Monday, October 7, 2013

Cookbook Review: 365 Slow Cooker Suppers

I think it's pretty clear from most of the recipes on this blog that I really, really love using slow-cookers to make meals. My pinterest boards have more crock pot recipes than any of my other boards.
I'm always on the hunt for new slow-cooker recipes.
I found Stephanie O'Dea's slow-cooker website when she started her journey of cooking 365 slow-cooker recipes in one year. She published her first book in 2009 and has since published three more.
Her most recent cookbook, 365 Slow Cooker Suppers, came out in September.
Stephanie graciously sent me a copy to review.
I was so excited when this little beauty arrived. I looked through the book and found so many enticing recipes!
My favorite part of this cook book is that it is ALL dinner recipes. While I love appetizers, desserts, side dishes, etc., that are made in the slow-cooker, what I needed was dinner ideas!
My husband went gluten-free in February and it has been a struggle for me to find new recipes that work in the slow-cooker.
Stephanie has a child that is gluten-free, so all of the recipes in this book incorporate gluten-free items. Of course, if you are not gluten-free then you don't need the gluten-free version of pasta, bread crumbs, etc.
I sat down one afternoon with my new cookbook and wrote out every recipe I'd like to try. I came up with 90 new recipes! I have already made 7 slow-cooker dinners from this cook book and every one has been fabulous!!
Here are a few of what I've made so far: Apple Pork Chops, Mongolian Beef Takeout Fake Out, 2-Packet Chicken, Chili Con Carne (no bean chili), Au Gratin Potatoes and Ham.
Every recipe has "The Verdict" where Stephanie wrote her opinions and suggestions for that recipe.
There are fabulous color pictures through out the cookbook.
The different categories make it easy for my to meal plan each week: Meatless, Seafood, Soup, Beans, Sandwiches, Poultry, Beef, and Pork.
365 slow cooker meals in one book. Amazing!
The two recipes I'm looking forward to the most are Crab and Tomato Chowder and Cajun Shrimp Chowder.
In just the few short weeks I've had this cookbook it has become my go-to in meal planning!
*Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher to review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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