I love to cook but lately being very pregnant, I find that I’m trying to find quick solutions for dinner that’s not the typical pasta or salad. Enter in the book, Art of the Slow Cooker: 80 Exciting New Recipes by Andrew Schloss (published by Chronicle Books). I tried my hand at two recipes, The Pork Sirlion Roast (pictured below) and the Beef Stew Provencal. Both took me less than 30 minutes to prep. Within 6 hours, dinner was ready without much effort on my part. During that time, the house was filled with the tantalizing aroma of food cooking. (Don’t you just love that?) The recipes weren’t just delicious, they were amazing! The pork roast and beef stew were not the usual fare — they had a flavor like nothing else I had ever tasted thanks to Schloss’ detailed recipes filled with fresh herbs, spices, and special ingredients. I also liked that my husband went back for seconds each time (a rarity in our house). With winter coming upon us soon, the recipes in this book will be perfect when you want to stay warm from the cold outside. It’s also a great way to prepare a meal for lots of people without much effort. Again, can I mention there’s really not much effort involved? Well worth it for the taste of such good food.
Oh and I had no idea you could also make dessert in a slow cooker. The book has numerous dessert recipes and the next one I will try has to be the Ricotta Vanilla Bread Pudding. Mmm…. Now go and get this book so your friends and family can be wowed by your amazing culinary skills!