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A week of "Not Your Mother's Slowcooker Coobook"

Katie Nell | Nov 23, 200510:12 AM

Well, not really a week, but three days! A couple of weeks back, I received my copy of "Not Your Mother's Slowcooker Cookbook" and really enjoyed looking through it. So, I decided to test out three recipes in one week.

The first recipe was, I think, The Lazy Day Braised Pot Roast on pg. 316. (It may have been another recipe, I don't have the book with me, but it was the one with a bottle of beer and chili sauce in it.) It was good... the juice leftover was way too fatty and I had to skim the heck out of it! Other than that, it was pretty good... my boyfriend liked it much better than I did... it was a little too tangy for me to really luh-ove it!

The second recipe I tried was The Easiest French Onion Soup on pg. 65. I don't know what to say about this, other than that it was HORRIBLE!!! The crockpot, for you nay-sayers out there DID carmelize the onions beautifully and when I walked in to my apartment that night, it smelled wonderfully like French Onion Soup. I'm not sure what went wrong... all you do is slice six large onions thinly and pile in a crockpot with 3 T. olive oil. After they carmelize for 9- 10 hours, you add chicken stock and beef stock, s & p, and 3 T. of marsala is optional. I did add the marsala and I did not taste it before I did, but the resulting soup was horribly sweet and indedible, in my opinion. I knew it was bad when my boyfriend was eating his salad instead of the soup! I'm not sure if the marsala made it that sweet, but I wouldn't think 3 T. could do that. Or if I accidentally bought Vidalias and that would make it that sweet, but I didn't think they were in season??? At any rate, I'm curious to try it again because it smelled so good when I got home and I just want to know what went wrong, but I also don't want to waste another six onions! Needless to say, we went through the drive-thru and got cheeseburgers that night!!!

And the third recipe: Confetti Seafood Chowder on pg. 407. This was the best by far. I used all shrimp, because that's my boyfriend's favorite thing in the whole wide world. I added garlic to my celery, red pepper, and onions mix, and also added a little Tapatio hot sauce. It had great flavor and smelled wonderful throughout the day. I would defitely make this again. The only thing I would change is to maybe thicken it a bit... it was pretty soupy, and not very chowdery! (New word!) Definitely add the hot sauce if you make it.
So, that's my "week" of "Not Your Mother's." I still love this cookbook despite only having one HUGE success. I can't wait to try more and am especially intrigued by some of the jams and butters, all of the oatmeal recipes, and most excited about being able to make granola in it!

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