The Big Book of Casseroles: 250 Recipes for Serious Comfort Food

Bubbling cheese, golden bread crumbs, tender vegetables, and succulent meats – what’s not to like about casseroles? Comfort food just doesn’t get any cozier, or more convenient. Now, thanks to Maryana Vollstedt, busy cooks don’t have to call up Mom in order to make delicious one-dish meals for family and friends. The Big Book of Casseroles boasts over 250 recipes (including low-fat and vegetarian dishes), plus handy planning, freezing, and storage tips. For hot-from-the-oven dinners equally at home in the dining room or on the kitchen table, cooks need look no further than The Big Book of Casseroles, because serious comfort food never goes out of style.You will find no canned soups in Maryana Vollstedt’s The Big Book of Casseroles. You will find 250 ways to simplify your weekly meal planning. The properly deployed casserole is economical of both time and money. Anyone living on a family budget–with a family–but eating according to a take-out lifestyle is going to love this book.

Jambalaya is a casserole. So is Coq au Vin. So is classic Hungarian Goulash. But let us not forget Turkey Tetrazzine. Or maybe we should forget. Maybe it’s the Turkey Tetrazzines of the world made with leftover dried-out Thanksgiving turkey coming at us after the days of turkey soups and turkey sandwiches and turkey salads that have given the word casserole the kind of odor we look for behind the refrigerator. While Vollstedt’s version of Turkey Tetrazzine doesn’t ask for a can of cream of mushroom soup, and while it is made from fresh ingredients, the result is still going to be the same.

And that’s one of the problems with The Big Book of Casseroles. It’s so big, the demands of coming in with 250 recipes are so great, that classics of the genre that would be better off left to foggy memory are rejuvenated for another generation of unfortunate diners. The other problem is how the definition of casserole gets stretched by the author. Any substance covered with another and baked in an oven appears to be a casserole. When is baked fish a casserole and when is it simply baked fish? Such are the questions raised by Vollstedt’s choices.

The book covers a lot of ground. Chapters include those on “Basics” (as in white sauce), “Seafood Casseroles,” “Poultry Casseroles,” “Meat Casseroles,” “Vegetable Casseroles,” “Baked Pastas,” “Grain and Legume Casseroles,” “Gratins,” and “Low-Fat Casseroles.” There are no dessert casseroles.

Vollstedt shows you where the casserole has been, and where it is. Use The Big Book of Casseroles as a launching pad for your own creative endeavors. –Schuyler Ingle

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Food Gift Love: More than 100 Recipes to Make, Wrap, and Share

An exciting, inspiring, and beautiful food-gift guide for crafty cooks and food-DIY fans

In Food Gift Love, Maggie Battista, a food-gift guru and rising star of the blog world, celebrates her expertise in and enthusiasm for small-batch, hand-crafted foods. She features 100 memorable, edible gifts for any occasion with simple, delicious recipes, detailed wrapping instructions, and stunning photography. There are countless ways to share the pleasures of food with people you care about—from simple homemade infused salts and sugars to instant-gratification gifts like fresh ricotta and flavored butters; from jams, pickles, and vinaigrettes to irresistible cookies, desserts, savories, and spirits that will impress fellow food fans. There’s helpful information for creating your own Food Gift Love pantry at home as well as creative guidance on how to wrap food gifts with style. This book will inspire cooks, food-lovers, and DIY fans to be year-round food gifters.

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Cuisinart DLC-2ASM Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor, Sapphire

The mini-prep plus is the perfect little helper for small food preparation, from chopping herbs or bread crumbs, to finely grinding hard cheese. Its versatility lies in the special auto reversing smart blade, which makes it easier to process both soft and hard foods.; Cuisinart mini-prep plus processor, Peridot.

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BELLA 13586 12-Piece Rocket Blender, Stainless Steel and Black

BELLA 12-Piece Rocket Blender

The Rocket Blender is ideal for blending, chopping, grinding, and more.
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Blend Smoothies, Puree Soups, Grind Coffee, and More

Simplify kitchen prep and make healthy, delicious food and drinks with the compact BELLA 12-Piece Rocket Blender. With two separate blades for grinding and blending, the Rocket Blender easily handles whole fruits and vegetables, spices, nuts, and coffee beans. Whip up a smoothie and drink it right from the blending cup. Designed for streamlined function and cleanup, this blender makes it easy to prepare, serve, and store food with minimal mess.

Stainless Steel Blades Grind or Blend in Seconds

Equipped with two sharp stainless steel blades, the Rocket Blender effectively grinds and emulsifies a variety of foods. The cross blade quickly and thoroughly blends whole vegetables, fruits for smoothies, and more. The flat grinding blade chops seeds, nuts, and spices. You can also use this blade to grind coffee beans to the desired texture and store grounds in an included cup with solid lid.

Blend and Serve with Included Blending Cups

The Rocket Blender comes with two tall blending cups (21.6 ounces) and one small grinding cup (13.3 ounces), so you can prepare various quantities of food to use or store. Because the blades attach directly to each cup, you can enjoy a blended drink right from the cup you use to prepare it.

Rotate cup to lock it into base, then push down to blend.
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Straightforward Operation and Cleanup

To use the Rocket Blender, simply attach the appropriate blade to one of the blending cups, rotate to lock it into the powerful base, and push down to blend. Dishwasher safe cups make cleanup easy.

Prepare sauces, dips, and soups with ease.
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Blends Ingredients for Soups, Sauces, and Other Recipes

The Rocket Blender simplifies food prep for many cooking endeavors. Puree soups or mix ingredients for pancake batter, cheesecake, omelets, and more. Sauces, dressings, marinades, and dips come together quickly with little mess. Use the provided recipes or get creative in the kitchen.

Drink a smoothie directly from the blending cup.
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Take Your Smoothie with You in the Blending Cup

Thanks to the two included solid lids, you can blend a smoothie and keep it freshly sealed in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to enjoy it, simply screw one of the two included lip rings onto the blending cup and comfortably sip your smoothie on the go. All four of the included lids are dishwasher-safe (top rack).

Shaker lid lets you grind cinnamon and sprinkle directly from the cup.
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Grind Spices and Easily Add with Shaker Lid

A shaker lid with large holes helps you serve grated cheese, chocolate, flavored sugars, or coarse spice blends straight from the grinding cup. The shaker lid with small holes is ideal for sprinkling finely ground spices such as cinnamon stick or nutmeg.

Easily prepare a delicious mango strawberry smoothie.
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Recipe Suggestion: Mango Strawberry Delight

Combine the following ingredients for a fruity refreshing drink that’s easy to blend whenever you want: 4 -5 slices of mango; 4-5 strawberries; dash of orange juice; 1 cup of previously finely crushed ice. Instructions: (1) combine all the ingredients into the large blending cup; (2) Twist cup into base, push down, and pulse until a smooth consistency is reached; (3) Add cup ring and serve immediately!

Includes four lids, three blending cups, two comfort lip rings, and two blades.
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What’s in the Box

Motor base, grinding blade, blending blade, two tall blending cups, short blending cup, two comfort lip rings, two reusable lids, two shaker lids, and instruction manual with recipes.

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Vitamix Create Recipe Book with Chef Michael Symon Instructional DVD

If you love using your blender to cook with fresh, whole food ingredients, then you will love the Vita-Mix 15126 “Create” recipe book with DVD. This cookbook comes standard with the Vita-Mix Professional Blender, and includes instructions on how to use it and other variable speed blenders. Designed for easy reading, this recipe book stands like an easel but folds like a binder, offering a convenient way to add recipes as you discover them. It is packed with 350 full color, easy to follow, step-by-step recipes and tips from top-rated chefs. Your family will enjoy these recipes for years to come! The included video is a Gourmet prep instruction class by Iron Chef Michael Symon, a 1 hour DVD of easy-to-follow professional techniques. Ideal for everyone who loves to cook, this ‚ÔúCreate‚Ôù recipe book and instructional DVD makes a wonderful gift.

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Hamilton Beach Breakfast Burrito Maker

Cook fresh breakfast with Hamilton Beach Hamilton Beach Breakfast Burrito Maker. The maker fits frozen waffles, pancakes and 6″ tortillas. Parts are removable and dishwasher safe for easy maintenance. Audible built-in timer reminds you the food is cooked. Hamilton Beach Hamilton Beach Breakfast Burrito Maker includes easy recipes for cooking.

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Kitchen Gypsy: Recipes and Stories from a Lifelong Romance with Food (Sunset)

From the beloved host and producer of PBS series Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence and Joanne Weir Gets Fresh.
Chef, cooking instructor, and PBS television host Joanne Weir has inspired legions of home cooks with her signature California-Mediterranean cuisine and warm, engaging style. In Kitchen Gypsy, the James Beard Award-winning author offers a taste of the people, places, and flavors that have inspired her throughout the years.
With refreshing honesty and humor, Joanne shares the spark that led to her love of cooking, how she learned to taste and develop a palate, the meal that would forever change her life, her years working with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse during the beginning of the farm-to-table movement, and her continued travels teaching cooking classes the world over.
Throughout, she offers the cherished dishes and lessons that have shaped her culinary journey, from the 140-year-old Lighting Cake recipe handed down from her great-grandmother to the luxurious Beef Roulade with Mushrooms and Garlic perfected during her Master Chef training in France, and the approachable, globally-inspired dishes, like Fried Pork Belly Tacos and Autumn Salad with Figs and Pomegranate, that have made her a favorite of home cooks.
Lushly illustrated with full-color photographs, Kitchen Gypsy is both an inspirational cooking resource and an armchair read, offering recipes made to be shared and savored against the colorful backdrop of Weir’s evocative writing.
Featuring a foreword by Alice Waters.

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Tacos: Recipes and Provocations

Superstar chef Alex Stupak’s love of real Mexican food changed his life; it caused him to quit the world of fine-dining pastry and open the smash-hit Empellón Taqueria in New York City. Now he’ll change the way you make–and think about–tacos forever. 
 
TACOS is a deep dive into the art and craft of one of Mexico’s greatest culinary exports. We start by making fresh tortillas from corn and flour, and variations that look to innovative grains and flavor infusions. Next we master salsas, from simple chopped condiments to complex moles that simmer for hours and have flavor for days. Finally we explore fillings, both traditional and modern–from a pineapple-topped pork al pastor to pastrami with mustard seeds. 
 
But TACOS is more than a collection of beautiful things to cook. Wrapped up within it is an argument: Through these recipes, essays, and sumptuous photographs by Evan Sung, the 3-Michelin-star veteran makes the case that Mexican food should be as esteemed as the highest French cooking.

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Crock-Pot SCR300-B Manual Slow Cooker, 3 Quart

Crock-Pot Slow Cookers make mealtime and entertaining more flavorful. Turn the dial to ” High” and get a hot meal, snack, appetizer or dip in no time. Set it on ” Low” and tonight’s dinner can cook while you’re at work. No matter the recipe or the occasion, your Crock-Pot Slow Cooker keeps the temperature steady so your food is cooked to perfection, full of flavor and delicious. To keep clean up easy, the 3-quart removable round stoneware slides right out of the base for easy transport to the table or storage in the fridge. and both the stoneware and lid are dishwasher safe. Crock-Pot Slow Cookers simplify your day with slow-cooking solutions that fit your lifestyle. Crock-Pot The Original Slow Cooker.

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