I was all excited this afternoon, picking up a recipe book i had reserved at the library, to inspire my culinary experiments with my crockpot! I hummed all the way there -5 minutes- and all the way back - 9 minutes, i hit all the red lights. :-)
As soon as I arrived home, I made myself a cup of tea and curled up in my favorite chair with the recipe book, with visions of sugar plums dancing in my head. Oops, i think that's a different story. Sorry. I got sidetracked.
So, here i am with " Slow Cooker: The best cookbook ever, with more than 400 Easy-to-Make Recipes” Yesssss! I'm shaking, in anticipation, i'm so excited.
But.... What? .... Where? ... How?... There are NO pictures!!! Well, that's a lie: there are 6 pictures in the middle of the book!!! 6 , read them, SIX pictures only! What is that about? Ms. Phillips, i have a bone to pick with you!
I don't know about you but looking at a picture is really worth 1000 words to me; i can see how it's supposed to look like when i'm done with it, so it's a real encouragement! I am not like my sister who can look at 3 unrelated ingredients and create a gourmet meal out of those, which will also be picture perfect and make you want to drool just looking at it.
No sir! Not moi! I need pictures for inspiration.
So here are my choices:
-Butternut Squash Braised with Thyme and Cider...naaaa, don't think so;
-Ultimate Mashed Potatoes: and sculpt mountains out of them? Naaaa, not at this time;
-Alphabet Beef Vegetable Soup? Well, i made Beef Barley Vegetable Soup last week so i should pass on that but maybe i could use the alphabet noodles for another project!
-There is a picture of pizza dip... Hum... Maybe not;
-Fruited Chicken Tagine? What in the world is a tagine? ZAB! Help!
-ok, now i've found it! It looks delicious! It's called:
Red Wine Poached Pears with Stilton !!!
No, peoples from the peanut gallery, Stilton is not my guy's name, it's a type of cheese! Really! Pay attention:
-1 cup full-bodied red wine
-1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar (Zab, can i use Splenda?)
-6 large firm red pears, halved and cored
-6 ounces Stilton cheese
-one 4 - inch cinnamon stick.
Combine yadda, yadda, yadda and throw in your crockpot.
Cover and cook on high for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Uncover and allow pears to cool at room temperature.
Ok, now it'll be Sunday evening and i'll have eaten my cookings for the week! What shall i do then?
I guess there's always Pringle chips and red licorice!! Shhh, don't tell my sister!
Salut to all those of you who need to see to be inspired to cook; i know what you're going through!
PS: i did not pick that recipe because of all the red things in there... Or did I? ;)
PPS: don't eat that stuff and drive, you're bound to be over the red limit!
PPPS: note to myself to check out recipe book BEFORE i sign it out from library next time.
Better be a Little "S" than a Little Less! J