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Fix-It And Forget-It Cookbook [Plastic Comb]

Dawn J. Ranck , Phyllis Pellman Good
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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Feb. 15 2002 The Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook Series

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Slow cookers are having a comeback. With good reason. They are friends on a day of running errands. They allow easy entertaining with no last-minute preparation. They are miracles for potluck meals, whether in your home or someone else’s. And vegetarians won’t find a better way to work with dried beans.     Slow cookers are gentle with the food budget—less expensive ingredients flourish in their slow, moist heat.     Fix-It and Forget-It offers more than 800 recipes—the whole range of recipes slow cookers do well. Tips and Hints are dropped in throughout, urging one additional small step for lots of extra flavor, offering ways to make your cooker a complementary appliance, explaining seasoning to maximum effect.     Bring an element of simplicity—and quality—to your pressured life! Let your slow cooker work for you.

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Dawn J Ranck is a Good Books author.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh. June 4 2004
Format:Plastic Comb
I don't recommend this book at all. So many of the recipies sound unappetizing, are high in fat, and call for a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup.
This cookbook doesn't promise to deliver much, and it lives up to this promise. First, there's a disclaimer that the recipies haven't been kitchen tested by the editors. Second, it promises numerous recipies that vary by only one ingredient. How many chili and baked beans recipies do you really need? Well, this book has over 30 for chili and almost 60 for baked beans. The rest of the book is stews and other dishes that would go perfectly with a side of Wonder Bread, like this sample recipie:
Ham Bar-B-Que
1 lb boiled ham
1 cup of cola
1 cup of ketchup
Cook on low 8 hrs.
HAM + COKE + KETCHUP = DINNER?
What kind of cookbook is this?
Of course, not all the recipies are this poor, but only 1 of the dozen or so dishes I've tried is worth making again. If you're looking for a good slow-cooker recipie book, try Betty Crocker.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By L.M.W.
Format:Plastic Comb
Crock pot cooking is simple, and this cookbook follows that guideline. I like how the book is organized, and the pages are fun and easy-to-read. However, I was a bit disappointed at how many recipes were repeated. There are SO MANY recipes for pot roast, chili, beans, etc., and all of these recipes are incredibly similar. There are a few worthwhile recipes that I use over and over; however, there are better crock pot cookbooks out there. In addition, if you're looking for healthy foods or vegetarian-friendly recipes, skip this one. However, if you just need some quick, easy-to-use crock pot recipes, and don't mind wading through the duplicates, this one may be for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and easy recipes June 19 2005
Format:Plastic Comb
I found this book a great find. It has a wonderful recipe for whole wheat bread done in your slow cooker; how about a time saver.
The recipes are listed by people who have submitted them, so there are some variations on the same recipe. I welcome this; the variations help people who have allergies or when you are missing an ingredient.
This book would make a great wedding present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible for any crock pot owner May 2 2004
Format:Plastic Comb
This was an excellent and invaluable purchase. It has hundreds of delicious and straightforward recipes for any size crockpot. It's true that there are sometimes over a dozen variations of standard favorites, such as pot roasts, swiss steak, chicken and mushrooms, etc., but I didn't mind that at all. It actually helps when trying to think of what to make with whatever you've got on hand. If you don't have the ingredients for one Barbecue Ribs recipe, you're sure to have them on hand for the one that's 3 pages later. I actually found the repeats quite helpful in this respect. Even accounting for the repeats, there are a LOT of recipes for *different* kinds of meals in this book, including breakfasts, desserts, drinks, even breads, and the bulk of the book is recipes for main courses. I've made dozens of them and they've all come out deliciously. I have really put my 2 crockpots (small and large) to use with this impressive cookbook. We practically live out of them these days thanks to the recipes included. I honestly think it's the best cookbook I've ever bought.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Way too much canned soup, but some gems within Feb. 23 2004
By A Customer
Format:Plastic Comb
Most of the other reviewers have nailed it - a lot of these recipes are totally over-reliant on canned soup and other highly processed ingredients. Ever read the ingredient list on a can of cream-of-whatever soup? Scary! These are the kinds of recipes you find in old cookbooks from the 1950s when canned soup was considered this amazing new technical advance. Well, the only thing that's amazing about it now is the amount of preservatives it contains.
That being said, if you stick to the recipes that don't use cream-of-death soup, you will find some gems in this cookbook. There are some interesting Oriental-flavor recipes in particular. However, a lot of the "800-plus" recipes in the book are either exact duplicates or recipes with extremely slight variations, so you're not getting as many recipes as you think you are when you buy the book.
The easiest, tastiest, and most versatile crock-pot recipe is this: take 2-4 chicken breasts, place them in the crock-pot still frozen, add half a can of chicken broth and your favorite spices, and cook on low for 4-6 hours. You can use this cooked chicken in enchiladas, fajitas, chicken ala king, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wondered what a crock pot was good for. Dec 10 2003
Format:Plastic Comb
When I got married 2 years ago, no one bothered to shop off our registered list we told them about. Instead they all chose to buy things we had or never needed to start with. I had 2 crockpots my mother gave me which I, in turn, gave away because I didn't see the point. One of the many gifts I didn't want was a crockpot. 3rd time is a charm, huh? I decided I was meant to have one and got this book to see if they really were "all that".
I have had this book since it first came out, I love almost every singlerecipe in it. Learned, though, I am not a fun of Curry. YUCK! hehe.
After reviewing the other comments, I would say that that people in CA and "northern" states can't eat anything where you taste the food and not the salt. I have found nothing boring about this recipes. yes, a lot call for a "can" of something, but the point is cheap, fast, and ready when you are. If you want fancy, hard to make, and takes too much time to bother with then a crockpot might not be what you are looking for.
I loved this book so much, I bought the new one "Fix-It and Forget-It Recipes for Entertaining." I only have one complaint. One reviewer said "This cookbook offers many delicious, nutritious, and easy to assemble dishes that you can throw in the crockpot (or slow cooker) and leave to live your daily life!"
How do they know? It doesn't list the values of the food.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
Got this for my mother who simply cannot stand at the stove to cook meals. She can throw everything together very quickly, throw it in the crock pot and several hours later have a... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Leslie Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Crockpot Delights
This book has many delicious recipes for the crock pot, that it is a delight to cook with it. I reccomend it for all crock pot lovers.
Published 6 months ago by Carl Jorgensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Every home should have this cookbook.
The recipes in this book are easy and delicious. My sister, who was a beginner cook, has made the most delicious meals from this book. Delivery was very fast.
Published 8 months ago by Ruth Anne O'Hara
2.0 out of 5 stars Thought the book was the same as mine
I bought these books for a gift thinking they were the same as the one I own - they are not. Revised means the book has been cut in half so I was disappointed after these... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Pat Coad
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Cookbood
I have other cookbooks for the crockpot, but none as good as the Fix-It and Forget-it cookbooks. The recipies are simple, easy to use and without the esoteric ingredients.
Published 22 months ago by Wayne G. Daley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fix It and Forget It Slow Cooker CookBook
This is one of the best slow cooker cookbooks on the market. I have quite a few of them and I go back to this one all the time. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2010 by J. Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
This book was recommended by my sister. I have forgiven her, It is awful, awful, awful.
Published on Dec 2 2008 by Bill W. Lake
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Unhealthy!
I just browsed through this book while waiting for my mother in Walmart. I would not recommend it to anyone. Read more
Published on June 25 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Forget it...not enough variety
I found this book on a bargain table, quickly glanced through it, and purchased it. Dumb-da-dumb-dumb.
This was a bad purchase. I wasted my money. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by CMU
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
The great thing about this book is that I can always find something to make for dinner with the ingredients I have on hand. It offers a lot of recipes with different variations. Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Cindy Loo
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