Whether your slow cooker is one of these old girls, or a sleek new one, call it into service whenever you’re in a cooking jam.
I keep putting it off and putting it off. I’ve written it on the calendar on a couple of different dates and erased each one.
The daughter of good friends of ours, and her husband and two little boys, just moved to our town, only a couple of blocks away from us. They’re new here—and Merle and I want to welcome them. A simple meal would be just fine, I know, but I can’t figure out when to do it.
A slow cooker won’t find you an open date on your calendar—but it will simplify making the meal.
Here are two stories from Tips for Using Your Slow Cooker that will inspire you if your life’s too full to have people over, or if you’re worried about cooking food that little kids will like!
“I was out on a run (I drove a semi-truck at the time), and my son’s birthday party was going to be the day we came in, so I made a quick call to my brother and sister-in-law and they fixed the birthday dinner. Two slow cookers had wet kitchen towels in them to heat up store-bought tamales; a third cooker had chili cheese dip. When I got home, there was a full house of teenage boys enjoying themselves. I almost didn’t get any tamales!”
–Lisa, Mannford, OK
“For my daughter’s birthday party, I had six slow cookers going. I had macaroni and cheese, Spanish rice, lasagna, mashed potatoes, apple spice cake, and peach cobbler. This way there was something for all the picky eaters.”
–Cindy, Kingsburg, CA
Read more stories, plus really helpful tips, in the new collection from the friends of our Fix-It and Forget-It cookbooks, Tips for Using Your Slow Cooker.