Perfect Recipes for Having People Over

Perfect Recipes for Having People Over

Book - 2005
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Having your friends over is no big deal when you have the perfect recipe, one that's not only foolproof but simple and that fits into your hectic schedule. In her new cookbook, Pam Anderson shares nearly 200 perfectly convenient dishes, including

* Lacy Cheddar Crisps -- An irresistible one-ingredient hors d'oeuvre, ready in 10 minutes.

* Oven-Barbecued Pork -- Slow-cooked for 10 to 12 hours. You literally make this one in your sleep.

* Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese -- When kids are coming, why not serve the best version of their favorite?

* Shish Kebabs -- Satisfy every guest, from vegetarians to carnivores, in the same meal. Six exciting flavoring pastes offer all the variety you need.

* Easy Baked Risotto -- Elegant and effortless, with many sumptuous variations, including seafood and vegetarian. You socialize while it cooks.

* Orange-Glazed Asparagus -- One of the most versatile side dishes imaginable. Ready in 8 relaxed minutes.

* Molten Chocolate Cakes -- 15 minutes to oozy decadence.

Every recipe comes with helpful suggestions on what to serve with the dish, how to vary it, how to take shortcuts, and how to make it ahead.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2005
ISBN: 9780618329724
Characteristics: xvi, 304 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Maas, Rita


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Aug 26, 2015

The idea for this book is good: it aims to help people with planning food for entertaining. In that, it is very practical, with sections on appetizers, sides, desserts, mains, but all presented in a way to help the reader plan.
The recipes however aren't that great. I would say they are more suited to everyday family cooking, or to informal kitchen suppers for friends. I also think that they are too geared towards convenience rather than towards cooking - for instance her recipe for Sloppy Joes relies on far too much added sugar and salt, although in all fairness I have to say that when I made them the male members of my family just could not shovel them in fast enough...
So, to recap, useful and practical advice, but look elsewhere for better recipes.

Jun 17, 2011

the meals are ok but not that great


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