Whew! This week’s “Cookbook Corner” is a GOOD ONE! Really, really good…
“Seriously Delish” By: Jessica Merchant
Jessica Merchant is the creator and author of the popular blog “How Sweet It Is”. Have you heard of it before!? I’m sure you have! I’ve followed it for awhile now – and it is a fabulous blog! (To view it for yourself and start following, click here – http://www.howsweeteats.com/)
I had heard amazing things about this cookbook long before it was released – which is always a god sign. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it…and once I did – wow! I love love love this book!
First of all – Jessica… Can I marry you!? Ha! 😉 After learning about her over the years – and more so in her introduction, she just seems like my type of woman. Well – everything except for her love of bacon. I…don’t like bacon. I know, I know – I’ve been called every name in the book – even “unamerican” for not liking the stuff – but I can’t help it…I never have. Can’t even stand the smell. ANYWAYS – other than the “bacon lover” thing – Jessica…be mine!
The book is beautifully put together and gorgeously designed. Just flipping through it will make you want to stop and lick the pages, mark recipes and want to seriously try everything…
Eight sections make up the book – along with “tips” from Jessica. Some of the delicious recipes just waiting to be make are…
BREAKFAST (…for dinner?)
“Baked Black Raspberry Oatmeal with a Brown Butter Drizzle” (page 44), “Baked Breakfast Risotto” (page 50), “Banana Macaroon Smoothie” (page 52), “Strawberry Coffee Cake Scones” (page 66) and “Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls” (page 70).
SNACK TIME (because I said so!)
“Brown Butter Banana Bread” (page 77), “Easy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter” (page 80), “Super-Creamy White Bean Dip” (page 94), “Grilled Scallion, Corn and Shrimp Quesadillas” (page 96) and “Grilled Fruit Salsa” (page 102).
SANDWICHES AND STUFF ON TOAST (and when salads aren’t enough)
“Hard-Boiled Egg and Hummus Chive Toasts” (page 108), “Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps” (page 114), “Green Grilled Cheese” (page 116) and “3-Bean Crispy Quinoa Skillet” (page 126).
SALADS, SOUPS, AND VEGETABLE-LIKE THINGS (ugh, if we must)
“BBQ Chicken Chili” (page 137), “Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup” (page 138), “Simple Asparagus Ribbon Pasta Salad” (page 147 and “Crispy Salt and Pepper Brussels Sprouts” (page 157).
TEX-MEX, BURGERS, PIZZA AND EVERYTHING ELSE (some fancy, some not)
“BBQ Chicken and Sweet Corn Pizza” (page 176), “Slow-Roasted Chicken Tacos with Gorgonzola Slaw” (page 183), “Roasted Pork and Pineapple Baked Taquitos” (page 188) and “Crunchy Baked Chicken Fingers with Chive-Honey Mustard” (page 200).
STUFF TO SIP ON (the happiest hour)
“Blueberry Limeade” (page 221), “Raspberry-Rose Sparklers” (page 223), “Watermelon-Mint Margaritas” (page 227) and “Frosty Mango Pina Coladas” (page 233).
LIGHTEN UP (just not too much)
“Homemade Tart Frozen Yogurt” (page 236), “Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies” (page 239), “Whole Wheat Blueberry Bundt Cake” (page 247), “Oatmeal-Apple Butter Squares” (page 248) and “Olive Oil and Lemon Skillet Cake with Caramelized Meyer Lemons” (page 253).
CELEBRATIONS (for times when calories don’t count)
“Obsessed with Cheese Mac and Cheese” (page 270), “Chocolate and Peanut Butter Lover’s Brownies” (page 272), “Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower Dip” (page 280) and “Fleur de sel Caramel Bourbon Brownie Milk Shakes” (page 287).
Now, come on – I mean, really… How delicious and amazing do those recipes sound!?
Trust me – you NEED TO GET THIS BOOK! I highly recommend it for anyone and everyone who loves food!
To buy “Seriously Delish”, please click here…
The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. More information can be found by emailing me your questions. Shout out and special thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Jessica Merchant for the incredible opportunity to review this simply delicious book.