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Friday, June 6, 2014
The cookbook I couldn't resist
Since I have started tidying up my house I have been trying not to bring too many things in. Cookbooks specifically. I have so many! Even if I do use them, there are just so many.
There was a cookbook the other day at Goodwill that had to be bought!
It was the Better Homes and Gardens Slow Cooker Cookbook. I got it out from the library once before and remembered it to be worthwhile. It was less loony than a lot of these slow cooker cookbooks that always ask you to dirty 12 skillets sauteing this and that and finally you deglaze the pots and then put it all into the Crock Pot where it cooks for two hours.
Fie on those recipes. Fie!
This book seems better. There are a lot of recipes that do not require any sauteing. Which, fine, I like to saute, and I understand the science behind it, but the people who routinely insist on that in Crock Pot recipes do not understand the Crock Pot. There is an art to using the Crock Pot. I am not saying you can just chuck everything into it. But you have to come up with recipes that capitalize on its strengths, not things you could do more easily on the stove.
You have to be a Crock Pot virtuoso! The way Pennario was to the piano.
Already I made the Ratatouille Soup with Beans. It is kind of a white bean soup and probably I could have come up with it on my own. But it turned out great and I appreciate the recipe.
Perhaps I will be like "Julie and Julia." But instead of cooking my way through Julia Child's "The Art of French Cooking" I will cook my way through "Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes."