Sunday, February 19, 2012

Simple Sunday Supper (that works for weekdays too!) -- Win the book!

The more I look at Debbie Koenig's new book, Parents Need to Eat Too, the more I like it.  I was instantly impressed by the thoughtfulness and new mom savvy of her easy, approachable, common-sense chapters and the recipes they contain.  "Remember cutting my meat hon?" I said to my husband.  "Seriously, remember how many months I sat salivating at the table while begging you to cut my chicken?"  It was kind of pathetic and I think he kind of liked the power he wielded, knowing I might starve or succumb to gnawing the chicken caveman-style if he didn't come to my rescue.  Well, other new moms need not suffer such a fate thanks to a whole chapter -- a WHOLE chapter! -- on One Handed Meals.  Pure genius. 

Today, I made the Balsamic Beef Stew, from a chapter I know I'll be returning to -- Mom's New Best Friend: The Slow Cooker.  I got a slow cooker for Christmas and have been patiently waiting for it to change my life.  As it turns out, it's not going to as long as it remains unplugged in the back of a cabinet.  However, plug it in, turn it on and pick one of Debbie's simple, family-friendly recipes and it just might!  The stew was a snap to prepare and the only snafu was totally mine... I accidentally put in a tablespoon of Lea & Perrin's Worcestershire sauce instead of soy sauce and, well, I'm pretty sure the soy sauce would have been a far superior choice!  Even so, the little ones gobbled it up over egg noodles and my husband and I enjoyed it with some crusty bread and a glass of red wine. It was a super simple Sunday supper and would be a warm welcome home and hearty meal on any night of the week.  And, for those of you out there with a newborn on your hip or in your lap while you're eating, you'll be glad to know the Balsamic Beef Stew also qualifies as a one-handed meal... just as long as you follow Debbie's good advice to cut up the beef, potatoes and carrots into one inch chunks! 

If you'd like to get yourself a copy of this awesome new book, you can leave a comment here or on my facebook page for a chance to win.  Happy Cooking and hope you have a great week filled with easy crowd-pleasing meals... with Debbie's book in hand, I'm pretty sure that you will!


sheri said...

This book truly looks amazing. I've skipped right over "mom's" cookbooks for years now - mainly because they are usually filled with recipes I'd never want to make! Hers look simple, yes - but also really delicious! I want to win!!!

Sima said...

This book looks great! I would love to win!