Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mediterranean Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone

The Mediterranean Slow Cooker

I use my slow cooker every Sunday once school starts and continue all the way through the school year.  It’s my little break from cooking on a Sunday afternoon.  Plus I do my wine tasting for my weekend wine reviews on Sunday afternoon – and I have learned that is not a good time for me to be chopping ingredients and using the stove!

So, I am always intrigued by slow cooker cookbooks, even though I primarily only make soup in mine.  Well, no more.  I am so excited about The Mediterranean Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone!

First of all, it has gorgeous photos by Alan Richardson! 

Photo by Alan Richardson 

Photo by Alan Richardson

See what I mean!  Gorgeous!  That was a screen capture from iPad.

The book begins with an intro about slow cookers and tips on using and ingredients for.  It is a well-thought out section.  Then it is divided into Soups, Eggs, Seafood, Poultry, Beef and Veal, Pork and Lamb, Pasta Grains and Beans, Vegetables and Desserts.  

I found so many recipes that I want to try – really too many to list, but here are a few:

Soups: 

  • Fennel, Leek and Potato Soup
  • Chickpea Cream Soup with Garlic and Rosemary
  • Bean and Greens Soup
  • Spicy Chicken and Vegetables
  • Cooked Water (Tuscan Mushroom, Tomato and Egg Soup) *

Eggs

  • Spinach and Feta Omelet
  • Mozzarella, Sausage and Sun-Dried Tomato Bread Pudding *

Seafood

  • Halibut with Cherry Tomatoes and Arugula
  • Poached Salmon in Court Bouillon
  • Chunky Fish Tagine
  • Tilapia with Romesco Sauce

Poultry

  • Spicy Chicken with Green Olives
  • Balsamic Chicken with Capers
  • Chicken with Chorizo, Red Wine, and Roasted Peppers
  • Chicken Legs with Sausage, Tomatoes and Black Olives

Beef and Veal

  • Porcini Braised Beef
  • Beef Short Ribs with Carrots and Black Olives
  • Meatballs with Feta and Tomato Sauce

Pork and Lamb

  • Pork Ribs with Tomato Balsamic Sauce
  • Braised Lamb Shanks with Red Wine and Spices
  • Portuguese Pulled Pork

Pasta, Grains, and Beans

  • Polenta with Spinach and Ricotta
  • Chickpeas, Roasted Peppers, and Bacon Salad

Vegetables

  • Roasted Beets
  • Vegetable Tagine
  • Tzimmes

Desserts

  • Two Berry Clafouti
  • Apple Raisin Souffle Pudding
  • Rice Pudding Brulee
  • Blushing Pomegranate Pears

Seriously every thing sounds good!  Next week I am making the Cooked “Water” (Tuscan Mushroom, Tomato, and Egg Soup) and the Mozzarella, Sausage and Sun-Dried Tomato Bread Pudding. 

I’ll leave you with another gorgeous photograph by Alan Richardson!

Photo by Alan Richardson

I will post reviews of the recipes, but I expect good things! 

11 comments:

Joanne said...

I'm so excited to hear what you think of it! I gave my slow cooker away last year and these days I love living vicariously through others :P

Melynda and Terry, we are the Browns! said...

I have the Italian Slow Cooker, and apparently I need to go cookbook shopping.....

shabby girl said...

Yes, that should take you through the school year! Can't wait to hear your reviews on some of those. We have a slow cooker in the motorhome with us, but don't seem to use it very often. We have a chicken leg recipe that we usually cook in it.

Deanna said...

I love cooking from a crock-pot, everything is so tender and tasty. Hope you enjoy your new cookbook...looking forward to your reviews.

Kat said...

I am Crock Pot's biggest fan! I use mine all the time and I have 3 of them. We use them a lot during football games, keeping cheese dip warm, little smokies and lots of other uses. They are great to have around for sure. These look like some fancy recipes to try. Let me know how your recipes you picked turn out. Those are great photos.

a good yarn said...

Love, love, love slow cooked food! Still using mother's Crock Pot from the 1970s and it runs almost continuously through the winter. It's especially good for cooking the Christmas Pudding.

Marjie said...

Another cookbook to make Pam happy! Hooray!

Julie said...

I've heard her on the radio talking about this book. Look forward to seeing your recipes.

Jeff @ Cheeseburger said...

I bought Michele's The Italian Slow Cooker around 2 years ago and I loved it. I did not know that she released a new recipe book. I'll be sure to check it. Thanks Pam!

Bella Rum said...

I can't wait to hear about the Mozzarella, Sausage and Sun-Dried Tomato Bread Pudding.

Kalyn Denny said...

Just bought that book as well and am excited to try cooking from it. (I think I have all her slow cooker books, lol!