Friday, May 23, 2014

Recipe Weekend / Cookbook Review: 1001 Best Slow-Cooker Recipes by Sue Spitler

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free, through a newsletter I subscribe to, and wanted to pass on the info to my readers. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for its' post.


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Memorial Day is upon us!

For many of us, that means the first Summer BBQ of the season1

But what if you don't want to be cooking ALL day?
I've got a solution for you!

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Synopsis:
Slow-cookers are a great complement to today’s busy lifestyles. Once the ingredients are added, the virtually meal cooks itself. This collection brings together a huge number and variety of recipes that show off the value, ease, and versatility — not to mention delicious taste — of this cooking method. Seasoned cookbook author Sue Spitler covers every aspect of using slow-cookers. The book explains the various kinds and sizes of cookers, from 1-1/2 quarts to seven quarts, and shows what recipes work best in each type. From there, readers learn to prepare all the necessary ingredients beforehand so that they can refrigerate the food and the crock for anywhere from hours to overnight and then plug the appliance in when it's time to cook. Included are more than a thousand scrumptious recipes — all thoroughly tested — for appetizers, entrees, side dishes, breads, sandwiches, and desserts.


Review:

First, let me warn you, if you are reading this in the Kindle app or on a Kindle, the format is pretty lousy- a simple recipe may stretch over THREE pages, due to nutritional information taking up page one, then the recipe page 1-2, and rest of the recipe and variations on page 3. It can be aggravating! There are also no pictures, which is ok, but on some of the recipes, like the bean bakes, you'd like to see what the finished product is SUPPOSED to look like!  Minor faults, but they do take away from the ease of use, of the book. All in all, this is a decent book for a newbie to crock-pots, as the recipes have spice and flavor variations to allow you to use your crcck-pot well.

If you are looking for a cookbook to cover any variation of soup, chili or stew, THIS is your book! Seriously- there are over seven (!!!) chapters of them! I thought I was seeing things at first, but then realized that yes, that is what most of us are familiar with, when it comes to crock-pots! There are additional chapters to cover meat, dips, appetizers and desserts. Most of the desserts though need to be made OUT of the crock-pot and then cooked in it, which sorta does away with the whole 'throw it in, forget it' concept of a crock-pot! That's not to say there aren't some pretty tasty recipes in this book! The appetizer, veggie side dish,  and meat sections are perfect for Summer "I don't want to heat up the house' cooking! I found three that would be perfect for your Memorial Day BBQ for you!


Recipes: 
Here you go:



We like this dip with the added crab, pepper-jack cheese and some Cajun spice added to it!

1001 Best Slow-Cooker Recipes hot artichoke dip


If you don't want to fire up the BBQ grill, or don't have one, this is the next best thing!

1001 Best Slow-Cooker Recipes bbq beef

And you need a great side dish!

1001 Best Slow-Cooker Recipes mac n cheese

So there you go! Don;t they all sound yummy?


About the Authors:

Sue Spitler is the lead author and editor for Surrey's popular 1,001 cookbook series, which also includes 1,001 Low-Fat Vegetarian Recipes1001 Low-Fat Soups and Stews, and numerous other titles. A resident of Long Beach, Indiana, she consults with major food companies, providing recipe development and sales-oriented cooking demos.

Linda R. Yoakam, R.D., M.S., is a nutritionist and diabetes consultant with an extensive practice in the Chicago area.

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