I’ve been rediscovering my slow cooker this fall. There are two of them practically languishing in my pantry, and I need to use them more often. When I recently attended the Food Bloggers of Canada conference in Toronto, Best of Bridge: The Family Slow Cooker was one of the gifts in my swag bag. I’ve tried a couple of recipes from it and decided to write a cookbook review for you.
The Best of Bridge cookbook series has been around for years. I have appreciated their recipes since even before my days of eating gluten-free. One of our favourites was the decadent Fruit Cocktail Cake. It doesn’t look fancy, but it tastes delicious! In fact, someone I know may take it to potlucks hoping it doesn’t get eaten, so she can take it back home again!
The ladies who began the Best of Bridge series have “passed the baton to a new trio of friends.” Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Sue Duncan, and Julie Van Rosendaal are now the creators of these great recipes.
Best of Bridge: The Family Slow Cooker is a collection of 225 all-new recipes bound in a handy spiral book. It includes recipes for breakfast, appetizers, soups, meats, sides, stocks, and even desserts and beverages. While this recipe collection is not entirely gluten-free, it contains plenty of recipes that are or could be easily adapted. I’ve made a few recipes from the book so far.
Beef and Sausage Chili
The first one was Beef and Sausage Chili. I have labeled it Excellent, as I like to add notes to recipes I’ve made for future reference. It’s great to be able to prepare dinner in the morning and then all day be looking forward to sitting down to the meal with the work already done. There’s nothing to add at the last minute here. All of the preparation is done 6 to 8 hours before serving. An additional suggestion on this recipe is for a chili buffet to serve to a crowd. I might try that sometime.
Cajun-Style Dirty Rice
Another recipe I really like is Cajun-Style Dirty Rice, a nicely seasoned rice dish with sausage. You do all of the preparation just two hours before serving. That’s enough time to have the dishes cleaned up and put finishing touches on other things before dinner.
I would say that Best of Bridge: The Family Slow Cooker did not disappoint. I’m looking forward to trying many more recipes from it in the future!
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