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Judith Finlayson

Judith Finlayson
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Judith calls the slow cooker “one of the most effective time-management tools any cook can have.” She uses the appliance to create an extraordinary range of dishes not typically associated with it. Her slow cooker books have sold more than 750,000 copies.

Judith Finlayson
Judith's Featured Recipe
Gingery Pears in Green Tea

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Judith Finlayson is a Canadian-based cookbook writer and journalist. After a long career, she has decided to transform her passionate love of cooking and interest in the culture of food into a second career.

 

Her slow cooker books include The Healthy Slow Cooker; 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics; Slow Cookers and Comfort FoodsThe Vegetarian Slow Cooker, and The 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes.

 

Judith is also the author of 125 Best Rotisseries Oven Recipes; The Convenience Cook; 750 Best Appetizers; and The Complete Whole Grains Cookbook.

 

She has a long history of community involvement and has served on numerous committees and boards focusing on the arts and social issues. In 1994, she received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her work in communications.

 

Judith and her recipes are regularly featured in newspapers and magazines and on radio and television.

 

She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with her husband and daughter. Her website is www.judithfinlayson.com

Latest Recipes

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Down-Home Smothered Steak

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Creamy Onion Soup with Kale

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Butternut Apple Soup with Swiss Cheese

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Sweet Potato Coconut Curry with Shrimp

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Sage and Onion Chicken with Cranberry Rice

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Cheesy Butterbeans

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Cranberry Pear Brown Betty

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Tofu in Indian-Spiced Tomato Sauce

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Vegetable Stock

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Chicken Stock

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Red Lentil and Carrot Soup with Coconut

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Mushroom Soup with Millet

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Basic Vegetable Stock

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Chicken Cacciatore with Broccoli

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Delectable Apple-Cranberry Coconut Crisp

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Vegetarian Vietnamese Fresh Rolls

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Walnut-Laced Gorgonzola and Leek Rolls-Ups

The combination of Gorgonzola and leeks with a smattering of walnuts is heavenly but not for the faint of heart. The assertive flavors pa...

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Samosa Pastry

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Shrimp Samosas

Pleasantly spicy, yet relatively light, these shrimp-stuffed samosas are a special treat.

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Basic Crostini

This basic recipe for crostini can be doubled, tripled or quadrupled to suit your entertaining needs. Crostini can. be made ahead. After ...

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Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Crostini

Simple, elegant and delicious, these crostini get any meal off to an excellent start.

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Walnut-Dusted Cheese Balls

The combination of soft, sweet mascarpone, slightly astringent Gorgonzola and bittersweet walnuts is quite glorious. Spread this on a pla...

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Homemade Chicken Stock

There’s nothing quite like the flavor of homemade chicken stock. It is also very good for you - chicken soup, also known as “Jewish penic...

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Mussels in Lemongrass Tomato Broth

This is a variation of a recipe that appeared in New World Noodles by Bill Jones and Stephen Wong. I particularly enjoy the unusual and s...

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Braised Beef Niçoise

If you’re feeling the need for some robust winter fare, try this hearty French-inspired stew.

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Braised Sauerkraut

If, like me, you’re a fan of sauerkraut, there are few things you enjoy more than a steaming bowl of choucroute garnie; deliciously tart ...

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Hot Pepper Sauce

If you don’t want to use a prepared hot pepper sauce, this makes a fine substitute.

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Gingery Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

The addition of a flavorful whole grain, leeks and a hint of ginger is a particularly delicious spin on classic chicken and rice soup. I...

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Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta

I love the robust flavors of this hearty salad. Beets, parsley and feta are the perfect balance for assertive buckwheat. It’s a great co...

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Salmon Stew with Corn and Quinoa

This tasty stew is a great way to increase your intake of beneficial omega-3 rich fatty acids by including salmon in your diet. It’s eas...

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Peppery Shrimp with Couscous

Couscous cooked with tomatoes, onion, a bell pepper and a bit of saffron provides a bed for sautéed shrimp in this elegant dish. Simple ...

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Pork Pozole

I love the robust flavors in this traditional Mexican dish, which is perfect for a casual evening with friends. Add the chipotle pepper ...

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Coconut-Spiked Pork with Quinoa and Peanuts

I love the unusual combination of flavors in this one-dish meal. It’s easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner and particularly colorf...

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Soba Noodles with Broccoli Sauce

This flavorful combination makes a great light weekday dinner. You can also serve smaller portions as a side dish. It is particularly enj...

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Harira

This traditional Moroccan soup, often made with lamb, is usually served during Ramadan at the end of a day of fasting. This vegetarian ve...

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Harissa

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Vegetable Stock

One benefit of making your own stock is that you can control the amount of salt you add. This recipe, which makes enough for two average ...

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Chicken Stock

There’s nothing quite like the flavor of homemade chicken stock. It’s very easy to make — you can cook it overnight, strain it in the mor...

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Miso-Spiked Vegetable Soup with Barley

Here’s a hearty vegetable soup that’s the perfect antidote to a blustery day. The addition of miso adds robustness and a hint of complexi...

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Manhattan Clam Chowder

Manhattan clam chowder is an appealing lighter alternative to traditional New England-style chowder.

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Tailgaters’ Favorite Stew

I can’t imagine anything more appealing on a blustery day than a big serving of this ambrosial stew. It’s great for potlucks and outdoor ...

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Carbonnade with Collards

Carbonnade, a stew made of beef, onions and beer, is a favorite dish in Belgium. It is hearty bistro food, often flavored with bacon and ...

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Savory Lamb Shanks with Eggplant and Barley

Here’s a rich, delicious Mediterranean-inspired stew that will warm the cockles of your heart on a chilly night. Lamb shanks are succulen...

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Ribs in Tablecloth Stainer Sauce

The colorful name of this Mexican sauce, which is distinguished by the addition of fruit, is a literal translation from the Spanish. You ...

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Portugese Sausage and Shellfish Stew

This robust Portuguese-inspired dish is easy to make, yet produces impressive results. I like to serve this with a big green salad, hot P...

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Two-Bean Turkey Chili

This tasty chili, which has just a hint of heat, is perfect for family get-togethers. Add a tossed green salad, sprinkled with shredded c...

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Arroz con Pollo

This Spanish approach to chicken and rice is a great one-dish meal, delicious enough to serve to guests. I love this version, which has q...

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Tagine of Squash and Chickpeas with Mushrooms

I love the unusual combination of flavorings in this dish. The tastes of the cinnamon and ginger really come through, and the bittersweet...

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Cranberry Pear Brown Betty

I love the combination of textures and flavors in this old-fashioned favorite. When cranberries are in season, I always freeze a bag or t...

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Plum Pudding

Here’s a lightened-up version of a traditional holiday favorite. Allow a week for the mixed pudding to soak in the refrigerator. I like t...

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