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 recently made a flank steak stuffed with feta and apple, and I was really impressed with the depth of flavor. I also enjoy most of the desserts I’ve attempted, such as cheesecake and frito candy.
7. Your blog has become really popular and you've even been featured on the Rachael Ray show -- what's next for you? Are you thinking of making another unique New Year's resolution for 2009?
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.