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Dinners in a dish and a dash : 275 easy one-dish meals plus tons of time-saving tips
Anderson, Jean, 1929-
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Publication Information:
New York : W. Morrow, 2000.
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361 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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TX693 .A57 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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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 you.

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.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Anyone responsible for keeping a family fed day in and day out appreciates the value of that old standby, the one-dish meal. It combines components from several food groups, it ends up in a single pot, and it can often be prepared ahead, frozen, and reheated in either a microwave or a conventional oven. Noted cookbook author Anderson has brought together a number of one-dish meals: soups, casseroles, stir-fries, and skillet dinners. And given the popularity of Italian cooking, it's a help that pasta dishes also count as one-dish meals. Before presenting her recipes, Anderson gives lots of useful advice on how to keep one's pantry and refrigerator stocked in order to meet the challenge of preparing dinner in a hurry. In keeping with current nutritional concerns, Anderson includes a number of hearty salads. Helpful notes and tips in sidebars guide beginning cooks through these recipes. --Mark Knoblauch

Publisher's Weekly Review

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 onions, refrigerator biscuits and pizza dough, and rotisserie chickens, not to mention prepared pasta sauces, salsas and tomatoes. Once she outlines what a well-stocked pantry looks like, she moves on to the recipes, which offer a variety of tastes and traditions. Selections show Chinese, Japanese, Thai influences as well as Mediterranean, French, Middle Eastern, traditional American, Eastern European and Hispanic. There are whole-meal salads like Middle Eastern Salad with Crackly Bread and Yogurt-Mint Dressing as well as kid-pleasing Taco Salad and a curry-scented Madras-Style Chicken. There are soups and stews such as Shortcut Cioppino ("the classic fish muddle") or Thai Coconut Milk Soup with Chicken, Lemongrass and Cilantro. And what could be more comforting than Chicken and Mushroom Soup with Cornbread Dumplings? Stir-fries feature interesting ingredients such as mango slices and soba noodles. With so many skillet dinners, casseroles, traditional pot pies, quiches and pasta selections to choose fromDnot to mention recipes specifically developed for the microwaveDthis book ought to be a pantry staple itself. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Anderson, author of more than a dozen other cookbooks, is also the former food editor of Ladies' Home Journal, and a monthly column of "short-order dinners" in that magazine inspired her latest title. Here she offers main-dish salads and soups, stews, casseroles, pot pies, and other one-dish meals; most are indeed easy, but many of them have long ingredient lists and are not necessarily quick to prepare. The recipes rely on convenience foods such as bell pepper stir-fry mix, frozen hash brown potatoes, and frozen snow peas (odd, since the fresh peas take only a minute or so to cook), even canned chicken and green beans, and a number of them seem pedestrian at best (Reuben Pie, tortilla soup made with barbecue and tomato sauces, Tuna Tetrazzini). Buy for demand. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
How to Use This Bookp. 4
Getting Setp. 6
Main-Dish Saladsp. 41
Soups and Stewsp. 93
Stir-Fries and Skillet Dinnersp. 163
Casseroles, Pies, and Pot Piesp. 213
Eggs, Cheese, Pasta, and Grainsp. 263
Microwave Dinnersp. 313
Indexp. 353