The first time I thumbed my way through a Best of Bridge cookbook was when I moved out of my parents house a decade ago. I had no idea how to cook, and I would call my mom at least once a day to ask her questions like, “how do you know when bacon has gone bad?” That Christmas my mom gave me the complete set of the Best of Bridge cookbooks. They probably saved my now husband’s life.
And what a perfect time of year to pull out the slow cooker and create some simple, hearty meals with just the push of a button.
The Family Slow Cooker book goes far beyond your traditional slow cooker recipes by including something for every occasion, and I mean EVERY occasion. Having friends over to watch the game? Try the Buffalo Chicken Dip or Maple Pecan Snack Mix recipe. Holding a girl’s night? There’s a cheesy fondue recipe for that. There’s even a recipe for Coffee Pots De Creme. That’s right, you can make custard in the slow cooker!
I can cook but I am by no means a chef. I look for recipes that are straightforward and that don’t send me running out to the grocery store for things like dried seaweed and Drupe berries.
There are 255 recipes in the Family Slower Cooker book, most of which you can conquer with the stuff you already have in your pantry and fridge. Check out the Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Potatoes recipe we made at the end of this post.
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About this cookbook
This is the second slow cooker book that Best of Bridge has published. It focuses on easy to make weekday meals that the whole family will love.
After the original Bridge women hung up their aprons in 2015, heading into retirement, they passed their spatulas on to a new generation of home cooks who co-authored this slow cooker edition:
- Elizabeth Chorney-Booth: a Calgary-based blogger, freelance writer, and former music journalist, who now focuses on writing about parenting, entertainment and food.
- Sue Duncan: who grew up in Calgary, cooking and eating at every opportunity with her best friend, Julie. She now lives in the Okanagan Valley, hitting up farmers markets at every opportunity.
- Julie Van Rosendaal: a regular CBC radio food columnist, food writer and editor, and eater of all things delicious. She’s also a bestselling cookbook author and has an award-winning blog dinnerwithjulie.com
Learn more about the Best of Bridge story.
Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Potatoes recipe
I landed on this recipe in the Family Slower Cooker book last week. Okay, I have to admit, I saw the word “bacon” and I couldn’t resist. Turns out, this will probably be a once-a-week dish for us. The aroma that filled our house while the slower cooker was working away set my drool glands into overdrive!
4 to 6 bacon slices, chopped
2 lbs chopped red or yellow potatoes (no peeling needed)
4 to 6 green onions sliced
Salt to taste
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Directions: In a medium skillet, sauté bacon until it starts to crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a 4 to 6 quart slow cooker. Stir in potatoes, green onions and salt, then cover and cook on low for 5 to 7 hours or until potatoes are tender. Scatter cheese over everything, toss to combine and replace the lid for 10 minutes. Serves 6.
Tip: This makes for a great side dish for dinner as well. And if you have leftovers (that’s a BIG if), fry em’ up in the pan the next morning for breakfast.
Disclaimer: cookbook courtesy of Best of Bridge Public Relations was received for this review. Opinions expressed on this blog are entirely my own.