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Friday, April 11, 2014

A Year With Six Sister's Stuff


A Year With Six Sisters' Stuff: 52 Menu Plans, Recipes, and Ideas To Bring Families Together 

(Summary taken from the inside book cover) "What's for dinner?" Three words every mom dreads. Don't panic! The Six Sisters are here to help you answer that question. The sisters have gathered together more than 150 of their most popular recipes for entrees, side dishes, and desserts and have combined them into 52 stress-free menus of perfectly prepared three-course meals. Filled with delicious tried-and-true family favorites and oh-so-easy-to-make dishes, A Year with Six Sisters' Stuff features all-new recipes using basic ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Each menu is designed to make your dinner plans as easy as possible--and with such wide variety and a photograph accompanying every recipe in the book, you can easily mix and match menus to create a year's worth of dinner ideas. In addition, the Sisters share some of their favorite family dinner traditions and crafts, as well as 52 dinner conversation starters, a list of pantry staples, and, food storage plan for beginners. So, what's for dinner? Whatever you'd like."

Oh, how I love these six sisters! They have saved many a dinner time for me! I reviewed their previous cookbook, and some of those recipes have become new family favorites. I make them all the time. I was really excited to get this new book and try some more recipes! I love the format of this book. It is different from the last one in that the recipes are combined into three courses. So, there's usually an entree, a side, and a dessert. Sometimes instead of a dessert there's a fun slush or dip. It's great. I also love the extras that come in this book. The 52 conversation starters are fun. For example, number 13 asks, "Which character in a book best describes you and why?" There are instructions for a DIY chalk menu board and a list of staples you should have in your pantry. I love the idea for a "Thankful Tablecloth" and I will definitely be doing it with my families at Thanksgiving this year! One idea that is not really healthy, but super fun, and the kids will absolutely love, is the "Crazy Dinner" tradition. On Thanksgiving Eve, mom is cooked-out. She has been working, and will continue to work very hard to get Thanksgiving dinner ready. To give her a break, everyone gets $5 and you head to the grocery store. Each person gets to purchase whatever food they want with their $5, and that is what you have for dinner. The sisters say that one of them picked a frozen pizza, another picked "crab dip, chicken nuggets, French bread, waffles, chocolate cake." Crazy and random, right? Once a year is good for this tradition, but we may need to try it out one time. I made the "Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken," and it was very good. I've been making my mom's Teriyaki chicken for as long as I can remember, and everyone loves it. Well, don't tell my mom, but I'll probably be making this version from now on. It is so good! It didn't turn out sticky, but that is most likely the cook's error. The taste was divine, and I'm glad I put in an extra chicken breast because we ate it all! I've also made the "Honey-Lime Chicken Enchiladas," and they are fabulous. Are you hungry yet? Just listen to these names: Layered Peanut Butter Brownies, Twix Caramel Popcorn, Balsamic Asparagus, Crunchy Black Bean Tacos, Butterfinger Blondies, Creamy Chicken Lasagna, and on, and on, and on. Yummy, right? Yay! I'm so excited to continue trying these new recipes out. I love adding new favorites to our list!

Rating: G (Clean and Delicious!)

Recommendation: Great for everyone!

Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


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2 comments:

Lovely Lizzy said...

Ooh! The sticky chicken sounds yummy. And I'm super curious about the Twix Caramel Corn. I've heard a lot of talk about this cookbook. Sounds like it's a good one and I trust all of your recommendations.

Monica H said...

Thanks Liz!!! I definitely think you will like this cookbook! I can't wait to try that Twix popcorn as well!