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i has spent my whole lifes a cookin. i got a early start at it cuz i is the second oldest of nine - thats a big family to cook for. and growin up on a workin farm makes for everbuddy to has a mighty healthy appetite. after i married my man, everett, cookin was a bit easier on me since it was just the two of us and thats when my creativitee really started to kick into high gear. so much so that everett encouraged me to open myself up a diner. that was the funnest time ever to be had by any mortal soul. i kept at that diner thang even when the yung-uns begun to show up. now they is all growed n dear everett is long gone so i has learned in my old age how to cook on a smaller scale as a single wid-der woman. exceptin on wednesday nites - we all has a grate big church social pot luck supper afore bible study down there at the calvary community chapple n thats my chance to still cooks up a storm - it is jest sooo much fun.
my grate grandsun has been a buggin me for some time now to write down all these here recipes that i keeps in my head so that the family can remember me after i leave this earth. he has turned me onto this here blogg thang n now that i has got the hang of it all, i thinks it is a real awesome way to record down thangs.

here is a handy lil tip: y'all can CLICK on any of these here pictures to enlarge them n then ya can see more of the details . . . (n then hit the BACK ARROW in the upper left hand corner of the screen to return to the story). aint that jest somethang now!!!

Saturday, June 4, 2005

using your slow cooker

• most everthang that can be cooked in a crock pot can be assembled the evening before the planned meal n refrigerated over nite. that a way all ya has to do in the mornin is set the slow cooker on the counter n plug it in n enjoy the smells of supper cookin all afternoon.

• do not over fill yer slow cooker. for proper cookin, it should only be one-half to two-thirds full. ifn its too full, it will take too long to start simmering. ifn its not full a nuff, you risk overcookin.

• keep it thrifty. this long n moist cookin method is ideal for inexpensive cuts of meat, since it provides plenty of time for tenderizing.

• leave it alone. do not lift the lid, unless you want to extend the cookin time by 20 minutes. to check the progress, spin the lid until the condensation falls off. ifn the recipe gives you reason to lift the lid, replace it quickly.

• customize it. ifn ya wants to thicken the juices or concentrate flavors, remove the lid n cook on HIGH for the last 30 minutes.

• stick to the cookin time. slow cookers work by simmering food at a low n even temperature, so adhere to the recipe.

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