OK, I came late to the game when it comes to slow cookers.
As a person who's home and in the kitchen most of the time
anyway, I didn't need a device that could do the cooking by itself
for hours and hours. I was the slow cooker, you
know? Until last Wednesday, that is.
I got the slow cooker for an
assignment reviewing a multitude of slow-cooker cookbooks--they
but I was only looking at 7 or 8 newish ones. After the first day,
I could see it was going to turn the 4:30 rush to dinner on its
Of the many cookbooks I looked at, perhaps the most
transformative was the newest--just published last week:
Cooker Revolution, from the editors of Cooks Illustrated.
It's got technical solutions galore; instant tapioca for a
slow-dissolving thickener, pre-microwaving the
aromatics--basically, anything that will help you avoid lighting a
burner on the stove.
So for the last week, my cooking schedule has been topsy-turvy:
Make the kids' lunch (and my husband's), cook the dinner, make my
breakfast. Alternately work and chillax for several hours,
then eat dinner. I'm not sure I'll ever quite give up on
heating a skillet to sauté an onion at 5 pm, but getting to have a
relaxed drink with my husband at 5 pm for a change is one awfully
persuasive argument. Thanks, slow cooker! Nice to meet