Q: I cook for one, and have a wildly varying schedule. I bought a small CrockPot thinking it would be a fairly simple way to boost my overall nutrition and "home cooked meal" count. I put in my ingredients and run it overnight. However, I am having varying success translating the recipes I find into smaller quantities. Often, the results are just too mushy. I gave in and bought a larger one with varying sized crocks but they still make too much and after freezing the balance, I am either uninterested in the leftovers or again find them too mushy.
Are there any good rules of thumb on cutting down these standard CrockPot recipes for the smaller crocks?
Q: I'm setting up my first kitchen and after doing things by hand for 6 months I'm ready to invest in some appliances. Given how much I bake I've already settled on getting a stand mixer. I probably will splurge and get a KitchenAid. But I also make a lot of sauces and soups so I am considering getting either a food processor or a blender as well.
But do you have any advice as far as what gets more of a work out between a food processor or blender or perhaps even a suggestion as to something that could bridge the gap between the two?
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