It’s about that time of year – wedding season. Which means it’s the perfect time to take a look at Robin Miller’s The Newlywed Cookbook. Robin is the host of the Food Network’s Quick Fix Meals, as well as a nutritionist and a New York Times bestselling author. With over 200 recipes, The Newlywed Cookbook celebrates couples coming together over food, with recipes and tips for everything from quick and intimate meals to sit-down dinner parties with friends. The cookbook also comes with a simple guide explaining the different herbs and spices, cooking terms, and equipment used in the recipes to make sure those wedding gifts are getting used!
Just in case you are thinking the same thing I did when hearing about this cookbook, it is not a cookbook strictly for 2-serving recipes. Originally I was disappointed, particularly in the dessert section because most of the recipes make regular sized batches of cakes, cookies, pies, etc. But I had to step back and correct myself, because newlywed-simple recipes does not mean only two servings.
That being said, the majority of the entrees are for 4 servings which means when cooing for two, you would cook one night and eat leftovers the next! I’m pretty sure that does met the definition of newlywed-simple recipes and definitely makes dinner time easier than recipes that only serve 2. Who wants to cook every single night? And then there are some recipes that serve 8 or more for when you have family or friends over for dinner. Conveniently, there are even entire menus laid out for such occasions, and even for the holidays such as New Years, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, Sunday brunch, Super Bowl, picnics, breakfast in bed and dinner with the in-laws.
For example, the Valentine’s Day menu consists of broiled lobster tails, asparagus with tomato vinaigrette, cumin basmati pilaf, and mixed berry shortcake. No that lobster excited me, but seeing that the dessert only make two servings I jumped on it since I usually cook for one. The shortcakes were very easy to make and could even be made in advance along with the filling in order for quick assembly later. As for the cakes, they were the perfect amount of crumbly and soft for my ideal shortcake. Don’t forget the fresh whipped cream on top!
I also made the Penne with Andouille and Parmesan. This recipe was very simple yet had a lot of great flavors. The best part about this recipe was that it was ready in under 30 minutes. In fact the majority of the recipes in this cookbook are quick to prepare, which should make any newlywed couple cooking on a weeknight happy. Not only is it delicious, but it gets into your hungry post-work belly faster.
Know someone getting hitched soon? Enter to win a copy of this cookbook and it would be a great gift for the new couple! Or just keep it for yourself, you don’t have to be married to enjoy good recipes. US & CANADA ONLY.
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Disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of this cookbook from Sourcebooks, and are providing the giveaway. I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.