Disclosure: I received a copy of this cookbook for review purposes and am being provided another for the giveaway. As always, all opinions expressed in the article are my own.
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I was SO excited a few weeks ago when I was offered the opportunity to peruse an advance copy of Christy Jordan's new cookbook, Come Home to Supper: Over 200 Casseroles, Skillets, and Sides (Desserts Too!) to Feed Your Family with Love, and review it! I could hardly wait for it to arrive in the mail. It took a few days, but the wait was totally worth it. This cookbook is like no other I have ever had. It is like sitting down with one of your most inspiring best friends and sharing stories and bits of advice as well as recipes and cooking tips. The short version of this review is that I love this cookbook! But continue on to read the longer version and find out more details on why!
The book is a softcover book with about 300 pages. As you can see, the cover is bright and colorful and welcoming, and the pages inside continue that warm and friendly feeling. My first impression in flipping through the pages was that this is the cookbook for me! Christy is focused on recipes for feeding a family, all with unpretentious, common ingredients and easy instructions. These recipes are not fussy or trendy, but solid, practical suggestions that are budget-friendly and kid-friendly. Many recipes contain options for either making the components from scratch, or buying them pre-made. As a busy mom, that is super-helpful for me! Not only that, but she fills the book with inspiring stories from her life, wise words of advice from herself and others, and shopping, preparation and cooking tips!
The recipes in the book are amazing, and in and of themselves are a great reason to use the book. But there were a few other segments that I found really helpful. First, Christy includes menu suggestions for Sunday dinners and also for weeknight dinners, to help with those times when you are just stuck trying to figure out what to have. Now all I have to do is open the book and pick one of the many delicious options that she has already laid out! Second, she provides sections on Slow Cooker 101 tips and Slow Cooker FAQs, which are great sources of information for buying and using slow cookers, one of the must-have kitchen appliances for busy families! There are also other segments with hints for buying fish, finding the perfect casserole dish, etc.
Of course, I had to make some of the recipes to try them for myself. It was a bit tough to pick a place to start, but at least I knew there were no bad choices! I chose to make the Coca-Cola Roast, the Ice Cream Rolls (dinner rolls made with vanilla ice cream!), and the Big Fat Greek Taters. They were all delicious and a HUGE hit with my family. Below is an excerpt from the book with the recipe and a picture of the Big Fat Greek Taters to share with my readers! Even Thing 2 loved these recipes, so that is saying something! 🙂
Big Fat Greek Taters
These potatoes get their name from the use of lemon juice and oregano, which make them divinely delicious! I’m really a meat-and-potatoes gal at heart, so this fuss-free side dish is one that I could happily eat several times a week. Fortunately, my family feels the same way. These have become popular with my nephews, too!
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
2. Cut each potato lengthwise into 8 thick wedges and place in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and lemon juice, stir around a bit to coat, then sprinkle on the oregano and salt.
3. Bake, stirring halfway through, until tender and lightly browned at the edges, 30 minutes. Serve hot.
I could go on and on about the things I love about this book, but the aspect I love the most is the over-arching theme of bringing the family together at the end of the day to reconnect. This book provides the tools to help families accomplish that, starting with delicious yet practical recipes and tips for making the family dinner possible even with busy schedules. There are even ideas for mealtime conversation starters! In the forward, Christy says "Our suppers together are the anchor that keeps us from drifting apart". I love that reminder, and I am going to use the recipes and helpful information in this wonderful cookbook with my own family to keep us connected, even when busy schedules make it a challenge. For more information or to get your own copy of the book, click here! You may also want to check out Christy's popular blog, Southern Plate. She has amazing recipes and even more amazing stories and snippets of inspiration!
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