I Get to Host the WCC!! Squeeeeeeeee!
I'm very excited to say that this month I am the hostess of my beautiful friend, Sara's, Weekend Cookbook Challenge! :D
I've said this before, I just love this event every month.. the themes are usually quite wonderful and it gives me an excuse to thumb through my cookbooks - even though 9 out of 10 times, I end up using a recipe I find online. I'm weird like that. :P
So for my gig, I decided to give Winter one last shout out. Not so much because I like winter. In fact, I despise winter. But more as a Bon Voyage Winter! Don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya! Buh Bye Now! In the words of my beloved Heidi Klum, "Auf Wiedersehen"!!
The only good thing about winter, IMHO, is a warm kitchen full of delicious aromas.. Sundays lazing around in your PJ's and making comforting and tasty dinners. Hubbs is the crockpot fan.
He loves throwing in a huge hunk o'meat and a few other ingredients before he settles in his sofa watchin fishing shows all day, all to be rewarded hours later with a stick to your ribs dinner that took no effort whatsoever. I'm the dutch oven gal. I love my brand spankin' new (kinda still) Mario Batali dutch oven.
I've made so many wonderful dishes in it already.. including my first attempt at the ever popular No Knead Bread. And we are both digging the birthday present my friend gave me this past year - a pressure cooker!
Pressure cookers scare me. I was raised with parents who went on about exploding pots and burning skin and the ever popular "You could poke an eye out with that thing!" 'kay.. they didn't really say the thing about pokin' an eye out, but I love using that expression whenever I can. :) Anyhoo, the pressure cooker was not used in our household while growing up, even though they owned one. My mom wasn't very comfortable using it and I can think of only one time that she did.
When I received it for my birthday, I was excited (NEW KITCHEN TOY! WOOT!) and a lil nervous. Would we end up exploding the pot and imploding my kitchen the first time we used it? Indeed, would someone lose an eye? But we sucked up our fear (me, not him.. he wasn't afraid) and tried pork ribs.. HOLY SHITE! Best ribs I've ever had.. tender, juicy, fall off the bone.. in FORTY FIVE (45) minutes! That's it.. less than an hour we had a dinner that we normally slow cook in the oven ALL DAY LONG.
I figure, if we love these 3 cookware items, then someone else out in Blogland must love using them too, yes? So sends me your recipes made using either a crockpot, a dutch oven, or a pressure cooker and in sheer awe at what you came up with, I will round them up together and display them here for the whole wide world to drool over! :D
Email me your entry at lamiacucina AT adelphia DOT net by March 26th (round-up will be March 28th) and please include:
I can not wait to see what ya'll come up with!