Thursday 20 November 2014

Book ~ "Canada's Slow Cooker Winners: 300 Easy and Satisfying Recipes" (2010) Donna-Marie Pye

From Goodreads ~ Slow cooking is the perfect mealtime solution for anyone who wants to enjoy delicious food with a minimum of effort. The premise is simple: 
  • Assemble and prepare the ingredients at your convenience, either the night before or earlier in the day 
  • Place the ingredients in the slow cooker 
  • Turn on the appliance and let the food cook unattended 

All of the recipes are easy and convenient to prepare yet provide incredibly satisfying results. 

"Canada's Slow Cooker Winners" includes dozens and dozens of tips and techniques for slow-cooker success, as well as general kitchen counseling and serving suggestions. The "make ahead" advice helps make these easy recipes even more convenient. Each of these dishes will tantalize and inspire the busy home chef. 

We have a slow cooker and I like checking out different recipes for it.  I tend to use it more when the weather gets cooler for some reason.

The author starts with slow cooker know-how explaining the different parts of the slow cooker and essential tips (preparing what you can ahead of time, the cuts of meat to choose, using whole herbs and spices, etc.).  Then she helps you adapt conventional recipes and provides a list of ingredient essentials (canned diced tomatoes rather than whole, using large eggs, crumbled dried herbs rather than ground, etc.)

The recipes in this book sound delicious and include:
  • Breakfast, breads and beverages
  • Appetizers, dips and spreads
  • Soups
  • Stews
  • Chilis and beans
  • Vegetarian mains
  • Seafood
  • Poultry
  • Beef and veal
  • Pork and lamb
  • Sides and grains
  • Big-batch dinners for a crowd
  • Meals for two
  • Double-duty dinners
  • Desserts

The instructions are easy to follow and I like that there are tips listed for all the recipes ... like putting onions in the freezer for a few minutes before you cut them so you won't cry or to get the most juice from a lime, let it warm to room temperature, then roll it on the counter, pressing down withe the palm of your hand, before squeezing it.  Plus there are lots of full-colour pictures ... here are a couple examples:

I received a copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

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