I still remember when my mom got a Crock Pot. Such a clever 1970′s invention.
For our 1986 wedding, Todd & I got one too from the owners of the flower shop where I worked in college. Later, we “bumped up” to one that had a new-fangled twist——removable stoneware.
After 25 years of marriage, I’ve burned through a lot of Crock Pots. We currently own two, both about 10 years old.
They’ve been transported to graduation open houses, sick church members and family get-togethers; they’ve been there to celebrate at wedding showers and silently serve at funeral dinners. They return often with food crusted on the outside or nicks in the stoneware.
Loving others means sometimes your stuff gets bumped.
There were ones that switched automatically to “Keep Warm’ when the dish was done.
There were ones that were huge—-7 quart models.
One was camouflage—-my hunters would love that!
One even had little pre-made, removable metal tags that told what was in the Crock Pot—–meatballs, mac & cheese, etc…
I was having me a severe case of “Crock Pot Envy”
So, I had to snap myself back to reality and embrace my beat-up beauties.
Though not state-of-the-art, they still function.
Though they’ve been bumped and bruised, they’ve spread a lot of love.
I will embrace my chipped, dented slow cookers and continue to let them serve.
Here are two favorite crock pot meals. One is a little involved; one easy.
Will you share yours?
5 boneless chicken breasts, cubed
1 can black beans
1 can corn, drained
Mix the above and place in a slow cooker. Then, over the top pour:
1 (15 ounce) jar chunky salsa ( I use Ortega medium)
one small lime–zested & juiced and 1 tsp. minced garlic
Cover and cook on high for four hours. Then add:
1 (8 block) package cream cheese, cubed
Lightly stir and re-cover. Cook for 30 minutes more.
Serve over brown rice and top with crushed tortilla chips.
Place one or two boneless pork loins in a crock pot. Cover and cook 8-10 hours on low.
Drain off juices. Shred meat. Pour Sweet Baby Rays barbeque sauce over. Stir and serve on soft kaiser rolls with some crunchy cole slaw.
Any other good crock pot dishes out there?