Monday, September 12, 2011

A "Splendid" Cookbook Giveaway


I was away from my office with no online contact last week, so I didn't realize that our giveaway for "The Splendid Table How to Eat Weekends" didn't get posted. So let's give it another try:

The always fabulous radio host Lynne Rossetto Kasper was kind enough to give me a great tip for my story on convenience-food shortcuts (read it here if you missed it). In her honor, I wanted to get your favorite convenience-food shortcut. Post your idea here (a great convenience product, how you use it and what, if anything, you do to improve it). Include a unique name (not just Anonymous) and I'll include you in a drawing for the new book by Lynne and her co-author, Sally Swift.

Don't forget to check back and find out if you won. I'll announce the winner at 9 a.m. Wednesday, so the deadline is 8 a.m. Wednesday.

11 comments:

Pam Harwood said...

I like to use bush beans in the can for my chili they are as close to slow cooked. I can simmer the chili and have chili beans in about an hour.

Caryn said...

The easiest way to thicken or add body to a gravy, sauce, or soup that is too watery or runny is stir in some instant mashed potato flakes. The flakes also absorb saltiness if you used too heavy a hand with your seasoning.

bluang3lbby said...

When you don't have time to make a cake from scratch, using cake mix as a base for items is a great item. One of my favorite is using a devil's food cake mix to make my black forest stuffed cupcakes. Or using the red velvet mix and buttermilk to make sinful red velvets cupcakes semihomemade style.

jackie fo said...

Rotisserie chicken from HT to make easy and delicous chicken salad!

Crystal said...

bottled minced garlic is a great sub for having to peel, chop and mince the real thing!

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

I use canned crescent rolls to make amazing taco pockets -- all you need is some ground beef, taco seasoning (I like McCormick's cheesy taco seasoning), cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and salsa. The recipe is here: http://willowbirdbaking.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/taco-stuffed-crescent-rolls/

Kelly M. said...

To get garlic skins to slip right off, microwave them for about 10 seconds.

Jen Mildenberger said...

I like to use steam in bag veggies to add easy sides to main dishes as well as to casseroles.

Nelly Rodriguez said...

Definitely jarred sauce is a great short cut and really needs anything but a few veggies and pasta!

Mandi @ Southern Gnome said...

I love using canned diced tomatoes to make "fresh" salsa or tomato sauce. You can add a few other ingredients and you don't have to deal with chopping tomatoes and removing the skins if you are in a hurry. It's also great for winter when tomatoes aren't in season.

Joan said...

Tired and want supper on the table quickly? Open a can of treat or spam and slice it. Put it on a baking sheet and squirt on a bit of mustard and add an onion slice. Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes in the oven. Serve it with a microwaved potato and some steam in the bag veggies.
Joan O.