My Honey was not home from work (long days equal a frustrating work routine) and a large box was beside the front door.
I knew two things as well, He would be tired when He arrived and the box contained my "winnings".
I was right on both fronts.
We had a quiet dinner of leftovers and afterwards I opened the shipping box. "What are you going to do with another crockpot?", He asked. Good question, because truthfully we already have a couple of crockpots.
One of them I like, the other I don't. It seems to cook too hot. I am hoping the new one will not cook too hot. I personally think that an 8 hour recipe should not be cooked at such a high temperature, that the surface is almost burnt. I seem to have that problem with one of them. Since a crockpot is either on or off, it must be in the calibration of the thermostat. I thought for the longest time, that I simply did not like crockpot cooked food. But I have had a couple of successes and I think that it is the crockpot itself. However, I am still learning. We shall see.
The new one, is a "smart pot" style with clamps to hold the lid on for taking it with you say to share a dinner at another home. A nice touch, even if you are only using the crockpot to keep food hot as you take it somewhere. I had never thought about using a crockpot to keep food hot, until we were over at the kids for a gathering. Everyone that brought food, brought it in a crockpot; hot and ready to serve. It worked out great, no last minute need of the stove.
I have a great book, Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook by Beth Hensperger. I tend to forget about the books I have on the shelf in the computer room. I really need to bring a book out into the kitchen and use it for a week or so and then go and choose another. This book will be taken to the kitchen, today. I am hoping to make a carrot cake tonight. I never tire of carrot cake. The recipe is straightforward, and just the right size for our household. I like that kind!
Have a great day!