Thursday, August 16, 2012

Book Review - "Food Family Style"

"Food Family Style: Simple & Tasty Recipes for Everyday Life," by Leigh Oliver Vickery, is a great new cookbook that every family needs in their kitchen!  This book is filled with a good variety of easy, kid and family friendly recipes that are healthy, filling and delicious as well!  Leigh Oliver Vickery is the founder of a speciality food company, blogs at and is the founder of the Queso that is served at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium!

I made a recipe last night from this book that was so easy and delcious! 

 "Easy Fruit Cobbler"
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 cups fruit (blackberries, blueberries, sliced peaches), rinsed and patted dry

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a shallow square casserole dish or pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. Pour 1 cup sugar and flour into a mixing bowl.  Add milk and whisk well.  Pour batter into prepared baking dish.  Sprinkle fruit over batter, distributing evenly.  Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup sugar over the top. Bake for 1 hour, until golden brown and bubbly.  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if desired. 

This recipe was very easy to make! My four year-old daughter loves to help in the kitchen and this was something she could make with me, so that is an added plus for the recipe as well!  I used 2 cups of sliced peaches, but I am sure a mix of the three fruits would be delicious as well! Also, don't be turned off from the recipe if you do not have self-rising flour; to substitute use 1 cup all-purpose flour, minus 2 teaspoons then stir in  1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. My husband ate this cobbler with vanilla ice cream and enjoyed it, while I ate it plain and enjoyed it as well, so  bake a pan and enjoy either way!

This cookbook is well-organized into different sections including kids in the kitchen,
breakfast, soups and salads and desserts just to name a few.  There are also menus included for various occasions, a substitution guide for healthier eating and basic must-haves for the kitchen.  This cookbook does not include any pictures of the food, it just contains the recipes.  However, do not let that keep you from trying this book, you will not be disappointed!  I have a whole list of recipes that I must try including Chicken Stuffed Shells, Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake, Pecan Pie Muffins, Buffalo Chicken Pizza, and Grilled Apple Cheddar Sandwich; don't these all sound delicious?!

“Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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