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For busy people who also love to cook

  • Jul 27, 2010
While TV chef Moulton offers up lots of inspiring ideas, the two chapters that will get the most use in busy households are Five Ingredient Mains and Two for One. The first includes winners like Roasted Salmon with Hot Mustard Cracker Topping (20 minutes) and Sautéed Duck Breasts with Apricot-Szechuan Peppercorn Sauce (25 minutes) and the second turns Grilled Lamb Chops with Steak Butter into Herbed Lamb and Feta Burgers for another night.

Moulton clearly enjoys cooking and many of the recipes - well, most - require the use of more than one dish, more than one cooking technique and several steps. Cheesy Corn Soufflé obviously requires separated eggs and beaten egg whites but you could use store bought salsa and canned poblanos (25 minutes hands-on, 45 to table). Another vegetarian dish is Baked Cauliflower, Potato and Pea Samosas (45/55), baking, chopping, tossing and assembly required.

But for busy people who like to relax with a bit of cooking, this is just the ticket. A chapter of dinner salads includes Asian Chicken Salad with Carrot Ginger Sauce, and Seared Scallops and Butter Lettuce with Grapefruit Vinaigrette. Other chapters feature dinner sandwiches, hearty grain meals and appetizers for dinner as well as more typical entrée fare like Chicken Cassoulet, Sautéed Pork Chops with Braised Sauerkraut and Steamed Mussels with Hot Sausage.

Moulton rounds things out with Sunday-Night Comfort Meals and a dessert chapter. Every recipe includes prep and cooking times along with tips and there are lots of luscious photos.

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November 08, 2010
OH.MY.GOODNESS! Cheesy Corn Souffle?!? That sounds to die for and now, I'm drooling LOL and only 45 minutes? I definitely would add myself to the busy people who like to relax with a bit of cooking list, so this book is looking like a must-buy. Thanks for another great recommendation!
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Moulton, famed Food Network and public television star and author ofSara's Secrets for Weeknight Meals, shares 200 recipes for busy home cooks. While many cookbooks offer quick recipes for weeknight meals, Moulton takes the concept several steps further by creating dishes that reflect the way Americans truly eat at home. Inspired by the recession, she creates meals that are inexpensive yet flavorful and offers suggestions for variations, such as making the dish lighter, vegetarian, or with different ingredients. She offers two-for-one dishes, where a second new meal is created with leftovers from the first meal as well as five-ingredient main dishes. She also devotes entire chapters to vegetarian dishes and whole grain meals, and her poultry section includes turkey meatballs. She not only condones but advocates appetizers for dinner and dedicating a night for sandwiches and another to soup. Recipe highlights include black bean soup with quesadillas, Peking duck wraps, Thai-style beef stir-fry with chilis and mint, sautéed beer-batter shrimp with tartar sauce, and three-ingredient apple crisp. This refreshing, accessible, and tasty collection more than lives up to the promise of its title and will delight the legions of Moulton fans, earning her more than a few new ones.(Apr.)
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ISBN-10: 1439102511
ISBN-13: 978-1439102510
Author: Sara Moulton
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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