"Stephanie O'Dea made a New Year’s resolution to prepare dinner in her slow cooker every night for a year and document the experience on her blog, crockpot365.blogspot.com . The easy, affordable recipes she developed were a hit with other time-strapped home cooks, particularly because she gave an honest verdict about her family’s opinion of each one. Soon, her blog was averaging 15,000 hits a day.
Packed with recipes for everything from a gingerbread latte to a delicate, restaurant-quality cheesecake, O’Dea’s first cookbook, "MAKE IT FAST, COOK IT SLOW" , proves that slow cookers are far from old-fashioned. And because one of O’Dea’s daughters has a wheat intolerance, all of the recipes are gluten-free.
A self-described cheapskate and busy mom, O’Dea appreciates the ability to make healthy meals with minimal hands-on prep time. The dishes in MAKE IT FAST, COOK IT SLOW include an extraordinary range of culinary possibilities, from kid-friendly dinners (Applesauce Chicken, Barbecued Shrimp) to gourmet fare (Corn Risotto, Sweet and Sour Caramelized Onions) to classics (Beef Stew, Minestrone Soup) and a whole section of “fun stuff” (Baby Food, Glycerin soap, even Crayons!). The “Takeout Fake Out” section (Mongolian Beef, Falafel, Gyros, Chimichangas) is so comprehensive that you’ll never order delivery again. And just like on her blog, O’Dea includes a quick, funny assessment of her family’s reaction to each recipe in the book.
MAKE IT FAST, COOK IT SLOW provides parents and children everywhere with the chance to be creative and resourceful in the kitchen. With dishes that are reliable and accessible, and yet still remain adventurous to the palate, O’Dea proves that the slow cooker is moving fast!"
MY TWO CENTS
I have been a fan of Stepahnie O'Dea's family friendly gluten free crock pot recipes for a long time; prior to the release of her book I printed her recipes from my computer and put them in a 3 ring binder in my kitchen. I am thrilled to now have the recipes that my family has grown to love available to me in a convenient book.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes from Make it Fast, Cook it Slow
- A simple recipe for Mac n' Cheese (pre-cooking the noodles is not necessary!)
- A super-easy recipe for healthy home-made granola
- A mouth watering recipe for falafel
I can honestly say that I have never been disappointed in Stephanie O'Dea's delicious recipes... they are always tasty, easy to prepare and my family loves them! Best of all, using my slow cooker frees up loads of time for me to spend doing other things I enjoy.
You can purchase a copy of Make it Fast, Cook it Slow: the Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking by Stephanie O'Dea at your favorite online book seller or at a book store near you.