All of that to say, that I used my crockpot today. I put my qualms about it aside, plugged it in and left for eight hours (you see it sounds really weird when you see it in print, very unnatural.) But the results, I will admit were very good. I had one final package of pork chops to use-up, so I put those in the pot with half of a chopped yellow onion, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and equal parts water to reduce the gravy a bit. Even though I loath having to use cream of something soup (see Use-It-Up Post 25) in this case it worked. The chops fell apart and had a really great dense meaty flavor, and they stayed very tender, which can be a tricky thing for pork chops to accomplish.
The whole meal was a great example of a Use-It-Up night. In the morning before I left for work I also made a batch of bread dough and put it in the refrigerator. I'm learning the tricks of baking as I go, and today was a really good lesson; while it may seem convenient to make a batch of dough ahead of time, you must give ample thawing and rising time if you intend to make bread. I did not, and tried to hurry it along with no luck. So when life hands you cold dough, make breadsticks. I buttered a 9x13 pan and pressed the dough along the side, as if I was making a pizza crust. I then drizzled a tablespoon of butter on top and sprinkled garlic and oregano. The breadsticks then went into a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. About half way through I used-up some Parmesan cheese and sprinkled that on top while they finished baking.