The Dinner Creations Cookbook – Book Review
If you’re like most people, there are probably few things you look forward to more each day than a delicious, home-cooked meal. However, when you’re the chef – you know how challenging it can be to find the time to plan and prepare a variety of delicious meals each day in addition to all the other things you do!
That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to The Dinner Creations Cookbook by Diane Krause. If you long for the nutrition and nurture that home-cooking brings – but need a hand when it comes to pulling those meals together – this cookbook is for you!
Diane is the former owner of Dinner Creations – a meal assembly business that operated in Friendswood, Texas from 2004 to 2008. The Dinner Creations Cookbook contains more than 130 of Diane’s favorite, family friendly recipes that she gathered from her Dinner Creations days to share with us!
There are several things that I like about this cookbook:
- All of the recipes in this book are designed for easy preparation.
- Each recipe contains instructions for cooking and serving, and for making ahead and freezing for your too-busy-to-cook days.
- Clear instructions for safe defrosting and working with frozen foods are provided.
- The cookbook is 8 ½ by 11 inches in size. Each recipe is a full page, which makes the instructions easy to see!
- You’ll find printable freezer labels on Diane’s website!
The Dinner Creations Cookbook contains a wide variety of recipes in the following categories:
- Side Dishes
All of the recipes are classics your entire family will love.
Two of my favorite recipes in The Dinner Creations Cookbook are the Baked Spaghetti Bolognese and the Back-To-School Oatmeal Bars. As a thank you for stopping by Create With Joy and visiting us on Diane’s Virtual Book Tour, we’re providing copies of both recipes so you can make them for your family before you purchase the book!
If you’re a mom in a busy household, The Dinner Creations Cookbook is definitely a book you will want to add to your cookbook shelf! This cookbook would also be great for working couples and those just learning to cook!
Recipe 1 – Baked Spaghetti Bologneese
1 lb. ground beef
1 1/4 cups prepared marinara sauce
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
9 ounces angel hair pasta (cappellini)
1 1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Preheat oven to 375° F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Cook ground beef in a large skillet until beef is cooked through and no longer pink, breaking up any large pieces. Drain the meat, then return it to the skillet and stir in the marinara sauce and sugar. Set aside.
Cook angel hair pasta according to package directions; drain pasta and rinse with cool water.
To assemble, spread 2 cups meat sauce over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with half of the cooked pasta, then sprinkle over 1/2 cup cheddar and 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese. Top with 2 cups meat sauce, the remaining pasta, and another 1/2 cup cheddar and 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese. Cover with the remaining 2 cups meat sauce, then sprinkle over the remaining cheese.
Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes.
FREEZER PREPARATION: Prepare casserole as directed, omitting the cheese topping. Measure last 1/4 cup of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses into a plastic sandwich bag; seal. Lay a sheet of deli paper or waxed paper over casserole, then place bag of cheese on top. Seal entire pan well and label.
Recipe 2 – Back-To-School Oatmeal Bars
Yields 24 bars
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar 1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups quick-cooking oats
3/4 cups chocolate chips, or other flavored chips
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup nuts, chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, or line with foil.
Cream softened butter with sugars.
Add egg and vanilla extract and mix well.
Stir together the flour and baking soda, then add to butter mixture.
Stir in oats, chips and raisins.
Spread batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool in pan, then cut into bars.
FREEZER PREPARATION: Mix batter as directed and spread in pan; do not bake. Cover tightly, label and freeze.
About Diane Krause
Diane Krause is a Southern girl who began cooking and baking at a very young age. She’s the former owner-operator of Dinner Creations, and still enjoys sharing Jalapeno-Stuffed Chicken and King Ranch Chicken with those she loves. Diane currently works as a freelance writer and editor. She’s the author of a short inspirational book for writers, 25 Ways to Create Classic Characters Readers Will Love, and is currently at work on her second cookbook.
For More Information:
- Visit Diane’s Website.
- Visit The Dinner Creations Cookbook Website.
- Connect with Diane on Twitter.
- Visit The Dinner Creations Cookbook on Amazon.
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The Dinner Creations Cookbook Giveaway
Thank you for joining us for The Dinner Creations Cookbook Virtual Tour!
As part of the festivities, Diane is offering one lucky winner a Cook’s Gift Basket which will include a print copy of The Dinner Creations Cookbook and a variety of other kitchen goodies and culinary treats. To participate, submit your entries through the Rafflecopter form. Please note that this giveaway is being hosted through the Virtual Book Tour Cafe and not through Create With Joy.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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