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Adventures in crock pots

For Christmas, vynehorn gave me a new crock pot cookbook.  Possibly she was tired of listening to me complain about wanting more crockpot recipes.  Possibly she was just inspired.  Either way, I'm pretty enthusiastic about this particular cookbook.  For one thing, it's not overwhelmingly stews.  For another thing, everything in it isn't tomato based (I don't like tomatoes.)  I've been cooking my way through the most interesting recipes, and everything has been fabulous (the pork loin with apples, cider and cream was heavenly.)

I'm getting bolder.  Right now the crock is prepped and in the fridge for tomorrow with the North African Beef Stew.  It includes a much more adventuresome spice palette than I'm known for, but I'm quite optimistic.  Camma has been very good about letting me experiment on her on Tuesday archery nights.

I'll be interested to see how this turns out.  I'm itching to try some of the dessert recipes - it has some interesting ideas for poached pears.  Where do I get pear nectar, I wonder.

In the usual other news, the strength class REALLY kicked my butt today - I actually felt a wee bit ill a couple of times.  I took breaks as I needed them, and made it to the end.  I gave it all I had, I just didn't have much today.  Not sure if I didn't have enough breakfast, had the wrong thing for breakfast, was just having an off day, was feeling the effect of no class last week for the company holiday, or what.  I have noticed that since they added the core work to the spinning class, I'm TIRED - that's core work in all three classes.

It doesn't help that in celebration of my birthday I gratuitously ate like crap for a week.  And I enjoyed EVERY moment of it.

Tomorrow is kick box.  And more core work.  And more squats.  Yaaayyyyy......  I'm coming to the conclusion that I may be too out of shape to get in shape...



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Feb. 26th, 2013 03:33 am (UTC)
You can find pear nectar in the Spanish foods section of the grocery store, in the juice section. I'm sure Goya makes it and others do too.
Feb. 26th, 2013 04:08 am (UTC)
Huh. Who'dve thunk it? I'll check next time I'm there. Some of those recipes look *really* good...
Feb. 26th, 2013 03:53 am (UTC)
Gee, I bought a new crock pot today...a mini one for the chemical pickle to clean my silver after I've soldered it. Somehow not as tasty.

In general, though, crock pots ROCK. I used to make what my room-mates referred to as chicken goop. Chicken, brown rice, carrots, herbs and some cream of mushroom soup and wine for liquid. I took umbrage to the name the first time, to which they replied, "but it's GOOD goop."

I wish I had your access to fitness classes. I need someone to kick my butt.
Feb. 26th, 2013 04:09 am (UTC)
Yeeeaaahhhh... let's keep those crock pots away from each other...

I'd lend you Anita, if I could. She's exhausting...
Feb. 26th, 2013 04:36 am (UTC)
LOL! Yeah, that's why I had to go buy one. I wanted to keep my mini one food safe. It's how I make my Irish oatmeal. I posted a pic of what I had in there today though.

I think Anita would probably kill me unless she took things down several notches.
Feb. 27th, 2013 04:37 am (UTC)
Pear Nectar Source
Whole Foods, which may be convenient for you on your regular visits to West Hartford.

What is the title of the cookbook?
Feb. 28th, 2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Pear Nectar Source
I found some at Stop and Shop, surprisingly. I need to remember to check the "ethnic" aisles.

The book is "Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever." I can't really argue with the title!

The stew was really good.
Mar. 4th, 2013 05:57 am (UTC)
Re: Pear Nectar Source
Yes, my preferred S&S has extensive ethnic aisles, so I'm never sure what's in a less diverse S&S, as I assume they are all less diverse than the Hartford S&S. (My friend Carrie's husband worked for S&S for probably 15-20 years and told me that the Hartford S&S store manager pretty much has free rein in terms of stock, sales, prices, etc. It has its own weekly circular, for example.)

I'll see if I can get a copy for the library--and then be the first one to borrow it!

BTW, did you get an email from me regarding your dreadful diaper emergency incident at the Library?
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