crock pot fun...
i grew up in a home with 2 working parents.
my mom stayed home until my brother started school fulltime, and then we were latchkey kids. somedays we would play at grandmas after school, somedays we went home to fend for ourselves.
as the big sister i was in charge (i am always in charge, whether i am the big sister in the situation or not) i took care of jesse after school every day. until he became that annoying age of know it all in insecurities... then he kind of did what he wanted while i yelled at him to do what he was supposed to be doing.
i remember mom being a stay at home, jesse does not really. i remember her baking her own bread and hand making spaghetti noodles. i remember days of baking and freezing and cooking and working. i remember lots of homemade meals.
jesse remembers subway sandwiches and wendy's 99c menu. the gigantic size of my butt at that time remembers that also.
we both remember crock pot meals. mostly roasts. throw a cut of meat in the crock pot with spices and potatoes and veggies, and you have a complete meal that you hardly had to think about. my mom used her crock pot a lot. stews and soups and chili and roasts.
now as a working mom myself... i am realizing the importance of a crock pot in the kitchen. it may not make award winning meals. i may not get a golden chef hat for my cooking... but my family will at least be eating home cooked meals rather than from the 99c menu and freezer section.
the thing is... i don't have many crock pot recipes. my husband is not a huge fan of one-pot kind of meals. he eats nothing creamy (no mayo, no cream cheese, no sour cream, no cream, no cream of anything soup) he eats some veggies, but nothing all veggie. no mushrooms. this eliminates a lot in the world of crock pot. (although some items can be substituted in recipes, and meat can always be added.)
i can make a mean chili. i can make a basic roast (meat, spices, veggies, cook). i can make both bbq pork and italian beef sandwiches. beyond that... i have tried chicken noodle soup a couple times and the occasional stew... but i want some real good, real food, home made meals i can make in a crock pot.
that's where you come in! if you have a link to a site with lots of good gourmet crock pot meals, or have a tried and true crock pot recipe... i want it.
it may not be a culinary cuisine, it may not be a gourmet meal... but at this stage in my life right now... we will settle for homemade. we will settle for better than frozen pizza.