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The Casserole Queens Cookbook: Put Some Lovin' in Your Oven with 100 Easy One-Dish Recipes [NOOK Book]

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Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock make a mean Chicken Pot Pie, elevating the classic recipe with white wine and fresh tarragon. Their recipe won them such a following in Texas that Bobby Flay took notice and challenged them to a Throwdown. It turns out that the Casserole Queens, as the duo is known, are much more than one-hit wonders of the one-dish dinner. They have built an entire business around revamping the ultimate quick-fix dinner for ...
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The Casserole Queens Cookbook: Put Some Lovin' in Your Oven with 100 Easy One-Dish Recipes

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Overview

Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock make a mean Chicken Pot Pie, elevating the classic recipe with white wine and fresh tarragon. Their recipe won them such a following in Texas that Bobby Flay took notice and challenged them to a Throwdown. It turns out that the Casserole Queens, as the duo is known, are much more than one-hit wonders of the one-dish dinner. They have built an entire business around revamping the ultimate quick-fix dinner for modern tastes.

In The Casserole Queens Cookbook, they share their fresh, updated, from-scratch recipes for traditional dishes. Tuna Noodle is brought up a notch with a homemade cream sauce and a kick of cayenne pepper; Halibut Enchiladas with Salsa Verde are surprisingly light and vibrant; Mandarin Meatloaf has a sweet orange flavor that recharges a beloved weeknight staple. There are home-style desserts, like Gooey Apple Butter Cake, and great brunch dishes, such as Frenchy Toast Casserole. The Queens have thought of everything, providing advice on scaling and freezing casseroles so that anyone can stock the freezer with go-to dinners.

With 16 pages of color photographs, plenty of expert tips, and lots of style, The Casserole Queens Cookbook is the home cook’s handbook for making tasty meals any night of the week.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this kitschy cookbook, the owners of the Austin, Tex.–based casserole delivery company Casserole Queens share their one-dish recipes, which they describe as classic but updated with a "retro-chic, gourmet flair." "Fun for the Whole Family. Neat-O!" includes staples like baked spaghetti, tuna noodle casserole, and "Keep Austin Weird" Spam casserole. "The Savory Gourmet" incorporates more specialty ingredients like lobster (a lobster boy casserole), lamb (in a Greek pastitsio), and squid, clams, and mussels (paella). "Meet the Lighter Side" is all about lower-calorie dishes, and "Sides That Take Front and Center" includes broccoli cornbread and onion surprise. Crescent roll casserole is for breakfast; sweet indulgences like Mom's glazed oatmeal cake and peanut butter freezer pie are dessert. A final section gives the option of making casserole staples like pie and pizza dough, salsas, broths, and cream of chicken and mushroom soups from scratch. There are detailed instructions on freezing as well as tips for lightening up most dishes. In the end, this is a fun book for casserole fans. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"I love the Casserole Queens—from their savory lasagna to their caramel bread pudding, this book is full of one-dish recipes that will rock your house!"
—Bobby Flay

"This charming cookbook has hints and tips galore for America's favorite dishes—King Ranch Chicken, Tamale Pie, and Hash Brown Casserole—as well as fabulous casserole innovations like Red Snapper Veracruz, Rockin' Tomatoes Rockefeller, and Granola Oatmeal Bake. The darling Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock, like modern home ec teachers, instruct with wit and charm (even sharing an apron pattern right off the bat). So get this cookbook, keep it on hand in the kitchen, and never be stumped again for what to bring to a get-together or have for a family meal."
—Martha Hall Foose, author of Screen Doors and Sweet Tea and A Southerly Course

"Crystal and Sandy are such a delight and their recipes offer something for everyone! This book is such a fun read I felt like I was sitting in on a chat with friends."
—Christy Jordan, author of Southern Plate

"In The Casserole Queens Cookbook, Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock have taken all the culinary triumph, sartorial splendor, and inimitable style of the midcentury and compiled a book of remarkably delicious recipes fit for today’s dinner tables. So tie on the red-cherry apron, spark up the pilot on the Chambers, and prepare to have more fun than you’ve ever had with a 9-by-13-inch baking dish—these queens reign supreme!"
—Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307953391
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 379,765
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

CRYSTAL COOK and SANDY POLLOCK, the Casserole Queens, started their home-delivery business in Austin, Texas, in 2006. They have been featured on Food Network's Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, Bobby Flay Radio on Sirius XM, and other television and radio shows. Visit them at CasseroleQueens.com.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Recipe

Herb-Baked Caprese Tomato Stacks

Makes 8 servings


Cooking spray
3 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 1/4-inch-thick slices fresh mozzarella
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs (see page 196)
2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted

This dish is so simply prepared, yet yields amazingly complex flavors. Sandy was inspired to make these tasty stacks from ingredients that seemed always to be on hand in her and Michael’s home. Because there are so few ingredients in this dish, it is imperative that your ingredients are quality. We also recommend that you take the time to make your bread crumbs from scratch, as it adds that extra something to the dish. And don’t worry about any extra bread crumbs getting stale; just store them in the freezer and they will stay fresh for months. If you find yourself with extra basil, don’t waste it! Use it to make some tasty pesto (see opposite).


1 Preheat the oven to 425°F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
2 Arrange one layer of tomatoes (do not overlap) in the bottom of the casserole dish. Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper. Put a slice of fresh mozzarella on top of each tomato, then top each with basil. Top each stack with another slice of tomato, and season with salt and pepper.
3 Combine the bread crumbs and butter in a small bowl. Sprinkle the crumbs over the stacks.
4 Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until the tomatoes are heated through, the bread crumbs are lightly browned, and the mozzarella just starts to melt. Serve hot.

Seasoned Bread Crumbs

Makes 3 cups

1 loaf day-old bread
2 tablespoons dried thyme or oregano
2 tablespoons dried basil or parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Bread is too good of a thing to let go to waste. How many times does your uneaten bread go to the birds? If for some insane reason you didn't eat the entire baguette for dinner, use the leftovers to make some delicious bread crumbs, which are always handy for adding texture to casseroles. Bread crumbs can go stale quickly, so keep them fresh longer by storing in the freezer.

1 Preheat the oven to 300°F.
2 Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes and pulse in a food processor to make coarse crumbs. Spread the crumbs
on a baking sheet and dry them out by baking for 10 to
15 minutes, stirring after 5 minutes. Allow the crumbs to cool completely.
3 Return the dried crumbs to the food processor. Add the thyme, basil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, then pulse until the crumbs are finely processed and well mixed with the seasoning.
4 Store in an airtight container for up to six months.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    Perfect for a busy mom!!

    This cookbook has amazing and easy recipes! One dish wonders!! We've tried the Corn Dog casserole and Crescent roll casserole so far and they are a hit with the whole family. Definitely a must for all moms!

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    Posted May 21, 2013

    This cookbook is full of great casseroles. Many are complete me

    This cookbook is full of great casseroles. Many are complete meals, and some need only a salad. I have made at least 40 fo the recipes and 25 of them have gone into my permanent repertoire. I am looking forward to the next cookbook from this duo.

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