The Italian Slow Cooker - Kepler's Staff Review
This cookbook is the answer to my dream; my come home after work, open the door and a heavenly aroma greets me saying “Supper’s on!” fantasy. Now, I have tried other cook books that boast of slow cooker meals that delight one and all, but they usually require ingredients that do not appeal to me.
What Michele Scicilone presents in her book are marvelous, accessible recipes with healthy ingredients and minimal prep work. For the vegetarians, please do not be put off by the beef roast on the cover, there are plenty of delectable, meatless meals available.
The Creamy Cauliflower and Potato Soup is creamy without butter or cream. It cooks for 5 ½ hours, then you stick a handheld immersion blender right in the cooker and you will have a luscious, velvety soup. (The above blender is a must have. Transferring helpings of soup into an osterizer is what put me off making cream soup).
For this past New Year’s Sunday brunch, I made the Pasta Fritata. I have a tendency to burn my hand when I pull a frittata filled skillet out of the oven, so again, this book is my savior. A one hour cook time produces a perfect main dish for your Sunday gathering.
The recipes range from 1 hour to 10 hours slow cooking time, with basically the use of only one pot, the cooker. Next, I am trying the Polenta with Broccoli.