Friday, February 24, 2012

Creative Slow-Cooker Meals

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.***


Cheryl Moeller is a seasoned mother and a standup comic. She is also a syndicated columnist with her own blog ( and contributes monthly to several online parent websites. Cheryl has coauthored two books on marriage with her husband and has written for 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.

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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):

My Thoughts:

Pros: Pretty cover, spiral bound so it lies flat while reading, variety of recipes (includes breakfast, vegetarian, vegan, dairy free and gluten free), uncluttered pages

Cons: Doesn't say what size slow cooker was used in the recipes, no pictures, unusual matches (ie: ranch mushrooms and Hawaiian rice)

I have already tried two recipes - Tangy Peanut Soup and Apple, Grape & Walnut Chicken. The first was absolutely scrumptious. The recipe called for 6 hrs on low but experience has shown me that potatoes need either more time or more heat so I opted to cook on high for almost 5 hours and then an additional hour on low after adding the coconut milk. We didn't find it tangy so we added more cayenne pepper. My round slow cooker was filled almost to the brim (before coconut milk was even added) so I had to move it all to my larger oval slow cooker.
We were very disappointed by the chicken dish. The taste was very subtle, the grapes (despite not putting them in until the last hour) were soggy and the yogurt got all watery. Definitely not a recipe I'll be making again.

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