Aug 5, 2014

Cooking Like the Contestants on Chopped is easier than ever with the Chopped Cookbook ~ #Review

Never again let the question, “What's for dinner?” stump you. The Chopped Cookbook features secrets for combining pantry staples to make exciting meals.
If you’ve ever looked into your fridge, hoping for inspiration to strike, let The Chopped Cookbook help you shake up
weeknight dinners. Just as each basket on Chopped has many tasty possibilities, so, too, do the contents of your refrigerator.

By showing you how to spin your favorite ingredients into 188 fun, doable, and delicious recipes—including go-to guides for making salad dressings and pan sauces, four-ingredient market baskets that can go in many tasty directions, and ideas for ways to reinvent pasta dinners—the culinary masterminds at Food Network set you up for mealtime victory every night.

My Review:
I have watched the show "Chopped" on Food Network several times and loved it.  I enjoy watching many Food Network shows, but often don't think that I could realistically make most of the food presented there because many of the ingredients are not ones I usually have on hand or even choose to purchase.  So, when I found The Chopped Cookbook I was intrigued and thought it would be a fun book to review.  I do not usually make foods in cookbooks that have strange or hard to find ingredients, but hoped that there would be some "normal" recipes within that I could make and my family would enjoy.

I was pleasantly surprised to find some great tips and recipes that use many of the ingredients I have on hand in my pantry and cabinets, and especially new and different ways to utilize those ingredients.  A few of my favorites so far are: Pretzel-Mustard Crusted Pork Tenderloin Sliders (altered a bit from the original recipe to fit my family's tastes), maple glazed carrots, Connecticut Cajun Shrimp Rolls, Roasted shrimp cocktail salad, and a few more.  Though I must say that most of the recipes are ones that will need quite a bit of altering for me to cook them because of course they call for ingredients that I do not eat or keep on hand, but many did give me good ideas for new ways to cook favorite meals.

So, overall there are some good recipes I like, many that are ok and need a few changes for my family to enjoy but still most of them are ones with ingredients that are not common in our home or diet and will be ignored or used as ideas for my own recipes. 

Disclosure: I received free the item(s) mentioned in this post in exchange for my honest review through Blogging for Books. Regardless ~ All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”.

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