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Slow Cooked Surprise

Tonight for dinner: Slow Cooker Surprise.  Actually, it’s not so much a surprise as to what it is, as it will be a surprise as to how it tastes.  I threw in some frozen short ribs and a whole mess of marinade-y seasonings, BBQ sauce, rice wine vinegar, tomato sauce, molasses, a chopped up onion, and some whole jalapeños (from what is apparently the hardiest jalapeño plant in Chicago).  Maybe later I’ll throw in some bell peppers.

All this to hopefully arrive, 8 hours later, at yummy, tender BBQish short ribs.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.  If it turns out badly, I’ll let you know how the Grub Hub order was.

I love my slow cooker.  As much as I enjoy hanging out in the kitchen with a podcast playing as I sauté and chop and multi-step cook something delicious, I also love just dumping a lot of stuff into the slow cooker, turning it on, and then walking away for 6 to 8 hours.  Magic!  This is the same reason that I love my bread machine – even though it doesn’t make bread that is quite as nice as the human-made kind.

Hmm.  Maybe I should stop being offended that my mother once gave me a “convenience cook book” that features recipes calling for ingredients you don’t have to measure – as in “add 1 can of” and “stir in 1 package of.”  Nah, for some reason, my mother is convinced that I still live on Progresso soup and pretzels, so I’ll hang on to a moderate level of offense at that cookbook.  Plus, as a daughter, I feel it is my duty to always be slightly offended by something that my mother did.

Update:  It was yummy!

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