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Better Than Take-Out (& Faster, Too) [Paperback]

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Research shows that children in families who sit down to dinner together are more likely to be successful, but on-the-go families need ideas for accomplishing this with meals that don't require much time in the kitchen. Offering a helping hand to exhausted parents who are often faced with screaming kids and no dinner plans, this cookbook for busy families is filled with easy recipes that parents and children can make together from whatever is in the house. Included are quick ideas for appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, and desserts that can be made at any time. Recipes for dishes such as homemade onion soup, black bean salad, stuffed mushrooms, chicken with orange sauce, and chocolate banana cream pie are presented in an appealing, fun format that will inspire even those who hate to cook.

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Pages   150
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2001
Publisher   Perspective Publishing
ISBN  1930085028  
ISBN13  9781930085022  

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More About Pamela Marx

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Pamela Marx is the author of several children's activity books including Practical Plays, Quick Writes, Take a Quick Bow, and We the People. She is a lawyer, 4-H leader, and mother of two. She lives in Los Angeles.

Pamela Marx currently resides in Los Angeles Burbank, in the state of California.

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1Books > Subjects > Cooking, Food & Wine > General
2Books > Subjects > Cooking, Food & Wine > Quick & Easy > General
3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > General
4Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Parenting > General

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Cute Cartoons and Realistic Recipes  May 24, 2006
"You can get a quick dinner out of practically anything - a little of this, a little of that and supper's ready. Using the ideas here and whatever is in your cupboard, your family will think you have been planning dinner all day."

Better Than Take-Out (& Faster, Too) is filled with humorous cartoons that make the recipes especially fun. The timesaver tips show you how to cook rice in the microwave and save time on other preparation steps.

The recipes are divided into six main chapters:

Cook as You Are
Extra Easy Appetizers
Simple Soups
Made-in-Minutes Main Dishes
Scrumptious Salads & Sides
Desserts in a Dash

Examples of the recipes:

Orange Herb Marinade
Dressed Cream Cheese
Stuffed Mushrooms
Cheesy Potato Soup
Pork Medallions with Cherries and Onions
Pasta with Artichoke Sauce
Peaches Caramel

Each recipe has simple directions in a paragraph format, preparation times and variations. Like the Chocolate Banana Cream Pie has variations for puddings or you could use cherry pie filling for the fruit.

~The Rebecca Review
Just plain fun!  Feb 11, 2002
Better Than Take-Out is a very creative manual for busy people who like to eat well. Chapters on Extra Easy Appetizers, Simple Soups, Made-in-Minutes Main Dishes, Scrumptious Salads & Sides, and Desserts in a Dash offer up quick, nutritious, zippy entrees with style. Each chapter title page has the index of recipes and page numbers displayed, making for quick and easy finding of favorite recipes. One of the most fun chapters is the first, Cook As You Are. From Red Beans and Rice, to Mediterranean Starter, this chapter is about fast, experimental, creative approaches to good eating. The author suggests,"Come back to this section whenever you don't know what to put on the table or are feeling that mealtime is monotonous." With Better than Take-Out, it is a guarantee they won't be!

A few example of tantalizing recipes are Linguine with Gorgonzola and Broccoli Sauce, Black Bean and Corn Tacorito, New Mexican Posole (a stew of hominy, ground pork, chiles, lime, and spices), and Warm Rice Salad with Shrimp. Dessert ideas include Raspberry Trifle, Fresh Berries and Sweetened Sour Cream, and Chocolate Banana Cream Pie.

Better Than Take-Out is obviously designed to be user-friendly. What makes the book a bonus is it is just plain fun!

Nancy Lorraine, Reviewer

Practical tips for busy parents  Nov 12, 2001
Better Than Take-Out is a practical tool for busy moms who want to provide their families with nutritious meals but don't have the time to spend hours in the kitchen. From time-saving tips to desserts in a dash, parents will find this book helpful in their meal planning and preparation. And with the Preparation Time included with each main dish, even the organizationally challenged will find it hard to make excuses not to cook!

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