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Scottish here. What's with all this "thanksgiving" bollocks? It looks just like a Christmas dinner. Roast turkey, nice veg, gravy, more veg, cranberry sauce, lovely potatoes etc. A glass of wine and some fruit pudding. We're not having turkey; I've bought a huge shoulder of pork.
Explain yourselves, Americans. If you eat Christmas dinner for "thanksgiving" (whatever that is), then what do you eat on Christmas day? Burgers? High fructose genetically enriched hot dogs?
Cast iron vs. Slow cooker. Also, potatoes.
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Hey /ck/. When I was a kid my family had a cast iron pan like this one. Still does, technically, but I don't live with my parents anymore. The simplest things tasted delicious when cooked in it.
For example, something very simple but awesome from my childhood: whole chicken cut into bits, diced potatoes, pre-fried mushrooms, carrots and onions. All that just thrown together into the cast iron pan with some seasoning and a little bit of water and left to stew an hour or so. The end result was tender, juicy and generally amazing.
I've really been craving that lately, but all I have to make that in now is a slow cooker. Do you think I would get the same result? Not over the space of an hour of course, but over at least 5. It's the potatoes I'm not sure about. They take forever to soften even in a full on stew where they're fully submerged in a liquid, and here they'd just be laying on top of the chicken. Would they just end up dry and depressing? I'm skeptical.
tl;dr tell me about slow cooking potatoes. I just want to experience the taste of my childhood again. ;_;