Creative Slow-Cooker Meals

I cook it, Amoeba eats it.  Lately I have been cooking two crock pots at a time!  That doesn’t mean we have been eating twice as much, but we have been eating twice as good!

When my schedule gets busy I’ve always relied on a a couple of favorite crock pot soup recipes.  I also have crock pot recipes I prefer for roasting beef, pork and chicken, but until I discovered Cheryl Moeller’s cookbook, Creative Slow-Cooker Meals: Use Two Slow Cookers for Tasty and Easy Dinners, I only used multiple crock pots on my holiday buffet table.

Many of the recipes in Moeller’s book are actually brilliant suggestions.  Do you have trouble keeping enough tortillas warm and at hand when you’re serving your favorite Mexican dish?  Then check out page 175 and marvel at how easy the solution is.  If  you’re like my sister-in-law and don’t care to eat food that’s been simmering in a pot all day, this cook book is still for you.  Many of the recipes have 2 to 4 hour cook times.  Some even cook in an hour or less.

And did you know you can bake homemade bread in your crock pot? This weekend I will be baking whole wheat bread using the recipe on page 180.   I’ll let Amoeba pick dessert, Apple Upside Down Cake (p. 246),  Caramel Baked Apples (p.224) or maybe the Molten Lava Pudding (p. 253) from the gluten free section.

My new favorite crock pot recipe can be found on page 228.  It is Hungarian Goulash, and we scarfed it down with crock pot baked biscuits.  I was also pleasantly surprised by the Spaghetti recipe on page 138.   I guess what I am trying to say is, this isn’t a recipe book that will spend a lot of time languishing on the shelf.  It’ll be working in the kitchen.

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card author is:

 

 

and the book:

 

Harvest House Publishers; Spi edition (February 1, 2012)

***Special thanks to Karri James, Marketing Assistant, Harvest House Publishers for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cheryl Moeller is a seasoned mother and a standup comic. She is also a syndicated columnist with her own blog (www.momlaughs.blogspot.com) and contributes monthly to several online parent websites. Cheryl has coauthored two books on marriage with her husband and has written for www.mops.org and Marriage Partnership. Cheryl does comedy for parenting classes, MOPS groups, wedding or baby showers, church retreats, women’s conferences, and those in line at the grocery store.

Visit the author’s website.


SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:


From the celebrated coauthor of The Marriage Miracle comes a new kind of cookbook and a new attitude toward planning meals. With an eye toward the whole menu, not just part of it, columnist Cheryl Moeller teaches cooks to use two crockpots to easily create healthy, homemade dinners.

Don’t worry about your dinner being reduced to a mushy stew. Each of the more than 200 recipes has been taste-tested at Cheryl’s table. Join the Moeller family as you dig into:

  • Harvest-time Halibut Chowder
  • Salmon and Gingered Carrots
  • Mediterranean Rice Pilaf
  • Indian Chicken Curry
  • Apricot-Pistachio Bread
  • Shrimp Creole
  • Rhubarb Crisp

… and many more! Perfect for the frazzled mom who never has enough time in the day, Creative Slow-Cooker Meals gives readers more time around the table with delicious, healthy, frugal, and easy meals!

Product Details:

List Price: $14.99

Spiral-bound: 272 pages

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; Spi edition (February 1, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0736944915

ISBN-13: 978-0736944915

AND NOW…THE FIFTH CHAPTER (click on pages to enlarge):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve Given It All Away!

The prize:

Insulated lunch bag, sandwich makeover recipe booklet, and $3.75 in meat, cheese and mayo coupons provided by Houseparty.com's Kraft Foods Ultimate Sandwich Makeover House Party™.

Four people entered my second chance drawing for this wonderful insulated lunch sack, a sandwich recipe booklet, and the $3.75 cents worth of coupons. (First drawing here: Lunch at Quilly’s.)   Two of the coupons ($1.50 All Natural Big Cheese; $1.50 Oven Roasted Carving Board Meats) were worth about 50% of the product’s original purchase price. The third coupon is for 75 cents off a bottle of deli spiced mayonnaise. Good stuffs.

The Contenders:

Mama Zen’s: Make Your Own (And Keep Your Hands Off Mine!) Sandwich
Kraft Carving Board Roast Beef, a slice of cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, and the Horseradish Dijon.

Tilden’s: Speecy – Spicy Ham Sammich
Seeded rye bread, toasted liberally spread the Sandwich Shop Horseradish and Dijon mayo on the toast. Add some Kraft Big Slice pepper Jack and melt under the broiler. Add some crisp iceberg lettuce, thin sliced red onion and thin sliced beefsteak tomato. Finally top with Oscar Mayer Carving Board Ham and the other piece of toast.

Stacy Lynn’s: Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Homemade bread spread with Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo’s garlic & herb flavor. Add Oscar Mayer’s Carving Board ham, one large slice of tomato (sandwich size), then Kraft Big Slice Swiss cheese. Spread outside of sandwich with garlic butter and sprinkle with basil then toast till golden and cheese is melty.

Church Lady’s: Ham & Cheese Pretzel Roll Melt
A pretzel roll spread with the horseradish dijon, then topped with the Oscar Myer ham and a slice of Kraft Swiss cheese (toast lightly to melt cheese).

The Winner:

Mama Zen!

Send me your mailing address
and I will get your wonderful insulated lunch sack
and these great, money saving coupons
out to you in the next mail.

I’m Giving It All Away!

If you read Lunch at Quilly’s thoroughly then you know you were invited to enter a drawing and win this:

Insulated lunch bag, sandwich makeover recipe booklet, and $3.75 in meat, cheese and mayo coupons provided by Houseparty.com's Kraft Foods Ultimate Sandwich Makeover House Party™.

Three people entered the drawing for this wonderful insulated lunch sack, a sandwich recipe booklet, and the $3.75 cents worth of coupons. Two of the coupons ($1.50 All Natural Big Cheese; $1.50 Oven Roasted Carving Board Meats) were worth about 50% of the product’s original purchase price. The third coupon is for 75 cents off a bottle of deli spiced mayonnaise. Good stuffs.

Tilden’s Hotsy-Totsy entry:
7 grain bread, the Sandwich Shop Hot and Spicy mayo, Kraft pepper jack big cheese slices, Kraft Carving Board roast beef or Kraft Carving Board ham. To all of that I would add field greens, beefsteak tomato, dill sandwich slices and black olive.

Church Lady’s Spicy Turkey Melt:
Open face Peppridge Farm Sandwich Thins, spread with Chipotle Kraft Mayo, then topped with Carving Board turkey. Top the turkey with a juicy slice of tomato, then add a slice of Kraft Pepper Jack cheese THEN….lightly toast to melt the cheese. Yumo.

Beth’s Breakfast Bliss:
I would chop up some of the ham and scramble it into srambled eggs with chopped onion, tomato, jalapeno and shredded cheddar, pepper jack, and Colby cheeses. Take a whole grain tortilla (warmed) and spread chiplotle mayo and guacamole on the tortilla. Lay the eggs down the center. Top with salsa and a bit more shredded cheese. Roll it up and serve burrito style.

If you just finished reading those recipes I know you’re hungry!  Don’t you wish you’d have entered the drawing?  Well guess what, you can!  I have yet another insulated lunch bag and set of coupons to giveaway.  Unfortunately, Beth won’t be able to enter this giveaway — that’s because she’s already won this one! — However, Church Lady and Tilden are invited to try again with different sandwich recipes.  Be sure to read the rules.

Here’s a list of products available with the coupons:

  • Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meats — turkey, chicken, ham, roast beef.
  • Kraft Big Slice Cheeses — Pepper Jack, Cheddar, Swiss, Colby (all natural and reduced fat choices)
  • Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo — Olive Oil & Cracked Pepper, Chipotle, Garlic & Herb, Horseradish Dijon, Hot & Spicy

Happy sandwich making!  Oh, and congrats, Beth!

 

 

Lunch at Quilly’s

Reinventing the Sandwich!

I had a luncheon the other day and it was a total blast! Houseparty.com invited me to participate in the Kraft Foods Ultimate Sandwich Makeover House Party™.  They sent me yummy Sandwich Shop Mayo, Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meats, and Kraft Big Slice Cheeses. I supplied a table load of salad, fruit, chips and sandwich making goodies.  Nine of my girlfriends showed up for the feast.

This is what it looked like:

Check out the Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meats — thick, juicy slices just like you’d serve from home roasted meat. On this platter there is ham, turkey and chicken. Yum!

And here we have the cheese. This platter has a mixture of Cheddar, Swiss, and Pepper Jack.  These are big slices of all natural cheese, just like you’d get from the deli!

Becce made the first sandwich. She named it Large. The ironic thing is it is one of the smallest and most traditional sandwiches re-invented!  There’s turkey, Swiss cheese, peperoncini,tomato, lettuce and dill pickle.  Becce used the Herb and Garlic Sandwich Shop Mayo.  She said it wasn’t the size of her sandwich that was large — it was the flavor!

Because I had the party during Lent and served ham, Rosalie named her sandwich the “Goyim Special”.  She built it with ham, Swiss Cheese, lettuce, onion, dill pickle, tomato, and the luscious Horseradish Dijon Mustard Sandwich Shop Mayo.   Wouldn’t you just love a bite?


Mona is a vegetarian.  Here is her Cheese Sandwich Deluxe.  She built it with Swiss, Cheddar, Pepper Jack and Bleu cheeses, French Fried Onion Rings, lettuce, red pepper, and the Herb and Garlic Mayo.  She said it was the best cheese sandwich she’d ever had.

I didn’t get everyone else’s sandwiches photographed before they were gone!  I purchased several kinds of bread and Irene chose Sourdough for her chicken, tomato & pepper jack sandwich.  She also used the Garlic and Herb Sandwich Shop Mayo.  I wish I had a photo of April’s “Noah” the sandwich she made from “two of everything!”  Ardi’s Ham & Turkey Bleu Duo looked so yummy I copied it, although I crossed it with Mona’s cheese sandwich by adding Swiss and Pepper Jack cheeses as well.  Torrey made a Turkey Swiss Garden Sandwich — it looked kind of like a salad between two slices of bread.   Ruth Ann used the tiny slices of cocktail rye bread and made herself three different sandwiches, one from each meat.  She called them the “Baby Ruth’s”. (There was no chocolate and no peanuts in any of them. )

Houseparty.com provided me with wonderful reusable, insulated lunch sacks, a sandwich makeover recipe booklet, AND wonderful coupons to give to my guests as party favors.  Plus, I purchased 3 bottles of Sandwich Shop Mayo and gave them as door prizes.  My guests are still raving about my wonderful party.

Giveaway!

If you’re feeling left out, you can enter to win your own insulated lunch sack, a recipe book, and coupons.  All you have to do is tell me how you’d reinvent your favorite sandwich using Sandwich Shop Mayo, Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meats, and Kraft Big Slice Cheeses.  Don’t forget to give your sandwich a name!  (Coupons valid only in the USA, FPOs & APOs.) Contest closes Saturday, April 30th, at noon PDST. The winner will be chosen by random number generator and announced here on the blog shortly thereafter. Happy Drooling!

Cookie Monster!

Here I am on the East Coast looking for a good cup of coffee.  I have only seen one — ONE — Starbucks.  At home there’s at least one every mile.  Here the coffee shop of choice is a donut shop.  I am not a donut girl.

I mean, donuts are okay, but I prefer cookies with my coffee.  In fact, I prefer cookies of almost all desserts.  Cake is nice; ice cream is yummy (yummier when served with cookies) and I would never turn down a good pudding or a piece of pie; but if I am lead to a dessert table and told I can eat all I want of just one thing, I am most apt to pick cookies.

So, tell me there is a coffee joint here that has really great cookies.  If not, then tell me about an accommodating coffee shop and I will send them some great cookie recipes. I would really love a tall mocha and a peanut butter cookie!