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weather: light rain
outside: 11°C
mood: okay
We got hired help.

Backstory: Husband Guy and I carpool because we work quite close by to each other. He works quite late most days, so I end up waiting for him until 1930h. It makes no sense for me to go home at 1800h, then come back at 1930h to pick him up again, I just work an extra hour and a half if I'm busy, then bill it as I see fit or just goof off or whatever. Usually, I work it.

This means that by the time we get home, it's almost 2000h. Neither of us are avid cooks, in fact, both of us are fairly Kitchenally Challenged™. Neither of us particularly care what we eat so long as it's at least vaguely food-ish-like in quality. Our brains are trashed by that time in the evening, so we usually end up cracking open the Chunky soup.

I was reading Fazia's blog and saw this wonderful slow cooker chicken recipe that I really wanted to try. We both love chicken and I was very interested in the slow cooker idea - it can cook for me during the day while I'm gone!!!

All week, I've been looking into crock pots between builds and script runs. And finally, yesterday, we bought one. It's the 6 quart Rival Smart-Pot 38601-W.

It comes with an instruction booklet that has a few interesting recipes in it. One of which was very similar to Faz's chicken one. There was also a Jumbalaya one that I thought I'd definitely try. There are a bunch more at the Rival website that I'll look through before I think about buying one of their cookbooks =)

Our crock pot came with a small ding pre-thumped into the side, which I thought was pretty brilliant of the Rival folks. Now we don't quite have to worry about breaking it in and making it fit in with our other hired help.

There was an Accessories Catalogue as well where I discovered they sold meat racks. I wanted either a small round one or an oval one that fits at the bottom. They didn't carry them at the store where I got the slow cooker =P I went around trying to find a similar thing at one of the kitchen gadget stores, but no one had a small one that would fit.



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Apr. 19th, 2003 04:36 pm (UTC)
Naive question: what is the meat rack for? For cooking, or serving?
You should get a George Foreman grill!! You can pick up a "colors" one for about $25 and you need NO cooking skill. Buy meat. Turn on grill. Put meat on grill. Leave it there for as long as it says in the George Foreman booklet. Remove. ENJOY THE YUMMINESS.
You can also do grilled cheese sandwiches, grilled vegetables, and hash browns. (I'm eating a grilled cheese right now!)
Apr. 19th, 2003 04:40 pm (UTC)
Naive question: what is the meat rack for? For cooking, or serving?

It's for cooking. It's so that the juices and fat can drain into the pot. The booklet mentions something about this being better for even cooking. You can then pour out the juice/fat into a container, stick it in the fridge overnight, then in the morning, scoop off the congealed fat and you have pure juice for gravy or sauce. =)

Re: George Foreman grill

I'd heard of that =) It's definitely something to keep in mind =)
Apr. 19th, 2003 08:12 pm (UTC)
Yay for hot water pots! =)
Apr. 19th, 2003 08:56 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. Although, I think it might be time for a new one because there's a funny smell coming from ours now. I'm not sure if boiling the lemons in it helped or made it worse... =P
Apr. 23rd, 2003 04:40 pm (UTC)
One of the best quick dinner things that I have found is the Foreman grill. You can go from frozen chicken breasts to dinner in 20 minutes.
My favorite quick dinner - take Kraft Italian Pesto dressing, throw the chicken breasts in it to marinate. Stick a pot of water on the stove, boil for pasta. Another pot - throw some frozen veggies in. Third little pan - butter and some garlic cloves, sliced thin.
Smack the chicken breasts onthe Foreman Grill, drop more pesto on the chicken.
When the pasta is done drain it. Toss it with some of the garlic butter sauce you made. Put it on a plate, throw the chicken on top of it. Toss some butter sauce with the veggies, throw those on too.
20 minutes. And its so so SO good.
Done being domestic now. :)
Apr. 23rd, 2003 05:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a few people have told me about the Foreman Grill now. =)

Favorite Quick Dinner sounds good =)
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