My husband bought me a slow cooker for Christmas.
He knows me so well. I'd missed having a slow cooker. Our old one -- a Christmas present from John the first year we were dating -- had become unreliable. It would cook at too high a temperature, or switch down to warm just an hour into cooking. It was one of the many things that hit the treelawn ahead of our move from Ohio to New Jersey.
This new toy is a Ninja Cooking System. It can sear and steam-cook as well as slow cook. I love having the option of a slow cooker for meal planning. It makes for more leisurely evenings that would normally be spent in dinner prep.
Since it's just the two of us, slow cooker meals yield a lot of leftovers that are usually frozen for future dinners and lunches. John doesn't like sandwiches every day, so giving him something he can heat up at work is a nice break from the usual for him.
Using a slow cooker has also reminded me that not every slow cooker meal is going to be a success.
Here are some of my slow cooker discoveries.