EASY HOME COOKING
Review by Barb & Ron Kroll
Home Cooking - stories & recipes to share with family & friends
(Clarkson Potter) ISBN 978-0307465238 0307465233
Home cooks will enjoy these easy family recipes from Trisha Yearwood and her relatives. In this Southern cookbook, she invites you into her kitchen, where you learn her favorite family recipes, complete with tips and culinary secrets.
Written in a conversational tone, Trisha Yearwood's cookbook makes it easy to prepare home cooked meals with a Southern flavor. She introduces each chapter and family recipe with information about the source of the recipe.
Trisha explains, for example, that she found the recipe for coconut cake with coconut lemon glaze in her Grandma Yearwood's recipe file. Trisha's handwritten notes below many recipes include cooking suggestions and recipe variations.
Below the chicken piccata recipe, Trisha Yearwood recommends substituting half a cup of white wine for one and a half tablespoons of white wine vinegar for a less tangy sauce.
Several Home Cooking recipes contain notes. The Georgia paté recipe note explains how to make homemade tahini with vegetable oil and toasted sesame seeds. It also substitutes boiled peanuts for chickpeas (garbanzo beans) to make this Southern version of hummus.
Trisha Yearwood also recommends pairing some of her Southern dishes, such as Pete's catfish with jalapeno hushpuppies.
Color photos by Ben Fink depict delicious recipes from Home Cooking, like chicken pizza. Other photos portray Trisha Yearwood, her sister Beth Yearwood Bernard, her mother Gwen, husband Garth Brooks, their children, grandparents and other relatives.
This 223-page family cookbook divulges several culinary secrets from Trisha Yearwood and her family. Garth Brooks, Trisha's husband, shares his culinary secret: adding boiled cheese tortellini to a recipe for country quiche to make it heartier.
Colleen, Garth Brooks' mother, claimed that cinnamon was the secret ingredient in her delicious cabbage rolls. In the six-week pickles recipe, the special ingredients are cinnamon oil and olive oil, which you can buy at some drugstores.
Favorite family recipes
In Home Cooking, Trisha Yearwood explains how to bake raisin bread in cans (heavily grease and flour the tins). Other family recipes have culinary tips from Trisha Yearwood's sister, Beth, and their mother, Gwen.
Beth suggests folding in beaten egg whites into Mama's homemade waffle recipe to make them crisp. The recipe for homemade maple syrup comes from Trisha's cousin, SuSan Yearwood.
Some favorite family recipes, such as crockpot chocolate candy, are easy recipes for kids to make. Other home cooked meals, like baked spaghetti, are perfect for a potluck casserole.
Several quick family recipes specify short cuts. The apple dumpling recipe, for example, uses canned buttermilk biscuits for the crust.
Sample Southern family recipes
Watermelon salsa. Hot corn dip. Jalapeno bites. Cornbread salad with French dressing. Sweet lime cilantro dressing. Roast beef hash. Squash casserole. Chicken spinach lasagne. Broccoli casserole. Crockpot macaroni and cheese. Asparagus bundles. Cabbage casserole. Sweet potato pudding. Broccoli cornbread. Key lime cake. Pumpkin roll. Fruitcake cookies. Grape salad. Peanut butter bars. Never-fail divinity.
- Foreword by Garth Brooks
- Helpful hints
- Snacks and appetizers
- Soups and salads
- Beef and pork
- Chicken and fish
- Cakes and pies
- Cookies, candy, etc.