Monday, February 13, 2006

High Hopes for Crock Pots

It was pretty quiet around casa de me this weekend. Just some hanging out and a trip to Target to get…bum bum bummmmmm…a crock pot. It seems like the ultimate in middle -aged hausfrau to me, that I now own my own crock pot but I am hoping that this will keep us from eating out quite so often. We’ll see. It’s not good to get one’s hopes up. BUT IT’S RED AND SHINY LIKE A RACE CAR…except it goes very, very slowly. I’m gonna chuck a chicken in there tomorrow and see what happens.

I did do a lot of baking this weekend but it was in a very short amount of time. I finally gave my tortilla press/baker a test run. Since the directions enclosed with the machine did not actually explain how the machine worked and actually told me to press my tortillas in a tortilla press and bake them on a griddle, even though this thing, it presses, and bakes, it was a trial and error process. By the time I got the errors out of the way it was too late for trials and we had to order a pizza. We will try the semi-fresh tortillas tonight as part of a fish taco extravaganza. I will purchase pre-made tortillas on my way home…you know…just in case.

I also made some muffins. First I made the lemon poppy seed muffins from Vegan with a Vengeance because I have this quest, this desire to learn how to make good vegan baked goods. I don’t know why. You go climb Mt. Everest and I will make a good vegan muffin, ok? I know, I know, I’m not a vegan, I’m not even a vegetarian…I just want to do it, OK? Jeez.

Anyway, when the muffins came out of the oven I tried one and…I was not convinced. So I decided that I needed to make some regular lemon poppy seed muffins with a stick of butter and 2 eggs for comparison purposes. Unfortunately, I didn’t like those either. Turns out I just don’t much care for lemon poppy seed muffins. So I made some butterscotch cookies, which I liked much better. Jason says that both variations of the muffins were completely edible but I noticed that the ones labeled “VEGAN’ are still sitting on the counter. Well, to be fair, there are a lot of the non-vegan ones hanging about too but all the butterscotch cookies seem to have disappeared.

I will try the carrot muffins next time. They actually are a totally different recipe so I have high hopes, which, as we all know, is very bad.


Chris said...

We've had a crock pot for over 10 years. We've cooked a pot roast in it once. I have used it for the last three Halloweens to keep my gluwein* warm. That's it. We keep meaning to use it more, but we don't.

*That's not my exact gluwein recipe, but it was a starting point. My latest batch was a bottle of cheap burgundy, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, a splash of orange juice, some orange slices, and a liberal dash of Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum.

Jodi said...

I, the non-cooker, actually have a crock pot (hand-me-down from Mom). We use it occasionally...most often to heat up cocktail weenies for a party.

Chris had me at "Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum"...