I’m about to make someone’s dreary Monday a little brighter. Our summer intern, Melissa, picked a random number to determine the winner of “Awesome Recipes & Kitchen Shortcuts” by Sam Zien. The lucky winner is blog reader Jason, who left this comment: “It’s bittersweet when I forget to take a meat out of the fridge because then I can enjoy a vegetarian meal instead.”
Congratulations, Jason. If you will e-mail me at email@example.com with your full name and shipping address, I’ll get this book in the mail.
But first, some of you requested recipes and ideas from the book. Flipping through it, I see quite a few quick tips for easy meals. On the topic of deli-roasted chickens, for example, Zien suggests these uses: Toss a handful of shredded chicken into read-made soup, add to a bagged Caesar salad, cook with a little onion and make tacos, mix with cheese and salsa for enchiladas, make a chicken pizza, or stuff with leftover mashed potatoes into ready-made pie dough circles, fold over and bake.
The book is filled with actual recipes, too. His Meatball Stroganoff is whipped up with thawed, frozen meatballs, jarred beef gravy, sour cream and prepared horseradish. The Pulled Chicken Sandwich calls for deli-roasted chicken mixed with BBQ sauce and a little white vinegar, then piled on crusty rolls with coleslaw and onion rings.