I loooove to cook, and I love to try new recipes. Things other than pork chops, and beef aren't usually met with such enthusiasm in my house but that is a whole nother' conversation for a whole nother' day. Anyway, so yeah. Cooking with a 15 month old running around? Not quite so easy. We've adapted and somehow I'm able to get a meal on the table each night.
One thing I've attempted in order to combat the whole toddler thing is to use my crock pot for our main course and then its usually pretty simple to throw together a side dish or two. But you know something about crock pot cooking? Everyone talks about how foolproof it is, and its so wonderful and all but I seriously can't figure out how to make it work for my situation.
I have only one. ONE recipe that I know will work for me in a crock pot. ONE. I've tried dozens and there is only one that actually works for me. Its a BBQ recipe and its awesome.
Anyway, here is the thing - although I have a smart crock pot, most recipes need to cook for about 6 hours. That is fine and all, but I leave my house at 7am and we don't eat dinner until 7 or 7:30 each night. So, when the 6 hour cooking is complete, the crock pot shifts to a 'keep warm' setting and my food sits like that until dinner time? My main problem with that is that it ends up overcooking the meat but I also find it pretty gross that my food has basically been sitting under a warmer for 6+ hours after it has cooked.
Am I the only one with this problem? Does anyone who works full-time have success with crock pot cooking?