Cookbook Review: Lisa Shively’s Fat Little Crockin’ Cookbook

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Lisa Shively’s Fat Little Crockin’ Cookbook
Let’s get crockin’!
100 Recipes
Small Spiral Bound 2006
ISBN: 0-9766756-33 (her new website)

I recently won tickets to the Southern Women’s Show in Charlotte by posting a foodie memory to Lisa Shively’s newsletter. Lisa is a cookbook author from NC and was hostess of the Cooking Stage as well as a presenter this year at the show. My sister, daughter and I had a wonderful time there. Lisa also had a booth there selling her cookbooks and spice products. She was running a special buy two of her hardback spiral bounds and get a soft back spiral bound for free.  I couldn’t pass that up and got the deal. Lisa kindly autographed all three and posed for a picture.

This is the freebie I got at the Southern Women’s cooking show when I purchased the two hard back spiral bounds. I’m sure enjoying cooking from it. It’s so nice to put something in the crock pot before heading to work in the mornings and coming home to a home cooked meal with little work.

The recipes included in this book are perfect for coming home to after a busy day of work or play. There’s just something about arriving home to a slow cooker filled with a delicious smelling recipe.

The recipes in this book all contain ingredients that are easily found in any super market. A few use canned soups or packaged gravy mixes or other convenience food products but not all. Sometimes you will need to do a little bit of prep work, chopping, peeling or browning some of the ingredients. Most take  only a few minutes to get them ready and going so you can be on your way.

This is a small thick (fat) spiral bound book that has larger easy to read type and dark black ink. It lays flat easily on your counter for ease of cooking. The recipes take up two facing pages when laying open. Lisa includes a little note with each recipe, something I really enjoy in my cookbooks. All recipes were tested in a 3 1/2 to 4 quart crock.

Chapters included are: Holiday Suggestions; Appetizers & Beverages; Meals in Bowls – Soups, Stews, & Chilies; Veggies & Side Dishes; Beef; Pork & Seafood; Chicken, Turkey, & Eggs; Desserts; This ‘n That.

This is the second book in Lisa’s Fat Little Cookbook Series. She also has Fat Little Blueberry Cookbook, Fat Little Sweet Potato Cookbook, and My First Cookbook. Besides the Fat series she has three larger hard back spiral bound cookbooks, From Our Home to Yours, Gritslickers – Southern Home Cooking for Today’s Cooks, and Cooking With Lisa.

All her books are filled with down home delicious cooking and she also includes notes with all the recipes. Sometimes it’ll tell where she got the recipe, suggestions for serving, a food memory or a little tip or hint.

So far form this one I’ve made; Take it Easy Spuds ‘n Chops and Mushroom Beef. I plan on making Mama’s Chicken Cordon Bleu and Corn Stuffing Balls later this week. I have the ingredients to make Beef Tips as well as Steak Rolls, when Harold comes home next week.

If you enjoy using your crock pot I suggest you add this Fat Little book to your collection. You won’t be sorry and your family will thank you. You can order straight from Lisa using  the link I’ve included here.

Here’s one of the recipes I made for Harold, Dexter and I. I thickened the gravy as Lisa suggested in her note after the recipe while I made some homemade biscuits. We had the biscuits topped with this when I got home from work and it was so good and filling on one of the days it’s been a little cooler lately.

Mushroom Beef

1-1/2 lb. bottom round steak
1 can beef gravy
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 (4 ox.) sliced mushrooms, drained

Cut beef into thin slices. Place all ingredients in your crock. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve over noodles, rice or mashed potatoes.

If you want to thicken the gravy, combine 2 T. flour with 2 T. water. Stir well and add to crock. Cook for 20 – 30 minutes more or until thickened.

Joan’s note: I used the beef gravy in a jar. Dexter and Harold thought it needed a tiny bit of salt. This was so tender.  Just add a veggie and you’re all set.

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I love to cook and collect cookbooks. I like to experment with recipes from around the world.

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