In my attempt to become a culinary artist this year, I did what any first time chef would do: I invested in a crock pot.
I use the term “investment” here quite loosely, as I bought my crock pot off of Amazon for $22.24. As everyone knows, the college student life is not one of luxury.
That being said, my 8-Quart Hamilton Beach 33182 A Slow Cooker
is a straight-up champ. First of all, it’s huge, allowing me to make leftovers to take to work since I’m always on the run. Secondly, it heats up pretty fast and has some nice handles for carrying.
For my first meal, I scoured Pinterest and found a recipe for slow-cooker chicken pot pie that looked pretty delicious. It took me about a week to hoard all of the ingredients — thank you Target and Tony’s Fresh Market —needed for the recipe. That’s not to suggest that the recipe called for anything extreme. I simply had nothing in my arsenal of spices.
So off I went to gather things like garlic powder, thyme, and three and a half celery stalks to begin the cooking process. I will admit I googled “how to dice an onion” before I began. As an ametuar, I’m not cutting any corners by assuming I know how to do things I don’t.
So after 25 minute of prep and about 4 and a half hours of slow-cooking (on high), my meal was complete.
How did it taste? Deliciously victorious. Or, to put it in the words of my roommate, “You definitely bought this at the store.”