Wednesday, March 04, 2009
New Kitchen Toy, And That Retro Bologna Spread..
About a year ago, I was in a small chili cook-off, where you made the chili at home, and brought it in a crock-pot... Slow cooker is now the politically accepted term, I believe.. Anywho, I saw the latest and greatest version of one of these puppies- and lusted for one until now. What was the catalyst for this great leap into the 21st century? My wife wanted one- finally! She had to bring our published-in a cookbook recipe for Danish meatballs to a party at her office, and wanted to look good! I talked her into the biggest one(6 quart!) as is in the long run, smart. This thing holds 5lbs. of meatballs, with sauce! Toggle clamps for lid to pot seal for transportation.. A carrying case that Velcros in three spots for ease of placing, and removing the cooking vessel without spillage. There are slits in the carrying case to allow the handles to be exposed, aiding in transporting without mishap. Three heat settings, and removable crock for ease of cleaning or even reheating in a Microwave! It even comes with a snap in serving spoon... all this for $37 bucks! Get one, if yours is on it's last legs- a versatile kitchen appliance for sure!
I made that bologna spread I've been talking about... the original was ground bologna, pickle relish, and mayo.... I did that, then added sharp cheddar, shredded, minced green olives(pimento too!), chopped onion, and a dab of brown mustard... It is delicious! A little rich, but an excellent spread for crackers, crostini, or even as a sandwich spread, with a leaf of lettuce.. Fun to try what you think might work and have it come out tasty!