Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow-Cooker Recipes!

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New York Times bestselling author, Phyllis Good, has gathered the biggest collection of tantalizing, best-ever slow-cooker recipes into one great book. With 1,400 recipes collected from some of America's best home cooks.

Finally, all in one handsome volume, the best 1400 slow-cooker recipes! New York Times bestselling author Phyllis Pellman Good has gathered the biggest collection of tantalizing, best ever slow-cooker recipes into one great book. The recipes in this amazing ...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author, Phyllis Good, has gathered the biggest collection of tantalizing, best-ever slow-cooker recipes into one great book. With 1,400 recipes collected from some of America's best home cooks.

Finally, all in one handsome volume, the best 1400 slow-cooker recipes! New York Times bestselling author Phyllis Pellman Good has gathered the biggest collection of tantalizing, best ever slow-cooker recipes into one great book. The recipes in this amazing treasure are all— Collected from some of America's best home cooks. Tested in real-life settings. Carefully selected from thousands of recipes. Eight small "galleries" of full-color photos of delectable slow-cooker dishes from the collection add sparkle throughout the cookbook.

Phyllis Pellman Good's cookbooks have sold nearly 10 million copies. Her five beloved Fix-It and Forget-It cookbooks have themselves sold more than 8.8 million copies! Three of her cookbooks have been New York Times bestsellers. This is the perfect BIG COOKBOOK! Easy to understand, easy to use. Absolutely manageable for those who lack confidence in the kitchen. Convenient for those who are short on time. Will bring a "make-it-again" request from all who are lucky enough to enjoy these tasty dishes. Fix-It and Forget-It BIG COOKBOOK, with its 1400 best slow-cooker recipes, is another winner!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561486403
  • Publisher: Good Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 97,338
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis Pellman Good is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold more than 11 million copies. Good is the author of the nationally acclaimed Fix-It and Forget-It slow-cooker cookbooks, several of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as the bestseller lists of USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Book Sense. The series includes eight titles. The most recent are Fix-It and Forget-It Pink Cookbook, to benefit the Avon Foundation and Fix-It and Forget-It Diabetic Cookbook, Revised and Updated, with the American Diabetes Association. Good is also the author of the Fix-It and Enjoy-It series, a “cousin” series to the phenomenally successful Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbooks. Phyllis Pellman Good is Executive Editor at Good Books. (Good Books has published hundreds of titles by more than 135 authors.) She received her B.A. and M.A. in English from New York University. She and her husband, Merle, are the parents of two young-adult daughters. For a complete listing of books by Phyllis Pellman Good, as well as excerpts and reviews, visit www.Fix-ItandForget-It.com or www.GoodBooks.com.

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Introduction

About Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook

This grand treasury of the best "make-it-again" slow-cooker dishes is ready to be your steady kitchen companion.
I selected these 1400 favorite recipes from four of the cookbooks in our beloved Fix-It and Forget-It series. They are gathered here in one handsome, meant-to-be-used volume!

The Big Solution
Fix-It and Forget-It BIG COOKBOOK offers tasty cooking solutions every day.
Too little time to cook?
Worried about your skills in the kitchen?
Scared of a flop?
Note the Prep Time at the head of each recipe. Most are happily short.
Each recipe's instructions spells out every step so you won't get stranded along the way. This book makes cooking manageable, even though you might feel inexperienced. (I first fell in love with the "peepy-step" approach to cookbook instructions when I was a completely novice cook.)
And all of these recipes come from home cooks. These are their favorite dishes, loved by families and households across the country. So get out your slow cooker-or cookers-and choose from these flexible, forgiving, and absolutely scrumptious recipes.
There's tempting variety among the recipes, and many differ only by a tantalizing ingredient or two. So pick the particular recipe that suits your mood, pleases those who eat at your table, or matches the ingredients you have on hand.
You'll find helpful Tips spread among the recipes-the kind of pointers that you usually learn only after a long acquaintance with a slow cooker, or with cooking in general. Think of them as the voices of your favorite aunt or grandmother, standing at your elbow with their cooking wisdom.

A word about slowcookers
Slow cookers have proven to be the efficient friend of those cooks who are gone all day, or who don't want to be occupied in the kitchen for hours, but want to offer substantial home-cooked food to their households.
You can prepare a dish one evening, store the filled "lift-out" vessel in the fridge overnight, and then place it into its electric component in the morning as you do your dash to the door. Or you can tote the whole works to a buffet or carry-in meal, doing no damage to the quality of its contents.
These great little appliances can vary considerably in their heat intensity and speed of cooking. Older models often require more cooking time than newer ones. That's why I give a range of cooking times for many of the recipes. Experiment by using the shorter cooking time first. Then make a note right on the recipe page itself about what you discovered works best for your cooker. Personalize this cookbook.

Ideal slow-cooker sizes
The ideal slow-cooker size given with each recipe is just a suggestion. I went big in most cases so that you aren't faced with a pot that's running over. (On the other hand, be aware of the fact that your food may get too dry if your pot is less than half full.)
Some raw vegetables stand up and take a lot of room. As they cook, they quiet down and sink together. So some recipes with an abundance of uncooked vegetables suggest a larger cooker than other recipes which yield the same number of servings.
Slow cookers are great for carry-in meals and pot-lucks. But who wants an overflowing pot in the back of a vehicle? So, again, I tilted toward the larger size.

Variables to keep in mind
Ideally, you should fill your slow cooker about ²/³ full. You may need to increase the cooking time if you've exceeded that amount, or reduce it if you've put in less than that.
· The fuller your slow cooker, the longer it will take its contents to cook.
· The more densely packed the cooker's contents are, the longer they will take to cook.
· The larger the chunks of meat or vegetables, the longer they will take to cook.
If you put ingredients into the cooker straight out of the refrigerator, you may need to add 20-30 minutes to the suggested cooking time.
If you put frozen meat into the cooker, you should add 4-6 hours of cooking time on Low, or 2 hours on High.
If you're using a slow cooker at an altitude over 3,500 feet, you will need to cook its contents somewhat longer than the recipe states. Allow time to experiment, and then write what worked next to the recipe.
If you want to check that the meat in your slow cooker is fully cooked, use a food thermometer:
· Beef should reach an internal temperature of 155°-160°?F.
· Pork should reach an internal temperature of 155°-160°?F.
· Poultry breasts should reach an internal temperature of 160°?F; poultry thighs 175°?F.

Converting recipes for slow-cooker use
Many stove-top and oven recipes can be adapted for a slow cooker. If you want to experiment, use these conversion factors:
· Low (in a slow cooker) = 200°, approximately (in an oven).
· High (in a slow cooker) = 300°, approximately (in an oven).
· In a slow cooker, 2 hours on Low = 1 hour, approximately, on High.

Consider the wonder of owning slow cookers of varying sizes
Slow cookers do their job famously well, whatever their size-1-quart, 3-quart, 6-quart, or in between. Little ones work well for singles or doubles, or they cook the vegetables while the beef burbles away in a bigger cooker, sharing the same counter-space. In fact, you can do a whole meal in slow cookers, thereby multiplying the pleasure without significantly increasing the work. Just be alert to the lesser amount of cooking time needed by the small cookers. (Check the instruction manuals to get the cooking time right.)

"Light" recipes
You'll notice that some of the recipes in this book include nutritional analyses. These are the dishes to prepare when you're looking for light and healthy eating.

Calculating the nutritional analyses
The recipe analyses for these recipes are based on the lesser amount of an ingredient when a range of amounts is given. Optional ingredients are not included in the analyses. Only those items on a recipe's list of ingredients are part of that recipe's analysis. (If a recipe's procedure or notes suggest serving it with pasta or potatoes, for example, those foods are not calculated in the analysis.) The serving sizes are quite modest in these recipes, all in an effort to assist with portion control.

The pass-it-on tradition
Good cooks love to share their recipes. They don't possess them; they pass them on. This collection is rich because of all the home cooks who generously offered their favorite recipes, so that all of us could fix satisfyingly delicious food at home. Thanks to each of you who has shared your gems. This books holds your precious food traditions, and we are all grateful.
Thank you, too, to the cooks who tested and evaluated these recipes. Your comments, as well as those from the family and friends around your dinner tables, were invaluable.
This champion collection of recipes came together with the superb assistance of many staff members at Good Books through the years, especially Esther Becker, Tony Gehman, Cliff Snyder, Jamie Schwankl, Dawn Ranck, Delphine Martin, Norma Gehman, and Melissa Horst, as well as Jan Mast, Dean Mast, Peggy High, Kate Good, and Rebecca Fennimore. And always Merle. Thank you. Thank you.

Why is the Fix-It and Forget-It BIG COOKBOOK such a reliable friend?
Its pages are packed with recipes.
Many of its recipes call for just a few ingredients-and they're readily available.
Lots of the recipes are offered in multiple variations. Find the one that suits your taste-and the ingredients you have on hand.
Preparations are easy; the ingredients are reasonably priced.
Everybody eats well-without the cook being under pressure.
Little fuss. Lots of flavor!
You'll love cooking, hosting, and eating from this treasure of good food. Fix-It and Forget-It BIG COOKBOOK makes it possible for you to sit at the table together with your family and friends, around absolutely tasty food, no matter how wild and crazy your day.

- Phyllis Pellman Good
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Recipe

Convenient Slow Cooker Lasagna
Rachel Yoder Middlebury, IN
Makes: 6-8 servings
Prep. Time: 30-45 minutes
Cooking Time: 4 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 6-quart

1 lb. ground beef
2 29-oz. cans tomato sauce
8-oz. pkg. lasagna noodles, uncooked
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1½ cups cottage cheese

1. Spray the interior of the cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Brown the ground beef in a large nonstick skillet. Drain off drippings.
3. Stir in tomato sauce. Mix well.
4. Spread one-fourth of the meat sauce on the bottom of the slow cooker.
5. Arrange one-third of the uncooked noodles over the sauce. (I usually break them up so they fit better.)
6. Combine the cheeses in a bowl. Spoon one-third of the cheeses over the noodles.
7. Repeat these layers twice.
8. Top with remaining sauce.
9. Cover and cook on Low 4 hours.

Variations:
1. Add 1 chopped onion to the ground beef in Step 2.
2. Add 1 tsp. salt to the tomato sauce and beef in Step 3.
3. Add ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese to the mozzarella and cottage cheeses in Step 6.
4. Add ½ cup additional shredded mozzarella cheese to the top of the lasagna 5 minutes before serving.

Hot Fudge Cake
Evelyn L. Ward Greeley, CO
Makes: 8 servings
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 1½-1¾ hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 3½-quart

1¾ cups brown sugar, divided
1 cup flour
3 Tbsp., plus ' cup, unsweetened cocoa, divided
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ cup skim milk
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
½ tsp. vanilla
1¾ cups boiling water

1. In a mixing bowl, mix together 1 cup brown sugar, flour, 3 Tbsp.cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
2. Stir in milk, butter, and vanilla.
3. Pour into slow cooker sprayed with non-fat cooking spray.
4. In a separate bowl, mix together ¾ cup brown sugar and ' cup cocoa. Sprinkle over batter in the slow cooker. Do not stir.
5. Pour boiling water over mixture. Do not stir.
6. Cover. Cook on High 1½-1¾ hours, or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.

Per Serving: 280 calories (35 calories from fat), 3.5g total fat (2g saturated, 0g trans), 10mg cholesterol, 180mg sodium, 63g total carbohydrate (2g fiber, 48g sugar), 3g protein, 0%DV vitamin A, 0%DV vitamin C, 10%DV calcium, 15%DV iron.

Tip: Serve with low-fat ice cream or fat-free whipped topping if you wish, and if diets allow.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Enormous amount of recipes.

    1400 recipes; however, many are nearly identical or very similar. Best recommended for beginning cooks--very easy to follow. But sheer number of recipes can make it hard to decide what to make.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook

    I purchased this book for a wedding gift after talking to the bride and finding out that she was not very experienced in using a crockpot. I have my own smaller edition of Fix-It and Forget-It cookbook and have used it for many years and enjoyed numerous recipes from it. This was definitely a great gift, one I was proud to give and knew it would be very useful to a very busy newly married couple. The bride is a co-worker and has already given me very positive feedback from trying some of the recipes.

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  • Posted October 20, 2009

    Disappointing

    The recipes in this book were repetitive. Ingredients were largely generic, canned and uninspired. Most recipes could be prepared in a much shorter time on top of the stove rather than using a slow cooker. If you are at all good at cooking you could make this stuff off the top of your head without a recipe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2009

    love this book

    My husband bought me this as a gift and I love it! It is my favorite cook book. The recipes are very simple and easy to follow. So far every recipe that I have tried has been delicious. They also allow you to add your own fling to it. We also talked our friend into buying it for his wife who doesn't cook often and they both have enjoyed it so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    Very wide range presented

    There are some errors in some recipes, which made me have to guess about ingredients.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    I purchased this cookbook for my daughter for Christmas. After looking through it my son decided that we needed the recipe collection for our cooking library. There are recipes for everyone and even the picky eater.

    After our kitchen remodel that took almost a month, my children vowed never to eat anything but soup out of the crock pot. My daughter is in her first apartment and I said that she could not be on her own without a crock pot. I purchased a crockpot and this cookbook for her for Christmas. We spent most of that day looking at recipes and deciding what we wanted to eat. My son told me that we had to purchase this cookbook for ourselves since she was not interested in trading it in for something else. Being a picky eater she still found several recipes she wanted to try.

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  • Posted February 1, 2009

    Lots ot choose from

    So far I have made five recipes from this book and everyone of them has tasted very good. I like the way the book is divided into categories, such as chicken, beef, soups, desserts, etc. It also shows whether a recipe is "lite".<BR/>I would recommend this book for anyone who is looking for slow-cooker recipes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2010

    WHAT A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL BOOK!!!!

    Well worth the money for 1,400 recipes. I have had this book about 3 months and everytime I open it, I see something new. - all of the recipes I have tried thus far have been DELICIOUS! If you have a slow cooker this will become your bible because the recipes are not only very easy, but absolutely WONDERFUL! It is a great feeling knowing that when I get home from a hard day of work, I will have a delicious dinner ready and waiting for me. - all I have to do is set the table, maybe put a quick salad together and pour the drinks!

    Phyllis Pellman Good is a great author and she knows how to write such good recipes. - You won't go wrong adding this book to your collection. Trust me on this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2010

    Great Book!

    I just love using my crock pot, but hate complicated recipes. This recipe book is full of easy, tried and tested recipes. It's a true keeper of a book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Fix It and Forget It cookbook

    This is a great book and we are enjoying it!

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