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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!!

Recipes made from The Gourmet Slow Cooker Volume II

Chicken Adobo

New England Baked Beans
Green Posole

I’ll be back tomorrow with more food!!

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14 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Review

  1. Tempered Woman says:

    I totally cheat and buy Chicken Adobo from Trader Joes. I know…
    But I saw your recipe earlier and have been waiting for the final verdict on the book. Guess I’m gonna have to break my resolution to quit buying cookbooks~ doh!
    I love slow cooker recipes tho- it so freakin rocks to come home after working all day to a kitchen filled with warm dinner smells.

  2. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    I bought The Cookie Book from Costco, too! Does yours have bright blue on the cover? I’m making some yummy bars from that tomorrow.

  3. Kelly-Jane says:

    My slow cooker is an untamed machine for me too!

    Your new cookie book looks lovely! Wonder if the UK Costco’s have it, hmmm.

  4. Mary says:

    Yay! Cookies! I’m very excited. I’m like a big blue furry muppet when it comes to cookies!

    Thanks for the review of the slow cooker book. I think I’ll try some of the recipes you have posted and see how they go. I might need the slow cooker if I have to have the surgery. 🙂

  5. Kate / Kajal says:

    i haven’t bought a book in ages. I tried to buy some on amazon , but they don’t deliver to Hk or to Africa .. :(( so I’ll just have to wait till i get back to Hong Kong. I miss my bookstore 🙁

  6. Emiline says:

    I like the cookbook reviews. I like your honesty. I’m not too big on slow cookers, anyway.

    Looking forward to the cookie book! I think you know how much I love cookies.

  7. marye says:

    hmmm..cookbooks…I love cookbooks. I need to check them out. thanks!

  8. Ginny says:

    good slow cooker recipes? who would have thought! I’ll need to check it out, ours does not get enough use.

    fyi: I tagged you in a meme.

  9. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Too bad not all the recipes were a success from this cookbook. Crockpot recipes are always great on days full of baking when my attention is elsewhere. Thanks for some good ideas.

  10. glamah16 says:

    Funny, as much as I love my slow cooker, I’m very hesitant to leave it alone while I’m off for the day.I always fear somthing will happen. Mainly we use it on the weekends and when we are not gone for long periods of time. Can”t wait to see your cookies.

  11. KJ says:

    Sorry to hear about the cake. On the other hand, I’m looking forward to the cookie recipes.

  12. Patricia Scarpin says:


    I’m a cookie crazy (you must know that already, right?) so I can’t wait to see the recipes you’ll be baking! Yay!

  13. eatme_delicious says:

    Can’t wait to see what you make from The Cookie Book!

  14. PheMom says:

    Hooray for a cookie/bars, etc book. I can’t wait to drool at the pictures you’ll be posting!

    Oh, I don’t know if you’ve heard this tip, but since I am often left soaking pans, you can throw a bounce sheet in the water and it will literally make burnt on stuff slide right off.

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