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Drag out that Crockpot and Let's Party!

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Our generation was never quite as obsessed with kitchen gadgetry as our parents were. Most people never seem to venture beyond a blender and a George Foreman Grill. After all, Margaritas and paninis can get you through your 20s just fine.

But maybe you are starting to get a little curious about those wedding presents, leftover gifts from Aunt Doris, and all of that shiny, shiny, chrome in the back aisle of Crate and Barrel.

One standard in your parent's pantry is the good old crockpot. Don't allow a few bland dinners of bygone days to tarnish its memory. This is a magic machine. It cooks while keeping the house cool on the warmest of days -- we're all a little tired of salads by now, aren't we? And as the temperature drops, it is the perfect way to make the homey soups and stews of Autumn. You can even ignore it and it won't burn the house down. I can't even say that about a human child.

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It's still not quite soup weather, and a human child should never, ever be put in a crockpot, not even during Hide and Seek. So what's cooking? How about a delicious pulled pork sandwich from our neighbors in Tennessee?

Recipe after the jump!