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Karen Petersen - Cookbook Author & Food Blogger

Karen Petersen - Food BloggerKaren Petersen is a stay at home mom who began her crockpot cooking adventures in January of 2009. 

"I like to make something that my husband will enjoy after a long day at work," Karen said. "He is my greatest fan."

She randomly cooked dinner in her slow cooker, something she seldom did as she only had one good slow cooker recipe.  She liked the freedom that came from having dinner done early in the day and was pleased when she didn't have to fight her 2 cranky kids at 5 p.m. while she  was trying to make dinner.  She decided to keep going with the slow cooker.  After 7 days of slow cooked meals she rashly made the decision to cook 365 slow cooker recipes over the course of 365 days.  She developed a blog to chart her progress and post the recipes, reviews and pictures.  At the end of the 365 days she compiled a cookbook, which she now sells (and uses all the time).  After her year was up she took a few weeks off and then continued developing new slow cooker recipes using the techniques she had learned over the year. Karen describes her cooking style as easy, tasty, made with simple ingredients, and food that her family will eat.

"I've cooked over 500 different recipes in my slow cooker over the past 2 years," Karen said. "I have learned a lot of different tips and techniques that can help anyone achieve slow cooking success! I often teach slow cooking classes to local groups. I am currently writing my second slow cooker cookbook.  I have appeared on TV over 10 times demonstrating different recipes."

Karen is a mother of two kids, six-year-old Reagan and three-year-old Skyler. Her husband, Greg, is a federal probation officer. Karen enjoys fitness and running and teaches fitness classes to local moms to bur off all the calories she eats at dinner each night. Karen describes herself as shy, and said she likes blogging because she doesn't know who's reading and can write to an unkown audience.  

AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes asked Karen, "What's the most exotic or difficult thing you've ever cooked?"

"I'm always trying to think of new ways to use the slow cooker," Karen said. "I actually made my own birthday cake this year in the slow cooker...I made blueberry pancakes in the slow cooker. Not everything turns out but I like to give it a try!"



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Staff Reviews of Karen's book, 365 Days of Slow Cooking Cookbook:

365 Days of Slow Cooking Cookbook Review


Karen's Review of the KitchenAid® 6-Quart Slow Cooker:

KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker Review


Karen's Recipes Developed for Using KitchenAid® 6-Quart Slow Cooker

Egg, Ham, and Spinach Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

Tomatillo Beef Tacos


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