Manda Cooks the Book: Smitten Kitchen Every Day

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I pre-ordered this cookbook as soon as I heard about it – I’ve been a big fan of Deb’s for years (it was one of the first blogs I read daily) and I loved her first cookbook. I’ve cooked five recipes from the book so far, and have two that I especially love and have cooked multiple times. Also – the book title doesn’t lie – these really are “Every Day” recipes! I made them all on weeknights relatively quickly.

My two favorites are the first two pictures below — brussels and three cheese pasta bake (I added broccoli too) and the quick sausage, kale and crouton saute (which is unbelievably good – but I used spicy sausage instead of sweet). The other recipes I’ve tried are the roasted tomato soup with broiled cheddar, spiced carrot and pepper soup with a couscous swirl and polenta-baked eggs with corn, tomato and fontina. And a few more that I want to try are sushi takeout cobb salad, pea tortellini in parmesan broth, broccoli melts, pizza beans and meatballs marsala with egg noodles an chives. I have post-it notes all over the book!

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I actually was lucky enough to go to a book signing and meet Deb! She is just as bubbly and sweet as I thought she’d be!

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