Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “225 Best Pressure Cooker Recipes.” The winner is Dawn Slokan. I’ll pop it in the mail today.
If you are not Dawn Slokan, you are eligible to enter the drawing for “Slow Cooking for Two: Basic Techniques Recipes,” by Cynthia Graubart. So you’re saying “Slow cooker? It’s not time for slow cookers. It’s still August.” You’re in denial.
I’m done trying to pretend this is summer. I’m tired of comparing this August to October. When the forecast says 20 percent chance of rain, it’s going to rain. When they say it’ll be 77, it tops out at 73. It’s been hoodie weather for what seems like weeks on end. It’s an act of endurance to stay outside, even next to a fire, for too long after dark.
So I’m going to go ahead and break out the slow cooker book now. Besides, a lot of people use their slow cookers all year round. And the winner of this book will be wanting to do that, too.
It’s important to note that these recipes are built for two, and they’re designed to cook in a 3 1/2-quart cookers. Don’t just put them into your larger one, or the food might burn. You can double the recipes for a larger cooker, but only use about 50 percent more liquid and increase the cooking time by an hour.
To enter the drawing, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your NAME, MAILING ADDRESS and NAME OF THE BOOK YOU WANT. I do not store or share this information.
Here’s a recipe that grabbed me:
ASIAN CHICKEN WINGS
1 1/2 pounds chicken wings
1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger, or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons dry sherry
2 green onions, white and some green part, thingly sliced
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1. Coat the inside of a 3 1/2-quart slow cooker with cooking spray, if desired
2. Transfer the chicken wings to slow cooker
3. Stir together the brown sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, hoisin sauce, ginger, garlic and sherry in a small bowl; pour over wings. Stir well to mix and coat wings thoroughly.
4. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
5. Remove to serving dish. Taste and season again with salt and pepper. Top with green onions and sesame seeds.
– Slow Cooking for Two