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Hi, y’all. I’ve been MIA on Cooks&Books&Recipes for quite a while now. Life simply took a turn that needed my attention, and with limited time available, I chose to be kind to myself and “take a break.” As I slowly get back into a new rhythm and some new directions for Cooks&Books&Recipes (more details on...

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Hi, y’all. I’ve been MIA on Cooks&Books&Recipes for quite a while now. Life simply took a turn that needed my attention, and with limited time available, I chose to be kind to myself and “take a break.”

As I slowly get back into a new rhythm and some new directions for Cooks&Books&Recipes (more details on that to come), I wanted to start things off with a bang. So I’m helping my friend Anyonita over at Anyonita Nibbles celebrate her 7 years of blogging (you go, girl!!) by sharing in a $50 Cash for Summer Fun Giveaway.

To celebrate Anyonita Nibbles’s 7th blog birthday, I, along with 5 other fantastic bloggers, will give you the chance to win $50 USD in cash paid via Paypal!! What would you do with $50 cash????

I’m so thankful to have teamed up with my blogging tribe to offer you this giveaway! Here’s a little bit more about us and our blogs:

 Ronda is a family-friendly food blogger at Kitchen Dreaming, who can show you how to take the foods your family loves and make them quicker & easier to prepare like these Easy Beef Empanadas.

 
 Sarah is a food blogger at Sarah Cooks the Books, a cookbook collector and fiction novelist who makes recipes that are easy and delicious, like this Whole30 strip steak with salt-and-vinegar smashed potatoes
Megin is the creator of VMG206, where she shares ways to create and live a beautiful life like with these last minute scrumptious cream cheese danishes.
 

Natasha is a single mom and lifestyle blogger at Epic Mommy Adventures sharing advice to help other single parents like these 9 tips to have a better relationship with your baby daddy!
 

And lastly, the blog birthday girl: Anyonita! She blogs at Anyonita Nibbles where she writes a gluten free food blog full of quick recipes you won’t believe don’t contain gluten like this 15 minute gluten free one pot taco pasta!

To even stand a chance at winning, you need to enter! Here’s how you do that: simply follow the prompts in the widget below to enter. There are some actions you can do only once, like following me on Instagram or Pinterest, but there are other options that you can do every day the giveaway is live, such as tweeting about it! Choose as many options as you’d like–the more you do, the greater your chances are of winning!

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Grilling vs Barbecuing: Cookbooks {Giveaway} http://www.cooksandbooksandrecipes.com/grilling-vs-barbecuing-cookbooks-giveaway/ http://www.cooksandbooksandrecipes.com/grilling-vs-barbecuing-cookbooks-giveaway/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:00:51 +0000 http://www.cooksandbooksandrecipes.com/?p=12381 America's Best Ribs and Just Grill This cookbooks - www.cooksandbooksandrecipes.com

Grilling vs Barbecuing: Is there a difference? When I was growing up in the South, no one “grilled.” We had barbecues. And oh my, those dinners included succulent (and crazy-simple) “barbecued chicken in aluminum foil.” Cue the song by country group Shenandoah. Barbecuing boasts simplicity. The perfect marinade and sauce (wet or dry), plus many...

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Smoked Bison Ribs

Mexican Grilled Corn. Photo credit: Steve Sanders

Grilling vs Barbecuing: Is there a difference?

When I was growing up in the South, no one “grilled.” We had barbecues. And oh my, those dinners included succulent (and crazy-simple) “barbecued chicken in aluminum foil.” Cue the song by country group Shenandoah.

Barbecuing boasts simplicity. The perfect marinade and sauce (wet or dry), plus many hours–low and slow. It’s kinda like living in the South. If you want the best result, you better not be in a hurry. Kick up your feet, put on your favorite music, forget about any worries, and go with the flow–as long as it takes.

Grilling, on the other hand, is about getting the job done right — whatever it takes. The recipes may be a bit more involved and more varied, but that’s also the challenge and the fun. Instead of low and slow, grilling is high and intense.

I don’t know if the difference is due to the passing of decades or to the varying styles in regions of the United States. Either way, I won’t go further into the philosophical distinctions. I’ll just highlight cookbooks and recipes for you to enjoy, whether you want to kick back or kick it up.

Grilling vs Barbecuing: Two Cookbooks

Regardless of your outdoor-cooking style preference, we have a cookbook for you. It’s the last week of July, and the last week of National Grilling Month–or is it National Barbecuing Month? Take your pick.


Two cookbooks and recipes, whether you want to kick back or kick it up.
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We’re wrapping up the month of July the same way we started: giving you an opportunity to win two grilling (barbecuing) cookbooks.

More info on the cookbooks:

America’s Best Ribs: Tips and Recipes for Easy, Lip-Smacking, Pull-Off-the-Bone, Pass-the-Sauce, Championship-Quality BBQ Ribs at Home (Plus a Few Ribilicious Sides and Desserts)

Sam the Cooking Guy: Just Grill This!

Even if you don’t win the cookbooks, you can still barbecue some ribs or grill some corn with these sample recipes:

Smoked Bison Back Ribs

Mexican Grilled Corn

Cookbook Giveaway:

There are seven ways to enter the giveaway, but it’s not necessary to do all seven entries. Choose whichever one(s) you like, and you’ll be entered in the giveaway. The winner, to be randomly selected and notified by e-mail, must claim the cookbook within 10 days. Giveaway ends on Monday, August 8, 2016. U.S. addresses, 18+ years of age only.

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Crab Louie recipe from Fried Chicken & Friends: The Hartsyard Family Cookbook. Authors Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Harton talk about their Crab Louie recipe: Everyone thinks you’re fancy if you serve crab, but this is such a simple dish to prepare. It’s essentially a cobb salad with crabmeat, and the hardest bit is boiling the...

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Crab Louie recipe from Fried Chicken & Friends: The Hartsyard Family Cookbook.

Crab Louie

Authors Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Harton talk about their Crab Louie recipe:

Everyone thinks you’re fancy if you serve crab, but this is such a simple dish to prepare. It’s essentially a cobb salad with crabmeat, and the hardest bit is boiling the eggs. One proviso though: go fresh and sweet on the crab, and don’t be cheap.

Crab Louie

Featured Recipe From: Fried Chicken & Friends: The Hartsyard Family Cookbook

Yield: 6

Ingredients:

500 g (1 lb. 2 oz.) jumbo lump crabmeat (see glossary)

125 g (4½ oz/ ½ cup) mayonnaise (from a jar is fine)

125 g (4½ oz/ ½ cup) crème fraîche (see glossary) or sour cream

1 teaspoon ground espelette pepper (see glossary)

3 tablespoons thinly sliced chives

2 tablespoons thinly sliced tarragon leaves

4 flat-leaf (Italian) parsley sprigs, leaves picked and thinly sliced

2 tablespoons finely chopped chervil

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and grated

juice of ½ lemon

shredded cos (romaine) lettuce to serve

lemon chunks, to serve

Directions:

Lay the crab out on a tray, picking out any shells. Add the remaining ingredients, except the lettuce and lemon chunks, and mix together until combined.

Cover and chill in the fridge until ready to serve; the salad is best served within a few hours, on a bed of lettuce, with some lemon chunks for squeezing over.

© 2016 Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Harton

Reprinted with permission from Fried Chicken & Friends: The Hartsyard Family Cookbook by Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Harton (Thunder Bay Press)

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From the owners of Hartsyard, a restaurant with a cult following in Sydney, Australia, comes a book of 100 recipes for “dude food that’s not dumb.” It’s American Southern-style cooking at its best, perfected by Gregory Llewellyn, a New York chef who moved around the United States honing his skills, then helped open fourteen restaurants...

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Fried Chicken and Friends cookbook

From the owners of Hartsyard, a restaurant with a cult following in Sydney, Australia, comes a book of 100 recipes for “dude food that’s not dumb.” It’s American Southern-style cooking at its best, perfected by Gregory Llewellyn, a New York chef who moved around the United States honing his skills, then helped open fourteen restaurants along the East Coast before following his Australian wife, Naomi Hart, to Sydney. These restaurateurs believe in “leaf to root, nose to tail” cuisine—using the entire food source—and they practice back-to-the-land food production in their culinary adventures. Under these principles, the recipes in Fried Chicken & Friends are surely the most flavorful dishes in both hemispheres.


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Dee {Cooks&Books&Recipes}:

Y’all know I love fried chicken. So the Hartsyard Family Cookbook‘s three-days-in-the-making recipe for fried chicken is absolutely at the top of my list. But there’s much more to this cookbook. As in seafood–these recipes come from a restaurant in Australia, after all. A case in point is our featured recipe: Crab Louie (online tomorrow!), the most perfectly easy and perfectly elegant summer dish.

The Cookbook Basics

Hardcover (8 x 10.1 inches)
256 pages, color photos
100 recipes

My next-to-try recipes: Shrimp Popcorn with Sour Yogurt Dip; Roasted Broccoli with Lemon Jam, Walnut Butter, and Gouda; Mema’s Potato Bake with Cornflake Crust; Cheesecake Sundae

About the authors: Husband and wife team Naomi Hart and Gregory Llewelyn are Australian-Americans whose restaurant Hartsyard in Sydney has become a mecca for lovers of Southern-style cooking done to perfection. Gregory has worked under Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse, and Andrew Carmellini.

Fried Chicken & Friends: The Hartsyard Family Cookbook

by Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Hart

Publisher: Thunder Bay Press

Publication Date: February 2016

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Featured Recipe: Crab Louie

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Monday, Fun-Day Cookbook Giveaway: Grill School Since July is U.S. National Grilling Month, we’re heading back to the grill for your Monday, Fun-Day Cookbook Giveaway. And we’re returning to the grilling experts: Dave Joachim and Andrew Schloss. Grill School: 100+ Recipes and Essential Lessons for Cooking on Fire is the just-released (June 2016) guide from...

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Monday, Fun-Day Cookbook Giveaway: Grill School

Since July is U.S. National Grilling Month, we’re heading back to the grill for your Monday, Fun-Day Cookbook Giveaway. And we’re returning to the grilling experts: Dave Joachim and Andrew Schloss. Grill School: 100+ Recipes and Essential Lessons for Cooking on Fire is the just-released (June 2016) guide from the co-authors of Fire It Up: More Than 400 Recipes for Grilling Everything. Yes, this creative duo is offering 100 more recipes for your grill.

Here’s why you want Grill School:

You’ll love the new recipes. But Grill School is so much more than recipes. It features 30 lessons sprinkled throughout–for example, “Tough Cuts” and “Poultry Pieces.” One chapter details the eight fundamental and “foolproof” (that word is necessary for me) grilling techniques, including direct/indirect grilling and smoking. Another chapter covers equipment. The remaining chapters are organized by main ingredient and type of dish. Perhaps my favorite aspect is the numerous “Extra Credit” tips (e.g., “If using farmed salmon, choose a whole fillet instead of the whole fish”). So if you want to become a true grill master, pick up this guide and get your schooling started.


Need some grilling lessons? Grill School cookbook has all you need to know, plus 100 recipes.
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The Cookbook Basics:

Hardcover (7.75 x 10.25 inches)
224 pages
100+ recipes; numerous full-page color photos (by Ray Kachatorian)
Weldon Owen (June 2016)

Looking for a sample recipe — or more?

Serendipity magazine features four recipes from Grill School. Make them all, and you’ll have an entire grilled dinner: Grilled Eggplant with Tahini and Pomegranate; Grilled Romaine Salad with Anchovy-Mustard Vinaigrette; Garlic-Crusted T-Bone with Gorgonzola Butter; Grilled S’mores Doughnuts.

Cookbook Giveaway:

There are seven ways to enter the giveaway, but it’s not necessary to do all seven entries. Choose whichever one(s) you like, and you’ll be entered in the giveaway. The winner, to be randomly selected and notified by e-mail, must claim the cookbook within 10 days. Giveaway ends on Monday, August 1, 2016. U.S. addresses, 18+ years of age only.

                          And the winner is … Susan S.!

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Beat-the-Heat Meals: Monday, Fun-Day Cookbook Giveaway Today is the Fourth of July, so if you’re in the United States, I suspect you’re trying to beat the heat (while waiting on the fireworks) by spreading out a picnic or firing up the grill to enjoy a meal with friends and family. But sometimes the weather is...

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Beat-the-Heat Meals: Monday, Fun-Day Cookbook Giveaway

Today is the Fourth of July, so if you’re in the United States, I suspect you’re trying to beat the heat (while waiting on the fireworks) by spreading out a picnic or firing up the grill to enjoy a meal with friends and family.

But sometimes the weather is too hot even to fire up the grill. And after today, you may be ready to take a (short?) break from outside cooking. The featured recipe from today’s Monday, Fun-Day Cookbook Giveaway will help (see below).

You can find out more about The Big Summer Cookbook here. With 300 recipes for those lazy, hazy days, this one will get you through to our next (end of) summer holiday: Labor Day, just two months away. As the author writes, summer is about memories, and memories are about flavors, and flavors are about food. So let’s make some memories while we still have summer.


Big Summer Cookbook: classic summertime staples + creative takes on the season’s fresh produce.
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The Cookbook Basics:

Paperback (7.4 x 9.2)
352 pages
300 recipes

Looking for a sample recipe?

This Cold Avocado Cucumber Soup involves no cooking and results in a nearly instant cool-down on eating. What more can you ask for from a summer recipe?

Or how about Cold Corn Soup?

I’m guessing you see my recipe theme here…

About the Author:

Jeff Cox is the author of 17 books on food, wine, and gardening. He has hosted two television series: Your Organic Garden on PBS and Grow It! on HGTV.

Cookbook Giveaway:

There are seven ways to enter the giveaway, but it’s not necessary to do all seven entries. Choose whichever one(s) you like, and you’ll be entered in the giveaway. The winner, to be randomly selected and notified by e-mail, must claim the cookbook within 10 days. Giveaway ends on Monday, July 18, 2016. U.S. addresses, 18+ years of age only.

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Margarita Mousse recipe from Velas Vallarta resort Ah, Puerto Vallarta… I’ve been to Mexico only once (well, if you don’t count the half-hour in Nogales, but that’s another story). Years ago–more years than I will say here, publicly–I was in college, and it was spring. Specifically, it was Spring Break. Three friends and I found...

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Margarita Mousse recipe from Velas Vallarta resort

Margarita Mousse

Ah, Puerto Vallarta… I’ve been to Mexico only once (well, if you don’t count the half-hour in Nogales, but that’s another story). Years ago–more years than I will say here, publicly–I was in college, and it was spring. Specifically, it was Spring Break. Three friends and I found a cheap deal, and we were off for an adventure.

All four of us packed into one small motel room a couple blocks from the beach. We were in heaven. My memories? The still of the ocean, the blue of the sky, margaritas, the smell of boiled shrimp, the white of the sand, the tang of Bohemia beer (way before it was bought by Heineken), the blue of the sky, margaritas, the cool feel of the pools, the scent of tortillas being baked by street vendors, the crash of the waves, the thrill of the boys (Spring Break!), the warmth of the sunshine, the blue of the sky, margaritas…

Sad for me to say, I haven’t been back to Puerto Vallarta, even though my time there was a truly magical de-stressing experience (Spring Break was a tad less crazy in those days). But if/when I do return, I plan on upgrading–no more cheap motels. I’ve listened to friends rave about all-inclusive resorts that have, as indicated by the category name, absolutely everything included in one price. Yes!

An example: Velas Vallarta. Here’s the description:

Velas Vallarta boasts a 10-acre beachfront location with views of the Sierra Madre Mountains in the distance. Located in the Marina Vallarta, one of the most exclusive areas of Vallarta-Nayarit, the resort is also just a few steps away from an 18-hole championship golf course and just minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta. The center of activity is a lush tropical garden courtyard with three sparkling swimming pools, a cascading waterfall, swim-up bar, a rejuvenating spa along with spa cabins seaside, fitness center, multiple restaurants, an inviting lounge with live music, and even a resident iguana. Nightly theme dinners and local specialties are sure to please even the most discerning palate, and room service is available around the clock. Dining is a highlight of the experience, with restaurants offering elegant and casual oceanfront settings and cuisine ranging from gourmet Italian and Mexican to seafood. When it comes to daytime entertainment, guests can choose from an exciting and original array of activities and events, from making piñatas and jewelry to practicing yoga on the jetty to enjoying Mexican fiestas and casino nights. In addition, the resort was one of the first in the destination with a Green Globe certification, dating back to 2008. Puerto Vallarta features championship golf courses, world-class spas, and magnificent beaches, not to mention various sports and activities up in the Sierra Madre Mountains. The possibilities for rest and relaxation, or fun and excitement, are endless. Velas Vallarta was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder, and president of Velas Resorts, with brother Juan Vela by his side, vice president of Velas Resorts.

Wow. That is so not like my motel from years past. I’m ready.

But what to do until I can get there? Let’s see… You may have noticed the margarita theme running through my Puerto Vallarta memories. I think its time to upgrade that as well, with this Margarita Mousse recipe.

And if you’re wondering what to drink with this fabulous dessert, I suggest what I plan on having: a margarita, of course (see the photo above, which validates my choice). Because I may be long out of college, but my grown-up self still likes to overload the senses occasionally.

Margarita Mousse

For a light and airy dessert to bring to your next summer soirée, this Margarita Mousse recipe is sure to impress all your friends. Though not everyone can make it to Mexico, enjoying this mousse is sure to transport you mentally to a vacation state.

Yield: 8 slices

Ingredients:

Crust Ingredients

2 ¼ Cups Chocolate Chip Cookie Crumbs

7 Tbsp Butter

6 Tbsp Wheat Flour

½ Cup Granulated Sugar

1 Egg

Mousse Ingredients

¾ Cup Lime Juice

3 Tbsp Orange Juice

1 can Condensed Milk

1 can Evaporated Milk, chilled

1 ½ Tbsp Gelatin Powder

3 oz Don Julio White tequila

2 oz Orange Liqueur

Classic Meringue Ingredients

½ Cup Granulated Sugar

½ Cup Egg Whites

2 oz Lemon Juice

1 Tbsp Lemon Zest

Directions:

For the Mousse: Combine the evaporated milk (chilled) and condensed milk in a blender and blend at full speed until you get a foam consistency. In a separate bowl, hydrate the gelatin in ¾ cup of cold water. Add the remaining citrus juices and liqueurs into the bowl and then add to blender. Put the mix in a mold and let it refrigerate for two hours.

For the Cookie Crust: Mix all the ingredients at the same time and bake the dough at 320 F for 15 minutes.

For the Meringue: Whisk the egg whites and sugar at high speed. When you can make peaks, add the zest and lemon juice, and stir for three more minutes.

Let the cookie crust cool completely before adding the margarita mousse mixture on top. Cover the mousse with the lime meringue and torch for a smokey flavor.

© Velas Vallarta. Reprinted with permission.

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Monday, Fun-Day, Cookbook Giveaway: More Grilling Recipes! Looking for grilling recipes? Last week’s Monday, Fun-Day, Cookbook Giveaway featured two cookbooks for grilling, but it’s summer so we’re giving you more. Fire It Up: More Than 400 Recipes for Grilling Everything has enough recipes to last you until the beginning of August 2017 — assuming you...

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Monday, Fun-Day, Cookbook Giveaway: More Grilling Recipes!

Looking for grilling recipes? Last week’s Monday, Fun-Day, Cookbook Giveaway featured two cookbooks for grilling, but it’s summer so we’re giving you more. Fire It Up: More Than 400 Recipes for Grilling Everything has enough recipes to last you until the beginning of August 2017 — assuming you try a new recipe every day…

You can find out more about Fire It Up here.


With 400+ recipes, Fire It Up cookbook teaches you how to grill anything (290 ingredients!).
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The Cookbook Basics:

Paperback (9.2 x 11 inches)
416 pages
400+ recipes; 160 rubs, brines, marinades, and sauces; numerous full-page color photos (by Alison Miksch)

Looking for a sample recipe?

There’s absolutely no way to go wrong with Sweet Soy Grilled Lobster with Grilled Tropical Fruit.

Virginia Willis, the queen of Southern cooking, offers five Fire It Up grilling recipes: Grilled Okra; Grilled Tuscan Chicken; Mixed Grilled Beets with Orange-Hazelnut Gremolata; Pig Candy (oh my, yes!); and Oysters Grilled with Roasted Garlic Butter and Romano. Add the Sweet Soy Grilled Lobster and you have a summer feast fit for all your (best) friends.

About the Authors:

Andrew Schloss is a teacher, food writer, cookbook author, and food product developer and the author of 22 cookbook. Dave Joachim has authored, edited, or collaborated on more than 40 cookbooks. They are the co-authors of Mastering the Grill (a World Gourmand Award winner and a New York Times best-seller) and The Science of Good Food (an IACP Cookbook Award winner, a James Beard finalist, and nominated by Le Cordon Bleu Food Media Awards as Best Food Book in the World).

Cookbook Giveaway:

There are seven ways to enter the giveaway, but it’s not necessary to do all seven entries. Choose whichever one(s) you like, and you’ll be entered in the giveaway. The winner, to be randomly selected and notified by e-mail, must claim the cookbook within 10 days. Giveaway ends on Monday, July 11, 2016. U.S. addresses, 18+ years of age only.

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Summer cooking? As I write this, the always-reliable weather forecasters here in the Phoenix, Arizona, area are predicting temperatures of 118-120 degrees Fahrenheit over the next several days. That’s hot, even by our standards. Way too hot to be in the kitchen. Summer Cooking The official first day of summer is today: Monday, June 20!...

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Memphis Dry Ribs (Photo: Better Homes and Gardens)

Asparagus with Lemon-Bacon Vinaigrette (Photo Credit: Cooks&Books&Recipes)

Limoncello Sorbet with Grilled Strawberries (Photo: Better Homes and Gardens)

Summer cooking? As I write this, the always-reliable weather forecasters here in the Phoenix, Arizona, area are predicting temperatures of 118-120 degrees Fahrenheit over the next several days. That’s hot, even by our standards. Way too hot to be in the kitchen.

Summer Cooking

The official first day of summer is today: Monday, June 20! Let’s give it a warm welcome (pun intended). You’re probably experiencing the heat wherever you are — or you will be soon. Time to stay cool inside: keep the oven turned off, the fans turned on. As the sun starts to set and the temperature drops a bit outside, fire up the grill.

Don’t worry about what to cook, we’ve got you covered. Over the next six weeks — through the end of July — Cooks&Books&Recipes is dedicating its Monday, Fun-Day Giveaways to cookbooks for summer. You don’t have to win the cookbooks to score: we’re also publishing perfect-for-summer recipes from all the cookbooks featured here.


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In the meantime, I’m closing the curtains, lowering the blinds, turning on the AC, and popping the (microwave) popcorn for some all-day, indoor movie marathons. And I’m hoping the weather forecasters are wrong.

2 Cookbooks & 3 Recipes

We’re kicking off our six weeks of summer cooking with a giveaway of two cookbooks for grilling. You’ll have enough recipes to get through Labor Day.

Grill It! and 100 Grilling Recipes Cookbooks

More info on the cookbooks:

Grill It! Secrets to Delicious Flame-Kissed Food (with Recipes for Grilling)

100 Grilling Recipes You Can’t Live Without: A Lifelong Companion

Even if you don’t win the cookbooks, you can still cook up the perfect summer grilling dinner with these three sample recipes:

Memphis Dry Ribs

Asparagus with Lemon-Bacon Vinaigrette

Limoncello Sorbet with Grilled Strawberries

Cookbook Giveaway:

There are seven ways to enter the giveaway, but it’s not necessary to do all seven entries. Choose whichever one(s) you like, and you’ll be entered in the giveaway. The winner, to be randomly selected and notified by e-mail, must claim the cookbook within 10 days. Giveaway ends on Monday, July 4, 2016. U.S. addresses, 18+ years of age only.

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Monday, Fun-Day Cookbook Giveaway! The first day of the week may not be something to get excited about in the work world, but here at Cooks&Books&Recipes it is. Because Monday is my day to give away another cookbook! Today’s cookbook is The Big Book of One-Pot Dinners, from Betty Crocker. Here’s why you want Betty...

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The Big Book of One-Pot Dinners Cookbook

Monday, Fun-Day Cookbook Giveaway!

The first day of the week may not be something to get excited about in the work world, but here at Cooks&Books&Recipes it is. Because Monday is my day to give away another cookbook! Today’s cookbook is The Big Book of One-Pot Dinners, from Betty Crocker.

Here’s why you want Betty Crocker’s Big Book of One-Pot Dinners:

With this book, home cooks have all they need to create mouth-watering one-pot dinners with ease. Filled with more than 200 tasty recipes and 100 full-color photos, it offers up meals like Slow Cooker Fire-Roasted Tomato Pot Roast, Hearty Chicken Pot Pie, and Curried Lentil and Vegetable Stew that are sure to become family favorites. Also included is an informative introduction to choosing and working with various types of cookware, and advice on techniques to make dinner a cinch. Plus, handy icons call out meatless options, crowd-pleasing solutions, and dishes that are lower in calorie count, making one-dish dinners a great choice for everyone. With a variety of flavors and pots, from skillets and saucepans to baking dishes and Dutch ovens, there is a complete dinner idea for every night of the week.


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My favorite things about One-Pot Dinners? The idea of cleaning only one pot! :) Also, the different types of one-pot meals, as noted in the table of contents: casseroles; pot pies; oven-roasted dinners; stovetop meals; slow-cooker choices; and soups, stews, and chilis. And I especially like the “Make It Ahead,” “Quick Variation,” “Time Saver,” and “Healthy Twist” tips given for many recipes. Because who doesn’t like easy recipes that can be adapted to your own tastes??

The Cookbook Basics:

Paperback (8 x 9 inches)
336 pages
200+ recipes, 100+ color photos
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (January 2015)

My next-to-try recipes: Moussaka; Chorizo, White Bean, and Kale Pot Pie; Honey-Sriracha Chicken Foil Packets; Skillet Nacho Chili

Looking for a sample recipe?

Grandparents.com offers three: Sage Chicken and Potatoes; Parmesan Orzo and Meatballs; Lemon and Herb Salmon Packets

About the Author:

For over 75 years, Betty Crocker has provided advice to millions of Americans through cookbooks, magazines, and television — with more than 63 million cookbooks sold since 1950.

Cookbook Giveaway:

There are seven ways to enter the giveaway, but it’s not necessary to do all seven entries. Choose whichever one(s) you like, and you’ll be entered in the giveaway. The winner, to be randomly selected and notified by e-mail, must claim the cookbook within 10 days. Giveaway ends on Monday, May 23, 2016. U.S. addresses, 18+ years of age only.

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Disclosure: We receive cookbooks for possible inclusion on Cooks&Books&Recipes, though we make no promise that all books received will be posted on the site. We highlight those cookbooks that we feel will interest our readers. We also choose which cookbooks to include in our Featured Partner program. All opinions are our own.

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