“I use my slow cooker more and more often these days,” says celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, “especially on game days when we entertain big crowds at the house. The fact that you can ‘set it and forget it’ comes in handy when lots of other things are going on.”
Considering the number of dual-earner families juggling demanding careers and overstuffed schedules, it comes as no surprise that 83 percent of American households own a slow cooker, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm.
“Slow cookers help families come home to a hot, home-cooked meal after a busy day at school and the office,” says Lagasse. “And people are beginning to think differently about slow cookers now that we are discovering just how many different foods can be successfully cooked in them like enchiladas, lasagna, ribs, and even some desserts.”
For crowd-pleasing recipe ideas from his latest book Emeril’s Cooking with Power, including Rustic Tomato Soup and Layered Chicken Enchiladas, pick up the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of The Saturday Evening Post on newsstands, or