Archive for October, 2007

ZapRoot 006…

October 11, 2007

Solar-roasted coffee

This episode features a few items about coffee. It opens up with an update on fair trade coffee in Ethiopia, namely Starbucks vs Ethiopia. Next, an organic coffee soda, JavaPop…available in mocha, hazelnut, caramel, vanilla, and espresso. I typically haven’t enjoyed these types of drinks but am always hoping to be surprised. Hopefully it won’t be too hard to locate as they operate out of Vermont. Finally, the most interesting item was a few snapshots of the operations at Solar Roast Coffee. They’re actually utilizing a 10 foot solar array to heat up a drum roaster! Veeery interesting.


Going Beyond Beef Stew…

October 11, 2007

KitchenAid 7 Quart Slow Cooker - Gloss Cinnamon

Today’s Wall Street Journal features a column on slow cookers. This raised my interest as one of the items off our wedding registry is the KitchenAid 7 Quart Slow Cooker. The WSJ comments:

“We put in an egg and sausage strata for lunch and then left the house. The cooking time was 2.5 hours and the pot kept the food warm for four hours after that and then shut off–which was convenient, because we were a little late coming back. We found the egg dish still tasty and not overcooked. A drawback: The product’s large oval shape takes up a lot of counter space.”

One of the challenges these days is preparing dinner and the slow cooker has been a great solution for “a convenient meal”. I’ve enjoyed preparing dishes such as osso bucco, pork loin, and soy chicken. The KitchenAid is a bit cumbersome to work with due to its size but the bowl design and size is a nice luxury. This “new generation of high-tech cook-pots promises more varied and sophisticated fare” and I’m looking for more ways to use this workhorse.

What do you love preparing with your slow cooker?