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Book Review: More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow

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

Cheers to crockpots, friendship and good food!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now over. The winner of the More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow cookbook was Jami. Thanks to everyone who participated!


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  4. JK says

    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.


    • says

      Hi JK,

      I bought my crock pot more than 20 years ago; It is a discontinued model by Hamilton Beach/Proctor Silex. Steph has a bunch of great crock pot recommendations on her site which you may wish to check out.


  5. says

    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. :)

  6. Lisa Legaspi says

    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!

  7. says

    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.

  8. says

    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.


  9. Judy says

    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!

  10. Vanessa says

    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.

  11. Danielle Zimmerman says

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

  12. Heather says

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

  13. carmel capotosto says

    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!!!

  14. Vickie says

    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!

  15. Tiffany says

    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!

  16. Joan Seliger Sidney says

    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

  17. Neveen says

    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.

  18. SoothingSuds says

    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!

  19. Jessica says

    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.

  20. KellyBelly says

    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

  21. Joy says

    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!

  22. Laurel Gangola says

    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.

  23. Elaina Harman says

    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.

  24. Christy103 says

    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.

  25. Maria says

    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!


  26. Lindsy says

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

  27. Lajuana says

    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!

  28. Lenci says

    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!

  29. Rachel says

    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.

  30. Saundra says

    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.

  31. nae says

    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!

  32. alisa joy says

    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 :)

  33. Susan Taylor says

    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

  34. Karen says

    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.

  35. Charlene T. says

    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!

  36. Sonshinejudi says

    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!

  37. Stephanie L. says

    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!

  38. Karen says

    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!

  39. says

    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!

  40. Gina K. says

    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 :)

  41. Heidi hillman says

    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.

  42. elaine says

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

  43. Adrienne says

    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.


  44. says

    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.

  45. Lorraine says

    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

  46. Tara says

    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!

  47. Hilary says

    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!!

  48. Kathleen says

    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!

  49. Theresa Picoriello says

    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~!

  50. MoniCue says

    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!

  51. Gail Glenn says

    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.

  52. Aubrie Cornelius says

    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!

  53. says

    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!!

  54. Amanda says

    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.

  55. Jill says

    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.


  56. Jen says

    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. :)

  57. Norma Heckendorf says

    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!


  58. Angie says

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

  59. Kathy says

    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.

  60. Sherri says

    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!

  61. Sarah Branstetter says

    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!

  62. Susan says

    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.

  63. says

    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!

  64. Gail says

    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!

  65. Linda Mazar says

    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!

  66. Abby Hilton says

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

  67. Brenda James says

    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!

  68. Wendy says

    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.

  69. D. Dorsey says

    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.

  70. Tonya Holdren says

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

  71. TIFFANY says

    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.

  72. Moni Marsden says

    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

  73. Adrienne says

    My latest favorite recipe from 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! :)

  74. Barbara says

    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.

  75. Lauren says

    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!)

  76. Sarah F says

    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!

  77. lior says

    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).

  78. Feiga Mazer says

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

  79. Jeri Cole says

    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.

  80. Brenda says

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

  81. ange says

    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.

  82. says

    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

  83. sue says

    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.

  84. Amber says

    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.

  85. Jenni Lintz says

    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

  86. Jules says

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


  87. Jackie says

    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!

  88. Linda says

    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!


  89. Peggy Kilgore says

    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!!

  90. says

    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!

  91. Kathy Taylor says

    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.

  92. moriah cameron says

    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!

  93. says

    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.

  94. Jennifer says

    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.

  95. Rin says

    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!

  96. Carol says

    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.

  97. Marilyn says

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

  98. Lisa says

    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!

  99. Michelle H says

    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!

  100. Lisa R says

    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.

  101. Irene says

    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.

  102. Carolyn says

    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!

  103. Stephanie says

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

  104. anita z says

    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.

  105. Jana Hansen says

    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!

  106. Jenee says

    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

  107. Susanna Harget says

    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!

  108. says

    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!

  109. Rebecca says

    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!

  110. Fran Danner says

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

  111. Dee says

    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!

  112. Rebekah says

    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.

  113. Jennifer Pfeiffer says

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

  114. says

    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…

  115. Sherri says

    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!

  116. MaggiePeg63 says

    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!

  117. Annette says

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

  118. says

    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!

  119. says

    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.

  120. Kathy says

    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.

  121. Linda says

    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.

  122. says

    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!

  123. Britt Sondreal says

    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! ;)

  124. Lori from Albuquerque says

    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.

  125. Holly Dapore says

    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)

  126. Molly says

    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 :)

  127. JoAnne says


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

  128. Felicia says

    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!!!!

  129. Jennifer Bailey says

    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.

  130. says

    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

  131. NicoleK says

    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!!

  132. says

    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.

  133. Hilary Woo says

    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!

  134. says

    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!

  135. says

    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,

  136. Jessica says

    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.

  137. Kassia says

    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.

  138. Claudia says

    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 :-)

  139. Lisa Torres says

    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.

  140. Staci says

    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!

  141. Pam Crow says

    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.

  142. Lisa Rogers says

    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…..

  143. Amanda Dilday says

    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.

  144. Helen Szadkowski says

    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 :)


  145. Catherine says

    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!

  146. Jenn Strilchuk says

    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!

  147. Allyson says

    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.

  148. Rachel says

    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!

  149. Lisa Thompson says

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

    Book give away contestant :)

  150. Julie says

    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!

  151. Doreen Goodhue says

    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)


  152. Karen says

    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!

  153. Daniela Tanner says

    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!

  154. jane says

    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!!

  155. says

    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!

  156. Nerissa says


    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.

  157. Rebecca says

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

  158. Cindi says

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

  159. Michelle D says

    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!

  160. says

    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.

  161. Christina Jensen says

    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.

  162. Kate says

    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 :)


  163. Julia says

    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!

  164. says

    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.

  165. Kaitlin Rose says

    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! :)

  166. Nikki says

    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!!!

  167. Sarah G says

    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!

  168. says

    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!

  169. Joy says

    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!

  170. Lauri says

    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!

  171. Tarrie says

    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.

  172. Laura rechtfertig says

    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!

  173. Nicole says

    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.

  174. Joy Nicol says

    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!

  175. Hope says

    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.

  176. Sara says

    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!

  177. Shannan says

    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!

  178. Nicole says

    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.

  179. Anisa says

    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.

  180. Sarah says

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

  181. Joey says

    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!

  182. Margaret says

    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.

  183. Michelle sullivan says

    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!

  184. liz f. says

    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!

  185. Andrea says

    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!

  186. Jennifer Stephenson says

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

  187. says

    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!

  188. Peggy Cuevas says

    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.

  189. says

    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!

  190. Suzette says

    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!!!

  191. Sheila says

    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!

  192. Jean Baraghoshi says

    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.

  193. Diane says

    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.

  194. Sara says

    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!

  195. ~M says

    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!

  196. Patty says

    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.

  197. debra says

    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. :)

  198. Patricia says

    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!

  199. says

    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.

  200. Sharon S says

    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.

  201. says

    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.

  202. Bobbi-Jo Haynes says

    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

  203. Roberta Thomas says

    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!

  204. Vicki says

    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!)

  205. Denise says

    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. :)

  206. says

    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!

  207. Bri says

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

  208. Kris says

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

  209. Melissa says

    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.

  210. Joann says

    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.

  211. Barb says

    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.

  212. claudia says

    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…

  213. Stephanie says

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

  214. Danielle says

    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!

  215. LisaGB says

    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 :-)

  216. Melissa says

    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!

  217. micky says

    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.

  218. Randi Maggid says

    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

  219. Lynette says

    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!

  220. Laura says

    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!!

  221. Sondy says

    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!

  222. Diane says

    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!

  223. Kat says

    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 :)

  224. Ila Jean says

    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! :)

  225. Betty says

    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

  226. Tessa says

    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.

  227. debi riley says

    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!!

  228. Lizanne Eastwood says

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

  229. Krista says

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

  230. Lori says

    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.

  231. says

    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.

  232. Cindy says

    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!

  233. Hollie says

    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.

  234. Denise says

    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!

  235. says

    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.

  236. says

    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.

  237. 4kiddos says

    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!


  238. says

    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.

  239. Meg says

    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!

  240. jen says

    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! :)

  241. Cathleen Thomas says

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

  242. Laurel says

    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.

  243. says

    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.

  244. says

    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! :)


  245. Elizabeth Richardson says

    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!

  246. Mary says

    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.

  247. Eri says

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

  248. Cathy says

    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!

  249. says

    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!

  250. Sheryl says

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

  251. Sarah Smith says

    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.

  252. erin says

    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!

  253. April L. says

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

  254. Kathy Bowlin says

    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.”


  255. Jody says

    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!

  256. sam says

    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!

  257. Jennifer R. says

    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!!

  258. Audrey J says

    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:

  259. Christina says

    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!

  260. says

    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!

  261. Rebecca says

    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!!

  262. says

    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?

  263. says

    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!

  264. Julie says

    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.

  265. Allison says

    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!! :-)

  266. says

    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.

  267. Marsha A. says

    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!

  268. Kristin cusamano says

    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!!!!!

  269. Janice says

    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!!

  270. Heather O'Brien says

    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!

  271. Lynn Salmon-Easter says

    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

  272. Karen R says

    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!

  273. Lana says

    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.

  274. Jenny King says

    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.

  275. says

    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”!


  276. says

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

  277. Lori says

    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!!

  278. Charlotte Moore says

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

  279. Barb says

    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!

  280. says

    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 :)

  281. says

    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!

  282. says

    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….

  283. Theresa Watson says

    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.

  284. Pattie says

    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!

  285. says

    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.

  286. says

    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!

  287. Cindy says

    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

  288. Betsy says

    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!

  289. lynn says

    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).

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