There’s nothing like coming home from work on a chilly day to a house filled with the yummy smell of pot roast. Having dinner ready to eat when I get home from work is a gift I love to give myself, and as the days get shorter, I find myself using my slow cooker regularly. Most of the recipes are very simple – chili, chicken vegetable stew, beef and sweet potato curry – and they’ve become family favorites. But it doesn’t take long for me to get in a crock pot rut.
Enter Essentials of Slow Cooking: delicious new recipes for slow cookers and braisers by Denis Kelly. This Williams-Sonoma cookbook stands out in every way. The photography is luscious without being pretentious, and the recipes are irresistible. The ingredients are friendly and, for the most part, economical. What a treat! And be sure to read beyond the recipes. Even the most experienced cooks will probably learn from the chapter on Slow Cooking Basics. Simple tips on deglazing and reducing transfer easily to other kitchen concoctions.
My family enjoyed the Summer Coq Au Van (yes, I know it’s almost winter) and the Country-Style Pork Ribs. Next, I plan on trying Red Cabbage with Apples served with smoked sausage or Brussel Sprouts with Bacon. Essentials of Slow Cooking: delicious new recipes for slow cookers and braisers by Denis Kelly and many more slow cooker cookbooks are available through the Metro Library Network. Let me know what’s in your crockpot this fall!