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Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two Paperback – December 15, 2006
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With the introduction of a smaller model that cooks in quantities for one or two people, the slow cooker's popularity has grown even more. This downsized appliance for the single person or the childless couple allows the cook to prepare a meal in the morning, head off to a job, and still have a hot meal virtually ready when the workday has ended. Hensperger demonstrates this diminutive cooker's versatility with a collection of recipes that fit in with today's changing tastes in food. Chilis and soups show off the slow cooker's obvious virtues. In addition to beef- and pork-based stews and braises, plenty of turkey and chicken recipes appeal to devotees of lower-fat cooking. Polenta and risotto enhance the usual pasta dishes. Hensperger further offers some recipes for accompaniments designed for stovetop or oven preparation such as cornbread, pilafs, and dumplings. Mark Knoblauch
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"125 recipes with fresh, easy-to-find ingredients--just what I wanted." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Most of the recipes are too large for the really small 1 1/2 quart slow cooker, though a few fit that size. Fortunately, each recipe includes a recommended cooker size in the instructions.
My only disappointment was that some of the recipes call for ingredients I cannot possibly find in my rural area grocery stores. But if you live in a city or metropolitan area you can probably find all the ingredients.
Finally, do not buy the "350 recipes" cookbook Amazon tries to bundle with this one in the "buy both" listing near the top of the page. It's really awful - I've reviewed it separately.
If you have a 3 quart slow cooker, you'll enjoy this cookbook.
Anyway, there is a weird conundrum with this cookbook - everyone says that the things I make are tasty and they are (kind of), but then no one asks for them again and I end up throwing most of them out. I finally figured out tonight that the recipes in this book are perfect maintenance recipes. They are edible, but they are not anything special. It is the kind of cooking you do when you have to cook every day. Just like my mother did. So, this is absolutely a cookbook for my mother.
I don't normally come back after all this time and do a review, but I gave this book one more chance tonight. Tonight, I tried a short rib which is normally a terrific meat in the slow cooker. I have made it successfully several times with another recipe I have. The recipe called for things my family likes - onions, garlic, wine, fruit - all good stuff.
Well - it took a lot of work, a lot of dishes and it both smelled and looked pretty unappetizing. All the things I am usually trying to avoid by using a slow cooker. Some of the meat turned out tasty, but having to go past the presentation and the smell just was not worth it. Of course, there was enough for a family of six and I ended up throwing most of it out.
Perhaps it is my inexperience as a cook (I am an advanced beginner at this point - can alter a recipe comfortably, but still use measuring spoons fairly precisely), but I just can't get anything to work for me. And now that I have found a few good recipes that I *can* make, I no longer think it is just me. This book is going out with the rest of tonight's dinner.
I use recipes from her books (I have 4) at least twice a week.
Worthy enough of your cookbook shelf!