Did you know that a swamp can go on fire? I know, neither did I, but if you think about it, the Irish heated their homes for centuries with peat, which is basically the same thing. The Great Dismal Swamp is on fire and has been for weeks. The wind has changed and for a second this morning when I first awoke, I thought my own house was on fire. It is hot and the smoke hangs in the air like fog. (pic courtesy of the Daily Press.) The Great Dismal usually looks anything but, however, I have to admit that this pic looks very 1313 Mockingbird Lane (the Munster's address).
So today is definitely a good day for the crock pot. About the last thing I want to do is heat the kitchen up. Just to give you some ideas, I mixed a can of cream of mushroom soup, a half a can of wine, one teaspoon of marjoram, and a half can of water together. I put boneless pork chops in the botton of the crock, then sliced raw carrots, then sliced raw mushrooms, and the mushroom soup mixture on top.
I don't always think "crock pot" in the summer, but if you think about it, this is a great time of year to use one. The house stays cool and you can run off and do your summer thing, but dinner will be ready when you get in. It doesn't get any better than that.