Title: College Cooking
Author: Megan & Jill Carle
Source: starting college gift
Review Summary: This cookbook has nice easy to follow directions, some tasty dinners, and my go-to, easy to make, dessert.
I got this cookbook as a gift when I started undergrad and I’ve loved it ever since. It has great pictures for every recipe, which makes choosing what to make very easy. The organization is also done very well. Sections include one with easy recipes, one with cheap recipes, and one with healthy recipes. There are also sections for making comfort food, food to impress a date, and large batches of food for having friends over. Plus some fun little sections with themed hors d’oeuvres for parties. Sealing the deal, it has a dessert section which includes one of my favorite desserts of all time – homemade blueberry turnovers. They’re excessively simple to make and whenever I make them for parties, everyone adores them.
Just for you guys (and not at all because I love bacon!), I decided to try out a new recipe from the book – a bacon, cheddar, and potato casserole. It took about two hours to make, since not all of the recipes in this book are fast recipes, but it was more tedious (ie an opportunity to watch tv) than difficult. And best of all, the book did a great job explaining what order to do things in. That included multi-tasking by chopping and frying the onions and bacon while the potatoes cooked, as well as a nice reminder at the beginning to start pre-heating the oven. My only complaint is that the book didn’t suggest making sure the potatoes were completely covered by milk when you cooked them, so some of mine ended up a little dry. The casserole turned out to be delicious anyway though and I would recommend both the book and the recipe.