I’m not sick of the crockpot. This year has been a challenge, but it will still always be my number one kitchen gadget. I love my crockpots. I don’t miss traditional cooking at all. I have a tendency to wander off while things are on the stove or in the oven, and I’ve had many more disasters cooking that way than I ever have had with crockpot cooking. Crockpot cooking is quite forgiving to the fledgling chef.
5. What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about cooking with a crockpot?
The biggest misconception I’ve come across is that everything tastes alike and is bland. I can see how that would occur if you always cook with canned soup and onion soup mix, but I don’t cook that way. While I think there is a place for those type of quick “open and dump” recipes, I prefer fresh ingredients and fun spices.
6. OK, time to share. What are some of your favorite recipes?
I had a lot of fun on the Rachael Ray Show--I’d like to do more shows like that in the future. I was terribly nervous, but she made me feel at home.
I’m not sure what 2009 will bring. I am excited that Totally Together: An Organizational Journal for the Busy Household will be released---it took 7 years for this project to come about. I think I have the blogging bug. I don’t plan on taking down the crockpot blog at all, but will have one for Totally Together that I will probably update more often.
As of now, I’m focused on crockpotting for the rest of this year.