Slow Cooker Birthday Dinner

My birthday was a couple days ago. I celebrated some then, but tonight was when some friends came over for dinner. I bought myself a “slow cooker” (aka Crock Pot) for my birthday – a 6 quart version. I used it to make beef brisket for dinner.

Adam, one of my housemates, has an ancient cook book, called “Crockery Cookery” from 1975, with a bunch of slow cooker recipes. I think my favorite part of the book is the picture of the author on the back cover:

Crockery Cookery

Her name is Mable. I followed her recipe, and it turned out well. In the morning, I put everything in the pot, then let it cook for 9 hours. This is how it turned out:

Birthday Dinner Brisket

Some friends came over, and we had a great time:

Abby McGuyre eating Justin and Melanie

McGuyre family April 2007

Abby McGuyre and Justin Peters

Birthday dinner guests

11 Responses to “Slow Cooker Birthday Dinner”

  1. Eric Oldenburg Says:

    Happy Birthday Matt! It looks like you had a great time and I wish I could have been there. I bet in no time, you’ll be cookin’ better than Mable and you can put out your own slow-cook cookbook. Let me know when you’re ready to tackle some Ukrainian food and I’ll have Josie send you a recipe or two.

  2. Heather Says:

    Good to see pictures of all my favorite people. I hope you had a great birthday!

  3. Dan Says:

    Awesome times, dude… Wish Heather and I could have been there.

  4. Dad, mlw Says:

    Forgive me for suspecting that you played with the pictures, Matthew. Why are the proportions of the crockpot so different on the back of the cover? Seems to me that the one on the front cover is squished horizontally. Or maybe you distorted the second scan. What if Mable knows a really good lawyer?

  5. Brian Pedigo Says:

    Happy birthday Matthew! You’ve made a wise investment in kitchen necessities. Some of my favorite things to throw in a crock is a whole chicken along with a whole bottle of BBQ sauce – the meat falls right off the bone. The other fave is a tri-tip steak in there with a bottle of beer and a chopped up onion. Yum-o.

  6. Brian Pedigo Says:

    p.s. pour the beer out of the bottle and into the pot. :)

  7. Matthew Says:

    Brian: The “beer” you are referring to is actually a bottle of salad dressing, that Rick is pretending to drink. I like your idea of a chicken & BBQ sauce.

    Dad: I got the picture of the front cover from For the back cover, I took a picture of the book with my camera. So any apparent photo editing is merely coincidental – dear Mable (bless her heart) really is that wide.

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