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Credibility Of A Cookbook

Back in my early foodie days, I would be extremely eager to try any recipe that I can lay my hands on. Be it a handwritten recipe from a friend or a clipping from newspaper/magazine; anything goes. But with age comes wisdom (I truely, hope) that no two recipes for the same dish are ever equal.

From the library, I found 300 Slow Cooker Favorites and I must say that I am very tempted to try some of the recipes in it. They look absurdly easy to put together. So one of the recipes which I had flagged for trying was New England Clam Chowder. I can't say that I love clams, but in this house, anything laced with cream goes. So I knew that I had to give this a try.

The recipe calls for evaporated milk as the base and it comes with a tip box that explains why evaporated milk was chosen for slow cooker version. So I picked up a tin of evaporated milk in the supermarket. But when I was doing my final reading of the recipe, I stopped cold. Do I really care of a soup made from evaporated milk? The answer was a resounding "no!". So I went straight for my JOC and there it was. A simple and straight forward recipe made with fresh cream and took me less than 30mins from start to finish cleaning up. All I can say is that I was glad that I made the last minute change.

Don't get me wrong that this cookbook is trashy. I had tried its I'd-Swear-It's-Pizza Soup and it was interesting but not terrific. Perhaps it needs further customization before I get the hang of preparing it to suit our tastebuds. A big plus for me about this cookbook is that at least this cookbook uses fresh ingredients rather than cans of cream of [fill-in-the-blank] soups. I will definitely try the other flagged recipes, for the convenience of a slow cooker is too easy to love.

Now I have to think of what to do with that tin of evaporated milk. Teh tarik, anyone?


  1. i almost never try recipe from printed matters now, but try all the tried-and-tested from food blogs hehe

  2. Yes, I do try from food blogs too! Are there any blogs that you trust implicitly? Do share with me pls!

  3. check this out, this is my recipe to try list

  4. Oh my goodness, you have a very interesting and impressive list! Thanks for sharing!


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