What Is Your Favorite Cookbook {Cooking Through My Collection}

The Best Cookbook Reviews, from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Last week was really busy for me. We had multiple appointments during week and we were in Oklahoma City over the weekend for my daughter to take a course at OU. It made for a crazy week and I did not spent a lot of time in the kitchen. We relied mainly on quick and easy meals and things from the freezer.

So, I  don’t have a new recipe for you today for my Cooking Through My Collection series. But I thought it would be a good time to ask you about your favorite cookbook or cookbooks.

What cookbook or cookbooks do you love? If you had to only keep one or two cookbooks from your collection what would they be? I can’t wait to hear your favorites. Because we all know I need more cookbooks in my collection……. :-)

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies

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These gluten free banana cookies are soft, delicious, and gluten free!

We love bananas at our house and go through quite a few each week. But no matter how closely I try to guess how many bananas we will go through there always seems to be the one or two that turn brown before anyone eats them. If only bananas would stay green just a little longer.

Extra bananas work great for gluten free banana bread, gluten free banana muffins, and even gluten free banana oatmeal cookies, but a few weeks ago I wanted to try something new with the bananas that I needed to use up.

So I went searching for a recipe that I could easily adapt to gluten free. I found an old Martha Stewart recipe for banana cookies. It looked like a pretty basic cookie recipe, so I thought it would adapt easily to gluten free.

Gluten Free Banana Cookies

And it did adapt well. We loved the gluten free version of these banana cookies. I decided to use rice flour, sweet rice flour, and cornstarch for these cookies and they worked great. I know a lot of people have never used sweet rice flour, but I highly recommend it for many gluten free desserts. It really helps the taste and texture in many baked goods.

Because of the banana in these cookies they are a softer cake like cookie, but we enjoyed them that way. These are cookies that you cannot tell are gluten free. They are delicious!

My family can’t have nuts, but if you can, I would add some chopped nuts like walnuts to these cookies. They would be a chocolate chip banana walnut cookie and they would be so wonderful that way.

Don’t those cookies look good!

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Menu Plan {October 19th-25th}

Weekly Meal Plan

Last week on Menu Planning Mondays Laura asked her readers to give one piece of menu planning advice. You all know I love menu planning, so I thought it was a great question. If you need some menu planning help or ideas be sure to read thought the comments on that post. There are some great tips and ideas.

This was the the piece of advice I gave.

My menu planning tips would be make it work for you. There is no right or wrong way to plan, make it work for you and your family and what is going on in your life at that time.

I have been talking menu plans here on my site almost since the beginning of my site. That would be over five years of menu plans and menu planning thoughts. And my menu planning advice is still basically the same as it was back then.

Make your plan work for you!

It is great to get menu planning thoughts and ideas for others. I am glad you all enjoy my menu plans each week. I hope they inspire you to make a menu plan and to try new recipes each week. But my exact plan probably is not going to work for you.

What is on sale at my grocery stores may not be on sale at your stores. What is going on in my life is probably not what is going on in your life. I may have a busy week, but you may have a slower week when you can spend more time in the kitchen.

So my number one tip for menu planning really is to make it work for you and your family. Be inspired by looking at my plan and others plans, but adjust it and adapt it to your needs. There really is no right or wrong way to menu plan. Just make a plan that fits your needs.

And what is working for me right now with our schedule is to have a weekly soup night and a weekly sandwich night. It helps keep the plan easy, and yet gives us variety in what kind of soup and sandwiches we have each week.

Now for this week’s menu plan. I am working on some new breakfast recipes, so I only posted two on the plan. I hope to have some new recipes to share soon. That is if they work and we like them.

Breakfast

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Overnight Bisquick Pancakes 

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Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies 

Dinner

Double Meat and Cheese Olive Sandwich--

Double Meat and Cheese Olive Sandwich

Ground Beef Stroganoff

Ground Beef Stroganoff

Pizza Soup

Pizza Soup

Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

beef and beans casserole

Easy Beef and Beans

Homemade Pizza Sauce-

Pizza Night- Here are a few of my favorite homemade pizza crust recipes 

Dessert of the Week

Double Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

Double Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Gluten Free Menu Plan {October 19th-25th}

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I am hoping to stock the freezer this week with breakfast foods. I usually do this about once a month and since the freezer is running low on breakfast foods, it means it is time to do it again. I put two easy freezer breakfasts on the plan, plus I am working on some other new breakfast recipes. So, look for those coming soon.

What is your favorite gluten free breakfast? 

I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Incredibly-Easy Breakfast Sausage Muffins

Incredibly Easy Breakfast Sausage Muffins- Use the gf baking mix option

Maple Sausage Pancake Muffins from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Maple Sausage Pancake Muffins- Use the gluten free option

Dinner

Gluten Free Biscuits and Gluten Free Gravy

easy pasta sacue

Easy Pasta Sauce over gluten free pasta

ground beef fried rice

Ground Beef Fried Rice - Use gf soy sauce

oven risotto with tomatoes and sausage

Oven Risotto with Sausage and Tomatoes- Use gluten free sausage and gluten free or homemade chicken broth

slow cooked bean with bacon soup

Slow Cooked Bean with Bacon Soup- Use gluten free bacon and gluten free chicken broth

orange pork

Slow Cooked Orange Pork Roast 

Crock Pot Beef Sandwiches

Crock Pot Beef Sandwiches ( I will use gluten free soy sauce and will serve these on gluten free bread, but you can also serve these without bread as just the meat.)

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Pumpkin Butterscotch Cupcakes- Use a gluten free cake mix and be sure the brand of pudding you use if gluten free

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Easy Entertaining and A Simple Mexican Meal

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Entertaining does not have to be expensive or complicated. It can be easy to do and not break the budget.

Every couple of months I make lunch for a staff meeting at my husband’s office. Some of you may be thinking that you would never want to do that. So let me just say I enjoy it. And since we own the business it is a small way I can help out. It is much cheaper for me to cook the meal than to order food in or go out to eat. Plus we live in a small town with not many restaurant choices. Cooking lunch is usually the best and easiest option.

I like coming up with different meals to serve. Most of the time I keep it very simple though. In the past I have taken taco soup, chili, lasagna, taco salad, and other meals like that.

A few weeks ago I decided to put together everything needed for a burrito bowl type lunch. I love serving burrito and taco type bowls when entertaining. They are so easy to make. Most of the meal can be made ahead or in the crock pot. And everyone can just put it together how they each like it.

When I put together this staff lunch I served spicy shredded pork, cilantro lime rice, and slow cooked pinto beans. This meal was for about 8-10 people, but for a large group I probably would have also served some taco meat with it for more variety.

To the main part of the meal I added cheese, sour cream, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, chips, and tortillas. I also served some fresh pineapple for those who wanted a little fruit with their meal.

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What I love about serving a meal like this is that it is easy to serve a lot of people who might have different food preferences.

With this combination you could have the rice, beans, and meat piled on top of each other with whatever additional toppings were desired. You could also skip the rice and turn it into a taco or Mexican salad of sorts, by using the lettuce as the base and piling everything on top of that. Add some chips and salsa to that and you have a great lunch.

If someone did not like those options they could easily turn it into a burrito. If someone else is dairy free they can just skip the cheese and sour cream. If someone was eating low carb or gluten free, they could easily just choose the foods that worked for them.

You get the idea. This really is a very simple and versatile meal to use when entertaining or serving a group of people. In fact, it is one of my favorite meals to serve when entertaining.

And in case you are wondering the pan in the upper right corner was dessert. It was also quick and easy to make and I will share it soon.

Since I am always trying to come up new things to serve I would love to hear your thoughts.

If I could bring you lunch what would you choose? Or if you were serving a meal like this for a staff meeting what would you make? I would also love to hear your favorite meal to serve for easy entertaining. 

 

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Slow Cooked Pinto Beans

Best Pot of Beans

A few weeks ago when I shared my tip for the best pot of beans, I mentioned that I would be sharing the recipe for the beans in that picture soon. Today I am finally sharing it with you.

Besides my secret ingredient for the best beans, there are a few other ingredients that make these pinto beans easy and delicious, so I knew I needed to share the recipe with you all. I am sorry it took so long.

These beans are great served on their own, with cornbread, or with just about any Mexican food.

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What I love about this pot of beans is how easy they are to make and how easy they are to use in so many ways.

This is one of those recipes that you can easily double to use for several meals over the course of the week. Serve this one night with cornbread and salad for an easy dinner. Serve it the next night with quesadillas and Mexican rice. And if there are any left you can serve them a third night as a burrito filling. Tomorrow I am going to show you yet another way I served them recently. These really are delicious and versatile.

These beans also freeze great. I love freezing beans like this in small containers to pull out on busy nights when I need a quick dinner or side dish.

Slow Cooked Pinto Beans-

 

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Take and Bake Pizza and Why I Love It

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This post is sponsored by ALDI, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

My love of take and bake pizza goes back to my childhood. We lived in the country, far from a pizza place, so it was always a treat when my mom would bring home a take and bake pizza after making a trip to the city for a doctors appointment or shopping.

When ALDI contacted me a few weeks ago about trying their take and bake deli pizza I knew I had to say yes. Not only do I love take and bake pizza, I love ALDI. And of course pizza is my son’s favorite meal. Isn’t it every 12 year old’s favorite meal?

Take and bake pizza is a favorite for my son and he loves it when I buy one for dinner. Three in my family eat gluten free and I often make homemade gluten free pizza. But take and bake pizza works great for us too because I can make gluten free pizza for those that need it and at the same time my husband and son can easily have a gluten filled pizza that they can enjoy too.

We have tried a lot of take and bake type pizzas over the years, but I had never bought an ALDI take and bake deli pizza. My family can be a little picky when it comes to pizza, so I was curious what they would think.

My son loves pepperoni pizza. It is his favorite kind, so I stuck to the basic pepperoni pizza for $5.99 when I bought it, but ALDI offers quite a few varieties in this basic price range.

aldi's pizza

My husband and son were impressed with this pizza. And I am not just saying that because I got free pizza. They really did enjoy it. My husband said I should definitely buy it again. And next time they want to try some of the other flavors.

You all know I love homemade, but sometimes you just need a night off and take and bake pizza is an easy way to have a night off cooking. And this take and bake pizza is much cheaper than the drive thru. For the price and the flavor I think the ALDI take and bake deli pizzas are a great deal, especially for those busy days.

aldi pizza

They have basic pizzas like supreme, sausage, cheese, and pepperoni, but they also have some special buy pizzas coming up over the next few months so watch for those too.

And I can’t talk about ALDI without talking about gluten free. Which I know is about as opposite of take and bake pizza as you can get. But I am thrilled that I have been able to find a lot of gluten free food at ALDI over the last few months. I love that they are carrying gluten free options. So if you live near and ALDI and are gluten free, or know someone that is gluten free, be sure to look for their gluten free foods. We have been happy with the ones we have tried so far.

Disclaimer: I was compensated for my time in writing this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Gluten Free Wednesdays {Skillet Tamale Pie, Hazelnut Brownies, and More}

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Doesn’t this Skillet Tamale Pie look delicious?

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And speaking of delicious. These chocolate hazelnut brownies look so good as well. Looking through all the links each week always makes me so hungry. There are so many delicious looking recipes linked up each week.

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These gluten free pumpkin cookies were the most popular recipe last week. They look good also!

I can’t wait to see what you all link up this week.

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Incredibly Easy Breakfast Sausage Muffins

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These incredibly easy breakfast sausage muffins are a delicious breakfast for any day of the week.

Breakfast is the meal I struggle with most. I know I have mentioned it before, but I am not a big breakfast eater. However, my family all think they need food first thing in the day. Can you imagine that?

And yes that was said very sarcastically.

I am glad all my family appreciates a good breakfast and I wish I liked breakfast more. Breakfast for me usually consists of a banana or some other fruit, along with a glass of water. That is it.

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But since my family likes a good breakfast, I do my best to make sure they have one. One of my favorite ways to do that is to keep the freezer stocked ahead with all kinds of things we can pull out for quick and easy breakfasts.

The overnight pancakes I shared yesterday are great made in a large batch and frozen. We also love to keep breakfast cookies and breakfast bowls in the freezer.

The recipe I am sharing today is another one that I have been making a lot lately and freezing. These also work well for making over the weekend and just keeping in the refrigerator for reheating during the week.

Incredibly Easy Breakfast Sausage Muffins

This recipe is based on the classic impossible pie recipe. I tweaked the basic recipe some, made it into a muffin, and used homemade baking mix, but besides that it is a pretty basic variation of the original type recipe.

As I mentioned yesterday I like to use homemade baking mix instead of the stuff from the big box, but if you have some of that on hand or prefer it, feel free to use it. And my gluten free baking mix works well in these as well. I prefer to make them that way so that everyone in my family can enjoy them.

Incredibly-Easy Breakfast Sausage Muffins

 

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Overnight Bisquick Pancakes {Cooking Through My Collection}

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The title of this recipe, overnight Bisquick pancakes, may surprise some of you because I am always sharing homemade versions of my favorite foods.

A recipe called overnight Bisquick pancakes doesn’t seem to fit that mold does it? But it can fit the theme of favorite homemade foods. Yes, really it can, so stay with me on this one.

You see I can’t remember that last time I actually bought some of that mix from the big yellow box and yet I have all kinds of recipes I use it in. Yes, yes I do. And I love them.

Did you know you can easily make a homemade version of Bisquick? Yes you can. And you can also make a homemade gluten free Bisquick. I have been using the homemade gluten free version for a couple of years now and love it. It works in most recipes that call for Bisquick.

And it is so easy to make at home. You can easily make a large batch and keep it in a container. Use it as needed for your favorite recipes that call for the real thing. So, yes skipping that yellow box and making it homemade is how a recipe like this fits my love of quick, easy, and homemade.

But if you have a box of the real thing, or don’t want to make your own, feel free to use it in this recipe as well. Anyway you make it, these pancakes will still be great.

This recipe for overnight Bisquick pancakes actually comes from a really old cookbook. You can tell by the cover of the cookbook it is old. They don’t make covers like that anymore.

bisquick cookbook

This is a cookbook I picked up used a few years ago. I love old cookbooks. There are so many great recipes hidden in old books. There are also some recipes that make you laugh out loud and wonder why in the world people would eat that, but some might say that same thing in twenty years about the things we eat today.

Food definitely changes over the years, but so much of it also stays the same. And that is why I love old cookbooks. You can learn so much just by looking at the recipes in them. So many recipes and tips have been forgotten.

I am sharing this cookbook and recipe for my Cooking Through My Collection Series, because it is a great recipe and a fun cookbook, but this is not really a cookbook that you need to run out and buy.

First of all this cookbook was written in 1964. It is not one that you will just find in a bookstore. Secondly, I am guessing many of the more popular recipes from books like this are available online on the General Mills website. If you happen to come across it though at a used bookstore or sale, pick it up. I think you will enjoy it.

Now for the recipe.

Overnight Bisquick Pancakes

This recipe caught my attention because it is a raised pancake that contains yeast. The recipe in the cookbook was actually called Bisquick Raised Flapjacks. Does anyone actually still call pancakes flapjacks?

I decided overnight Bisquick pancakes sounded a bit more modern and accurate than raised flapjacks.

The recipe caught my attention though because my mom has been making a version of overnight sourdough pancakes for years. We love them and this recipe kind of reminded me of those pancakes.

I did change the recipe slightly from the one in the cookbook. Mainly bringing it up to modern times. I also adjusted the time the batter set before cooking. The original recipe said for it to stand at room temperature for 1 1/2 hours. That would work, but for Saturday morning pancakes I prefer something a little more make ahead so I don’t have to get up 1 1/2 hours before cooking breakfast.

So, I adjusted the recipe to be an overnight recipe that you put in the refrigerator. It works great that way and make for a quick and easy pancake breakfast.

These are a new Saturday morning favorite at our house.

Do you have a favorite recipe for using Bisquick? I would love to hear what it is. 

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