What are the odds of having a not-rant-filled Thoughtful Thursday post. I can feel the breeze caused by the collective eye rolls, y’all. Truly, this one is more gushy than rant-y. (Disclosure: I received a copy of the cookbook that I will review below as a birthday gift from my parents.)
For my birthday, my mom gave me three cookbooks, two on my birthday and one after (because it came out after my birthday).
Today, I will review for you the one that arrived after my birthday, allowing for the recency effect.
Yup. My mom handed it to me in the open package from Amazon. She had to take a peek. I now have all four of her cookbooks.
I love all three of the ones I had before, but the first one was the one I have always referred to as “the best.” After skimming through (okay, absorbing every word, graphic, and photograph) the “new” cookbook, I have this to say: the first one has a run for its money at last.
I LOVE IT!!!!!!
Most (if not all) recipes are available on her blog, and many have been featured on her TV show on Food Network. This would be an excellent cookbook for the beginner cook for several reasons. 1) She photographs each step of the cooking process. 2) She has suggestions in the beginning to help streamline the cooking process (advanced prep, etc.). Nothing new, but it is explained in the type of detail you would get from your bestie. 3) She offers serving suggestions and variations for each recipe.
So, it would (like her first cookbook) make a great bridal, housewarming, or college gift.
Her book is divided into breakfast, soup, salad, freezer food, 16-Minute Meals, pasta, comfort food, new favorites, veggie sides, starchy sides, and quick desserts.
Some of the highlights I’m looking forward to trying/trying again:
Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Homemade Enchilada Sauce
Croissant French Toast (once the croissants from Sam’s go stale)
Lazy Chiles Rellenos
Chicken Taco Salad
Buffalo Chicken Salad
Tomato Soup with Parmesan Croutons
Sausage, Potato, and Kale Soup (like Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana)
Cheesy Cauliflower Soup
Ready-to-Go Freezer Meatballs (including variations for Sweet-and-Sour, Sweedish, and BBQ meatballs)
Ready-to-Go Grilled Chicken
Ready-to-Go Chili Packets
Ready-to-Go Taco Chicken (with a variation for Chicken Nachos)
Ready-to-Go Beef Taco Filling (with variations for Salad Tacos)
Baked Ziti (that uses meat…I know! Shocker!)
Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce (Every once in a while a recipe comes along that screams “TRY ME!” This is one of those recipes!)
Pan-Fried Pork Chops
Orange Chicken (Otherwise known as, I have now after tears, angst, massive feelings of failure, self-doubt, and much bad feelings, finally created Orange Chicken successfully)
Beef with Snow Peas
Bow-Tie Chicken Alfredo
Pasta with Vodka Sauce
Cajun Chicken Pasta (This is truly an awesome recipe. Adjust spicyness to taste. I feel the need to make it. Like now!)
Quick Shells and Cheese
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Red Wine Pot Roast
Pork Chops with Wine and Roasted Garlic
Pork Chops with Pineapple Fried Rice
Green Chile Chicken
Roasted Grape Tomatoes
Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole (I detest cauliflower and broccoli is not my favorite, but I want to try this one!)
Lemony Green Beans
Peas and Carrots
Roasted Carrots with Vinaigrette
Veggies and Three Dips
Stovetop Mashed Potatoes
Buttered Parsley Noodles
Pudding (Vanilla, Butterscotch, Chocolate)
Quick Caramel Sauce
Slice and Bake Cookies