So this month I participated in the Food Blogger Cookbook Swap, hosted by Alyssa of www.EverydayMaven.com and Faith of http://www.anediblemosaic.com .
The format is much like when I’ve done Foodie Pen Pals. But instead of filling a box with foodstuffs, I sent a cookbook to a food blogger and received one in return.
I received from (the very educational and very fun) GonnaCookThat.com, a copy of At Home in the Kitchen by Jorj Morgan.
So the first thing I did was read the back cover. And let me say that I never imagined cooking from, let alone owning, a cookbook authored by a woman who writes for sites like AmazingMoms.com, Go-Mom.com and BlueSuitMom.com. That’s not a dig—it’s just a fact that my lifestyle is so dissimilar from that. I don’t know the first thing about mommying.
HOWEVER, the back of the cover read as such:
At Home in the Kitchen represents a fresh, new approach to cooking…the book is filled with recipes and tips designed to help busy working women (particularly executives, who have little time available for planning and executing complicated, exotic dishes) prepare exciting, excellent meals every day.
OK, that sounds like that could be in my wheelhouse–as a busy, working woman. Also, I love the bizarre alliteration with all that ‘ex.’ I do wish that my life were more exotic, exciting, excellent, and executive!
Anyway, I was expecting this sizable (almost 400 page) cookbook to provide some great, quick, throw-together-easily dinners. But after perusing the book it seemed like so many recipes ended with phrases as such:
Preparation time about 45 minutes
Preparation time one hour
Preparation time 25 minutes plus baking
Well, this doesn’t jive for me–as a busy, working woman, who goes to the gym after work when she is not out socializing and being all-around fabulous at happy hours. I am an international party girl, after all.
I need some quick shit.
I selected the recipe for Pan Chicken with White Wine “Gravy” because it said that the preparation time was “about 30 minutes.” The preface for the recipe reads:
Chicken any way you prepare it is an excellent mid-week meal. This dish holds well when you are trying to balance several different schedules. Serve it with lightly buttered egg noodles or yellow rice and a tossed veggie salad.
Plus, the recipe includes two of the best things to ever happen to Planet Earth: White wine and Old Bay.
It makes everything better
Winner winner chicken dinner!
Let’s see exactly how long this dish took to prepare, shall we? At the beginning of my 30 minutes I started with nothing but an empty sink and a glass of Pinot Grigio…