Like busy parents everywhere, I aim to use my time efficiently. Sometimes this means simultaneously cooking, writing and photographing food for a blog post while watching two kids in between walking the dog. I try different strategies for coping with the chaos, and new among them is using the slow cooker that sits stoically on my counter like a member of the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace.
I’m not one to give inanimate objects names, but I’m leaning toward naming my new Crock Pot, even assigning it a gender. (No offense, guys, but we all know what gender it should be.) I’ll need a moniker that conveys her reliability and quiet collaboration. “Give me the ingredients and I’ll cook for you,” she might say in a knowing and reassuring voice. She’d likely usher me out the door and I’d hear her calling after me, “Your guisado/frijoles/sopa will be ready when you get back. Take your time and enjoy your spa day!”
Yes, my Crock Pot needs a name, one that communicates the kind of strength that comes from being slow and steady and holds the promise of producing savory stews and succulent meats. A name that projects her usefulness when it comes to making healthy, comforting meals. One that speaks to her talents as an inexpensive and unassuming appliance, rivaling those of my Le Creuset Dutch Oven.
But I can’t do this alone! Comment below and submit a name along with your reasons for choosing it. Tell us about your favorite Crock Pot recipe, too. The winner will receive a basket of surprise gourmet ingredients from our friends at LatinBag.com. The contest closes on March 1, 2012. Winners are selected at random by the Random Generator app!
Congratulations to Jon Kranz, winner of this contest!