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Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook Plastic Comb – Feb 15 2002


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  • Plastic Comb: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Good Books; 1 edition (Feb. 15 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561483397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561483396
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 18.9 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #858,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

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.

About the Author

Dawn J Ranck is a Good Books author.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L.M.W. on April 26 2004
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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 By Marie Sherwood on June 19 2005
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darla E. Weiser on Nov. 13 2003
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The first 2 recipes I tried turned out terrible. The first was on page 83, Irish Beef Stew. Everything was tender but absolutely no taste. There should be more salt & pepper or something? I didn't give up, since there are so many recipes in this book. My next try was Meatloaf Dinner on page 107. I followed the recipe to a "T". When I arrived home in anticipation of a great smell of "dinner ready" I was instead greated with the smell of burnt potatoes and carrots! Yuk! After inspecting the Crock Pot and seeing the black and burnt potatoes and carrots, I re-read the recipe, thinking I did something wrong (like forget to add water or broth ??) I believe there should have been some liquid added to this recipe, but none was to be found written in the book. I give up. I'm not even giving this book away, I'm throwing it away! What a waste of food! I can't stand it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kimm Hunt on June 4 2004
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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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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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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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