Thank God for the 70s

Ever since I started the blog (and let’s face it, even before then) I’ve loved kitchen appliances and gadgets. There are so many cool ones out there and they really do help to speed up the cooking process. I found the following list that identifies important milestones in cooking (more of milestones in appliances). I thought it was interesting (even though it is missing quite a bit).

Modern Era Cooking Milestones:

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1910: Hotpoint introduces the first electric range.

1911: The electric frying pan is brought to market.

1938: The first pressure cooker designed for residential use is introduced at a New York City trade show.

1948: Sale of the first electric warming tray.

1955: Tappan designs a microwave for residential use.

1956: General Electric creates the toaster oven.

1962: Julia Child’s “The French Chef” debuts on TV.

1963: The first self-cleaning electric range hits showrooms.

EARLY 70’s – Slow cooker hits the market
1981: Emerging electronic technology allows for such features as built-in timers and automatic shut-offs.

1999: Halogen lights are first used to accelerate oven cooking times.

2002: Whirlpool introduces the Polara, a combination refrigerator and range.

I added the slow cooker as I see it as such an important appliance.

Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs

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Speaking of slow cookers, these ribs take full advantage of the low and slow coking to just fall apart.

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Look at those big, meaty ribs.

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Making the sauce.

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Coated and ready to cook.

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Thank God for the ’70’s. Love the slow cooker!

Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs

prep 30 min ∙ cook 8 hours ∙ makes 8 Servings ∙ difficulty Easy ∙ source


  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 bone-in country-style pork ribs (3 inches thick and 8 ounces each)


In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and flour. Stir in the vinegar, water, soy sauce, ketchup and garlic. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Place ribs in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with sauce. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender. Skim fat. Serve ribs with sauce. Yield: 8 servings.

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Categories: Low Carb, Main Dish 3, Pork2, Slow Cooker

Author:The Ranting Chef

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2 Comments on “Thank God for the 70s”

  1. September 18, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    This recipe looks really good! Thanks for sharing.


  2. September 18, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Everything you make looks yummy…just had a thought … what about the iron for making grilled cheese sandwiches?


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