Quick Start Homemade: Book Review

I was sent a copy of Southern Living’s Quick Start Homemade to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.



It is not very often that a recipe book comes along that contains so many easy and budget friendly recipes in it that I had a hard time choosing which to try out for the review. Quick Start Homemade by Southern Living was such a book.

Quick Start Homemade features recipes that are hearty and delicious. The book allows you to make all the recipes using commonly found ingredients and cooking techniques that are fitting for just about any level home cook. The book contains 101 recipes for commonly made home-style meals with an extra spin on them to break up the ordinary.


The Good:

The book included a ton of great photos. I was always told in college when I went to culinary school that the #1 rule of food presentation was “You eat with your eyes, first”. This book gets that. The pictures are bright, bold and you can practically smell the recipes through them.

I enjoyed how the book broke down meals into colored sections so you could easily find the section you were looking for. These were broken down into categories such as pasta, pizza, eggs and so on. There were not only dinners in it, but also great dishes for lunch and brunch.
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Rice Broccoli Pot Pie

I adapted this recipe from my all time favorite dish my Grandmother has always made. Lately with spring rainy weather and some colds in the house I needed , hearty, warm comfort foods. This Rice broccoli casserole usually is topped with crackers, but I topped it off with a pie pastry to make a “pot pie” version and added in chicken pieces. My kids loved it!




2 packages frozen broccoli ( each 10 ounces each)

2 cups shredded cooked chicken

1 stick of butter

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 large onion

1 cup mushrooms

1 /2 cup milk
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