Vicki Bentley of Everyday Homemaking graciously sent us an e-book of her Everyday Cooking cook book. As the mother of 8 daughters and over 50 foster children, Vicki knows the importance of good food that can be put on the table quickly. If you are like me and around 5:00 every evening panic sets in as the “what’s for dinner?” questions start, then you need to take a look at this cook book. Everyday Cooking isn’t just new recipes though, it’s so much more. Let me tell you about it.
A few of the tips I already incorporate. Things like chopping or shredding meat to make it stretch further or feed more people. Making a double amount of casserole and freezing one of them to save time in the future. I need to make mixes ahead of time and chop multiple vegetables at a time and freeze them or keep them in the refrigerator for salad toppings.
Next up are the recipes. Appetizers, dressings, and drinks are included in the first section. I was happy to see the recipe for Rachel’s Easy Chili Dip is the same as my fast chili dip that I throw together whenever family comes over. I have a little crockpot that I like to use for this dip. I was surprised to see Crio Bru included. I like it but I haven’t met many people who have heard of it, so that was fun.
The recipes are interspersed with little broken egg pictures that contain bloopers from Vicki’s cooking experiences. They are a great reminder that sometimes things go wrong.
I love the tips that are included. The Buffet Tips include a tip for my favorite forgetful moment. I always forget to put the serving spoons out. Everyone grabs their plates and then I hear “Erin, where are your spoons?” It’s kind of become a joke.
I decided after looking through Everyday Cooking that it would be perfect to use with Jahnna and Riley as they learn to cook. I figure teaching them to cook is a win for me. I can pawn dinner making off on to them as they get better at it! Is that cheating? I don’t care if it is!
I’ve been wanting to make bread more often so I started Jahnna off with the No-Knead Crusty Bread recipe. I’ve used a similar recipe many times and it is a hard one to mess up. That’s why when Jahnna said she already knew how to make bread I let her have at it.
I walked in on this going on. It provided a great opportunity to talk about using the proper size bowls and utensils. After Jahnna finished mixing this mess together, she let the dough rise for six hours and this is what it turned in too.
Jahnna used a little too much flour so the outside had to be brushed off but other than that the bread was good. I’m not a huge dessert fan but Jahnna is. She wanted to pick a dessert to make next. We needed to go to the grocery store so I had to limit her to the Chocolate No-Bakes. This is one dessert that I can definitely eat.
I’ve tried several variations of No-Bake cookies and I can never get them to stay together. This recipe is a success! They held together perfectly.
I thought the peanut butter to chocolate ratio was right on. We are going to have to make a bunch more of these because I may or may not have eaten a lot more than I should have. Jahnna enjoyed making these and has volunteered to make them anytime I want.
I have not had a chance to start Riley off on her cooking adventure yet. She has had a bit of a rough summer so we are going to incorporate this into her class work. Lucky for me, Vicki has already set up some pages to use for high school home ec credit. Riley is only in fifth grade so she has many years to complete these requirements.
You can see in the picture above that there are skills like Corn on the cob, Tossed salad, Gravy, etc. Next to it is the Specific/Item that was made, the source for where they got the recipe and the date it was completed. I am planning on printing out two sets of this cookbook, one for each girl, and putting the checklist in the front of the book. That way they can learn skills as they go along and keep track of it all easily.
At the end of the book, you will find recipes for using a pressure cooker. This is something I have yet to master. I am determined to learn right along with the girls. This is a solid cookbook that I know you will enjoy.
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