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A Heart For Home: Make It Fast, Cook It Slow Cookbook Review & Giveaway

Monday, November 30, 2009

Make It Fast, Cook It Slow Cookbook Review & Giveaway

I've always thought of fall and winter as the season of the Crock-Pot. However, that isn't really accurate since many people, like Stephanie O'Dea, author of Make It Fast, Cook It Slow, create delicious dishes in these kitchen servants year-round.

If you've been around the blogging world very long you've probably heard of Stephanie's blog, A Year of Slow Cooking. One of Stephanie's resolutions for 2008 was to use her slow cooker everyday for an entire year!

Thankfully, for the rest of us, Stephanie was able to complete this remarkable task. You can read all about her resolution here and browse through an alphabetical listing of her recipes here.

But wait, it gets even better! Stephanie has now compiled her delicious recipes into a giant slow cooking cookbook.

I received Stephanie's cookbook, Make It Fast, Cook It Slow, a couple of weeks ago and have already enjoyed making many delicious dishes in my Crock-Pot, such as Chile Verde, Asian Peanut Butter Pork, and even Pumpkin Pudding (a crustless pumpkin pie).

Stephanie's delicious recipes have definitely inspired me to use my Crock-Pot year-round. I've even added a weekly slow cooked meal to our meal plan and hope to incorporate even more dishes throughout the week to make dinner preparations easier.

Make It Fast, Cook It Slow is a huge, 400+ page, cookbook filled with wonderful recipes. It is well organized with recipes alphabetized under the following categories: beverages, appetizers, breakfast, baking, side dishes, beans, pasta & casseroles, soups & stews, seafood, poultry, meatless mains, meat, takeout fake-out, snacks & fondue, desserts, and fun stuff. In order to save on publication fees and to keep the purchase price of the book down, Stephanie opted not to include photos of the recipes. However, each recipe has been well documented on her website. As an added bonus, Stephanie's recipes are all gluten-free, but include substitutions for families who are not restricted by gluten.

This cookbook would make a great gift for any cook (including yourself). With a list price of only $19.99 this book is also an affordable gift option for this holiday season. Right now you can purchase this cookbook through our Amazon store for only $11.69. Make It Fast, Cook It Slow is also eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25. Make It Fast, Cook It Slow can also be ordered from Barnes & Noble, Borders, Powell's Books, and Indie Bound.

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Now for the Giveaway!

Stephanie has generously offered a copy of her new cookbook to one fortunate reader.

To Enter This Giveaway:

1) Head on over to Stephanie's blog and leave her a comment telling her you're visiting from A Heart for Home. Then browse around and find a recipe you'd like to try. Finally, come back here and leave a comment on this blog telling us what recipe caught your attention.

You can gain additional entries by doing any or all of the following.

~ Place our button on your blog (include a link to your blog in your comment) Simply copy the code under our button and paste it into the text box for a Html Gadget on your blog's layout.

~ Subscribe to or follow our blog (let us know if you've already subscribed or followed).

~ Post about this giveaway on your blog or tweet about it (leave us a link in your comment).

Please leave a separate comment for each entry!

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, December 15th (my birthday)at 12 Midnight EST. We will choose a winner through random generator.

Make sure you leave a way for us to contact you!

Please help spread the word about Stephanie's new cookbook and this giveaway!

Make It Fast, Cook It Slow Works for Me!
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Blogger Unknown said...

There was 2 that caught my eye. The first was making soap in the crock pot. However, since that's not edible the second one that caught my attention was the Mexican Breakfast Casserole. It looks really good.

lrohler630 at gmail dot com

December 1, 2009 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Not only have the recipes caught my eye, I've made some, too! Last year for our anniversary I made the Chicken Cordon Bleu. And we have had Spanish Rice on many occasion when I was going to be gone for the day, but wanted a filling meal.

December 1, 2009 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I follow you. (I hesitate to have a second entry since I just won one of your giveaways.)

December 1, 2009 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Erin Lowmaster said...

I'd really love to try this recipe:

December 2, 2009 at 12:29 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just tweeted

lrohler630 at gmail dot com

December 2, 2009 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger mama hall said...

I actually have her Chicken Salsa & Black Bean in my crockpot RIGHT NOW! I love love love Stephanie and would be the happiest mom on earth to win her book.

December 2, 2009 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger mama hall said...

i am a new A Heart for Home follower!

December 2, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger mama hall said...

I tweeted the giveaway :)

@mamahall: "i want to win this giveaway SO incredibly bad. i want to crockpot like @StephanieODea when i grow up:"

December 2, 2009 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger mama hall said...

and lookie! i added the A Heart for Home button on my blog :)


December 2, 2009 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Tweeted again.

December 3, 2009 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Maria D. @ DownrightDomesticity said...

I've been subscribed to "Crockpot365" for a little over a year now, and my favorite recipe by far is the homemade yogurt! I will NEVER go back to storebought! I've been meaning to try to the Baked Oatmeal, as well sometime.

December 3, 2009 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Jelli said...

I've had my eye on baking brie for quite sometime. Her recipe for baked brie in a slow cooker definitely caught my eye. Thanks for the giveaway!

December 3, 2009 at 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have made the Chicken Makhani countless times, it´s one of our favorite crockpot recipes! But the one I want to try soon is the chicken parmesan:

December 3, 2009 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

nice giveaway, I'd love this for my own Christmas gift. I've made numerous recipes from her blog, we LOVE brown sugar chicken and the pumpkin latte and yogurt and there's so many more I want to try!

December 4, 2009 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger ijkl555 said...

I have been following her blog for sometime, which motivated me buy my own crockpot. I tried Hot and sour soup, and 40-clove garlic chicken.. Both of them are awesome!!

December 4, 2009 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger mama hall said...

Hi! I just tweeted about the Giveaway again:

@mamahall: Dear Santa, I want @StephanieOdea's book for Christmas if I don't win it here first:

December 5, 2009 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Lenetta said...

Love her stuff! I so badly want to try the dulce de leche but I'm afraid of what it will do to me (i.e. I'll eat the whole can and then make it again the next day). Thanks for the chance!
nettacow at gmail dot com

December 5, 2009 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger wmmahaney said...

The super simple cranberry roast caught my eye as soon as I got to her blog. Looks delicious.

December 7, 2009 at 1:16 AM  
Blogger wmmahaney said...

I follow your blog in Google Reader.

December 7, 2009 at 1:17 AM  
Blogger Tracey said...

The slow cooker cornbread stuffing is one that I would love to try! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

December 7, 2009 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger pippirose said...

The Crock-Pot Pasta Fagioli caught my eye...and my stomach!
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

December 7, 2009 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger pippirose said...

I follow your blog via Google Friend Connect.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

December 7, 2009 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger beccy said...

Hello and congratulations! You won the felt brooch on my bloggy giveaway :) Email me your address to bexybeck (at) yahoo (dot) com and I'll have it winging it's way to you soon!
Beccy :)

December 7, 2009 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Rachel R. said...

Oh, my. Just one? I've been a feed subscriber at A Year of SloCooking for a long time. Stephanie even inspired me to buy an additional, small slow cooker. (Off-brand - $4 at Wal-Mart!)

I'd like to try the granola, though. I've made granola, but never (successfully) in the crockpot.

December 8, 2009 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger katklaw777 said...

So many great recipes! I have tried her Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole and I love it. katklaw777 at yahoo dot com Great giveaway, thanks!

December 8, 2009 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger katklaw777 said...

I subscribe.

December 8, 2009 at 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Kristina said...

Old fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup- how comforting!

December 8, 2009 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger Wanda said...

Oh wow....the super simple cranberry roast looks incredible!
I love using my crockpot. It makes everything taste sooooo good!

December 9, 2009 at 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Pat said...

I'd like to try the Crockpot Turkey Breast recipe.
pkildow at gmail dot com

December 9, 2009 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Keli said...

I love Stephanie!! I just made chicken and brown rice for dinner tonight. She's my savior when I hae no clue what to fix for dinner. :) I'd LOVE to win her book! I've been wanting to purchase it but don't have the funds. THanks for the chance!

December 9, 2009 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger Keli said...

i subscribe

December 9, 2009 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger Keli said...


December 9, 2009 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Keli said...

i added your button to my sidebar

December 9, 2009 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth (Lizzie) said...

I think the Mexican Breakfast Casserole would be an awesome recipe to try...
thanks for the opportunity to try and win this excellent recipe book.

December 9, 2009 at 11:33 PM  
Blogger Linda Kish said...

Philly cheessteaks would be good

lkish77123 at g mail dot com

December 10, 2009 at 1:06 AM  
Blogger Aiming4Simple said...

This cookbook lover would exult to have a copy of Stephanie's oeuvre! She recently posted a Super Simple Cranberry Roast Recipe which I need to try very soon! I was also captivated by the Mediterranean Chicken (with Artichokes) that was listed in the index of her book.

baurains (at) gmail (dot) com

December 10, 2009 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Aiming4Simple said...

I'm a new subscriber as of today!

December 10, 2009 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Lin said...

The recipe for the Slow Cooker Orange Chicken caught my eye. It looks so yummy!

hollygolightly0831 (at) gmail (dot) com

December 13, 2009 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Wendi P said...

The Cranberry Roast Pork looks devine! I really miss Stephanie's daily posts- I made some seriously rockin' meals in my crockpot because of her!

December 14, 2009 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Wendi P said...

I am a new follower. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

December 14, 2009 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger elliedoan said...

I think the Turkey Stew looks great. And I would love to win a copy of this book!
Thanks, elle

December 14, 2009 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Laurel said...

I'd like to try the yogurt!

December 14, 2009 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger cheflisa said...

ive follow her blog for a long time (my daughter is GF) Love her hot and sour soup

December 14, 2009 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I follow!

December 14, 2009 at 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

Play doh in the crock pot. the kids would love it.

December 14, 2009 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

That book looks so neat! And I really want to try the crock pot chocolate peanut clusters! I love baking for the holidays and that would be the perfect thing to make!

December 14, 2009 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I am following your blog!

December 14, 2009 at 11:55 PM  
Blogger Justin and Julie said...

I want to try the Chai Tea Latte recipe from the cookbook and of course win the cookbook!

December 15, 2009 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I think the Mexican Breakfast Casserole would be an awsesome recipe to try on a Sunday morning!

December 15, 2009 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Marsha said...

I think the Pumpkin Spice latte would be the best thing to warm me up on this cold, rainy day in the South! Yum!

December 15, 2009 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger MamaMia said...

I barely made it! I didn't realize that this ended today! I think the CrockPot Broccoli Beef looks yummy and also easy!!

December 15, 2009 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger MamaMia said...

I thought I was already following you, but I guess not. I am now!!

December 15, 2009 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger MKB said...

I would love to try this!

December 15, 2009 at 10:12 PM  

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