I received a complimentary copy of Taste of Home 100 Family Meals. I was under no obligation to review the cookbook. All opinions are my own. I was excited when I was offered the opportunity to review 100 Family Meals from Taste of Home. After all, this cookbook and the premise of my blog go hand in hand. It’s a natural really, family meals get family around the table. When I sat down to really look through the book, as opposed to just thumbing through it, I flagged a number of recipes. I’ve made a few more since receiving the book and I’m sure they will find their way to the blog.
Turkey biscuit stew is the recipe I chose to make from the cookbook. It’s a great way to use up leftover turkey. I’ve made this a couple of times already and one time I oven roasted some chicken breasts to use in place of the turkey. For a really easy weeknight supper, use a store bought rotisserie chicken.
When I made the turkey biscuit stew I used my Lodge cast iron skillet partially because I love using cast iron but also because it can go from stovetop to oven with no problem. There’s something so homey about cast iron and this recipe is pure comfort food.
With regard to the cookbook, there are many family friendly recipes. I especially like the menu planner at the end of each chapter. It offers recipe combinations, main dish, sides and dessert as well as a grocery list for each menu. Chapters include beef, chicken and turkey, pork, ham and more, seafood and meatless, no-fuss salads, sweet surprises among others. Another plus for 100 Family Meals cookbook is most of the recipes are very budget friendly. So many of the recipes can utilize leftovers too. I know I keep leftovers that sometimes I just end up tossing because they got lost in the back of the fridge or just forgot about them.
This cookbook is perfect for all cooking skills from beginner to advanced. There are no difficult techniques or exotic, hard to find ingredients. These recipes use readily available, although some seasonal, ingredients.
Many of the recipes can be served for a weekend lunch too. There are many sandwich, salad and soup recipes that are easy to make. They would be perfect for those busy weeknights too. All in all 100 Family Meals will make it easy to get your family around the table.
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed chicken broth, undiluted
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 cups cubed cooked turkey
- 1 cup cooked peas
- 1 cup cooked whole baby carrots
- 1 tube (10 ounces) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
- In a 10-in. ovenproof skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually add broth and milk. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Add the turkey, peas and carrots; heat through. Separate biscuits and arrange over the stew.
- Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.
Consider making this recipe with chicken. Leftovers work well in this dish.
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