Thursday, November 2, 2017


Rocking the crock Texan style with this
week's cookbook review!    


125 Recipes for the Lone Star State’s Very Best Dishes. All Slow-Cooked to Perfection
by Cheryl Alters Jamison

Texas Slow Cooker provides southern flavors with cooking know-how from The Lone Star State.

Even great cooks, such as Cheryl Jamison, one of the preeminent authorities on American regional cuisine and the author of many award-winning cookbooks, occasionally prefer the make-ahead convenience, easy cleanup, and depth of slow-cooked flavor that you get when you use a slow cooker.

Co-author of the pioneering book Texas Home Cooking, Cheryl reveals in these pages that a stunning range of Lone Star gems, from chilis and stews to enchiladas and roasts, from bean or rice dishes to beef, bison, poultry, and shrimp, come out of the slow cooker brimming with flavor--and with a minimum of fuss for the cook.
These 125 recipes are full of delectable, down-home goodness, each one better than the last, and better even than its non-slow cooker counterpart. Whether you're enjoying a family dinner or feeding everyone at the family reunion, tastes like Chicken Chorizo ChiliHill Country GoulashBison Short Ribsand Venison Pot Roast will never disappoint. 



I’m really hooked on slower cooker cookbooks right now. Fall is here, winter is coming, and I want hot, hardy dishes when it’s cold! Well, these are some of the hardiest dishes I’ve seen. As one would expect from a book called TEXAS SLOW COOKER, there are a lot of meat dishes included. Not exactly a vegetarian’s dream cookbook, however, it does have some great veggie recipes.

TEXAS SLOW COOKER opens with an informative introduction. You’ll find tips on equipment, tips for taking it “slow”, and ways to liven up slow cooked food.

Chapters include Breakfast, Starters – Tailgating – Soups, Chili & Stews, Beef, Bison, & Venison, Pork,
Goat, & Poultry, Seafood & Fish, Beans – Veggies & Sides, and Desserts.  

While reading TEXAS SLOW COOKER, I could smell some of the dishes as though they were is my kitchen cooking away. Even as I write this review, my stomach is growling. You’ll find recipes for . . . Overnight Grits, Chile Relleno Casserole, Jala-Peach Wings, Black Bean Soup with Pico de Gallo, Turkey-Black Bean Chili, Hopkins County Chicken Stew, Faux Q, Saucy Beef for Sandwiches, Smoky Pork Ribs, Grandma’s Chicken and Dumplings, Gulf Gumbo, Lake Bass with Oranges and Almonds, Sweet Potato Gratin, Stewed Okra, Butterscotch Blondies, Praline Bread Pudding, and a whole lot more!

My one negative of TEXAS SLOW COOKER is the lack of photos. There are some color photos, but for the cost of the book, I would have liked to seen more included.

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  1. We received a slow cooker from our son a couple of Christmases ago, and we've only used it once. I had a cookbook collection with several shelves of cookbooks and probably got rid of half. None were slow cooker cookbooks. This cookbook looks like a good one, plus we lived in Texas for 4 years. Thank you for reviewing this for us.

  2. Thanks, Lisa. I agree about hot, hardy dishes, in the fall and winter, and the crock pot is a great way to prepare them. Happy Thursday!

  3. Thanks for sharing you post. Lisa.

  4. I love to make dishes in the slow cooker, especially meat dishes since the results are so tender and melt-in-your-mouth! Thanks for for the review, Lisa!