I love going through a new cookbook and trying as many recipes as I can! When I got this cookbook for Christmas from my friend Gaby, that is exactly what I did. Looking through the pages, it was hard to choose what to make first because everything looked and sounded amazing!
- Delicious and comforting meals
- Great for entertaining
- A variety of recipes for different courses (breakfasts, soups, sandwiches, appetizers, dinners, desserts!)
My Top 3 Recipes:
- Mina’s Lemon Bars
- Baked Chicken with Bacon Bottom & Wild Rice
- After School Banana Bread
Literally every single recipe that I have tried from this cookbook has been amazing. Everything seems to be creamy and comforting, like the Baked Chicken with Bacon Bottom & Wild Rice. You can’t really go wrong with a casserole that is surrounded by bacon, can you?
I have made a lot of lemon bars, and this is by far the best recipe that I have tried. I once baked the crust on a separate day than the filling, and maybe because I let the crust cool before adding the filling (just a guess?), it filled with air and the filling sunk below the crust. When I first realized this, I thought I totally messed the recipe up but it ended up being like an inverted lemon bar. I was able to just flip them over and they were as good as the others.
While there are veggie recipes in this cookbook, I would not consider it a “healthy” cookbook. So, if you are trying to eat healthy at the beginning of the year like I was when I first got this, it was hard to choose recipes that would fit my needs. Honestly, I ended up just trying as many as I could and balancing out these heavier meals with other healthy dishes because I couldn’t wait to try these recipes. And anyways, balance is important!
Who to get this for
This would be a great gift for a friend who likes to entertain. I would also recommend gifting this to someone who has a larger family, as there are a lot of recipes that are easy to cook and can serve a crowd. Or, gift it to yourself because you deserve to have a cookbook that is full of so many delicious recipes!