I would like to introduce you to my new best friend...
It is an electric pressure cooker AND slow cooker. I have always been intrigued by pressure cookers but afraid of them, too. To my delight it is a snap to use and makes dinner insanely quickly... I've made: green pea risotto (10 minutes), beef stew (20 minutes), stock (20 minutes), and chicken stew (15 minutes). I used the absolute cheapest cut of meat I could find for the beef stew... something the kids and I would normally never eat... and it came out so tender that it falls apart! I have also used the slow cooker setting once to make a chicken vegetable soup that Nikki declared, "The best soup EVER!"
Thanks, Mom, for the early birthday present.
On another note... Ben is feeling better enough to be bored and cranky... but not better enough to do anything. So he is moping and whining all day. He is tired of listening to stories and watching TV but too sick to do a craft or draw.