by Sybil PrattDecember, 2002
Entertain without strain
Easy entertaining is possible, doable and especially welcome now that party season is here. There's no lack of advice for harried hosts and dinner party givers who get the shivers, but nothing beats a dish you can put together, start cooking and forget about for hours. The fast track to less fuss, full flavor and time to enjoy your own party is a slow cooker. You don't have to worry about checking on internal temperatures, burned pans, an overheated kitchen or a splattered oven; you can do the other things you need to do while supper is simmering on its own. To go along with this adaptable aide-de-cuisine, you'll need a ready supply of top-notch, party-tested recipes. That's where Phyllis Pellman Good and Dawn J. Ranck come in. They've gathered more than 580 first-rate recipes from their country-wide network of slow cooker specialists in Fix-It and Forget-It Recipes for Entertaining: Slow Cooker Favorites for All the Year Round, a new cookbook that will wow fans of their first, best-selling Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook and bring new ones aboard. You'll find main courses galore from wine-infused Beef Burgundy, tangy Garlic Lime Chicken and creamy Curried Shrimp to made-from-scratch Macaroni and Cheese, plus hearty soups, veggies with style, snacks and sensational sweets. And check out the perfect-for-holiday-entertaining Hot Crab Dip, Christmas Wassail and Hot Cranberry Punch and the perfect-for-holiday-giving Chocolate Covered Pretzels, super-sweet Dulce de Leche and Pear Butter. All in all, these are fixin's you won't forget.