Holly Clegg & trim&TERRIFIC Cookbooks
Secrets to Cooking Confidence with Cooking Basics plus 150 Easy Healthy Recipes
Most people that know me also know I do not cook. I can make enough to survive, but I am not one that looks around and has this great idea of what to make and how good it is going to taste. I was taught how to bake, mostly goodies.
My husband walks into the kitchen, cooks an awesome meal that everyone loves. Then in just a few minutes makes soup from the leftovers to take to work the next day. Normally he feeds about 20 people when he brings in soup. On top of that the kitchen is cleaned up by the time the soup is cooking!
If that were me I would be lucky to make the great meal, then I would have every dish in the house dirty, and forget about the soup!
So this cookbook was perfect for me! Teaching me to cook healthy, plus it gave my hubby a hint. I love his cooking and so does everyone that eats it but, he loves gravy, noodles, potatoes, bread, fried everything, and anything else that is not great for us. He evens serves most of those at every meal. Now you know why I am the weight I am!
My husband is a great guy and loves to cook, we just need it a little healthier.
On Thanksgiving we used the very first page. My granddaughters wanted the table set just perfect so I showed them this book and the first page shows how to set the table correctly. They thought they were so cool.
The first section goes over some cooking basics. Things even I knew, I know surprise surprise! This would be a great book for anyone interested in learning to cook, such as a teenager, a newlywed, a new parent, or a single person wanting to make better meals.
The reason I like this section is because the different areas Holly Clegg discusses. For example the different size nonstick cookware, different kitchen gadgets, and some items every kitchen needs. Then she gives the new cook a list of some staples for the refrigerator, pantry, baking, condiment, canned goods, spice starter list, and frozen items.
Next she has a handy 2 page culinary dictionary. These words are used in every recipe I have ever seen so this is really a nice list.
The next page is her herb dictionary, personally I wish I had this years ago!
With the basics covered she starts with simple recipes to get the cook familiar with the tools, terms, and ingredients. Some of these recipes have biscuit mix, canned refrigerated biscuits, canned foods, and on and on. I could do that! On the side of the page is a “Terrific Tip” where she tells you how to make it a little easier, such as keep warm in a crock pot etc.
Next she has Ready Made Menus. This would always be great, you know you are serving the right side dish, dessert, salad, and bread.
Section 4 is Rapid Rotisserie Chicken Recipes. How does chicken fajita pizza or chicken stir-fry lettuce wraps sound? Lot of great healthy ideas that everyone will enjoy.
After that there is a section called Building On Basics. She gives recipes for a twist on the old favs. Like Asian or chicken burgers. BBQ Shrimp tacos, double stuffed potatoes, and garden pizza.
Another favorite of mine is the Fix It Fast section. She has great recipes that are healthy and fast to make. Such as blackened fish, lemon herb shrimp, or cuban stuffed pork tenderloin.
Next is her Crock Pot Convenience. Lot of meals, or desserts you can make in the crock pot. Taco soup, beef fajitas, balsamic chicken, bananas foster, and fudgy brownies.
And last but definitely not least the Sweet Temptations section. Sooner or later I will try all of these! How does red velvet cheesecake, s’mores cookies, lemonade cake, and carrot cake with cream cheese icing sound?
The inside of the back cover has another handy list of substitutions and recipe equivalents.
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