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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cookbook Review - Simply Suppers By Jennifer Chandler

I recently received a copy of Simply Supper By Jennifer Chandler. What an awesome cookbook for budget conscious families! Comfort foods that are budget friendly, quick and don't have an intimidatingly long list of ingredients. There are recipes for entrees, soups, side dishes and desserts.
Each recipe is accompanied by a full color photo. I can't tell you how much I love that! Especially for dishes I've never cooked. I always like to know what my finished dish should look like. Each recipe also includes Cooking Tips, Variations and Time-Saving Tips.

From the press release:
30 in about 30: 30 recipes that can be whipped up in about 30 minutes. Includes soups, poultry, fish, beef, pork, pasta, sandwiches.

10 leftover chicken makeovers: 10 ways to turn leftovers into something delicious.

20 "Freezer Go-To" items: Recipes to make double batches of for freezing...and to save you when you don't have time to cook.

About the Author

Jennifer Chandler graduated at the top of her class with Le Grand Diplome and a MentionLe Cordon Bleu in Paris. She moved back to her hometown of Memphis Tres Bien in Pastry from and in 1999 and opened the highly-acclaimed and award-winning (including Best New Restaurant in Memphis) Cheffie's Market and More - a prepared foods market and bakery. Jennifer is a full-time mother of two, a freelance magazine writer and a professional salad eater.

  • Jennifer was recently named national spokesperson for French’s Mustard ™
  • Jennifer also recently partnered with Whole Foods Market in Memphis, TN as a featured author and chef.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @cookwjennifer

Sunday we made "Mashed Potato Soup" and "Arroz Con Pollo".

For the mashed potato soup we actually made a batch of mashed potatoes from scratch because there is no such thing as leftovers in my house. Lol! I'm sure in a pinch you could use instant mashed potatoes or a package of ready made mashed potatoes and the recipe would turn out just as delicious. Once we had our mashed potatoes done the soup came together very quickly and it was delicious! The recipe calls for 1/4 Cup Crumpled Cooked Bacon (optional) for garnish. (Ahem! Bacon optional? Seriously?) We opted for extra bacon and we also added shredded cheese for garnish. Simply delicious!

Mashed Potato Soup from Simply Supper By Jennifer Chandler page 17.
4 Tbs Unsalted Butter
1/2 Cup finely diced Yellow Onion (1/2 small onion)
4 Tbs All-Purpose Flour
3 Cups Chicken Stock
2 1/2 Cups leftover Mashed Potatoes
1 Cup Heavy Cream
Kosher Salt and finely ground Black Pepper
1/4 Cup crumbled cooked Bacon (optional)
1 small Tomato, diced (optional)
2 Tbs thinly sliced Scallions (optional)

In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, melt the Butter. Add the Onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Dust the Onions with the Flour and cook, stirring, until lightly golden, about 1 minute. Whisk in the Chicken Stock. Over high heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Cook until slightly thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and whisk in the Mashed Potatoes until you have a smooth consistency.

Gradually whisk in the Heavy Cream. Season with Salt and Pepper to taste. Cook until mixture is heated through, about 4 to 5 minutes. Serve hot, garnished with crumbled Bacon, diced Tomatoes, and Scallions, if desired.

Serves 4.
The Arroz Con Pollo was also delicious!

Chicken Tortilla Soup (page 7) is one of my favorites when I dine out, and while the it may have gone better with our entree, it was my daughter's choice this weekend and she chose the dishes. Every Sunday we get together with friends for da Bears game and cook up new recipes.

There are so many delicious looking recipes that I'm sure this is going to be one of my go-to cookbooks for some time to come and it would make an excellent gift for newlyweds or a great housewarming gift.

Simply Supper By Jennifer Chandler is available now at, Barnes and, and your local bookstore.

Lola's Diner Disclaimer: I was given this cookbook to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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Anonymous said...

The leftover chicken makeover has sold me on this book...I'll have to go pick it up. Thanks for the review!

Lin said...

I have a blog pally with that name, but I don't think she has children. Hmmmmmm.....

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