I don't review a whole lot of recipe books on this blog, but this one is definitely an exception and one worth checking out. The recipes are easy (I've tried several), the photographs actually show you what your recipe is going to turn out looking like, and for the most part, all the ingredients can be found at local grocery stores, inexpensively. Very cool!
Cooking with Marie: On Any Occasion features recipes by up and coming cooking show star, Marie Hejl. The recipes cover all genres, including appetizers, salads, entrees, breakfasts, salads, desserts, etc. and each recipe is accompanied by a beautiful, color photograph. Each recipe also includes a little intro as to how Marie came up with the recipe or where it may have come from in her family, as well as suggested occasions to make the recipe for.
I have made a few recipes out of the cookbook, all of which are most definitely worth a try. I've tried the Warm 'N' Cuddly Blueberry Muffins, the Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches, and the Hot 'N' Crunchy Tilapia. All were delicious and easy to make. My next task is the Peach 'N' Blueberry Cobbler. Sounds awesome for a summer dessert, doesn't it? Lucky for you, I am able to reprint one of the recipes I tried, allowing you to take part in the yummy tasting of a great dish. The Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches are great for lunch or a light dinner (which is what I made them for), though I actually toned down the curry powder just a tad, only because this baby and spicy food make my poor heart burn! Enjoy!
Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches
1 precooked rotisserie chicken
2-4 T light mayonnaise
¼ cup dried sweet cranberries
¼ cup quartered red seedless grapes
¼ cup coarsely chopped unsalted pecans
¼ cup minced celery
Juice of ½ lime
1 T yellow curry powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
8-12 slices white or whole-wheat bread
Remove chicken from bones; remove skin. Chop chicken into small bite-size pieces. Place in a large mixing bowl; add 2 T mayonnaise. Add more mayonnaise if needed and depending on your preference.
Add cranberries, grapes, pecans and celery; stir gently until all ingredients are coated. Add lime juice, curry powder, salt and pepper; stir again. (Finished salad should have a light yellow color from the curry.) Spread onto four or six slices of bread; top with another slice of bread. Cut on the diagonal for an elegant presentation.
Cooking with Marie: On Any Occasion recipes reprinted with permission from Bright Sky Press (www.brightskypress.com).