Weekend Kitchen Tip – Crockpot Cooking

This weekend your kitchen tip is all about how to use your crockpot and is brought to you by Stephanie O’Dea.  Stephanie is known as the crockpot lady and has just published a cookbook, Make It Fast, Cook It Slow- The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking.  I like that the cookbook also says it’s Easy-To-Make * Healthy * Gluten-Free * Inexpensive and Delicious.  I just got my hands on this book and it looks like that is just what is in there.

Make It Fast, Cook It Slow by Stephanie O'Dea

Make It Fast, Cook It Slow by Stephanie O'Dea

I’ve made some of Stephanie’s recipes before and they tasted great.  Stephanie decided in 2008 that she would use her crockpot every day of the year, and she did!  You can find her experience on her blog, A Year of Slow Cooking and in her new book.

I was also fortunate enough to meet Stephanie at the BlogHer Food Conference and spend some time talking with her.  She is just as delightful in person and you find her personality on her blog.  She is a real joy to be around.  I’m not sure if I ever thanked her for getting me back to my crockpot and using it.  It is such a wonderful kitchen tool and it was something I had on a shelf somewhere getting dusty.  Now I use it a lot!  It really does save me time and money.

Stephanie also has another blog, Totally Together Journal.  It’s great information on how to simplify your busy household day by day.  There is also lots of great info on life in general and specifically. Now she has a brand new blog, Totally Together Reviews where she does reviews and giveaways.  Wow, she must be totally together to get all of that done!

So here are some crockpot tips from Stephanie O’Dea.  I hope you will check out her book and her blogs!

9 Responses to Weekend Kitchen Tip – Crockpot Cooking

  1. gfe--gluten free eas October 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    Stephanie is the best! I just adapted a recipe from her cookbook today (based on ingredients I had on hand). It turned out wonderfully, of course! 🙂 She's one Totally Together lady. 😉 Everyone should have her book for sure.

    Can't wait to see all of these videos, Diane. It was such a great idea you had. I look forward to seeing a new one each week!


    • Diane October 18, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

      Shirley- Stephanie is so fun. I'm so glad she shared her tips with us. I'm having a blast with the videos. There is so much great info that was shared. I'll be posting for some time.

  2. Stephanie O'Dea October 18, 2009 at 7:27 am #

    Diane, thank you so much for posting this! I was thrilled to meet you last month.

    oxo steph

    • Diane October 18, 2009 at 5:10 pm #

      Stephanie- Oh your old photo showed up with your name. I love that photo. It really drew me in the first time I saw it. I couldn't tell if you were as silly as me or crazy. Either way it got me to read your blog. Thank you again for the info on video. I'm really enjoying your cookbook!

  3. Alta October 18, 2009 at 8:05 am #

    Sounds like an awesome book! Cooking in the slow cooker every day for a year? That's the ultimate dedication! I can only imagine the creativity that happens when you do that. Definitely putting this baby on my wish list.

    • Diane October 18, 2009 at 5:11 pm #

      Alta- The book is stuffed with great ideas and food. Now you don't have to cook in your crockpot every day but it was a fun idea for Stephanie to do and fun to read about.

  4. Brenda Wilkey October 18, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    I love my slow cooker. Many times it has saved my tush with dinner. I am going to have to order this book. I love her website and visit it often. I plan on making her Maple Dijon Chicken for tomorrow's dinner. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

    • Diane October 20, 2009 at 9:22 am #

      Brenda- Yum that sounds good. How did it come out? I do love my slow cookers. I hope you enjoy her cookbook! Thank you for stopping by and saying hello!

  5. Olivia Dunn December 4, 2010 at 1:29 am #

    I wanted to take a moment to post and tell you your blog has really meant a lot to me these last few days. It’s been a grind through the work week and kicking back to read your thoughts has made it a little bit more tolerable. Thanks for listening.