~A cookbook review~
When we lived in the city I planned all of my menus on a weekly basis. I would sit down on Thursday afternoon, make out a menu based on what we wanted to eat, write out my shopping list, and head to the store on Friday.
Then, for the following week, should our schedule go according to plan (and it usually did) I would follow that menu, scarcely ever deviating from what had been written down.
Then we moved to the country. And life got a little crazy.
Then we started our garden. And life got a little crazier.
Several things had to change in order to accommodate our “crazy” lifestyle and among those was a greater reliance on my crock pot.
What can sometimes be tricky about crock pot cooking however is a lack of creative recipes (that don’t taste crock pottish) and recipes for the crock pot that contain whole ingredients (no pot roast with cream of mushroom soup and onion soup mix please).
Enter Crock on! by Staci from Staci Makes Cents.
I recently had the opportunity to review this wonderful ebook and was delighted by what Staci has to offer. I am not typically a fan of cookbooks in ebook format (I like to turn the pages :) ) but this one was an exception.
What I like about Crock On:
- It has beautiful photographs ~ Photographs of every single recipe.
- It has a nice variety of recipes ~ Soups, Sandwiches and Wraps, Main Dishes, Sides, and Desserts
- It utilizes whole ingredients ~ Now I will say that when the recipe calls for salsa, it isn’t salsa made from scratch (although it obviously could be), but you will find no canned soups or soup mixes here.
One of the recipes that we tried and really enjoyed was Cheesy Sausage Potatoes. You can view the original recipe here and take a peek at the cookbook format. I made the following substitutions though based on what I had on hand:
- I used Italian Sausage instead of the bulk breakfast variety
- I substituted the green chilis for sweet red peppers from our garden
- I eliminated the cheese
- I added the sour cream at the end to the broth that Staci mentions having after cooking
- I finished each serving with grated parmesan
The result was divine! And I loved that the recipe was so easily adaptable to what we had on hand with ingredients that were easy to find.
I did receive a copy of this book for review purposes but the thoughts and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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