What's the newest secret weapon for people who want hearty, slow-cooked food but don't have hours to spend in the kitchen? You guessed it the pressure cooker! Anyone with a taste for good, filling food made quickly will find the pressure cooker indispensable for getting dinner on the table. And this welcome guide will help them do it with more than 400 easy-to-follow recipes from stocks and sauces to vegetables and tender meats, and even elegant desserts like crême brûlée plus tips on selecting and safely using pressure cookers. This authoritative compendium offers a modern take on a tried-and-true method, with recipes that prove that less cooking time doesn't mean less delicious. Who knew cooking could relieve so much pressure?
Savor the unforgettable flavors of the Mediterranean using a slow cooker! These 80 recipes are devoted to such iconic dishes as Beef in Barolo from Italy, Braised Basque Chicken from Spain, Bouillabaisse from France, and Spicy Tagines from Morocco. With a source guide for unusual ingredients and helpful streamlined techniques, these slow-cooked specialties are simple to make and even easier to eat.
This is the only slow cooker book for busy people. With over 400 recipes, The Best Slow Cooker Cookbook Ever saves time and money week after week with easy meals that keep one eating well at home every day. From Old-Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie to Mexican Hot Chocolate Lava Cake, this cookbook contains recipes for everything from soups and roasts to cobblers and puddings, inspiring night after night of great meals. Prep a few ingredients, toss them in the pot, and let the cooker work its magic while you're gone for the day. Return to a slow-cooked, deeply flavored, great-smelling dinner for you and your family—every night!
Diane Phillips presents The Soup Mix Gourmet, mainstream short-cut cooking at its best, with more than 375 recipes that use dry soup mix or canned condensed soup as a key flavor ingredient. Simply put, these are easy-to-follow recipes for delicious meals that beat the clock. Because these soups pack a flavor wallop, adding them to dishes shaves down cooking times and strengthens flavors. The recipes here aren’t merely variations on old recipes Mom used to make from the back of the box or the inside of the soup-can label. Phillips has used her culinary imagination and cooking skills to learn the best ways to use dried and canned soups, and she has given cooks fresh new ideas as well as old favorites reworked for today. Go beyond basic onion dip with savory Grecian Vegetable Dip. Show up at a potluck with Tuscan Green Bean Salad or Garlic Sesame Breadsticks. Explore new ways to cook the same old chicken with Friday Night Bistro Chicken. Plan a dinner for company with Lamb and Eggplant Lasagna, or a brunch with Lobster-Stuffed Potatoes. There are also recipes for casseroles, rice and pasta dishes, chilis, marinades and sauces, and, of course, soups and stews.
With Diane Phillips, the Diva of Do-Ahead, at your side, you'll never be paralyzed by holiday- entertaining anxiety again. This veteran cooking teacher has spent years perfecting her easy, elegant, do-ahead approach to holiday cooking, and now she's sharing all her secrets. In Happy Holidays from the Diva of Do-Ahead, you'll find 125 delicious, foolproof recipes, and for each of the menus in the book, Diane provides a complete plan of action, loads of do-ahead tips, advice on decorations and table settings, and much more. From New Year's Eve to the Fourth of July, from Easter to Thanksgiving, the Diva makes it all look simple—because, with her complete, step-by-step plans, it is!
We’ve all seen them in grocery stores and restaurants: delectably juicy, evenly browned, picture-perfect rotisserie chickens. Do you think they look unattainable, like something that can only be bought in a store and never replicated at home? In truth, it’s as easy as can be with a rotisserie oven. A small rotisserie oven that fits right on your kitchen counter will effortlessly transform a humble chicken (and so much more) into a gloriously crispy, moist, and delicious family dinner in about an hour (while you are busy doing other things, or maybe even finding time to relax). The rotisserie is one of the most recent additions to the kitchen-appliance repertoire. What you may not realize is that it’s also one of the most versatile and user-friendly. It can cook everything from meat and poultry to vegetable side dishes and desserts; it works without heating up he rest of the kitchen like an over; it’s compact enough to occupy only a small amount of valuable counter space; plus, it’s easy to clean! In The Ultimate Rotisserie Cookbook, Diane Phillips creatively takes the rotisserie oven well beyond chicken to every kind of food and every course of the meal. Go on, give it a whirl with recipes such as Calypso Jerk Chicken Kabobs, Roasted Garlic Prime Rib Roast, Plum Crazy Pork Chops, or Roasted Salmon with Mustard Chive Butter. Since the rotisserie bastes food in its own juices and allows excess fat to drain away, everything cooks up lighter and healthier than the same food that is cooked in the traditional oven or stovetop manner. For easy, no-fuss hors d’oeuvres or side dishes, try Blue Bayou Stuffed Mushrooms, Sugar Cane Shrimp, No-Fry Pommes Frites, or Pesto-Grilled Eggplant. With an extensive chapter of marinades, sauces, and rubs to spice things up or cool them down (how about Southwestern Fiesta Rib Sauce or Cucumber Mint Salsa?) and one on desserts to sweeten the deal (ever thought of making Rotisserie Caramel Apples or Fire-Roasted Pineapple with Macadamia Caramel Sauce?), your possibilities are limitless. The Ultimate Rotisserie Cookbook is, simply, the be-all and end-all book for the rotisserie oven, with 300 recipes for every possible way you could think of to use this amazing machine.
Imagine coming home at the end of a busy day and knowing that you will be able to enjoy a delicious, home-cooked dinner with your family. With the do-ahead magic of Diane Phillips, it’s never been easier. You’ve Got It Made features her stress-free make-it-now, bake-it-later strategy—the ultimate solution for time-pressed cooks and families on the go—and offers 150 recipes for starters, entrees, sides, and desserts that you can prep and assemble ahead of time, refrigerate or freeze, and bake right before serving.
Here’s the perfect solution for everyone who strives to give the perfect gift! This stylish and user-friendly guide offers baskets for every occasion and at every price level, and is filled with gorgeous four-color photographs for inspiration. The book is also chock full of helpful tips and suggestions for how to choose the proper basket or other creative container, how to select properly sized items and assemble them in the basket, and how to wrap and decorate the basket. This revised and expanded edition now features more than 30 food baskets such as Chocoholic’s Basket, Weekend Breakfast Basket, and Wok on the Wild Side Basket, and 60 themed baskets such as Baby’s Here Basket, Off to College Basket, and Sports Fan Basket —a gift basket idea for nearly every occasion and holiday. Suggestions for creating most baskets cover several budget levels of $25, $50, and $100 or more. Other ideas range from a backpack filled with goodies for an off-to-college student to a cooler filled with tailgating supplies for an ardent football fan to a selection of homemade baked goods and cookie mixes for your favorite dessert lover. The food-themed baskets also offer recipes using the homemade mixes that can be copied and included as part of the gift. Everyone appreciates a gift created just for them, and gift baskets are a fantastic way to present a personalized gift to that special someone or turn a token gift into something treasured. The Perfect Basket gives experts and novices alike everything they need to create spectacular gift baskets for everyone on their list.
For those who think a rice cooker is a one-hit wonder, it's time to think again. Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo? Mixed Mushroom and Bulgur Risotto? Sausage and Broccoli Rabe with Farro? Yes, all can be made in a rice cooker! This practical cookbook details methods for preparing basic grains and collects 85 soups, stews, salads, side dishes, and complete meals, including lots of options for vegetarians and pescatarians. And the information on how to use a rice cooker to its fullest advantage—from basic, no-frills models to high-tech fuzzy-logic machines—makes it easy to put satisfying, delicious meals on the weeknight dinner table with minimal effort and maximum speed.