


Yes, share recipes! I also received a crockpot for Christmas, but I must admit, I requested it! As a working Mom, I'm trying to feed everyone something nutritious, and this seems to be the silver bullet...


It's great that you were able to discover the sparkle in the crock pot.

When I was a kid, I remember at one point my mom made an ultimatum of sorts. She said she no longer wanted presents for the house, only presents for herself. No vacuum cleaner gifts any more. I think that was a good decision, and I've tried to remember it. The fact that she'd recovered from cancer made such an ultimatum more possible I suppose. My mom is still healthy and fiesty, and the same rule still applies.


Sorry about your lack of sparklies. I think domestic gifts like crock pots should be banned at Christmas. :)

There are a few recipes I've tried from this site that have been pretty good: http://allrecipes.com/directory/43.asp


Now, I'm feeling really bad. Last year I got a crockpot, and I couldn't get my mind around chopping meat and veggies at 7 a.m. so I returned it! I didn't even give it a chance. What would your grandmother think of me? And now, those slow-cooking stews of yours are sounding really yummy.


I know what you mean. I got a Cuisinart for Christmas, and a pair of merrel shoes for my birthday. Both are things that I wanted, but neither are really romantic gifts you expect from your husband. I mean, the Cuisinart is something you get from a parent or in law or something.

But I have to admit, my husband always makes up for it. I had been searching for months for a new ring set, hoping to get it for my anniversary, and when I finally found one I liked, my husband bought it for me. So I did get my sparkles after all.

As for the crock pot, you'll have to share your low fat recipes!

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