For ones enthusiastic cook, slow cooker foods are never unexciting. If you'd like to learn why slow cooker recipes are well-liked, maybe you are ready try it out to see how great crockpot preparing food can make a dish pleasantly healthy without much effort.
Eat less meat. I knew the impact of a heavy meat diet, but I love meat and the idea of vegetarian meals was off-putting for me. Until it occurred to me that I could make a lot of the foods we already eat meatless: spaghetti, tacos (mmm bean and cheese tacos!), homemade slow cooker mac and cheese with crab. Not only did having one or two meatless meals a week help me meet my frugal grocery budget, it also opened my eyes to the fact that meatless doesn't = tofu.
I can't say that quite juicy smoked paprika dusted pork tenderloin or the chimichurri marinated hanger steak are flawed. It's just that we had sensationally feisty hanger steak the night before at Morandi and the macaroni cheese balls near me makes this version seem quite ordinary. Of course, I'm not surprised that a chef come of age in Flay's aura overdoes on sweetness. And after all, this is Apiary. Personally, I hate honey as well as fruit vinegars in my vinaigrette. And I'm not going to be happy with sweet'n'sour fruit sauce tainting my spice crusted lamb. A side of spicy eggplant comes cold. That's a surprise.
Our waiter was incredibly attentive. Our water glasses were rarely empty and our service was prompt. He was also very knowledgeable about the food and was more than willing to tell us about what we were eating particularly in the case of the achiote butter macaroni cheese when we had no clue what was in it).
If you want to eat in an even classier restaurant, go downtown. There's a place called Burdick's, in operation since 1991. Every year in April, there's their Build a Burger, for $5.99. Sadly this Thursday being April is slow cooker mac and cheese their last day.
Once you have each of the items ready, just put them in a 3-4 quart crockpot. Cover and prepare dinner on Lower temperature for 8 hours. Serve it with rice or pasta together, and you'll have a satisfying food.
Culinary Knives - Great knives are a must have for chopping and dicing your fresh fruits and vegetables. Don't be shy about spending a couple of bucks on good knives. Cheap and dull knives can become a safety hazard while trying to prepare fresh produce. You don't want to run the risk of injuring a finger while cooking do you?. What fun would that be?
You can cook a meal without doing much work in as little as 40 minutes. Or you can let it cook all day, when you're away at work, and get home to a lovely tender meal at the end of the day.
Peanut butter: This happens to be my big, random pet prediction for 2009. No disrespect meant to bacon - really, I love bacon - but I think maybe it's had more than it's fair share of time in the spotlight as the comfort food ingredient of choice. It's peanut butter's turn. In 2009, I think we'll see more artisanal producers, more variations, and more of a general appreciation for peanut butter as an ingredient (even beyond desserts, where it's already got a stronghold). Will we end up with a Peanut Butter Bar, like the one in the West Village? Maybe not. But I wouldn't be shocked to see an Elvis sandwich on a menu or two. Maybe even a peanut butter and bacon sandwich. Could we handle that many trendy ingredients?