Whether you need rescuing from the dinnertime rut or the big holiday feast, this is the book for you. I wrote this book with those scenarios in mind, and a few more – Company’s Coming, Snow Days, Last-Minute Birthday Party, Something from Nothing, Serve to Your Book Club, Very Vegetarian, etc. Here are 125 tried and true recipes that solve those situations quickly, easily, and deliciously. They are from my files and from good cooks across the country. You’ll love the gorgeous Lucy Schaeffer photographs as well as the real-life stories that accompany each recipe. This is the book I turn to for everyday cooking as well as for entertaining friends.
Most popular recipes: Pat’s Artichoke Dip, Laurie’s Goat Cheese, Pesto and Fig Cheesecake, Jan’s Lentil Soup, Kitchen Sink Tabbouleh, Easy Korean Chicken, Shrimp and Cheese Grits, Spicy Creamed Spinach Gratin, Mini Cinnamon Rolls, Zucchini Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting, Mary’s Pumpkin Praline Pie.
Why I wrote this book: As a busy writer and mother, I felt short of new ideas of what to cook for dinner and what to bring to book club or the next potluck. Yes, it’s true! So I reached out to family and friends and began recording their go-to recipes. These recipes filled little journals in my purse for several years, until I decided that I needed to turn them into a book.
Favorite cooking tip in the book: Steam lobsters for New Year’s Eve! It was the strategy we used to make New Year’s festive and safe for growing children. We would stay at home and have a party. Live lobsters are steamed, sparkling grape juice is poured, games are played, and memories are made.