This evening, millions of people in households everywhere will be asking that age old question; “What’s for dinner?” Will you have an answer?
If you’re like me, sometimes you struggle with what to make for dinner. On some days you barely have enough time and energy to boil water (for those evenings I suggest you take a look at the article 5 Easy and Tasty Meals). For the other days when you feel like a chef from a five star restaurant and you want your meal to reflect that attitude, here is a list of my all time favorite cookbooks. I’ve also included some of my favorite recipes.
My 10 Favorite Cookbooks
Favorite Recipes: Lasagna with homemade sauce; Minestrone; Baked Macaroni and Cheese; Broccoli-Cheese Frittata; Swiss Baked Potato; Beef Bourguignon; Pepper Steak; Marvelous Meat Loaf; Peanutsy Surprise Cupcakes; Oatmeal Raisn Cookies; Cake Alternative; Chilled Peach Pie; Strawberry-Pineapple Yogurt Pie; Applesauce Pudding.
Favorite Recipes: Garden Soup with Pesto; Eggplant and Herb Casserole; Traditional Enchiladas; Light Vegetable Tempura; Risotto; Summer Stew; Vegetable Soufflé; Baked Corn Pudding; Corn Chowder; Chili non Carne.
Favorite Recipes: Tipsy Birthday Bash cake; Oh Baby cake; Quilting Bee cake; Safari cake; New York, New York cake; Summer Daze cake; Mini Birthday cake.
Favorite Recipes: Filet of Beef with Gorgonzola Sauce; Cinnamon Honey Butter; Sour Cream Coffee Cake; Lobster Rolls; Mango Salsa; Oven-Roasted Fruit; Panzanella Salad; Popovers; Cranberry Conserve; Chinese Chicken Salad.
Favorite Recipes: Homemade Salsa with Ancho Chile; Achiote Citrus Marinade; Empanadas; Enchiladas Frescas; Gaucho Stuffed Rib Eye Steak; Chicken Torta; Chilaquiles; Ceviche; Citrus Cheesecake; Fried Apple Tart; Guava Cheese Tart.
6. Cooking for Kids by Publications International, Ltd.: This cookbook has some of the best recipes to make with kids. The book includes recipes from well known companies and organizations such as Bestfoods; Campbell Soup; Dole; Hershey; Hormel; Kraft; Lawry’s; Lipton; M&M/Mars; Nestlé; Oreo; J.M. Smucker, and many more!
Favorite Recipes: Chocolate Chip Waffles; French Toast Sticks; Cinnamon-Raisin Rolls; Philadelphia® Fruit Dip; Inside-Out Turkey Sandwiches; Funny Face Pizzas; Sweet and Sour Chicken Nuggets; Cowboy Burgers; Ice Cream Cone Cakes.
Favorite Recipes: Chicken Soup; Potato Pancakes; Matzo Fritters; Carrot Pudding; Jordan Cakes; Hungarian Goulash; Chicken Croquetts; Chestnut Stuffing; Apple Sauce.
8. The Pie and Pastry Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum: With over 300 recipes, this is the ultimate pie and pastry cookbook! Easy to follow, step by step recipes with a chapter featuring ‘foolproof’ pie crusts. Beranbaun provides countless tips to help solve any problems, including the ‘secrets’ to making a juicy fruit pie with a crips bottom crust.
Favorite Recipes: Flaky Cream Cheese Pie Crust; Flaky Cheddar Cheese Pie Crust; Bittersweet Chocolate Cookie Tart Crust; Basic Flaky Pie Crust; Deluxe Flaky Pie Crust; Open-Faced Double Strawberry Pie; Perfect Peach Pie; Lemon Meringue Pie; Coconut Ice Cream Pie; Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Seven-Tier Tart; Hungarian Poppy Seed Strudel.
Favorite Recipes: Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce; Pasta e Fagioli; Chili in a Hurry; Red Lentil Chili; Southwest Cornbread; Cornbread Dressing; Sweet Potato Casserole; Mom’s Tropical Fruit Salad; Strawberry Yogurt Pie; Angel Food Celebration Cake.
Favorite Recipes: Tofu Antipasto; Teriyaki Tofu Salad; Spinach and Tofu Quicherole; Soyburger; Chunky Miso Soup; Stir-Fry Tofu with Peppers and Peanuts.
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