**Update – This contest is now closed. Please scroll down to the bottom of the post for the winner. Thanks to all of you that participated. What a record turn out!**
When I grew up in the 70s, I vaguely remember having a crockpot in our house.
Then, the 80s came along and crockpots were soooooooooooooo, antiquated hippiedom. I mean oh-my-gawd, gag me with a spoon, ewwwwwwww. It was so old-fashioned, so not-processed-food, so cheap.
Which is exactly why I LOVE my crockpot today. It is so old-fashioned, so not-processed-food, so cheap. It is great to throw a bunch of ingredients in a big pot, walk away, and come back hours later to a scrumptious meal.
I am a busy mom. Get up in the morning, get my kid ready and off to school, get an elliptical workout in so I can be healthy, get working (I’m lucky enough to be able to work at home), make breakfast at some point, do the laundry while calling the repair guy, while feeding the cat, while balancing on stool to get the thing I put on the shelf so my toddler wouldn’t break it. Break the thing as I try to get down from the stool…
Is any of this sounding familiar?
Oh, and at some point during this everyday melee, I am supposed to get a healthy, nutritious, well-balanced dinner ready for my family. No wonder people just grab take-out or delivery.
That is where my crockpot/slow cooker comes in. I love this thing. And, I am not the only one. My friend, Stephanie O’Dea also loves her slow cooker.
I met Stephanie at BlogHer Food last year, along with many other beautiful gluten-free bloggers. She is as sweet and bubbly in person as she seems in her many blogs (A Year of Slow Cooking, Totally Together Journal, and Totally Together Reviews).
Oh, and did I mention she wrote a book? A cookbook, actually? Two cookbooks, actually? Slow cooker cookbooks, actually? And, I’m reviewing the latest book. (I will review the first book at a later date. I need to make some stuff from it first.) And, I am giving one away to one of you.
Yep, that’s right. I am giving one away. (Disclaimer moment. I bought it myself. There. Done.)
I like this book so much that I want to support my friend and get this book into one of your hands. (That sentence is oh-so-awkward, but I think you understand what I mean.) I downloaded the kindle version, but I have a paperback version to give to one of you beautiful people. Who wants it?
But, before we get to that, let’s do the review.
Does that help?
OK. How about a little more detail?
First, Stephanie organizes this book with some helpful tips up front. Then it moves on into sections of recipes by cost: $7, $10, and $15. That means there is an entire section of meals to feed a family of four for under $7. Not just wussy appetizers or drinks. Entire meals!
Don’t get me wrong. She gives recipes for drinks and appetizers, but they are not wussy. And the meals have a lot of substance to them. They are healthy, easy meals for a family on a budget. And, aren’t we all these days?
Then, she moves on to under $10 and under $15. The quality/quantity of meat goes up, etc.
I earmarked about a million recipes to try, but the one I have gotten to so far is the Indian Spiced Lentils with Chicken. She says it serves 4. Maybe if they are 7 foot tall lumberjacks who hadn’t eaten in a week. We had two meals and still have leftovers. This one is from the $10 and under section. With chicken! I have just fed my family a healthy, filling, great tasting dinner for less than $5/day for ALL of us.
Thank you, Stephanie!
And, next up we are trying Carnitas. I love carnitas, and now have an inexpensive way to make them at home. And I know every ingredient in them. I like that, too.
So, back to the giveaway. It’s easy. I am giving away a copy of this fantastic book to one you beautiful readers. Just leave a comment below telling me which one of Stephanie’s recipes on her blog, A Year of Slow Cooking, that you would like to try for yourself.
Of course, there are the usual ways to get extra entries.
~Post about this giveaway on your blog and/or share it on Facebook. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.
~Tweet about this giveaway using @GlugleGFree and @stephanieodea. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.
~Subscribe to Glugle Gluten-Free via reader or email (upper right-hand corner of page). Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.
~“Like” Glugle Gluten-Free on Facebook. Leave a comment here saying that you did.
~“Follow” me on Twitter. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.
~“Friend” me on Facebook. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.
~“Follow” Stephanie on Twitter. Leave a comment here saying that you did.
If you already follow or like, go ahead and leave a comment saying that you already do. That counts.
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- All of the recipes in this book are gluten-free. Stephanie’s family is gluten-free, so that is how she made the recipes. So, the cost is based on using gluten-free ingredients. Bonus!
- Stephanie will be on Good Morning America tomorrow (Wednesdays, January 12). Set you DVRs or watch it live if you can.
- My friend, Elana from Elana’s Pantry is also doing a giveaway of Stephanie’s book. Please go check it out. Enter there, too, for even more chances to win it. (I will be doing a review and giveaway of Elana’s book, soon. So check back here for that. Another good one.)
- And, my friend Diane at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang also did a review of Stephanie’s book and shared Stephanie’s recipe for Sloppy Lentils.
- While looking on Amazon, I found one so-so review of Stephanie’s book. After making one of her recipes, I have a feeling the reviewer is like our family. We love spicy. I mean, the Little Man, who is not even 2 1/2 yet, has to have Chipotle Tabasco on his eggs, or he won’t eat them. Seriously! I have a feeling Stephanie toned the recipes down for the average taste buds. So, if you like spicy like we do, just double the spice/herb measurements. That’s what I did and it was perfect. (Found out from watching the video, it’s because Stephanie has three young children, so she keeps it low on the spicy. She says to season to taste.)
- **Update – The contest is now closed. Please scroll to the bottom for the winner. The giveaway for the More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow Cookbook ends January 20th, at midnight, PST. I will email the winner, and you will have 48 hours to get back to me. After which, if I have not heard back from you, another winner will be drawn.
- And, if you have not done so already, the giveaway for the Augason Farms Blueberry mix and Buttermilk Pancake mix is open until Jan. 16th. Go ahead and hop on over to enter that one, too.
- If you missed Stephanie on Good Morning America, I found the video for you to watch. Yay, Stephanie!
PS – **Update** This contest is now closed. Thank you to all of those that participated. The winner is fatlazyceliac! (Chosen by using random.org. I did not count my comments in the numbering.) Congratulations, fatlazyceliac! I will be emailing you shortly for your address so you can receive your More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow Cookbook.**