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Crock Pot Dump Meals.

Crock Pot Dump Meals

Cathy Mitchell


9780990963523, $TBA, Hardcover-spiral, 144 pages

Cathy Mitchell says Just Dump & Slow Cook! Crock Pot The Original Slow Cooker 5 Ingredients or Less! Dump Meals provides 100 + recipes and Slow Cooking Hints and Tips. Recipes include Cathy's Favorites, soups, Stews and Chilis, Chicken favorites, Bountiful Beef, Pleasing Pork, Spectacular Sides, Sweet Treats all followed with a handy Indes.

I like the format; cover is hard back, with an inner spiral binding of slick heavy duty pages to insure book lays flat on counter top and presents easy tidy up of spatters should they appear.

Slow Cooking Hints and Tips provides 2, 2 page spreads filled with information regarding types and sizes of Crock-Pot(TM) Slow Cookers, Cooking, Stirring & Food Safety, Oven Safe Stoneware, Pasta & Rice, Beans, Vegetables, Herbs, Liquids, Dairy, Fish and baked Goods.

A chart listing 'nice to have on hand' but not 'must have' pantry items to augment 5 or less ingredient slow cooker recipes.

Actual recipes begin with a nice 2 page spread Cathy's Favorite, Tender Pot Roast. On the left is th recipe and on the right is a large, full color photo of a filled dinner plate. Make me hungry just to see it! Recipe is not new or unique, it fed my family for years and I'm gratified that someone else uses the same recipe as I !

From page 8 to page 35 the author's favorites continues.

For the novice or experienced cook; the simple recipe is perfect for busy mom's who want to serve more other than fast food or mac cheese to family too often for dinner.

Other recipes offer how to for Root Beer BBQ Pulled Pork, Family Tortilla Bowl and more. Dessert and something for end of meal is not forgotten, Cinnamon Roll Topped Mixed Berry Cobbler, Cherry Delight, and Triple Chocolate Dessert all feature simple recipes I plan to try soon.

And, I now have one more delicious Meat Loaf recipe with thanks to chef Mitchell.

Soups, Stews and Chilis, pages 36-53 provide recipes I have now tried, Simmered Split Pea Sour, delectable, Hearty Vegetable and Potato Chowder, and Swiss Steak Stew, both also toothsome. I have not yet tried all in the group, but have little doubt that I will be serving Mushroom Beef Stew and Swiss Steak Stew are going to be nice additions to fall afternoon, football viewing, while digging into a tasty, filling bowl of something perfect for munching.

Chicken Favorites, found on pages 54-71 presents recipes that while they appear tasty and instructions are easy to follow are not likely to become Husband's favorites, the man just does not like chicken. There are so many other recipes I still have much to choose from and continue to enjoy a plate of something chicken often when we are eating out.

Chicken Favorites begins on page 54 and ends on page 71.

Bountiful Beef beginning on page 72 offers recipes I have tried, and others I will soon. Maple Glazed Meatballs, Hot and Juicy Reuben Sandwiches, and Brisket with Sweet Onion were hits with my resident gourmet. I have no doubt at all that Easy Beef Stroganoff, Shredded Beef Fajitas, and Corned Beef and Cabbage be as well received.

Page 90 kicks off the section titled Pleasing Pork, Pork Tenderloin with (Red) Cabbage is an attractive and tasty treat, as are Company Slow Cooker Pork Chops. Bacon and Cheese Brunch Potatoes is delicious as breakfast or mid morning treat.

I do plan to try Slow Cooked Pork and Sauerkraut, Big Al's Hot and Sweet Sausage Sandwiches and Old Fashioned Sausage and Sauerkraut during fall football season.

Red Cabbage and Apples in slow cooker is easier than other methods to prepare, delicious too! Yummy Slow Cooker Potatoes please Husband and kids!!

Spectacular Sides begins on page 108 and ends on page 123. In addition to the mentioned Cabbage and Potatoes recipes will be found Mac and Cheese, Candied Sweet Potatoes for the holidays, Savory Lentils and more.

Sweet Treats also offer holiday recipes; Pumpkin Cranberry Custard are a nice alternative for this 'don't care for even if I do bake Pumpkin Pie', Spiced Apple and Cranberry Compote are a nice addition to the holiday buffet. Apple and Granola Breakfast Cobbler, Homestyle Apple Brown Betty and Whoa Breakfast offer temptation for weary with usual breakfast fare while making good use of abundant apple harvest. Sweet Treats begins on page 124 and ends on page 139. There are several Chocolate recipes in this section that this Chocolate advocate means to try soon.

An alphabetical listing of all recipes is found in index beginning with Almonds on page 10 and continuing letter by letter to W: wine.

Page 144 provides several charts comparing weights and measures commonly used here in the US to metric conversion.

I am liking Cathy Mitchell's 5 Ingredients or Less Dump Meals more each time I use it. While I no longer am in the classroom daily and trying to juggle Children activities, music, scouting, church activities and supper for us all, I still use my crock pot a good bit.

Having a nice cookbook that is easy to use, makes use of things I already have in the pantry and presented much as my favorite type of cookbook....those that are offered as collection of home tested tried and true kid and husband pleasing, church and other pot luck dinner favorites by church group, schools and other groups.

Cathy Mitchell's 5 Ingredients or Less Dump Meals presents a well rounded selection of recipes experienced cooks will recognize as those husbands and kids like and do eat. Novice cooks will like the easy to use format.

Color photos and easy to follow recipes are a plus. Some recipes are the 2 page 1 recipe with photo, others are left a recipe with photo and right recipe with photo. A very few are 3 recipes with photo across a 2 page spread.

Every recipe is accompanied with a photo making it easy at a glance for every cook to decide if the ingredients used are ones likely to be on the shelf or should I turn to another recipe this time.

Each recipe I have used has pleased, been eaten, provided some and left over for later for husband and myself, and is sure to feed a family of 4-8 depending upon appetite and number of people for whom the dish is prepared.

Molly Martin, Reviewer
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Title Annotation:Cathy Mitchell
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Date:Sep 1, 2017
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