Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Good Home Cookbook - Giveaway!

I think I've confessed this before, but I'll say it again: I'm a wannabe foodie. Love to eat and try new things. Some of my favorite blogs have a food component like Bakerella and The Pioneer Woman. I think I even indulged in a subscription to Cooking Light once upon a time. My actual skills in the kitchen - meh, not so much. I'm pretty sure I was engaged a very short time before someone started asking if H knew what he was in for when it came to my cooking.

Thank goodness for cookbooks. Follow a recipe, I can do. The Good Home Cookbook contains more than 1,000 classic American recipes and bills itself as the only cookbook entirely tested in home kitchens across America. This piqued my interest a bit, as Richard J. Perry states in his introduction: "What is a classic American recipe? ...a recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation in various forms, from cookbooks to menus - recipes that have withstood the test of time." Home cooking can mean so many things to so many people. Whether it's Grandma's pasta, or Dad's burgers on the grill.

I like the organization of this book. Chapters group the recipes by Breakfast, Lunch, Salads, Meat, Soups, Vegetables, Pies Cakes and Cookies, and more. I'm usually trying to wrap my brain around a particular meal, so I think this would be helpful. There are various appendices that get into more technical stuff such as canning and pickling, freezing and thawing and so forth.

Just a quick flip into the book has my taste buds dancing over a yummy-sounding breakfast frittata, which even has suggested variations of broccoli, spinach and herb, and goat cheese. Many recipes begin with a tiny paragraph (or less) describing the dish and sometimes it's origin, which tickles the storyteller in me as well.

I have one copy of The Good Home Cookbook to give away to a lucky reader!

1. Hot weather and a picky preschooler both challenge me in the kitchen these days. To enter, leave a comment and tell me your family's favorite home cooked dish.
2. For an additional entry, subscribe to this blog via email or reader and leave a comment telling me that you have done so.
3. For an additional entry, follow me on Twitter at @Smittens05.
4. Tweet about this contest for an additional entry. Be sure to include @Smittens05 so that I can see your tweet!

Contest ends on August 15th. Winner to be announced on Monday, August 17th.

71 comments:

Anonymous said...

Right now, we do alot of farm stand dinners because of the fresh fruits and veggies, but year round they always love homemade macaroni and cheese.

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Anonymous said...

We love good old tator tot hotdish!
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throuthehaze said...

Lasagna is our favorite
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Melissa said...

When my son was a toddler, macaroni and cheese worked for us. I could assemble it during naptime, then refrigerate until it was time to bake it off. We also add broccoli and/or carrots to the mixture.

sibabe64 said...

Baked ziti is one of our favorites

Jennifer, The Lady Riposter said...

Anything to do with pasta. I have a great recipe for a tomato-free bolognese that I just adore! I also love making beef stew or soups during the winter months.

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aniasurvey said...

Pasta with homemade mushroom and zucchini sauce is our favorite!

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Marie said...

My husband makes the best homemade spaghetti and garlic bread.

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Amanda from Faith, Food and Family said...

After last night, it's the Duggar Family's Tater Tot Casserole. I made it for the first time last night and everyone raved about it! It will definitely be a regular meal for our family.

I love cookbooks! What a great giveaway!
God bless,
Amanda

mama2matthew said...

That's a tough question! I think our favorite is a tie between Chickan Divan and Taco Lasagna.

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jeanine said...

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i do a lot of freezer meals in the spring so i have less prep to do in the summer. one of our favorite freezer meals is perogi lasagna.

jeanine said...

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K. Rock said...

I love lasagna. I make a pretty good one but it takes a while.

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Jessica said...

Baked spaghetti is the favorite of our family. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Meg said...

Chicken parm with spaghetti is a favorite in our house!

Stacy said...

Our family loves homemade chili: http://www.recipesformoms.com/2009/01/easy-chili.html

msjazzyfresh said...

My family's favorite dish I make is shephards pie. My son can eat it for the whole week!

msjazzyfresh said...

ive subscribed!

Anonymous said...

I have picky eaters as well. This summer we are doing a lot of practice sandwhiches to see what we would like for Kindergarten! I am not a great cook, but I am eager to learn.

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Honey said...

Spaghetti and meatballs. Would love to win this! Thanks.

Frugal Femina said...

My favorite dish is Emeril's lentil salad. It is so good.

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Emily said...

Chicken pot pie and corn chowder.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Emma said...

Fettucini alfredo is our favorite. This is a great giveaway! augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

brightleigh said...

We like homemade spaghetti!

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MoziEsmé said...

rice & stir fry...

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TXsunlover said...

Eggplant Parmesan made with the fresh eggplant from our garden!
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Winning Readings said...

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Kimberly said...

We love mexican and itialian dishes.

Annette said...

My French dip is my favorite...lots of juicy meat and homemade bread! It's so easy too!

Beth said...

Definitely homemade pizza (super easy!) or shepherd's pie.

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Lisa said...

We are enjoying our garden, with fresh veggies in wrap (tortilla) sandwiches.

Thanks for the chance to win

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cksknitter said...

My family's favorite home cooked dish is Rachel Ray's Carbonara!
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Andrea said...

I just love to cook! Our family favorites are homemade Pad Thai and Pesto & Cheese Cannelloni!

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Andrea said...

I'm a google reader subscriber!

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Andrea said...

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Andrea said...

I (ampaetka) tweeted about the giveaway!

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~Tami said...

We make fried or baked salmon patties (canned salmon, egg, and cracker) and my picky son loves them.

~Tami said...

Subscribed.

Anonymous said...

my favourite home cooked dish is my husbands lamb roast, nothing beats a roast especially when you dont have to cook it yourself. Thanks Ben, Yum!

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Netta said...

All 7 of us are happy when I make homemade mac & cheese with the homemade whole wheat pasta! mmm

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Right now my hubby's fav is my salmon patties with orzo. It is yummy!

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Angela said...

Our favorite is a homemade chocolate cake with homemade chocolate icing!

lmkirb said...

A no fail recipe at our house is taco salad...this gets lots of happy faces when we have it. Also another favorite is Friday Night Pizza Night. We make our own pizza and watch a movie. It's an easy supper and a relaxing way to end the week. Not alot of clean up either!!!
Thanks for the chance!!

lmkirb said...

I'm following along with google reader!

Laura said...

We make Chicken Fajitas a lot! My daughter loves them!

Virginia said...

Just some good ol' grilled chicken with some yummy veggies. Keep it pretty simple around here but I'd love to try some new things.

Also I subscribed to your blog on google reader. Thanks

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Susan M said...

Due to allergies all of our meals have to be cooked from scratch. I think my grandchildren's favorite is probably chicken pizza on torillas

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Stephanie said...

Hubby loves my spaghetti sauce. make it completely from scratch...it makes all the difference!!

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Rebeca @All Vegged Out said...

I like bars (haha)- salad bars, taco bars, pizza bars, sandwich bars etc.

Just set out the toppings and make it yourself. Toddlers love "Being in charge" and adults love getting to actually have food with 'grown-up' ingredients. For salad, tacos and sandwiches the meals done- for pizzas I just ww pita bread and just pop it in the oven for 10 minutes.

Meg said...

We grill a lot right now. Mostly chicken with a marinade, and yellow or green squash. When pressed for time, we have quesadillas. I always have tortillas on hand - with some refried beans, chicken, tomatoes, and cheese, dinner is done!

anninja said...

Our favorite is the "cold soup" made from fresh vegetables

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Amanda said...

We absolutely love homemade macaroni and cheese! :-)

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pitpat79 said...

we have 2 favorites. Tuna and noodles and Johnny Marzetti.

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Jinean said...

I love making hamburger patties with sliced potatoes and onions add salt, pepper, ect. cover and cook in oven for about 45 minutes. A great meal in little time and mess...

Ali said...

Right now, my family's favorite home cooked dish is the Spanish dish, Menudo... mm, yummy. I don't care how hot it gets in Houston, I can have menudo any day :)

Pam B said...

I think my family's favorite homemade meal is lasagna. I use my grandma's recipe and it takes all day to make, I just do not make it too often.
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I am an email subscriber.
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Amy said...

My family's favorite meal is just simply shell macaroni and canned tomatoes with ground beef and bacon bits.

Marvon said...

Good old fashioned meatloaf...customize it to the season add seasonal veggies or customize it to what you happen to have in your pantry...a bit of this and that. shreve_mary@yahoo.com

Marvon said...

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Nicole said...

Whenever we have spaghetti, I make sure to make extra pasta. My husband always gets super excited, because he knows the night after spaghetti night is stir fry night! I just add some garlic, carrots, cabbage & tofu to the noodles and mix it all up in a wok with some seasoning and soy sauce. It's a big hit with my man; he absolutely loves it! And of course that makes me feel good! :)

Janet said...

My family loves "kitchen soup"; whatever vegetables are available get added to the pot along with ground beef, fresh ground pepper and macaroni. My personal favorite is meat loaf, my husband makes better meatloaf than I do! Thanks

Trence & Tripp said...

Our favorite dish right now would probably be balsalmic chicken. YUMMY! With chocolate chip pumpkin cookies to top it off!