Slow cooking for 365 days

Bestselling author Stephanie O’Dea offers a new cookbook featuring the crockpot in “365 Slow Cooker Suppers.”

After two cookbooks and a website, all featuring the slow cooker, O’Dea has accumulated a lot of recipes to make in the slow cooker.

So grab one and fix something before you leave for work one morning and having something delicious when you come home!

The book is divided into Soups & Stews, Beans, Poultry, Beef & Lamb, Pork, Sandwiches, Meatless and Fish & Seafood.

Soups & Stews offers recipes for Baked Potato and Cauliflower Soup, Beef and Potatoes Au Chocolat, Fancy Pants Lamb Stew and WIld Mushroom Beef Stew, just to name a few.

Beans recipes include BBQ Bean Chili, Cheesy Lentil Bake, Chicken Curry Chili, Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Soup and Vegetarian 16-Bean Soup.

Poultry recipes offer 2-Packet Chicken, Cranberry Turkey Legs, Hungarian Chicken, Turkey and Vegetable Meatloaf and much more.

Beef and Lamb recipes include Anchovy and Caper Beef, Beef Short Ribs with Dried Plumbs, Chinese Pot Roast with Snow Peas, Salisbury Steak, Texas-Style Brisket and Indian-Style Seekh Lamb.

Pork recipes offer Apple Ham Crock Pot Pie, Bacon Risotto, Broccoli and Sausage Casserole, Cranberry and Pear Pork Roast, Ranch Packet Pork Chops and much more.

Sandwiches offer fixes like Barbecue Chicken and Rice Lettuce Wraps, Coney Island Dogs, Philly Joes, Sweet Potato and Black Bean Wraps and Spicy Beef Dip Sandwiches.

Meatless dishes include Creamy Pumpkin Penne Pasta, Roasted Vegetable Dinner, Tofu Chili and more.

Fish and Seafood offer up Bass with Fennel, Lime and Garlic, Fisherman’s Chowder, Shrimp Arrabbiata and Tuna and Noodle Casserole.

I made Italian Minestrone Soup one day. There is no beans in it like a lot of minestrone, and it uses ground beef.

My oldest and I loved the dish, though by the time I got home from work, it was less soup and more of a stew or casserole.

Next time I might add more liquid or cook for less time.

It was hearty and warm on a cold day and I loved the Italian flavors.

“365 Slow Cooker Suppers” is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It is $24.99.

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