Friday, October 2, 2015

Old Fashioned Slow Cooking

Many home chefs bemoan the fact that they don't have enough time to cook a tasty and filling meal for their families. There is a solution to that - get a slow cooker and a cookbook dedicated to this kitchen  must . Anyone can create all sorts of recipes from savory to sweet with it,

Cookbook author Phyllis Good realized and compiled a thorough one entitled Fix-It And Forget It:Slow Cooker Magic (Good Books/Skyhorse Publishing).This is more like one of those church cookbooks where everyone contributes a recipe, except the congregation is the entire United States.I like this cookbook, it's down home cooking in a slow cooker. There are no fancy ingredients or even fancy equipment .Eveything can be easily bought at your grocery store or farmer's market. Slow cookers are mostly for beef and pork, namely  meatballs. There are plenty of recipes featuring them here. The book is divided into simple sections from beef and pork to veggies to even lasagnas There are also side dishes and veggie dishes for vegetarian. The dessert section is surprisingly big, with all sorts of yummy treats and there is also a breakfast section loaded with both sweet and savory AM starters.. There's also  a page about what to sub in when you're in a pinch which will come in handy.

The recipes are varied , yet have two things in common, they're rib sticking and delicious.They're perfect for the chill fall days ahead as well as for the upcoming holidays. There are recipes for a warming three cheese broccoli soup along with a hearty corn chowder.Use those newly bought pumpkins and squashes for the tasty soups with recipes from Gladys Koth in Kansas to Ms. Good;s own butternut squash soup.  Meat lovers will enjoy meat and potato loaf and slow cooker beef Stroganoff, rich with both cream cheese and sour cream. Try Theresa Leppert's Amazing Turkey  which is a buttery turkey  wit rich drippings. The sides are very good too. Use the last of the season's tomatoes for baked stuff tomatoes that are filled with Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs and a variety of herbs. There is the classic green bean casserole by Beverly Hummel which is the perfect holiday side. to ny turley and ham. Slow cookers also produce desserts and there are some wonderful recipes featuring them as well.This season's apples wil  go well in Kendra Dreps' apple cobbler or Judi Mano apple crisp recipes. For a fun weekend treat try Jeanne Allen's Toffee Treasure Cake. slow cookers can be used for chocolate fondues too.

Phyliis Good's Fix It And Forget It Slow Cooker Magic is the perfect cookbook for busy home chefs. It's filled with a cornucopia of good dinner and dessert recipes along with ones for breakfast and parties. Buy it to day and start your slow cooking feast!

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