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101 Things to Do with a Slow Cooker [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Ashcraft , Janet Eyring
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the New York Times best-selling author of 101 Things to Do With a Cake Mix! comes
101 Things to Do with a Slow Cooker! Call it a slow cooker, a crockery cooker, or your best friend, the popularity of these handy machines has exploded recently, and "Mrs. 101" Stephanie Ashcraft has stepped up to the plate (or bowl, or serving tray) with an amazing collection of timesaving recipes. From South of the Border Pot Roast to Hearty Vegetable Soup to Cherries Jubilee, now anyone can make hearty, healthy dishes for the whole family the "throw-n-go" way. Simply throw several ingredients into the slow cooker, get on with life, and come home to a kitchen filled with the aroma of real home cooking. 101 recipes for main courses, side dishes, desserts, and more are included, along with suggestions for how and what to serve with each dish, time-saving meal preparation tips, and easy modifications to fit your families tastes.

Stephanie Ashcraft, New York Times best selling author of 101 Things to Do With a Cake Mix, is a full-time mom who has created and collected recipes for years. She also teaches a monthly cooking class for Macey's Little Cooking Theater.

Janet Eyring's interest in learning how to cook healthy, inexpensive meals without living in the kitchen inspired her to write a cookbook that relied on the ease of the slow cooker. She also teaches cooking classes at Macey's Little Cooking Theater.

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Contents Helpful Hints 09 Beverages Party Hot Chocolate 13 Mallow-Mint Hot Chocolate 14 Almond Hot Chocolate 15 Hot Cranberry Punch 16 Holiday Wassail 17 Hot Spiced Cherry Cider 18 Dips and Fondues Mild Chili-Cheese Dip 20 Bodacious Bean Dip 21 Pizza Fondue 22 Cheese Fondue 23 Chocolate Fondue 24 Caramel Fondue 25 Peanut Butter Fondue 26 Soups and Stews Hearty Vegetable Soup 28 Quick Stew 29 Zesty Minestrone 30 Burton's Minestone 31 Cowboy Soup 32 Alphabet Soup 33 Spicy Tomato Beef Soup 34 Santa Fe Cheese Soup 35 Salsa Fever Soup 36 Simple Chili 37 Chicken Noodle Soup 38 Tortilla Soup 39 Turkey and Rice Soup 40 Broccoli-Cheese Soup 41 Four-Hour Stew 42 Easy Taco Soup 43 Vegetable Cheese Soup 44 Chicken and Wild Rice Soup 45 Beef Sunday Roast 49 Cola Roast 50 South-of-the-Border Pot Roast 51 Easy Swiss Steak 52 Beef and Mushrooms 53 Simple Beef Stroganoff 54 French Dip Sandwiches 55 Lasagna 56 Burritos 57 Easy Flank Steak 58 Sweet-and-Sour Beef 59 Unbelievably Simple Brisket 60 Family Favorite Brisket 61 Tri-Tip Roast 62 Shepherd's Pie 63 Aunt Patty's Italian Barbecue 64 Onion Meatballs 65 Barbecued Meatballs 66 Chicken Chicken and Potatoes 68 Chicken and Rice Casserole 69 Scalloped Chicken 70 Whole Cranberry Chicken 71 Mama's Italian Chicken 72 Favorite Barbecue Chicken 73 Cheesy Chicken Noodles 74 Tater-Tot Casserole 75 Hawaiian Chicken 76 Easy Chicken Bake 77 Sunday Chicken 78 Pineapple Chicken 79 Lemonade Chicken 80 Sweet-and-Sour Chicken 81 Hawaiian Haystacks 82 Creamy Italian Chicken 83 Italian Chicken with Mushrooms 84 Creamy Chicken Soft Tacos 85 Orange Chicken 86 Chicken Teriyaki 87 Chicken Cacciatore 88 Chicken in a Bag 89 Chicken Fajitas 90 Chicken Parmesan 91 Almond Chicken 92 Chicken Enchiladas 93 Cooked Chicken for Entrees, Soups, and Stews 94 Pork Savory Pork Roast 97 Cranberry Pork Roast 98 Barbecued Pork Chops 99 Italian Pork Chops 100 Sweet-and-Sour Pork 101 Polynesian Pork Chops 102 Pork Chops and Mushrooms 103 Pork Chop Casserole 104 Ehler's Pork Ribs 105 Barbecue Pork Sandwiches 106 Shredded Pork Burritos 107 Pork Sausage Casserole 108 Ham and Potatoes 109 Red Potatoes with Ham 110 Holiday Ham 111 Shredded Ham Sandwiches 112 Desserts Carrot Cake 115 Caramel Rolls 116 Triple Rich Chocolate Cake 117 Sugar and Spice Cake 118 Cherry Biscuit Cobbler 119 Easy Granola Apple Crisp 120 Cherry Jubilee 121 Lemon Custard Cake 122 Pineapple-Upside-Down Cake 123 Chocolate Custard Cake 124

From the Back Cover

A collection of "throw-and-go" favorites from the author of the New York Times Best-Seller 101 Things To Do With A Cake Mix!

Peanut Butter Fondue

Spicy Tomato Beef Stew

Lemonade Chicken


Cherry Biscuit Cobbler

And more!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1034 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1586853171
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (August 8, 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001SEQQ5K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,600 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a first-timer November 16, 2003
I love this cookbook! After owning a crock pot for 6 years and using it only once, I alsmost sold it in a garage sale. Thank goodness I found this cookbook. I used to be so overwhelmed at dinnertime when I was so worn out from all the kids at home and the housework that I never could get a good dinner made. Now I wake up in the morning and throw my dinner in the slow cooker. When dinnertime rolls around, I just have to make sure we have a side dish (easy enough) we can sit down to a good meal.
Some reviews pointed out that many of these recipes are obvious and unimaginative. Well, for someone like me, who has no imagination left at the end of the day, these recipes are perfect. Good, nourishing meals for my family who may have otherwise ended up with Pizza Hut AGAIN.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
I've reviewed cookbooks on slow-cookers before but this one has quickly become one of my favorites. The recipes are divided into various categories including beverages, dips and fondue, soups, and stews, beef, chicken, pork, and desserts.

The book starts with 22 helpful hints for cooking with a slow cooker. The actual recipes follow and there are a lot of really good ones.

For example, I don't generally like pot roast but there is a recipe for cola roast that is really good. It also has some unusual recipes like peanut butter fondue, or Sante Fe cheese soup. Not only are there unusual recipes but many good recipes that one would not normally associate with a slow cooker. For example there are recipes for French Dip sandwiches, Italian chicken and mushrooms, sweet and sour pork, carrot cake, and pineapple upside-down cake.

The only thing that I would like to see is the cooking time put at the top of the recipe with the ingredients instead of buried in the recipe instructions. This is particularly important with slow-cooker recipes because they can require anything from half an hour to twelve hours or more of cooking. It does have a nice plastic cover to make it easy to wipe off and food matter that might get on it. One of the best slow-cooker cookbooks around, 101 Things to Do With a Slow Cooker is highly recommended.
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not very creative. September 27, 2003
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First the positive: This Cookbook has some very simple, easy recipes. The majority of recipes are dump and go. The majority of recipes require ingredients that most people have on hand- cream of mushroom soup, chicken, etc.
If you have never really used your slow cooker, this is a great beginner book that will help you explore the wide range of meals you can make in a slow cooker.
Now the Negative: I bought this cookbook expecting some different types of recipes-However, most of the recipes in this cookbook are unimaginative and easy to think of without a cookbook. In fact, I would say that there are a majority of them that I have already made without picking up a cookbook.
If you have already used your slow cooker quite a bit and if you are looking for something a little bit different, this is probably not the cookbook for you. There are a few recipes I had never tried and a few combinations I hadn't thought of in this book. However, I don't think I would suggest you buy this cookbook for only one or two recipes.
I think this is a fine cookbook and if you decide to buy it, just be forwarned, the recipes are very simple and very easy and if you have used your slow cooker very much, very unimaginative.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Easy - but unimpressive September 26, 2003
By G. Wink
The beauty of a slow cooker is that you can dump things in it, go out, and come home to dinner! Further simplifying things by using "ingredients" like condensed soup, pie filling, and cake mix is not only insulting, but unhealthy. Unfortunately, most of the recipes in this book rely heavily on prepared foods (Scalloped Chicken calls for 1 box of scalloped potatoes, 1 can of chicken, and water). The recipes that shine are the ones (such as Cranberry Pork Roast and Almond Chicken) that use basic ingredients instead of prepackaged foods.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I use my Slow Cooker more than ever,now February 6, 2004
By Ellen
This is a great book! I use it at least once a week. The chicken dishes are very simple & taste great. I really like the fact that many of the dishes call for frozen,boneless skinless chicken breasts(like you buy in the bags at the warehouse clubs).That's right,use them with out thawing!
Mama's Italian Chicken & Creamy Italian Chicken are family favorites. The pork chop dishes come out fall apart tender. The only dish I won't recomend is Cowboy Soup. It was awful!No flavor.However,one bad dish out of 101 isn't bad odds.By the way I have taken many of the dishes to potlucks & people go & buy the book because they love the food so much. I should ask for a comission! LOL
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Recipes But Not for Everyday Use December 24, 2004
The design of "101 Things to Do with a Slow Cooker" grabbed my attention right away. It's small in size, only 5"x7", with a coil binding that makes it easy to fold back or lay flat. One of the best physical features is the plastic front and back cover protectors. I was very excited by this and thought "This is going to be a great cookbook."

Flipping through the pages I came to a different conclusion: that I wasn't going to like anything. This was due to the first three recipes being virtually the same other than one ingredient. I felt cheated by the title.
These could have fallen under one recipe with a note for variations. Continuing on it amazed me how little text was in this book for ingredients and for directions. I put the book aside for a week due to lack of

A couple weeks ago, I decided the least I could do was give some of the recipes a try before I wrote a review. After reading thus far I think you will be surprised with the results, I know I was.

Out of the 18 recipes I tried, only one received a rating below 6. I rated each recipe according to my standards. The highest rating was 7. Each recipe was rated for the following: availability of ingredients, clarity of instructions, ease of prep, husband factor, taste, reheatabity, and freezability. One point is awarded for each area. Any area that didn't pass is in brackets. Anything with an extra number was doubly good in the taste category.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow Cooker Book
Love this book! Great recipes for all things.
Published 4 days ago by Isabelle K. Schultz
3.0 out of 5 stars basic recipes
Not a bad collection; most are standard crockpot recipes I already knew about and can find online. Borrow it, don't buy.
Published 29 days ago by SSSlk
5.0 out of 5 stars 101 Things To Do With a Slow Cooker
The book was in good condition and arrived within the time allowed. So many simple recipes. There is a nice variety of recipes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Arnetta Beer
5.0 out of 5 stars Why we love to slow cook
Well written and easy to use receipes that make versatile use of a crockpot/slow cooker. IMHO food often has a very enjoyable taste after being slow cooked in today fast past... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Del K. Rykert
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic series of cookbook!!!
this is a fantastic series of cookbooks!!! I was totally thrilled with all of them!!! "101 things to do with..." great gift ideas too!!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Diane Kell
1.0 out of 5 stars Laughable
I asked for a new slow cooker for Christmas and my mom unwittingly ordered this book to go with it. My first clue that I was in for a world of prepackaged junk was the boastful... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Laurie
I bought both my college students new crockpots + this cookbook. Sooo easy to read and follow. Simple recipes with only a few ingredients to make amazing meals. Read more
Published 5 months ago by CheetahGirl
3.0 out of 5 stars OKAY
Published 6 months ago by dorothy zaeske
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Starter Book
If you are just getting into slow cooking, than this is a great book to start with. Recipes are easy to follow with 'normal' ingredients. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mary M. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars More Than Basic Cookbook
There are WAY more than the usual cooking recipes in this. There are cake recipes you can make right in the crock without a special pan. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carol Vesperino
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Stephanie Ashcraft, author of numerous cookbooks including the best selling 101 Things To Do With A Cake Mix, lives outside of Tucson, Arizona with her husband and 4 children. Cooking is her hobby gone out of control. She and her books have appeared in numerous television programs, radio shows, newspapers, and magazines nationwide. She loves teaching people how to save time and money in the kitchen. Stephanie has a bachelors degree in Family Science from Brigham Young University.

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