Day: September 14, 2012

238. Barrington EATS: Get Your Crock-Pot Cooking

 Fall. It’s a time of year when families are busy and warm comfort food returns to the menu. Crock-Pots are a great way to cater to both situations, providing a delicious, moist, steaming dinner that can be made in minutes at convenient times of the day (i.e. before taxi-time, after-school activities and toddler melt-down hour).  I recently gave individual cooking classes to three novice cooks looking for solutions for their hungry children. In addition to a basic soup base and a few simple dishes, we focused on the Crock-Pot. The reason for this is that I find meats in the crock pot are fool-proof.

Each of these inexperienced cooks said their frustration with cooking meats is that they always turn out dry. It’s true, there is a knack for knowing times and temps for cooking certain meats. But with slow cooking, and crock-potting, these cooking methods leave room for grace, and that’s just what unsure cooks need……

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237. Hot Happenings in the Barrington Area

 There’s a great list of things to do in Barrington in the coming days, starting with the highly anticipated, 26th annual Grove Avenue Elementary School Carnival which begins tonight and runs through Sunday!

The Grove School fundraiser is an old-fashioned carnival on the school property, with rides, games, live music, cotton candy and lots of other food. Here are more details about the Carnival and several other fun events happening throughout the Barrington area..…

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