Sunday, August 19, 2012

Food Family Style | Leigh Oliver Vickery | Book Review

Food Family Style
by Leigh Oliver Vickery

{ About This Book }

In a time when the family meal is increasingly losing out to music lessons, sports practices, and the general busyness of life, it's time to rediscover the joys of cooking and eating together as a family. Time may be short and budgets may be tight, but these 365 mouthwatering recipes are sure to draw families into the kitchen and around the table day after day. From tasty breakfasts, soups, and salads to sumptuous main dishes and desserts, Food Family Style delivers just what readers' families ordered.

Throughout the book are symbols indicating recipes that double easily, freeze well, are gluten-free or vegetarian, can be made in a slow cooker, and more. And since there's more to mealtime than just the food, this innovative book also includes tips about how to involve kids in meal preparation, meaningful conversation starters, and simple ideas to bring warmth to your home.

{ My Thoughts On This Book }

Food Family Style is a fun and easy to use cookbook developed for the MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers) program by Leigh Oliver Vickery, creator of the White Queso used at Cowboy Stadium in Texas. I enjoyed this book for several reasons ~ simple format, fun thoughts at the beginning of each section, symbols to help you find the perfect recipe for specific occasions and uses. My favorite thing about this book is the food. I am a pretty picky eater, and almost every single recipe looks so good!! I think Food Family Style is a great book, and every family that wants to make yummy and easy food for (and with) their families should add it to their collections.

Below, you will find one of the breakfast recipes from this cookbook, which we (ironically) had for dinner last night. Enjoy!

 Eggs Gruyere ~ serves 2-4

8 oz. Gruyere cheese, shredded
4 eggs
2 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1 tsp. chives, chopped
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 300F. Spread half of the cheese in a greased 1-quart baking dish or pan. Break whole eggs onto cheese (don't mix the eggs), evenly spaced. Sprinkle bacon and chives over eggs; cover with remaining cheese. Season with pepper. Sprinkle bread crumbs over top. Bake for 15 minutes or until mixture is set. Slightly brown top under broiler.

When I made this, I changed up a few things, but it turned out really yummy anyway. Instead of Gruyere cheese (a form of swiss cheese, which I can't find at my local grocery store) I used mozzarella, and I used pre-cooked and -crumbled bacon instead of cooking my own. We ate this on its own, but it would be great served with a side of seasonal fruit, especially melons.

Note:: There appears to be a typo in this recipe, that is rather significant. The recipe says to cook this dish for 300F, but my sister-in-law and I believe that it is supposed to read 400F. We baked the dish at 300F for 30 minutes (twice the indicated bake time), and the cheese was barely melted and the egg white were still clear and gelatinous - yuck! So we turned the heat up to 400F and cooked it an additional 10 minutes, and everything melted and cooked beautifully at that temperature. We enjoyed the finished dish, but it was kind of hit and miss there for a while.

I would love to hear what you think about this recipe, and if you try it for yourself. It's super easy!

{ About The Author }

Leigh Oliver Vickery is the owner and creative behind Leigh Oliver's, the gourmet food genius behind White Queso, a delicious looking natural cheese spread used exclusively in the Cowboy Stadium in Texas. They make a wide range of dips, sauces, and cheese spreads, including Gouda Green Chili Pimento Cheese, which I would love to try! Leigh says, "I love to imagine new wonderful tastes and share them with my friends and family. I like to cook foods that make you smile...a taste in your mouth that reminds you life is really good."

You can connect with Leigh on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

{ Buy This Book }

You can purchase this book for $11.99 here.

{ Disclosure }

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and this post is in compliance with FTC regulations. Learn more by visiting my PR and Disclosure pages.

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