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More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow Review and Giveaway.

For the First Order of Business, it is time to announce the winner for last week’s giveaway of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, by Elana Amsterdam of Elana’s Pantry.

The Winner (using IS: #8 Hallie Klecker

Hallie, I will contact you to arrange delivery of your exciting prize: A signed copy of Elana’s Book! Congratulations!

And now onto this week’s treat!

More Make It Fast Cook It Slow

Update: This contest has ended. To find out who the winner is, please go here.

Did you see Stephanie O’Dea on Good Morning America yesterday? If not, you must watch her.  She (and that adorable outfit) rocked it.

She was making chili and talking about her newest cookbook, More Make it Fast, Cook It Slow: 200 Brand-New, Budget Friendly, Slow-Cooker Recipes, which is the follow up to her first cookbook, Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking.

Stephanie O’Dea is tiny in size. I know this because when I met her at BlogHer Food last fall, she was the same height as me – I love a fellow squirt. But, that personality of hers is larger than life. She has this bubbly sense of humor that will keep you in stitches. She also likes reality television. I will not name which shows she watches. This is only because they are the same ones that I watch. I am not always proud of the train-wrecks that I get sucked into.

A few years ago, Stephanie got the wonderful idea to tackle the challenge of using her Slow-Cooker every day of the year of 2008.  She chronicled it all on her hysterical blog, A Year of Slow Cooking. As a busy mom of then 2 (and now 3) children, she wanted to find the best way to get an easy, healthy (GLUTEN-FREE) meal on the table for her family, without the hours of prep time in the kitchen. She met that challenge. She actually blew it out of the water.  And in the process, she gained the distinction of being an award-winning blogger AND a New York Times Best selling author.

I adore her first book. I have used it endlessly and have shared it with so many of my friends.  And her latest cookbook takes her first one step farther.  While she again shares tips and ideas for time-saving strategies that will make working with your slow cooker even easier, she also actually divides the book into three main sections: $7 and under, $10 and under, and $15 and under.  Each of these sections is then further broken down by recipe category. Perfect for anyone trying to keep their family on a budget.

I also love how she includes “The Verdict” at the end of each recipe. She tells us, in her own easy way of writing, what she and her family thought of the recipe.

I have actually made quite a few of the recipes from her book.  They have all turned out great! My husband loves when I pull out the slow-cooker. I think it reminds him of his childhood. And he has not been disappointed yet with any of the recipes we have made.  To date, I have made the Honey Garlic Chicken, the Taco Lasagna, the  Herb Garden Chicken , and the Chicken Cacciatore.  Each has received the thumbs up distinction from my crew here.

The picture below is of the Chicken Cacciatore. It was a HUGE hit. I had planned on eating the leftovers for lunch the next day while my crew was off at school and work. I was sorely disappointed when there was not a bite left to stash away for the following day.  Bad for me. Great for a rave review of the meal.

Gluten-Free Chicken Cacciatore

Okay. On with the giveaway.

I am giving away a copy of Stephanie’s latest book: More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow.

You can enter to win by leaving a comment here telling me how frequently you use your slow-cooker.

If you leave a separate comment telling me you have followed Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook, I will even give you a second chance to win.

If you want, you can leave another comment telling me you followed Stephanie O’Dea on Twitter (if you have an account) for a third chance.

This contest will end on Thursday, January 20th at 10 am. I will announce the winner that day.

Good Luck!

  1. On January 13, 2011 Heather said

    I’m now a fan on Facebook!

  2. On January 13, 2011 Heather said

    And I’ve followed Stephanie. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  3. On January 13, 2011 Shirley @ gfe said

    Not entering of course, but wanted to say what a beautiful job you did on summarizing Steph and reviewing her new book–love her! 🙂 Very cool that you’ve made so many of her recipes so far. Look at that Chicken Cacciatore–yum!! 😉

    Best of luck to all!


  4. On January 13, 2011 Pagan said

    I am a follower on Facebook!

  5. On January 13, 2011 Pagan said

    Hmm.. how often I use my slow cooker. Not often enough! A couple times a month I think. I love cooking, but it does drain my energy, so we end up eating quick fix less-than-healthy things from the freezer or pantry. I’ve been eyeing her books for some time, and so if I don’t win, I know what I’ll be spending my giftcards on! =D

  6. On January 13, 2011 Esther said

    I don’t use my slow cooker very often. I am never sure what I want to fix in it so just do same old meals. I need to find a book that will get me started using a slow cooker. Surely some soups and stews in one would be super during this cold weather.

  7. On January 14, 2011 Pam said

    I use my slow cooker every Sunday. Extra days to make beans to keep in the freezer (to keep from buying canned beans).

  8. On January 14, 2011 Becky Leppard said

    I love slow cooking, mostly I have gotten into solar cooking which of course is slow. On the days that we don’t have sun like yesterday, I use my slow cooker. I went over and checked out her site and it is amazing. It gave me lots of ideas. Thanks for showcasing her in your blog!!

  9. On January 14, 2011 Becky Leppard said

    And I also follow you on FB! I love FB so am happy to get your updates there.

  10. On January 14, 2011 Carolyn Hernandez said

    I use the slow cooker a few times a month…..I need this book so I can do more!

  11. On January 14, 2011 Staci A said

    We use ours about twice a month, though I would love to use it much more often!

  12. On January 14, 2011 Staci A said

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

  13. On January 14, 2011 Staci A said

    I’m following Stephanie on Twitter @MommaStaciA. Thanks!

  14. On January 14, 2011 cindy said

    I use my crockpot at least once a week. I like to use it to make my chicken stock. Put everything in and let it go overnight.

  15. On January 14, 2011 cindy said

    I like you on facebook

  16. On January 14, 2011 cindy said

    I am following Stephanie on twitter.

  17. On January 14, 2011 brooke @B & the boy! said

    I have plans to use it once a week now that I have Stephanie’s first book. The children and I are going to choose one thing to try. 🙂 Until now it was infrequently.

  18. On January 14, 2011 brooke @B & the boy! said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on fb

  19. On January 14, 2011 brooke @B & the boy! said

    Follow Stephanie on twitter

  20. On January 14, 2011 Jaime Walsh said

    I use a slow cooker at least once a week if not more. Always looking something different to try that’s kid friendly.

  21. On January 14, 2011 Kiwe said

    Not often enough – I get it out once a month or so but I want to start using it at least once a week. I never seem to know what to make and with my daughters new diagnosis of multiple food allergies I could use some good resources!!!!

  22. On January 14, 2011 Alisa Cooks said

    I watched the video of Stephanie online, she was so cute! I’m not entering, I just got the book actually and it looks so great. I can’t wait to dive in.

    You always seem to think you are shorter than you are! Stephanie is closer to my height, and I’m definitely pint-sized next to the whole gluten-free gang 🙂 I think her huge smile and perkiness makes her seem like she’s ten feet tall though!

  23. On January 14, 2011 Helen said

    I read all of your posts and my husband cooks many of your meals (I am on bedrest)- I’d love to get him to use the crock pot more- it would save him time. We use it maybe once every 3 months!

  24. On January 14, 2011 Helen said

    I am also following you on Facebook!

  25. On January 14, 2011 Melanie said

    Great site! Haven’t tried the book but iam looking for healthy slow cooking as I am now the USA mom of two exchange student so I need easy good healthy recipes.
    Love this site I learn lots! Thank you!

  26. On January 14, 2011 Melanie said

    I am following you on Facebook and love it!

  27. On January 14, 2011 Jeannie said

    You have inspired me by your wonderful summary of Stephanie O’Dea and her cook books. We don’t have a slow cooker but we do our slow cooking in our Le Creuset with a very low flame and it works just great. Of course you know I am one of YOUR biggest fans. Hugs

  28. On January 14, 2011 Laura said

    I love using my slow cooker and use it about once a week.
    Thank you!

  29. On January 14, 2011 Amy said

    I am a fan on facebook!

  30. On January 14, 2011 Amy said

    I use my slow cooker about 3 times a month. Would like to use it more!

  31. On January 14, 2011 Sarah said

    I don’t use my crock pot as often as I would like since my hubby insisted on getting a huge one. I am using it more now that I found the crockpot365 website.

  32. On January 14, 2011 Sarah said

    I have been following you on facebook for a while now. That is how I found out about this lovely give away.

  33. On January 14, 2011 Stephanie said

    I don’t use my slow cooker nearly enough! I got Stephanie’s first book for Christmas though, and have picked out a couple dozen recipes I’m itching to try!

  34. On January 15, 2011 Pam jordan said

    As a busy working mom I use the slow cooker about once a week.

  35. On January 15, 2011 Pam jordan said

    I am following you on facebook!

  36. On January 15, 2011 susan said

    I haven’t used it as much as I should have…I am improving though- trying to adapt favorite family recipes to my crock pot!

  37. On January 15, 2011 susan said

    I follow Cook it Allergy Free on Facebook!

  38. On January 15, 2011 linda said

    This is an wonderful blog and resource! Thank you so much!
    I have just discovered your site and now all the others that come with it! It’s inspiring.
    I just started to follow Stephanie’s as well!

  39. On January 15, 2011 linda said

    I RARELY use my slow cooker even though i purchased a big enough one to allow for leftovers, because……………I have not found many recipes that we truly enjoy. I probably use it 2-3 times a year. Now that i have been diagnosed with gluten and other allergies, I would greatly appreciate finding recipes that we do enjoy because I would spend much less time cooking (which seems to be a lot of hours these days).! Thank you!

  40. On January 15, 2011 linda said

    I just started following Cook IT allergy Free today! I look forward to continuing to particpate!

  41. On January 15, 2011 Renee said

    We try to use our crockpot about once a week in the winter. I love Stephanie’s recipes and blog although I don’t have either book yet.

  42. On January 15, 2011 Renee said

    And now I am following you on FB!

  43. On January 17, 2011 Celiacs in the House said

    You do the best reviews, Kim. And if there was an adorable contest, you and Stephanie would probably tie. Don’t add me to the contest. I have the book and I have one of her recipes in the slow cooker right now, but just wanted to say how much I loved the review and your photo. Hope you had fun on the slopes and when you get to visit with Shirley.

  44. On January 17, 2011 Allyson said

    I’ve just recently started using my slow cooker and love the flexibility it has! I try to use it at least once a week!

  45. On January 17, 2011 Allyson said

    I follow you on Facebook and love you’re blog!

  46. On January 17, 2011 Theresa P. said

    i use my slow cooker about once a month. i would use it more if i had more recipes. i could use the web or hopefully win this cookbook. thanks, for the giveway.

  47. On January 20, 2011 Tia said

    I’m not entering the contest, but I can’t believe I missed this. Whoops! We have our contests ending the same day. I was confused at first. I wonder if I did that subconsciously?

    Anyway, great review, and as always, I love your pictures. Sorry you did n’t get you leftovers.;( You’ll have to hide them before they can finish them next time. 😉

    Tia 😛

  48. On January 20, 2011 Janet said

    Well, I only *just* got a slow cooker. A co-worker had several and wanted to get rid of one so he offered it to me. Now I need to start collecting recipes to try it out!

  49. On January 20, 2011 Laura said

    I use my slow cooker a few times a week. It is fast and convenient.

  50. On January 30, 2011 Melinda J said

    I try to use my slow cooker every Sunday. I love the way it makes the house smell, it’s so homey!

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