Slow Cook Thursday

Slow (sloh) adjective, -er, -est, adverb, -er, -est, : moving or proceeding with little or less than usual speed or velocity: a slow train; characterized by lack of speed .

A poem, a few thoughts and some Crockpot...

This week's Slow Cook Thursday is hosted by Jenn at Juggling Life: One husband, four kids, two dogs, two cats, a house in the 'burbs; lots of balls in the air. Jenn is a newcomer and her freshly baked blog has only been out of the oven for one week. Do you remember when you were all alone and just waiting for a comment. Well, when you're done reading, head over and say hello to the new kid on the block. Hang on for a second while Mrs. G. pretends to be James Lipton, the host of the Actor's Studio:

Where are you from? Sunny San Diego

Who is your favorite musical artist? Billy Joel

What is your idea of a perfect Sunday morning? One of the early risers in my family would have placed the Sunday paper at the foot of the bed, so I wouldn’t have to make the long trek downstairs and to the driveway to retrieve it myself. After getting through everything but Parade and the comics section, I would fall back asleep for awhile. About 9:30 I’d go down for breakfast and finish up the paper. Then I would hook up with a friend for a brisk walk/talk around the reservoir near my home—it’s a perfect 5 mile loop. I feel very lucky that I get to have these Sunday mornings with some frequency.

Baths or showers? Showers on a regular basis; baths for resuscitative purposes on a Friday night when I’m wiped by the week and realize that having a hot bath and getting to bed by 9:00 at the latest is the key to restoring my sanity.

What is the last book you read? The Glass Castle, a memoir by Jeannette Walls. I highly recommend it. Like Mrs. G, I have been known to consider reading the contents on a ChapStick tube when no other reading material was available.

What is the last movie you saw? Juno. I saw it with my eighth-grader—we’ve both been raving about it since. Smart, funny, thought-provoking and with a great soundtrack.

If no one is around, do you swear? Sometimes I do it even when people are around!

Who is your secret boyfriend? My number one secret boyfriend is John Cusack. Because you're new and all, Mrs. G. is going to do you a solid and let you know John Cusack is already stalked claimed by a chick called Bossy. They were in a movie together. You do not want to cross her ass.

What is your favorite laundry detergent? I’m partial to Kirkland liquid detergent. For stains I use Simple Green, for grease, Simple Green mixed with Dawn. This is a funny question to ask me, because I am jokingly referred to around my neighborhood as “The Queen of Laundry.” I have one friend that has actually brought me her daughter’s clothes to “save.” I cannot believe I am admitting this—it definitely makes me sound pathetic, but what I can say—OCD tendencies manifest themselves in strange ways!

If hell exists, what would you like to hear Satan say when you arrive at the fiery gates? Wrong floor!


Jenn writes:

Here is a poem I like to share with as many moms and daughters as possible—so they can TALK about it. Our daughters receive so many messages from the media and their peers about their appearances that it is vital they hear from us, their mothers, first. Let’s teach our daughters that diet and exercise are about health, that intelligence is beautiful, that they do not have to be one of the lollipop people (skinny bodies, big, empty heads—think Nicole Ritchie and Paris Hilton). My daughters and I also listen to and talk about the Janis Ian song, At Seventeen. Teach your daughter not to be one of the girls that makes the girl in that song feel that way. We need to influence our daughters at least as much as Lindsay Lohan does!

Barbie Doll

This girlchild was born as usual
and presented dolls that did pee-pee
and miniature GE stoves and irons
and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.
Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:
You have a great big nose and fat legs.

She was healthy, tested intelligent,
possessed strong arms and back,
abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity.
She went to and fro apologizing.
Everyone saw a fat nose and thick legs.
She was advised to play coy,
exhorted to come on hearty,
exercise, diet, smile and wheedle.
Her good nature wore out
like a fan belt.So she cut off her nose and her legs
and offered them up

In the casket displayed on satin she lay
with the undertaker’s cosmetics painted on,
a turned-up putty nose,
dressed in a pink and white nightie.
Doesn’t she look pretty? everyone said.
Consummation at last.
To every woman a happy ending.

by Marge Piercy

Crockpot Milwaukee Sweet-Tart Supper

1 1/2 pounds low-fat turkey kielbasa, cut into 3-inch pieces
3 (10-ounce) cans Bavarian-style sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
3 large peeled Granny Smith apples, cored and cut crosswise into rings
1 medium onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
1 (14 1/4-ounce) can fat-free chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
8 medium peeled red potatoes (about 3 1/2 pounds), quartered
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded Swiss cheese

Place half of sausage in an electric slow cooker; top with sauerkraut, remaining sausage, apple slices, and onion rings. Pour broth over mixture, and sprinkle with caraway seeds. Cover with lid, and cook on high-heat setting for 4 hours or until apples and onion are tender.

Place potatoes in a saucepan; cover with water, and bring to a boil. Cook 20 minutes or until tender; drain.
Arrange sausage mixture and potatoes on individual plates, and sprinkle cheese over sausage mixture.

from Cooking Light

If you're interested in hosting Slow Cook Thursday, email Mrs. G. at


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Reader Comments (32)

Fab idea Mrs G, great way for us in bloggerville to get to know each other a little bit better.
Great post, I'm popping over to say hi now :)

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhippyhappyhay

Awesome post, Mrs. G. I'm definitely heading over to Jenn right now.


January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFamily Adventure

You know the coolest thing about you Mrs. G. is that you throw alot of attention other people's way. I think that's called sharing. I wish more people would do it.

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just met Jen the other day...I think she is fab. She has one more kid than I do and three more I think she AAAAMAZING.

That poem is haunting and the recipe sounds perfect for a winter night.

Big kisses to Mrs G for sharing all the love...she has that Karma thing down.

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary Alice

There's nothing like a little Marge Piercy to start a brisk Ohio Thursday. Aaaah.

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ann

Will check out Jenn's blog.
Wonderful poem.

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Wow, what a poem.

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

that poem is a powerful statement about attempting to be something you are not .. women seem to face messages from everywhere to be something not even close to a real human being... it has an awful impact on young girls... some Mothers buy into it and forget anything close to age appropriate clothing,etc. It it is sickening to see a 10 year girl in clothing that says juicy across the butt.. not mention a 40 plus Mom competing to see who can look trashiest.. I will visit Jenn

That's...a great poem.
And the recipe will be copied down and used.
On my way now to Jenn's "place".
Warm thoughts to all...

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdkuroiwa

yes, I like inclusive bloggers too. It gives me a nice warm feeling inside when I find people like you, Mrs G!! And no, it is not indigestion to which I am referring!

I have four children too so I will pop off and visit Jenn now.

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterReluctant Blogger

dude, imakillu! She's GREAT! I loved Glass Castles & Juno, too :-)

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

What a great idea! Sharin' the bloggy love. I went over and said hi.

But I came back to say, Bossy does NOT hold exclusive rights to the Cusack. She might be louder, but my lurv burns deeper... or something like that.

Thanks for the intro to Jen!

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdharmamama

Great interview Mrs. G, you're right up there with Fresh Air on NPR (grin).

Recipe looks good too.


January 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersee you there!

I love this idea - thank you for being such a great advocate for all bloggers! We all like to be included and it feels so good to be a part of something special.
BTW - coffee is on and hot. Come on over and nosh on some yummy absolutely calorie free (HA) goodies.

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteriguana banana

Welcome to Jenn, and thanks for the Piercy poem and recipe (which I sadly cannot make because my husband is morally opposed to "savory fruits.")

I would very much like to host a Slow-Cook Thursday, especially if dirty limericks are allowed.

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

I love Marge Piercy. Woman on the Edge of Time rocked my emerging feminist world. I'm loving this Thursday thing and now know about a new blog and blogger -- and Piercy fan.

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Mrs. G, this about you I love. You have introduced me to a plethora of the most amazing women. Which means maybe I can be one of them, you know? I love being reminded how much I really like poetry, and how Mother Goose so is NOT what I'm needing. It's always a total shot in the arm to come to the manor and then get an invitation to visit someone else new and marvelous. I love this world we're all making and sharing.

Thanks to Mrs. G and to ALL of you for being so real and inspiring. I honestly have not laughed so much as I have since discovering Derfwad Manor. Laughing with...not at, mind you!

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMoxy Jane

Today I feel like the Slow Cook (on) Thursday

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdebra

OH that poem!!!! Gosh!
Reminds me of that song by Janice Ean or Ian or something...was it Seventeen?

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShabbyInTheCity

Mrs. G, you rock. You're just so full of brilliance.

I will visit Jenn on your command.

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie

Nice job, Ms. Lipton. I'll make sure to go say hello to Jenn and welcome her aboard!! One week?? WOW!!

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGrandy

Dag! That sounds good! I made stew tonight and there's enough leftover for tomorrow's lunch. Score! I'm off to greet our new blog friend.

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteranastasia

Well that was fun! Great poem and an even better lead in to it.

I'm off to visit Jenn to see if she'll do my laundry. It's worth a shot... :)

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersusan

Love the whole interview concept, and what a good interview-ee you selected for us here.

And you know, I can never resist a new slow cooker recipe...

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Whoa, Jenn. Hold up. Good thing Mrs. G warned you about Bossy. Step away from John Cusack. There's plenty of other eye candy out there. And while you're at it, stay the hell away from Kermit the Frog, Hugh Jackman and Keith Olbermann. All taken.

And seriously... Billy Joel? I have never really met someone who said Billy was their favourite musical act. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Go Billy!

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSaucy

How nice of you!! And what a fine interviewer you are. Going to say hi to Jenn, who doubtless has a gazillion new fans!

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterClaire B.


January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNora Bee

Great job, Jenn!

What a thought-provoking poem! Society today makes me kind of glad I don't have a daughter.

Kind of.

January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Mrs. G, How can I ever thank you enough? Of all the bloggers in bloggerville, you will always be first in my heart!

January 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjenn @ juggling life

Wow. That poem blew me away. Welcome Jenn!

P.S. Mrs. G, LOVE the new header on your blog.

January 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJCK

jenn...i am from san diego, glass castle is one of my top ten fav books, i will also fight bossy for john cusack (but would prefer jeff goldblum) and i just saw juno. we are the same you and me. welcome to the blogosphere.

January 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkatydidnot

Hi Mrs. G! How very nice of you to spotlight other people and give us all a chance to discover new friends in cyberspace. Very cool. I may just have to apply for a Slow Cook guest spot myself. I am very new to the blogging world, too - but already I yearn for comments; so I know how Jenn feels, and will head over there to give her a high five right now. Happy New Year and keep those stories coming. Oh, and happy birthday to Miss G!

January 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie-beth

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