28 January 2014

Slow Cooking, How I Missed Thee

A couple weekends ago, we were eating dinner with friends and one mentioned missing crock pot meals. There have been plenty of times I have also missed these types of meals, but this time it really stuck with me. We had used our crock pot pretty often in Chicago, and I felt like we were missing out on certain meals (especially since the convection oven and I regularly have disagreements on what can be considered "cooking"). We knew that a few are available on bol.com (think of it like the Dutch version of Amazon.com), but they seemed ridiculously expensive and therefore, just not worth it.

But I kept dreaming about the meals that could be, and I decided to take my chances with Amazon.de (the German Amazon). Usually, it's difficult to buy from Amazon.de - it seems to be a combination of the item needing to ship directly from Amazon and being "expensive" enough for it to go internationally - but this all worked out so much smoother than I could have hoped.

I ordered this crock pot on Monday evening, and it arrived Wednesday afternoon - faster than expected. And while I wasn't able to use it right away, it's been used pretty heavily since Saturday. Already we've enjoyed crock pot French Toast, a chicken taco mix, and a pasta dish. It's nice to feel like we're opening up our meal options and bringing in more chances for "comfort food."

Chicken Taco mix


I see this little guy becoming the best-loved appliance in the house right after the coffee maker.

It's hard at work so I don't have to be.

Have you found yourself missing an appliance from home? I'm surprised at how happy I am to have this one back!

10 comments:

  1. Annie Montgomery28 January, 2014 11:32

    Oh man. I miss crock pot meals SO badly. Alas, even if we were going to spend for it, we have no room to store it! hah That Chicken Taco looks divine.......

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  2. We just got one last month too and I LOVE it! I had missed ours so much too! It's funny what love you can have for a household item. :-) And that chicken taco mix looks yummy!

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  3. We don't really have "room" exactly, but it's been living on my counter since it came out of the box. =)
    And the chicken taco was a welcomed change of pace!

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  4. One of the best purchasing decisions since the move, right? =) I love the return of the set it and forget cooking!

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  5. Not for items that need to be plugged in but on amazon.co.uk I know that we get free shipping to Sweden if we spend 25 pounds or more and it is how I get books, movies, video games and other items like that!

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  6. You know, I have never used a crock-pot. Hubby goes on about them all the time, but I have not got any knowledge of where to start to get good recipes etc. Any tips? I have heard they are easy to use - which is great for me!

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  7. That's always comforting! Having access to books in your own language is always necessary when you're a bit of a bibliophile. And who doesn't love a good video game?

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  8. Oh, they are so easy to use! One of our favorite dishes is just chicken breasts covered with a good salsa and black beans on low for the day. You can shred the chicken with forks after and they are delicious. I've always liked allrecipes.com for ideas, and there's plenty of crock pot ideas there. =)

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  9. I have never owned or used one.. and now i am wondering WHY NOT? Man, it looks easy and delish!

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  10. you should!!! It's SO easy to make things. And Farrah and I are apparently finding the same recipes and loving them, so we can lend you some tips, too

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