If you have been a reader here at The Mom Maven for any length of time, you know my love of my crockpot. I love the simplicity of prepping dinner in the morning and having it ready when meal time comes around. I think all crockpot lovers are aware of and probably own at least one book from the Fix-It and Forget It cookbook series by Phyllis Good. Good’s newest creation Stock the Crock includes 100 must-have slow-cooker recipes and 200 variations for every appetite. The recipes range from Basic Chicken and Salsa, to Lasagna in a Soup Bowl, to Pumpkin Spice Creme Brulee.
About Phyllis Good and Stock the Crock
According to the New York Times, Phyllis Good’s Fix-It and Forget-It books have sold more copies in the US than the combined works of popular Food Network hosts Ina Garten, Giada De Laurentiis, and Jamie Oliver! Stock the Crock brings together the expertise of America’s most popular slow-cooker authority with a fresh collection of 100 essential, innovative, and easy-to-prepare recipes-each with variations allowing readers to customize the dish according to their dietary needs. You’ll find beloved classics, as well as dishes you might be surprised can be done successfully in a slow cooker. Whether you are looking to accommodate gluten-free, paleo, or vegetarian diets, or prefer slow-cooker meals perfectly sized for one or two people, this cookbook provides smart ideas, more than 100 recipe photos, and cooking hacks that will change the way you use your favorite fuss-free cooking appliance. Learn simple make-ahead tricks, convenient baking tips, and how to make two recipes at once using the same cooker, so you can simplify cooking and spend more time enjoying your family and friends around a wonderful, delicious meal.
Mom Maven’s Thoughts on Stock the Crock
There are so many recipes in Stock the Crock that I can’t wait to try. I am especially looking forward to Peppery Turkey Tenderloin with Apples, which I want to make for Thanksgiving except that Jordan doesn’t like turkey…or cooked apples. I guess that one will have to wait for some time when he isn’t home. Anyway, I love that this beautiful cookbook is full of amazing photographs, easy-to-understand recipes and variations for many dietary needs. In the introduction Good encourages users to write in this book, make notes about variations the user tries and even rate the recipe for future reference. Good has been in the slow-cooker cookbook game for a long time and this new book doesn’t disappoint. This book would make a great gift. I’m thinking about pairing it with a crockpot for an upcoming bridal shower, and giving a copy to Aaron for a Christmas gift, since he does the cooking in his house.
Basic Chicken and Salsa Recipe
- 2-3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 16 oz jar salsa
- salt and pepper to taste
- cooked rice (optional) I used Vigo yellow rice
- grated cheese of your choice-I used a Mexican blend
- sour cream (optional)
- Avocado chunks or slices (optional)
- fresh toppers: cherry tomatoes cut into fourths; chopped red onion; chopped green bell pepper (optional)
- Grease the interior of the slow cooker crock with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
- Place the chicken in the prepared crock. Spoon the salsa over the top.
- Cook on low 4-4½ hours, or until instant-read meat thermometer registers 175° F when stuck in the center of the thighs. Add ¼ cup water, or more during the cooking time if necessary.
- Place the thighs on a cutting board, one at a time. Use 2 forks to shred the chicken, stir the shredded meat and salsa together.
- Season to taste with the salt and pepper. Serve over rice topped with cheese, sour cream, avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and green pepper, if desired.
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