Book Review: “Holiday Slow Cooker: A Year of Hassle-Free Celebrations”

Holiday Slow Cooker: A Year of Hassle-Free Celebrations

By Jonnie Downing
Ulysses Press
128 Pages (Paperback)
Date Published: November 13, 2012

Introducing “Holiday Slow Cooker,” a time-saving cookbook featuring easy and delicious recipes for a year of hassle-free celebrations.

It’s never been easier to craft perfect holiday dinners without breaking a sweat… Pork Loin with Wine Sauce for New Year’s Day, Easy N’Awlins Slow Cooker Gumbo for Mardi Gras, Pulled Pork for Fourth of July, Pumpkin Soup for Halloween, Maple Brown Sugar Ham for Christmas and so much more.

With recipes for appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts for each holiday—Easter and Mother’s Day to Thanksgiving and Hanukkah—“Holiday Slow Cooker” will quickly become an indispensable part of your holiday traditions.

Holiday Slow Cooker teaches you the easy, hasslefree way to make all the traditional favorites, including:

• Piquant Black-Eyed Peas for New Year’s
• Easy N’Awlins Slow Cooker Gumbo for Mardi Gras
• Lobster Bisque for Valentine’s Day
• Classic Corned Beef and Cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day
• Leg of Lamb for Easter Sunday
• Caramel Flan for Cinco de Mayo
• Breakfast Quiche for Mother’s Day Brunch
• Buffalo Chicken Wings for Fourth of July
• Autumn Pork Stew for Halloween
• Pumpkin Butter for Thanksgiving
• Candied Sweet Potatoes for Christmas
• Challah Pudding for Hanukkah

I hate cooking but slowly I am trying to cook more to save for my family.  My problem with cooking though is having time to cook an actual good meal for my family while I have three kids running around me!  It seems like 4 o’clock comes around and my kids turn into monsters!  Holidays are especially hectic because my kids are home from school and I have a million things to do.
The book “Holiday Slow Cooker” is an awesome book because it contains 87 recipes featuring entrees, snacks, soups, desserts and even drinks!  I admit I never cooked with my mom growing up and have no idea how to cook Corned Beef, Leg of Lamb, Lobster Bisque or even half of these recipes from this book!  While they are not pictures for the recipes, which I prefer, the recipes are pretty simple and really ones that every cook should know.  I know my husband will appreciate that I now have a few more recipes to try out, especially during the holidays.  The recipes are not only ones for the holidays either but ones that I will be making for our everyday dinners such as Buffalo Chicken Wings, Easy Turkey Breast, Chicken Enchiladas, French Toast Casserole and Pork Loin with Wine Sauce.  Then there are some facts about each holiday on the first chapters of the book.  For dessert one of these nights I can’t wait to S’mores Fondue, yum!
This is a thin paperback that doesn’t take a lot of room but is filled with so many great recipes.  This would be perfect to keep on hand or to give as a gift, maybe to new homeowners.  I wish I would have got this book sooner, but I am happy to have it now.  I am all about simple recipes and these ones really do seem simple.
BUY IT: You can find Holiday Slow Cooker: A Year of Hassle-Free Celebrations at your local bookstore for a suggested retail price of $15.95 or online.
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Speak Your Mind



  1. My must-have is sweet potatoes with marshmallows

  2. Carolyn Daley says:

    Mash potatoes!

  3. Marjorie W says:

    For Christmas my kids holiday must have is Watergate Salad, a sinfully sweet mix up that’s green!

  4. Brenda Elsner says:

    My must have dish is green bean casserole.

  5. Sweet Potato Pie

  6. Definitely some honey ham!

  7. Audra Weathers says:

    I love sweet potato casserole with lots of pecans and brown sugar on top!

  8. Kat Emerick says:

    candied yams

  9. pumpkin pie

  10. Kerrie Mayans says:

    Green Bean Casserole!

  11. Julie Jones says:

    Sausage and apple stuffing

  12. Creamy mashed potatoes!

  13. Lucy Schwartz says:

    Bread Dough Covered Baked Ham for Easter and Christmas.

  14. Jennifer R says:

    The homemade mashed potatoes with sour cream and butter is my must have holiday dish.

  15. pigs in a blanket

  16. Kimberly Schotz says:

    My delicious Christmas breakfast casserole

  17. Rachel Higgs says:

    Fried Turkey

  18. I love the foodnetwork’s recipe for whipped sweet potatoes and bananas with honey.

  19. Hesper Fry says:

    Pumpkin pie

  20. Kari Flores says:

    I must have mashed potatoes and gravy.

  21. Nancy Whitaker says:

    Must have sweet potatoes with little marshmallows on top.

  22. This season we are all about Brussels Sprouts

  23. Stuffing!

  24. Shelley C. says:

    banana pudding

  25. Must have green bean casserole.

  26. Bread dressing is a must.

  27. kim burnett says:

    green bean casserole

  28. Chocolate! Actually, just meat and vegetables, nothing fancy for me. lol

  29. Green bean casserole.

  30. Brown sugar glazed ham.

  31. Pumpkin Pie. Thank You. Jerri Davis

  32. green bean casserole AND sweet potato casserole

  33. nannypanpan says:

    squash haters casserole

  34. kelly mcgrew says:

    stuffed cabbage!!!!

  35. Connie Lee says:

    Mashed potatoes topped with melted cheddar cheese

  36. A must have is a potato salad with beacon.

  37. Nikkie Cossairt says:

    Our must have holiday dish would have to be Mashed Sweet Potatoes with butter and Orange Zest.

  38. Patti Hess says:

    Classic Corned beef and Cabbage yummy

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  39. Katie Morris Crider says:

    There are so many but green bean casserole is one.

  40. Christine says:

    scalloped potatoes

  41. green bean casserole!

  42. Stephanie Larison says:

    Green bean casserole, yummy!

  43. Green bean casserole.

  44. Stuffing and mashed potatoes covered in gravy! 🙂

  45. the christmas ham!

  46. Sharon Kaminski says:

    Pumpkin Pie

  47. natalie rose machowski says:

    definitely candied yams

  48. Sara Weekley says:

    My mom’s cherry pie and mash potatoes… yummmmm

  49. wendy rozema says:


  50. My children request my chicken and dressing casserole very year

  51. Christmas Ham and of course Sweep Potato Pie!

  52. I love twiced baked potatoes around the holidays!

  53. My Nona’s Escarole soup with little meatballs and special homemade bread croutons! YUMMY!!!!!

  54. We always have to have Shrimp Bisque Christmas eve.

  55. Macaroni and cheese!

  56. pecan pie!!

  57. Teresa Young says:

    scalloped potatoes and ham at Christmas

  58. green bean casserole

  59. Sweet Potatoes

  60. Our must have Holiday Dish is a Green Bean Casserole with Rice and Cheddar Cheese.

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