Saturday, October 2, 2010

Cookbook Review: Simply Suppers by Jennifer Chandler

Two years after her spectacular, best-selling first release (Simply Salads, Thomas Nelson, 2008) hit shelves, author Jennifer Chandler has returned to the table with the second course – Simply Suppers (Thomas Nelson, August 2010).

Suppers includes a recipe for every occasion, from casual weeknight dinners to elegant gatherings, and all the potluck suppers in between.
Easy-to-find ingredients, over 100 photos, simple step-by-step instructions and masterful time-saving, preparation, freezing and substitution tips will have readers in the kitchen preparing over 100 family-favorite comfort foods in no time, including entrées, side dishes, and desserts.

Simple, family-favorite comfort foods and the time-saving, budget-conscious tips families need.
30 in about 30:
-30 recipes that can be whipped up in about 30 minutes. Includes soups, poultry, fish, beef, pork, pasta, sandwiches
-10 leftover chicken makeovers: 10 ways to turn leftovers into something delicious
-20 “Freezer Go-To” items: recipes to make double batches of for freezing … and to save you when you don’t have time to cook.
Jennifer Chandler graduated at the top of her class with Le Grand Diplome and a Mention Tres Bien in Pastry from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She moved back to her hometown of Memphis and in 1999 and opened the highly-acclaimed and award-winning (including Best New Restaurant in Memphis) Cheffie's Market and More - a prepared foods market and bakery. Jennifer is a full-time mother of two, a freelance magazine writer and a professional salad eater.

Jennifer was recently named national spokesperson for French’s Mustard and also recently partnered with Whole Foods Market in Memphis, TN as a featured author and chef. You may purchase her books at many bookstores as well as amazon.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @cookwjennifer
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Jennifer Chandler may seem familiar if you've read my blog for a while now. I also had the chance to review her Simply Salads book. You can read that review here. Her newest book, Simply Suppers was also sent to me for review. Don't we all need simple supper recipes? I decided to make something I've been craving forever now, Pasta Carbonara. I've always been afraid to make it because of the raw egg factor, but after reading that the heat of the hot pasta actually cooks the egg mixture, its fine to eat. I have never used Pancetta before so I was excited to finally be trying it, maybe too excited? After getting home and being hungry for dinner, I started wasn't until I was opening the package that I realized what I had done!! Now if you're reading this, you win 1,000 virtual points if you can spot the mistake I made!! Comment below with your answer, because I am ashamed to admit it, but still took photos! LOL! I went ahead and made the dish, along with some fresh homemade French Bread (that was a FAIL too, by the way! Any ideas why it came out SO dense??). Anyways, we all loved this dish.

Pasta Carbonara
For the Gremolata:
fresh flat leaf parsely
freshly grated lemon zest
minced garlic
fresh lemon juice
olive oil

For the pasta:
olive oil
chopped pancetta
spaghetti pasta
Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
crushed red pepper flakes

There are a few other recipes I have my eye on too, perhaps the Potato Chip Chicken Tenders, Creamy Garlic Chicken, Praline Bread Pudding and something else I've been wanting, a Rueben!

I wrote this review for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about Simply Suppers. I received free product to keep for this review. All opinions for this review are that of myself & family. Product info & stock images provided by PR or Co.

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