It is late midmorning. It is time to sip really fine coffee. It is time to stop, think, plan, and wait.
If I were to cook something long, slow, and delicious, this is almost too late to shop and start it for today. I could think of cooking something medium slow.
I just moved into a new – to me – apartment. It’s a huge improvement over the old one. The kitchen has a gas range, built-in microwave (it is amazing how much room that saves!), and a full-sized dishwasher. The gas range has electronic lighters that make a nice click click click . No pilot lights or matches. I recall my first apartment with it’s miniature Kenmore gas range. Stand on your head to light the broiler…heat up the whole apartment with the oven.
We have been eating take away meals for the last few days, as I haven’t unpacked the whole kitchen yet.
I want to fill the house with a wonderful smell. Maybe beef stew with fall vegetables, simmered in the oven. I can’t find the pressure cooker – can’t locate the box it is packed in – so I’ll have to make it the old-fashioned way. Haven’t located the box with the Kitchen Bouquet in it, either, so I think I’ll make something else.
I tend to cook one pot meals. I guess it’s because I grew up in the 1960s and casseroles were all the rage. How do I make one pound of ground sirloin into dinner for six or seven? Mother knew one thousand and one ways to do just that. I do it because I don’t want to wash a bunch of pots and pans as well as all the other dishes. Why not do it one large pan?
I have this old Corning Ware casserole. It is a three quart size, just right for cooking a one pot meal for two. It can be used on the range top, tucked into the oven, and it has a nifty metal box with a plug that makes it a slow cooker. So I can brown up some onions, brown a meat, pile in vegetables (read potatoes), add herbs and wine and set it to low.
What I like best about this pot is that I can scrub the inside and out, put the Corning Ware vessel in the dishwasher, wipe down the metal box, and stow it. Yes, one can do that with a regular crock pot, but one can’t wash it in the dishwasher when the electric part is connected.
So, I sip coffee, think, plan, and wait.