I am a slow cooker addict. There, I said it. I’m not seeking an intervention, though. Instead, I want to convert you to a slow cooker lover if you’re not one already!
I mean, what’s better than coming home after a long day at work (and they’re all long, aren’t they?) and having dinner already cooked and smelling delicious?! I use my slow cooker almost every week for at least one meal, and then the following evening we have leftovers for dinner. So when Calphalon offered to let me try out their brand new 7 Quart Digital Slow Cooker and do a review, I was jumping up and down in my chair. And, best of all, they’re going to give one away to a lucky reader! That’s a $149.95 value! Aren’t you excited?!?!
I’ll get to the giveaway in a minute, but first I have to talk about the slow cooker itself. It’s fabulous! The sleek stainless steel and black design would look good in just about any kitchen. My husband loves it because the crock fits easily in the sink for washing. And I haven’t even told him it can go in the dishwasher! *evil laugh*
The digital display is so easy to operate. I usually read the instructions before I start using anything electronic…but this was just too easy. Just dump your food in, click a couple of things on the digital display, and head to work! It’s got 4 mode settings – auto (cooks 2 hours on high and then the rest of the time on low), high, medium, and low, and it’s equipped with Calphalon’s exclusive Opti-Heat system that helps distribute heat so the food cooks evenly. The timer can be set for up to 24 hours – perfect for the best fall-off-the bone BBQ short ribs!
Since I use a slow cooker all the time, I wanted to try a new recipe for the review. Ever made a cake in a slow cooker? Sounds perfect, right? You have company coming over for dinner so you’re bogged down with all the food preparations. Who has the time or effort to make an amazing dessert too? Ahhhhh, let the slow cooker do it! I made a Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cake using a recipe I found on about.com. I set the cake to bake while we ate dinner and it was ready shortly afterwards! Spoon a little vanilla ice cream on top of the warm, molten cake and drizzle some chocolate or caramel over the top…pure bliss…
And for a quality control test, I also made my favorite slow cooker pot roast dinner in the Calphalon 7 Quart Digital Slow Cooker. YUM! Perfection! And if you’re curious, it’s my favorite recipe because I just throw whatever I want into the crock and it’s always delicious. Here’s a list of what I add if I have it on hand:
1 boneless pot roast
1 chopped yellow onion
1 can diced tomatoes (undrained)
1 small can tomato paste
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can low sodium chicken broth
petite red potatoes, quartered
pinch of dried rosemary, basil, oregano
1 bay leaf
I think that’s it. But if I don’t have something, it doesn’t go in! No biggie! It’s always yummy, and no one ever notices the missing ingredient.
And now on to the part you’ve been waiting for! The giveaway! Calphalon is giving away 1 7 Quart Digital Slow Cooker (US residents only, 18 years and older, please) to one of you! For a chance to win, visit Calphalon’s website and leave a comment telling me what else you’d like to have in your kitchen. Note: This part is mandatory and must be completed before extra entries can be awarded.
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Leave one comment per entry please. If you already do any of the above, please say so in a comment to get credit for the extra entry. This contest is open to adult US residents only. The giveaway will end Sunday, March 6, 2011 at midnight eastern time. Good luck!
*And after you’ve entered this giveaway, head over to thelittlekitchen.net to enter her Calphalon 2-Slot Toaster giveaway!