>I Hate to Cook Book 50th Anniversary Edition- Review & Giveaway- 2 winners!!

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I’m not sure I “hate” to cook but having had so many cooking  mishaps  disasters, I often find myself not enjoying to cook.  Which can be unfortunate when you are the stay home parent who does all of the cooking.  

Mr. Bargains was very happy to see SEVEN recipes under the “Bacon” section.  Bacon IS yummy, but I don’t find that quite as exciting as he does!

Peg Bracken is the brains behind the I Hate to Cook Book.  It was originally published 50 years ago and was
updated and revised to reflect kitchens and pantries of today . She throws wit and humor in pinches and dashes all through the book.  Love it.  Anything that makes cooking more fun or less stressful is great, in my house. You want to have this book in your collection.  This Mama Loves it.   Peg’s daughter, Jo, has helped to pen the 50th Anniversary of I Hate to Cook and apparantly, the humor gene does run in families.

I made the Swiss Loaf on page 12-13.  I only altered it a little by “pulverizing” the pepper and onion- I hate the texture of both of these, so I kind of go overboard when chopping.  The Swiss Loaf was the closest thing to meatloaf in this book and my whole family likes my meatloaf, so it was a safe starting point.  I think later this week I may go OUT of my comfort zone and try something crazy like Turkey Divan on p. 48.

At the end of the book are the usual suspects with Ms. Bracken’s wit mixed in for measuring equivalents, etc. and also some Household Hints.  I love things like this at the end of books!!

Now that you know a little about this book, wouldn’t you like to check the rest of it out?  (I know you do).  It will be available for purchase on July 26th but you can *win* a copy right here!!

As a mandatory entry, I want for you to share with me what your grandma and/or mom used to have for dinner when growing up.  My mom used to make liver and onions with bacon and gravy.  As if ruining perfectly innocent bacon and dumping fattening gravy on top could improve the horrifying taste of liver and onions.  See? You CAN ruin bacon!  It takes effort.  (Please note that as we kids got older and perhaps less demanding of my mom’s attention she found she enjoyed cooking some and as she gained confidence, she gained skills, and actually had some fantastic dishes she made until she got too sick too cook – and even then directed my dad on how to cook her favorites from her bed so she could still enjoy them!)

For extra entries:
Like the I Hate to Cook Book on Facebook and tell them This Mama Loves Her Bargains sent you!
Follow Jo Bracken’s Blog

Follow ME on Twitter, Facebook, GFC, Networked Blogs, RSS feed, or Email Subscription – 1 entry each

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Share this giveaway on any social networking site and get 2 entries/day per post (you can do on FB, twitter, digg, etc.) but be sure to post your URL to that exact post in a comment.

That’s it.  This giveaway will end on August 1st, 2010 at midnight, EST.  Open to US & Canada.  If for some reason a winner does not respond within 48 hours of my initial contact, a new winner will be selected in their place using random.org again.

Good luck!!

  
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About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

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  • >My Mom worked nights & didn't have much time to cook, hence my bad cooking skills. It was special when she did cook because that meant time to spend with each other, even if the meal was not the tastiest! I had a lot of fried bologna sandwiches, I won't touch it to this day !

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  • >Thanks for the giveaway…my Mom cooked every piece of meat, fish, or fowl until it was overdone & dried out !She did however make the best stuffing / dressing that I have ever tasted and have yet to recreate…and also this Irish cabbage side dish with bacon that looked disgusting but was delicious, a recipe handed down by my Grandmother.senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  • >moms hash was so bad i hated mondays she would love this book she still is a bad cook cdmarteny@mywebdesk.com

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  • >My mom made super small meatballs and fried them up before putting them in a tomato sauce. She then made lasagna with them and it was the best lasagna ever!

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  • >My grandma made pasta noodles and poured a creamy, sweet strawberry sauce on them. To this day the thought of a sweet dinner makes me gag. Of course, we lived in rural Poland, you ate what you grew!

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  • >I remember mom making meatballs and spaghetti on Wednesday and fish on Friday. Even though the fisherman filleted the fish there were always oodles of bones to be careful for.bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  • >My mother makes a delicious roast chicken.jswaks at gmail dot com

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  • >My Mom made spaghetti and chicken a lot.

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  • >My mom made a good chicken divan.

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  • >My mom would make potato boats which was a piece of fried bologna topped with mashed potatos and a slice of cheese. Yuck!kerrie@mayansfamily.com

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  • >I can remember my mom making Cabbage Rolls with Mashed Potatoes and saurkraut. When I got to be 11 I was helping her, to learn the family tradition. I am now 58 and teaching my married daughter to carry on the same tradition.kat_emerick@yahoo.com

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  • >My grandmother and I would make beef stew together, she loved to cook.. Me not so much…

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  • >Homemade chicken noodle soup, noodles homemade too

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  • >My mom & Grandma would have baked salmon loaf with cornon the side for dinner…. birdson@roadrunner.com

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  • >I follow with google friend connect as luckycat1818.luckycat1818(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  • >My grandmother also made liver that I refused to eat, but the thing that really got me was her spam ham with the pineapple on top.luckycat1818(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  • >My mom always wanted us to be healthy so she would make great things like pizza with broccoli all over it (which totally ruined it)

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  • >Tomato soup and rice!theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  • >When my dad was between jobs, we lived off of tomato gravy and biscuits. I hated it!

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  • >Souther G-ma would make greenbeans with ham hocks. Oh so good…malmort01 at optonline net

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  • >My Grandma was actually a famous cook in her small town in Iowa. At her funeral I remember the minister saying how much he would miss her butterscotch pies. My Grandma was a farmer's wife and she'd cook with fresh eggs and milk… they were meat and potatoes people for sure! But she had the best pancakes! I have tried and tried and to this day have not been able to duplicate her amazing pancakes!ecofriendlyandfrugal(at)gmail(dot)com

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  • >My mom's favorite dish was saurkraut with hotdogs in it … something I have yet to make myself!

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  • >My mother is a great cook. Seeing how she was cooking for eight, our meals were simple (and cheap) but always cooked from scratch. Every now and then she would try a new recipe that was too "odd" for us kids so that never went over to well.

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  • >growing up my grandma always made smothered pork chops with gravy and white rice. atlmuzikfanzinc at gmail dot com

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  • >I love my mother's chicken parmesan. She would make huge batches of it, freeze the pieces singly with lots of sauce on them and all I had to do was pull one out & reheat.Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<bloggyig at gmail dot com

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  • >My mom didn't cook. I started cooking dinner at the age of 11. I would love this cookbook! I cook the same 3 things rotated all week long. It is sad.

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  • >My Mom and Grammy were both fantastic cooks…the only thing that wasn't my fave was that old tuna noodle casserole with peas in it and crushed potato chips on top. Everyone else in my family loved it, yech!!!

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  • >My grandma and my mother were both great cooks-the dishes I remember were my grandma and her homemade apple pie, and my mother and her homemade chicken noodle soup with dumplings. MMM-mmm!

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  • >My mom always used to make lasagna from scratch. It was so yummy!sundaygirl at gmail dot com

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  • >i do not hate to cook but i do hate being frusterated,failure and waste

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  • >With Mom, we used to make tacos on Friday nights.

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  • >My mon never liked to cook and being the youngest kid she always made me macaroni and cheese or frozen pizzas. Anything out of a box, yuck

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  • >Pea soup, carrot soup and cauliflour soup…..gag!! I really dont like soup and yet I my children do – lol

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  • >We grew up eating Red Beans. my parents would buy a 50 lb bag from a local farmer & that was our basic diet. She would make a lg pot of beans she would season with pork hocks Then it would become Bean soup. Sometimes it would be chili.Elleneering99@hotmail.com

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  • >I hope you don't mind me being different…but the person's cooking that I remember the most is my dad's. I was too much of a tomboy to spend time in the kitchen with my grandmother and honestly…my mom didn't do too much cooking. When my parents divorced my dad had to figure out how to cook. I remember that we had breakfast food for dinner quite a bit…bacon, biscuits, sausage. It took a little while but he turned out to be the best cook every!! His Thanksgiving dressing is the best! That and his sweet potatoes. He hated to crack eggs so he would always hunt down me or my sister to take care of the "cackle berries" whenever he and my brother wanted brownies LOL to this day he still refuses to crack an egg. I'm just now learning to cook and I always call him for help or ideas.angelwcamowings at gmail.com

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  • >My mom, who I would give this to if I won, is a terrible cook. I remember getting grilled cheese with wrappers still on the cheese, pasta that turned to paste, and an eggplant parmesan that tasted like a burnt salt lick. She oversalts everything!girlforgotten81@aol.com

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  • >My Grandma used to cook my dad the weird parts of the animal.. kidney, stomach, bladder. blech. misusedinnocence@aol.com

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  • >My mom made "hot dog casserole" which was a recipe she found in the newspaper or a magazine. It was hot dogs, spinach, potatoes, onion, and cheese

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  • >honestly I learned how NOT to cook from my mom. She used to under cook baked potatoes, over cook vegetables (soggy) and burnt the heck out of whatever meat we were having! She's even managed to mess up pasta. Her best meal, hamburger helper. But I love her anyway! And I'm a much better cook. 🙂

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  • >My mom passed away when I was 6, but I remember her teaching me to make chicken and rice casserole! It's about the only recipe I don't mind cooking (because I DO hate to cook!).

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  • >My mom is a northerner living in Texas and still cant after 51 years make pinto beans fit to eat! frogz60@hotmail.com

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  • >Now don't get me wrong, my mother is a wonderful cook, but when I was growing up she used to make salmon cakes all the time and I LOATH salmon cakes. You could smell them before you opened the front door. YUCK!! As I've grown older I still don't like salmon. seriousreader at live dot com

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  • >My grandmother and my mom were wonderful cooks! My grandmother would make just about anything good simply by chicken frying it! Mom makes the best steak fingers I've ever had. I can't get near how good they are. I bet she's not telling me an ingredient! We also ate a lot of fresh veggies since we were on a farm. We never ate our own animals *that I know of*…loobyamy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  • >I'm not sure what they ate growing up, but growing up I always either had spaghetti or chicken.. baked, fried, grilled.. every way! It's nice now that I'm older I can experiement more!Seasidesmitten@aol.com

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  • >My mom's Pork Chops were so dry that my little brother and I would chew them and spit them out in our napkins.cherrypicks.by.humboldtcherry@gmail.com

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