Saturday, September 19, 2009

Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms Giveaway

Good Morning. It is Saturday morning and here I am sitting bleary eyed at my kitchen table sipping my tea. This time along with the time before bed, when I lay reading are my two most important solitude times for me during the day. I like these times to be without interruptions. Shame on the person who feels the need to call me at 9:30 at night. Do not even dare call me before 7 a.m. unless it is an emergency. Yes I am thinking of one particular friend who violates both these holy hours.

On week days my early morning solitude hour is often shared with the thought of what are we having for dinner. What needs to be marinated or defrosted for tonight's meal. The preparation for dinner is much easier when I have thought about this hours earlier in the day. You cannot really come home from work and expect to defrost and roast a pork loin in the same evening.

Some mornings or evenings I open the freezer and just stare at it. I see the meat staring back at me, but it just does not resemble anything. Cold, frozen wrapped meat is all I see. To help me and YOU with this dilemna Jane Dorion has written Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms. Just released Jane was kind enough to give me a copy for my bookshelf and a copy for me to share with you. I must confess I have yet to cook from this book.

Yes, after returning from vacation I cheated one night and we had take-out. I made that meal last a few nights. It seems that I went through the shock of returning from vacation back to work. And a busy week is what I had. While I have not tried out any of the recipes I have read through them.

The book is a collections of appetizer, breakfast and brunch, dessert, main dishes, side dishes and soup recipes. Yes she has them in this order. One has to love that dessert comes before a main dish. There are times I look at the dessert menu first at a recipe and order my meal based on making sure there is space for dessert.

The recipes are easy to follow, with clear directions. For those of you, who oftentimes do not read a recipe in its entirety before making it (we have all done this-to find out part way through the recipe that an essential step should have been done hours ago), she has these instructions in BOLD. If a dish can be frozen she gives you instructions. Best of all for those that are still trying to master the metric system she has a conversion system.

Funny aside on the metric system, my dad worked for the metric commission in Canada and our kitchen had all sorts of handy conversion aids that he had as promotions. Metric degrees conversion table tea towels, magnets, measuring spoons. Thanks to growing up around it and the fact that Canada went metric, this is not always Greek to me.

This book is a great collection to anyone's kitchen, whether you are a novice cook or have mastered the art, but somedays just need a little help in making a quick healthy meal. The only thing missing are photos. I love seeing what I am about to pop into the oven. Oftentimes I would not choose a recipe but for the photo enticing me. That aside this seems like a great book.

I have one copy to giveaway. To make this fun, and meet some people from around the world, I will make this giveaway international and attach one condition, the winner of the book has to make one recipe and post a link back to Chocolate & Croissants of what you made. Visit here should you wish to purchase the book.

For your main entry: tell me the name of a cookbook you use-can be any type of recipe book _if you do not have one the name of one you would have. PLEASE LEAVE ME YOUR E-MAIL AND PUT DOWN ALL ENTRIES SEPARATELY. The giveaway will run through October 2, 2009. Winners will have 48 hours to contact me with their information.

For extra entries:
1. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a link.
2. Post a blog link about this giveaway.
3. Follow me on my blog
4. Follow me on twitter @cococroissants
5. Visit Jane's site and tell me something you found out.
6. Leave me the name of a recipe you make often.

Sheila at Book Journey is also giving away a copy of this book.

82 comments:

girlichef said...

I think I NEED this cookbook. With kids back to school and me trying to juggle working and everything else, I need to plan and make ahead for nights when I'm not here!!! I am loving cooking from Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express right now!!!

girlichef said...

I am a follower!

girlichef said...

I'm following you on twitter (girlichef)

girlichef said...

I just tweeted the giveaway (girlichef) ...oh man, keep forgetting my email...think you have anyway, but it's girlichef at yahoo dot com

girlichef said...

I went to Jane's site and found out that I really MUST have this book. She's a teacher AND freezes meals for the week!! Yikes, I need some guidance... LOL ;) girlichef at yahoo dot com (thanks for showing me there btw, good site)

Bridget said...

Sounds like a great idea! No need to enter me, though. Just posted on Win A Book.

etirv said...

The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook!

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

etirv said...

From the author's site, I learned that freezing your cookie dough ahead of time is a real time saver! On the day you bake your cookies, there's very little mess to clean up.

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etirv said...

I follow your blog!

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

etirv said...

I always make corned beef and cabbage!

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sue said...

Weight Watchers In One Pot (200 Favorite One-Dish Meals the Family Will Love) is a cookbook I've been using lately, but my kids hate everything I've made... so that's a problem. I'd LOVE this one.

Thanks for the giveaway.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Jasmine said...

I am a follower. I would love a new cook book as I just started to cook this summer and there are so many things I want to try (plus Ive very picky so its hard to find recipes I like)

I am a follower and I often make Cheddar Bay Biscuits (similar to Red Lobster and they are gooood)

Chow and Chatter said...

sounds like a good cook book, i use the internet more and blogs for cooking to be honest, her site looks good, will follow you on twitter following you here and will tweet it rebeccasubbiah at yahoo dot com, lots of things to do on tis giveaway!, oh i make pasta dishes the most rebecca

sweetpea08 said...

The one I really use the most is the one my Mom made me with all of her recipes...but another cookbook that I use quite often is the Campbell's Everyday Easy Meals Cookbook!
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sweetpea08 said...

I follow your blog!
rachel_demille@yahoo.com

sweetpea08 said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/tobinsmommy08/status/4125729313
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Sheila said...

My main cookbook to use is Betty Crockers.
ludeluh at yahoo dot com

Sheila said...

I am a follower.

ludeluh at yahoo dot com

Sheila said...

I blogged about your giveaway here:
http://giveawayroundup.blogspot.com/2009/09/this-weekend.html

ludeluh at yahoo dot com

Angela said...

Oh I would love to win this cookbook! I had been contacted about participating in a blog tour for the book but never heard anything after I indicated that I would like to participate.

I use the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking book quite often for bread and treats.

angela.donner (at) gmail.com

Angela said...

A recipe that I make quite often is Nutty for Oats cookies. They are an oatmeal, peanut butter cookie with chocolate chips.

angela.donner (at) gmail.com

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

Do not enter me - I am doing this giveaway as well and think I will link to your giveaway and review as well. :)

Great review! I enjoyed her book to!

Beth said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. My kids love to cook with me, so lately we have been using the Southern Living Kids Cookbook.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Beth said...

I make chile a lot because we can heat it up when we get back from baseball games.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Sassy Brit said...

Hi there! This sounds just what I need. And I love the idea of making it and showing it off on my blog. I can't cook by the way, as my husband has commented on Twitter on more than one ocassion! LOL So, if I won, that would be a daringly funny post of mine!!

I follow your blog :)

Sassy dot Brit at gmail dot com

Sassy Brit said...

I'm already following you on Twitter :)

I meant to say earlier, your quiet reading times sound wonderful to me. You make them sound so relaxed and stress free. :)


Sassy dot Brit at gmail dot com

Sassy Brit said...

I tweeted your comp!

Sassy dot Brit at gmail dot com

:)

Sassy Brit said...

I vistited Jane's blog, and discovered how to make Apple Squares, and didn't even think I could make a 'cake' out of apples. LOL That's how desperately I need some lessons - or this book LOL

Sassy dot Brit at gmail dot com

Keiki Hendrix said...

Please enter me in this contest. Thank you for offering it.

Amy said...

I use the New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins. I received it as Christmas Gift many years ago and love it!

Aimala127@gmail.com

Amy said...

I am a follower!

Love this giveaway! Thank you!

Aimala127@gmail.com

Amy said...

I tweeted this giveaway - http://twitter.com/Amestir/status/4148350870

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Amy said...

I visited Jane's blog and website and discovered she teaches 2nd grade. I also discovered that there is a resipe in her new cookbook for Buffalo Chicken and some yummy apple recipes as well! This is definitely a must-have cookbook!

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Amy said...

I'm following you on Twitter (Amestir)

Aimala127@gmail.com

Amy said...

I make Chicken Tetrazzini frequently in winter.
I love the condition you put on winning the cookbook - cook a recipe from the cook & link back to your blog. Brilliant!

Aimala127@gmail.com

Misty said...

I love America's Test Kitchen, but I would say I use this ancient copy of a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook the most. It has completely fallen apart (I had to three-hole punch it and put it in a binder), and the pages are yellowed and brownie batter-stained. I love it.

~Misty (mbradenwf@gmail.com)

Anonymous said...

LOVE COOKBOOKS...please count me in.

karen k
kmkuka(at)yahoo(dot)com

Booklogged said...

One of my favorite cookbooks is Make-A-Mix cookbook that I originally owned in the early 80s. My copy fell apart after so much use so I bought a new one a few years ago.

booklogged AT gmail DOT com

Booklogged said...

I am now a follower, plus I added you to my blog list.

erunuevo said...

Lately, I have been thumbing through old issues of Food and Wine I found at my grandmother's house. I could really use a new book!

Booklogged said...

I visited Jane's site and found her follow widget at the bottom. Now I'm following Jane, too. I also followed her link to make a cartoon of myself, but I didn't figure out how to get the cartoon over to my blog. Maybe it's not possible.

erunuevo said...

I am now following you on twitter

erunuevo said...

i follow your blog (and love it!)

erunuevo said...

tweeeeeet

http://twitter.com/erunuevo/status/4157084874

i keep forgetting my email!
erunuevo(at)hotmail(dot)com

erunuevo said...

I liked Jane's post about freezing cookie dough. It makes life so much easier!

erunuevo(at)hotmail(dot)com

erunuevo said...

I make banana breads and cakes a lot since I hate really ripe bananas plain

erunuevo(at)hotmail(dot)com

Booklogged said...

A recipe I make over and over again is Carmalized Chicken.

Holly said...

Don't enter me, I just received my review copy today! I'm so excited to try it.

Teri said...

This books sounds PERFECT!!! Meal time can be a struggle some days with 3 kids and all their activities. The same old same old gets boring, not to mention the mess after.

Teri said...

I posted a link on my new blog, sorry not much action.

Teri said...

I ama follower and have recently used my basic Betty Crocker cookbook

Teri said...

A favorite recipe for all inthis house is CAlzones.
I use bread or pizza dough and can customize each calzone for the varried food preferances in the house.

t dot distaso at verizon dot net

Neas Nuttiness said...

I would love to win a copy of Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms.
I don't always feel like cooking, so it would be great to make a lot of meals, when I am in the mood:-)

Thanks

libneas[at]aol[dot]com

Neas Nuttiness said...

I found out that Jane teaches 2nd grade.
Thanks

libneas[at]aol[dot]com

Neas Nuttiness said...

I make Bulgogi quite often.
This is a dish, that my Korean daughter-in-law, taught me how to make. It's kind of like meatloaf, here in the US, in that there are hundreds of different recipes for it. Thin strips of: beef,carrots,onions,green bell peppers...a little sugar, lots of fresh garlic, sesame seeds, and soy sauce, sesame oil, and the secret ingredient (shhhh- don't tell anyone - SPRITE)

Thanks

libneas[at]aol[dot]com

Neas Nuttiness said...

I blogged it here:

http://libslibrary.blogspot.com/2009/09/giveaway-link-make-ahead-meals-for-busy.html

Thanks

libneas[at]aol[dot]com

snbjork said...

This looks fun! The recipe book I use the most is actually one from church. Just a compilation of our favorite recipes. I love it! All my other cookbooks are in a box in the garage.

snbjork@yahoo.com

**Neas Nuttiness sent me

snbjork said...

I love to make the Glazed Kielbasa recipe (serve over rice) from Kraftfoods.com!

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Jenners said...

I could definitely need the help -- cooking dinner is the worst part of my day -- and it isn't helped that my son doesn't see why I have to do it and stop playing with him. So anything I can do ahead of time is a plus! (And I do not read recipes ahead of time and have gotten stuck due to that several times -- I need that bolding!!!!!)

Right now, my favorite cookbook is "The Most Decadent Diet Ever" by Devin Alexander. She makes up recipes for The Biggest Loser and they are healthy but really really good and easy. I have about 5 recipies that we like that I make at least 2 or 3 times a month -- thinks like Patty Melts, Chicken Sandwiches with Cheese and Bacon. I would highly recommend it.

Thanks for the opporutnity.

My e-mail is jfligster at gmail dot com.

Jenners said...

I am a follower of your blog now! : )

(And by the way, I'm glad you liked "The Lost City of Z." I'm looking forward to reading your review.)

edmontonjb said...

I love my copy of Pillsbury Complete Book of Baking. I collect cookbooks, so I have lots but this one gets used the most.
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pippirose said...

The Joy of Cooking is the cookbook I have used the most throughout the years.
:o)
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pippirose said...

I now follow your blog.
:o)
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pippirose said...

The recipe I make often is Lasagna.
:o)
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Mystica said...

I use a cookery book put out by an extremely practical woman known as Shanthi Casie Chitty. Its a no fail one where everyone of the receipes work.

Mystica


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Winning Readings said...

An Apple a Day is a recipe book I use a lot...

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Winning Readings said...

And we posted about this at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/09/make-ahead-meals-for-busy-moms_29.html

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Winning Readings said...

And we're a follower...

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Winning Readings said...

Following on twitter, too! (moziesme)

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Annette said...

derekannette at gmail dot com

I like the Better Homes and Gardens basic book...great for basic recipes!

Annette said...

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie (but only 1/2 cup butter).

Annette said...

Okay, this was too easy! I bookmarked the Apple Square recipe from Jane's site! I can't wait to go back and explore more!

Bombtastic Belle said...

My husband fell in love with "Chicken in a Pan with a Tan", so I've been making it for him :)
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Bombtastic Belle said...

I learned that you should make extra cookie dough, then freeze it, that way when you wnat to make some, it's all ready. :)
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Bombtastic Belle said...

I actually don't use a cook book right now - I need one! - I look online at differnt recipes and print htem out.
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JDaniel4's Mom said...

I use the Taste of Home cookbook and magazines.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I make homemade mac and cheese for my son.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I found out that she is a teacher like me.

Jennifer Moore said...

Thank you for the most excellent chance to win. I too have a cookbook addiction that my husband on occasion gives me a hard time about. However, for my entry instead of a cookbook, I am going to list a magazine. I subscribe to Taste of Home's Simple and Delicious and have for some time now and I really enjoy trying new recipes when I get the magazine every two months.

Jennifer Moore said...

As an extra entry: a favorite go-to recipe at my house is beef and rice skillet fiesta. It is quite quick and very simple. In fact, we had it just this past Monday.

Marie said...

I really like my 365 one dish meals -- I use one a lot. But this looks like it would be a great addition!

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Marie said...

I am a follower.

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