Peevish Pen

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Location: Rural Virginia, United States

I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Crock Pottering Around

I confess. I was probably one of the few Americans who never owned a CrockPot™—or, to be generic, a slow cooker. Frankly, I'm not much of a cook. But, recently I acquired a CrockPot and decided I'd give slow-cooking a try.

Trouble was, I didn't know how to use it. Thanks to Google, I learned. And thanks to my Facebook friends, I acquired lots of suggestion (and recipes!) of what to cook. On Tuesday—Senior Citizen Day at Kroger when the prices are discounted for us old fogies—I bought some ingredients: a beef roast . . .

. . . and some veggies.

On Wednesday, I made roast beef. First I printed out my recipes. . .

. . . and, by referring to a couple of recipes and the booklet that came with the  CrockPot, I was ready to begin.

I cut up some veggies . . . 

. . . taking care to save carrots peelings for my horse.

I cut up a few onions . . . 

. . . and seared the roast in my big skillet for a couple of minutes.

When I put everything in the  CrockPot and added some dried onion soup and water, it looked like this:

After the  CrockPot did its thing all afternoon, and with the addition of a side of brussel sprouts, this is what I had for supper.

It was delicious! On Thursday, I cooked cabbage in the  CrockPot.  It was pretty good, too.

Looks like I'll be doing a lot more CrockPot cooking.


Blogger Kimberly said...

I love to cook things in my slow cooker. Chili, chicken bbq, and a Mexican chicken recipe are my favorites!

10:39 PM  
Blogger R.M. said...

yum - you are a good cook!

4:29 PM  
Blogger CountryDew said...

Looks yummy! I have a roast in the slow cooker right now!

3:05 PM  
Blogger Sally Roseveare said...

I need to use my CrockPot more often. After seeing this blog, I think I'll fix the same thing for tomorrow night!

4:35 PM  

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