The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime – Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper

The #1 bestselling author and Food Network personality at last answers that age-old question—“What’s for Dinner?”—bringing together more than 125 simple, scrumptious, step-by-step recipes for delicious dinners the whole family will love.

For families juggling school, work, and a host of other time-consuming daily obligations, the idea of making dinner from scratch can be daunting. Ree Drummond makes it easy for families to make simple, scrumptious, homemade meals with minimum fuss and maximum enjoyment. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime includes delicious, easy-to-make recipes for comfort classics, 16-minute meals, freezer-friendly food, as well as soups, main dish salads, and a favorite of her own family: breakfast for dinner.

You’ll find more than 125 fast-and-delicious recipes that combine pantry staples with fresh ingredients, including Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Taco Salad, Pasta Puttanesca, Ready-to-go freezer Meatballs (and many dinners you can make with them!), Oven Barbecue Chicken, Mexican Tortilla Casserole, Veggie Chili, Beef with Snow Peas, and many, many more. Included is a section of mouthwatering quick desserts—literally the icing on the cake. Filled with Ree’s signature step-by-step photos, relatable humor, and irresistible, folksy charm, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime is the go-to cookbook every home cook can rely on for any—and every—night of the week.

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Danielle Walker’s Eat What You Love: Everyday Comfort Food You Crave; Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes

From the New York Times best-selling author of the Against All Grain series comes 125 recipes for gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo comfort food, from nourishing breakfasts and packable lunches to quick and easy, one-pot, and make-ahead meals to get satisfying dinners on the table fast.

Beloved food blogger and New York Times best-selling author Danielle Walker is back with 125 recipes for comforting weeknight meals. This is the food you want to eat every day, made healthful and delicious with Danielle’s proven techniques for removing allergens without sacrificing flavor. As a mother of three, Danielle knows how to get dinner (and breakfast and lunch) on the table quickly and easily. Featuring hearty dishes to start the day, on-the-go items for lunch, satisfying salads and sides, and healthy re-creations of comfort food classics like fried chicken, sloppy Joes, shrimp and grits, chicken pot pie, and lasagna, plus family-friendly sweets and treats, this collection of essential, allergen-free recipes will become the most-used cookbook on your shelf. With meal plans and grocery lists, dozens of sheet-pan suppers and one-pot dishes, and an entire chapter devoted to make-ahead and freezer-friendly meals, following a grain-free and paleo diet just got a little easier.

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  *  Four weeks of meal plans for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  *  Instant Pot, slow cooker, one-pot, sheet-pan, and 30-minute recipes
  *  Packed lunch chart with creative ideas for school, work, and lunches on the go
  *  Make-ahead meals, including freezer and leftover options
  *  Dietary classifications for egg-, tree nut-, and nightshade-free dishes, plus designations for Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS)

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Comfort Food (Williams-Sonoma): Recipes for Classic Dishes & More

A definitive collection of over 100 tantalizing recipes—including homey potpies, baked pastas, and rich chocolate desserts, as well as lighter yet equally delicious salads, starters, and sides—for comfort food lovers everywhere.

Over 100 nostalgic recipes and new favorites are brought to life through mouthwatering photography. From meaty ribs slathered with barbecue sauce to a slice of lemon meringue pie, these luscious foods will take you back to childhood. You’ll find all the over-the-top dishes that you crave—oven-baked mac and cheese, beer-battered onion rings, devil’s food layer cake—as well as recipes that are just as flavorful and comforting but a little lighter like BLT sandwiches, panini with grilled vegetables, crab louis salad, and pancetta-wrapped scallops, and apple granola crisp.

Sample recipes include:
Warm Spinach and Bacon Salad
Egg Salad Sandwich
Grilled Cheese and Creamy Tomato Soup
Deviled Eggs
Calamari with Spicy Marinara
Fried Green Tomatoes
Chicken Piccata
Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken Enchiladas Verdes on Gluten Free Corn Tortilla
Cheesy Mushroom Risotto
Real Sloppy Joes
Shrimp and Grits
Hearty Beef Stew
Roasted Root Vegetables with Thyme
Mac and Cheese
Old-Fashioned Potato Salad
Buttermilk Biscuits
Apple Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie with Graham Cracker Crust
Devil’s Food Cake with Marshmallow Frosting
Caramel Bread Pudding

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EatingWell Soups: 100 Healthy Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food

Satisfying to eat, loaded with healthy ingredients, and simple to make, soups are perennial favorites. EatingWell brings together 100 of its very best soups in this indispensable cookbook, illustrated with 100 color photos. The delicious recipes work for any occasion, from busy weeknights to special dinners, and the collection spans light and low-calorie to heartier—but still healthy—meal-in-a-bowl soups. A chapter on instant soups shows how to make tasty homemade “cup of noodle” jars—take them along and just add water! A resource chapter on techniques helps readers stocks their pantries, freeze soups, make stock, and more, and inspiring essays from soup makers around the country round out this enticing, healthy book.

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15 Minute Vegan Comfort Food: Simple & Satisfying Vegan Recipes

From the author of the bestselling 15 Minute Vegan comes 15 Minute Vegan: Comfort Food. The book shatters the notion that vegan food is cold and soulless by showing you how to create inspired comfort foods, whether you’re vegan or not. Vegan cookery expert Katy Beskow celebrates cooking for pleasure, soul and enjoyment, without having to spend hours in the kitchen. Using ingredients readily available in supermarkets, Katy’s easy recipes and instructions will have you making delicious, nutritious meals time after time.

The book explores how a mindful cooking process is as comforting as the final dish, even when you have just 15 minutes to spare, and offers 100 recipes across five chapters: comfort classics (chocolate chilli, moussaka bowls); sides & bites (corn fritters, speedy samosas); social sharing (mushroom bourguignon, garden biryani); solo recipes (spicy falafel burger, cashew chow mein); and sweet comforts (cherry pot pies, jam sponge pudding).

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Comfort in an Instant: 75 Comfort Food Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot

With 75 all-new recipes–50 of which can be made in under an hour start to finish–Melissa Clark brings her easy sophistication to comfort food classics for any electric pressure cooker, multicooker, or Instant Pot.

The electric pressure cooker makes getting meals on the table fast, convenient, and utterly delicious–and with less mess and stress than any other kitchen appliance. In Comfort in An Instant, Melissa Clark elevates the classics with her trademark deep flavors and special spins–without ever sacrificing ease:

  *  Sriracha Turkey Meatloaf
  *  Pesto Risotto with Cherry Tomatoes
  *  Classic Matzo Ball Soup
  *  Easy Weeknight Chili
  *  Lemon Chicken With Garlic + Olives
  *  Pimento Mac + Cheese
  *  Chipotle Pork Tacos
  *  Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake

Innovative and practical, Comfort in an Instant sets the gold standard for flavor, quality, and convenience.

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In the Kitchen with David: QVC’s Resident Foodie Presents Comfort Foods That Take You Home

David Venable will be the first to tell you: He loves his food. And as the beloved host of QVC’s popular program, In the Kitchen with David,® he’s put that passion on mouthwatering display, welcoming some of the greatest names in the food world. But Venable’s own culinary skills—honed in the Carolina kitchens of his mother and grandmothers—are nothing short of remarkable and tantalizing.
 
Now, in his anticipated debut cookbook, Venable shares 150 delicious recipes of hearty, easy-to-make, comforting dishes. In the Kitchen with David covers everything from appetizers and breads to soups and salads to main courses and sides, as well as his lifelong love of bacon (The Divine Swine!). You’ll get ideas for quick Monday-to-Friday dinners, let-it-cook-all-weekend suppers, savory breakfasts and brunches, cocktail party fun, game-day eats, and family reunion feasts. And of course, no Southern-influenced cookbook is complete without a little something sweet. Venable’s favorites include
 
Party Starters: White Bean and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip, Chicken Nachos, Cheddar-Broccoli Poppers with Ranch Dipping Sauce, Cheesy Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Supporting Players: Summer Squash Fritters with Garlic Dipping Sauce, Scrumptious Hush Puppies, Mom’s “Browned” Rice, Sweet Potato-Pineapple Casserole
Main Events: Breaded Pork Cutlets, Chicken Marsala, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Low Country Boil
Sweet, Sweet Gratification: Deep Dish Apple Pie, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Banana Pudding Cheesecake, Peach Cobbler
 
Loaded with gorgeous photographs, helpful “Dishin’ with David” tips, and personal anecdotes, In the Kitchen with David encourages you and your family to gather around the dinner table for great meals and, more important, great memories. After all, the portions are generous; the options are limitless.
 
Foreword by Paula Deen

Advance praise for In the Kitchen with David
 
“David Venable’s unbridled love for good, hearty comfort food is absolutely infectious. He knows what delicious food tastes like, and one peek at the recipes in his book had me positively drooling. I haven’t been this excited about a cookbook in a long, long time!”—Ree Drummond, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks
 
“David definitely knows his way around the kitchen, and he sure gets cooking with some comfort food in this book. And that’s saying something coming from the two of us comfort food lovers!”—Pat and Gina Neely, hosts of Down Home with the Neelys

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Comfort Food Shortcuts: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook from QVC’s Resident Foodie

The beloved host of QVC’s In the Kitchen with David is back with a brand-new cookbook featuring 110 comfort food recipes that save on time–without skimping on flavor.

Beloved television host and cookbook author David Venable is back with an eagerly anticipated collection of recipes, each with a full-color photo, that save on time but not on flavor. Who says everything has to be made from scratch? Here you’ll find lots of time-saving supermarket shortcuts, including new ways to use cake mixes, flatbreads, bottled sauces, seasoning packets and more. Plus you’ll find clever ideas for using an air fryer, pressure cooker, slow cooker, blender and other common kitchen appliances for faster and easier cooking for everything from small bites and brunch, to soups, salads, entrees, special occasion beverages and desserts–there’s something here for everyone.

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Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food from the Winner of MasterChef Season 3 on FOX(TM)

In her kitchen, Christine Ha possesses a rare ingredient that most professionally-trained chefs never learn to use: the ability to cook by sense. After tragically losing her sight in her twenties, this remarkable home cook, who specializes in the mouthwatering, wildly popular Vietnamese comfort foods of her childhood, as well as beloved American standards that she came to love growing up in Texas, re-learned how to cook. Using her heightened senses, she turns out dishes that are remarkably delicious, accessible, luscious, and crave-worthy.

Millions of viewers tuned in to watch Christine sweep the thrilling Season 3 finale, and here they can find more of her deftly crafted recipes. They’ll discover food that speaks to the best of both the Vietnamese diaspora and American classics, personable tips on how to re-create delicious professional recipes in a home kitchen, and an inspirational personal narrative bolstered by Ha’s background as a gifted writer. Recipes from My Home Kitchen will braid together Christine’s story with her food for a result that is one of the most compelling culinary tales of her generation.

Amazon Q&A for Recipes from My Home Kitchen. Graham Elliot, MasterChef judge, chef and restauranteur interviews Christine Ha, author of Recipes from My Home Kitchen.

Graham Elliot

Graham Elliot: When you first auditioned for MasterChef did you ever imagine you we’d be talking about your very own cookbook a year later?

Christine Ha: Definitely not. I mean, it was my dream, yes. Out of the trophy/title, monetary winnings, and the cookbook deal, the cookbook was the prize I wanted the most. It only made sense–I am a writer, and by nature, writers want to share themselves with the world through their stories. What better way to marry the two loves of my life–food and word–than with my very own cookbook? But to compete against more than 30,000 home cooks across America? I don’t like to get my hopes up, so I tried not to give it much thought. Well, I realize now that nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it and play it smart.

GE: Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and I were always blown away by your ability to present beautiful, edible creations. How are you able to produce such visually stunning dishes without your sense of sight?

CH: Ah, that seems to be the million dollar question. Well, I’ve always had an elephant’s memory, and this was only perpetuated with my vision loss. Now that I can’t depend on my eyes to see what’s laid out on the counter, I have to memorize where I put the basil, the knife, the sauté pan full of hot oil. This memory of how foods look–shape, their color, their texture–is what aids me when I plate a dish. I think having to feel your food forces you to become more connected with it; that’s the belief of those cultures that eat their meals with their hands–touching your food with your fingers increases awareness. I also believe the fact that I can’t see the small imperfections on a plate–say, the microgreens not being set exactly 2.5 inches apart–makes for a more organic and, in my opinion, aesthetically more pleasing plate.

GE: Which aspects of your cooking style do you think will be most popular with the average American home cook?

CH: Oh, Graham, I’m smart, but I’m not psychic! Is there really such a thing as an “average American home cook”? Americans are hardly average at all. Like I said, our country is just so diverse. Plus home cooks are becoming quite sophisticated these days–just look at the range of talent you see on each season of “MasterChef.” I will say, however, that with demographics moving more and more towards dual income households, and even in the case of stay-at-home parents who are busy taking care of the kids and the house, people have less time and energy to cook dinner every night. For these reasons, I think many home cooks would appreciate recipes that are flavorful but not fussy. Actually, those are the exact parameters I have in my own kitchen when I cook a weeknight dinner. And for the weekends when there’s a little more time for leisure projects, I enjoy more elaborate experiments like pulled pork sandwiches or my mama’s eggrolls. Both types of recipes, from the easy to the intricate, can be found right here in this very cookbook.

GE: How has your approach to cooking changed over the years? How has it evolved since you won MasterChef?

CH: Like many who first start out cooking, I was very methodical. I learned by following recipes to the T–I used to think the world would end if I accidentally added one teaspoon of salt when the recipe called for three-fourths. But after cooking a dozen meals or so, I started understanding basic cooking methods and techniques. Then after another dozen meals, I began grasping flavor profiles. As with any art, once you know and understand the rules, you can break them and get away with it. Once I got to that point, I ventured off and came up with my own recipes.

Perhaps the most valuable lesson I learned during my time on “MasterChef” is to trust my gut. Food can be very subjective. I can’t stand dill or cooked salmon. But hey, if your favorite dish in the world is your grandma’s baked salmon with dill weed, I can’t argue that. I do think, however, that one should be able to back up their penchant for dill and baked salmon. “I love baked salmon and dill weed because it’s good,” to me, is not a valid argument. “I love baked salmon and dill weed because I think they complement each other in XYZ ways” is an argument I can respect even if I don’t agree. Having said this, however, I wouldn’t want everyone in the world to dislike dill and cooked salmon, because then where would their places be in our lives? I had a creamy dill sauce over a crêpe recently, and I thought it was incredibly delicious. And salmon sashimi is on my short list of favorite foods. I trust chefs who are confident in their opinions and can back them up. Diversity is what makes this world great; we should celebrate our differences.

GE: With the veritable treasure trove of recipes you now possess, which one do you feel best represents you and your life’s journey?

CH: I’d have to go with the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. It starts out an inedible mass, but after you put some heat under it, it becomes delectably sweet–that’s been my journey in life. It’s by no means fancy, but it will always put a smile on your face–that’s me. Sinfully scrumptious.

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Now Eat This!: 150 of America’s Favorite Comfort Foods, All Under 350 Calories

Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, brownies, and 147 other favorite recipies under 350 calories.
 
In this delectable cookbook, award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito transforms America’s favorite comfort foods into deliciously healthy dishes—all with zero bad carbs, zero bad fats, zero sugar, and maximum flavor. What’s more, Rocco provides time-saving shortcuts, helpful personal advice, and nutritional breakdowns for each recipe from a board-certified nutritionist. So prepare your favorite foods without the guilt. Finally, a world-class chef has made healthy food taste great!Featured Recipe: No Cream-No Cry Penne Alla Vodka

The dirty little secret about Penne alla Vodka is not the vodka but the hefty amount of heavy cream. Vodka is colorless, odorless, and without much flavor—not really attributes of a superstar ingredient. It’s the combination of cream and tomato sauce that gives this dish its signature flavor. The traditional cream is swapped here for low-fat Greek yogurt. –Rocco DiSpirito

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole- wheat penne
  • 2 cups Rocco’s How Low Can You Go Low-Fat Marinara Sauce (page 206 of Now Eat This!) or store-bought low- fat marinara sauce
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • One 7-ounce container 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

(Serves 4)

Directions

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions, about 9 minutes; drain.

2. While the pasta is cooking, bring the marinara sauce and crushed red pepper to a simmer in a large nonstick saute pan over medium heat. Cook the sauce, stirring it occasionally with a heat-resistant rubber spatula, until it is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove the saute pan from the heat.

3. Stir about 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce into the yogurt until smooth (this tempers it and prevents the yogurt from curdling). Then whisk the yogurt mixture back into the marinara sauce.

4. In a large serving bowl, toss the sauce with the drained penne and the basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the cheese on top, and serve.

Healthy Tips

Whole-wheat pasta has a dense texture that makes it a little tougher than regular pasta. Some people like that chewiness; some don’t. If you’re in the latter category, overcook it a bit. Toward the end of the cooking time, keep testing it until it’s as tender as you like it.

Fat: 4.8 g
Calories: 320
Protein: 18 g
Carbohydrates: 55 g
Cholesterol: 11 mg
Fiber: 6 g
Sodium: 416 mg

Featured Recipe: Seared Tuna With Green Beans, Lemon, And Wasabi

This dish isn’t a makeover, per se. But there are so many beloved–and believe it or not, unhealthy–seared tuna dishes out there in the restaurant world that I thought I should offer at least one healthy version. The tuna is never the problem. Tuna is rich in nutrients, low in fat, delicious, and just a good bet all around. It’s the stuff that’s put on top that’s the problem–anything from seared foie gras to deep-fried tempura crispies. Sure, it tastes great, but those additions turn a healthful dish into an artery-clogging one. –Rocco DiSpirito

Ingredients

  • 4 sushi-grade tuna steaks (3 ounces each)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 12 ounces haricots verts or slim green beans, trimmed
  • Juice and grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons wasabi paste
  • 4 scallions (white and green parts), sliced thin on the diagonal
  • 3 tablespoons black sesame seeds

(Serves 4)

Directions

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Preheat a grill or grill pan over high heat.

2. Season the tuna steaks with salt and pepper to taste, and spray them lightly with cooking spray. When the grill is hot, add the tuna and cook for 1 1/2 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer the tuna to a platter and allow it to rest, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, cook the haricots verts in the boiling water until they are just tender, about 3 minutes; drain.

4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and zest, garlic, and wasabi paste. Add the haricots verts, scallions, and sesame seeds. Toss to coat, adding salt and pepper to taste.

5. Thinly slice the tuna. Fan each portion onto each of 4 plates. Pile a mound of dressed haricots verts on top of the tuna, and serve.

Fat: 3.8 g
Calories: 166
Protein: 23 g
Carbohydrates: 11 g
Cholesterol: 38 mg
Fiber: 5 g
Sodium: 211 mg


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