Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Real Simple Cookbook Giveaway!

I have a copy of Real Simple Best Recipes cookbook that I will be giving away to one lucky winner. This is a stunning hard cover book with 90 of Real Simple's most easy & delicious meals. Each recipe has its own picture in stunning Real Simple style. (This is not a sponsored review.)

I need your help. I used to adore cooking, but since my gastroparesis has brought with it an apparantly permanent loss of all appetite, cooking is much harder for me now. I have 2 teenage boys, a husband and often my sons girlfriend here for dinner.

I need some new recipes to put together a bunch that are easy to prepare and family friendly. I need some inspiration.

Here's what you have to do to enter:

1. Give me your favorite easy, family friendly recipe. You can either leave it in the comments, or you can e-mail it to me at Screaming_Mimi@comcast.net. If you e-mail it, please leave a comment telling me that you are doing so. You must complete this step to be entered in the contest.

2. For an extra entry follow this blog. Please leave a seperate comment telling me that you are following me.

3. For an additional extra entry follow Oskar's Blog. Leave me a comment, on this post only, telling me you follow Oskar's Blog.

4. You can earn one last entry by blogging about this giveaway. Leave me a link to your post in a seperate comment.

This contest will be closed Tuesday, March 16th at midnight & the winner will be announced on Wednesday. Please make sure I have a way to reach you if you win.
Thank you to Amy at Keeping Up With The Schultz Family for hosting this Round Robin!


Alicia, The Snowflake said...

I think I have confessed before I am no good in the kitchen. But I am a good follower. I hope that counts!

Take care my friend!
I hope you're feeling ok!

A Year on the Grill said...

Mimi good luck with this... easiest best recipe I have is a Parmesan cheese crisp... just put a bit of Parmesan cheese (grated) on parchment paper, bake at 4350 for 8 minutes and serve for an appetizer... adds a little zing to a plain meal

suburban prep said...

I have two items. I am attaching the recipes. One is for the dinner and the other is from the dessert.
They are both from Cooking Light. I have been receiving the magazine for about 15 yrs on and off.

Dinner is http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=443522


They are pasta with bacon and the second is white russian tiramisu. They are so easy and with a large family (I grew up the oldest of 7) and ppicky eaters these always go fast.

Deanna said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog from SITS.

Following you!


Queenie Jeannie said...

Oh this looks good!

As for recipes....I gave you my cookbook girlfriend, lol!

I follow you...anywhere, everywhere.

I love you.

How many entries does all that add up to??

Acting Balanced Mom said...

I love this recipe that I posted on my blog monday - you can check it here: http://actingbalanced.blogspot.com/2010/03/mmmmonday-is-yummy-today.html

It's pretty versatile .. I made it the other day and put in 'western omelet ingredients instead of just veggies and it worked too!

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier :)

Joy said...

I hate cooking. I wonder if this book would inspire me.

He & Me + 3 said...

My favorite recipe is white chicken chili. So easy...
4 boneless chicken breasts
1 16 ounce sour cream
1 32 ounce can of Randall's white beans
1 can of chicken broth
1 small can of diced chilis

cook the chicken then slice into bite size pieces.
Dump everything together into the crock pot and cook all day.
Save about 4 ounces of the sour cream to use to put on top of the chili when you serve along with doritos & shredded cheese. YUM and so easy. Cause I love easy!

He & Me + 3 said...

I follow you!

Sasha said...

Hi Oskar's Mom Person - Sasha here.

My human loves her slow cooker, she says it's her desert island gadget. She likes to torture me by throwing things into it, and then making me smell the delicious cooking smells all day.

Her easiest ever recipe is a slow-cooked lamb roast.

- Put the lamb roast into the slow cooker
- Throw in a sprig of rosemary from the garden (recommended)
- Throw in a couple of garlic cloves (optional)
- Add a drizzle of olive oil for extra flavour (optional)

If you have a slow cooker with just Low and High settings, stick it on high for about 6 hours (if you have a crockpot with lots of settings, you'll have to check in the book for the right heat)

You will know when it's ready because it will fall apart when you try to take it out - so no carving necessary!

Puppy kisses

PS you might want to do some vegies with that!

Rebecca Jo said...

My favorite easy receipe -

Chicken breasts/ onion soup mix / Russian Dressing / a can of cranberry sauce (whith whole cranberries) - Put it all in a crockpot, cook it for 4 hrs (I think) - 4 or 6...

& serve over rice... OH MY WORD - YUMMY!

Mack and Mia said...

Hi Oskars Mom!

Mack and Mia here! Here is one of mommas favorate recipes...

Chicken Breasts with Portobello Mushrooms

2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 small shallot, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 portobello mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 thin slices mozzarella cheese
In shallow dish or on wax paper, mix together bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Press mixture into both sides of chicken.
In small frypan, place olive oil over medium-high heat. Add shallot and sauté until soft. Add mushrooms, parsley and pepper; cook about 5 minutes, turning mushrooms once.
Spray oven-proof casserole with nonstick cooking spray and arrange chicken flat in dish. Top with mushroom mixture, evenly divided over each piece. Arrange slice of mozzarella cheese on top.
Place in 425°F (220°C). oven for 20 minutes or until fork can be inserted in chicken with ease.
Makes 4 servings.

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

K9friend said...

Taco Salad

1 lb ground beef
1 chopped onion
1 can red kidney beans, drained
1 can El Paso tomatoes & green chilies (8oz)
crushed Doritos Taco Chips
8 oz. shredded cheddar
half head shredded lettuce

Brown ground beef & onion, drain. Add kidney beans & tomatoes with green chilies and simmer.
Add hot mixture to bowl containing chips, lettuce & cheese and mix before serving.

sara said...

this is a favorite with my men:

4 lb roast, chuck or round
1 can campbell's french onion soup
1 can campbell's beef broth
1 can campbell's beef consume

put all ingredients in the crockpot and cook all day on low.

Serve on a hoaggie bun with provolone cheese. Juice is PERFECT for dipping!!


sara said...

I now follow your blog!

Amy said...

I just wanted to say. Hello. I will be back to enter. I have to get my recipe. I hope you do not mind if I send it in a link.

Amy said...

I follow you.

Amy said...

If you want you can add this to my Round Robin tomorrow I would love to have you.

Amy said...

okay here it is..

Rob’s Chocolate Turtle Martini
From the food Network

Cocoa Powder
Powdered sugar
Caramel Sauce, in a squeeze bottle with a very small tip
Chocolate Sauce, in a squeeze bottle with a very small tip
2 ounces of Vanilla Vodka
2 ounce white creme de cacao
2 ounces Praline New Orleans Style Pecan Liqueur
Crushed ice
Roasted pecan halves, for garnish
Roughly Chopped chocolate squares, for garnish


First, sweeten the cocoa powder to your liking by mixing the cocoa powdered sugar. Take a large Martini Glass and very carefully coat the rim in caramel sauce from the squeeze bottle, being careful not to let it drip too far down the sides.

Then, dip the entire rim of the glass into the sweetened cocoa powder, being sure to coat all of the carmel. The desired effect is the chocolate dusted caramel rim. If available, I also like to put just a drop of chocolate syrup at the bottom of the glass for color.

For the drink, shake the vodka, creme de cacao and praline liqueur in a martini shaker with ice to chill. Fill the martini glass nearly full with crushed or shaved ice, being careful not t touch the rim. Strain the drink into the martini glass.

Garnish the atop the floating ice with the roasted pecan half and a small piece of chopped chocolate. Alternately, I have garnished it with a half of a Turtle candy by making an incision and hanging it on the rim of the glass. Whichever you prefer.

If you prefer your martini to look Chocolatey, I would use the dark creme de cacao. However, I find the decorative elements (powder and garnish) stand out when the drink is more translucent.


Evonne said...

My easiest recipe is Salsa Mac

Brown 1 lb of ground meat
Make 2 boxes of Kraft Mac and Cheese
When the meat is done drain and add a jar of salsa. Heat through
Add 3/4 of the macaroni

My kids aren't crazy about it which is why I don't add all of the macaroni. This will serve 4, but you can adjust amounts to what you need.

Evonne said...

Thanks for stopping by. I now follow your blog!

Susie said...

I would love to win this!

Well, you saw the Chicken Pinwheels on my blog:-)Look around when you come back. I got a lot of stuff on there:-)

MrsJenB said...

Thank you for giving me the heads up on your giveaway!

Well, you've seen this little gem:

The frosting is what really sets it apart, and it's easy as can be!

Plus there's this one:

Yummy, barely-have-to-do-anything chicken!

And...my greatest weakness in life:

Seriously the easiest dessert ever!!!

the savvy soybean said...

I have a bunch of SUPER easy recipes on my blog! Check out the "Recipe" section on http://www.thesavvysoybean.com/

Found you from SITS. Such a cute site!!

Robin said...

Hi Mimi
Ok , so here goes:
Scottish Shortbread
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tps. vanilla
1 Lb butter...mix well and press into 9 x 11 inch glassware pan and bake at 40 minutes at 350"
...then eat it all with coffee or tea..!..and friends..LOL..!

Robin said...

Im following

Robin said...

followed Oskar

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

I am Following you and Oskar BUT
I am not entering the contest as I am in Malaysia.
could you do me the favor for following me?


Amy said...

Yeah I see some of my Round Robin Friends made there way over.. Thanks for linking up.. Have a great weekend.

Amy said...

I now follow Oskar. He looks like such a cute chef..

Kristen Andrews said...

how yummy!

Brandi said...

An easy dinner that can feed a lot of people is taco soup. You cook ground beef, put it into a crock pot, then add taco seasoning, onions, you can do tomatoes if you want and a can of corn. You could also add black beans or pinto beans (it's a lot like chili, but with taco flavoring instead) and then serve over chip and add some cheese. MMM yum! :) I think that's what I am going to make tonight!

Joyful said...


Nothin` But Hound Dogs

1/2lb Ground Beef
2T chopped Onion
3/4c Ketchup
1/4c Water
1 1/2t Worcestershire Sauce
3/4t Chili Powder
1/4t Pepper
1/8t Cayenne Pepper
8 Hot Dogs, cooked
8 Hot Dog Buns

*In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over med. heat til meat is no longer pink; Drain.
Stir in ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, pepper and cayenne.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or til mixture reaches desired thickness.
Place hot dogs in buns; top each with 2T beef mixture.
Serves 8

Joyful said...

I'm your newest follower.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me know about this giveaway.


Kerri said...

Looks awesome! Sign me up...I'm following Oskar's blog!

Kerri said...

Sign me up again! Following you!

Kerri said...

K. This is the EASIEST recipe of all time, and it's SO good:

4 cooked chicken breasts, cubed
1 large can spaghetti sauce
1 20-ish ounce jar of salsa (20-24 oz, whatever they come in at your store)
1 pound pasta, your choice, cooked to directions on box.
8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded

Cook the pasta. Add the spaghetti sauce and salsa to the pasta. Stir in the chicken. Put it in a large pan (9x13) and top with cheddar cheese. Bake covered at 350 for 30 minutes, then take cover off and bake 10-15 minutes more or until chesse is bubbloy.


Angelia said...

Hi! Stopping by from SITS!

One of the easiest things my family loves is a soup I throw together. I use 2-3 boxes of fat free chicken broth, 2 cups of sliced carrots, 3 cubed boneless chicken breats, a 1/2 cup of celery, whatever spices I have on hand, toss in some onion and whatever noodles or pasta or even tortilini is lying around. Throw it all in a pot until the chicken and pasta are cooked through and serve it with some garlic bread. Quick/Easy!