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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

CONTEST & The One Dish Collection by the Canadian Living Test Kitchen: Chef Jeff Reviews

The One Dish Collection
by the Canadian Living Test Kitchen
Transcontinental Books
ISBN: 978-0-9813938-9-6
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Description: Sometimes all you want after a long day is a little bit of comfort. And what better place is there to sit back and enjoy some than at the dinner table?

Nothing says comfort like a warm, homey, all-in-one-dish dinner. It''s a delicious way to welcome people to the table without the fuss of preparing multiple, complicated recipes. And when your one-dish wonder comes from Canadian Living, Canada''s most trusted cooking authority, you know it''s going to turn out perfectly.

The One-Dish Collection offers tasty options to satisfy your cravings. Inside, you''ll find hearty meat-and-veggie soups and stews, filling dinner salads, simple skillet suppers (complete with fresh biscuits on top!), rich casseroles, flavour-packed pastas, creamy risottos and more. Add a sprinkle of helpful tips and advice from Canadian Living''s cooking experts, and you have a recipe for dinnertime success.

- 6 recipe chapters, each focused on a single food category: soups, stews, hearty salads, casseroles, skillets and simmers, and pastas and risottos\
- 80+ colour photographs
- Most recipes includes the major components of a balanced dinner (protein, starch and some vegetables)
- Simpler dishes come with suggestions for super-easy sides to round out the meal
- Helpful sidebars and tips sprinkled throughout

The Good Stuff
  • Recipes are easy to make (and in most cases really fast to make as well)
  • All of the ingredients can be found at your local supermarket even in a small town like Bolton
  • Simple step by step instructions 
  • The pictures really add to the enjoyment of the book as well as encourage you to make the recipes
  • Good variety of recipes for all tastes and skill levels
  • Nice to see some Gluten Free recipes included
  • Helpful tips and tricks on some of the recipes
  • This book is perfect for those who want to do some weekend cooking and fill up the chest freezer with ready to thaw meals for busy weeknights 
  • Wife wants you to know the Index is awesome - she is such a nerd for this sort of thing, but in her defense it really makes it easy to find things. And she also likes how the book is organized
  • The tips dealing with if you are freezing a recipe are extremely helpful
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Really could have benefited by having more pictures
  • Would have been nice to have some one dish desserts
  • Not a lot of low fat types of recipes
Favorite Recipes
  • Lemon Chicken and Spinach Noodle Soup (wife made with gluten free noodles & still tasted good)
  • Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew (house smells really good when making this one)
  • Slow Cooker Creamy Mushroom Chicken Stew (FAST, EASY & YUMMY)
  • Gluten-Free Quinoa Salad with Creamy Tahini Dressing
  • Creamy Meatballs and Noodles (Make sure onion is chopped really fine & we used only 1/2 onion)
Who Should/Shouldn't Use
  • This cookbook (like most of the Canadian Living cookbooks) is perfect for the beginner to intermediate cook.  The more experienced cook may be a wee bit bored with this one
  • A must have for every house especially for busy households where you can make this stuff ahead and thaw as needed
4.5 Dewey's

We received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

1 Copy of The One Dish Collection
Canada Only
Ends February 28th

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Pictures From Cooking

Ingredients for Lemon Chicken and Spinach Noodle Soup

Veggies etc chopped up and ready to go

Final Product (Yummy - BTW we added Parmesan when we served it and it made it even better!)

1 comment:

  1. That soup looks awesome!!! I'm going to have to make some (soup) soon, I'm craving!