Another Every Wednesday Post…
One of the main causes of our hectic evenings is the lack of dinner preparation. While this lack of preparation was manageable with two adults, it can cause major meltdowns with kids, who don’t understand having to wait for dinner. I know I’m not the first busy parent with this first-world problem. That’s why the crock pot was invented, or so my friends and co-workers tell me. It is supposed to be the easiest thing in the world. You chop a bunch of vegetables and meat and put these into this magical beast and hours later you have a complete meal. It’s not just for soups and stews; you can bake a cake in it. Despite the assurances of many friends and family, I have not purchased one….yet.
I think the main reason for my “fear” is that my husband is the chef in the family and he didn’t grow up with crock pot cooking. He doesn’t know anything about it and neither do I.
This “fear” is probably laughable for many readers. However, I’ve known many Westerners who didn’t know how to cook rice or stir fry properly, so if you don’t understand why this simple cooking system can cause any sort of trepidation, imagine how you may feel if asked to cook an entirely foreign food (whether that’s tamales, risotto, stir fry tofu or what have you).
Since 2012 is the year I address fears, both major and minor, I think it’s time that I/we explore crock pot cooking. First, I have to buy a cheap one. Then I have to look up recipes. Simple, right? Is there a cookbook called Crock Pot cooking for dummies? If not, there should be.