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I have to say that we, here at the YumGoggle kitchen, are very excited for our blogger friend Lisa Grant from Jersey Girl Cooks. She’s releasing a new cookbook on August 14, 2018, titled Super Easy Cookbook for Beginners. I was given an advance copy to review and share a recipe. You’re going to love the French Toast with Caramelized Bananas. It was a hit with my family.
But let’s talk about the cookbook first. It’s practical and filled with great information. Information such as how to set up your kitchen and stock your pantry with common ingredients and build an inventory of essential tools. Then, once you’ve got that covered Chapter 2, Get Cooking, will teach you techniques. Simple things like being prepared with a clean workspace, kitchen safety, knife skills, how to properly measure (yes it makes a difference) and some generalities of the cookbook itself, meaning a bit about the recipes and their labels.
Personally, I have always been about teaching cooking. There are so many benefits to knowing how to cook. Among two of the most important being you save money because eating out all the time is expensive and you make healthier choices because you learn more about nutrition. This cookbook is a perfect beginning cookbook. There are no difficult techniques and all of the recipes are approachable. By that I mean readily available ingredients and cooking methods. Young adults heading off to college or newlyweds will find these recipes easy and delicious. Take the recipe for baked ziti marinara. Grant gives you the option of making her basic marinara sauce or using your favorite store bought variety. She also takes classic dishes, like chicken wings, and makes them healthier. Sweet and spicy baked chicken wings are full of flavor but healthier since they are baked.
There really is something for everyone in Super Easy Cookbook for Beginners. Fish and seafood dishes such as crispy panfried cod, spinach baked tilapia, sweet chili and soy baked salmon and sheet pan fajita shrimp. Appealing vegetables and sides include zucchini au gratin, easy tangy coleslaw, herb roasted red potatoes and cinnamon roasted butternut squash, which just sounds like a fall dish. Other chapters include pasta and grains, salads and sandwiches, chicken and turkey, pork, beef and lamb, and desserts. More recipe selections include microwave peanut butter s’mores, juicy herb-roasted turkey breast, spicy sesame noodles, balsamic rosemary lamb chops.
The recipe I chose to make, French toast with caramelized bananas, is from the breakfast chapter. I have to say it was a tough decision but my family loves French toast so it won out. Plus, I had bananas on hand. The recipe says to use either brioche or potato bread. I always have a loaf of potato bread that’s what I used. I will say, don’t let the bread sit in the egg mixture, it will tear. Brioche would hold up better to soaking. I made the recipe according to the directions except I used my cast iron double burner griddle to cook the toast. I could get more done at one time. The recipe serves four but can easily be adapted to serve more or less people. The caramelized bananas are super easy to make and remind me of bananas foster, without the flamebé technique. We all enjoyed the dish. Serve with some bacon or sausage and fresh fruit to complete breakfast.
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