I’ve been meaning to type this up all weekend, but I took an almost computer free weekend. It feels good to get away from the computer every now and again!!
You may have noticed that I never posted my last recipe from February’s Cookbook of the Month – The Gourmet Slow Cooker Volume II. That’s because it was a complete D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R!!! There are a few dessert recipes listed in the book, and the particular recipe was a cake that is cooked in the slow cooker for 2 1/2 hours on high. Well, I should have made this when I was going to be home to watch it, but I wasn’t home, and my errands took longer than expected. I came home to a burnt mess that took 2 days of soaking to get my slow cooker clean. I’m not blaming the recipe – this was definitely user error! The review of this cookbook will follow the announcement of March’s cookbook of the month.
I am pretty proud of myself. I haven’t bought a new cookbook in over a month now. That is all going to change pretty soon, because I have an Amazon gift card burning a hole in my pocket, but for March, I decided to use a cookbook that I already own but haven’t made anything from. This month’s cookbook is The Cookie Book by Catherine Atkinson. The particular copy I have I bought at Costco a few months back. It is a paperback edition, and I’m not actually sure if it is the same as the cookbook pictured. Oh well. I’m super excited for this book, because not only does it have cookies, but it also has many bars, muffins, biscuits and brownies. There are some of the usually cookie recipes you can find in most books, but there are also some cookies that I have never heard of that sound interesting and delicious!
Now for the review…
I think slow cookers are one of those things you either love or you hate. I am a lover, even though I think it is pretty difficult to find a recipe that is more than a few chicken breasts covered in bbq sauce. I bought this cookbook after seeing Katerina’s Korean Ribs. I was amazed that these came out of a slow cooker, so I ordered the book. And although I am still working on making my slow cooker food pretty, I have really enjoyed this book. I only made it through 3 recipes that I have posted here, but I do plan on making many more. These aren’t all your typical slow cooker recipes where you just throw everything in the pot and let it cook all day – many of them call for a bit more attention, but for a weekend when I am home but just busy with other things – this cookbook will be my go-to. There are a few complaints I have about the book, but they are minor. The first complaint I have already mentioned in a previous post – the ingredients are not very specific. While I don’t think this is always important, sometimes (like with the baked beans) I think a little help is needed. My only other complaint is that the size of slow cooker recommended for each recipe is not listed. For the disaster dessert I used, if I would have used my 6 1/2 quart slow cooker, it would have burnt much worse!! I think it would be helpful if a range of sizes recommended for each recipe was listed for each recipe. There is still a lot I want to try from this book, including a successful dessert. There is one that I will be making this summer when peaches are in season!!
I’ll be back tomorrow with more food!!