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At least the company was good!
As my Crock-Pot finished cooking my spice-roasted pork chops yesterday, I was glad I was paying close enough attention to Twitter that I saw Doc's invitation to A-1 in Dryden for dinner, and I quickly responded that I was coming as soon as I put the food away. So, I got to see Doc and Ice and Steve (a friend of Ice's) and catch up with them.

The entrée was actually quite good, a layered eggplant casserole similar to Chicken Vincente but without the chicken, though the salad was very oily and the service was their usual inattentive and indifferent approach. I can only imagine they survive because they're practically the only game in town.

Doc and Isaac then headed off to Groton, where I assume they managed to get into the shed with the bolt-cutters. :-) And I've got the pork chops for lunches or dinners later in the week.
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meran12345 From: meran12345 Date: December 15th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
This made me hungry. Good job, as my appetite has been nil.
helianthas From: helianthas Date: December 15th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
can you recommend a crock-pot?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: December 17th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Mine's a six-quart Rival Crock-Pot, I think, and my only complaint about it is that it runs hotter than the older, smaller one I used to use. Apparently, all slow-cookers tend to run hotter now, because the manufacturers are worried about food safety concerns. I just tend to use Low and even sometimes Warm for cooking.

A smaller one may be good if you're cooking small amounts, but then you can't roast a whole chicken in it. :-)

I do suggest getting a slow-cooker with a removable crock, since that makes it MUCH easier to clean.
helianthas From: helianthas Date: December 17th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I CAN ROAST A CHICKEN IN IT??????? Sign me up!!!!

ps thanks so much for your postcard!! You rock!
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: December 17th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

So good, and so easy: http://community.livejournal.com/what_a_crock/369929.html

You're welcome!
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: December 15th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

A1

Yeah, the service there can be slow ... not *horribly* slow, just regular old slow. Actually, A1 *is* the only game in town, unless you want Chinese or really mediocre pizza.

When Boo & I go there, we tend to go on weekends & we get there early - like 5 pm - because after 6, the place is just plain crazy busy.

Two things I do like there - the tortolini salad with mushrooms, tomatoes, feta and grilled chicken - called Picasso Antipasto ( the "personal" size is plenty for Boo & I to share ) and the Steak with the grilled Portobello mushroom, garlic mashed spuds on the side. Last time there, they did the steak perfectly rare as I requested, and it was delicious ... but that ability can vary, depending on who's in the kitchen.

We use to go there every once in a while for breakfast ( Fri, Sat & Sun only ). They do a nice breakfast there !

mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: December 15th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: A1

Doc's steak was beautifully rare, as ordered, but he'd really stressed to the waitress that it had to be. She must've conveyed the urgency of the situation to the guys in back. :-)

I'll consider the steak with portobello for another visit; I saw it on the menu, but was in an eggplant mood.
pickled_cotton From: pickled_cotton Date: December 16th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)
ROFLMAO! I think I've been there twice and both times I was thinking how lousy the service was. Glad it wasn't just me! Errr, wait, I didn't mean it that way... sorry it had to be BOTH of us!
callusdew From: callusdew Date: December 17th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Indeed, the bolt cutters did come in handy. : )} It was great to see you the other night!
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