I love to cook which is a good thing. With 5 kids who are home all day with me (we homeschool) and a husband who most of the year works from home, most days (unless I am traveling) find me cooking 3 meals for 7 people. I am always looking for good recipes and if they can help keep the food budget down (more money for traveling!) all the better, and so the title, Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week, is what first caught my eye and enticed me enough to purchase it.
Imagine my glorious surprise to learn that the author had lived for a time in France and had even met her French husband there; a sure reason why there are more than a handful of French inspired recipes in her book! When I cook French cuisine, it usually entails a great amount of time and ingredients, so I was thrilled to discover 19 French inspired recipes in this cookbook, promising French taste I love at a budget anyone could afford.
Some of the French/French inspired recipes in this book include:
Parisian Café salad with classic Dijon Vinaigrette
Toasted Baguettes with Garlic Confit
Soupe au Pistou
French Onion Soup
Sole Napoleon with Tomato-Caper Crudo
Easy Coq au Vin
Chicken Marengo and nine others…
There are 140 recipes in this book. So far I have made 22 of them. All, so far, have been delicious! Most recently, last week I made the Chicken Marengo recipe. In the introduction to this dish, Melissa shares the following:
“There is a story that after Napoleon was victorious over Austrian forces in Italy, he requested a celebratory meal from his chef-and without much food on hand or time to spare, this is what his chef created: Chicken Marengo. My recipe takes a few creative liberties, such as adding mushrooms and leaving out crayfish (some people add sardines). I think of it as my Ten Dollar Dinners wink to Napoleon”.
It was easy to prepare and Darcy acclaimed it one of the most delicious meals I had ever made him–high praise, for sure. I served it on a bed of mashed potatoes with a glass of the same white wine I used to make the sauce.
In addition to great recipes, pretty photos, and lovely introductions…Melissa also includes a short chapter on savings strategies (many that were new to me). Ten dollar dinners is available at most booksellers and via amazon.com.
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