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Dinners in a Dish or a Dash : 275 Easy One-Dish Meals plus Tons of Time-Saving Tips
Published: August 2000
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Dinners in a Dish and/or a Dash helps today's cooks achieve that most timely of goals: to cook fast. The book's strategy? Use prepped homemade and store-bought food, cook dishes that require a single pot or pan only, and take advantage of
the microwave for part of the cooking. The casseroles, stir-fries, skillet dinners, main-dish salads, and savory pies and tarts Anderson presents--250 one-pot recipes in all--exemplify this approach. Beginning with a list of pantry necessities and
comprehensive storage tips (on the best ways to freeze food, for example), the book then offers recipes such as Pasta Shells with Sausage, Peas, and Portobellos, Tuscan Vegetable Ragout on Grilled Polenta, and Thai Shrimp with Snow Peas and Peanut Sauce.
Recipes for more familiar fare are also present, such as Caesar Salad and Chicken Pot Pie. Anderson's main-dish salads, such as Curried Crab Salad and Tabbouleh with Toasted Walnuts and Feta, make particularly attractive everyday entrees. Throughout,
Anderson's food notes and tips ("toasted pine nuts are a staple I always keep on hand" is one) are endlessly useful, as are her extensive dish variations. The comprehensiveness of Anderson's approach, as well as the accessibility and good taste of her
recipes, assure the appeal of the book, which novice cooks and more practiced hands alike should find themselves consulting often. --Arthur Boehm
From Publishers Weekly
Anyone who's faced with preparing dinner night after night will welcome
this newest from Anderson (The Food of Portugal, The New Doubleday Cookbook, etc.), who presents a thoughtful, discriminating collection of recipes that relies on technique and high-end convenience foods to cut the time it takes to get a meal on the
table. Anderson is shameless when it comes to using prewashed salad mixes, broccoli florets and other ready-to-use fresh vegetables, packages of frozen peppers and chopped... read more
No time to cook? Got a hungry
family to feed? In Dinners in a Dish or a Dash, award winning cookbook author Jean Anderson offers more than 275 great-tasting one-dish meals that are easy to prepare. Yet there's not one of yesteryear's "shelf magic" concoctions in the bunch, thank
Her secret? Today's supermarkets brim with a new generation of quality convenience foods-frozen chopped onions, peppers, and stir-fry mixes, packaged salas greens and slaws, elegant pasta sauces, cooked shrimp and chicken, frozen puff
pastry, zesty salsas, and other spicy condiments, just to name a few. Anderson combines the best of these innovative foods with her impeccable cooking sense to make flavorful food in a flash.
Gone are the days of mystery "can of soup"
casseroles. Dinners in a Dish or a Dash is filled with ides for modern, imaginative, and heathy diners. Those casseroles make a classy comeback in such dishes as Persian Lamb Pilaf with Mint, Lemon and Zucchini ans Scalloped Corn, Ham and
Sweet Peppers. There's a group of simple sauces that can be prepared while the pasta water comes to a boil- try Fusili, Green Beans, and Tomatoes with Two Cheeses or Creamy Spinach Sauce. No punching up the seasonings, you can bring
long-simmered flavor to favorite soups and stews such as Spanish Black Bean Soup and Zip-Quick Country Captain in a fraction of the time. Hot-weather blues? Whip up a cooling, no-cook Salmon and White Bean Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette or Chicken
and Rice Salad with Pesto Dressing.
Dinners in a Dish or a Dash even shows how to equip your pantry, refrigerator , and freezer with the indipensable and "useful extra" groceries that make quick cooking a breeze. And taking
a trip from busy restaurant kitchens, you'll learn how to "prep" chopped onions, minced garlic, chooped parsly, broccoli florets, and other essentials to have waiting in your refrigerator for impromptu meals.
These one-dish time savers are
so great, you'll enjoy making and eating them even when you're not cooking against the clock.
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