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The TueReview: Rachael Ray’s Big Orange Book

9780307383198Did I ever tell you about the time my husband’s friend brought his Jewish girlfriend over for dinner and I served cheeseburgers? Yeah, then I went one better and the next time she came I served (wait for it)

ham. Yeah. I would say I don’t know what I was thinking, but clearly I wasn’t actually thinking at all, right? Well, next time she comes over, I will be ready, because Rachael Ray’s Big Orange Book contains menus and recipes for kosher meals, in addition to some new 30 minute meals and holiday menus.

Now, I have been a fan of Rachael for a while. What’s not to love about a woman who can teach you to make a whole meal in 30 minutes? That’s like… making a magic trick every day, ykwim? I stop when I see her on tv, and I subscribe to her magazine, and I read that thing cover to cover, and I drool over the pictures too!

What I most enjoy about Rachael’s recipes is how she puts a twist on basic dishes. For instance, she takes the BLT to a new level, the BLTT: bacon, lettuce, tomato jam and tuna. And I absolutely relish the way this woman treats the lowly hamburger! In Rachael’s world, the hamburger is an art form! This particular book has an entire chapter devoted to them! And burgers don’t just mean beef, either. She’s got them made with turkey, lamb and salmon, too!

And heaven help me! A chapter full of meals for one. So I can have something delicious to eat when I can’t have what the family is eating. Think they will believe that Seared Salmon Fillet with Cucumber Dill Sauce is a sacrifice? No? Me either.

Oh my, but the chapter on meals that tale longer than 30 minutes has me hungry! I mean, I like quick, but sometimes, longer just …it’s a good anticipatory time, ykwim? It smells better longer, LOL!

And as usual, her appetizers look so good that I want to have them for a meal. Which I have done before. Just sayin’

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