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Have a fridge full of staples, a family of finicky mouths to feed, and only a few minutes to get something on the table? If this sounds all too familiar, chances are you’ll find dinner and more in this can-do approach to mealtime. The Busy Family’s Survival Cookbook is designed with the modern-day family in mind—too busy, with not nearly enough time to eat together—and makes delicious meals come together in a snap. With a focus on accessible recipes with only a few simple ingredients, this guide takes the humble ...
Have a fridge full of staples, a family of finicky mouths to feed, and only a few minutes to get something on the table? If this sounds all too familiar, chances are you’ll find dinner and more in this can-do approach to mealtime. The Busy Family’s Survival Cookbook is designed with the modern-day family in mind—too busy, with not nearly enough time to eat together—and makes delicious meals come together in a snap. With a focus on accessible recipes with only a few simple ingredients, this guide takes the humble pantry staple and transforms it in minutes into delicious restaurant-quality dishes.
The more-than 125 recipes are organized, not by course or time of day, but by the way people really cook: categories like pasta, vegetable dishes, salads, chicken, slow-cooking, fish, and more make the dinner dilemma easy. Try Butternut Squash and Pear Soup, Bronzino Veracruz, Baked Wild Mushroom Risotto, Roasted Chicken Enchiladas, and Meatloaf Burgers. This revolutionary approach will change the way you see dinnertime.
“I love when talented chefs show us a little behind-the-scenes glimpse of their family meals. Debra Ponzek is the perfect chef to guide you through the rough-and -tumble chore of feeding your household—no one will want to leave the table.”
Sarabeth Levine, author of Sarabeth’s Bakery
“Creative simplicity is what makes award-winning chef Debra Ponzek’s cooking so delicious and perfect for everyday. This recipe collection will be kept within arm’s reach on my kitchen shelf to enjoy with family and friends for years to come.”
”A charming book full of fresh, inspired, and tasty recipes that is sure to shake up your family’s dinner routine.”
"This first-time cookbook from an East Coast restaurant chef turned caterer is simple and sophisticated. Ponzek emphasizes using the best ingredients in straightforward ways, often with enough of a twist to keep things interesting evening meals for families, couples, and singles don’t have to be something microwaved. Any level of home cook, from novice to professional, can relax and execute these 125 recipes, which are full of goodnesses and local seasonal ingredients."
“If you get the dinnertime blues, there’s good news, and it’s all spelled out in The Dinnertime Survival Cookbook (Running Press, $22, 256 pages, ISBN 9780762444755), Debra Ponzek’s collection of accessible recipes and tips for taking the blahs, boredom, bother and quotidian quandaries out of getting a good dinner on the table every night.”
Everybody Eats News.com
“I find this cookbook as comfortable as my favorite pair of bedroom slippers. The recipes are approachable. They’re sophisticated without being difficult.”
"This is a good, well-organized book, maybe even one of the better ones of its kind... helpful and a good value for the price. And for many busy families, that combination is bound to be a winner."
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The only three spice rubs you’ll ever need Three awesome pestos Chimichurri Olive tapenade Homemade mayo, spicy or not Honey mustard dill sauce Salsa verde Flavored oils
Short-order cook tutorial: How to make perfect scrambled, poached, and fried eggs, plus a classic omelet Baked Eggs with Baby Spinach, Cheddar, and Tomatoes Asparagus, Leek, and Goat Cheese Frittata Sausage, Shallot, and Sweet Pepper Stratta Soft Poached Eggs with Sweet Potato Hash Pancakes The Perfect Pancakes Gingerbread Polenta Pancakes Lemon Ricotta Silver Dollar Pancakes Cinnamon Streusel French Toast Apple Soufflé Pancake
Breakfast bread basket
Candied Ginger Scones Easy Apple Turnovers Banana Coffee Cake Zucchini Bread Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins Pumpkin Walnut Muffins Blueberry crumb muffins
Arugula salad with roasted pears Wheat berry salad with dried cranberries and pine nuts Summer tomato bruschetta salad Fennel, mushroom, and celery salad Charred pepper and sourdough panzanella Sweet potato and mango salad with chipotle vinaigrette Buttermilk coleslaw Mesclun salad with apples, pumpkin seeds and almonds
Soups and stews
Chili Three Ways: Vegetarian, Turkey, and White Chicken Chili Classic Chicken Noodle Soup Roasted squash soup Spicy Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup Summery Curry Zucchini Soup White Root Vegetable Soup Beef Bourguignon Curried Chicken Stew
Sandwiches and burgers
The best beef burger Grilled cheese with manchego and Serrano ham Easy banh mi Lamb and feta burgers Grilled vegetable sandwich with ricotta, arugula, and basil pesto The ultimate avocado BLT Open-faced tomato, cream cheese, and basil Falafel pitas with raita
Basic homemade pasta recipe Spaghetti with olive oil, parmesan, arugula, and chiles Baked wild mushroom risotto Ricotta gnocchi with corn and mushrooms Roasted eggplant, basil, and ricotta rigatoni Pancetta, squash, and chile papardelle Baked penne with farmhouse cheddar and leeks Lasagna Bolognese
Easy Roasted Salmon Stuffed whole fish with lemon, garlic, and thyme Crispy fish tacos with avocado mash Pesto grilled shrimp Steamed black bass with garlic, soy, and scallions Grilled tuna with pineapple chipotle salsa
The Perfect Whole Roasted Chicken Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps Parmesan and CornmealCrusted Chicken Breasts Roasted Chicken Enchiladas Grilled Chicken Salad with Corn, Asparagus, and Buttermilk Dressing Butterflied Chile-Lime Chicken Chicken Cacciatore Juicy Chicken Meatballs
Steaks and chops
Easy Pan-Seared Skirt Steak Grilled Spiced Yogurt Hanger Steak Flank Steak Salad with Feta, Tomatoes, and Chickpeas Sticky Hoisin and Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto Cider Roasted Pork Chops Grilled Spice Rubbed Ribeye
Osso Buco with Orange and Rosemary Braised Beef Short Ribs with Bacon and Caramelized Carrots Moroccan Braised Lamb Shanks Lamb Ragu with Rigatoni Sunday Pot Roast
Roasted root vegetables Corn and edamame succotash Grilled zucchini with chili and mint Acorn squash stuffed with currant quinoa pilaf Parmesan roasted asparagus/broccoli Tomato, goat cheese, and olive tart Corn cakes with roasted tomatoes and basil Brussels sprouts with hazelnut butter Roasted and mashed butternut squash
The ultimate mashed potatoes Simple herb-roasted potatoes Oven-baked fries with sea salt Breakfast hash browns Horseradish potato salad Sweet potato puree with honey and lime Maple roasted sweet potatoes
The Best Basic Yellow Cake Banana Fudge Cake Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Coconut Lime Cake Honey Gingerbread with Bittersweet Chocolate Glaze Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Lemon Crème Fraiche Torte
Pies and crisps
The Perfect Pie Crust Chocolate Silk Pie Banana Cream Pie Coconut Cream Pie Apple Crumb Pie Maple Pear Oat Crisp Nectarine Cherry Crisp French Apple Tart Lemon Ricotta Tart
Cookies, bars and brownies
World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Apple brownies Chocolate mocha brownies Sesame cookies Double ginger cookies Caramel pecan bars Classic lemon bars Hazelnut, almond, chocolate chip biscotti
The Ultimate Chocolate Pudding Sticky toffee pudding Pumpkin raisin bread pudding Warm lemon pudding cakes Warm chocolate mint pudding cakes Honey panna cotta Toasted coconut tapioca