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Fire up the slow cooker

March 7, 2016
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

A blogger fires up her slow cooker for some family meals in "The Classic Slow Cooker: Best-Loved Family Recipes To Make Fast and Cook Slow" by Judy Hannemann.

Hannemann transformed her favorite family recipes to those that can be made in a slow cooker for ease. In her introduction, she talks about her introduction to the world of slow cooking, which wasn't good. In fact, it was so bad she said she gave away her slow cooker, only to buy one years later and use it for exactly two recipes. A sister's love of slow cooking and a food blogger got her rethinking it, and now the cookbook!

The recipes are divided into eight chapters: Appetizers, Soups, Chicken, Pork, Beef, Pasta, Sides and Sweet Treats.

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Appetizers have recipes like Asian Orange Chicken Wings, Chex Snack Mix and Hot Jalapeno & Chile Popper Dip.

Soups have recipes for Beef Barley Soup, Smoked Sausage & Lentil Soup and Split Pea Soup with Ham.

Chicken recipes include Maple-Kissed Roasted Chicken, Fruity BBQ Chicken and Teriyaki Chicken.

Pork recipes offer Juicy Maple Pork with Sweet Potatoes, Mississippi Ribs and Pork Chop Stroganoff.

Beef recipes include Classic Pot Roast with Veggies, Maple-Glazed Short Ribs and Ginger Beef with Mandarin Oranges.

Pasta recipes offer Baked Ziti, Creamy Penne and Five-Cheese Lasagna.

Sides include Candied Baby Carrots, Hot German Potato Salad and Cheesy Ranch Potatoes.

Sweet Treats end things with Apple Pie Cake, Banana Bread and Donut Bread Pudding.

I made two different dishes to try during busy weeknights. One was Chicken & Noodles, which included chicken broth and coup, as well as celery, carrots, peas and chicken and noodles, obviously. I thought it could have used a bit more liquid, as my slow cooker always cooks hotter and faster than any recipes say.

The other recipe was Classic Pot Roast, which used mushroom soup mix, gravy mix, onion, mushrooms and a few other spices on a beef roast and then left to cook. This one actually worked out with my slow cooker, and I made open-faced pot roast sandwiches for the kids and myself. Everyone, even the picky youngest, loved this and wanted seconds. It was juicy and full of flavor!

For some great hands-off dishes, this is a great one to fix and go and come home to something yummy.

"The Classic Slow Cooker" is published by The Countryman Press. It is $24.95.



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