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Pressure Perfect: Two Hour Taste in Twenty Minutes Using Your Pressure Cooker
Lorna Sass
0060505346
January 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Predating the Crock-Pot was its opposite in cooking speed, the pressure cooker. Contemporary pressure cookers take much of the guesswork and anxiety out of their operation and make them a boon for the cook who needs to get something on the table fast and with minimum fuss. Pressure Perfect not only gives dozens of recipes for the pressure cooker, but Sass also shows how to modify each recipe to create an ever-varying series of dishes. Her beef in beer and mustard gravy not only gives the cook a choice among brisket, chuck, oxtails, or short ribs but also offers alteration in sauce structure to create either horseradish cream or chili versions. Tables throughout the book explain how to adjust standard recipes to take advantage of a pressure cooker. Mark Knoblauch
Copyright © American Library...


Jewish Food for Festivals and Special Occasions
Marlena Spieler
1842158414
Jan 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
This exciting collection of recipes includes dishes for every occasion in the Jewish calendar.


The Everything Fondue Cookbook (Everything Series): 300 Creative Ideas for Any Occasion
Rhonda Lauret Parkinson
1593371195
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
If you've been looking for a way to spice up your parties or add some variety to your family meals, The Everything(r) Fondue Cookbook is just what you need! Packed with hundreds of creative fondue ideas for appetizers, main courses, and desserts, this crowd-pleasing cookbook from Rhonda Lauret Parkinson will satisfy any crowd, offering a wealth of helpful preparation tips, as well as the skinny on the do's and don'ts of this decadent treat. The Everything(r) Fondue Cookbook offers a variety of delicious recipes, including: Tempting appetizers, such as "Crab Rangoon" Fondue Irresistible main courses, such as Poached Chicken in Wine with Sweet Herbs Delicious vegetarian fare, such as Oriental Vegetable Salad with Mediterranean Dressing Scrumptious desserts, such as Tiramisu with Cream For party time or...


The Junior League at Home: Meals and Menus for Everyday and Special Occasions
The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc
0399150722
bound - October 27, 2003
Spiral-bound
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From Publishers Weekly
Drawing on the contributions from the Junior Leagues' numerous cookbooks, this latest offering celebrates eating with family and friends. With 48 suggested menus for every occasion and the time lines needed to produce them, the 400 recipes are divided by category. Each category is linked to a month of the year, and ranges from January's Appetizers to December's Cookies, Brownies & Bars. Each month is prefaced with some aspect of the work that the League does in the members' various communities. The recipes, many traditional, include standbys like the slightly spicy Deviled Eggs and the perennial Caesar Salad, but many reflect more contemporary cuisine, such as Pesto Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Balsamic Chicken Breasts. Interspersed are helpful hints and tips on entertaining, from place cards to table decorations,...


Spectacular Cakes
Mich Turner
0789313618
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Mich Turner, whose critically acclaimed catering business designed wedding cakes for Madonna, Pierce Brosnan, Paul McCartney, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, has created a step-by-step guide to creating spectacular special occasion cakes that delight the senses and are exceptionally impressive.
There is no better guide to the art of cake decoration than Mich Turner, who outlines her basic philosophy that a special occasion cake should reflect four key variables-the personalities in attendance, the venue, the time of year, and the number of guests. This authoritative primer demonstrates how to design and decorate the perfect cake and guides the reader through the many layers of decision-making necessary to achieve crowd-stopping results. The one common denominator of every one of Mich Turner's designs is that it is...


Dining with the Duchess
Sarah the Duchess of York
0684852160
May 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
When Sarah Ferguson first burst upon the world's consciousness as the soon-to-be wife of Great Britain's Prince Andrew, she was redheaded, freckled, and most definitely full-figured. Several years later, the red hair and the freckles remain, but the husband and the weight have both been shed, leaving the Duchess of York a slimmed-down single mom with a new career as, among other things, a spokesperson for Weight Watchers. In Dining with the Duchess, the author doesn't give any marital advice, but she does share her favorite low-fat recipes from the Weight Watchers program--everything from a simple weeknight meal to a festive holiday occasion. Menus range from the hearty warmth of a Tuscan dinner featuring Warm White Bean Salad, Lemon Chicken, Spicy Polenta, and Bittersweet Fruit to a holiday buffet that includes...


Healthy Cooking for Two
Brenda J. Shriver
1930819099
July 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Ideal cookbook for health conscious singles and couples • Includes accurate analysis of calories, protein, fat, carbohydrate, fiber, cholesterol and sodium. • Small size, low fat recipes ranging from appetizers, main dishes, vegetables to sauces, soups and breads.


Vegetarian Celebrations
Nava Atlas
0316057398
Jan 1996
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description
Featuring fresh seasonal produce, whole grains, and low-fat protein sources, here are menus that will appeal not only to vegetarians but to people on low-cholesterol diets, the lactose intolerant, and vegans - those vegetarians who eat no eggs or dairy products. Meals for major holidays and other festive occasions include a Southwestern brunch for New Year's Day, a vegan Valentine, a Pennsylvania Dutch Easter lunch, an Eastern European Rosh Hashanah, Irish classics for St. Patrick's Day, a Memorial Day picnic, an Independence Day barbecue, a Sephardic Seder for Passover, a family Thanksgiving, and an American Country Christmas. There are also imaginative vegetarian dishes for informal buffets and smaller celebrations, from intimate suppers to afternoon tea. This new, updated edition now features recipes modified to...


150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes
Judith Finlayson
0778800385
September 2001
Paperback
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From Booklist
Opposite the pressure cooker's speed stands the leisurely pace of the slow cooker, also enjoying new popularity. Despite the hyperbole of the title, The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes breaks out of the usual soups/stews confinement of other Crock-Pot cookbooks. Judith Finlayson has gone to some trouble to create spicy Caribbean Pepper Pot Soup, full of tropical vegetables and hot pepper. Hearty Carbonnade reproduces the famous Flemish beef casserole, complete with its obligatory beer. Rarely seen elsewhere, South Africa's national dish, Bobotie, here boasts curry-spiked meat under an egg topping. Indian dishes, both meat and vegetarian, also appear. Even cake is not out of the question if the slow cooker is prepared as Finlayson suggests. There are enough temptingly tasty recipes here to keep those slow cookers plugged in...


All-American Low-Fat and No-Fat Meals in Minutes
M. J. Smith
0471346551
Jan 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
America’s Favorite Low-Fat Recipes are Now Even More Delicious. With hundreds of tasty recipes and plenty of low-fat tips and tricks, this updated best-seller makes healthy eating a snap. Registered dietitian M.J. Smith has perfected ingredient combinations and cooking methods that make healthy foods delicious and satisfying—and most of these dishes can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. This new edition features more than 100 new low-fat and fat-free recipes, new food exchanges, and new time-saving tips and convenient ingredient substitutions. It also includes seasonal menus to help you plan a variety of healthy meals and complete nutrition information for each recipe. "Quick and innovative recipes." —USA Today "‘Common folk’ recipes that your family will enjoy eating."...


Christina Cooks: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Whole Foods but Were Afraid to Ask
Christina Pirello
1557884234
January 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Pirello (Cooking the Whole Foods Way) offers this happy, almostsingsong primer for those who are intrigued by-but still unfamiliarwith-a whole foods diet. An in-depth introductory section, withinformation on everything from the dangers of dairy to the basics ofbeans and tips for getting started in an all-around healthy lifestyle,can help readers understand what they're getting into. Recipes arefairly simple, comforting and sensual-Caramelized Shallot and RoastedPepper Linguine, Sautéed Cucumbers with Peaches and Blood Orange Tartwith Caramel Sauce are examples of the tempting entrieswithin. Amusing "Did you Know?" sidebars with quick tidbits about thebenefits of whole foods and herbs such as basil are good reminders ofwhy someone might want to eat whole foods, and the recipes in thisbook make that seem like...


Special Occasions
Martha Stewart
051788402X
Apr 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
With Martha's help, you've mastered Rosemary Shallot Popovers and Ina's Cornmeal Cheddar Scones. Your Thanksgiving dinners are legendary. You bake hundreds of cookies and decorate your home from top to bottom at Christmas. But do you know how to create a festive Labor Day, or a Fourth of July that goes off with a bang?

Designed as a companion to 1993's Holidays, Special Occasions: The Best of Martha Stewart Living moves away from Thanksgiving and Christmas to focus instead on Valentine's Day, Easter Sunday, and other "days we choose to make special." Martha and company provide elegant menus and decorating tips for 12 theme events, from a New Year's Day soup buffet to an All Hallows' Eve potluck supper, celebrating Mother's Day, graduation day, and even simply a midsummer's day in between. Sidebars featuring food...



Julia's Menus for Special Occasions : Six menus for special celebrations--from a cocktail party to a buffet dinner.
Julia Child
0375403388
September 29, 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
Julia Child dishes up more helpful cooking tricks in Julia's Menus for Special Occasions, the second in her four-part retelling of Julia Child and Company and Julia Child and More Company. Like its predecessor, Julia's Delicious Little Dinners, this book centers around six meals. But this time, Julia tackles some of the real challenges of entertaining, such as serving a fancy dinner to vegetarians, making an impressive meal when you don't know how many guests are coming, and feeding dieters. Some of Julia's suggestions border on lifestyle choices. For example, when throwing a cocktail party, she suggests "more cheer for fewer people"--lots of food (served in the kitchen, to promote a casual atmosphere), lots of wine, and not too much booze. Ample color photos make even complex dishes such as Ham Pithviers--homemade puff...


Somersize Appetizers: 30 Easy-to-Make Recipes for Great Snacks That Are Unique, Delicious, and Low in Carbs
Suzanne Somers
1400053315
November 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Dazzling hors d’oeuvres to heat up any cocktail hour!

The all-important appetizer . . . It’s the first impression, a tantalizing and fanciful finger food to whet the appetite for what’s to come. Gone are the days of Swedish meatballs, cheese and crackers, or chips with dip—Suzanne Somers’ sexy collection of recipes will kick off any event with style. Whether you are entertaining for the holidays, casually hosting family and friends, or throwing a swank soiree, these appetizers will brighten any occasion.

In keeping with her reputation as a stellar chef, Suzanne presents fabulous, brand-new recipes for scrumptious nibbles you can pass around on trays or serve as delicious starters at the table. The bonus, for those watching their waistlines, is that Suzanne...


The Bride and Groom First and Forever Cookbook: Recipes, Tips, and Techniques to Start You off Right
Mary Barber
081183493X
April 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Just in time for the June wedding season, Barber and Whiteford have collected 125 elegant recipes especially for newlyweds. These twin sisters, authors of Cocktail Food and Wraps, have good ideas for everyday meals and, as former owners of Thymes Two catering in San Francisco, they also have infectious enthusiasm for entertaining. Their book starts with chapters on assembling kitchen equipment and pantry staples, and moves on through "basic" recipes (such as stock and pie pastry) to appetizers, soups and salads, entrees, side dishes, sweets and drinks. Additional sections cover breakfast and brunch, quick dinners and desserts, holiday menu planning (with useful do-ahead timetables) and spouse-friendly selections for cooking "side by side." Their recipes can be complicated, however, posing difficulties for...


Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates
Moosewood Collective
0609609114
Sept 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The Moosewood Collective and its Ithaca restaurant celebrate 30 years of good vegetarian cuisine this year. With the increased popularity in vegetarian cooking, Moosewood has grown and developed its style in its roster of popular cookbooks. This new volume covers festive occasions and holidays from weddings to Father's Day, Halloween to Kwanza, which are challenging for everyone and more so for the vegetarian cook or those with vegetarian guests. Divided by season and then by celebration, this volume offers for each occasion a menu with recipes and useful hints for timings and presentation. The dishes have a modern, international feel. From the Southwestern Dinner Party with its refreshing Avocado Citrus Salad that brightens the Winter section, to the luscious Chocolate Souffl‚ Cake that would happily grace...


Kosher by Design: Picture-Perfect Food for the Holidays & Every Day
Susie Fishbein
1578197074
May 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Fishbein, editor of the highly popular and successful Kosher Palette, has produced a cookbook focusing on elegant kosher cuisine that is easy to produce by the modern at-home cook. She precedes each section with a description of a festival and its customs, and includes a suggested menu and kosher wine list. Interspersed with vibrant color photographs, the recipes make full use of the growing range of kosher ingredients available, and she has no compunction in saving time and effort by using store-bought sauces in some dishes, such as Tarragon Chicken. Traditional recipes also appear, but are usually given a new twist-the visually pleasing Tri-color Gefilte Fish once again utilizes a store-bought item but enhances both it and the conventional presentation by layering to make a terrine. Useful tips are added where...


Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates
Moosewood Collective
0609808117
Sept 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The Moosewood Collective and its Ithaca restaurant celebrate 30 years of good vegetarian cuisine this year. With the increased popularity in vegetarian cooking, Moosewood has grown and developed its style in its roster of popular cookbooks. This new volume covers festive occasions and holidays from weddings to Father's Day, Halloween to Kwanza, which are challenging for everyone and more so for the vegetarian cook or those with vegetarian guests. Divided by season and then by celebration, this volume offers for each occasion a menu with recipes and useful hints for timings and presentation. The dishes have a modern, international feel. From the Southwestern Dinner Party with its refreshing Avocado Citrus Salad that brightens the Winter section, to the luscious Chocolate Souffl‚ Cake that would happily grace...


Easy Entertaining: Flair Without Fuss (Company's Coming Special Occasion)
Jean Pare
1896891403


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You're Invited
Mary Engelbreit
0740739123
Sept 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
For Mary Engelbreit, cooking is not a stress-inducing quest for perfection. Entertaining is not a life and death endeavor. After all, the whole point of entertaining is to have fun, right? In Mary's best-selling line of cookbooks, her sense of fun is always a key ingredient - to her approach, her presentation, and to the recipes themselves. You're Invited finds Mary doing what she does best: keeping it light and lively, having a good time, and providing practical tips on pulling off a perfectly wonderful entertaining event - from elegant dinners for two to all-your-neighbors-and-their-dogs cookout extravaganzas. Sections include: Finger Foods and Appetizers; Soups, Salads, and Side Dishes; Main Courses; Dreamy Desserts; Coolers and Cocktails. She'll be the first to admit that she's not a doyenne of domesticity, but...


Good Luck Life: The Essential Guide to Chinese American Celebrations and Culture
Rosemary Gong
0060735368
January 2005
Paperback
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Martin Yan
"Good Luck Life is a cultural treasure chest - it’s a wonderful legacy to pass on to future generations."

Ming Tsai, Food Network chef and author of Simply Ming
"Good Luck Life is a great resource to Chinese traditions and celebrations, offering explanations of the customs and their symbolism."

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Make It Memorable: An A-to-Z guide to Making Any Event, Gift or Occasion ...Dazzling!
Robyn Freedman Spizman
031232846X
October 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Learn How to Make Any Occasion Shine!

Have you ever attended a party so clever it had you talking for days? Or received an invitation that made you feel like royalty? Were you ever given a gift so "you" that you never forgot it? Make It Memorable is an A to Z thematically organized resource for making the most of every special occasion and highlighting the little things in life. From anniversaries and birthdays through weddings and zero-cost ideas, it includes:

- It was a very good year! For a special anniversary, select bottles of wine with vintages from special years for the couple---the year they met, the year they married, etc.
- A blast from the past! For a memorable birthday for an old friend, rent a limo and take a tour down memory lane---past the birthday girl's high school, first...


Spectacular Cakes
Mich Turner
0847827682
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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