The slow cooker is to fall what the grill is to summer: A great way to get dinner on the table quickly.
As family schedules start to get more hectic, the slow cooker can be a life-saver when it comes to making dinner without actually being at home.
As luck would have it, Phyllis Good, the fairy godmother of slow cooker cooks, has released a new cookbook, the "Fix-It and Forget-It New Cookbook," ($19.95, softcover, Good Books), with more than 250 slow cooker recipes.
Here's an easy one to try for bratwurst and potatoes that would probably get gobbled up at a tailgate, too.
BRATS AND SPUDS
1 to 2 tablespoon oil
5 to 6 bratwurst links, cut into 1-inch pieces
5 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cubed
27-ounce can sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
1 medium tart apple, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1/3 to 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Brown bratwurst in oil on all sides in a skillet.
Combine remaining ingredients in a 4-quart slow cooker. Stir in bratwurst and pan drippings.
Cover. Cook on low 5 to 6 hours, or until potatoes and apples are tender.
Makes 6 servings.
-- "Fix-It and Forget-It New Cookbook," Phyllis Good