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06 October 2003 @ 06:44 pm
Culinary demons slain  
I love to cook. Loooooove it. And I'm pretty darned good at it, to boot. Baking, meh- that's spotty. But general meal-making, I'm more than decent. There are hurdles, though. Thresholds... those challenges that I face. They almost always involve appliances.

-Food Processor. I got a Cuisinart food processor when Don and I got married. It's beautiful, professional quality. I did not use it for, oh FOUR YEARS. Don't know why. I was told by several people that it was more trouble than it was worth, a pain in the butt to clean... I first used it when making a carrot cake (and I make a goooood carrot cake). I decided to try the grater attachement... and fell in love. I still could use it more frequently, but it sees action at least once a week.

-Kitchen-Aid(tm!) Mixer. I wanted one for years. All the professionals use them... must be brill, eh? Again... Don gave it to me for Christmas, and it sat there for TWO YEARS. I think I first used it to make whipped cream (idiot that I am, I'd been doing it by hand... what was I thinking?) Again... I'm hooked. Of course, I started a low-carb diet shortly after getting acquainted with my beautiful mixer, so that dough hook is of little use. *sigh*

and the newest hurdle overcome....
-the Slow Cooker (aka 'crockpot). This is another gift form two years past. I've never used it... don't know why, really. I DO know that I am still wary of leaving it on when I am not at home, so if anyone cares to share happy and safe Slow Cooker stories with me, do! (Recipes also welcome) I was home most of today, and as NaNo is fast approaching, there is some discussion (including recipes) on those boards as to feeding yourself/family during that most dreadful of months. "What a perfect opportunity to try this out!" thought I. So I'm making Greek Chicken... I even used the potatoes the recipe called for, and decided to add another mile to my workout tomorrow to make up for it. Even so... I am still really uncertain about leaving the cooker on while I'm not at home. It's a really basic model. It doesn't have a timer or anything. suggestions? I did see a good slow cooker for about $50.00 today. Should I get that, and (with the time taken into consideration) feel free to set it to cook while I am away?

Any input welcome.

oooo, and just as a final 'hurdle'....

-buying myself a good knife. I alway settled for a decent knife. I have a rather nice Henckels (sp?) chef's knife... 9", I think. Then I got myself a Global Japanese 9" chefs knife... and I want more from that line. It holds an edge beautifully, and it sits in my hand like someone came and measured me for it. It really was not that expensive, considering how much some other knives cost, but it was still a big step for me to buy myself something that cost more than, say, $75.00. This from the girl who won't spend more than $20.00 on shoes.
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moileaflette on October 7th, 2003 01:18 am (UTC)
Oh, good. I take you shopping, you cook yummy food for me. Deal. :P
Kelladyjoust on October 7th, 2003 02:32 am (UTC)
done and done!!!!! *grins!*
moileaflette on October 7th, 2003 09:53 pm (UTC)
Muahahahaha... *rubs hands together conspiratorilly*
Bird on a Wingcaragana_leaves on October 7th, 2003 01:41 am (UTC)
We have LOTS of good crock-pot recipes here. Let me know if you'd like some!
Oh, and Kel, you are a BRILLIANT cook! *gobbles*
Kelladyjoust on October 7th, 2003 02:34 am (UTC)
first of all, you get enormous hugs for saying I'm a brilliant cook...****HUGS!!!!!**** that is something that is so dear to my heart....

and secondly... send those recipes my way! so long as they're not too carb-heavy, all is well.
Dev Singerdevrose on October 7th, 2003 10:45 am (UTC)
My grandmother makes sure that each and every one of her relatives has a crockpot... they DO work. My parents just throw stuff in there and leave it to cook while they're at work all the time, and it has yet to do any damage, so... (And it's easy enough that my mother actually gave ME instructions and had ME do it once!)
Kelladyjoust on October 7th, 2003 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Dev! I think I just needed to hear that peoples homes haven't burned down because they used a crockpot. Oh, and the chicken I made last night came out Brilliantly. Yum!
Dev Singerdevrose on October 7th, 2003 11:48 pm (UTC)
One thing when using it: Do NOT turn it between temperatures (high and low, if yours has that), or it won't cook at all. Um, opps... I did that today.