Our Favorite Cookbook – Cooking with Mickey & Friends by Pat Baird

My favorite room in our new house is the kitchen. We have a great big island in the center of the kitchen which gives me plenty of room to prepare dinner – and there’s even room for all the kids to help me.

Since we finally have cupboard space again, the first thing I did was reserve one gigantic cupboard for my cookbooks. {I’m not the world’s best cook, but I sure pretend to be!}

Cooking with Mickey & FriendsWhile organizing the cookbooks, I happened across our favorite book: Cooking with Mickey & Friends by Pat Baird. It’s no secret that we love Mickey Mouse. We are all dreaming of the day when we can take the kids to Disney World so they can meet Mickey & all their favorite Disney characters. For now, though, we have to bring Mickey into our home, and this cookbook is the perfect way to do just that. I am SOOOO excited to have this book in easy reach again!

Inside the book you’ll find over 30 recipes – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks & sides, desserts, and even beverages. The recipes are easy to follow, easy to read, and list absolutely everything you will need including utensils and ingredients. You get step-by-step instructions, and if there’s a step that requires an adult’s help, it’s clearly marked. My 7 year old loves reading the recipes out loud and everyone gets to help.

The recipes are actually really good. Our favorites include The Sultan’s Hummis Dip with Fresh Vegetables, Abu’s Baked Apples {heaven!}, Alice’s Cheesy Rice, Mufasa’s Mouthwatering Chops {made with Wendy’s Honey of a Peach topping!}, and Peter Pan’s Sparkling Pink Punch.

I’ve scoured the internet trying to find the best price for you all because I *highly* recommend this cookbook to anyone with kids. Unfortunately, the only copies I can find are used copies, but at least the price is right! Amazon has several used copies available, and so does AbeBooks.com.

Disclaimer: I have not been compensated for this post in any way, nor have I been contacted by anyone and asked to post a review. The thoughts expressed in this post are 100% my own and have only been influenced by how much we use this cookbook.

4 Ingredients – The Easiest Cookbook You’ll Ever Own!

4 IngredientsWhen it comes to being in the kitchen, I need simple, fast recipes that I can whip together for my large family. When I was given the opportunity to try out 4 ingredients by Kim McCosker and Rachael Bermingham, I jumped at the chance. After all, even a cook like me could work with just 4 ingredients! (If you’re not sure what kind of cook I am, read my About Me page.)

The book is packed with over 400 recipes. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers, desserts, and there is even a section on meals specially designed for children, including lunchbox menus.

The first place I turned was page 207 to the section entitled “For the Children.” With 6 children – 3 of whom are very, very picky eaters, I need to find recipes that the kids will actually be willing to try.  I was blown away by the number of recipes in that section alone that I wanted to try for my kids. We’ve made several of the recipes in there, and the kids have really enjoyed each one! My favorite from the section is the Parmesan Twists – and you only need 2 ingredients to make those! They are so yummy, though, and totally addictive. 🙂 The kids really liked the Sweet Crumbed Chicken. I cut the pieces small so that they were more like chicken nuggets, and they were quite a hit.

After working through the kid’s section, I moved on to other places in the book. The Quick Meatloaf was a hit with everyone in the house. I just had to double the recipe to feed all of us! There are tons of great recipes listed all throughout the book that I can’t wait to try – dips, salsas, meatballs, and so much more!

My daughter, Ashley, inherited my love for making desserts, and she went through the dessert section and marked all the recipes that SHE wants to try and make. I’m pretty sure there weren’t very many that she didn’t mark. The other night, I let her make one dessert item from the book, and she picked the Cinnamon Wedges. Oh my word! They were SO good, and so easy to make!

The only thing I wish is that the book had pictures for each recipe. I’m much more tempted by the way a recipe looks when it’s made than when I see the ingredients listed for me. Other than the missing pictures, though, the book is absolutely fabulous, and it’s made an excellent addition to my cookbook collection.

To learn more about 4 Ingredients, check out the 4 Ingredients website. You can also become a fan of 4 Ingredients on Facebook.

Book Information for 4 Ingredients:
More than 400 Quick, Easy, and Delivious Recipes Using 4 or Fewer Ingredients.
By Kim McCosker and Rachael Bremingham
Published by: Atria Books
ISBN: 978-1-4516-3514-0
Pages: 256
Price: $18.00
On-Sale Date: March 29, 2011

You can purchase 4 Ingredients on Amazon for just $12.09.