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 

For a family of six, this book is a blessing in disguise.   Why?  Simply because it contains recipes that will help you to manage the kitchen as well as continue homeschooling.

The recipes included in this cookbook cover a variety of meals;

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking fresh with local products
  • Recipes from around the world
  • When you need to eat fast
  • Simple meals
  • Bulk cooking
  • Get-togethers
  • Vegetarian
  • Dairy free
  • Gluten-free

A big disappointment for me is not having the nutritional information for each recipe.   Also I like to see a picture with a recipe and this book contains no picture whatsoever (not even some example every now and then!).  What can I say… I am a visual person and like to see what the meal look like before I consider it for my family.   Finally, you need to have two crock-pots to do each suggestion of this book (unless you just want to do one recipe).   Each two pages suggestions sort of go hand in hand so to cook both you definitively need two crock-pots.  

Though I must admit that there are recipes that sounds interesting – especially the ones from different part of the world.   As I am writing this I am starring at the Baked mangoes recipe and to be honest I find it mouth watering.  Something to try for sure when the fruits are in season…   For each suggestion you will also find some suggestions related to one of the recipes.   

If you have a big family and/or busy schedule, slow-cooking is definitively a blessing.   

Creative Slow-Cooker Meals is available at your favourite bookstore, even

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