That's right, we've officially joined in with the rest of America's households and jumped on the
I placed all the ingredients in the
|All the ingredients. Aren't they pretty? I was pretty excited about the meal at this point.|
Or at least that was the plan. In actuality, I waited until the smell of burning plastic filled my kitchen, which was about forty-five minutes into the process. I hurried to turn it off, remove the pot, and check for any packaging that I may have left in the works. No dice. I finally resorted to reading the manual, which warned me about a "chemical smell" during the first few uses. So I put the pot back in the burner, or whatever you call that new fangled contraption, and turned it back on for another six hours.
Six hours later, I
Confession: I actually tasted the beans before I put them in the fridge. They were...okay, I guess. I mean, if I had been hungry, I probably would have eaten them. The main problem was the sausage. It was completely flavorless. It tasted like water, which shouldn't have been a big surprise, since that's what it cooked in for 6 1/2 hours. For some reason, neither of us are willing to give them a shot. I plan to dump it in the backyard behind the bird pile, next to the congealed remains of my first bean fail. Just kidding, sort of. The first bean fail happily (for us, anyway, it probably wasn't such a happy occurrence for the beans) disintegrated a month or so ago.
My mom had gotten the same ingredients for herself, and came to the same conclusion; she's already disposed of hers. Thankfully, she admitted to not liking them before I had to bring it up. Because that would have been awkward as heck: "Um, hey Mom, thanks for the crock pot and the food." "You're welcome, Kelli! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!" "Oh no, we didn't enjoy it. It's rotting in the back yard behind the burn pile. We were hoping the birds would eat it, but they seem to prefer slow death by starvation. But thanks, anyway!"
Mom, if you are reading, I am sincerely grateful for the crock pot and the groceries. I promise to share any and all decent crock pot recipes that I find with you.
That's where you guys come in. What are your favorite crock pot meals? And what meals are returning to Mother Earth in your backyard? What was your favorite "just because" gift of all time?