I recently came across A Year of Crockpotting, one woman's chronicle of her New Year's resolution: to use the slow cooker every day. It brought on a wave of envy and regret. I have a Crock Pot. I know it could be a part of simplifying my meal planning. I'm a good person. So why does everything I make in my Crock Pot taste boiled and bland? Am I the only one who feels…lukewarm about her Crock Pot?
It could be that good, simple vegetarian recipes for the Crock Pot are few and far-between (I was so excited about Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker, but never find myself cooking from it). It could be because my kids refuse to eat anything stew-y. But I know I'm thinking too simplistically. Right? Can someone please educate me?
What are your favorite Crock Pot tricks? I'm thinking cookbooks, recipes (online and linkable, meat is fine), or just the ways you integrate the slow cooker into your cooking week.