Friday, February 24, 2012

FIRST Wild Card Tour: Creative Slow-cooker meals by Cheryl Moeller

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!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

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

My Review:

I was very excited when I got the chance to review this book for one big reason;  I don't have many ideas on what to cook in a  crock pot. 

There was lots of things I liked about this book and a few things I didn't like about it.  Let's start with the pros.  Love the spiral bound cover, makes reading easy! Love the variety of recipes like breakfast, desert, vegetarian, vegan, dairy free and gluten free!! I would have never thought of making breakfast or desert in my crock-pot so those ideas were extra fun!!  Using two crockpots was a new idea also that was pretty creative.

Now on to the cons.  I didn't like the categories.  It was a bit hard to find a specific recipe you liked because the categories weren't listed like "chicken, pasta, beef, soups, etc".  They were more like "Simple meals, etc".  I also didn't like the quantities weren't specific.  I wasn't sure if this recipe would feed my family of 4 or more or less. 

Now an example.  One of the recipes that I tried and really liked was sweet and sour chicken.  It was really easy to follow to the recipe, ingredients were easy to find.  It cooked just like they said it would and it tasted delicious! When I do the recipe again however, I will alter it a bit to fit my preferences better but overall it was really great.

In summary, this cookbook opened my eyes to different ways you can use a crock-pot, or two crockpots and I am happy to have this addition to my kitchen.

I received this book free from the publishers through FIRST Wild Card Tours in exchange for my personal and honest opinion.  All opinions are my own.

AND NOW...THE FIFTH CHAPTER (click on pages to enlarge):

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