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Feb 3 2012

Slow Cookery Not Just for Dinner Anymore

by Amanda L

Growing up the only time the slow cooker came out of its resting place was when we were having chili. Recently, I have been wanting to use my slow cooker for more than just for chili.  So I’ve been checking out a variety of cookbooks for more recipes. Did you know that you can cook oatmeal in the slow cooker? It is great. You can put the ingredients in before you go to bed and have breakfast waiting for you upon waking.

I have learned so much from the books I’ve checked out  from the Library about slow cookery. Did you know that you can make risotto in the slow cooker? No more standing at the stove and constantly stirring. You can even make polenta in the slow cooker.

The Italian Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone has several recipes for making polenta and risotto. There are even a few dessert recipes.

Another book that I thoroughly enjoyed was the 1001 best slow-cooker recipes cookbook you’ll ever need by Sue Spitler with Linda R. Yoakam. There is a great recipe for cube steak stew. It was delicious and I’ve been spreading that recipe around. This cookbook also has recipes for drinks, sides and even a few salad selections.

The Library has several more books on the subject of slow cookery. To see the other cookbooks, go to the catalog and under the keyword subject box, type in slow cookery. As the Italians say…. Mangia! Mangia!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Effie C. February 4, 2012 at 1:59 PM


As the recipient (on the same day) of two of these marvels of cookery almost twenty years ago, I must comment on their usefulness. First I have to admit that at the time I didn’t think I would have any use for one or two slow cookers. Yes, chili has graced the inside of our cooker, along with spaghetti, string beans, beef stew and Christmas wassail. I have yet to enjoy the pleasure of a dessert made in a slow cooker, however I plan to soon. I will definitely check out “1001 Best Slow Cooker Recipes Cookbook.” Thanks!

Veronica W February 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

I have two slow cookers ; a small one for just us and a larger one for dinner parties. They have become my best friends in the kitchen. Years ago I remember my mother cooking Sunday dinner on Saturday night, so that we would just have to warm it up after church. Now, I put my dinner in the cooker early Sunday morning and Voila!, it’s ready when we get home. Who said the wheel was the greatest invention?

Dell S February 6, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Another great recipe book is “Make it Fast, Cook it Slow.” Recommended to me by my daughter.

Alison W February 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM

This might be the inspiration I needed to dust off my slow cooker this weekend…I do have a good recipe for goulash that I haven’t made in awhile.

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