Mable Hoffman's Crockery Cookery by Mable Hoffman

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  • ellabee on November 20, 2013

    Amazed to learn that this book sold in the millions; but then, I once owned it myself.

  • gcottraux on January 27, 2010

    The recipes all work well. The crock pot is a great underutilized appliance!

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  • Hamburger soup

    • micheleK on July 02, 2011

      Easy dish. Added a little more herbs - we like very tasty food.

  • Black Forest pot roast

    • nicolepellegrini on March 28, 2019

      The S.O. commented the next day how much he enjoyed this, so I take that as a win. This is a super-simple, old fashioned pot roast recipe that's great to prep the night before, then throw in the crock pot the next morning before work. Came home and it was ready to serve. Meat was tender and flavorful with minimal ingredients.

    • mharriman on November 02, 2019

      I agree with nicolepellegrini that this recipe is simple to put together and flavorful. We especially liked the mushroom sauce that we spooned over it. Served with garlic mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus and a green leaf garden salad.

  • Pot roast with creamy mushroom sauce

    • nicolepellegrini on February 15, 2019

      After a thoroughly exhausting week I needed an ultra-simple dinner recipe for today. It couldn't seem any simpler than this three-ingredient slow cooker pot roast. I did use a venison roast instead of beef, and to dress it up slightly I added some dried porcini mushrooms and some of their soaking liquid (since venison is so lean it needed that extra moisture). Came out just fine, lots of tasty gravy for potatoes. Nothing gourmet here but satisfyingly homey, and easy.

  • Indonesian pork

    • nicolepellegrini on December 12, 2018

      I made this with a few tweaks, and it was the surprise hit of my holiday party this year. I didn't have any problems with it being too dry but that may have been the changes I made, based on what I like/don't like in slow-cooker cooking. 1. I brined the pork roast overnight; 2. I seared the pork with salt & pepper seasoning before putting it in the crockpot; 3. Instead of resting the meat on a metal rack inside the slowcooker, I put it on a bed of thick-sliced onions, which gave it more moisture and flavor. The whole 5-pound roast was gone before I had more than a small taste and people were asking me for the recipe the next day, so it's definitely going on my regular recipe rotation list.

    • JKDLady on November 18, 2015

      This very overcooked and dry. I would cook it less. The flavor was good, so there is potential.

  • Buck County's spareribs

    • nicolepellegrini on November 01, 2015

      Ribs came out very juicy and tender and the sauerkraut was extra-sweet from the apple. But this was extremely bland without doing anything to jazz it up. I added a half bottle of beer to the crock pot while it was cooking, and also made a maple-barbecue sauce to serve with the meat for more flavor. So, decent technique but lacking in a memorable taste.

  • Cranberry pork roast

    • nicolepellegrini on February 21, 2019

      I've seen a number of slow-cooker pork recipes using canned cranberry sauce but was intrigued to try this one since it used fresh cranberries (and I had a bag sitting around in my freezer.) The results were pretty good! The pork came out pull-apart tender after 9 hours on low and even seemed to have a little crispy char on it since there was so little liquid in this (I did actually add a little bit of orange juice.) It was more tart than sweet and my only issue was the aroma was a little...funky? The S.O. raved about it so overall I'd say it's a good option to have in my backpocket for an ultra-simple pulled pork.

  • Kielbasa & napa cabbage

    • nicolepellegrini on January 24, 2019

      More flavorful than I expected, given the short list of ingredients, I think because I used a good quality local kielbasa sausage that really infused flavor into the cabbage. The cabbage itself almost ended up tasting like sauerkraut because of the long, slow-cooking with onion and sweet apple, and threw off a good amount of liquid to make it more like a stew.

  • Hot sausage & bean stew

    • nicolepellegrini on August 15, 2019

      Very simple, yet tasty! My S.O. especially enjoyed it. I did add about a cup more liquid to the slow cooker (1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup red wine) as I was afraid the listed amount wasn't going to be enough, and I'm glad I did--the slow cooker contents might have burned otherwise but as it was the beans were nicely cooked and it wasn't too soupy after 9 hours cooking while I was at work.

  • Scandinavian dilled pot roast

    • JKDLady on November 18, 2015

      While this was a pretty boring recipe, I did like the tip at the top of the recipe to add whole potatoes on top of the roast. I used large Yukons, and they were perfect! The best part of the dish. I would recommend adding hot liquid to the sour cream before just stirring it in to prevent curdling.

  • Lentil soup, Crescenti style

    • JKDLady on November 23, 2015

      This is a very good soup, but we found it laking in lentils. I made it again and added more lentils. Definitely the way to go.

  • Touch of green soup with goat cheese topping

    • mharriman on February 28, 2019

      4 stars with half and half added. The best thing about this Cauliflower soup is how fast and easy it is to get the ingredients into a slow cooker. There are only three ingredients that need chopping. After 9 hours on low, I puréed it and was not pleased with the strong taste of the cooked leeks and celery which seemed to overtake the cauliflower and left somewhat of a bitter aftertaste. I added 1/4 cup of half and half, garnished bowls with roasted pine nuts and the crumbled goat cheese, and it became a lovely, delicious soup. I didn’t want to add calories to this but felt the dairy was needed to smooth out the flavor.

  • Down East corn chowder

    • mharriman on July 12, 2019

      A rich, hearty soup. The ingredients were easy to prepare, the slow cooking time was long, and the addition of milk and butter after puréeing produced a very comforting, creamy soup. If you like creamed corn (me - not so much), this preparation is a reminder of it. That being said, this would have been a really good cold day Winter meal. Yesterday it felt pretty heavy. Served with a sprinkling of crumbled pan-fried bacon, French baguette slices, and a green salad.

  • New England clam chowder

    • mharriman on February 20, 2019

      A rich, hearty, and satisfying soup. I used bacon instead of salt pork. I liked that the base broth ingredients slow cooked all afternoon creating flavor depth. I poured the slow cooker vessel ingredients into my soup stock pot and added the half and half and clams. I used three 7 ounce cans of clams instead of two which balanced out my two larger than medium diced potatoes and cubed bacon slices. Served with a baguette and green salad. Perfect at the end of a snow/sleet storm day.

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  • ISBN 10 1557882177
  • ISBN 13 9781557882172
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Oct 01 1995
  • Format Paperback
  • Language English
  • Edition Revised ed.
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher HP Books
  • Imprint HP Books

Publishers Text

Mable Hoffman loves to cook. A professional home economist, she cooks to develop recipes, to promote food products and to prepare those tasty, eye-appealing dishes you've seen in ads and food-preparation articles. She's also a food stylist and editorial consultant for Better Homes & Gardens.

Slow cooking is different and requires special recipes. Mable developed every recipe specially for slow-cooking pots. Every one has been tested and re-tested to bring you sure success with each meal you prepare. You'll see how your slow-cooking pot invites culinary creativity. Just use these recipes as a foundation and add a little pinch of your own ingenuity to the pot.

You'll find slow cooking makes good eating!



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