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Weekend Cooking: Slow-Cooker Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day #weekendcooking @BethFishReads

It’s time to think about corned beef and cabbage! Before the weather turns springlike and we start planning meals around asparagus, fiddlehead ferns, and rhubarb, St. Patrick’s Day is a chance to make one more stick-to-your-ribs winter meal in the slow cooker.

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage in Slow Cooker
Photo from Martha Stewart www.marthastewart.com

Martha Stewart has a recipe for Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage that looks easy and traditional.
Reading through the comments, I see that the directions given in the video differ from the directions in the recipe printed on the Web site, so you might want to watch the video. I think it’s mainly a difference in how to arrange the meat and vegetables in the slow cooker.
My husband usually makes our St. Patrick’s Day boiled dinner, so I’ll see if he wants to take a chance on this Crock Pot version. I’ve had good luck cooking brisket in the slow cooker, so I don’t see why this recipe wouldn’t work.


Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

Photo from Cook Smarts http://www.cooksmarts.com
Photo from Cook Smarts http://www.cooksmarts.com

This recipe for Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew on Cook Smarts looks good!
As the description in the recipe post by Jackie Sun says: “What’s not to like about chunks of tender, slow-cooked beef, carrots, potatoes, and onions infused with not just Guinness, but red wine as well?”
I especially like this recipe because both the flour and the Guinness stout are optional ingredients, which makes the recipe easily convertible to a gluten-free one.


Crock Pot Lamb Stew

Photo from The Reluctant Gourmet http://www.reluctantgourmet.com
Photo from The Reluctant Gourmet http://www.reluctantgourmet.com

This is the recipe I’m least likely to try, because I don’t like the idea of eating lamb, but my husband loves lamb and I love him, so sometimes I at least think about making something with lamb.
This recipe for Crock Pot Lamb Stew from The Reluctant Gourmet seems easy and do-able. If you like lamb, why not try it?
One tip from the site is never to but pre-cut cubes of meat sold for stew. So much for convenience! It’s likely to be from various cuts and you don’t know what you’re getting, says The Reluctant Gourmet.


Irish White Bean and Cabbage Stew

Photo from Forks Over Knives http://www.forksoverknives.com
Photo from Forks Over Knives http://www.forksoverknives.com

I came up with a surprising number of possibilities when I googled “vegetarian Irish slow cooker recipe”, but this one for Irish White Bean and Cabbage Stew from Forks over Knives sounded best to me., Most of the recipes seemed pretty similar – using beans and pearled barley in place of meat – I also liked the sound of Crock Pot Meatless Irish Stew from The Examiner, which is bean-less and full of root vegetables, but I would have to find out where to buy nutritional yeast around here before trying that recipe.


Thank you for reading through my curated collection of St. Patrick’s Day Slow Cooker Recipes that I haven’t tried yet! If you try any of them, please let me know!

If you can’t get enough, check out these links. I didn’t have the patience to look through all these slideshows today!

St. Patrick’s Day Food: 21 Slow Cooker St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

7 Slow Cooker Dinners for St. Patrick’s Day

13 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes for Your Slow Cooker

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Beginner-Friendly Cookbook: Everyday Gluten-Free Slow Cooking by Kimberly Mayone and Kitty Broihier #weekendcooking

cover imageI received Everyday Gluten-free Slow Cooking by Kimberly Mayone & Kitty Broihier as a gift at Christmas, and have made several recipes from it. If you’re looking for beginner-friendly, gluten-free recipes to make in a slow cooker, this cookbook includes an excellent introduction to the gluten-free diet in general (reasons for it, precautions to take, stocking your pantry, etc.) and also to slow cooking in general (Slow Cooking 101). The authors also write about adapting your usual slow cooker recipes with g/f alternatives.

The authors outline many good reasons why using a slow cooker works well with maintaining a gluten-free diet or preparing meals for someone else who is. Another reason is that a removable crock insert can be washed in a dishwasher and usually doesn’t have scratches where trace amounts of gluten could be retained, or you could even buy disposable liners to be even more on the safe side.

Easy Vegetable Dal
The Easy Vegetable Dal was easy to make and delicious! I substituted white beans for the chickpeas because it was what I had on hand.

The cookbook has a good variety of family-friendly, basic recipes like Corn Chowder; Easiest Pulled Pork; Cincinnati Chili; and Mimi’s Classic Pork Roast and Vegetables with Gravy, but there are many that would also appeal to more adventurous tastes, such as Brazilian Black Bean Soup; Easy Vegetable Dal; Shrimp and Scallop Thai Curry; and Garlicky Salmon with Leeks and Wild Rice.

Tex-Mex Chicken on plate
Tex-Mex Chicken with Black Beans topped with feta cheese and cilantro! Yummy!


You’d expect plenty of meaty and vegetarian soup, stew, and chili recipes from any slow cooker cookbook, and there are many of them here, but there are also chapters for Breakfast and Brunch; Appetizers and Snacks; and Sweets. I haven’t tried any of those yet, but the Tex-Mex Egg Bake and the Chocolate Risotto are a couple of the ones I would like to try sometime when we have a crowd.

Serving dish of Classic Pot Roast with Potatoes
Classic Pot Roast with Potatoes was as easy as it sounds to make.

The recipes for the pictured meals are not available online, but check out the authors’ Gluten-Free Slow Cooking blog for several recipes you can sample and to see their style of cooking and writing. In case you’re thinking that it’s time to put the slow cooker away now until the fall, there are seasonal recipes for spring and summer posted there. I found a Ham and Navy Bean Soup recipe there to use up the ham bone and leftover ham that I put in the freezer after Easter!

photo of candied pecans cooling on pan
Just made these Candied Pecans this afternoon. Seriously addictive. Took only two hours in the slow cooker. This recipe isn’t online, but you can find similar ones.

There are no photos at all, which I don’t mind, but others might. (Most slow cooker meals aren’t very photogenic, anyway!) It’s a very nicely designed book, though, and stays open to your recipe, even near the beginning or the end.

Everyday Gluten-Free Slow Cooking
Mayone, Kimberly & Broihier, Kitty
Sterling, 2012
225 pp.

Happy Weekend Cooking!

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Weekend Cooking: Cookbook Gift Ideas #weekendcooking @BethFishReads

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Cookbooks for Christmas? Yes, please!

GFF Magazine cover
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Included in this list of cookbook gift ideas is a brand-new magazine for gluten-free eaters called GFF. All of the recipes and articles relate to the gluten-free diet in some way, but it reads like a regular foodie magazine, so it would make as good a gift for someone who wants to cook an occasional gluten-free meal as for someone with celiac disease. (I received a subscription as a birthday gift, and though it may seem a bit pricy at $40 for a quarterly, the inaugural issue is easily worth $10 for the appealing recipes and engaging writing.)

The following descriptions are from the publishers.

Six New & Newish Cookbooks for Home Cooks

cover imageBut I Could Never Go Vegan! by Kristy Turner
The Experiment, 2014
Blogger-author extraordinaire Kristy Turner deliciously refutes every excuse you’ve ever heard with 125 bursting-with-flavor vegan recipes for every meal of the day—including dessert!
If you’re a waffling vegan newbie, on-the-fence vegetarian, or veg-curious omnivore, this book will banish your doubts. You’ll find you can get enough protein, fit in at a potluck, learn to love cauliflower, and enjoy pizza, nachos, brownies, and more—without any animal products at all. (Even vegan pros will discover some new tricks!)
Colorful photographs throughout will have you salivating over Kristy’s inventive, easy-to-follow recipes. So what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and leave your excuses at the door!
Check out the book trailer on YouTube.

cover imageFlavor Flours by Alice Medrich
Artisan, 2014

In this monumental new work, beloved dessert queen Alice Medrich applies her baking precision and impeccable palate to flavor flours—wheat-flour alternatives including rice flour, oat flour, corn flour, sorghum flour, teff, and more. The resulting (gluten-free!) recipes show that baking with alternate flours adds an extra dimension of flavor. Brownies made with rice flour taste even more chocolaty. Buckwheat adds complexity to a date and nut cake. Ricotta cheesecake gets bonus flavor from a chestnut flour crust; teff is used to make a chocolate layer cake that can replace any birthday cake with equally pleasing results. All of the nearly 125 recipes—including Double Oatmeal Cookies, Buckwheat Gingerbread, Chocolate Chestnut Soufflé Cake, and Blueberry Corn Flour Cobbler—take the flavors of our favorite desserts to the next level.

cover imageFrench Comfort Food by Hillary Jordan
Gibbs Smith, 2014
In France, people take pride in preserving the recipes of their regional heritage and deeply rooted traditions. What has remained true over time is that the French have a determined hold on their beloved regional classic dishes, the ones they grew up with that their mothers and grandmothers and grandmothers before them made—French comfort food.
Collected here are recipes from friends and acquaintances Hillary Davis has made while living in France, recipes handed down through the years as well as modern family remakes of the originals. With these resources, plus referring to her hundreds of well-worn cookbooks, Davis has brought together her favorite comfort food recipes from France, with a hope that they will inspire and charm you, showing just how fabulous good home-cooked food from France can be.

cover imageThe Healthy Slow Cooker, 2nd ed. by Judith Finlayson
Robert Rose, 2014
Definitions of healthy eating have changed quite dramatically since The Healthy Slow Cooker was first published in 2006. In those days, it was one size fits all — low fat, low calorie and no saturated fat. Since then, there’s been a shift in thinking. Many leading experts now feel that many of our modern diseases are directly associated with the consumption of wheat and advocate reducing carbohydrates. Another significant development is that the evidence against saturated fat has been gradually diminishing. All the recipes are delicious, nutrient-dense and have a balanced approach that will suit a wide variety of people. Incredibly healthy meals prepared in a slow cooker is an unbeatable combination!

Moosewood Restaurant Favorites Moosewood Restaurant Favorites by the Moosewood Collective
St. Martin’s, 2013
(Second year of hinting…)
Moosewood Restaurant, founded in 1973, revolutionized vegetarian cooking by introducing delicious soups, satisfying sandwiches, warming casseroles, zesty entrees, spiffy salads, and divine desserts. Moosewood Restaurant Favorites contains 250 of their most requested recipes completely updated and revised to reflect the way they’re cooked now—increasingly vegan and gluten-free, benefiting from fresh herbs, new varieties of vegetables, and the wholesome goodness of newly-rediscovered grains.


cover imagePlant-Powered for Life by Sharon Palmer, R.D.N.
The Experiment, 2014
Fall in love with whole plant foods and they will love you back! 52 simple steps and 125 globally inspired recipes show the way.
Fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and other plant-based foods can work wonders for your health and vitality—and they’re delicious when done right! Still, many of us don’t get enough.
Whether you’re a meat-loving omnivore or junk-food vegan, if you’ve been meaning to eat more whole plant foods, Plant-Powered for Life is here to help. Sharon Palmer, RDN, helps you set a personal goal (anything from “I will eat a plant-based meal every day” to “I will go 100 percent vegan”), then approach it at your own pace by taking 52 simple steps and cooking 125 mouthwatering recipes in any order you like.

Happy Weekend Cooking!

Disclosure: One of my daughters works for The Experiment, the publisher of But I Could Never Go Vegan!, Plant-Powered for Life and other cookbooks and nonfiction books.