Friday, February 24, 2012

Creative Slow Cooker Meals by Cheryl Moeller Book Review

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!

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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):

Here's my review:
Creative Slow Cooker Meals by Cheryl Moeller is a cookbook that utilizes a two crockpot cooking method.  Cheryl chose two complimentary dishes that form one meal.  (But they would be fine without the other one).  Cheryl is very innovative in her recipes and shares many tips and tricks for using a slow cooker.  Her directions are clear and simple. She includes a huge variety of recipes to try for breakfast, ethnic, bargain meals, party food, vegetarian, and gluten-free.  Cheryl also shares a Bible verse at the beginning of every chapter.

I really liked this spiral bound edition where it can lay flat for easy reading on my kitchen counter.  As with any cookbook, I always test out some recipes.  I was actually disappointed that the results of what I made I would rate as very low to poor.  Part of it was the flavors and/or cooking time did not turn out the food as I expected.  However, I only made four recipes, so that should not judge the entire book.  The best one I made was Brownies in a Mug which was a new technique I used by putting mugs in a water bath in the crockpot.  There are 250 recipes and some call for some unusual ingredients, but if you like to experiment this might be a crockpot book you will want to see.

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