Aug 14, 2014 15:42 What a Crock!: Reorganization turns up old recipes What a Crock!: Reorganization turns up old recipes Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- For an easy slow-cooked dish, try Chili Cheese Spaghetti Squash. Julie Kay| Special to The Advocate Aug. 14, 2014 Comments There’s nothing like summer organizing and that includes the kitchen. Clean out old frozen foods that somehow got stuck behind other things; stack and weed out plastic storage containers; clean out old spices and under-the-sink cleansers. Recycle old cooking magazines, perhaps donate cookbooks you no longer use, and maybe update really old cookie sheets or cookware. Since I frequently use my slow cookers, I find that while I clean the inside stoneware where the food cooks, I tend to not look as closely at the outside. Take time to not only clean the exterior periodically, but examine for any noticeable issues, such as frayed cords. Walk through a department store appliance section or browse a favorite online shop for some of the latest small appliance offerings. Lost or broken a lid to your cooker? Take a few minutes to look on the maker’s Web site for replacement parts. Using lids from another older cooker may not provide the proper seal. An organizing day may take a little longer than planned, but is often well worth it. And while you’re at it, take a minute to look through old recipes. You might just find an old friend as I did. Julie Kay is a columnist for The Advocate. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.