Maria H. (ndm#130) (4009 Posts)

A Disney blooded, crafty, fun-lovin' wife/mom/organizer/planner, etc who is obsessed with all things Disney 🙂 Maria grew up with the Magic Kingdom and has loved watching WDW evolve into what it is today. A firm believer in the Power of Pixie Dust, she is the owner of The Disney Driven Life - A Community for Neurotic Disney People & a d.i.y. crafty blog, Carousel of Projects - create~inspire~share.


The Chew_An Essential Guide to Cooking and EntertainingLet me be honest with you – I do not watch The Chew often. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just that it is not shown on the Disney Junior/Disney Channel line-up. So generally, I miss out. But I am no stranger to the show or its hosts. When I was sent a copy of their latest cook book, I was curious if I would enjoy it or feel lost because I do not follow the show. I can promise you, the latter is not an issue.

I do love to cook, but with a very busy 8 year old, I hardly have time to spend in the kitchen the way I would like to. Meals for us are quick, with few ingredients and minimal cook time. I have noticed some cook books tend to have “Martha Stewart-like” tendencies, and I shy away, because that kind of free time should be spent running around a Disney park, not in the kitchen. But this book – this book is different. This is more than just a “cook book.”

There are five chapters in this book, with a great variety of all the good food covered. There are meals, snacks, favorites, and the all-important chapter, “Guilty Pleasures.” The beautiful part about Guilty Pleasures is that it does not focus on just dessert. Real food can be guilty, too! Recipes involving meatloaf and creamy shells & peas, s’mores cream puffs or a lighter version of Alfredo can be found in that chapter. It’s all good, I promise you.

Another handy feature of the book is that many recipes are designated as make ahead, slow cooker swap, on the lighter side and time saver. These are all phrases that catch the attention of busy moms like me. It’s great to see these recipes and know right away if it is a good fit for our time schedule!

There are also “Blueprint Specials” throughout the book. These are great helpful tips that are simple and useful. All tips are not necessarily geared towards “cooking.” Daphne shares an easy recipe for homemade sidewalk chalk!

Did I mention that NDK is a foodie? She loves All. The. Food. She stole has looked through this book and is excited for a few of the recipes, too! The first on her list is the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Casserole. With easy directions and simple ingredients, this dish can be made in about an hour (20 minute prep, 40 minute cook time), serves 8 and can be made with the help of an 8 year old. Me? I’m looking forward to trying out Daphne’s “Alfredo.” A lighter calorie version of one of my favorite guilty pleasures sounds inviting!

We are winding down from a very busy year of dance and runDisney events, so I am looking forward to a bit more time in the kitchen. I definitely am excited to use this cook book! Now if I could just free up a bit more time in front of the television…

The Chew: An Essential Guide to Cooking and Entertaining is available in stores and online now. Do you have this book? What recipes have you tried? Share with me!!

**Disclosure – I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

From the back of the book:

ABC’s hit show “The Chew” has a new book, The Chew: An Essential Guide to Cooking and Entertaining. In this follow-up to the three previous bestsellers, the five hosts of the hit ABC daytime show invite you to enjoy the fun and flavor of cooking without the hassle and expense.  Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, and Michael Symon provide mouthwatering recipes and useful entertaining tips to make cooking for your family and friends simple, cost-effective, delicious, and fun. In this fourth cookbook from The Chew, the hosts bring their wit, wisdom, and practicality straight into your home.

In Back to Basics, learn how Daphne Oz prepares her Easy Oven Roasted Turkey Breast that is both delicious as well as a time saver.  Clinton Kelly’s Eggs Benedict recipe is a Comfort Classic that will make Sunday Brunch the best part of your weekend.  Michael Symon’s Pizza Rolls are guaranteed to become one of your Feel Good Family Favorites.  In Old Faves, New Flavs, Carla Hall offers up her Cheesy Pull-Apart Pesto Bread, putting an exciting twist on garlic rolls.  And Mario Batali’s Meatloaf with Creamy Shells n’ Peas is the definitive Guilty Pleasure.

And there’s more:

  • Answers to viewer questions that give you added details and insights from The Chew hosts

  • Delicious favorites handed down from the hosts’ families to yours

  • Mouthwatering meals that can be made ahead of time or in a slow cooker

  • Several innovative ways to put a new spin on a favorite recipe

  • A wide range of recipes from breakfast to dessert, from the lighter side to guilty pleasures, and everything in between

What do you think?

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