The Allure of the Crock-Pot

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Crock Pot

We learn early that if something has a lot of names, that something is very important.   Remember the Eskimos and all their words for snow?  And if there’s only one name, then it better be a good one.

Which might be why crock-pots get such a bad rap.  An actual ceramic bean crock has old-world charm, but adding “pot” to “crock” pretty much clouds the derivation of the word.  As my sister would say, ewwwwww.

But it seems the appliance supersedes the name.

Everyone I know is obsessed with their crock-pots.  From my adventurous college-age cousin to my city-chic girlfriends.  My mom pals swear by it and their husbands, men accustomed to the yummiest restaurants in town, say nothing compares.

All this crock-pot talk has me itching to order a new kitchen toy, but my Brady Bunch era associations linger.   So sway me, please.  Do you have a crock-pot?  What’s your favorite dish to make?

Should A & O start sharing crock-pot recipes??

xx Sarah

5 Comments on The Allure of the Crock-Pot

  1. Kt
    April 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm (8 years ago)

    Crock pots are great for the modern day working woman! I’ve used mine to make soups, stuffed peppers, baked potatoes, pot roasts, dulce de leche for ice cream … The list goes on and on! Better yet, they now have disposable liners that make clean up as easy as tossing the bag and washing the lid.

  2. CHER
    April 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm (8 years ago)

    Yes, share hip, fresh, new Crock Pot recipes. Everyone I know has bought a new one in the last 5 years. Haven’t used mine all winter – only because it always makes SO much.
    Love reading you guys every day – always fun. Wedding 1 year later, was delicious!
    xxxxxCher

  3. smartypants
    April 14, 2012 at 7:16 am (8 years ago)

    Yes!! Share the recipes! I am a former crock pot snob but with four children and a busy schedule, it really does make sense to use one. I HIGHLY recommend the book Slow Cooker Revolution, a book published by the folks at America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Illustrated. With recipes like Balsamic Braised Chicken with Swiss Chard, Vietnamese-Style Beef and Noodle Soup, Big Batch Caramelized Onions, Fresh Strawberry Jam, and Nutella Bread Pudding, trust me, you’ll change your mind about crock pots in a hurry. I sure did.

  4. emily @ the happy home
    April 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm (8 years ago)

    my texan fiance came with a crock pot. he’s a big fan of super-spicy beans (and now i am, too). but the big surprise was when i got a cookbook called “the gourmet vegetarian slow cooker,” which has some pretty epic recipes in it!

  5. Mary Sullivan
    April 15, 2012 at 7:33 pm (8 years ago)

    Sarah, I am so excited you are making “Crock Pots” okay on your very stylish website. I hope you get some great receipes. Can’t wait.

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