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Posted November 20, 2011
Tons of great ideas!
Casseroles are a frequent meal in my family's house and we have several recipes that we really enjoy. I love how casseroles combine so many wholesome foods into one dish and make dinner coming together really simple. With a casserole, just adding a salad and bread can make a well-rounded and delicious meal. I'm always on the lookout for more ideas that will appeal to my family and help us branch out a ittle beyond our standard fare. So, I was happy to see The Ultimate Casseroles Book, from Better Homes and Gardens, which has "more than 400 comfort food classics." It is a beautifully designed book and I loved how they had the rainbow color coded chapters on the side of the pages to help me quickly find what I was looking. One fortuitous addition to The Ultimate Casseroles Book, is the "Make it Mine" chart. They list eight basic casserole ingredients and then let you decide how to combine them. This allows me to cater dinner to what I have in the house at the time or cater to my family's specific tastes. There are also lots of casserole making tips, including freezing ideas if you want to spend a weekend cooking and then freeze your meals to make the busy work week a lot easier. The Ultimate Casseroles Book is filled with familiar, yet fresh sounding classics, like Gingered Cherry Cobbler or Lemony Tuna and Pasta, as well as many regional and international ideas. The Ultimate Casseroles Book has a broad definition of casseroles, with fourteen different categories including meats, fish, pasta, breakfast and desserts and more. Some of my favorite ideas were: Orange Blintz Casserole, Beef Stroganoff Casserole and the Shrimp Rellenos Casserole. The Ultimate Casseroles Book has so many delicious ideas and gives excellent suggestions beyond our handful of casseroles that we typically make.
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