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Jan
12
2011

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 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!

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!

100 Comments
  1. On January 13, 2011 Anne B. said

    We use our slow cooker a couple times a month.

  2. On January 13, 2011 Anne B. said

    I follow Stephanie O’Dea on twitter

  3. On January 13, 2011 PreppyPinkCrocodile said

    I would LOVE to win her new cookbook!! I use my slow cooker at least once a week in the cold months and a few times a month in the warm months. And I tell all my friends who claim they don’t know how to cook to start with Stephanie’s crockpot recipes.

  4. On January 13, 2011 PreppyPinkCrocodile said

    Oh and follow her on twitter too (Preppy Crocodile). I am a huge HUGE fan!!

  5. On January 13, 2011 Amy said

    We use our slow cooker about once a week but wish it was more! I have just started to dive into the world of slow cooked breakfast and lunch. I would love recipes that accommodate our gluten free lifestyle!

  6. On January 13, 2011 Amy said

    I also (just now) follow Stephanie O’Dea on twitter.

  7. On January 13, 2011 Amy said

    I also follow and ‘like’ cook IT allergy free on facebook. So glad for resources like yours!

  8. On January 13, 2011 Jill Griffis said

    I use my slow cooker very little; I’m thinking once every 6 weeks. But I would LIKE to use it more. Maybe then my family would get a decent meal instead of our constant roasted vegetables, (which is fine except for the lack of variety).

  9. On January 13, 2011 Jill Griffis said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook.

  10. On January 13, 2011 Deanna said

    How often do I use my slow cooker? Not nearly often enough – so I need an excuse to use it!

  11. On January 13, 2011 Carrie Nichols said

    I love using the crock pot but need new recipes.

  12. On January 13, 2011 Nancy @ TSP said

    I rarely used my slow cooker until the whole fiasco with my stove (you know, where I didn’t have one for weeks). Out came the slow cooker and now I’ve been using it about once a week. We’re all loving it and I’m always looking for new recipes.

  13. On January 13, 2011 Tracy said

    I use my slow cooker at least weekly…it now has been almost twice a week. I use her first cookbook and it’s well used. I would love to win her new cookbook.

  14. On January 13, 2011 Tracy said

    I follow cook it allergy free on facebook…it brought me here this morning 🙂

  15. On January 13, 2011 Johanna B said

    I use my slow cooker a couple of times a month. Have you tried Shirley’s (gluten free easily) Pumpkin Butter slow cooker recipe. It’s WONDERFUL and EASY.

  16. On January 13, 2011 Johanna B said

    I follow Cook it Allergy Free on FB.

  17. On January 13, 2011 Dawn said

    I don’t use my slow cooker very much because I just don’t have recipes for it. Mostly use it for roast or chili.

  18. On January 13, 2011 Dawn said

    I follow ‘Cook It Allergy Free’ on FB! 🙂

  19. On January 13, 2011 Aileen said

    I don’t use my slow-cooker often enough, lol. But DH bought me a new one for Christmas and now I have two, one bigger than the other. I foresee many more slow-cooker meals in our future!!! I hope to do at least one a week.

  20. On January 13, 2011 Aileen said

    I follow Cook it Allergy Free on FB, too.

  21. On January 13, 2011 Colette said

    I use my slow cooker about once a week during the winter months.

  22. On January 13, 2011 Neveen said

    i only use my slow cooker when i can find a recipe or recipes that sound fantastic. i would love to use my slow cooker a lot more. i have at least 4 slow cooker books, but more times than not, when i make on of their recipes i think, meh. i would love to play around with this book.

  23. On January 13, 2011 Penny said

    Use of my slow cooker varies; sometimes a couple of times a month, sometimes once a week. I like to use it more in the summer so that I don’ t have to use my oven. Please enter me!

  24. On January 13, 2011 Penny said

    I like Cook It Allergy free on facebook.

  25. On January 13, 2011 Ashlie said

    I, gasp, do not own a slow cooker! But, if I had a recipe book for how to put one to good use I would likely be inspired to splurge on one!

  26. On January 13, 2011 Traci said

    I’m a huge crockpot fan!! 🙂 I use mine 4-5 times a week and love that it frees up my evenings for playing with the kids. Between the crock pot and rice cooker all I usually have to do is make a salad. 🙂

  27. On January 13, 2011 Traci said

    I am a fan of yours on facebook…love the recipes and tips! Keep them coming!

  28. On January 13, 2011 Traci said

    I follow Stephanie and love her blog! She’s fabulous and very creative in the kitchen. Her mongolian beef is AMAZING if you haven’t tried it.

  29. On January 13, 2011 Trista said

    I use the slow-cooker at least once a week. Some days I just don’t feel like coming home from work and then cooking dinner. So it’s nice to have something like a slow-cooker. You just toss your food stuff in there and then come dinner time you have a yummy meal with nearly no work. 🙂

  30. On January 13, 2011 Valerie said

    I dont use my crock pot often enough, but I use it a couple times a month

  31. On January 13, 2011 Valerie said

    I follow Cook it Allergy Free on FB

  32. On January 13, 2011 Valerie said

    I follow Stephanie O’Dea on twitter

  33. On January 13, 2011 Kristin said

    Sadly, I am somewhat of a slowcooker rookie… all the more reason for a gf slowcooker cookbook! My mom only ever used her little slow cooker for making spaghetti sauce (which was always amazing) so I really didn’t have much to go on when my grandma gave me one for christmas a few years back. In the 2 years (atleast) since acquiring it, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve used it. I know tons of people who rave about theirs, and I would LOVE to be one of them!

  34. On January 13, 2011 Kristin said

    I too follow you on facebook 🙂

  35. On January 13, 2011 Laura Villanueva said

    I use my slow cooker a few times a month.

  36. On January 13, 2011 Suzanne Eddleman said

    Thanks to Stephanie O’Dea, I use my crockpot several times a week. I love using it and I am so thankful for Stephanie’s GF recipes.

  37. On January 13, 2011 Suzanne Eddleman said

    I follow & “liked” Cook it Allergy Free on Facebook.

  38. On January 13, 2011 Marsha A. said

    I use my slow cooker at least once a week. Sometmes more especially during the winter months.

  39. On January 13, 2011 nosogirl said

    i would say i use my slow cooker a couple times a month

    julie_reuter92 at yahoo dot com

  40. On January 13, 2011 nosogirl said

    i follow cook it allergy free on fb – julie.reuter1

    julie_reuter92 at yahoo dot com

  41. On January 13, 2011 nosogirl said

    i follow stephanie o’dea on twitter – @nosogirl

    julie_reuter92 at yahoo dot com

  42. On January 13, 2011 Beth E said

    At least twice a week – and I’m always looking for new recipes!

  43. On January 13, 2011 Neva said

    I use my slow cooker at least once a week. If I am having the whole family out for a meal, I will often have 2 of them going at once. Easy for making ahead giving me time to visit instead of cooking.
    Great giveaway.

  44. On January 13, 2011 Neva said

    I follow Cook it Allergy Free on Facebook

  45. On January 13, 2011 Maria said

    We use our slow cooker at least 3 times a week- (SCD diet) ….. even use it to make yogurt!.

    also a fav for church potlucks

  46. On January 13, 2011 InTolerantChef said

    Slow cookers are actually great to use in the cafe for breakfasts. Just set it up the night before and when you walk in it’s ready to go out to the customers!

  47. On January 13, 2011 Maggie said

    Thanks for a great write-up Kim. I didn’t know Stephanie until this post! I had heard about her cookbook, but your post made her a person! Know what I mean? And I loved the clip! I am now following her on twitter even 🙂 I’m late to the crock pot game. We got one for our wedding 9 years ago and I’ve NEVER used it. Shhh, don’t tell anyone. I’ll pull it out, I promise. xo

  48. On January 13, 2011 Melanie said

    I love Stephanie O’dea’s recipes! I also love my crockpot and use at least once a week in the colder months and few times a month during the summer months.

  49. On January 13, 2011 Jen said

    I love Stephanie’s blog! Saw her on GMA as well. she’s adorable. We use our slow cooker
    about 3 or 4 times a week. We ski every Sunday and it’s always there w/ us!

  50. On January 13, 2011 Heather said

    I use my slow cooker about once a month, only because I need more recipes! 🙂

  51. On January 13, 2011 Heather said

    I’m now a fan on Facebook!

  52. On January 13, 2011 Heather said

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

  53. 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!

    xoxo,
    Shirley

  54. On January 13, 2011 Pagan said

    I am a follower on Facebook!

  55. 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

  56. 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.

  57. 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).

  58. 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!!

  59. 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.

  60. 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!

  61. On January 14, 2011 Staci A said

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

  62. On January 14, 2011 Staci A said

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

  63. On January 14, 2011 Staci A said

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

  64. 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.

  65. On January 14, 2011 cindy said

    I like you on facebook

  66. On January 14, 2011 cindy said

    I am following Stephanie on twitter.

  67. 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.

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

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on fb

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

    Follow Stephanie on twitter

  70. 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.

  71. 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!!!!

  72. 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!

  73. 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!

  74. On January 14, 2011 Helen said

    I am also following you on Facebook!

  75. 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!

  76. On January 14, 2011 Melanie said

    I am following you on Facebook and love it!

  77. 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

  78. On January 14, 2011 Laura said

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

  79. On January 14, 2011 Amy said

    I am a fan on facebook!

  80. On January 14, 2011 Amy said

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

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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!

  84. On January 15, 2011 Pam jordan said

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

  85. On January 15, 2011 Pam jordan said

    I am following you on facebook!

  86. 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!

  87. On January 15, 2011 susan said

    I follow Cook it Allergy Free on Facebook!

  88. 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!

  89. 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!

  90. On January 15, 2011 linda said

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

  91. 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.

  92. On January 15, 2011 Renee said

    And now I am following you on FB!

  93. 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.

  94. 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!

  95. On January 17, 2011 Allyson said

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

  96. 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.

  97. 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. 😉

    xoxo,
    Tia 😛

  98. 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!

  99. On January 20, 2011 Laura said

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

  100. 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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