A few years ago, Karen Petersen says, she was not comfortable with her cooking abilities.
Now, she is the author of two cookbooks and hosts a popular cooking blog (www.365daysofcrockpot.com).
The Woods Cross woman loves to share the tips and tricks she has learned about preparing delicious and easy slow-cooked meals. She is one of the presenters on Saturday at the 2011 women's forum, hosted by Brigham City Community Hospital and Utah State University's Brigham City campus.
In 2008, Petersen was mother to a 3-year-old and an infant. "I didn't know anything about slow cooking, and I simply cooked because I had to," she said.
One day, she stumbled upon a slow-cooker recipe and decided to try it out -- unaware of how it was about to change her life. She immediately realized the benefits of being able to do the bulk of the meal preparation hours ahead of dinnertime.
"I realized that dinnertime is not the best time for most people to make dinner," she said of this often busy time of day.
After preparing her first slow-cooker meal, Petersen decided to try a new slow-cooker recipe every day for a week. When that went well, she decided to embark on a learning experience and committed to trying a new recipe every day for one year.