by Natalie Mitts
This book contains 242 recipes. It has planned dinners five nights a
week for 12 weeks, including a photo for each entree. With that setup,
you could eat 60 new recipes in three months. There are also breakfast
items, burgers, desserts, salads, sandwiches and soups. Search the index
by category, cooking time or alphabetical listing. All meals come with a
time estimate, so you know what you're getting yourself into.
The first recipe I tried was the Caramel Chocolate Cake. It's basically
the reason why I tested out this cookbook, as you can see from the photo
(shown here). This recipe takes a simple box cake mix and adds pudding
and pecans for flavor. It was delicious and looked beautiful. I would
definitely make this again, although next time I would wait longer to
add the icing and pecan topping because both were very runny.
I was also a big fan of the Chicken Wellington. It was surprisingly
filling and I found myself wishing I had made more. The gravy was simple
and worked really well with the pastry.
There are also some no-fail recipes like the Barbecue Jack Chicken,
Tomato Mac ‘n' Cheese or Swiss Cobb Salad. These taste great no matter
how many substitutions you make or steps you do out of order. Even an
amateur cook like myself could turn those recipes into delicious meals.
One thing I didn't like about this cookbook was the presence of so many
fish recipes. There is one fish entree per week, which decreases your
options significantly when your family doesn't eat seafood. However,
it's nice that the book provides such a good variety of meat dishes
including pork chops, sausage, rib eye steak, turkey, beef and of
Most of these recipes can also be found online at tasteofhome.com.
Overall, I thought this book was a great find as it provided some new
options for meals in my home. I am excited to try out more of the
recipes, like the Taco Puffs or Chicken Pizza (complete with pesto).