Just reading the back cover the new cookbook, Add A Pinch, made me excited to jump into the recipes. Especially the part about “fast recipes that don’t rely on canned soups or other processed foods.” There is a time and place for recipes that use convenience ingredients but it’s all about fresh ingredients here. Fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, freshly grated cheese plus recipes for homemade dill pickles, BBQ sauce and various rubs.
The focus of the book is fresher Southern classics. Updated favorites such as Southern cheese crackers three ways, black-eyed pea hummus and pineapple broccoli slaw plus interesting remakes like oven-fried green tomato Caprese stacks, pimiento cheese biscuits and olive and bacon deviled eggs to name a few. There is something for everyone and something for every occasion too. Even though this is not billed as a cookbook for entertaining there are great appetizer, main and side dishes and desserts. The full color photos entice you to make the recipes.
Add a Pinch: Easier, Faster, Fresher Southern Classics is not just about fruits and vegetables. There are plenty of hearty meat recipes like pot roast with root vegetables, white chicken enchiladas with stuffed shells, Sam’s oven-fried halibut and cheesy spinach-stuffed chicken breasts. Mixed in throughout all the book’s chapters are true Southern recipes like Southern pimiento cheese, brisket with tomato gravy, Southern buttermilk fried chicken, buttermilk praline cheesecake, and Georgia peach crisp.
The citrus shrimp I made for this review was a hit with my family. Preparation is easy and it cooks up quickly. I served it as an accompaniment to beef for a surf and turf dinner but it would be perfect as an appetizer or served over rice with the delicious citrus sauce. The recipe is light and fresh.
There are recipes in Add A Pinch for all skill levels and no difficult techniques to master. If you’re a weekly meal planner, you could plan complete meals from the book. For example: serve slow cooker honey-glazed ham with Grandmother Earlene’s biscuits, buttermilk mashed potatoes, buttered carrots with peas and thyme and Mimi’s pecan pie for dessert. Many of the recipes have a recipe suggestion for leftovers or a freezer friendly option.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 medium orange, cut into wedges
- 1 medium lemon, cut into wedges
- In a medium bowl whisk together the olive oil, juices, garlic, onion, 2 teaspoons of the parsley and pepper. Pour the mixture into a large skillet on medium heat and bring to a simmer. Cook and reduce by half, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the shrimp and cover. Cook until they turn pink, about 5 minutes. Top with remaining parsley. Serve with orange and lemon wedges.
- 1 cup Kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons granulated garlic or garlic powder
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.
Editor’s note: These recipes are printed courtesy of the publisher. The author of this review received a copy of the cookbook, Add a Pinch: Easier, Faster, Fresher Southern Classics. No other compensation was received from the publisher. Links to the cookbook are affiliate links.
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