Trust me, this one is a winner. The combination of sweet potatoes and spinach is absolutely irresistible in this incredibly easy-to-make vegetarian slow cooker dish. But then again, that’s the magic of Best of Bridge – this one is from their latest release, Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook.
And by the way, you can see the Mary and Sally – the Best of Bridge Ladies themselves – prepare this recipe for Sweet Potato Canneloni on CBC’s Steven and Chris tomorrow, Friday, December 7th. They had a lot of fun taping the show! If can, watch the show or record it…and you’ll see why I love them so much.
When I met with Mary Halpen and Sally Vaughn-Johnston during their media visit to Toronto last week, we talked extensively about the popularity of these books that has spanned almost four decades. Early on, their success was unquestionably attributed to the fact that they were offering a collection of easy-to-follow, no-nonsense recipes for busy Moms. But as time went on, the challenge was to stay on top of the trends without losing their voice in the process.
In fact, one of the most popular searches to this site is for their recipe for Chicken Lettuce Wraps, which became a trend only a few years ago when Thai became all the rage, just as Chinese takeout was a generation earlier (and their earlier books depict this with many Chinese recipes, including Ginger Beef, a popular dish that I used to enjoy when visiting Calgary that, regrettably, just hasn’t quite made its way to Toronto.
But I digress.
Today, in this latest Best of Bridge edition, we still have the never-fail recipes, the classic hand-written style of Best of Bridge, along with those unmistakeable one-line jokes, and of course, it’s still comfort food, and perhaps even more so with a slow cooker cookbook.
But with all of that, Sally, the newcomer to the Best of Bridge clan, has managed to convert old classics such as Christmas Morning Wife Saver to the slow cooker, while bringing new ones that appeal to this generation that is focussed on healthier, options that tie in to current trends.
When the Ladies first wrote these books more than three decades ago, condensed soup was a popular ingredient because it was so easy. Years later, when the sodium and fat content were called out, they started to move away from using processed ingredients such as condensed soups, canned mainstays of the time (such as canned mushrooms) and condiments such as ketchup, and now there are so many healthy options that even someone on gluten-free diet can certainly enjoy the majority of recipes in this book following straight from the book or with a few simple gluten-free substitutions.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED. CONGRATULATIONS TO AILEEN!
In case you just arrived, courtesy of Robert Rose Publishing, I’m hosting a random draw, and one lucky winner will receive a copy of Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook.
Entering is easy. Simply answer this question below:
Here’s the fine print:
- Open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
- To enter in today’s post, simply answer this question in the comments section: How often do you use your slow cooker? **
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