>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

Grab my NEW button —–> and get 5 entries.

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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  • >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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  • >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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