Wassail and Make It Fast, Cook It Slow Cookbook

Wassail. It’s not just for holidays any more. Seriously. Deliciously. Sometimes I think we do a huge disservice when we label dishes as holiday or seasonal favorites and only serve them during a very brief time window. Wassail, hot spiced punch, is one of those favorites. Traditionally served in the fall or over the holidays, it just seems to get forgotten once those have passed. But, it shouldn’t be. Last fall, one of my favorite bloggers and now my dear friend, Stephanie O’Dea, of A Year of Slow Cooking (and Totally Together Journal) posted  a wassail recipe. A quick peek at the ingredients and I knew I had to make it. I doubled the recipe and served it to my support group for our next meeting. After one sip, I fell in love with this wassail. Our members loved it, too. I ladled what was left back into a glass jar with the help of a funnel and stored it in the refrigerator. Then I just reheated the wassail a mug at a time; it worked well. I even shared some with Mom and Dad when they stopped by for a visit; they thought it was great as well.

The focus of this month’s Gluten-Free Progressive Dinner Party (GFDP) is Light Winter Warmers. Everyone else participating quickly signed up for some fabulous soup recipes. I’m rarely short of soup ideas, but I wanted to be different. (Yes, I’m like that sometimes.) So I thought I’d share a warm beverage instead and Stephanie’s Wassail came to mind. Would wassail qualify as a light winter warmer I wondered? A quick check online showed that wassail actually means “be healthy.” Wassail it was then. This wassail is gluten free, dairy free, and even refined sugar free, but no worries, this wassail has no unusual ingredients and it tastes sensational. I made it again last night for our support group meeting. The folks who have had enjoyed it previously were very pleased to see my large oval crockpot full of golden liquid with sliced Cara Cara oranges and cinnamon sticks floating on top. Others were singing its praises after a few sips. They were juggling both mugs of wassail and mugs of chicken tortilla soup, but they didn’t mind. (There was also great salad, parmesan crisps from Kitchen Table Bakers, cornbread, raw butternut squash soup, fresh cooked greens, Udi’s whole grain bread, and desserts like banana bread, brownies, flourless chocolate orange cake, carrot cake, cupcakes, and even more that I can’t recall. Our meetings are always a feast!) I’ve only made this wassail recipe without the brandy, but I’m sure adding brandy as per Stephanie directions would be lovely, too.

Now here’s the really great news … not only do you get Stephanie’s wassail recipe, but she’s also donated a signed copy of her New York Times bestseller, Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Slow Cooking, for a giveaway. Now, I love Stephanie’s book because it’s got gfe written all over it. Okay, not literally, but every single recipe is either naturally gluten free or gluten free by virtue of ensuring ingredients are gluten free. For example, in the classic comfort food dish, macaroni and cheese, one would just use a gluten-free pasta, such as the brown rice fusilli that Stephanie notes. For chicken pot pie (yes, in your slow cooker!), you’ll see gluten-free baking mix cited for biscuit mix. Want to make risotto in your slow cooker? There’s a recipe for that. Hey, there’s even a recipe for breakfast risotto with fruit and cinnamon and another for corn risotto (her kids called it “corn oatmeal”). How about granola? There’s a recipe. Unsatisfied with yogurt choices at your grocery store? Stephanie shows you how to make your own using the slow cooker. How about perfect gluten-free bread? Yep. Grab your favorite gluten-free bread mix or your own recipe and follow her instructions for some fresh, homemade bread. You might also remember Stephanie’s cornbread stuffing from our November Gluten-Free Progressive Dinner Party. I’ve made many of Stephanie’s recipes before and loved them all, but I’m anxious to try more. (You can read about some of the dishes I tried in my BlogHer Food Part I post.) Today I’m making Stephanie’s Salsa Chicken, and her Butternut Squash Soup (which is naturally gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free) is also in my plans. I could go on and on. Bottom line:  You’ll want this book!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed; the winner has been contacted. Thank you for entering.

The deadline for the giveaway is Wednesday, January 27, 9:00 pm, Eastern. Here are the many ways you can enter:

1. Leave a comment below.
2. Subscribe to my feed via email or RSS and leave a comment saying that you did.
3. Tweet about the giveaway sharing the link and leave a comment saying that you did.
4. Post a message on your Facebook page about the giveaway and leave a comment saying that you did.
5. Post about the giveaway on your blog and leave a comment saying that you did with your link.
6. Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment saying that you did.
7. Become a fan of my new gfe-gluten free easily page on Facebook and leave a comment saying that you did. (I admit that seems a bit strange. Think blog friend, not fan. Someone who has fans also has paparazzi for goodness’ sake.)

All entries will be tracked by the individual comments, so you must enter a separate comment to get an additional entry. One comment showing you did all these things will only be counted as one entry, so please remember to note each by separate entries.

And, here’s the wonderful recipe:

Wassail
(Click here for a print version of this recipe.)

2 quarts apple cider
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup honey
3 sticks cinnamon
2 whole cloves
1 whole orange, cut in rings
brandy, optional

Use a 4 – 6 quart slow cooker/crockpot. This recipe makes 9 cups of juice.

Put all of the ingredients into the crockpot (not the brandy). Wash your orange well, and cut off each end. Slice the remaining orange into rings, and float the pieces on the top of the juice.

Cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for about 4. You want the juice completely hot, and the flavor of the cloves and the cinnamon to have permeated.

Ladle into mugs. If you are going to add the brandy, put a shot into each mug, then top with the hot cider.

If serving to guests, provide a ladle, and keep the crockpot lid off, and the pot turned to low. If on warm with the lid off, it won’t stay quite hot enough.

Shared with permission from Stephanie O’Dea, A Year of Slow Cooking and Make It Fast, Cook It Slow

Shirley’s Notes: (Stephanie has used apple juice, which is shown in the photo, when apple cider was unavailable. Our bees’ honey tastes just right if this recipe, but if you don’t eat honey, feel free to experiment with another sweetener. Last, I find I have to keep my own slow cooker on “High” to keep the wassail hot enough. I do remove the top from time to time for periods of serving, but the “High” serving works best for me.)

Grab a mug and enjoy your wassail while checking out the other light winter warmers for the GFDP. All the entries have been sooo appealing. Earlier in the week, we enjoyed:

~Karen’s Creamy Potato and Leek Soup

~Alison’s Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Croutons

~Diane’s Winter Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup with Prosciutto Topping, plus her Mexican Seafood Soup, and

~Seamaiden’s Vegan Un-Chicken Roasted Vegetable Soup.

All amazing, huh?

Now let’s head over to Amy’s and Stephanie’s today. Think chili! Amy’s serving Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash and Sweet Chard. Stephanie’s slow cooked some Chicken Enchilada Chili. Tomorrow, we’re all meeting at Ali’s for Moroccan Chickpea and Potato Soup. What a party!

Enjoy and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Shirley
Not just gf, but gfe!

Full disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy of Make It Fast, Cook It Slow by the publisher. However, I was not paid to write this post/review.

Shirley
Not just gf, but gfe!

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Comments

345 Responses to “Wassail and Make It Fast, Cook It Slow Cookbook”

  1. Pam on January 21st, 2010 9:33 am

    Nice glass of wassail…never had it before, but looks yummy! Fun giveaway!

    Enjoy!

    • Shirley on January 21st, 2010 11:57 pm

      Hey there, Pam–I think you’ll really enjoy it! I sooo appreciate you having me on your blogroll, but I would never ask folks to do that because I believe strongly that folks should get to really know a blog before they decide they want to add it to their blogroll. Hope that makes sense! :-)

      Shirley

  2. glutenfreeforgood on January 21st, 2010 9:35 am

    Well, darn. Had I thought about it a little more creatively (as you did), I could have participated in your GFPD with the hot chocolate I made a couple days ago. Too many things going on! But I love the idea of this winter drink of yours and I can almost smell the oranges and cinnamon. Oh, and I love the name of Stephanie’s book (Make it Fast, Cook it Slow)! What a catchy name, good job with that one!

    As always, great post, Shirley.
    Melissa
    xo
    P.S. By the way, one of your links reminded me about your 2009 Valentine’s party. Loved looking over the photos again.
    :-)

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:02 am

      Hi Melissa–The GFPD doesn’t end until tomorrow. We’d all be thrilled for you to add the info to your post and join in! I understand too much going on. This wassail is really nice, as I’m sure your hot chocolate is. :-)

      Stephanie’s book is just great … such a variety of recipes and a mainstream, gluten-free cookbook … gotta love that!

      Thanks so much for your many compliments! You have me remembering our V Day party. Many folks are sad this year is not the year. ;-)

      Now, let’s talk about you!! Many, many congrats on being honored by Easy Eats publication as a Gold Medal blogger! I totally agree and I’m so happy that they recognized it! :-)

      xoxo,
      Shirley

  3. Pam on January 21st, 2010 9:35 am

    Subscribed via email!

    Enjoy!

  4. Pam on January 21st, 2010 9:38 am

    Hey pretty woman….your on my blogroll..does that count for something…he he!

    Enjoy!

  5. Mikki on January 21st, 2010 10:54 am

    This looks like a great cookbook. Count me in!

  6. Mikki on January 21st, 2010 10:54 am

    I follow your feed :-)

  7. Mikki on January 21st, 2010 10:55 am
    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:06 am

      Hi Mikki–Welcome to gfe! Can’t wait to check out your blog and post. :-) I think the title of your blog fits all of us, really. ;-)

      Best of luck … hope to see you again!

      Shirley

  8. Mikki on January 21st, 2010 10:57 am

    Tweeted away about this:
    http://twitter.com/notperfectwife

  9. Mikki on January 21st, 2010 10:58 am
  10. christina on January 21st, 2010 11:02 am

    Ooh! Another cookbook giveaway! How fun! We love wassail too. Thanks for the reminder to have it on days other than Christmas.

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:07 am

      Hi Christina–So good to see you again! You’ve been a lucky one here at gfe before. ;-) Wassail really is lovely this time of year. I was only introduced to it a few years ago, so I have a lot of catching up to do! LOL

      Shirley

  11. christina on January 21st, 2010 11:02 am

    I already subscribe to your blog through a reader. Does that count?

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:08 am

      Absolutely … your comment to say that makes it countable. ;-)

      Shirley

  12. Castal on January 21st, 2010 12:15 pm

    Same here, I have you on my RSS… hmm… I will add your out and about page to it as well.

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:10 am

      Hi Castal–I think you are a new commenter–welcome to gfe! If you are subscribed to my feed via RSS (or email), you will get all my posts including the Out and About ones. No need to do anything more on that. Best of luck!

      Shirley

  13. Castal on January 21st, 2010 12:16 pm

    And Of course, I would love to get my hands on that cookbook!

  14. homecookedem on January 21st, 2010 1:11 pm

    I would love a copy!! :)

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:11 am

      Hi homecookedem–Welcome to gfe! I like the name of your blog. :-)

      Good luck!

      Shirley

  15. Jennifer on January 21st, 2010 1:41 pm

    That sounds delicious!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:13 am

      Hi Jennifer–Welcome to gfe! Yes, Stephanie came up with a great wassail! :-)

      Thanks for entering the giveaway,

      Shirley

  16. Alta on January 21st, 2010 2:01 pm

    Do you know, I think I’ve never had wassail? Maybe I need to remedy that!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:14 am

      Hi Alta–Yes, I think you should do some experimenting with wassail. I bet your kids will love it. :-)

      Thanks for your subscription and tweeting! Good luck, dear.

      Shirley

  17. Alta on January 21st, 2010 2:02 pm

    I already subscribe to your posts!

  18. Alta on January 21st, 2010 2:03 pm

    And I tweeted!

  19. Tara McGinnis on January 21st, 2010 2:31 pm

    I love usung my crockpot and would love to be entered to win the cookbook. Thanks for all the great recipes.

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:17 am

      Hi Tara–I don’t think you’ve commented before … welcome to gfe! Crockpots are sooo helpful, aren’t they? Stephanie’s recipes are the best. :-)

      Thanks for the kind words! Best of luck,

      Shirley

  20. Tara McGinnis on January 21st, 2010 2:32 pm

    #2 I already subscribe to your posts, thanks again

  21. Scott K on January 21st, 2010 2:36 pm

    I’d love to add this cookbook to my collection!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:40 am

      Hi Scott K–Welcome to gfe! Indeed, Stephanie’s cookbook would be great to add to your collection. :-)

      Thanks for all the publicity ;-) … good luck!

      Shirley

  22. Scott K on January 21st, 2010 2:37 pm

    I tweeted your giveaway.

  23. Scott K on January 21st, 2010 2:37 pm

    I posted your giveaway on my Facebook page.

  24. Karen M on January 21st, 2010 3:17 pm

    Love my crockpot-please enter me in your giveaway!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:41 am

      Hey Karen M–Welcome to gfe! Crockpot love … it’s spreading. ;-)

      Best of luck … thanks for entering!

      Shirley

  25. joan on January 21st, 2010 4:24 pm

    I used a very similar recipe for years, minus the brandy! It is a rich assortment of flavors, not like the cider-with-a -cinnamon stick variety that tastes acidic. Yum!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:43 am

      Hi Joan–Great to see you here at gfe again! It’s been a long time. I haven’t tried the brandy yet. You’re so right … the basic recipe has rich, complex flavoring. The real deal, so to speak! ;-)

      Good luck!

      Shirley

  26. Ali @ The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen on January 21st, 2010 4:45 pm

    Shirley – I would love to win Steph’s book as I don’t own it yet! I have been inspired to use my crockpot more than ever since meeting her and finding out about her book.

    -Ali :)

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:44 am

      Hi Ali!–It’s always nice to have that personal connection, isn’t it? Steph’s book is wonderful … just like we know she is! I can see you taking so many of the recipes and adding your own special Ali twist. ;-)

      Best of luck, dear!

      Shirley

  27. Kelly on January 21st, 2010 5:12 pm

    Um, YUM! I tweeted your giveaway Shirley :-)

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:46 am

      Hi Kelly!–I think you and your family would like this one. :-) Thanks for the tweet!

      Hugs,

      Shirley

  28. Brenda on January 21st, 2010 5:29 pm

    Love your Wassail recipe! Sounds like one my dad’s sister used to make at Christmastime!

    Would love to win your giveaway!

    Blessings!
    Brenda from MD

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:48 am

      Hey Brenda–Well, how about that … I got you to post a comment again. ;-) Teasing … so good to see you here at gfe again! You have wassail experience. :-) Stephanie’s recipe is wonderful!

      Good luck, dear!

      Shirley

  29. jamie on January 21st, 2010 6:44 pm

    i started following you on twitter! thanks for all your hard work! ;) hopefully, i’ll win a cook book!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:51 am

      Hi jamie–Welcome to gfe! Aww, thanks. I really appreciate your kind words. :-)

      You just might win … someone will! Best of luck, jamie,

      Shirley

  30. Marcey Minor on January 21st, 2010 7:10 pm

    Pick me for the cookbook!!! I would LOVE to have one!! Thanks for the chance!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 12:54 am

      Hi there, Marcey–Welcome to gfe! Well, it’s all up the random number generator ;-) , but good luck!

      Shirley

  31. Jen on January 21st, 2010 7:59 pm

    I would LOVE to win this book!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 7:29 am

      Hi Jen!–Welcome to gfe! Love your enthusiasm! :-)

      Best of luck,

      Shirley

  32. Jen on January 21st, 2010 8:03 pm

    Just tweeted about it!

    http://twitter.com/jenprice77

  33. Marti Lopshire on January 21st, 2010 8:05 pm

    love, Love, LOVE Stephanie’s blog. Her crockpot geniuse has changed my life! Your blog has peaked my curiousity! I think I may have to stop back soon!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 7:32 am

      Hi Marti–LOL Thanks for the cute comments and welcome to gfe! And, the Stephanie love, of course. She’s a sweetie and her blog is wonderful. Genius, indeed!

      Hope you enjoy what you see as you look around more at gfe. :-) Good luck with the giveaway!

      Shirley

  34. Marti Lopshire on January 21st, 2010 8:07 pm

    Just subscribed to your feed via email. That wasn’t so hard!

  35. Marti Lopshire on January 21st, 2010 8:11 pm

    Welcome to my blog!

  36. Marti Lopshire on January 21st, 2010 8:16 pm

    You are now on my facebook! Can you tell that I really want that cookbook!

  37. Anna on January 21st, 2010 8:34 pm

    I like to pretend Stephanie is my best friend. If I win this cookbook, it makes us even closer! :)

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 7:35 am

      Hi Anna–Welcome to gfe! Great comment. :-) Stephanie is a dear! If you ever meet her in person, she’ll seem just like your best friend. Good luck with the giveaway!

      Shirley

  38. Martha W on January 21st, 2010 8:39 pm

    I’m definitely wanting this cookbook. I have made a few recipes from her website and they were delicious and hubby pleasing. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 7:40 am

      Hi Martha W–Welcome to gfe! “Hubby pleasing” … yes, how true—great point! :-) Thanks to Stephanie for graciously offering a signed copy of her cookbook. It’s fun to see just how many fans she has!

      Good luck!

      Shirley

  39. Babetta Popoff on January 21st, 2010 8:44 pm

    I am so glad I stumbled across your page
    I cannot wait to read more and try some recipes! So very great!!!
    I’d LOVE this cookbook…even if I don’t win, I think it’s a necessity for the bookshelf…winning would be great tho ;)

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 7:45 am

      Hi Babetta–Welcome to gfe! LOL on our relationship moving so fast. ;-) And, thanks very much for the kind words. Hope you find more that you enjoy as you look around gfe!

      Can’t wait to check out your blog … I’m very intrigued by your URL (and I presume the title of your blog). I’ve long been a fan of Curious George’s having been an elementary teacher and still a lover of childrens’ books. :-)

      Shirley

      • Babetta Popoff on January 22nd, 2010 12:06 pm

        Thanks Shirley…you can find the rather odd inspiration in my very first post “what’s in a name” from May 6, 2008

        As you’ll see if you peruse through the postings, Holly Hobbie is a childhood favorite of mine (Santa blessed me with a special gift this year) and Curious George was the first book my husband ever read as a child…so it’s a good metaphor for the two of us too :)

        My blog is a little bit of everything that goes into the ever evolving creation of ME.
        I hope you enjoy it…I’ve enjoyed yours immensely in just the short time I’ve been reading.

        Have a great weekend!
        and does it help to say “pick me pick me?”
        tee hee…well, it never worked in elementary school so maybe I should retract that ;)

        • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 8:26 pm

          Hey Babetta–Your blog is a delight! It’s a mix of all kinds of good things … just like you said. :-) Thanks so much for the very generous compliment re: gfe.

          I don’t think the random number generator listens to personal appeals, but nice try. ;-) Best of luck!

          Shirley

  40. Babetta Popoff on January 21st, 2010 8:46 pm

    following your tweets :)

  41. Babetta Popoff on January 21st, 2010 8:46 pm

    Now officially a fan on facebook (gee I feel like this relationship is moving so fast!) ~smile~

  42. Babetta Popoff on January 21st, 2010 8:48 pm

    Posted a link to your give away on my facebook page!

  43. Joanna on January 21st, 2010 8:48 pm

    I would love this cookbook!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 7:37 am

      Hi Joanna–You just earned a ton of entries—thanks for entering! Welcome to gfe and best of luck in the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  44. Babetta Popoff on January 21st, 2010 8:48 pm

    tweeted your blog and link to the give away!

  45. Joanna on January 21st, 2010 8:49 pm

    I subscribed in Google Reader.

  46. Joanna on January 21st, 2010 8:50 pm

    I tweeted.

  47. Joanna on January 21st, 2010 8:50 pm

    I follow you on Twitter.

  48. Joanna on January 21st, 2010 8:51 pm

    I’m a Facebook fan.

  49. Babetta Popoff on January 21st, 2010 9:02 pm

    Posted info about your blog AND the giveaway on MY blog!
    curiousgeorgeandhollyhobby.blogspot.com

  50. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free on January 21st, 2010 9:34 pm

    I would love to have this book. :)

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 7:49 am

      Hi Amy–Join the crowd. ;-) Stephanie’s cookbook is a popular one and a great one, of course! Looks like you’ve already done all the “hard work” for the extra entries. :-)

      Good luck!

      Shirley

  51. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free on January 21st, 2010 9:35 pm

    I already follow you on Twitter. :)

  52. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free on January 21st, 2010 9:35 pm

    I subscribe to your feed.

  53. Suz A on January 21st, 2010 9:36 pm

    Just what I was looking for. Family is getting bored with hot chocolate, tea and coffee. This should fit the bill. Steph is awesome and her comments crack me up. Would love to win her great cookbook.

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 7:51 am

      Hi Suz–Welcome to gfe! I think the wassail will be a nice change for your family. :-) Steph IS awesome! She’s both a cutie and a crack-up—a great combo in my book. ;-)

      Best of luck!

      Shirley

  54. Kirsten on January 21st, 2010 9:39 pm

    Mmmm! I love different cider/wassail recipes!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 7:53 am

      Hi Kirsten–Welcome to gfe! I was so silly and didn’t drink cider for years. Now I’m hooked on this recipe!

      Thanks for entering the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  55. Christina on January 21st, 2010 9:45 pm

    This cookbook looks great. I am slowly in the process of going gluten free (2 kids with ADHD) and this cookbook would be a great place to start. I also love my Crockpot so that is a plus.

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 7:57 am

      Hey Christina–Welcome to gfe! Love the name of your blog—a little self affirmation is good! :-)

      Stephanie’s book would be very helpful to you for sure. I find that incorporating recipes that are naturally gluten free and making simple substitutions in others makes the transition much easier, healthier, and less expensive than other routes to gf. :-) Hope you’ll look around gfe and see the recipes here that use that same approach. Eating gluten free doesn’t have to be hard at all.

      Best,

      Shirley

  56. Kate on January 21st, 2010 10:07 pm

    Wassail, yum!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 7:58 am

      Hi Kate–Yes, yum indeed! Welcome to gfe! Thanks so much for all your entries. :-)

      Shirley

  57. Kate on January 21st, 2010 10:07 pm

    Following on Twitter

  58. Kate on January 21st, 2010 10:08 pm

    Following via RSS

  59. Kate on January 21st, 2010 10:08 pm

    Became a fan on Facebook.

  60. Amy on January 21st, 2010 10:10 pm

    I love the blog progressive dinner party idea!! I would love to win this cookbook!!!!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 8:00 am

      Hi Amy–Welcome to gfe! The progressive dinner party is a blast each month … always with a different theme and always great. :-) Now, if it didn’t have to be virtual …

      Thanks for entering the giveaway … best of luck!

      Shirley

  61. Fujiko Duke on January 21st, 2010 10:12 pm

    I would love to have a copy. I LOVE her blog and have made so many easy dinners.

    Thanks for having this give away!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 8:02 am

      Hi Fujiko Duke–Welcome to gfe! “Easy dinners” … yep, that describes Stephanie’s recipes. :-) She’s the best, isn’t she?

      Thanks for your entries—good luck!

      Shirley

  62. Fujiko Duke on January 21st, 2010 10:14 pm

    I just subscribed to your RSS.

  63. Fujiko Duke on January 21st, 2010 10:18 pm

    I left link/ message on my Facebook about the giveaway.

    Thanks!

  64. Liz @TheHaltonMom on January 21st, 2010 10:22 pm

    I would love a chance to win this great cookbook. I’m addicted to her blog already. Thanks for the opportunity. :)

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 8:04 am

      Hi Liz!–Welcome to gfe! Now you have a chance! :-) Stephanie’s blog is a good thing to get addicted to. :-)

      Thanks to Stephanie for graciously offering a signed copy of her cookbook! Best of luck,

      Shirley

  65. Beth on January 21st, 2010 10:23 pm

    I love Stephanie’s recipes! My oldest sister & I both have Celiac Disease, so it is always great to get new ideas for dinner and for holiday gatherings!!! WE love to use our crock pots!!!!!!
    Congratulations on the new baby Stephanie…I’m the youngest of 3 girls!!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 8:07 am

      Hi Beth–Welcome to gfe! Stephanie’s approach is one I like to use here at gfe when eating gluten free … simple recipes that are naturally gluten free or easily made gluten free. Real food, with some mainstream processed foods, and a few gf specialty foods. Makes life so much easier, healthier, and less expensive as I like to say. Add in a crock pot and it’s practically nirvana! ;-) Stephanie rocks!

      Shirley

  66. Heather on January 21st, 2010 10:25 pm

    I’ve seen wassail made by I did not try it. It looked good though!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 8:09 am

      Hi Heather–Good to see you here again at gfe! I always thought wassail would be something I didn’t like … I was so wrong. I think you’d love this recipe … even if you have to make a few tweaks given other food intolerances.

      Hugs,

      Shirley

  67. Erin B. on January 21st, 2010 10:27 pm

    Thanks for the recipe and opportunity to win this fabulous book!

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 8:11 am

      Hi Erin B.–Welcome to gfe! Many thanks to Stephanie for sharing her recipe and graciously offering up her “must have” cookbook! :-)

      Best of luck in the giveaway,

      Shirley

  68. Erin B. on January 21st, 2010 10:29 pm

    I now subscribe to your feed!

  69. Lindsay on January 21st, 2010 10:32 pm

    Hi! I love your site! I am Celiac and so I LOVE finding new recipes to try, every one of yours I have tried so far is awesome! Thank you for taking the time to share them with us.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:14 pm

      Lindsay–This comment and your others on your success using gfe mean the world to me—thank you so very much. I am humbled. I hope you’ll continue to find my blog to be a help. I think there are many who are still suffering trying to follow the traditional gf diet that usually is one processed food after another, with real foods (and dishes made from them) largely forgotten. I’m so glad you are cooking again. Please spread the word! Those of us who are gluten free do not have to live waiting on manufacturers to satisfy out eating needs.

      Best of luck on Steph’s cookbook … I know you’d love it!

      Shirley

  70. Karin Franson on January 21st, 2010 10:33 pm

    If I win this wonderful cookbook, I would give it to my cousin, who not only has Celiac Disease, but also recently diagnosed with Schatzki’s Ring. This cookbook would definitely make life easier for her. I hope she would share some of the recipes with me!

    Karin F

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:22 pm

      Hi Karin–Welcome to gfe! I am so moved by you and others who want to win to give Stephanie’s great cookbook to others they care about. That is just lovely. I am not familiar with Schatzki’s Ring. As a support group leader, I try to stay up on conditions that might be associated with celiac disease, so I’ll do some reading on that.

      Make It Fast, Cook It Slow would be very helpful to your cousin and you’d enjoy all the recipes. Stephanie’s recipes are either naturally gluten free or easily made gf with a substitution or two. That’s pretty much the gfe approach, too, so I hope you and your cousin will take a look around my site. A good place to start would be the sidebar: gfe’s tip sheets and most popular posts.

      All the best to you and your cousin, and good luck on the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  71. Lindsay on January 21st, 2010 10:34 pm

    I added your blog to my RSS feed/home page last week, I so enjoy your posts… =)

  72. Lindsay on January 21st, 2010 10:34 pm

    I am also now your “fan” on Facebook!

  73. Lindsay on January 21st, 2010 10:45 pm

    Hi again! I just left a post on Facebook with a link to this giveaway, I hope it helps! I would so love to win this book, I LOVE cooking but had kinda given up on it wsince I first started getting sick. This site as well as hers have given me hope and I am actually cooking again, it is sooooo great! I feel like I am coming to life. Thanks for making such a lovely offer available.

  74. Lenetta @ Nettacow on January 21st, 2010 10:56 pm

    Yay! Thanks for the chance!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:25 pm

      Hi Lenetta–Welcome to gfe! :-) Good luuuuck! ;-)

      Shirley

  75. Jen on January 21st, 2010 11:16 pm
  76. Penny on January 21st, 2010 11:26 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:26 pm

      Hi Penny–Welcome to gfe! :-)

      Best of luck,

      Shirley

  77. Rebekah on January 21st, 2010 11:35 pm

    Subscribed via e-mail.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:28 pm

      Hi Rebekah–Welcome to gfe! Thanks for signing up … good luck! ;-)

      Shirley

  78. scrapper al on January 21st, 2010 11:39 pm

    Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:31 pm

      Hi scrapper al–Welcome to gfe! I actually could have written so much more about Stephanie’s great cookbook. I’ve made so many of her terrific recipes. I just made the Salsa Chicken in it this week and it was wonderful. :-) I’m using the small amount of leftovers to make tasty quesadillas for lunch. Yum.

      Best of luck!

      Shirley

  79. Lori Roddy on January 21st, 2010 11:42 pm

    I just discovered this blog – referred from an article I was reading on saving on food costs. This is great. I would love to win the cookbook!
    Thanks.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:38 pm

      Hi Lori–That’s great news that you found me that way. Welcome to gfe! Yes, with the gfe approach, you don’t have to spend a lot (as most gf folks do), because the emphasis is on real food and recipes made from real food with just a few mainstream processed foods and gf specialty items needed. And, your life will be healthier and easier as well as less expensive. :-)

      Steph’s book follows the same thinking. As I was just mentioning to another reader, I made her Salsa Chicken a few days ago … chicken, salsa, black beans, and corn. We’ve already eaten 2 meals from that dish and I’ll be adding some cheese and using corn tortillas to make some great quesadillas for lunch. Definitely saving on food costs and gluten free easily (gfe), too. ;-)

      Shirley

  80. Mrs. Pear on January 21st, 2010 11:52 pm

    This looks very good!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:40 pm

      Hi Mrs. Pear–Welcome to gfe! The wassail is terrific, as is Stephanie’s cookbook. :-)

      Best of luck … now must check out your blog,

      Shirley

  81. Anne on January 22nd, 2010 12:28 am

    We made this wassail over our “Christmas Cookie Baking” marathon weekend – and sipped the day away while stuffing our faces wtih various kinds of cookies and candy (and dough!). It was wonderful – the perfect complement to cookies and a cold winter day (it hit 34 below here, not even with windchill, the other day!) So nice that it was in the crockpot and stayed warm all day!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:57 pm

      Hi Anne–Welcome to gfe! Oooh, I bet your wassail with cookie baking marathon was a wonderful time. :-) If it’s still cold there and it sure sounds like it might be, then might be time to make it again. BTW, I love to make cut-out cookies for Valentine’s Day … without the busyness of the holiday season. Plus, I’m weak for heart cookies with pink icing. ;-)

      Best of luck on the giveaway!

      Shirley

  82. Nora Wikoff on January 22nd, 2010 12:39 am

    I love her recipes! I bet it’s a fantastic cookbook.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 2:04 pm

      Hi Nora–Welcome to gfe! If you love Stephanie’s recipes, you’ll definitely love her cookbook! :-)

      Best of luck …

      Shirley

  83. Olivia on January 22nd, 2010 12:42 am

    The cookbook sounds great! I would love to try some new gluten free recipes.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 2:07 pm

      Hi Olivia–Welcome to gfe! Yes, Stephanie’s book has wonderful recipes, all delightfully gluten free. :-)

      Hope you’ll take a look around gfe to check out easy, delicious gluten-free recipes here. ;-) Best of luck on the giveaway!

      Shirley

  84. Andrea Frostino on January 22nd, 2010 12:43 am

    Enter me, I need some new recipes to spice up my life!!!!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 7:00 pm

      Andrea–Hi! Welcome to gfe. :-) Okay, you’re in … best of luck!

      Shirley

  85. Debbie on January 22nd, 2010 12:58 am

    What a great way to warm up and mellow out on a cold day/evening! Life is good.

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 6:37 pm

      Hi Debbie–Welcome to gfe! :-) Life is good indeed … one of my favorite expressions and one of my favorite clothing lines, too. ;-)

      Thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  86. Lauren on January 22nd, 2010 12:58 am

    I’ve never had (or heard of) Wassail. Might have to try (sans brandy obviously…) =D.

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 6:40 pm

      Hi, dear Lauren–I was driving home from work today and I thought Oh, my gosh, I need to send Lauren my recipes!! Later tonight or tomorrow morning, I will do that. I’m still meeting the deadline, right? Hope the recipes are pouring in for your ebook … truly a good thing you are doing! :-)

      You might have just heard people refer to wassail-type drinks just as apple cider. Sometimes folks make a similar concoction, but simply call it spiced cider because apple cider is the main ingredient. Do give it a try … I really think you’d love it!

      Shirley

  87. Lauren on January 22nd, 2010 12:59 am

    I subscribe to your feed already =D.

  88. Lauren on January 22nd, 2010 12:59 am

    I also follow you on twitter.

  89. Palila on January 22nd, 2010 1:30 am

    Mmm, wassail. And the book! I’m looking for crockpot recipes, now that I’m starting a busy job and have recently needed to go gf. (I need to give those recipes to my husband, so he can get things started for dinner after I leave!)

    • Shirley on January 22nd, 2010 6:43 pm

      Hi Palila–Welcome to gfe! Hope you’ll take a look around and see if my gf recipes and resources are helpful. :-) You’ll love the wassail, and it goes without saying that you’ll love Stephanie’s book. It’s awesome! Will definitely come in handy for you with your busy job. And, sounds like a good plan with your hubby, too. ;-)

      Best,

      Shirley

  90. Kristin Ayers on January 22nd, 2010 1:33 am

    I don’t cook gluten free, but saw this cookbook and love all the slow cooker recipes! I really want to give them a try!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 7:31 pm

      Hi Kristin–Welcome to gfe! You’re right … you don’t need to cook gluten free to enjoy Stephanie’s wonderful cookbook. Everyone loves her recipes. :-) That’s the best approach to eating gluten free … food that is naturally gluten free or easily made gluten free. Everyone loves these types of dishes and there are now weird taste or texture issues.

      Anyway, good luck in the drawing! ;-)

      Shirley

  91. erin on January 22nd, 2010 1:49 am

    i love the 365 crockpot blog…the cookbook would be a wonderful addition to my collection!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 7:34 pm

      Hi erin–Welcome to gfe! Because you’re already a fan of Stephanie’s blog, you will absolutely love her cookbook. :-)

      Good luck!

      Shirley

  92. Lexi on January 22nd, 2010 2:26 am

    I love stephanie’s crockpotting blog and would love a copy of this book :)

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 7:36 pm

      Hi Lexi–Nice to meet another fan of Stephanie’s and her blog! Welcome to gfe! :-)

      Wishing you luck!

      Shirley

  93. Youthful One on January 22nd, 2010 2:42 am

    OH! How I LOVE Stephanie O’Dea’s blog & recipes!
    I would be so very delighted to win this book. :D

  94. Youthful One on January 22nd, 2010 2:45 am

    Just subscribed via email – and delighted to do so – not sure why I haven’t before, as I also am gluten-free and have certainly read your blog a number of times… Ah well, I guess I just needed the motivation of possibly winning this cookbook!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 7:39 pm

      Hi Youthful One–Welcome to gfe officially! Thanks so much for the subscription. Hope you’ll find it worthwhile. :-) I really appreciate you being a reader!

      I agree; Stephanie is the best, as is her blog and her recipes. Good luck to you!

      Shirley

  95. anna on January 22nd, 2010 8:26 am

    Have tried this wassail and it is delicious. Something to keep you toasty warm on those chilly winter days. Thanks for the opportunity to win Stephanie’s book! :)

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 1:20 am

      Hi anna–Welcome to gfe! Ah, a wassail review from a reader of Steph’s blog—thank you! I wish I’d had some of that wonderful wassail left today.

      Thanks for entering the giveaway and best of luck :-) ,

      Shirley

  96. Julie D. on January 22nd, 2010 9:27 am

    Thank you for the recipe. I’m following you on Twitter,
    Happy Day!
    Julie

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 1:22 am

      Hi Julie D.–Welcome to gfe! You’re welcome … recipe and cookbook courtesy of dear Stephanie. :-)

      Thanks so much. Good luck!

      Shirley

  97. Tracy on January 22nd, 2010 9:37 am

    I love warm drinks and have quite an arsenal already. However this one sounds wonderful. I look forward to trying it this weekend . . .

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 1:27 am

      Hi Tracy–Welcome to gfe! An arsenal of warm drinks sounds really, really good. Great for winter or around the campfire any time. ;-) Hope you enjoy Steph’s wassail.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and entering the giveaway,

      Shirley

  98. Brooke on January 22nd, 2010 10:17 am

    I just got diagnosed with Celiac so gluten free is now my life! Thanks for the great blog!

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 1:32 am

      Hi Brooke–Thanks so much for the kind words! Welcome to gfe! I hope you’ll take a look around and come back. This site is all about helping those who need to eat gluten free take a different approach that will ensure an easier gf path, so to speak.

      Best of luck in the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  99. Susan on January 22nd, 2010 10:19 am

    I’ve never tried a mulled cider with pineapple juice. Looking forward to trying it. Will add more spices, though, for my husband.
    Susan

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 1:34 am

      Hi Susan–Welcome to gfe! It’s a great recipe. I’m sure you can have fun spicing it up a bit for your husband though. ;-)

      Thanks for entering the giveaway,

      Shirley

  100. Debbie Hark on January 22nd, 2010 10:35 am

    I think I’ll make this tomorrow. Thanks for all the soup recipes, and for entering me into the contest!
    Debbie

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 1:36 am

      HI there, Debbie–Welcome to gfe! I hope you enjoy Steph’s wassail recipe … I think you will. The soup recipes are amazing … such variety. Enjoy!

      Shirley

  101. Judith Reppucci on January 22nd, 2010 10:51 am

    I have been following 365 days of crockpots for a while, and I love her recipes. We’re having an unusually cold and snowy winter on Cape Cod, and it’s so nice to walk into the house at the end of the day with the smell of dinner in the air! Thanks for this very nice contest!

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 1:40 am

      Hi Judith–Welcome to gfe! Glad to hear you are a great fan of Stephanie’s. She has—understandably—earned so many followers. :-) Yes, I have to agree that walking into the smell of dinner already cooked is just the best. Yes, I’m imagining that would be especially true where you live.

      Glad you stopped by to enter the giveaway … good luck! :-)

      Shirley

  102. Nicole in VT on January 22nd, 2010 10:56 am

    This would be a fantastic win! Stephanie’s blog is great! I’ll have to try the wassail.

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 1:44 am

      Hi Nicole–Welcome to gfe! Will have to check out your blog to see where you are in VT. We love visiting on our summer motorcycle trips. :-)

      I agree … great giveaway when the prize is a signed copy of Stephanie’s cookbook! Enjoy your wassail.

      Shirley

  103. Megan on January 22nd, 2010 11:17 am

    Following you on FB! It just snowed today and I have all the ingredients for the Wassail….it will be perfect to cozy up with by the fire….and maybe all 3 kids will take a nap. Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she :) Thanks for the great blog and I have loved following Stephanie’s blog!!

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 4:30 pm

      Hi Megan–Hope that nap thing worked out for you! I just had one child and it was not unusual for me to resort to the old “let’s take a ride” trip in the car to get a little break. That’s a little bit harder with three. ;-) Hope you made and enjoyed the wassail. I’m wishing I had some more right now. :-)

      Thanks so much for the very nice compliment on my blog! And, Stephanie’s blog is the best. She’s one of my absolute favorites in the blogosphere!

      Shirley

  104. rose on January 22nd, 2010 11:20 am

    This recipe looks great! Now I am going to check out your flourless chocolate cake:O)

  105. Lisa on January 22nd, 2010 11:32 am

    What a great recipe! I have tried quite a few of Stephanie’s recipes and all have been good. I can’t wait to see her book. I served this recipe at a family dessert party, and there wasn’t any left! Perfect for a cold and windy day.

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 4:44 pm

      Hi Lisa–Welcome to gfe! Another great wassail review—thank you! Stephanie’s book is just chock full of terrific recipes. As the subtitle says, it’s The Big Book of Slow Cooking. :-) One can always find a great dinner, side dish, dessert, and even craft ideas in her cookbook.

      Thanks so much for entering the giveaway and sharing your personal endorsement,

      Shirley

  106. Heather P. on January 22nd, 2010 11:35 am

    I seriously loved Stephanie’s blog the minute I saw it dealing with the gluten allergy is though and she makes cooking for the entire family so much easier. I can’t wait to see that book!

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 4:46 pm

      Hi Heather P.–Welcome to gfe! Yes, Stephanie just makes dishes that everyone will love that are naturally gluten free or easily made so with a gf substitution here and there. Definitely the way to go for gluten-free eating and taking care of the whole family as you’ve said. Everyone loves these recipes!

      Best of luck,

      Shirley

  107. Michele on January 22nd, 2010 12:37 pm

    Just found your blog today and I am smitten. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful ideas!

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 8:35 pm

      Hi Michele–I’m so glad you found gfe—welcome! Oh my goodness, those are such sweet things to say. Thank you ever so much! I hope you’ll continue to visit and find helpful ideas and recipes. :-)

      Good luck on the giveaway!

      Shirley

  108. Michele on January 22nd, 2010 12:38 pm

    And I’ve joined your fb page. Yay!

  109. Sarah H on January 22nd, 2010 12:38 pm

    I LOVE her blog…hope I win the cookbook! Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 8:37 pm

      Hi Sarah H–Welcome to gfe! Stephanie’s blog is the best, as is her cookbook.

      Best of luck to you on the giveaway :-) ,

      Shirley

  110. Ann Marie on January 22nd, 2010 12:42 pm

    Thanks for the recipes. I can’t wait to try them!

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 10:25 pm

      Hi Ann Marie–Welcome to gfe! Hope you enjoy Stephanie’s wassail recipe and others you find here. :-)

      Shirley

  111. em-jay on January 22nd, 2010 12:49 pm

    I love following her website–I would love to have the book! I’ve used a couple recipes from her site. I really like using my slow cooker, and not many people have recipes that are slow-cooker-friendly. Thanks for the chance to win!

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 10:27 pm

      Hi em-jay–Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and enter the giveaway! Welcome to gfe. :-) Slow cooker recipes are sort of special cases. Stephanie has mastered them. I know you’d love the rest of her recipes!

      Best of luck,

      Shirley

  112. Lisa on January 22nd, 2010 12:57 pm

    Wassail fan here too…i originally tried it when Stephanie posted it on her blog. Thanks for the reminder that it’s yummy…and not just around holiday time!

    I’ve passed both Stephanie’s and your blogs on to my neighbors’ mom who is gf and it was definitely appreciated.

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 10:33 pm

      Hi there, Lisa–How neat that you enjoyed Stephanie’s wassail as well! Welcome to gfe and thanks so much for passing on my blog to your friend who is gf—I really appreciate it. :-) Note that my site is all about real food with some mainstream processed foods, and a few gf specialty products. So really the recipes here can be enjoyed by anyone. Anyone who eats gluten can use most of the recipes “as is,” but any time a recipe calls for special flour, those who eat gluten can just substitute all-purpose flour and skip any xanthan gum (if included).

      Thanks so much!

      Shirley

  113. Katie on January 22nd, 2010 1:04 pm

    I have developed quite a love affair with my slow cooker – it’s so much more than just roast and veggies! Plus the added bonus of gluten-free info makes my life that much easier. Thank you for such an invaluable kitchen treasure!

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 10:37 pm

      Hi Katie–Welcome to gfe! I understand that love affair … who doesn’t want to have dinner ready for them when they walk in the door? That is true love indeed. ;-) Stephanie’s blog and cookbook are fabulous for those who are gluten-free. :-)

      Hope you’ll get a chance to look around here at gfe and see what’s offered. Thanks so much for entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  114. nina on January 22nd, 2010 1:20 pm

    Nice contest, thanks!

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 10:38 pm

      Hi nina–Welcome to gfe! Thanks for the subscription and entries. :-)

      Good luck!

      Shirley

  115. nina on January 22nd, 2010 1:21 pm

    I subscribed via RSS.

  116. Kristen on January 22nd, 2010 1:28 pm

    I really want to win this cookbook for my dad!

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 10:39 pm

      Hey there, Kristen–Aww, that’s so sweet! Welcome to gfe and best of luck in the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  117. Amy on January 22nd, 2010 1:32 pm

    What a fun contest! I’m going to share your blog with a friend of mine learning to cook GF for her daughter with celiac. We both love Stephanie’s Crock Pot blog already!

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 10:42 pm

      Hi Amy–Welcome to gfe! Thanks so much for sharing my blog with a friend who is learning to cook gluten free. Stephanie’s blog will be a huge help to her. :-) Hope she and you, as well, will appreciate my site. Like Stephanie’s, it’s all about making dishes that are naturally gf or easily made gf. The main thing is these recipes are not only safe for those who are gluten free, but they are delicious for everyone.

      Thanks so much for entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  118. alisha on January 22nd, 2010 1:56 pm

    What an awesome website. i am posting it on my facebook!

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 10:44 pm

      Hi alisha–Thanks so much! I really appreciate your especially kind comment. Welcome, and thanks for sharing gfe with your FB friends! :-)

      Shirley

  119. Pam on January 22nd, 2010 2:02 pm

    Will share this with friends on Facebook and send it to my daughter-in-law as I gave her this book for Christmas and she absolutely loves it and has referred to it in her blog! PS-I’d love one too!

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 10:49 pm

      Hi Pam–Welcome to gfe! Thanks so much for sharing the giveaway with your FB friends and DIL. :-) Great to hear that your DIL has learned first hand what a great cookbook, Make It Fast, Cook It Slow is.

      Best of luck so you can have your own copy! ;-)

      Shirley

  120. beboknows on January 22nd, 2010 2:34 pm

    just signed up for your email . I’ve been following Stephanie’s crockpot blog forever and her new Totally blog as well. While I don’t have a problem with gluten, I find the vegetable receipes are usually great and good for my weightloss attempt. Looking forward to gfe email updates,

    barb

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 10:52 pm

      Hi beboknows!–Welcome to gfe! I hope you’ll enjoy your email updates with recipes and info from gfe. :-) Like you said, you don’t have to be gluten free to enjoy Stephanie’s recipes … same here at gfe.

      Thanks so much … good luck!

      Shirley

  121. Beth on January 22nd, 2010 2:44 pm

    I love Stephanie’s recipes! My oldest sister Lorrie & I both have Celiac, it’s wonderful to be able to make GF recipes in our crock pots! We love our crock pots!! I would really enjoy this cookbook!!
    Congratulations on the new baby Stephanie….I’m the youngest of 3 girls!!!!!!

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 11:36 pm

      Hi Beth–Welcome to gfe! Stephanie’s recipes are the best and, like you said, great gluten-free slow cooker recipes. So nice to come home to! :-)

      Hope you and your sister will take a look around gfe to check out the gluten-free recipes here. Many follow the philosophy that Stephanie embraces and a few are even slow cooker recipes, but, of course, Stephanie is our slow cooker queen. ;-)

      Best of luck in the giveaway,

      Shirley

  122. Donna on January 22nd, 2010 2:52 pm

    I just started following 365 Days of Crockpotting and it’s great! I love the humor and the new ideas for things to make in the crockpot. Will share it with my celiac friends, too!

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 11:38 pm

      Donna–Welcome to gfe! Yes, Stephanie’s blog IS great. She has a terrific sense of humor and I don’t think there’s anything she can’t do with her crock pot. LOL, but true!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and enter the giveaway! Hope you and your friends will take a look around gfe for more gluten-free recipes and info—thanks!

      Shirley

  123. Monica on January 22nd, 2010 2:57 pm

    What a great receipe to try on a cold, wet day.

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 11:40 pm

      Hi Monica–Welcome to gfe! It is the perfect recipe for that kind of day. I should have portioned mine out so I could keep enjoying it. ;-)

      Thanks!

      Shirley

  124. Lynda on January 22nd, 2010 4:06 pm

    I just became a fan on Face Book. I’m looking fwd to sharing this with several friends who are needing to be gluten-free – they’ll love this. Thank you! Getting ready to add more entries in hopes of winning this book. ;)

  125. Lynda on January 22nd, 2010 4:11 pm

    just subscribed to the RSS feed – I love that I can read all the blogs entries from my e-mail…I’ve been eager to try these crockpot recipes

  126. Lynda on January 22nd, 2010 4:16 pm

    I absolutely love my crock-pot & when I found the site “a year of slow cooking” I was delighted! Always looking for more ways & recipes to use my crock-pot. Would love to have this cookbook!

  127. Lynda on January 22nd, 2010 4:27 pm

    just posted a msg on my status about both giveaway & your blog; I also sent private msgs to 2 of my friends who I think would enjoy your site. Thanks for doing this!

  128. Kristy on January 22nd, 2010 4:45 pm

    I’d love to win a copy. :)

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 11:56 pm

      Hi Kristy–Welcome to gfe! Best of luck on the giveaway of Stephanie’s book! :-)

      Shirley

  129. AnnMarie Johnson on January 22nd, 2010 4:46 pm

    Would love to win

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 11:57 pm

      Hi AnnMarie–Thanks for entering the giveaway and welcome to gfe!

      Good luck! ;-)

      Shirley

  130. Sarah on January 22nd, 2010 5:03 pm

    Thanks to Stephanie I have fallen in love with my crockpot all over again. Would love her book, too! <3

    • Shirley on January 23rd, 2010 11:58 pm

      Hi Sarah–Welcome to gfe! I know exactly what you mean … Stephanie makes everyone fall in love with their crockpots again. ;-)

      Best of luck!

      Shirley

  131. Susan on January 22nd, 2010 5:47 pm

    I am a big fan of Stephanie’s blog, and I would love to have this cookbook!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 12:00 am

      Hey there, Susan–Welcome to gfe! There are so many of us who are fans of Stephanie’s great blog. I know you will love her cookbook … a great extension of her blog! :-)

      Shirley

  132. Tanya on January 22nd, 2010 7:41 pm

    I first heard of Make It Fast, Cook It Slow at a library art show in December (where we were sharing gluten free cookies). I have been on the library wait list for the book since then. I love to try cook books through the library before buying. I have checked out the blog and can’t wait to read the cook book and try all the great recipes.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 12:12 am

      Hi Tanya–Great to see you here again at gfe! It’s good to know that the word is getting out on Stephanie’s terrific book. :-) Trying books out first is a smart idea for sure. Bummer on the wait though.

      Best of luck on the giveaway! Oh, BTW, did you ever make the garlic cheese biscuits? I poured the batter on a casserole the other night and the result was delish. Can’t wait to try it on pot pie. ;-)

      Shirley

  133. Jenn/CinnamonQuill on January 22nd, 2010 8:44 pm

    I’ve never had wassail! It sounds like a real treat…mmmm, I love the pineapple and cider combination.

    Also; oooo cookbook! I don’t have a slow-cooker but I use my big cast-iron dutch oven and heat it in the oven at a semi-low temp for a few hours. It works pretty well!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 12:41 am

      Hi Jenn!–Great to see you. :-) I think you’d love the wassail. It is a very lovely combo indeed. Dutch ovens are great tools, indeed. Still, you might want to pick up a slow cooker or put out the word that you are looking for one. They can be very economical. You can often find one at thrift stores never or barely used. Likewise, some folks have them packed away in cabinets and might jump at the chance to gift a friend with theirs. ;-) Slow cookers take only pennies a day to operate—a big advantage of them.

      Best of luck on the giveaway! BTW, got your email … thanks!

      Shirley

      Shirley

  134. Ann @ House of Estrogen on January 22nd, 2010 9:50 pm

    That wassail sounds delish!!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 12:43 am

      Hi Ann–Welcome to gfe! Oh my gosh, I love your blog name … must check it out. :-) The wassail is a winner … give it a try, and best of luck on the giveaway!

      Shirley

  135. miss julia on January 22nd, 2010 10:56 pm

    I enjoy this site so much, have three pots! Would love to have a cookbook! Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 12:46 am

      Hi miss julia–Welcome to gfe! I’m loving meeting all of Stephanie’s fans … it’s great! Okay, three pots is impressive, and not trying to brag, but I have seven. LOL No kidding, but we do a lot of entertaining. Crocks are really great for that purpose. :-)

      Good luck on the giveaway!

      Shirley

  136. Stacey D on January 22nd, 2010 11:10 pm

    I’m recently GF and really need recipe ideas! I love using the Crock Pot!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 12:51 am

      Hey Stacey–Welcome to gfe! Steph’s blog will be a great resource to you being gluten free, especially since you already love your crock pot. :-) Please take a look around my site. The gfe’s tip sheets and gfe’s most popular posts on the sidebar will probably be really helpful to you. The tip sheets get you thinking about foods, meals, desserts, etc. that are naturally gluten free, plus stocking your pantry, and so forth. Feel free to email me with any questions/concerns. I lead a gluten intolerance/celiac support group and I love to help folks make an easy transition.

      Best,
      Shirley

  137. Mona on January 23rd, 2010 1:20 am

    Great giveaway. Please count me in.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:13 am

      Hi Mona–Welcome to gfe! :-)

      Thanks for the entries—best of luck!

      Shirley

  138. Mona on January 23rd, 2010 1:28 am

    I subscribed via e-mail.

  139. Michelle on January 23rd, 2010 1:50 am

    I ♥♥ A Year of Slowcooking – thanks to Steph I can cook fish again. Never considered cooking it foil in the crock before!
    No more typing, I need to poke around GFE, this will be fun!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 12:28 am

      Hi Michelle–Welcome to gfe! Steph’s blog is the best. As you are pointing out, there are so many ways she teaches you to use your crock pot. I’m wondering if you tried her salmon on a cedar plank recipe. That’s still on my list … I do so love salmon. ;-)

      Hope you have fun looking around gfe! You’ll find easy, but tasty recipes … similar to Steph’s approach on cooking gluten free. There are even a few crock pot recipes, but, of course, Steph is the queen when it comes to those!

      Shirley

  140. Shara on January 23rd, 2010 11:42 am

    Love Stephanies recipes! I would love this book!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:16 am

      Hi Shara–Yet another Stephanie fan–how cool! She’s a sweetheart and her recipes are wonderful.

      Welcome to gfe and best of luck!

      Shirley

  141. cindy on January 23rd, 2010 12:03 pm

    Love that website!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:17 am

      Hi Cindy–Welcome to gfe! Sounds like this giveaway is just right for you. :-) Best of luck!

      Shirley

  142. Kim on January 23rd, 2010 12:31 pm

    I’m in, and off to go read some more of your blog… I’m new here. Thanks for the chance to win! (I never do win contests, y’know, but maybe one of these days pigs will fly and my entry will be drawn. It could happen.)

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:19 am

      Hi Kim–Welcome to gfe! Hope you find some helpful recipes and info. :-) A good place to start is the sidebar.

      The random number generator picks the winner so pigs could definitely fly … that would be sooo random, wouldn’t it? ;-) LOL Best of luck!

      Shirley

  143. Shawnee H in OR on January 23rd, 2010 12:47 pm

    I really like Stephanie’s recipes and website. I tell my friends about it all the time. If I win, one of them will be the lucky recipient!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:21 am

      Hi Shawnee–Welcome! How wonderful that you would share your prize with your friends. :-) Best of luck!

      Shirley

  144. Annette on January 23rd, 2010 12:54 pm

    Great giveaway! I’ve been wanting to buy Stephanie’s book for a while.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:25 am

      HI Annette–Welcome to gfe! Everyone is wanting Stephanie’s book and they’re right … it’s a wonderful one. :-)

      Good luck in the giveaway!

      Shirley

  145. Annette on January 23rd, 2010 12:57 pm

    Subscribed via RSS

  146. Marla on January 23rd, 2010 1:14 pm

    I discovered Stephanie’s blog when searching for a candied sweet potatoes crock pot recipe this past Thanksgiving. I was looking for a way to free up my oven for the turkey and make use of my crock pot. Not only was there a great recipe, I now have a terrific resource for making even more use of my crock pot! I’d absolutely love a copy of her cookbook!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:26 am

      Hi Marla–Welcome! It’s great you found Stephanie’s blog. I know I felt like I hit the jackpot when I found it. Seriously. :-)

      Best of luck,

      Shirley

  147. Missy on January 23rd, 2010 1:39 pm

    Would love to win this!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:27 am

      Hi Missy–Welcome to gfe and best of luck on the giveaway :-) ,

      Shirley

  148. Jane on January 23rd, 2010 2:17 pm

    I love your website and would really like to have a copy of the crockpot cookbook. Thanks for giving one away!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 10:18 am

      Hi Jane–Wow, thanks so much! Welcome to gfe officiallly! Stephanie’s crockpot cookbook is great … best of luck! :-)

      Shirley

  149. Natalie on January 23rd, 2010 3:19 pm

    I recently bought a slow cooker, and then discovered Stephanie’s blog – and I am now addicted to BOTH! And I’m extremely happy to find your blog – another wonderful GF resource!

    The slow cooker has saved my life (figuratively) and my bank balance (literally) this post-holiday season, and I’d really love this book!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 10:23 am

      Hi Natalie–Welcome to gfe! Now, those are good addictions, you’ve developed. LOL Thank you re: gfe … I won’t mind if you become addicted to gfe as well. ;-)

      I agree with you … the slow cooker is an amazing tool. Good luck on the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  150. Gina Simpson on January 23rd, 2010 5:03 pm

    Just recently discovered I need to be Gluten Free. Need all the help I can get! Would love to win the book.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 10:31 am

      Hi Gina–Welcome to gfe! Stephanie’s cookbook would be a wonderful one for you, just starting out gluten free. :-) Her recipes will amaze you and everyone else you feed them to. No need to even say they are gluten free. Seriously. I believe Stephanie’s slow cooker recipes mirrror my own gfe approach, which is to focus on real food and meals that are naturally gluten free, use some mainstream processed foods that are gluten free and safe, and incorporate a few gluten-free specialty foods (e.g., pasta) as needed. Please take a moment to check out my gfe’s tip sheets on my sidebar. There are lots of ideas there to help you get started gf that will set you on a much easier, healthier, and less expensive path than is traditionally followed. Check out the most popular recipes on the sidebar and take a look around for dishes you’re afraid you might not be able to eat again. You’ll find many easy, happy solutions to eating gf. Feel free to email me with questions/concerns. I lead a gluten intolerance and celiac group and am always glad to help folks make a great transition to eating gf.

      All the best,

      Shirley

  151. Heather on January 23rd, 2010 5:56 pm

    Can’t wait to try the delicious wassail recipe. I’ve been using slow cooker recipe’s off of Stephanie’s blog and will be passing along your gluten free site to my sister in law who has to cook gluten free!
    Thanks!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 10:45 am

      Hi Heather–Welcome to gfe! I know you’ll love the wassail recipe. Thanks so much for passing along my blog into to your SIL! I hope she’ll find it very helpful. I look forward to “meeting” her. I’d just like to add a note that like Stephanie’s blog, you don’t have to be gluten-free to enjoy my recipes here at gfe. Most gfe recipes are naturally gluten free and require no special ingredients. :-)

      Best of luck in the giveaway!

      Shirley

  152. Alison Cardon on January 23rd, 2010 5:58 pm

    Hi! I am a long-time crockpot queen and I just stumbled onto here by chance. I have been getting an itch to try some new recipes, and I was looking for some online for my church’s cooking club, which I am running now. Gosh, I would love to try and win this cookbook! Stephanie is awesome! It was really inspiring seeing what she’s doing, since I am a mom with four kiddos, one of which is a nursing baby. Good for her!!! I will be following her blog from now on. Have a great day!! =)

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 10:51 am

      Hi Alison–Welcome to gfe! Wow, a crockpot queen and head of your church’s cooking club—those two actually go together well. :-) That’s a neat function and service, making cooking easier and more delicious for all involved. ;-) I agree … Stephanie is awesome. She amazes me daily. Hope you’ll find some great recipes here at gfe for all. Like Stephanie’s recipes, everyone can use and enjoy them.

      Best of luck with your cooking club and on this giveaway, Alison!

      Shirley

  153. Jenn on January 23rd, 2010 8:13 pm

    Hi!
    I have been following Stephanie’s site almost as long as she has been doing it. I love it and her! She mentioned your site and the possible give-a-way…very exciting! I’ve been trying to be good about money, but will have to get her cookbook soon! There isn’t one recipe I have made that I haven’t liked!
    Regards,
    Jenn

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 10:55 am

      Hi Jenn–Welcome to gfe! That’s so neat that you’ve been following Stephanie’s blog for so long. That first year of daily recipes must have been fantastic! I think I found out about her 6 months in or so. Still, I loved finding her site and still greatly enjoy her recipes. You just never know what type of recipe she’ll be coming up with, but you know it will be good as you said! ;-)

      Best of luck on the giveaway! You certainly have the fan “cred” to win it … now to tell that to the random number generator … ;-)

      Shirley

  154. SJ on January 23rd, 2010 9:36 pm

    Wow – just discovered your site today and new to eating GF.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 11:00 am

      Hi SJ–That’s great … welcome to gfe! I hope you’ll find it helpful. I lead a gluten intolerance and celiac support group so my mission is to make living gf much easier for folks and to especially make that initial transition a healthy, easy, and less expensive one. Please take a look at the gfe’s tip sheets on the sidebar and the most popular recipes there as well, and then just take a look around for your favorite recipes. Chances are you’ll find them … a gf version, but still fabulous. ;-) Enjoy and don’t hesitate to shoot me an email with questions/concerns.

      Best of luck on the giveaway!

      Shirley

  155. Jane on January 23rd, 2010 9:48 pm

    I subscribed to your RSS feed.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 11:01 am

      Thanks, Jane! Best of luck! ;-)

      Shirley

  156. Kim in AZ on January 23rd, 2010 10:17 pm

    I’d love a chance to win Stefanie’s book – totally love her blog! :) Thanks!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 11:02 am

      Hi Kim in AZ–Another huge Steph fan … I’m with you! :-)

      Good luck with the giveaway, ;-)

      Shirley

  157. Mary McCarthy on January 23rd, 2010 11:03 pm

    Please enter me in the giveaway, I love cookbooks! thanks!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 11:14 am

      Hi Mary–Welcome to gfe! Love your enthusiasm … you’re in. ;-)

      Shirley

  158. Michelle in Hawaii on January 23rd, 2010 11:54 pm

    Thanks for a chance to win Steph’s cookbook!!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 11:15 am

      Hi Michelle–Welcome to gfe! Love your beautiful state. :-)

      Best of luck in the giveaway!

      Shirley

  159. Alyson Hill on January 24th, 2010 12:23 am

    I love Stephanie’s recipes almost as much as I love my slow cooker…it’s such a wonderful implement to use for Australian Summer cooking when you want good food without heating up the kitchen.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 11:18 am

      Hi Alyson–Welcome to gfe! It is hard to separate the two, isn’t it? ;-) Thanks for the reminder on the benefits of slow cooker cooking for summer. That is definitely the season when I least like to cook and it’s for that very reason—I don’t want to heat up the kitchen. I’ll try to do better this summer keeping that in mind—thank you. :-)

      Good luck!

      Shirley

  160. Tyna on January 24th, 2010 12:46 am

    Oh, I want this soooooo bad! I love my slow cooker!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 11:19 am

      Hi Tyna–Welcome to gfe! Another enthusiastic slow cooker fan—woohoo! :-)

      Good luck ;-)

      Shirley

  161. Marilyn on January 24th, 2010 3:10 am

    Honey, cinnamon and apple juice…Count me in..I’ll have to try this one!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 11:22 am

      Hi Marilyn–Welcome to gfe! You’re so right … those flavors are hard to beat alone … put them all together with some heat and you have a winner wassail. :-)

      Good luck!

      Shirley

  162. Kim on January 24th, 2010 9:36 am

    I’d love to win a copy of this book! I’ve had Stephanie’s blog bookmarked for probably half a year!

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 11:20 am

      Hi Kim–Welcome to gfe! It’s great to meet another Stephanie fan. :-)

      Good luck on the giveaway!

      Shirley

  163. Jen on January 24th, 2010 1:11 pm

    This is the comment linking to posting about it on my blog! And thanks for visiting my blog!

    http://jeremynjenprice.blogspot.com/2010/01/spanish-rice.html

  164. Melisa on January 24th, 2010 1:46 pm

    I made this and it was a big hit! would love this book.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 1:52 pm

      Hi Melisa–That’s great news! Thanks so much for sharing it with us, and welcome to gfe! :-)

      Best of luck,

      Shirley

  165. Christy B. on January 24th, 2010 6:49 pm

    Wow! This cookbook sounds amazing! I have a homeschooled houseful, so this cookbook would be, dare I say, awesome! It looks like a great assistant in a shift to going gluten free…or at least less.

    I found you through the author’s blog.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 7:20 pm

      Hi Christy B.–Welcome to gfe! :-) I appreciate all your entries … with your great, funny comments, no less. ;-) Stephanie’s cookbook is amazing. You will find it to be a huge help, and the recipes are the best because they are naturally gluten free or show the easy substitutions to make gluten free. Important note: If you are going gluten free, 100% gluten free is a requirement. A little bit of gluten (even a tiny bit) is like a little bit of rat poison for folks who have issues with gluten. That tiny bit continues damage and symptoms (even though one might not be aware the symptoms are connected to gluten). Also, ideally, I recommend testing for celiac before one goes gluten free. I sure hope you are over the trauma of signing up. LOL Yes, that pizza is really wonderful. If you go to the post here, you can read all the comments/reviews from gfe readers. :-)

      Glad you are not paparazzi. I’d hate to have one of those “bad hair, still in pajamas at 3:00″ photos posted. ;-) I had to chuckle about signing up for email vs RSS. I’m so with you on that! I sign up for RSS if email subscription isn’t available, but then I only look, uh, maybe every 6 weeks. I’m bad. Need it in my In Box!

      I really have been able to have all the foods I love while eating gluten free. I find myself very happy with eating real food, some mainstream processed food, and very few gf specialty foods. The trick is to focus on all the foods you love that are already gluten free and use those as your core meals, desserts, etc. You’ll see that I’m a big fan of crustless, flourless, and so forth. I could go on and on. Take a look at gfe’s tip sheets and the most popular posts under my sidebar and you’ll get an idea of the gfe approach. Feel free to email me with any questions/concerns. I lead a gluten intolerance/celiac support group, so I’m all about helping folks make the transition with ease.

      Thanks so much! Best of luck with the giveaway …

      Shirley

  166. Christy B. on January 24th, 2010 6:52 pm

    I am following you on twitter as notableblogger…but looking at all that pizza made me REALLY hungry. I can’t get up, because a baby that rarely sleeps is snoozing on my lap, and now all I can think about is food!!! Signing up for this giveaway is really getting traumatic. ;)

  167. Christy B. on January 24th, 2010 6:55 pm

    I am now an email subscriber. I’m glad you have that option, since RSS readers are easy for me to forget about. Spacey…probably from lack of food. Baby still sleeping…me still stuck…still thinking about that pizza. Does it taste as good as it looks? Do you MISS different flavors going gluten free? I guess I’ll find out now that I’m an email subscriber and will get recipes! :)

  168. Christy B. on January 24th, 2010 7:00 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook. No Paparazzi worries, though, since I don’t have a great zoom lens on my camera, and I’m not crazy about crowds. I’m not too crazy about taking photos of people over their backyard fence either. You’re safe from me!

  169. Dawn J. on January 24th, 2010 7:07 pm

    This is exactly what I need right now. We had some very nice weather for a while but it’s getting cold again and that Wassail sounds really good! And so does the book. :)

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 7:23 pm

      Hi Dawn J–Welcome to gfe! The wassail is really good. I’m dilly dallying about getting the wood stove going this evening and wishing I had a mug right now. ;-)

      Stephanie’s book is fabulous! Best of luck in the giveaway :-) ,

      Shirley

  170. Gluten Free foods ROCK on January 24th, 2010 8:57 pm

    Her book is on my list to get for my support group, I would love to win a copy for our group.

    • Shirley on January 24th, 2010 11:06 pm

      Hey April–So glad you entered the giveaway! This book will make a wonderful resource for your support group. :-)

      Best of luck!

      Shirley

  171. Pam on January 25th, 2010 12:31 am

    Became a fan of your new gfe-gluten free easily page on Facebook. Love your receipes, and have copied a bunch to try once I have a day off. The cookbook looks like it woulkd be a welcome addition to our kitchen.
    Thanks,
    Pam

    • Shirley on January 25th, 2010 12:39 am

      Hi Pam–Thanks so much for your very kind words, becoming a fan of my new FB page, and commenting to enter the giveaway of Stephanie’s great cookbook! Let me officially welcome you to gfe and wish you the best of luck on the giveaway!

      Hugs,

      Shirley

  172. Ann Chupp on January 25th, 2010 2:32 pm

    I thought this recipe looked GOOD!. My sister Marti told me all about your website and I have put it on my favorites! Yummy!

    Ann

    • Shirley on January 25th, 2010 11:54 pm

      Hi Ann–Welcome to gfe! Yes, very good. :-) I remember Marti. How nice that she passed my site on to you. A family referral—that’s great! Thank you for the nice words. Hope you continue to enjoy gfe. Let me know if I can help you find specific recipes here, etc.

      Best of luck on the giveaway!

      Shirley

  173. Virginia on January 25th, 2010 2:37 pm

    I have really enjoyed exploring your blog (and Stephanie’s for that matter). I have a friend who is on a gf diet and your blog has been super helpful with all of the yummy ideas that you’ve shared. Thanks!

    • Shirley on January 25th, 2010 11:59 pm

      Hi Virginia–Thank you so much! Welcome to gfe officially. :-) I’m so glad that your friend who is gf is finding my blog helpful. I think gfe can be used by anyone and helps show non-gf folks how to take care of their gf friends and family. And, everyone gets to enjoy great-tasting food!

      Stephanie’s blog is wonderful. She’s such a delight. Best of luck in the giveaway of her book!

      Shirley

  174. Emily on January 25th, 2010 3:15 pm

    I love your blog and since I’ve been following Stephanie for a while I would love to win her book!

    • Shirley on January 26th, 2010 12:03 am

      Why thank you, Emily! Your kind words are much appreciated, and welcome to gfe. (It looks like you might be a new Emily here.) :-)

      That’s great that you’ve been following Stephanie over at A Year of Slow Cooking! Best of luck on the giveaway … her cookbook will be such a great prize for someone—maybe you. ;-)

      Shirley

  175. Anna on January 25th, 2010 5:44 pm

    My boyfriend got a slow-cooker for Christmas, which he conveniently left at my house… I’ve only made oatmeal and pulled pork so far, but I can’t wait to experiment with more recipes! Thanks for offering this book!

    • Shirley on January 26th, 2010 12:09 am

      Hi Anna–Welcome to gfe! That is convenient. ;-) If you win Stephanie’s book, you’ll be ready to go then! The two recipes you mentioned are certainly some great ones for the crockpot. BTW, there are a few more slow cooker recipes here at gfe.

      Best of luck!

      Shirley

  176. Michele on January 25th, 2010 11:55 pm

    Just popped over from The W.H.O.L.E Gang’s blog, I see your name there alot! I am looking forward to receiving your emails!

    • Shirley on January 26th, 2010 12:15 am

      Hi Michele–Welcome to gfe! Yeah, Diane and I have a mutual admiration club thing going on. ;-)

      Thanks so much for subscribing to gfe! Best of luck …

      Shirley

  177. Christine on January 26th, 2010 4:37 am

    The wassail recipe sounds heavenly! If Stephanie’s recipes are all that delicious, I’m sure I’d love a copy of her book. :)

    • Shirley on January 26th, 2010 8:37 am

      Hi Christine!–Welcome to gfe. :-) Yes, heavenly is a good description and, yes, Stephanie’s recipe are all that good.

      Best of luck!

      Shirley

  178. Miriam on January 26th, 2010 9:28 am

    Love my crockpot! Used it last night to make a potroast, leftovers tonight will be shredded hot beef sandwhiches. Yummm.

  179. Lori U on January 26th, 2010 9:50 am

    I would love to check out the book! I got a new crockpot for Christmas and have had fun playing around with it.

  180. Julie Young on January 26th, 2010 3:55 pm

    Love your site! forwarded to a couple celiac friends!!

  181. Dee on January 26th, 2010 4:02 pm

    I am always looking out for new crockpot recipes. I own four crockpots of various sizes and I’m always amazed at what delicious meals I can make and even bake… At any rate, I would love to have a copy of Stephanie’s book, Thank you.

  182. Lauren on January 26th, 2010 5:53 pm

    Looks like some good stuff. I actually surfed over from another blog, in an effort to find more GF dishes to have in my repertoire for friends and family who are gluten-free. Since my GF roommate moved out, I’ve had to search for more tasty recipes on my own! I’d love a copy of the cookbook to share with my Mom, who is GF!

  183. Renee on January 26th, 2010 9:06 pm

    I saw the food article published in the West Virginia Sunday Gazette-Mail on Jan 24, 2010 and recognized Stephanie’s name right away. I’m so excited for her successful cookbook. Happy cooking!

  184. Jennifer R. on January 26th, 2010 11:16 pm

    would love to win this cookbook — I’ve tried a few recipes from her website and really like them — love my crockpot too!!

  185. Elizabeth on January 27th, 2010 10:31 am

    I would love to win this cookbook. I’ve heard so many great things about it!

    • Shirley on January 28th, 2010 12:00 am

      Hi Elizabeth–Welcome to gfe! Glad you’ve heard about Stephanie’s great cookbook. :-) Getting ready to run the random generator for all the entries up to the deadline. ;-)

      Best of luck,

      Shirley

  186. Elizabeth on January 27th, 2010 10:32 am

    I follow you on Twitter. Ebee333

  187. sharon canyon on January 27th, 2010 11:46 am

    Hello,

    I loooove your blogspot. Very informative. As a Personal Chef I am always looking for innovative ways to prepare ‘real food’. I love food soooo much, that sometimes I wish I had 3 stomachs like a cow so that I could fill each one of them up with all of the delicious food I come across. But than again, if I had all of those stomachs I doubt I’d be able to move much. Anyway, keep up the good work.

    Sincerely,
    Sharon

    • Shirley on January 28th, 2010 12:06 am

      Hi Sharon–Welcome to gfe! LOL on the love of food. That is the beauty of food blogs … you can’t enjoy all the food without actually ingesting it. ;-)

      Thanks so much for your kind words! Hope to see you again,

      Shirley

  188. Julie on January 27th, 2010 12:33 pm

    Have been enjoying these recipes. Became a facebook fan of gfe! Would love to get this cookbook!

    • Shirley on January 28th, 2010 12:13 am

      Hi Julie–Welcome to gfe! Thanks! Whoever who gets the cookbook will be a big winner. :-) Getting ready to run random number generator for folks who entered by deadline …

      Shirley

  189. Cyndi Keifer on January 27th, 2010 3:19 pm

    Would love to win the cookbook. I have two crockpots and use them both. I find myself cooking the same meals over and over again. Now that I am at home recovering from neck surgery I have time to try some new recipes. Thanks so much for the recipes that you and all of the other bloggers have on your websites.

    • Shirley on January 28th, 2010 12:22 am

      Hi Cyndi–Welcome to gfe! I think we all tend to cook the same meals over and over. I’ve found that to be a benefit of blogging … I’m more inspired to try new things. And, Stephanie’s book would be great for you to try out some wonderful recipes. Then you’ll have some new favorites you can make over and over. ;-) No … it’s a big book, so you’ll be able to go a long time without a repeat. :-) The recipes should be easy for you to pop in a few ingredients in the morning and then have a wonderful meal in the evening. Getting ready to run the random generator on all the entries that met the deadline!

      Happy to provide recipes that you are enjoying!

      Shirley

  190. JulieR on January 27th, 2010 3:42 pm

    This is so exciting! I’m so glad I stumbled onto both of your blogs today!

    • Shirley on January 28th, 2010 12:25 am

      Hi Julie R.–Welcome to gfe! That’s a nice thing to say—thanks. :-) I’m so glad you found your way here and to Stephanie’s, too.

      Best of luck … getting ready to run the random number generator on the eligible entries,

      Shirley

  191. JulieR on January 27th, 2010 3:44 pm

    Have subscribed via RSS!

  192. Jessica on January 27th, 2010 4:27 pm

    I’m glad I found your blog! I need to become better friends with my slowcooker so count me in!

    • Shirley on January 28th, 2010 12:27 am

      Hi Jessica–Thanks so much and welcome to gfe! Stephanie will easily show you how to “friend” your slow cooker. ;-)

      Good luck … running random.org on entries momentarily,

      Shirley

  193. Dorothy on January 27th, 2010 6:49 pm

    What a great giveaway. I love my slow cooker and am glad I found your blog.

    • Shirley on January 28th, 2010 12:28 am

      Hi Dorothy–Thanks! Welcome to gfe. :-) You’ll love your slow cooker more than ever with Stephanie’s meals coming out of it. ;-)

      Shirley

  194. Margot Miller on January 27th, 2010 9:59 pm

    I love your website with so many great recipes. Please sign me up for the free cookbook.

    Thanks,
    Margot

    • Shirley on January 28th, 2010 12:31 am

      Hi Margot–Thanks so much for the compliment! I’m so glad you are enjoying gfe and my recipes. :-) I’m glad you entered the giveaway! You got in right before the deadline. :-)

      Shirley

  195. Marsha Cade on September 10th, 2010 11:32 am

    This is a fabulous website! We have an online artisan food marketplace and our GF products are selling like crazy. If there are any small artisan food producers and foodcrafters out there with GF products, we would love to hear from you. RegionalBest.com (http://www.regionalbest.com) Shirley, would you be a guest on our podcast?

    • Shirley on September 12th, 2010 7:42 pm

      Hi Marsha–Thanks for the very kind feedback and welcome to gfe! :-) I’m sure you already know by looking at my blog, that I’m all about real food gf products. Please contact me via email and tell me more about your podcasts. Sounds intriguing … I’m all about spreading awareness and the gfe approach. :-)

      All the best,
      Shirley

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