The Cuisinart 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker is a must-have for easy winter meals such as soup and chili, writes Tyler Lauletta. The versatile cooker can prepare slow-cooked comfort foods, steam vegetables and brown meats.
The slow cooker is often marketed as a simple way to make a home-cooked meal while at work or even while sleeping, but writer Sam Sifton has found that the extensive time spent in the steaming pot can turn most dishes into mush. Sifton advises using a slow cooker during the afternoon to reduce cooking time and shares tips for succulent short ribs and tasty slow-cooked cake.
Being a big eater is part of the job for chef Jesse Schenker, but he says he lost 55 pounds by using behavioral concepts to change what he eats while not necessarily reducing the quantity. With the help of psychologist Stephen Gullo, Schenker was able to identify his trigger foods and swap unhealthy items that were high in sugars and fats for more healthy choices.
More people are interested in nutrition and heart health, but misinformation can lead them to make poor choices, registered dietitian Farzeen Sukheswalla says. Misconceptions about heart disease include believing everyone has the same heart attack symptoms, that all chocolate is good for the heart and that there is no need to limit egg consumption, Juliann Schaeffer writes.
Slow cookers, introduced 40 years ago, remain popular today, and recipes have become more sophisticated over the years. Judith Finlayson, author of six slow-cooker cookbooks, said slow cookers tenderize inexpensive cuts of meat and don't cost much to operate.