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 random.org) 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!
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.
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.