Slow cookers make everyday and special event cooking so much easier that they justify their place among your kitchen gadgets. Plus, slow cookers come in a variety of sizes, from one quart to six quarts. Get the size that suits most of your needs or go ahead and get both. Two slow cookers can produce a memorable meal for a party. For example, a smaller one is perfect for seafood dip or fondue while a larger one supplies barbeque beef for sandwiches or coq au vin. Whichever model(s) you choose, it’s good to have the slow-cooker option for less stress and more flavorful food.
Once you have your slow cooker ready to go, there’s the question of what to make. Some cookbooks take their readers too far into the land of gourmet, with recipes calling for ingredients only available in specialty shops or simply taking too much prep time. Then there are the beginner books that have very common recipes that are just not that interesting. The Ultimate Slow Cooker Book
bridges the gap between these two extremes, offering more than 400 ready-when-you-are dishes that might well turn out to be favorites. It also has slow-cooker basics to get beginners started out right.
This book has good range of recipes. Its sandwich fillings (many different options from master recipes) would make for easy dinners or lunches. Pizza in a Pot,
with final prep on store-bought French bread, would be a good alternative to ordering in. Suppers with friends might feature Cider-Braised Pork Roast and Apples
, Boeuf à la Bourguignonne
(Beef Burgundy), or a vegetarian dish, Red Beans Creole
, among the dozens from which to choose. There are also breakfast casseroles that cook while you sleep, appetizers for game night--including the ever-popular Sweet, Hot, and Sour Meatballs
, desserts, and warming beverages for both kids and adults.
Check out The Ultimate Slow Cooker Book to find new recipes, savory and sweet, to make hearty, cold weather dinners a delight and not drudgery.