“The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper!”
by Ree Drummond, William Morrow, $29.99, 382 pages hardcover
Tired of turkey leftovers or maybe just need inspiration for a delicious family dinner tonight? Consider turning to best-selling author, blogger and television personality Ree Drummond’s latest cookbook.
“The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper!” offers more than 135 easy-to-make recipes, beginning with breakfast-for-dinner dishes and ending with quick desserts. In between, Drummond suggests soups, salads, pasta dishes, comfort classics and new favorites, vegetable and starchy sides.
She also includes a chapter on freezer foods, big-batch dishes that are divided up into smaller portions and frozen for use later. Drummond provides information on freezer supplies, packing for success and which foods are the best for freezing. Think unbaked casseroles, grilled chicken breasts, cooked or raw meatballs, soups and non-acidic raw vegetables. Another chapter is called 16-Minute Meals, which she says are some of the “quickest, easiest, and most well-received dinners in my toolbox.” Among them are Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce, Black Bean Burgers, Beef with Snow Peas and Chow Mein.
Like her earlier cookbooks, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime” provides step-by-step recipe photos — a particularly good feature for beginner cooks. The book also is illustrated with Drummond’s photos of her family’s life on their Oklahoma cattle ranch.
Drummond, who writes in a breezy, folksy style, includes plenty of tips with her recipes, from make-ahead ideas and variations to what to serve with the dish.Consider making her Hamburger Soup when the weather turns bitter or when you need an easy supper on a busy holiday shopping day. And, if you’re looking for gift-giving ideas, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime” is sure to be welcomed by home cooks.
Cheramie Sonnier is a food writer and columnist. Contact her at email@example.com, and follow her on Twitter, @Cheramie Sonnier.