Cookbook Preview: Creative Slow-Cooker Meals

by Cheryl Moeller

From the celebrated coauthor of The Marriage Miracle comes a new kind of cookbook and a new attitude toward planning meals. With an eye toward the whole menu, not just part of it, columnist Cheryl Moeller teaches cooks to use two crockpots to easily create healthy, homemade dinners.

Don’t worry about your dinner being reduced to a mushy stew. Each of the more than 200 recipes has been taste-tested at Cheryl’s table. Join the Moeller family as you dig into:
  • Harvest-time Halibut Chowder
  • Salmon and Gingered Carrots
  • Mediterranean Rice Pilaf
  • Indian Chicken Curry
  • Apricot-Pistachio Bread
  • Shrimp Creole
  • Rhubarb Crisp
... and many more! Perfect for the frazzled mom who never has enough time in the day, Creative Slow-Cooker Meals gives readers more time around the table with delicious, healthy, frugal, and easy meals! - Buy the book here. 

Cheryl Moeller is a seasoned mother and a standup comic. She is also a syndicated columnist of and contributes monthly to several online parent websites. Cheryl has coauthored two books on marriage with her husband and has written for and Marriage Partnership. Cheryl does comedy for parenting classes, MOPS groups, wedding or baby showers, church retreats, women’s conferences, and those in line at the grocery store.Visit the author's website.

Angela Breidenbach's Scotch Eggs

Angela Breidenbach’s family tradition is an Easter Tea. Scotch Eggs are the prime draw. An inspirational speaker and author, her works include Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life, Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance, and on Kindle Creative Cooking for Colitis. Other works by Angela include compilation books and devotionals from Guidepost, Group, and articles in magazines, ezines, and newspapers. 

Angela also coaches courageous confidence, personal growth, and powerful living. She’s certified in mentor/peer counseling as a Stephen Minister and life coach. Angela serves as an assisting minister for her congregation in Missoula, MT. Look for her romantic comedy, A Healing Heart, from Abingdon Press April 2013. Visit Angela's website to learn more about her books.

Here's a recipe Angela's daughter learned to make last fall. Enjoy!

Scotch Eggs
1 pound maple sausage
10 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
2 beaten eggs
2 cups plain bread crumbs
1/3 cup white flour
Oil for deep frying

Flatten maple sausage into 10 equal patties. I use plastic wrap to help me keep the patties thinner and uniform. Heat oil to 350 degrees. Roll peeled eggs in flour. Shape one sausage patty around each egg. Dip hands regularly in cold water to prevent sausage from sticking to hands.

Roll sausage covered egg in raw, beaten eggs. Roll in breadcrumbs. Use a slotted spoon to transfer eggs into hot oil. Deep fry for 6-8 minutes. Let oil reheat before next batch. Make sure the oil covers the egg. I cook about 5 eggs at a time and then use a candy thermometer to be sure of the temperature before adding the next batch. Drain on paper towels. Cut across egg. Serve with a great green salad full of veggies.

Carrie Turansky's Recipes

A Man to Trust - Recipes From Carrie Turansky

I love to cook and bake, and I enjoy including delicious food in my books. Here are a two recipes from A MAN TO TRUST that go perfectly together. 

Adrie Chandler, the heroine of A Man To Trust, was raised in Kenya by missionary parents. She often makes Kenyan chai and teaches Ross Peterson, the hero in A Man To Trust, how to make it as well. Irene Jameson, a family friend, brings her homemade cookies to Bayside Books each week where she shares them with Adrie's grandmother and her other friends who are known around town as the Bayside Treasures. They love to play Scrabble and come up with matchmaking plans to bring Adrie and Ross together. Visit Carrie's website to learn more about her books. Purchase A Man to Trust.

Adrie's Kenyan Chai 
Our family spent a year in Kenya as missionaries. While we were there we enjoyed the local custom of chai time each day at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. This is the recipe we used to make Kenyan Chai.

2 cups milk
2 cups water
4 heaping teaspoons sugar, or more to taste
4 teaspoons loose Kenyan tea leaves

Simmer together on the stove for five minutes. Strain into cups. Makes four servings. Enjoy!

Irene's Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is a delicious recipe we borrowed from The Best of the Best and More Cookbook – one of my favorites! These drop cookies taste a lot like brownies, crispy around the edge but still a little chewy in the center.

1 ¾ cups flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup walnuts, chopped
¾ cup milk chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degress. Stir together flour and baking soda. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together butter, vanilla, and sugars. Beat until fluffy. Beat in egg, then cocoa, then milk. Add in flour until just blended. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet. Makes 3 dozen delicious cookies!