The replacement came not broken and beautiful (and quick, thanks Amazon)!
I took him on his "maiden voyage" last saturday by making some stewed apples. I haven't decided on a name for him yet and I'm open to suggestions! Here's the basic recipe:
6 apples, ones that will hold their shape when baked, I used 4- gala and 1-granny smith
1/2 cup water
3 good dashes cinnamon
1 dash sea salt
2 Tbsp butter
Instructions: Cook these on high for 2.5 hours, then stir in 2 Tbsp real grassfed butter, 1 large handful maple sugared walnuts and raisins at the end. Let cool and then store in the fridge. I ate the rest for snacks and leftovers over the course of the week! The apple-y liquid on the bottom tasted like apple cider. It was delicious! I suggest using less water next time, or before storing your finished product drain off the liquid and eat it like hot cider in a mug, while putting the apple portions back to the fridge.
I have some sweet potatoes that I might make into a stew this weekend. I'm just itching to make some soup! I love fall.