First, I'd like to say that this is an excellent book for all audiences. Kids, husbands, and women, as well as picky kids, picky husbands and picky women, (although we gals arent neccessarily picky per se :) ) Also, perfect for those to "get their feet wet" so to speak, who seem lost in cooking and /or needing to be on a special diet because of health issues. And even if you're not on a restricted diet, these recipes are just fun!
here are my reviews:
Ham and Breakfast Casserole p 79. 4 stars. Very good, the mushrooms make it.
Quick-n-Easy Sticky Rolls p 86. 4 stars. Great sticky bun flavor.
Breakfast Tarts p 90. 5++ stars!! These are sooo good. A must try! I made these for a quick Sunday breakfast for DH and I and not so much for the picky egg son, who wont touch a visible egg for miles. Lets just say there was an argument of who gets the last one and stop hogging the rest! They are quick and easy to make. Main ingredients are just a can of biscuits, diced ham, eggs and cheese. Im convinced it is Jo's Lemon and Herb Pepper seasoning that is the secret here, which compliments wonderfully with eggs and cheese. (recipe below) I make my own, which is extremely close to her seasoning. The seasoning has some basil and oter things you wont get in commercial lemon pepper. Although the snowflake is absent on these tarts, I have made them ahead for quick grab and go breakfast. I store them in the refrigerator and microwave them until they are just hot.
Easy Alphabet Vegetable Soup p 96. 5 stars! Easy and good vegetable soup. I used Ditalini pasta instead of alphabets.
Green Bean au Gratin p 130. 4 stars. Similar to the Campbell's Green Bean Casserole recipe IMO.
Ginger Peachy Salad p 143. 4 stars. easy and good flavors
Hawaiian Fruit Salad p 146. 4 stars. Easy and refreshing - just fruit and more fruit! we use this as a dessert too.
Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Green Beans p 171. 4 stars. DS ate this and didnt pick out the beans. Sometimes use this as a side dish.
Tuna Krispie Bake p 176. This was just OK.
Quick Turkey and Dressing p 187. 4 stars. Perfect for us as is. I use chicken instead of turkey.
Cheeseburger Milk Gravy Skillet p 190. 4-5 stars. Another fight of who gets the last and quick hogging it entree. What is with these men?!
Lazy Day Lasagna p 193. 5++ stars! One of my "go to" fave make ahead casserole meals. (the other is Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole from Joyful.) This keeps beautifully in the refrigerator for a least a day ahead of baking it. Even 11 thumbed people can place this in the oven and have it come out great. I use small bowtie pasta for mini lasagna noodles.
Pizza Popover Pie p 195. 5++ stars! Ever since Heather turned me onto this dish, we've repeated this often. A must try!
Cheeseburger Pie p 197. 5 stars! I add some garlic and a tad of worchester sauce. The dill pickle relish is a nice flavor and adds the taste of a cheeseburger. Another fight and quit hogging it meal.
Baked BBQ Pork Tenders p 203. 4-5 stars. Tender and very good. Be easy on the brown sugar twin or splenda it gets a little sweet if you miss your spoon like I sometimes do and over pour.
Baked Pork Cutlets with Rice-Tomato Stuffing p 206. 4 stars. Tender and tomato-y.
Root Beer Float Pudding p 220. very good, but we have to be in the mood for it. a super quick dessert.
Baby Ruthie Delights p 232. 5 stars. it does taste like the candy bar.
Chocolate Express Pie p 246. 5 stars. A super easy, super good chocolate cream pie. The chocolate grahams are hard to find now for me in my area (found some at Winco) but it makes such a pretty topping that reminds and resembles sprinkled sweetened cocoa powder on top.
Pretty-in-Pink Cake p 279. 4 stars. A nice little pretty pink cake.
Little League Meat and Potatoes p 285. 5 stars! Exceptionally good! Comfort food for sure and very filling. Everyone loves this. Easy to make since potato shreads are used.
Home Run Chocolate Birthday Cake p 286. This is my son's all time fave HE cake and I do make it for his birthday. The cake is a more dense brownie like texture but nice. The frosting is almost a "fluff" type and you could probably use it for other cakes as well. Again, the crumb topping makes it look like sweetened cocoa powder and is pretty. I keep this in the refrigerator because the topping is milk based, but I love cold cake.
Peanut Butter Cup Pie p 293. 5 stars. It does look and taste like a peanut butter cup. its very rich tasting to us.
Jiffy Scalloped Potatoes p 298. 5 stars. Need a good scalloped potato side dish? This is it. Easy too.
Magnificent Baked Chicken p 299. 5 stars. A fave repeat at our house. I suggest to prepare the wet coating like it says, then sprinkle the parmesan on then coat in the cornflake crumbs. This works better than what the recipe says.
Kids Business Cavatini p 322 also in, "Ten Years and Still Creating" JoAnna's personal favorites. 5+ stars. We just made this again the other night (another fight and dont hog it all dish). The olives really make it. A cheap and easy dish too. only 1/2 ground beef for the whole dish! A must try!
heres that Lemon Herb Pepper seasoning recipe:
2 tablespoons dried lemon peel
4 teaspoons paprika
4 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
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