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Everyday Cheapskate: You Need a Kitchen Assistant

Mary Hunt on

Professional chefs have sous chefs to do all the hard work and to see that meals get to the table in a timely manner. While I wouldn't characterize myself as a chef, I do have a home kitchen assistant, and quite frankly I just don't know what I'd do without her.

Three or four mornings a week, I hastily give her my plans for dinner and head to the office. She oversees the meal, does all the hard work while I'm gone and without fail has that meal ready to go when it's time for dinner. Even better, she never complains and costs me less than 2 cents an hour.

Perhaps you've already figured out my assistant is my trusty slow cooker. While she's a good worker, her results are only as good as the techniques I follow and the recipes I assign to her. Like these for example, both using a 6-quart or larger slow cooker:



3 pounds skinless, bone-in chicken thighs


1/4 cup hoisin sauce*

1/4 cup plum chutney or plum sauce*

1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

1 medium piece (about 2 inches) fresh ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced or grated


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