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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
From the celebrated coauthor of The Marriage Miracle comes a new kind of cookbook and a new attitude toward planning meals. With an eye toward the whole menu, not just part of it, columnist Cheryl Moeller teaches cooks to use two crockpots to easily create healthy, homemade dinners.
Don't worry about your dinner being reduced to a mushy stew. Each of the more than 200 recipes has been taste-tested at Cheryl's table. Join the Moeller family as you dig into:
- Harvest-time Halibut Chowder
- Salmon and Gingered Carrots
- Mediterranean Rice Pilaf
- Indian Chicken Curry
- Apricot-Pistachio Bread
- Shrimp Creole
- Rhubarb Crisp
... and many more! Perfect for the frazzled mom who never has enough time in the day, Creative Slow-Cooker Meals gives readers more time around the table with delicious, healthy, frugal, and easy meals!
Jolene5 Stars Out Of 5Simple, Yummy, Slow-Cooker RecipesFebruary 24, 2012JoleneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Creative Slow-Cooker Meals by Cheryl Moeller takes a little different approach than other slow-cooker cookbooks I've used. The meal plans are designed for use with two slow-cookers. I was initially leary of having to use two cookers, but quickly realized that using two was not really necessary. Each meal plan is actually two recipes and it is perfectly acceptable to just make one of the recipes.
One of my favorite things about this particular slow-cooker book is that the majority of the recipes are on the simple side. There are some complex recipes that require technique, but for someone with basic, not professional, cooking skills (like me), these recipes are perfect. Despite the simple recipes, the meals I tried tasted great. The first meal I made was the Salsa Chicken on page 44. The flavor was delicious, though it did have quite a bite. I've already picked out more recipes to try once I make a trip to the grocery store.
Other things to love about this cookbook include:
The basic slow-cooker cooking tips.
Chapters of recipes for specialized diets: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free.
The only complaint I had was really very minor and it was that some of the recipes seem better suited to the oven than the crock-pot. For example: Little Piggies in a Blanket. Why would I cook it in the slow-cooker for 1.5 to 2 hours when I can make it much more quickly in the oven? One of the main reasons I use slow-cookers is because the recipes generally require longer (minimum of four hours) and can cook while I'm away at work. Again, that is a very minor complaint and I definitely recommend Creative Slow-Cooker Meals by Cheryl Moeller as a great resource for anyone who loves to use the slow-cooker.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher as part of FIRST Wild Card Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Christianfictionaddiction4 Stars Out Of 5Tantalize your tastebuds with this collectionFebruary 23, 2012ChristianfictionaddictionQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Cheryl Moeller has assembled a fantastic collection of recipes in Creative Slow-Cooker Meals.
Whether you are looking for something creative to serve for breakfast, want to provide a satisfying meal to your family after a busy day, or want something extra special waiting for when the company comes over after church, this book has it all! I also think that readers will appreciate the special sections at the end of the book containing the dairy free recipes and the gluten-free cuisine. The author's personal touch in her comments scattered throughout the book add to the homey and welcoming feel to the book, and I especially loved her great-grandmother's Swedish meatball recipee! A couple of things keep this book from getting a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. First, although I don't feel every recipe needs to be accompanied by a picture, I think it would have added to the book to have at least a picture included for each section of the book to liven it up. Secondly, while I found the index at the back very handy, I was disappointed to find that a couple of the references were wrong (for example, the index says the "spiced rice" recipe is on page 79, but it is actually on page 77). Beyond these minor details, I found this to be an excellent treasure trove of useful recipes and give it a solid recommendation of 4 out of 5 stars.
Book provided courtesy of the publisher and First Wild Card for the purposes of this unbiased review.