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Book Review: More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow

more make it fast cook it slow cookbook stephanie o'dea I must confess, when it comes to anything related to the Make It Fast, Cook It Slow cookbook, I am completely biased.

Stephanie O’Dea, the author of that book, as well as her latest tome of recipes More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: 200 Brand-New, Budget-Friendly, Slow-Cooker Recipes is a good friend of mine.

I met Stephanie at Blogher Food 2010.  I did not know a soul at the entire conference (though Shirley and Diane were kind enough to take me under their collective gluten free wing).  I accidentally sat next to Steph at lunch and was immediately charmed by this stranger’s bubbly friendliness, candor, street smarts, forthrightness and downright adorable, charming attitude towards everything and everyone in life.  I found her to be absolutely lovely and vowed to myself that we would remain in touch and that I would get to know her even better.

However, this review is not about Steph (mother of three and New York Times best selling author), it’s about her new book, which has quite a lot to offer.

While Stephanie and I have somewhat different approaches to cooking we have two very key things in common.  First, we both cook gluten free, and second, maybe even more importantly, we both like to make dishes that are quick and simple.  In the numerous conversations that we’ve shared, we often laugh that neither of us are chefs, let alone cooks; we really think of ourselves as no-fuss busy moms.

What I love most about Steph’s new book is the abundant offering of quick and easy, family pleasing, delicious dishes.  Last night I made her recipe for Honey Garlic Chicken and my children lapped it up over steamed broccoli.  My husband and I liked it too.

So, today I’m giving away a copy of Steph’s new book More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow in honor of her appearance this Wednesday morning on Good Morning AmericaLeave a comment telling us your favorite recipe from either Elana’s Pantry or Steph’s blog Crockpot 365. This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere and will end on January 13th, 2011 at 6pm (MST). I will pick the winner at random using random.org.

Cheers to crockpots, friendship and good food!

Update: this giveaway is now over and the winner was Jami!

posted on January 11, 2011, 520 comments

  1. lynn

    I found her blog during her year of slow cookery every day! Wonderful stuff….could not give you just one favorite recipe. Glad to hear she’s as delightful in person as she appears in her blog. I’m new to exploring gluten-free and have found everything on her site to be extra-helpful (especially to those of us without a Whole Foods store).

  2. Anne B.

    One of my favorites is Crockpot Chicken Makhani!

  3. Sarah

    I made your Purple Velvet Torte yesterday, so so delicious.

  4. Betsy

    Oh, I would love to win this. I decided I needed to be a bit more organized about meals in the new year. Looked in her older book, which I got for Xmas, picked out recipes to try, realized I needed a 4-qt slow cooker. Ordered one from Amazon, which showed up on Friday. Over the weekend I made FOUR of the recipes and divided them I to single serving containers. I have enough for lunches and dinners for the week and some for the freezer. Everything is delicious! And it was a breeze. Can’t wait to cook some more this weekend!

  5. Cindy

    I have Stephanie’s cookbook, “Make it Fast, Cook it Slow”. There are so many recipes I love. The Pumpkin Pudding, “Crustless Pumpkin Pie” is awesome and the one recipe we make most often! We use her cookbook several times a week!
    Thank you

  6. Arielle

    I’m in love with her alfredo recipe!

  7. Oh, please enter me! Our family love the crock pot. :) I love your brownies recipe, because it tastes so like the real thing. I also am in love right now with your cranberry lemon muffins that I added some fresh cranberries and brown rice flour to. YUM!

  8. Angie

    I love steph’s baked potato soup, among other things. :)

  9. Lourdes @ lavidapaleo.com

    I love Elena’s umeboshi cucumber dressing. However, the truth is I love all her recipes! I have not been to Stephanie’s site but I will be checking it out soon.

  10. Pattie

    I love coming home to a fragrant house, with a delicious meal ready to eat.

    My favorite recipe of yours, Elana, is your blueberry/banana muffins. Not a bit of sugar (or flour), and absolutely delicious!

  11. Rachael Pettus

    One of my favourites of yours is the Spicy Power Bars. Mmm-mm-mm good!

  12. Theresa Watson

    My favorite recipe from Elana’s cookbook has to be the chocolate chip cookies – I use the basic dough recipe and add and all kinds of things to make different varieties. I have even been able to make an Italian Pignoli cookie with the same dough -YUM.

    Thans Elana and thanks for the opportunity to win this cookbook.

  13. I love Stephanie’s blog! I have made many recipes from it but my absolute FAVORITE is the peanut butter pork recipe…mmmm….delicious!

  14. cindy

    Love Stephanie’s baked potatoe soup!

  15. Julie Hack

    i love her simple ones – pouring different sauces over chicken and cooking :)

  16. Chris & Kate @ JustLikeNone.com

    Ah! Crock Pots! They just may be the most often used small appliance in our kitchen. What a delight to discover that there’s a cookbook (or two, to be more precise) dedicated to healthy recpes already engineered for the benefits of the croc pot! We’ll have to hunt both of these down.

    My most frequently used of Elana’s recipes is the cranberry nut bread, but I don’t know if I could pick a favorite….

  17. I am in love with the Salmon Dill Burgers from The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook. Close seconds is the eggplant parmesan and the chocolate chip banana cake!

  18. Bev

    Just one? Okay, Elana’s shrimp cakes!

  19. amy schactman

    I was curious tried and loved her Bread baked in a crockpot

  20. I adore the chocolate, pistachio and dried cherry bark you gave us for Christmas. I’ve made it as a gift this year and everyone adores it.

    I also love your chocolate chip scones from your book. YUM!

    Hope I win the new book :)

  21. Mmmm – your cinnamon bun muffins.

  22. Barb

    My favorite recipe of Elana’s is her chocolate chip cookies! I am excited that there is a more healthy crock pot cookbook out there!

  23. Charlotte Moore

    This is a new name to me. Her crescent rolls/cinnamon rolls sounded and looked so tasty. Would love to win the book!

  24. Lori

    Wow how can I pick a favorite crock pot recipie? I am making pineapple pork tenderloin for dinner tonight and made beef stew for dinner last night. Stephanie is a girl after my own heart!!

  25. The cookbook sounds like one I would like to explore. My favorite recipe is from Elana. The “Power Bars” are so yummy and rich.

  26. Shirley @ gfe @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    Not entering the giveaway, dear Elana, I just wanted to say that you captured Stephanie perfectly. She’s the kind of friend we all want to have! I’m so lucky to have both you and Steph as friends! :-) Can’t wait to see her GMA appearance and look forward to seeing you “soon”!


  27. Jenny King

    Without a doubt, my favorite recipe of Elana’s is gluten-free bread 2.0. It is an absolute staple in my home, and the base for many other creations such as blueberry muffins and cranberry/orange bread. A true lifesaver.

  28. Lana

    I have the “Make It Fast Cookbook” and have given several away as gifts. I love any of the recipes with chicken and don’t really have a favorite.

  29. Karen R

    Your pancake recipe is a regular around here! I also made your Christmas Bark for the holidays, and was constantly asked for the recipe. I ended up just emailing everyone a link to your site!

  30. Lynn Salmon-Easter

    I LOVE your kale chips. Never really ate kale tilnI discovered these. You are fabulous Elana! My life is changing in SO many ways from your blog. Thank you!!

    Mama Baba
    Mpls. MN

  31. Heather O’Brien

    Elana, I love your chocolate chip cookie recipe from the almond flour cookbook. My whole family devours them!! Thank you for keeping “gluten free” fun & tasty!

  32. Amy

    Chocolate Cupcakes. Is there anything more to say really?

  33. Janice

    I love Stephanie’s Apple Oatmeal!!! Would LOVE to have the book. One of my good friends told me about Stephanie’s website just about 2 months ago. Thanks for the chance!!

  34. Kristin cusamano

    I’d have to say my all time favorite recipe of yours is the flourless brownie recipe. They are the best….especially warm topped with a little vanilla ice cream, melted chocolate and a drizzle of raspberry sauce. THE BEST!!!!!

  35. Marsha A.

    I have Stephanie’s first cook book and absolutely love it. Would like to win her new one. My favorite recipe from Elana’s Pantry is the Matzoh ball soup recipe. I was so thrilled when I found it, to be able to eat that again.Thank you!

  36. Oh wow… I would love to have this on my cookbook shelf. My slow cooker and I need to become better acquainted and I have the feeling this book would do it.

  37. Allison

    My fave recipe from this blog is the almond butter blondies, but I have to say that I am now addicted to the herbed turkey loaf from your cookbook! SOOOO good!! :-)

  38. I really like your recipe for Thai Vegetable soup!

  39. Julie

    Although I haven’t tried them yet, I LOVE her Indian food recipes. Also, I love that she posts comments about how her family would rate each recipe and what she might do if they made each dish again.

  40. Jessica Beam @ graceinspired.com

    I’m SO excited. Love crock-pot cooking and fast, delicious dinners for my family. Tonight, I’ll be making your brocoli soup (so glad it didn’t have cheese!). Yum!

  41. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit} @ smartfoodandfit.com

    I just started to follow your blog. I made the do it yourself foot balm as Christmas gifts for my sisters. It was so much fun to make, thanks for sharing.
    I will have to try some of your dessert recipes for my gluten free sister but her kids have nut allergies, any suggestions as to a good gluten free flour mix to use?

  42. Rebecca

    I would definitely say that both me and my family..absolutely love Steph’s baked potato soup!! It’s especially great for these cold weather days!!

  43. Nancy Massotto @ holisticmoms.org

    Favorite recipe from The Almond Flour Cookbook? Probably the Chocolate Chip Scones! My GF kids take them to school. Looks like they’re eating a treat, but we make it a healthy one! Love, love, love your cookook and site and will check out this cookbook as well. Thanks for the tip!

  44. Christina

    Elana’s brownies have been an all time favorite for over a year now. They were the reason I was introduced to Elana’s Pantry. Probably why I’m a silent, but avid follower!

  45. Audrey J

    I really want to try the Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Curry and Honey. We have this great curry powder made without cumin (my husband is allergic) by Rainbow Gardens. They grind and blend their own spices. Amazingly fresh tasting. They don’t have a website but their email is: rainbowgardenlifestyle@gmail.com

  46. jessica

    Huge fan of the spiced pecans – especially love having them around during the holiday parties!

  47. Jennifer R.

    would LOVE to win her new book, as I enjoy her first book immensely. My crockpot is being used a lot during the middle school basketball season. Pizza soup is a favorite at our house!! Thanks Elana!!

  48. Bethany

    Your bran muffins are fantastic! Thank you!

  49. mary janssen @ maryj11@suddenlink.net

    Baked Potatoe Soup is my favorite

  50. Jill Hurley

    I just tried the broccoli soup and loved it!

  51. Lauren R

    my favorite of yours is the lemon poppy seed muffins!

  52. Rebecca

    My favorite recipe of Elana’s is the chocolate chip scones. I would love a copy of this cookbook!

  53. Jennifer

    Elana, my family and I LOVE your pistachio chicken recipe!

  54. sam

    I love Stephanie’s recipe for Cream of Mushroom soup…it smells amazing while it’s cooking in the crockpot! My favourite recipe of yours, Elana, is your Coconut Flour blueberry cupcakes / muffins. YUM!

  55. Cynthia

    I would say the baked potato soup :) Great this time of year!

  56. Kathie

    Gotta go with the chocolate chip cookies, Yum!!

  57. Jody

    I love Steph’s CrockPot Fried Chicken..I make it a lot of Sunday’s while we are at church. Delicious over orzo pasta!
    I’ve been wanting her cookbooks for awhile. Scour her site often. Hope to see her on GMA tomorrow!

  58. Kathy Bowlin

    Gluten-free Butternut Squash soup is my fav soup from Elana’s Pantry. I love the way your site is graphically laid out. Sophisticated, but not too frilly. Concise, but beautiful. A really nice mix. And lots of nice typography and white space. (Yes, I am an award-winning graphic designer who can’t help pontificating when she see’s nice work!)

    Please enter me in your drawing to receive a gratis copy of your friend’s new cookbook, “More Make it Fast, Cook It Slow.”


  59. Amanda

    Elana, the chocolate cake with marshmallow frosting is so awesome.

  60. April L.

    I just made her jalapeno pot roast a couple nights ago for the second or third time. It’s our new favorite meal!

  61. erin

    I once went looking for an inexpensive recipe that i could make with what was in my cupboard and in the crockpot (a tall order!). I found “coconut red beans and rice” on Stephanie’s blog and was an instant fan. I’d love to try some things from her book!

  62. Sarah Smith

    Every recipe of yours that I’ve tried has been great, so I don;t have a favorite. The one I make the most is the Pear Clafoutis.

  63. Sheryl

    The crockpot 5 layer brownies looks like a ‘have to’ recipe for this cold, snowy day…I would love to win the cookbook!

  64. Kirsten

    Looks great. I’m always looking for cooking inspiration!

  65. Funny that you posted this, b/c I have been bragging about her on my own blog. I am new to Celiacs and learning the ropes of a new way of cooking. So far, my favorite is her “3-packet pot roast”. I would love to add her cookbook to my collection. I am trying to find some good gf cookbooks!! Thanks for the chance!

  66. Cinda Pratt

    I love your cinnamon pecan brittle and the rosemary crackers~

  67. mimi fackler

    I love the kale chips!!!

  68. Cathy

    Thanks so much for the intro to the new book. I am always at a loss with the crock pot. I love your cinnamon bun muffins but I think the carrot minis are my very favorite.

    Thanks for all the great recipes!

  69. kimmyc

    I love your brownie recipe!! I will check Steph’s web site soon.

  70. Eri

    Definitely your German Chocolate cake!!! It’s a huge hit every time I make it with everyone including gluten food eaters!

  71. Mary

    Today I’m making Elana’s Ginger Cookies which I love, but I wanted to say that for the last two Christmas’s I have made Elana’s version of Christmas Cake and it was fabulous–I even drizzled it with cognac and aged it for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator. Delicious with a cup of tea. Would love to have the new cookbook as I am always looking for new ideas.

  72. Rebecca V-H

    I love your chicken meatballs!

  73. Karin

    I actually just requested the book from the library. I love your chocolate chip cookies.

  74. Elizabeth Richardson

    Goodmorning! ALL the recipes in your bok are wonderful – BUT – my favorite is the rosemary hazlenut cookies.

    Fortuneately I am familiar with Steph’s website – a year’s worth of recipes – and have made several of them through the last year or so. I really should treat myself to a new slow cooker!

  75. AndreAnna from Liife as A Plate @ lifeasaplate.com

    Your chocolate chip cookies save me from descending into cookie-less madness without having to deal with all those GF nutrionally useless flours.

  76. ID love to win the new book, I have the first one and its super useful! Ive done her ham in the crockpot recipe to great effect, that might be my favorite. My favorite of Elanas might be the drop biscuits. I could eat the whole batch. Ive also gotten rave reviews of the quiches and lemon squares Ive made for tea parties! :)


  77. Sherry

    I really need more gluten free recipes, especially the make it fast type. I would love to win this cookbook!

  78. Where do I start, I am constantly trying recipes from both of your websites. I do love your rosemary almond crackers and her Chicken Korma.

  79. Stephanie Mckenzie @ readingyourlips.blogspot.com

    I would have to say her Crockpot Yogurt recipe! It’s the easiest way to make yogurt! Love her blog and yours too Elana!

  80. Mariana Ardelean

    Your German Chocolate cake is number one in desserts

  81. Mary

    We all love your chocolate chip cookies! Great any time of day!!!

  82. Laurel

    I love your chocolate beet torte but more than that those chocolate cherries fulfilled my candy dreams. Always my favorite and now I can make them and try not to eat them all at once. So good.

  83. Cathleen Thomas

    Love your website Elana! My favorite recipe of yours is your Pumpkin pie muffins, LOVE them!!! Keep up your beautiful work ;-)

  84. Lesley

    I love so many dishes from your website! Right now pumpkin custard is my favorite!

  85. jen

    it’s hard to choose a favorite, but i love the chocolate chip scones and the coconut flour vanilla cupcakes. i have two small children who make it their daily mission to TERRORIZE me at dinnertime. save me! :)

  86. Meg

    I am going to have to check this book out. I love using my crock pot, but then again, who doesn’t? :) My fave recipe of Elana’s (right now at least), is Cranberry Almond Loaf. But next week it will probably change… they’re all so great!

  87. suzi miles-lilly @ thefarmbus.com

    I have recently embraced my crockpots (besides making hot towels for massages, my other job) so I have visited Steph’s website lots. My favorite recipe of yours is the Orange Cake — I’ve made it with lemons also and it is simple and elegant. Today I am figuring out a great way to use the crockpot to use my not so pretty apples to make applesauce.



  89. Tracy Kamprath

    Creamy Beef over Noodles – making it tonight!! Yum!!

  90. Cora

    I have a couple of favorite recipes from Elana. Pumpkin bars, blueberry muffins, and kale chips top the list!

  91. D23

    The almond flour biscuits are a hit at our house

  92. 4kiddos

    Made the Chocolate Banana Cake day before yesterday, minus the chocolate…. delicious. Make the Pear Crisp yesterday but with apples:) also delicious!

    I use my slow cooker all the time but make up my own recipes as I go. Would love a copy of her book and am planning to peek at her blog!


  93. Elana’s Peach Crisp is one of my all time favorites. I can’t eat eggs and try to keep my diet completely grain free, so this is one of the few dessert recipes that is easy to make, yet absolutely delicious. I use different fruits depending on what is in season.

  94. The coconut flour carrot cake! It is my FAVORITE!!!!!!! oh and I love me some Kale chips!

  95. Briita

    I love my crockpot! love waking up to hot oatmeal, or coming home to a hot meal!

  96. Pamela McGuire @ elanaspantry.com

    I’ve been GF for about 15 months and during that time I have enjoyed many of Steph’s recipes. Now I have found that I need to be grain free and I was worried that I would never enjoy treats again. But then I found Elana’s cookbook and I have been in heaven. I love her chocolate chip cookies and so do my three boys.

  97. Denise

    One of our favorite recipes is your breakfast bars. I try to keep some in the freezer for quick nutrition on the go.
    I would love to have a copy of this book; it seems so many crockpot recipes have “cream of something soup” in them – definitely not healthy nor gluten-free!

  98. Hollie

    My favorite recipe from Elana’s Pantry is the Orange Chipotle Chicken. I made it last night even! It makes the best chicken stock too. It’s a family favorite.

  99. Sandra

    I love using my crockpot…it makes cooking so easy. I love Steph’s crockpot black bean soup…yum!

  100. Cindy

    I tried your Kale Chips recipe and absolutely love them! What a great snack to munch on while watching a movie instead of buttered popcorn or potato chips! Thanks for the great tasting, crunchy satisfying, healthy recipe!

  101. I love both of your blogs. You have made it very hard to choose! I made two recipes over the holidays from both your sites that are keepers in my book: your DIY lip butter and Steph’s creme brule. =0)I would lvoe to have her new cookbook.

  102. Lori

    I am in LOVE with your gluten free cranberry walnut bread made with coconut flour. I’ve made it twice now and given some away as a gift. One thing I’ve tweaked is the amount of salt the recipe calls for (1 tsp). I reduced the salt to 1/2 tsp and it turned out fine – could even go a bit lower. Also, not having grapeseed oil on hand, I substituted olive oil and it was delicious.

  103. Annie Joy

    My favorite from your website is definitely the Almond muffins!

  104. Krista

    I would like to be entered for the cookbook contest. My favourite recipe is your simple bread recipe made with almond flour..it’s so easy and good!

  105. Lizanne Eastwood

    I love your chicken “noodle” soup. I use my new spiral slicer for the zucchini noodles, it works like a charm!

  106. My favorite recipe of hers is the Applesauce Chicken.
    Peace & Health,


  107. DeVola

    Great book! I’m still making your vegan eggnog, just because it’s still nice to have on these snowy days!

  108. debi riley

    just started studying the list! yum, cant wait to start with 16 bean soup and the apple oatmeal. too bad i have to go to work today! I love your site!! thank you for your hard work!!

  109. Anna

    Oh the Pumpkin Pudding is to “die” for and your Pumpkin Pie Bread, wow. My mouth is watering.

  110. Anna

    Oh the Pumpkin Pudding is to “die” for and your Pumpkin Pie Bread, wow. My mouth is watering.

  111. Tessa

    Oh goodness. How can I pick my favorite recipe! I love all your recipes, Elana. I just made the praline pecan bars and took to a “regular” eating function (my family were the only gfers at the party), and I loved watching people take the first bite of the pecan bars. I stood back and watched their faces and watched them turn to the person next to them and say, “This is really good. Have you tried it?” When I told them it was gf and refined sugar free (I use coconut nectar as my sweetener of choice) they couldnt believe it. Your recipes are much appreciated and I, like many, are very grateful for all you do! Have a wonderful day.

  112. Jill

    I just tried Stephanie’s recipe for cheese enchiladas and added black beans to them. My family loved it!

  113. Betty

    I would love this book, especially in this taxi-cab stage of life I’m in with 4 children. Elana, I have so many favorite recipes from you. One of mine is the mocha biscotti. I must mention the orange chicken (and all your chicken recipes). Your thai tea recipe. You are the go-to place when we are in the mood to bake something. I only use coconut or almond flour. I would love to learn how to use coconut flour more.

    Many Blessings to you, Betty

  114. Ila Jean

    I just had a good friend introduce me to this blog & I absolutely love it! I can’t wait to try more of the recipes! I love creative people that make easy, real food for families! Thank you to the both of you! :)

  115. Kat

    My favorite recipe of yours, Elana, is your powerbars!! I have made them numerous times. My freezer is stocked with them to grab quickly. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  116. Amy

    My favorite recipe from your cookbook is the Chocolate Chip Scones. I could eat them every day!

  117. Debra Schramm

    One of my favorite recipes is Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup. Yummy!

  118. Diane

    I’d love to have a healthy crock pot recipe book! My current favorite, Elana, is the foot balm, which I made for family and friends at Christmas.
    I think I’ll increase the peppermint essential oil next time to get more zing!

  119. Your Choc Mocha Cookies! They were a hit at Christmas. :)

  120. Cari

    I would love to win this book. I am always searching for quick, easy, healthy meals for the family.

  121. I love Elana’s Green Soup and Cinnamon Pecan Brittle! Yum! In fact, I may make both this cold day in Colorado.

  122. Sondy

    My husband and I are crazy about your Chinese Chicken with the hot chile peppers! It tastes just like take-out and we eat that meal at least once a week (or more when I make enough for leftovers). Unbelievable dish Elana! Also I make your carrot cake for my husband’s birthday and it’s also a fabulous recipe. Thank you for your recipes!

  123. Laura

    I make so many of your recipes, but one of our favorites is based on your cinnamon bun muffins. I made it this morning, in fact!!

  124. Lynette

    I love the versatility of Elana’s crisp recipe. Love to make peach & blueberry crisp in the late summer with the yummy fresh peaches & blueberries. Would love to win the cookbook. A crock pot is the working girls best friend!

  125. Alana

    Spicy power bars are my favorite! Would love to check out this book!

  126. Randi Maggid

    My favorite recipe was the Holiday Matzo balls made from almond meal in my homemade chix soup! And the kale, chard, apple salad that I made for channukah and for Thanksgiving. It was so healhty and really rounded out the meal. i would love the slow-cooker book because my family is gluten free and I need some more quick healthy ideas. The slow cooker book would be fantastic.


    Redodno Beach, California

  127. micky

    i love baking gluten-free but haven’t ever been successful making g-f crackers. i am excited to find your recipe for rosemary crackers, and will buy almond flour today and bake during tomorrow’s snow date.

  128. Melissa

    Like many others, I have so many favorites of yours, Elana! Right now, I am loving the mustard-lime chicken, and the herbed turkey loaf (which my fiance says he could eat every day)! I am unfamiliar with Stephanie’s cookbook, and am excited to learn more. I use my crockpot several times a week for roasts, chicken, soups, and broths, so this cookbook would be awesome to win!

  129. Ria Mullins

    Stephanie’s Beef broccoli over rice. MMMMMMM!

  130. LisaGB

    Love both your and Stephanie’s sites! I have her “Hot and Sour Soup” in one of my crockpots even as I type! Favorites…from Stephanie..the Moroccan spiced lentils, from your site…sounds nuts, but LOVE the kale chips :-)

  131. Kathy P

    I like your Peach Chicken recipe!

  132. Danielle

    I love her blog and would love a copy of her book! My favorite recipe is your Chocolate Chip Scones. I make them weekly, it’s what my daughter takes to school for her snack. I substitute 90% of the chips with dried cherries and use flax and water to substitute the eggs (I can’t have eggs). YUM!

  133. Irene

    My all time favorite is Pumpkin Pie Muffins from Elana’s Pantry! Sure would like the cookbook too. Irene

  134. Stephanie

    I have tried several of Stephanie’s recipes and they have all been great! I would love a copy of her new book!

  135. claudia

    my favorite recipe from elena are the spicy energy bars. So good, healthy, and unique because of the spice blend (cardamon is a spice I love but don’t really use much, and now I do).
    I JUST got a crockpot, and there it sits awaiting my use. I’m 47 and cooked for years, but never crockpot meals and I’d love this book to show me the way…

  136. Barb

    I love slow cooker recipes and now to learn about a gluten free slow cooker book…how lucky can we get?!?! Also nice to learn about Stephanie.

  137. Joann

    Wow! What are the odds of winning this drawing with so many comments? But what else can one expect with two such wonderful, helpful women writing cookbooks! I love your blueberry/banana muffins and love my crockpot more than ever with the Make It Fast, Cook It Slow.

  138. Melissa

    My favorite recipe is your Chocolate Chip cookies. I have not had a chance to try any of Stephanie’s recipes, but I have just started getting into the crockpot cooking after buying myself a crockpot for Xmas. I would love to win her cookbook and plan on seeing her interview on Wednesday.

  139. Kris

    My favorite recipe from Elana’s Pantry is the Vanilla Almond Butter, though I have tried many great recipes from this blog.

  140. Bri

    Absolutely love your Almond Butter Blondies. :) They are my go to dessert now being that they are so fast to whip up!

  141. My fave recipe from Elana’s collection so far… (I’m still new) is the spicy slay crossed with Asian slaw. YUM YUM!!! Can’t wait to try some of your cupcakes though!

  142. Green Shushi @ greenshushi.com

    I haven’t tried it yet, but Stephanie’s corn chowder looks yummy!

  143. Denise

    My favorite recipe of Stephanie’s is the Bacon Cheese Chicken. It is my go-to crockpot chicken recipe and we have it about once a week. Her recipes are a lifesaver for me as a new mom. :)

  144. Vicki

    I think I’ve not made a recipe I haven’t liked! Favorites, though, are your desserts- my older teens really like the candies. (occasionally, nat!)

  145. Mayness

    I’ve been thinking about getting this book for a long time. I can’t remember which of her recipes I’ve made, so I’ll post my all-time favorite recipe of yours: http://www.elanaspantry.com/carrot-banana-muffins/

  146. Roberta Thomas

    I would love to get this book! Like Elana, it is so easy to tweek a few things to make a recipe work for our individual needs. But I am all for dinner cooking while I’m getting on with my day. Pick me, pick me!

  147. Maria

    Elena’s vegan chocolate chip cookies have to be my absolute favorite!

  148. I would love to try some recipes from that book. I work part time I need quick and easy meals for my work days.

  149. Natane

    Gluten free pancakes!!! MMMM!!

  150. My favorite of yours thus far is the apple crisp!

  151. Bobbi-Jo Haynes

    I love the Scrumptious Sandwich Bread recipe from Elanas cookbook. I use the basic recipe for just sandwich bread and then add pumpkin and spices for some other alternatives….very good!! Would love to win a copy of the Crock Pot book, always need help in the kitchen;) Thanks

  152. linda murry @ lindamurry@comcast.net

    I am new to gluten free cooking. My favorite recipe so far are the pumpkin bars. My husband & all of my grandchildren loved them. I would love to win this cookbook for more quick & easy recipes.

  153. domestic diva

    I like your kale chips — addictive!

  154. we love her Slow cooker bake potato soup. I am making this right now for supper!

  155. kari

    You’ve inspired me to roast all sorts of veggies: kale, carrots, broccoli….

  156. LP

    I like her slow cooker apple and sausage stuffing (http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2010/11/slow-cooker-stuffing-with-apple-and.html). Fairly standard recipe (I’d make it spicier), but making it in the slow cooker saves a lot of space in the oven when you’re making a big meal.

  157. Sharon S

    Elana, can’t choose a favorite, but really like the chocolate cupcakes. I love using the crock pot and would love a dedicated healthy cookbook.

  158. Maggie

    Love, love, love Stephanie’s Orange Chicken. Yum! :)

  159. So hard to select a favorite from Elana’s collection. I’m making no potato salad tonight, and make it often. This is my favorite pick for this wonderful opportunity to win Stephanie’s book. I’m exciting to have learned about her and I’m off to check out her blog.
    Thank you.

  160. Patricia

    I found Staphanie’s site last year. Love all the crock pot recipes and would love her cookbook. I really like the baked potato soup. such a comfort food!

  161. debra

    I have always wanted to try Steph’s Bacon Wrapped Cornish Game Hens. It looks like such a simple and delicious recipe! I think I would pair it with your sauteed kale. :)

  162. Patty

    Thanks for posting this, Elana. I was lying in bed this morning thinking that we need to pull out the crockpot and get on making some meals that last more than one day. My hubby and i both work from home, so having yummy good food available makes life so much better.

  163. Your coconut chicken soup is one of my all-time favorites!

  164. Julie

    My current favorite recipe is your banana blueberry muffins out of your cook book. Yum!

  165. ~M

    I just made your (Elana’s) Thai chicken soup again, which is delicious. I also use Stephanie’s technique of roasting whole sweet potatoes in the crockpot all the time!

  166. Sara

    I really have enjoyed the kale chips! My family loves them too. A new way to use Kale is a blessing. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. Have a great day!

  167. Diane

    Thats what I like about your web-site Elana. I learn alot about others cook books, and your recipes are amazing. Loved your broccoli soup you had on the other day. Its so good and easy. Would love Stephanie’s cook book. My slow cooker needs to be dusted off and used.

  168. Jean Baraghoshi

    My all time favorite recipe from Elanas Pantry is her Chocolate Chip Brownies. I just started following the Diet Solution Program in October 2010 and since then have been searching for recipes that I can incorporate into our new lifestyle. Elana’s Chocolate Chip Brownies fill that bill. They are made from ingredients that are Diet Solution Friendly and they make a very large batch that lasts a while if you cut them into 24 servings. All of my friends and family that have tasted them are amazed with how they taste and that they are gluten free. Thank You Elana.

  169. Sheila

    Choose a favorite from Elana’s pantry? An impossible request as I have so many favorites, and have enjoyed reading your posts so much! Hmmm…well, I’ll choose your Broccoli Rabe with Garlic since that is one I make a lot, and just recently printed it out for my sister when she raved about it at dinner during her Christmas holiday visit with me. Thank you for being you!

  170. Suzette

    Love, love my crockpot and I would love to explore new and more creative (and healthy) ways to use it. Your chocolate bark was to die for over the holidays!!!

  171. Anna Aspnes @ annaaspnes.typepad.com

    Love your nutty bread Elana. Thanks for a chance to win. I have been looking for a GF slow cooker recipe book. This could be a perfect fit.

  172. Shawna

    My favorite recipe of Elana’s is the carrot cake. It’s very popular in our house!

  173. nicola gildersleeve @ ngildersleeve11@hotmail.com

    I am really looking into buying a slow cooker because theres seems to be a plethora of recipes in all my cooking magazines + it seems so fast and easy. Thanks for the post and giveaway opportunity!

  174. Peggy Cuevas

    This is the best set of recipes. I love the crockpot Beef Bourginon (sure I’ve spelled it incorrectly!!). She doesn’t make gravy with the pan juices but I did and they were delicious.

  175. Golden

    I’d have to say your kale chips!

  176. I want to try her Asian beef- I have 1/4 of a cow in the freezer and I’m always looking for better ways to make a roast (vs. the old standby). I need to take advantage of my slow cooker- thanks for the giveaway!

  177. Arleen

    Elana, my family loves your Very Vanilla Cupcakes!

  178. Jennifer Stephenson

    I love your recipe for kale chips. Also, tried your recipe for sauteed kale last night but substituted curly mustard instead. Quite tasty!

  179. Andrea

    No possible way to pick just one!!! Really digging the Sesame Crackers right now though, oh and the Flax Foccacia. Ooh and the Pumpkin Bars…oh my I could go on forever!

  180. Allison Waken @ allisonwaken.com

    LOVE the sauteed kale! I had never had it sauteed before!

  181. Teri

    Just turned on the crock pot with her receipe for Beef Stew…Yum!

  182. Krissy

    Your choc chip cookies are always a favorite.

  183. liz f.

    it seems faraway now that it is so cold, but your recipe for cucumber avocado gazpacho made the hot boston summer (without a/c) a manageable one! thanks for the chance to win!

  184. Michelle sullivan

    I just received a slow cooker for Christmas and as a busy mom of gluten free triplets I would love to have Stephanie’s new cookbook.

    Our favorite recipe from your website is roasted kale. Who knew I could get 7 year olds to gobble up kale? Thank you!

  185. Margaret

    Since going GF, I have had to abandon many of my crock pot recipies because they frequently require creamed soups. I haven’t found a good GF creamed soup product or recipe yet.

  186. Joey

    I love my slow cooker, and I love the fact that I can put the ingredients into it and leave it…to borrow a phrase from Ron Popeil, “set it and forget it”. I have even used my slow cooker overnight…the smell of the food kept us awake :) I’d love to win the book, I know I’d make good use of it!

  187. Sarah

    Right now the household most requested Elana recipe is the cinnamon apple muffin recipe from the almond flour cookbook. We all love it.

  188. Anisa

    Your chocolate cupcakes that you make in the food processor from whole almonds is my absolute favorite recipe on the planet. I could eat them all day and they are not just gluten-free good, they are just good. I am also loving all your kale recipes. Can’t wait to try the salt and vinegar kale chips tonight. I tried Steph’s crockpot bread and it was not a huge success for me, but I used a different mix than she suggested, will have to try again.

  189. Nicole

    I made a bunch of my friends cookies from your cookbook for the holidays, along with the mason jars with ingredients to make their own. I think I’ve converted them all! I’ve been sending them all to this website and Amazon to get your book since Christmas. And the best part–none of these people even have gluten sensitivity.

  190. Debbie

    We love the Barbequed Pulled Pork from Steph’s blog! Delicious and so easy!!!

  191. Shannan

    I just found out about your blog recently and have not been following it for long but have tried a few recipes and and absolutely love your Kale Chips! I recently found out that I am gluten intolerant and am excited to have found such a great site with sure great recipes!

  192. cindy

    Would love to have this book and my favorite recipe from Elana’s is the orange cake I make it all the time

  193. Sara

    I just got a crock pot yesterday so I’m not sure what my favorite thing to make is. I’d love to win the book and find out!

  194. Hope

    Yay, I just got a new crockpot and need some family friendly recipes to use!
    We have tried PF Changs lettuce wraps, or her version of the filling, from her website.
    Great giveaway, thanks! Our favorite recipe from your website AND the Honeyville Almond Flour package is your Chocolate Chip Cookies.

  195. Joy Nicol

    Oh! I am all for quick, no-fuss recipes! Thx for this opportunity. Right I am loving those cranberry walnut cookies from Elana’s pantry!

  196. Nicole

    My favorite elana’s pantry recipe at the moment are the double almond choclate chip cookies!!I bring them often when I go visiting friends.

  197. Laura rechtfertig

    I’ve subscribed to Stephanie’s site for over a year and have found her writing to be LOL funny! While I love many of her recipes I am fond of he caramelized onions and made them for Easter; they were a delicious hit!

  198. Tarrie

    Dear Elana,
    I am new to this whole gluten free experience. It’s only been a few months since I’ve been gluten free (and learning). I check your recipes every day, and have gotten lots of great ideas. This is a whole new world ! Please enter me in your giveaway, I need all the help I can get !!
    Keep up the good work.

  199. Jami Fynboh

    I love spicy slaw!
    This cook book looks great!
    …my fingers are crossed!

  200. Tarrie

    Forgot to mention, I made the Herb Gravy using venison drippings.
    It turned out great !

  201. Lauri

    I’ve only tried a few of your recipes so far, but I absolutely loved the cinnamon bun muffins. I don’t have a muffin tin so I baked it as a cake and it turned out so perfectly moist and sweet. I’m looking forward to trying one of your pancake recipes this week!

  202. Kelly- 18 Hour Kitchen @ 18hourkitchen.blogspot.com

    I’ve never tried one of Steph’s recipes, but would love the chance! Elana, one of my favorite recipes of yours is your candybar recipe… so unbelievably decadent!

  203. Joy

    I love, love, love Steph’s Rotisserie Style Crockpot Chicken. My husband and I make it at least two times a month, and I have given the recipe to all of my friends!

  204. Oh my goodness – this sounds like a wonderful book! I love my slow cooker – but am in desperate need of new recipes! Thanks for the chance at winning it!

  205. Sarah G

    I love Stephanie’s book and I look forward to checking out her new one! Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite recipe is one of yours; chocolate chips scones. My family LOVES these and they have become our go to cold winters night snack. :) In fact it snowed here last night and my girls are enjoying one of your scones and a cup of hot chocolate almond milk for a snack. Thanks!

  206. Nikki

    I am really excited about this giveaway! I am desperate for some new slow cooker recipes! My new favorite recipe from this blog are the salt and vinegar kale chips. Healthy & YUM!!!

  207. Amada Cortez

    AWESOME! I could put that book to good use.

  208. Kaitlin Rose

    I have actually never heard of Stephanie O’Dea, or her books, but since subscribing to your post’s Elana, I have to say, for me it’s like a culinary Christmas when I receive hints like this! I am a novice married to a professional chef, who unfortunately works a lot and never feels like cooking since he does all day. Needless to say, I strive to make things to please a pro, fit my busy unforgiving mommyhood, and follow our newly adopted strict gluten free diet! I love you Elana, but I’m afraid I will be spending a blog vacation in crockpot 365 land for a while! :)

  209. Carole @ email

    I would love to have this cookbook. I need recipes for potlucks and would put it to good use. I love reading the many peoples comments having already tried many of her recipes. Thank You for giving me this chance to win.

  210. Carlyn Lewis

    My favorite is your chocolate chip cookies :)

  211. Julia

    I have never tried any of Stephanie’s recipes, but would love to win the book to try some out. I have loved all of your recipes I have tried, but I guess the two I make most are your brownies and the mexican chicken and “rice”. My kids love them!

  212. Kate

    My favorite recipe has definitely been your chocolate chip scones. They remind me of the cookies I used to make as a little girl. When I make them, I try every excuse I can to eat one, breakfast, post-workout snack, dessert :)


  213. Christina Jensen

    What timing! I literally just bought a new crock-pot and was thumbing through cookbooks and got so discouraged. There’s got to be other options besides throwing in a can of cream of mushroom soup! I hope I win.

    My favorite recipe from Elana is the asparagus quiche from the almond flour cookbook. I discovered it when I began cooking for my GF husband. It is now a staple on our table, breakfast, lunch or dinner for the whole family.

  214. It’s not a crockpot recipe, but I love your almond flour bread recipe. With some almond butter on top, it’s a perfect run-out-the-door breakfast.

  215. Lisa @ Real Food Digest @ realfooddigest.com

    My favorite recipe is the spinach cake. I have Claudia Roden’s book and completely overlooked this recipe until you adapted it on your site. Thanks!

  216. Michelle D

    I’m new to both of your blogs and so glad I found them! I have made the Calico bean soup from Stephanie’s blog and loved it! Odds and ends mixed up together into something fabulous! I have never been exposed to much slow cooker cooking and only been cooking gluten-free for about 2 years now, so I’m really looking forward to diving into the information you fabulous women have shared on your blogs!

  217. Cindi

    Our family likes Stephanie’s recipe for Korean Ribs…plus a whole lot more! We like your recipe for cheese crackers using almond flour.

  218. Rebecca

    So many to choose from, but something I have been making A LOT are the pumpkin pie muffins. One of our favorites, indeed.

  219. Nerissa


    I have used your website as a great resource for my own diet changes and transitions.

    My very first recipe from your site is still a popular one. The Eggplant Caponata! I love eggplant.

    Thanks for sharing all your great meals and ideas. I/we all really appreciate them.

  220. I made Stephanie’s Minestrone Soup yesterday…it was so easy and delicious and my house smelled fantastic! We had warm almond flour biscuits from Elana’s Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook as the perfect side!

  221. jane

    My favorite Gluten Free Pantry recipe is, hands down, the Muesli Bread in the Gluten Free Almond Flour cookbook. I vary the nuts and fruit depending on what’s in my pantry, and make a loaf nearly every month. EVERYone loves it!! I’m always looking for good slow-cooker recipes that are easy – and would love a copy of this new book!!

  222. Barbara Lacy

    Chocolate Almond Joy Bark is my favorite!

  223. Daniela Tanner

    When the cold weather came, I told myself I’d be making more soups and using my crock pot more, but it hasn’t happened yet. I’m hoping Steph’s book will help me out!

  224. Karen

    I’ll have to check out Steph’s blog. I love crockpot cooking. Just made meatloaf and let it cook overnight. Woke up to the best smells and hot meatloaf for breakfast!

    My favorite recipe on your site so far is the Nutty Bread. I love it! I even make up “mixes” for it and ship them to my 84 year old Mom. Thanks so much!

  225. RH

    Spiced pecans, which were a big hit as hostess gifts over the holidays.

  226. Doreen Goodhue

    Hello Elana,

    I just love all of your recipes. It is hard to pinpoint just one. I think your double chocolate mocha biscotti is just devine! :o)


  227. Tiffany Harelik @ trailerfooddiaries.com

    Blue Cheese Potato Soup with Olive Tapenade sounds lovely – I’ll be trying it out before the weather warms up here in Austin, Texas.

  228. Gretchen

    A few months ago, I vowed to cook with a crockpot more often. So far my favorite recipe is her Chile Verde recipe.

    I would love a copy of her new cookbook!

  229. Julie

    My most-used recipe from the crockpot365 blog is the cream of mushroom soup recipe – but today I happen to be making the refried beans one. LOVE that blog!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win her fabulous cookbook!

  230. Lisa Thompson

    My favorite recipe from “Elana’s Pantry” is her “Butternut Squash Soup (My Favorite)” !!

    Book give away contestant :)

  231. Rachel

    So far, every recipe I have tried on Elana’s website is fabulous. But I tried the “Mounds bar” recipe 2 nights ago, and I am hooked! I made seven bars (concerned that I wouldn’t like them), ate four as soon as they were hardened and shared the rest with my kids the next day! (they got one half, and I got the other half) ;) We all thought they were the best!

  232. Jeanie

    My favorite recipe of yours is the bread with all the nuts & seeds and the kale chips.

  233. Allyson

    My fiance LOVES Steph’s Asian-style peanut butter pork. I put it all together in the crockpot before I head off to work and he is in heaven when he comes home. I am required to make extras so he can have leftovers for lunch! This is a regular meal at our house.

  234. Jenn Strilchuk

    I love your fudge recipe. I just made it last night and tweaked it a little bit because of what I had in my pantry. Instead of honey, I used coconut syrup and instead of macadamian butter, I used raw almond butter. I also added a few drops of flower medicine vanilla extract. It was so yummy!

  235. Lisa Dudash

    The Korean ribs, for sure!!

  236. Jennifer @ toadhaven.com

    I really like her Indian Butter Chicken recipe. Yummy!

  237. Catherine

    My favorite recipe from Elana’s Pantry is the coconut flour chocolate cupcakes. I just received a crockpot for Christmas with no idea where to begin as far as recipes. Thanks for the opportunity, this cookbook would be perfect!

  238. Helen Szadkowski

    This past Christmas was the first time I made homemade (and not packaged) gravy as I have just recently started making my meals gluten free.

    I enjoyed the “Herb Gravy” but my children are still using the packaged. Perhaps one day they will switch over their diets too.

    Thank You Elana for sharing your recipes with us :)


  239. Heather

    Mustard Lime Chicken has such great tanginess. I need a crockpot yesterday.

  240. Amanda Dilday

    We love your eggplant parmesan, enjoying it almost every week, and though simple, your chocolate chip cookies are our favorite, especially on cold winter afternoons.

  241. Lisa Rogers

    I love your Thai Vegetable Soup and the Thai Chicken Soup. They were wonderful soups and have made a few additions of my own. :) Yum…..

  242. Pam Crow

    Last week in snowy Wisconsin I picked the last of my kale from the garden. Elana introduced us to that yummy dish and my whole family likes – including the pets.

  243. Staci

    My favorite is your Cinnamon Bun Muffin recipe. I throw it all in a glass pan and make coffee cake out of it. Thanks for the opportunity!

  244. Lisa Torres

    oooooo this cookbook looks great..another fun one..You are killing my budget with great books…that of course I MUST have..LOL..I am still only on the first part of Dorie Greenspan HUGE BOOK!! Didnt expect it to be so big and heavy!! but love it..
    I love all your recipes but my favorite that I cant stop making right now is your Cod Piccata Paprika…I have used all kinds of fish and my TEENAGE boys LOVE IT… they ask me to make it every week. I use mahi mahi pieces for a afterschool snack and they love it. Off to explore more of this new book on Amazon…THANKS ALOT…LOL.

  245. Claudia

    Oh, I’d love to win this! I have only recently discovered the Crock Pot (yes, America, it’s not that common in the Netherlands), but I fell head over heels in love with it. Plus I’m still on the lookout for great recipes. So thanks for putting up that link to Stephanie’s blog! I gave it a quick glance and I already know I’ll Crock Pot myself silly in the cold months to come, whilst still baking batches of your double chocolate cherry cookies, Elana. We never, ever, grow tired of those! Thanks :-)

  246. Shannon Hunt

    Absolutely, without a doubt, Crockpot 365’s Crockpot Cheesecake! <3

  247. Kassia

    I have made many of your recipes and many of Stephanie’s! My favorite of your recipes is your Blueberrries and Cream Cupcakes, but without the cream topping, as we are dairy free. My favorite recipe of Stephanie’s is probably her Crockpot Applesauce, simple and delicious, I replace the tablespoon of brown sugar with half a tablespoon of agave nectar.

  248. Tessa B

    I love Steph’s black bean salsa soup.

  249. Sally Nance

    I love Elana’s chocolate chip cookies! I make them all the time, and my family loves them!

  250. Laura

    Elana’s almond butter based brownies are a favorite. Even gluten eaters rave about how fabulous these are. ;-)

  251. Becca

    I found Crockpot 365 through a friend when we had transitioned our oldest to a gluten free diet. I immediately fell in love! The one go to recipe that I love is 40 clove chicken. (http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2009/04/crockpot-20-to-40-clove-garlic-chicken.html) It makes a yummy dinner and lots of left overs that can be turned into burritos, soup, just about anything!

  252. Dawn

    I love the almond flour pancakes!

  253. Love her blog and book! We just had her Maple Dijon Chicken last night. We loved it!!! Super yummy!!

  254. Jenna Hoskinson @ 52mealplans.blogspot.com

    Gosh you both have such great recipes that it’s hard to pick a favorite! I did really like the recipe for beef and broccoli on Steph’s blog :)

  255. Joanne Kuchinski

    I haven’t done a recipe cause I don’t have the cook books. I sure would love to win one though.

  256. Valerie

    Elana, I love your Agave Lime Chicken. And from 365 Crockpot blog I would like to try many of her dishes.

  257. Christina

    Mmm, your Agave Lime Chicken is my favorite!

  258. Definitely your cinnamon roll muffins!!!

  259. Jessica

    I have been making batches of your spiced nuts as gifts and salad toppers since Christmas. Delicious yet so simple! My favorite recipes from Stephanie are the applesauce and cheesecake recipes.

  260. I am a newbie to the GF food concept, but as an equally busy working Mom I try to use my slow cooker. If there is a resource that brings both concepts together – BRING IT ON PLEASE. Made Elena’s raw applesauce the other day, easy and yum Thanks,

  261. I cannot narrow it down to one favorite recipe The chocolate chip cookies were my first favorite…and then the chia seed tappioca….and kale slaw….better stop now…too many to love!

  262. I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but I made your bread about once every 2 weeks. YUM!

  263. Niki

    Yeah… I love simple and easy..can’t wait to try some recipes!

  264. Hilary Woo

    Ok I have to admit that, though I love all your recipes…because it’s so easy and I ALWAYS have the ingredients on hand, the chocolate chip cookies are probably my most often used…and i give the recipe to everyone! I love your blog, and you are an incredibly wonderful source for us glutenfree folk who wish to live healthy!

  265. Christie

    I made her Indian Curry recipe and LOVED it!!

  266. Lynn Krukowski @ fireagateartstudio.com

    Gave my sons crock pots for their apartments when they moved out for University classes. Found a ton of OLD crockpot cook books to give them and I know they stored them all at the back of the highest cupboard! They give me a hard time about how I have too many cook books as “everything is on the net now Mom.” Glad I can refer them to a new site. Thanks. I am planning to find her baked potato soup recipe and on today’s to-do list is to make your orange cake using lemons as suggested by someone in an earlier post. I love all your almond flour muffin recipes (especially the carrot cake one). Thanks to both of you for keeping us all healthy.

  267. Definitely the salt & vinegar kale chips!

  268. TinaW

    I have the first book, Make It Fast, Cook It Slow. It rocks. My favorite recipe so far is coconut beef. Yum! Here it is on the blog. http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/08/cocount-beef-crockpot-recipe.html

  269. miss tejota @ misstejota.com

    I’m very nice to this web site, but my favorite Elana recipe so far is the Sauteed Kale (http://www.elanaspantry.com/sauteed-kale/). Total Yum.

    Thanks for doing this contest.

  270. Veronica

    Definitely the salt and vinegar kale chips! Yummm!

  271. NicoleK

    My boys love Stephanie’s “Taco Soup”… and so do their friends!! We have a few kids who ask that I make it when they come over =) Can’t complain about that!!

  272. I do not have a crock-pot and have never tried
    cooking with one, but if I won this cookbook, I
    would get one and try a bunch of the recipes.
    My favorite recipes from Elana (too many to name all)
    would have to be the lemon-poppy seed muffins, blueberry
    muffins, salmon dill burgers and chocolate banana cake, all

  273. Jennifer Bailey

    Boy would that cookbook be a great gift to our family! By far our favorite recipe from Elana’s is the kale chips. I have a 6 and 7 year old that both say kale chips are their favorite food. Three batches of kale chips are gone in minutes at our house.

  274. My BFF’s dad is diabetic and your Pecan Shortbread Cookies are perfectly suited for him. I’ve made them time and time again.

  275. Pat @ Elegantly Gluten-Free @ elegantlyglutenfree.com

    I was going to choose something simple and healthy, like bean soup or risotto or kale, until I saw the 5 Layer Brownies at crockpot365! My apologies to the menu plan, but this has got to be included ;-)

  276. Joan

    My favorite recipe is Elana’s Chocolate Banana Cake.

  277. Barbara Bakie

    Many favorites made in the crock pot. Picking just one….lasagna (lasagne).

  278. Kristi Russo

    One of my favorite EP recipes is the Zucchini chocolate chip muffins!

  279. Felicia

    Hellooooooo……Brie with Pecans and Cranberries!!!!!!!! The bomb!! I could camp at the crockpot for days on this one!! ha ha Thanks for another great opportunity!!!!

  280. JoAnne


    One of my favorite recipes is your Thai Chicken Chili. I love using my crockpot and am always looking for new recipes!

  281. Steff

    Our family loves Cauliflower Rice and we have shared it with others who love it, too!

  282. Molly

    My favorite recipe of yours is definitely the Grilled Chipolte Orange Chicken..soo yummy. I am a huge fan of cooking slow and taking my time with it, but such is life that time gets tight, and using the crock pot (today I am roasting turkey in mine) is the way to go! So many things you can do and you get to choose what goes in there! Once I threw in some apples and cranberries in with my famous chicken breast recipe, just for the heck of it :)

  283. Scent Hive @ scenthive.com

    My favorite Elana’s Pantry recipe is for almond milk. I use it everyday in my coffee, oatmeal, smoothies…you name it!

    Thanks for a terrific giveaway!

  284. Holly Dapore

    I just found the site–wow. I cook GF/casein free and egg free–this is great! I am going to try the Apricot Chicken. Thanks :O)

  285. Nang

    the kids and i love the chocolate chip scones!

  286. Debbie Plumley

    The lemon kale chips continues to be a top favorite!

  287. Christine Kelly

    I love all your soups, the brocolli is one of my favourties Elana.

  288. Diane

    I love the crockpot pumpkin spice latte!

  289. Lori from Albuquerque

    It’s really difficult to pick one favorite recipe. I have not checked out Stephanie’s site yet, but will today. My favorite recipe of Elana’s is her Gluten Free Almond Power Bars.

  290. Britt Sondreal

    Really excited about this cookbook–my roomie just got a huge slow cooker & I’ve been looking for recipes.
    I have yet to go thru all the recipes, but my Elana favorite has to be her gf vegan pancakes. I’ve made them for non gf friends who have said they’re better than regular and demanded the recipe! ;)

  291. Stephanie’s Crockpot Fried Rice recipe with a few personal tweaks was a hit in our household. I added Chile Garlic Sauce to my rice and it was great!

    We have a large family and are a.l.w.a.y.s. cooking. I’ve been trying to be more organized with better meal plans and fixed ahead meals. Using our roaster oven and crockpot has been one big help in this area. Especially for hot and ready breakfasts for the guys who leave so early. Crockpot Breakfast French Toast or Bread Pudding made with leftover breads or biscuits area favorite here….as is Crockpot Steel Cut Oats. And, I recently made Crockpot Yogurt with our Jersey’s raw milk.

    My only problem is I need another crockpot to make enough food for all of us at one time!

  292. Linda

    I have been wanting this book…thanks for offering it and I hope I win! :) Also love your scones, Elana.

    Thanks for blogging! You are a blessing to many.

  293. Kathy

    My favorite recipe from Stephanie’s Blog is the African Peanut Soup. Delicious. What a great cookbook, it’s one I would love for my collection! Thsnk you.

  294. Mia

    I love your biscuits and silver dollar pancakes!

    Thank you!

  295. Christine Saunders @ wishpot.com

    I heart your pizza recipe and your scones and your ‘breaded chicken’ Need i go on. I didn’t know almond flour before I read your book and it has changed the way I cook. Now I can make food that both myself and my non-gf boyfriend can eat. Thank you thank you thank you. I have a crock pot and i haven’t been overly successful with it so I think this book could help.

  296. Vanessa Lucius @ vanessadunlop.com

    Haha, so I need to confess that what I am choosing for a favorite recipe is not one I’ve tried yet, but one I am very excited to try! It’s from the recent post on Fennel Apple Soup–sounds delic! I was turned on to your blog a little over a year ago, and as a young woman and wife, I am loving all the great recipe ideas! They are helping me to build my personal cookbook of family-favorite recipes that I believe we’ll make and enjoy the rest of our lives:) We just got a crock pot for the wedding and have been trying to find as many simple crock pot recipes as possible. This books sounds wonderful! I think I’ll have to go get it, even if I don’t win it:)

    Thanks for all your great work!

  297. Annette

    My favorite recipe is from this website. The Rosemary crackers made with almond flour are great! Easy to make, delicious AND healthy!
    Thank you!

  298. The two recipes I make the most of yours are the Blueberry Banana Muffins and Thai Chicken Soup. Your recipes always exceed my expectations!

  299. Sue

    Stephanie’s Cream Cheese Chicken is a family favorite.

  300. I just visited the Crockpot 365 site…wow, I’m impressed! Can’t wait to try the Corned Beef recipe, as well as the Banana Bread!

  301. MaggiePeg63

    Your almond butter brownies are the most fabulous brownies in the world. I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve had on those. They are wonderful!

  302. Kim Brown

    I just love one dish meals. I am drooling over the crock pot 5 Layer Brownie recipe. It is calling my name!!

  303. Doris @ wearp.com

    That’s a hard one – so many great recipes!
    I love the Barbecue Beef Ribs very much though – Thanks!

  304. Susan R

    I want to make the Hawaiian ribs someday. :)

  305. Sherri

    I haven’t tried any of Stephanie’s recipes yet. I picked up her original cookbook from the library yesterday, and there are several that I plan on trying. I would love to win her new cookbook, though, instead of waiting for it to become available at the library.

    As far as my favorite recipes from you (Elana), I would have to say it’s your fish sticks. I use cod for the fish and I make my own homemade, dairy-free, gluten-free and sugar-free tartar sauce. It rocks!

    My husband’s favorite recipe is your Chicken Parmesan and Tomato Sauce. Once again, I make my own dairy-free “cheeses.” He asks for this at least once a week. I think he would eat it every day if I fixed it.

    As far as desserts, the chocolate cake and chocolate frosting are both of our favorites! The runner up is your Raspberry Bars. :)

    Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes!

  306. Hands down, with out a doubt, your chocolate chip cookies are our favorite recipe of yours. My entire extended family even gets excited when I bring them over. Everyone agrees they are the best chocolate chip cookies around, gluten free or not. I actually need to go make up some now to chill for an after dinner treat…

  307. Jennifer Pfeiffer

    I love your kale recipes. Thanks for the contest. I’d love some more healthy recipes for my slow cooker.

  308. Ashley H

    I think I’d like the cinnamon bun muffins.

  309. Rebekah

    I love Elana’s pumpkin pie muffins and star cookies. Oooh, and kale chips! Both satisfy different cravings (sweet and crunchy/salty), and they’re so much better for me than the usual comfort foods.

  310. Julie (Bananas for Bourbon) @ bananasforbourbon.blogspot.com

    So many to choose from! I’ll say your butternut squash soup, because butternut squash is one of my favorite things to eat in winter!

  311. nicole

    my fave recipe is your brownies–they work great egg free. I use ener-g egg replacer and they are great!

  312. Dee

    My granddaughter(who doesn’t like almonds)and I love the almond pancakes! The almond joy bark is great also! Your recipes are the greatest!

  313. Jennifer Wood

    Creamy onion salad dressing. I make it in triple batches and lap it up!

  314. Fran Danner

    White Chili from the 365 blog is the best! Going to enter it in our company chili contest just to see what happens! LOL!

  315. Rebecca

    One of the dinners our family loves is the Chicken with Cherries and Kale. We call it purple chicken and my husband likes to cook it while I get the ingredients ready, bonus!

  316. We just started living gluten-free a little over a week ago, so I look forward to getting more familiar with your recipes, they all sound amazing. However, I initially subscribed to your blog a few months ago (before I ever knew we’d be GF soon) because of your soup recipes. Thai Chicken Soup is the winner for me!

  317. Susanna Harget

    I love her 5-layer brownies–I made them last week and the family went wild! I’ve done 3 of her recipes this week alone–I love how down-to earth and practical her recipes are. Great for parents on the go!

  318. Stephanie

    Go Stephanie!!! LOVE your first cookbook!! Can’t wait to get this one! I hope I win!

  319. Jenee

    It is wonderful to walk into your house and smell dinner cooking in your crock pot…as if you have your own personal chef busy in your kitchen while you are away :D

  320. Jana Hansen

    I work for an international health and wellness company and am constantly looking for healthy recipes, gluten-free recipes, and sugar-free recipes for our clients. One of the ladies involved in our blog told me about Elana’s Pantry and we have been making a new recipe every Wednesday to try them out. So far, the most favorite recipe (the entire office agrees) is the Gluten Free Green Chile Turkey Burgers. We served them with lettuce, mashed avocado spread, onions, and tomatoes on top. I made them last week and everyone raved about them so much that I handed out the recipe and we’re having them again on Friday! Thank you for posting such delicious recipes that are easy and hassle free! The entire office is following your blog and we can’t wait to try them all!

  321. anita z

    My favorite Elana recipe so far is the Vegan Pumpkin Pie. We eat it sometimes for breakfast because it is both healthy and yummy. Also really enjoy the molasses cookies. Yum! Thanks for such great recipes.

  322. Mary cay

    Haven’t tried it yet – but looking forward to the homemade mounds bar.
    Made cauli rice last nite, yumm.

  323. V

    Recently discovered this website – it’s great – I love her recipes. I’ve been wanting to try the creme brulee (http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/02/crockpot-crme-brulee-recipe.html) soon.

  324. Melissa Derr

    My favorite Elana recipe is the Thai Vegetable soup.

  325. Marylyn, CT

    My favorite Elana’s pantry recipe is the snickerdoodles!

  326. Stephanie

    I haven’t tried it yet but I will soon be trying your Broccoli Soup recipe. It looks so simple and delicious!

  327. Carolyn

    Well- up until a few days ago- my answer may have been any of a variety of your recipes- however- last night while pondering where I could get kale at 11:30 PM- I realized a new love- deeper than many I have known.
    I think I am going to have to say the kale chips.
    Addiction- I know thee well. LOVE kale chips!

  328. Irene

    My favorite has to be the Salmon Dill Burgers. They are so yummy! My sons favorite are the Chocolate Chip Scones. He gobbles them up.

  329. Betty Ann Powell

    I like Elana’s recipe for GF Broccoli Soup!! mmmmm-good.

  330. Meggan D.

    I love slow cooking! I can’t wait to get this cookbook.

  331. My new favorite recipe is the power bar! So delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  332. Lisa R

    Funny, I was just looking at this cookbook on Amazon and wondering if it was a good one. Then I pop over to your blog and BINGO – there it is :)

    I’m just learning about gluten-free cooking. I make desserts for our church cafe and I want to start making healthier desserts for all of us to enjoy. Your brownie recipe with almond butter is my fav so far.

    Thank you.

  333. Michelle H

    I’m always looking for new and good for you recipes for the boys I work with at the group home! I have Vampire Chicken going on right now for dinner tonight!

  334. Lisa

    Breakfast bars, hands down. They are the perfect combo of sweet and salty. And they couldn’t be easier. The trifecta of GF (or any, for that matter) cooking!

  335. Sarah P

    Oops – my email address was wrong! I love your biscuit recipe, and I also love Stephanie’s Crockpot Chicken Makhani – http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/12/crockpot-chicken-makhani-indian-butter.html

  336. Marilyn

    your pie crust recipe saved our holidays :)! Glad to have slow cooking recipe book recommendations now too! thanks!

  337. Christina Matthewson

    I’m a huge fan of indian food and I just love this recipe
    Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)


  338. Shenan

    From Elana I would have to say any version of coconut flour cupcakes…very excited about the new book!

  339. I am not familiar with this book, although with my busy life I need it! Thanks for all you do, Elana!

  340. Carol

    I love the Savory Vegetable Quiche. I feel like I am getting the veggies and the protein all in one. I am dairy and gluten free so I appreciate all the “good” tried and tested recipes I can find. Thank you for sharing.

  341. Rin

    There are too many to choose from! Your chocolate chip scones (from the cookbook) are always a hit in our house! I’m excited to look into the A Year of Slow Cooking blog, and I’d love a copy of her book. Thanks!

  342. Sarah

    I love the coconut chicken soup recipe! so good.

  343. Jennifer

    I just got your cookbook for Christmas. My first recipe attempt were the pancakes. They were a big hit with my family. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and tricks for going Gluten Free.

  344. Tina Moody @ lifepractice.net

    I’m teaching a crock pot cooking class in June and am currently exploring Stephanie’s site, thanks so much for the referral. However, my absolutely favorite recipe from your first cookbook is the BISCUITS. I use them for shortbread with strawberries and cashew cream on top or cut the agave a bit and add rosemary for a savory accompaniment to chicken soup. My son likes them best, just plain straight. Thanks so much for your gluten-free support.

  345. moriah cameron

    There has not been a single recipe from Elana’s pantry that has not been delicious. The chewy chocolate cookies and herb crackers are staples in our house. :) Thanks!

  346. Kathy Taylor

    My gf daughter and I cook Elana’s recipes in different states and love them. A family is favorite is the chipotle orange chicken. YUM! We would love the book for our busy lives, mine as a working mom and hers as a student athlete at Regis.

  347. Kathy Taylor @ deleted

    Don’t think my 1st attempt worked. My gf daughter and I love Elana’s site. Chipotle Orange Chicken is a family favorite. We would love the cookbook for our busy lives!

  348. MaryK

    Your chocolate chip scones are my favorite…thanks!

  349. MCA

    I enjoyed your mashed cauliflower recipe posted before Thanksgiving.

  350. TZel

    Baked Bean Soup from 365. Thanks!

  351. Staje

    My favorite recipe…

    Either Kale Chips or Chocolate Chip Scones, hard to say which :)

  352. Peggy Kilgore

    I just love the “Glazed Pecans” from Elana’s pantry. I have been trying to find a recipe w/out sugar and there it was, they are so delicious, I just can’t stop eating them. I love Elana’s recipes because they are wheat and sugar free, just what I was looking for, and so nutritious using the almond flour! I really feel like I am cheating!! Love, Love Love!!

  353. Linda

    So far, I would say your carrot muffins with coconut flour are a favorite. (They also tend to be a base to make variations and to leave out the agave- I can’t have it)
    A barely used crock pot sits on the counter, I know where to head for inspiration!!! The book sounds great, how exciting!


  354. Jackie

    3 packet pot roast and ropa vieja are tied for my favorite recipe from Stephanie’s blog. This book would encourage my hubby to cook more….I hope!

  355. Jules

    My husband is from the South and for him nothing beats Ham Hocks and Beans slow cooked in the ole’ crock pot.


  356. Jenni Lintz

    Oh! Picking a favorite recipe from this site is too difficult considering I use a recipe from Elana’s Pantry at least once a day. Today I’m making the Mexican Chicken and Rice for dinner. Our top favorites would be Purple Velvet Torte, Breakfast Bars and Thai Chicken Soup! Keep the inspiration coming! Thanks for a great site.
    ~Your grateful fans in Fort Collins

  357. Chloe Marty @ mochieroo.com

    Yum! Quinoa crockpot casserole! I want to make that from crockpot365.com

  358. Amber

    My favorite recipe is so, hard to come up with. But, I think I’ll go with the first recipe I made from Elana’s Pantry, Simple Bread. When I made that I was pleased that gluten free cooking can be simple and possibly more nutritious.

  359. Your spicy slaw! Mmmmmm. Totally reminds me of a dish I had all the time when I lived in East Africa.

  360. sue

    I have your cookbook (first one), Elana, and I like the recipes I have tried. But lately I have really been appreciating the classic drop biscuits. I sub coconut oil in for the grapeseed oil and 1 teaspoon honey and a smidgen of water for the agave. I make them smaller too as they are so filling. How nice to have a high protein treat.

  361. Elana, honestly, its SO HARD to pick one recipe from your book bec. they are ALL AMAZING! Not ONE bad recipe! Being Gluten Casein free, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your pot pie recipe! It tastes EXACTLY if not better then the wheat dairy pie. Amazing!!!! I crave it! Thanks SOOO much for your cook books. They are life saving!
    Wanted to mention Digestive Wellness Almond flour. Hands down the BEST (no I dont work for them, just a consisten buyer!)
    Thanks again
    Jeni Clark

  362. Elizabeth

    Either the mocha cookies or the thai veggie soup! Yummmm

  363. ange

    Right now, my favourite recipe from Elana’s Pantry is the Vegan Eggnog. I was so excited to get that recipe in my email inbox. I had been experimenting with making dairy-free eggnog; however, I just do not like soy milk at all. Your vegan eggnog was welcomed in my home. Thanks so much.

  364. Brenda

    Love your chocolate chip cookies and your chocolate bark. Could use some
    new recipes for my slow cooker. Such a time saver.

  365. Amber

    I LOVE crockpot cooking!

  366. Love Stephanie’s recipe for butternut squash soup. The apples give it a wonderful flavor!

  367. Kristen

    Yay for the slow cooker!

  368. rebecca

    my favorite is your sliverdollar pancakes!!!!!!!!! never know they are gluten free :)

  369. Jeri Cole

    Well, I’ve made your chocolate chip scones 3 times in a little over a week. They are so good. Definitely could use some slow-cooker recipes. I like her recipe for Crock-pot pumpkin spice lattes though.

  370. Feiga Mazer

    One of my favorite recipes from Elana is the chocolate brownies! Everyone wants the recipe especially when they find out the ingredients.

  371. lior

    my favorite recipe from the almond flour cookbook is the eggplant parm or the salmon burgers. when i make eggplant parm for friends they can’t believe it is gluten free! i always get tons of compliments when i cook either of these recipes (or any other elana’s pantry recipes).

  372. Sarah F

    I’m in love with Crockpot365. My favorite recipe is a chili recipe (that I cannot seem to find on the website today). I printed it and added it to my recipe book… it’s that good!
    “Make it Fast, Cook It Slow” is a great book with a huge variety of recipes. If you don’t have it, get it!

  373. Lauren

    I love the chocolate pot de creme! (although now that I’ve given up sugar, it will be a rarity until I can find an adequate substitution.. but it sure is delish!)

  374. Barbara

    The book sounds great. I love to use the slow cooker. One of my favorite recipes from Elana’s is the honey cake. It’s delicious and doesn’t even have honey in it. I also love the Bindi bars as snacks. There are just a lot of really wonderful recipes.

  375. Looks like a great book… it seems the crock pot recipes I often see call for ingredients that I don’t use.

  376. Adrienne

    My latest favorite recipe from elanaspantry.com is the riesling biscuits!! I made them last night with cardamom instead of ginger. Delicious! If I win this cookbook, I would give it to my sister, who would greatly appreciate it. She is gluten free and loves her crockpot! :)

  377. Moni Marsden

    My favorite recipe(s) in Elana’s Cookbook are the cookies and brownies Because my 17 yr old son who lives gluten free can so easily and quickly make himself a wonderful snak! Thanks Elana

  378. Jennifer

    Elana’s chocolate chip cookies are the best ever!! Really!

  379. TIFFANY

    my favorite recipe so far is your stuffed bell peppers! I even used the recipe for the meat to make some delicious tacos. I’m really looking forward to trying some of your kale recipes… and so many more.

  380. Tonya Holdren

    My favorite is absolutely the chocolate chip cookies from Elana’s pantry. Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite dessert ever!

  381. D. Dorsey

    Elana, your recipes are divine! We just made the pecan pie with chocolate pie crust and it was to die for! Then we made the lemon squares–too delicious. What a blessing. I would love to have the slow cooker book.

  382. Wendy

    I have used several of Steph’s recipes off her website and they are fantastic. I am SO glad she came out with a new cookbook! I also am grateful for the gluten-free additions to her meals.

  383. Neill Hines

    my favorite recipe is Coq au Vin

  384. Brenda James

    I would love to have this. I’m trying to cook and eat even more healthy in 2011 and the crock pot will be helpful to this goal since I work every day. Elana’s favorite recipe for me and my family is just about every single one — but we really like her pancake recipe because it meant we could eat pancakes again!

  385. CAtherine Rutter @ kitchen-rx.com

    Just made the salt and vinegar kale chips. They were wonderful! Thank you!

  386. Abby Hilton

    Made your vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting a few weeks ago…very yummy! The cookbook sounds great; I love the crockpot!

  387. Elizabeth Dahl @ edahlphotography.com

    This book looks fantastic!

  388. Linda Mazar

    I love Stephanie’s first cookbook and can’t wait to get a copy of the second one. I guess my fav recipe from Stephanie’s first one is the Vietnamese Roasted Chicken. Talk about easy and tasty! My family can’t get enough of it. And it’s so easy! And we love so many of her other recipes too. Since I bought that cookbook, the crockpot comes out several times per week!

  389. Paul King

    Definitely love your blondie recipe made with almond butter…they are addictive

  390. Gail

    I recently made your almond bread/Gluten-free Bread 2.0 again. Cannot get enough of it. Delicious nutty taste.

    I love my crockpot. It is wonderful for the comfort foods of winter!

  391. Elana Daley @ conceptsintraining.com

    My kitchen remodel is almost completed. I just made a great stew last week in my slow cooker. Although I am unfamiliar with her books, I am all too curious and would enjoy learning more about slow cooking. I’ll be visiting her website next!

    I love that you promote others and I too am just a busy mom who finds it important to feed my family healthy well balanced meals rather than the fast food that sells on the center isles of many markets or msg laden foods in many restaurants.

    Thanks for all you do, Elana!

  392. Susan

    Steph’s African Peanut Soup sounds awesome! I love making soups and stews in the wintertime. I look forward to adding this to my repertoire.

  393. Sarah Branstetter

    My family and I love the crock pot chicken parmesan. It is not mushy at all and my kids ask for it all the time!

  394. Sherri

    I would love to try some of these recipes! Whenever I try to make chicken in my crock pot it turns out overcooked, so I am looking forward to some good ideas. Thanks!

  395. Kathy

    My daughter is a celiac with Hashimoto thyroiditis and can’t have any grains, soy, sugar, dairy, or potatoes to name a few. Your book Elaina has saved me. Our 1st favorite recipe to try was the Chocolate chip cookies. Your bread recipe has given my daughter a little taste of heaven.

  396. Angie

    Tough call between the chocolate chip cookies and the pizza sauce. Love all your recipes but those too are made most often around here…

  397. Nana

    My favorite recipe is Elana’s gluten-free bread 2.0. I make it every week. I’d love the cookbook.

  398. Amy

    Yogurt! I love making it in my crockpot now!

  399. Norma Heckendorf

    Hi Elana-

    So far, my favorite recipe from your blog is the one for bran muffins. They are so very yummy! Thank you for sharing your recipes.

    Also, I have just received your Almond Flour cookbook, and I am excited to begin trying out the recipes. They look pretty good, and I can’t wait to cook and bake them!


  400. Tirzah

    It’s hard to choose, but we do love Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies.

  401. Jen

    We really like the CrockPot Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken); except for we make it as “I can’t believe it’s not” Butter Chicken – omitting the yogurt and butter since we are gluten and dairy free. :)

  402. Jill

    My absolute favorite recipe is your gluten free bread 2.0. It has saved me and my family, we haven’t found another bread that compares to this one. I used it to make stuffing and it’s amazing. Thanks so much.


  403. Amanda

    Oh, I am so excited to see another crockpot cookbook. I adore both of your recipes and cookbooks so much. My current fav recipe from the original Make it Fast, Cook it Slow is the refried beans, so easy, yet so yummy. My current fav Elana’s pantry recipe is the gingerbread cookies.

  404. Amanda Johnson

    Elanas spice cake is my current favorite.

  405. I love your vegan crackers and rosemary crackers. A friend of mine just made them for our girl’s night and we now call them Vegan “Crack”ers b/c they are so good and leave keep you coming back for more! Thanks for all your gluten free deliciousness!!

  406. Aubrie Cornelius

    I absolutely loved the chocolate chip scones and banana cream pie cubcakes, as did my family! I just received your cookbook and am thoroughly enjoying baking and cooking with such nutritious ingredients that taste amazing. Thanks Elana!

  407. Gail Glenn

    Hi I made your “Raspberry Chocolate Chiffon Tart” for my Christmas Book Club meeting I was hosting and all 10 ladies asked for the recipe. I do believe a couple bought your book after I sent them the recipe( and what cookbook it was from).

    I commute 45 minutes one way to work and most days have 10 hour days. I love to use my crock pot but haven’t gone there yet with gluten free. Well except for plain chicken breasts!

    PS I lived in Boulder over 35 years ago and a piece of my heart will always be there. I live in Santa Cruz, Ca now – which is nice. Thanks for your web site and cookbook.

  408. Daphne

    My whole family loves Elana’s cheese crackers from your cookbook and all of your muffins from the website.

  409. Cupboard Love @ chymerikaen.com

    Mmm, I’m still a big fan of your grilled zucchini – I can’t wait til it comes back into season!

  410. MoniCue

    I had made kale chips before I found your site, but really appreciated your directions to use vinegar on them before baking….really sparks them up! And, I just replaced my cracked crockpot and could use some new recipes!

  411. Theresa Picoriello

    Hi Elana, I just finished making chocolate chip cookies from your Almond Flour cookbook. that is our new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I love your book and am so glad that i bought it. I just found out about Steph,s crockpot site. but will definitly check it out! i’m all for mix it, set it, and forget it recipes. i have about 4 crock-pots of different sizes. Thanks, for the chance at the giveway~!

  412. Kathleen

    I came across your kale chips (or maybe it was the post on how to prep kale) and loved it! I also just recently learned to make stock in the crock pot (way easier than on the stove) and I will never buy broth again. Thanks!

  413. Your cranberry bars are a favorite around here. We make them at the holidays, but are happy to have a few cranberries in the freezer to make them again!

  414. Hilary

    Up until yesterday I totally would have said that one of your naturally gluten-free dishes was my favorite (like roasted asparagus!), but last night, as a trial for my daughter’s 2nd birthday, I tried making your coconut cupcakes with keylime icing. I have never had anything gluten-free that tasted as non-gluten-free as these did. They were AMAZING, and my non-gf husband ate three of them (I won’t tell you how many I ate)! Thank you!!

  415. Tara

    My favourite recipe from your site is the mini blueberry muffins. I have made them for many get-togethers with friends and they are always a hit!

  416. Lorraine

    Absolutely fantanstic lady, pasta sauce and frozen chicken breasts. I have made this recipe and played with this recipe many times. My favourite recipe. So easy!

    Lorraine NSW Aus

  417. Peggy Parsons

    The Baked Sweet Potatoes with cumin, chili, and lime were delish!!
    What an awesome combination. Peggy

  418. Seneca Murley @ newplanetbeer.com

    Well tonight I just made your Peach Blueberry Crumble. Yumm on this cold wintry night. The other night I made Kale Chips. I would love to try more quick and simple recipes.

  419. Adrienne

    My favorite recipe that I obtained from Elana’s the Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook is the Scrumptious Sandwich Bread. I am currently on the Allergy Elimination Diet and thought the joy of eating was coming to an end. I am so thankful that I found Elana’s website and cookbook. I love bread. I will be baking a loaf of this yummy bread this weekend. Thank you for making my diet easier to maintain and easing any “withdrawal” reaction.

    Can hardly wait to order your new cupcake book.


  420. elaine

    It’s hard to choose, but i would have to say your purple velvet torte. the addition of beets is genius and absolutely delicious!

  421. Heidi hillman

    I love Stephanie’s 365 days of slow cooking blog. So far my two favorite recipies are the apple crumble and the chicken and rice dish.

  422. Gina K.

    Hi there, I have many favorites that you post. I have yet to get my hands on your cookbook. It has been out at the bookstores where I live. The pumpkin bars were a favorite of the whole family!! I also love to make your almond milk. Yummy. Thanks for your hardwork you do getting all these great treat to us :)

  423. I think my favorite lately has been your GF bread 2.0! It was the first bread recipe I found that actually worked for me. And it tasted great!
    But – all of my friends LOVE your mexican chocolate ice cream. I’ve made it a few times and they keep requesting it!

  424. Karen

    I haven’t tried recipes yet. i just got your cookbook and can’t wait to try many of the recipes. I have a list going… and I just heard about Stephanie’s cookbook. It all sounds so yummy!

  425. Stephanie L.

    Oh Elana, Stephanie’s cookbook would be welcomed and expand my repertoire of slow cooker recipes. With the snows swirling and the wind howling outside our mountain abode, today’s slow cooker dinner was a beef roast with sauteed onions and kale. I haven’t made any of Stephanie’s recipes yet but given the opportunity, I will make selections from her book.

    So you asked for a favorite recipe. The Pumpkin Muffins would be a good starter. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, they were served to family and friends as an accompaniment to breakfast. They were so popular, I needed to hand out the recipe. Now that’s a nice compliment to you!

  426. Sonshinejudi

    This is the first I’ve heard of Stephanie O’Dea’s coookbooks…sounds fabulois. I’m planning to make ‘Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken and Sweet Potatoes Layered Dinner’ tomorrow. It sounds delicious. Thanks for featuring her Elana! i’ve been converting my old slow cooker recipies to gluten, soy and grains free for years. It’s alot easier when the recipes are glutenfree. I love your recipes Elana and have made many of them, often repeatedly!

  427. Charlene T.

    My kids love your chocolate chip cookies of course! And I served your banana chocolate chip cake over the holidays to folks who have never eaten gluten free. They loved it!

  428. Tracy W

    We love the chicken nuggets from your cookbook served with some sweet potato fries and a green salad!

  429. Karen

    my favorite recipe right now is your pumpkin muffins. they are so moist and tasty and good. would love to have Stephanie’s cookbook. I just discovered her blog.

  430. Suzanne

    My favorite has got to be the power bars. Quick, healthy, gf snack–can’t be beat.

  431. Susan Taylor

    My favorite recipe is Butternut Soup – My Favorite. I am making it tomorrow for dinner. Should be wonderful on a cold day.

    susanbillietaylor [at] gmail [dot] com

  432. Sharon

    Your chocoloate chip scones!

  433. Minna Lopez

    My favorite recipe is Elana’s pumpkin bars. Yummylicious!

  434. Minna Lopez

    Elana’s pumpkin bars…delicious!

  435. Kathy Foulk

    Cranberry walnut bread – the best.

  436. alisa joy

    i love my crockpot. and i love steph. i especially love steph’s soups! my favorite is her Moroccan lentil soup. so good!

    as a side-note, steph’s blog was the first gf blog that i ever read…back before i even knew that i was gluten-intolerant :)

  437. nae

    i have recently had a diet change due to health and elanaspantry was the only place that made me feel like it was possible! i immediately bought your book and have made choc chip and snickerdoodle cookies, gluten free 2.0 bread, very vanilla cupcakes, and frostings, i LOVE sharing the recipes friends can not belive this is actually good for you!! my absolte favorite recipe? the chocolate cake on the cover of your book! amazing!

  438. Saundra

    I found her blog when she was cooking straight for 365 days and have tried numerous recipes from it. It was always fun reading the “verdict” at the end! Not every recipe any of us will make turns out to be wonderful and it was fun reading about her take on her own cooking. I would definitely LOVE to win her cookbook.

  439. Rachel

    We have Stephanie’s first book out from the library as I write this! We had the apricot chicken for dinner tonight with your pumpkin bars (with some added chocolate) for dessert. Gluten free goodness all around.

  440. Alison

    Almond butter blondies! Even my gluten-loving family thinks they are fabulous!

  441. Lenci

    My favorite recipe of yours – the very first one that I decided to try – is your purple velvet torte. My husband was surprised by it’s ingredients!

  442. Kati

    I absolutely love the ice cream sandwich recipe. Such a treat!

  443. Anita Wayne

    Elana’s salt & vinegar kale chips!

  444. Lajuana

    My favorite recipe has to be the brownies. But I am off to the crockpot blog, since as a working mom, I definitely use it!

  445. claudia rose

    I really liked Stephanie’s Crockpot Falafel. No deep frying! Would love her new cookbook.

  446. Becky Belting

    I would love to try the apple crisp. I sounds yummy!!! Thank you

  447. Lindsy

    I started reading Steph’s blog during her 365 challenge. My family voted that her Brown Sugar chicken is their all time favorite!!!

  448. Maria

    Well, my kids constantly beg for your almond butter brownies, Elana. In fact, it’s their birthday dessert of choice. This is very cool for me, because in addition to being gluten-free, I know I’m getting some extra protein and healthy fats into my super-picky 7-yr-old. So that’s my pick. Keep up the good work!


  449. Christy103

    I have not been around long enough to have tried too many of your recipes. I did make your almond flour pancakes on Sunday and loved them. Even my husband liked them and that is saying a lot. I followed Steph when she was doing the year of crockpot cooking, but do not have a favorite picked out. It has been a while since I have made any of them since diving into eating real foods.

  450. Elaina Harman

    Love the crustless pumpkin pie recipe and would love to have one of her books to go along with your book for good gluten free cooking.
    Thanks for your site.

  451. Laurel Gangola

    I love crockpot cooking. Elana’s chocolate chip cookies are the best. I think they are better than the regular kind. I’ve turned many people onto your site, books, cookies, etc. Thank you Elana and Stephanie for what you do.

  452. Joy

    I’m a big fan of no fuss cooking. My favorite recipe on Elana’s website is her Brownie recipe. It’s been a big hit for whoever I’ve made it for. No one can believe they have no flour and are actually good for you!

  453. KellyBelly

    Hi, I can’t decide if my favorite is your apple crisp or breakfast bars, which I call granola bars and love that they are packed with nuts and seeds and the little bit of chocolate on top makes them feel like a treat.
    I haven’t checked out 365 crockpot before, but I love having dinner all preped in the a.m. I’ll go check her out now. Thanks

  454. Karen

    crockpot365 baked potato soup

  455. Christine

    We can’t get enough of the lemon poppy seed muffins. :-)

    Always looking for a great slow cooker cookbook.

  456. Jessica

    I’ve perused over Stephanie’s blog countless times but never planned far enough ahead of time to actually try any of her recipes. Our favorites of yours are crackers and energy bars.

  457. SoothingSuds

    i just discovered your blog about a week or so!!! i immediately checked-out/borrowed your cookbook from the library. then proceeded to order my bag ‘o blanched almond flour!! just made my first 2 recipes of yours today: GF Silver Dollar Pancakes, and GF (almond flour) biscuits!!!! These recipes were both found on your blog here, and my family LOVED them…so tonite i’ll be trying your sesame crackers. i love crock pot cooking too…thanks for the chance to win!

  458. Neveen

    your mexican chocolate ice cream changed everything! my husband and i were debating whether we wanted to buy an ice cream machine and whether we’d use it enough to justify yet another small appliance in the kitchen. we borrowed our friend’s machine and after making the ice cream, we bought our very own. we usually flip to see who gets to lick the ice cream scoop!
    i have an obsession with crock pot recipes. i would love this book.

  459. Caroline Bull

    My new favorite is coconut milk sun butter ice cream! Yum!

  460. Christine Kelly

    ….Elana’s Vegan Herbed Crackers <3

  461. fat lazy celiac @ fatlazyceliac.wordpress.com

    Your balsamic roasted turkey!

  462. Joan Seliger Sidney

    Hi Elana,
    I was hoping for the honey chicken recipe you loved. Please post it.
    I use my slow cooker for traditional stews, especially lamb: brown the meat with cut up onions & garlic, cook slowly, then add carrots, celery, potatoes in the last hour or two.
    Thanks, Joanie

  463. Pam

    Thanks for the recommmendation! I’ve been looking for some new, simple & straightforward slow cooker recipes.

  464. Laura Villanueva

    Wow, these recipes sound amazing. I would love to win this book.

  465. Adrienne DeGuere

    My favorite Elana recipe is the Gluten Free Bran Muffins. Yum!

  466. Laura

    I love your kale chips and I’ve been pondering her peperocini beef recipe.
    Thank you

  467. Lenee

    I made her spiced nuts to give as gifts this holiday season. They were a hit! Everyone loved them! I look forward to making more recipes from Stephanie. Here’s the link to the nut recipe. http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/12/crockpot-roasted-spiced-nuts-recipe.html

  468. Nanny M

    Your mounds candy bars are SO GOOD!

  469. Tiffany

    My absolute favorite recipe of yours so far is Zucchini Bread…I haven’t actually made the loafs because I don’t have mini loaf pans, but making them into muffins has worked very well for me. I LOVE them! I am so thankful to learn about Stephany and her recipe books and blog because I am trying to learn more GF crockpot recipes in order to simplify and speed up my dinners more nights of the week!

  470. Vickie

    My favorite recipe from Elana’s Pantry is the Stuffed Peppers. To make the filling go further, I also added shredded carrot, chopped celery, garlic, and some brown rice. I stuffed both green and red peppers and found that they definitely have their own flavors. Quite a treat!

  471. rachel

    My favorite recipe is for your Pumpkin Bars! They turn out so good every time.

  472. carmel capotosto

    I love, love, love your blueberry muffins made with coconut flour! Yum! My family of 8 (ages 12-48) has gobbled them up. This was my first introduction to coconut flour and I’m sold…I am not prohibited to be wheat or gluten free, but choose to eat this way because of blood sugar issues. I just feel better when i do. Thanks thanks thanks!!!

  473. Liz N

    Double Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies hit the spot when I need a chocolate fix. YUM!

  474. Debbie McNulty

    I’m ordering this book for a friend, but can’t wait to try out a few things myself.

  475. Liz N

    Double Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies hit the spot for my chocolate cravings. YUM!

  476. Jessica

    My favorite recipe was your gluten-free cinnamon apple cake! Texture was delicious and the cake was nutritious. :)

  477. Heather

    Okay, can’t possibly pick one favorite recipe from your site! For today, your gluten-free stuffing- wonderful!!

  478. Danielle Zimmerman

    My absolute favorite recipe from Elana’s Pantry is the Pecan Shortbread Cookies. They melt in your mouth!

  479. Elaine

    My husband really likes Steph’s Cheesy Bacon Chicken!

  480. Vanessa

    Love the recipes from 365- couldn’t pick just one! Very family-friendly and easy to prepare. I would love to win this book- thanks for the chance.

  481. Neva

    borrowed her first book from the Library, don’t want to return it ;) Would be a wonderful book to have.

  482. Georgia Pellegrini @ georgiapellegrini.com

    These cake pops are so tempting. They can also function as sweet hors d’oeuvres

  483. Judy

    Know I am late for the give-away but wanted to comment anyway. I use both of your blogs for recipes. The family’s favorite for Stephanie’s blog is her Hawaiian Ribs and I love your Chocolate Walnut Torte(Hubby says it is too sweet, he’s all wet.)and the family’s favorite is the Honey Cake. Oh, and thank-you for the bread recipes what a life saver. Um, do you have a pasta recipe? Spaghetti squash doesn’t cut it. Guess I will go look in the archives!

  484. Vanesza

    I would love some great ideas for recipes using a crock pot. I love Elan’s pumpkin muffin recipe right now.

  485. I would love to be the lucky winner of this lovely book. I love slow cooking, such a great way to prepare beautiful food for our family.
    Thanks for the opportunity.


  486. Regina @ Yahoo

    Well I tried gluten free pasta alfredo and it didn’t work real well in the crock pot. I think I needed to stir it several times once I added the uncooked pasta to the sauce. But I got interrupted. It was edible and the ladies were gracious so I’ll do it again.

  487. Kristen

    Ooh I love Stephanie’s Crockpot Chicken Parm – haven’t made it in forever! Thanks for the reminder!

  488. I love her cream cheese chicken – which I make with 2 cups of her mushroom soup recipe

  489. Lisa Legaspi

    so many choices from both sites…but I recently made a pork roast in the crock using apricot preserves and mandarin oranges from a recipe in Make It Slow…it was tender and tasty!

  490. Mae

    I LOVE her books I use them all the time! I just got the new one this last week yay for the crockpot! :)

  491. Wonderful! Always need more slow cooker recipes!! My favorite recipe on your site… hard to come up with one, but I guess the Almond Butter Blondies are my favorite! I can’t get over them. I think you are a SHEER GENIUS to come up with Almond Butter recipes. Every time I make one of those recipes (I live off the sandwich bread recipe from your book), I feel like a genius too. But I love trying all your recipes and I love your books. :)

  492. JK

    Hi Elana

    Could you share with us what slow cooker you are using now?
    I am on a quest to purchase a new slow cooker that is lead-free and made without all those nasty chemicals.


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