Thursday, 16 August 2012

Food Family Style ~ Review

About the Book:

In a time when the family meal is increasingly losing out to music lessons, sports practices, and the general busyness of life, it's time to rediscover the joys of cooking and eating together as a family. Time may be short and budgets may be tight, but these 365 mouthwatering recipes are sure to draw families into the kitchen and around the table day after day. From tasty breakfasts, soups, and salads to sumptuous main dishes and desserts, Food Family Style delivers just what readers' families ordered. Throughout the book are symbols indicating recipes that double easily, freeze well, are gluten-free or vegetarian, can be made in a slow cooker, and more. And since there's more to mealtime than just the food, this innovative book also includes tips about how to involve kids in meal preparation, meaningful conversation starters, and simple ideas to bring warmth to your home.

About the Author:
Leigh Oliver Vickery is creator and founder of Leigh Oliver's, a specialty "fun food" company with numerous products on the market in at least twenty-five states and grocery chains, including Whole Foods Market and Costco. She is the former food editor of the Tyler Morning Telegraph in Tyler, Texas, and now blogs at Leigh also has a regular twice-weekly segment on two local TV stations called "One Big Happy Table with Leigh Vickery." She lives in Tyler, Texas, with her husband, two sons, and three dogs.


I LOVE cookbooks! Anything that can provide me with new menu ideas and great recipes, I am on it! "Food Family Style" is very well organized! It also shares which recipes can be doubled or reduced for less calories and fat. You will find Vegan options and even recipes that will allow your kids to come and help you. Leigh also provides "Conversation Starters," which is great for either dinner time or just hanging out in the kitchen while dinner is being prepared!

I decided to do a quick and easy desert and also asked my 15 year old Son to make this recipe with me. We made Mexican Cinnamon Crisp Sundaes. Anytime your children put their arm around you and say "This was fun Mom" it is sooo precious but when they are 15, it is that and so much more :)

3 T. unsalted butter
2 T. Sugar
4 flour tortillas, cut into 1/2 in. strips
1/2 t. cinnamon
1 pint ice cream
1/2 c. fudge sauce

Melt butter and sugar in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tortilla strips and cook until crisp, turning several times, about 5 min. Transfer to paper towel & sprinkle w/cinnamon.

Scoop ice cream into bowls and top with warmed hot fudge and cinnamon tortilla strips.

They are sooo YUMMY! The only problem I had was that the paper towel stuck to the tortilla strips when placed on for cooling, which was a bit frustrating. I will definitely make these again but will probably use something else next time.

I look forward to coooking more recipes out of "Food Family Style!" I give this a 4 out of 5 ♥'s :)

Thank you Donna @ Revell Publishing for allowing me this complimentary copy of this cookbook in exchange for my honest review!

Happy Reading!


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