Thursday, November 09, 2017

New Titles for the Holidays from Skyhorse Publishing

Fix-It and Forget-It Holiday Favorites

150 Easy and Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes
By Hope Comerford, Photographs by Bonnie Matthews

What if you could prepare holiday feasts for friends and family without spending hours in the kitchen? Now you can. Take your slow cooker out of the pantry and put away the stress of holiday cooking and baking this year. Here are 150 slow cooker recipes that will wow your guests and free you up to spend quality time with loved ones.

From Sweet Potato Stuffing to Raspberry Glazed Ham, Slow Cooker Turkey and Stuffing to Pear Butter, there are recipes here to indulge every palate and gorgeous full-color photographs to inspire any menu planner. Phyllis Good is beloved for providing recipes that are simple and made with ingredients you can find easily—if you don't already have them in your cupboard. Who has time to search for obscure, gourmet ingredients around the holidays? Holiday cooking has never been easier—or more delicious. Learn what size slow cooker to purchase, discover tips for easy prep and cleanup, and find scrumptious recipes such as:

Dried Cranberry Pudding
Holiday Wild Rice
Christmas Apple Date Pudding
Pork Roast with Applesauce
Cheesy Sausage Dip
Gingerbread Pudding Cake
And many more!

Cassandra's Review- A great book that is jam packed with flavors that are just waiting to be created.  The instructions are simple and the photos look delicious.

Welcome Home Cookbook

450 Comfort Food Recipes for the Slow Cooker, Stovetop, and Oven
By Hope Comerford, By (photographer) Clare Barboza
You want to put a delicious meal on the table for your family but you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen—or in the grocery store searching for exotic ingredients. Welcome Home Cookbook is filled with recipes that you can pull together in a hurry when unexpected company arrives, when you’re going to a potluck, or anytime you’re busy (which is pretty much every day, am I right?).

In these pages you’ll find recipes that—
are delicious and a snap to prepare
use ingredients that you probably already have on hand
offer step-by-step instructions that virtually anyone can follow Each recipe includes prep time and cooking time, so you know exactly what to expect. Collected from home cooks across the country and carefully selected and tested, these recipes are sure to take some pressure off of you and give joy to everyone in your home. With full-color photos throughout and a ring binding that allows the book to lay flat on your kitchen counter, this is the everyday cookbook you will return to again and again.

Cassandra's Review- Perfect for a slow cooker, I do wish these were also labeled to that you know which are for the slow cooker and which are for other ways of cooking, because it is a bit confusing. I also think the idea to have this in a binder instead of binded, was a bit of a miss because it is so big, the pages will easily get damaged or rip right out. 
 The American Table

Classic Comfort Food from Across the Country
By Larry Edwards

All your favorite blue plate specials in one cookbook! Like its people, American food is a melting pot of tastes and textures. Now flavors from every corner of the country are brought together in one soul-satisfying cookbook. Worthy of any diner’s daily special board, these recipes are the real deal: wholesome, filling favorites that will bring the entire family to the table. You’ll be transported back to your grandmother’s kitchen as you dig into classics like:

Chicken Pot Pie
Fried Catfish
Sloppy Joes
Buttermilk Baked Chicken
Chicken Fried Steak
Roast Beef Hash
Sausage Gravy
Firestarter Chili
Split Pea and Sausage Soup
Corn Pudding
Potato Onion Gratin
Spiced Squash
All-American Apple Pie
Depression Cake
Pecan Pie
And many more favorites!

True American food is the result of hearty people, bountiful farms, and innovative spirit. Author Larry Edwards honors that tradition in The American Table as he invites you to pull up a chair and share a story or two. Plan your next family gathering with this collection of quintessential recipes from around the country.

Cassandra's Review- Thick, beautiful and full of flavor and that is just the book. The ideas are wonderful and the simple to use instructions will have you creating meals in a short time. 
 A Dog for Christmas

One Christmas morning, while young Amish twins Henry and Harvey are sledding, they find a big black dog wandering in a field. They adopt the Newfoundland and name him Lucky, and he soon becomes their best friend and playmate. When tragedy strikes and Harvey drowns in a spring creek, Henry’s only source of comfort is his furry companion.

 To make matters worse, the Depression is especially hard on Henry’s parents who have more children than they can care for. He is sent to live with another family, where he becomes enchanted with Katie Stoltzfus. Eventually, Lucky passes away, leaving a hole in Henry’s heart, and he wonders if he will ever find another friend as faithful and loving. As Henry grows up, he has other dogs, but none are as special as the Newfoundland he and his brother once cherished. When Katie marries another man, it seems Henry will never be happy again. Every passing Christmas reminds him of the people and animal friends now missing from his life. Though, no holiday story is complete without a miracle.

In A Dog for Christmas, bestselling author Linda Byler delivers a beautiful Christmas story of quiet triumph in the face of lifelong adversity. After years of loneliness and longing, Henry is finally rewarded with a hard-won love, a family to call his own, and a new best friend. Could there possibly be a better gift than that?

Cassandra's Review- This is what I would consider a box of tissues book because it is filled with love, grief and heart which require the need for some crying in between. 
 Homer for the Holidays

The Further Adventures of Wilson the Pug
By Nancy Levine, By Wilson the Pug

Wilson the Pug has taught his many admirers—canine and otherwise—some important life lessons. And he practices what he preaches. One crisp winter day while out searching for a good deed to do for the holidays, Wilson comes across a baby pug, lost and alone. Determined to do “the right thing,” as it is written in the Tao-te Ching, Wilson sets out to help his new buddy Homer, and together they embark on a quest to find the puppy a home.

Their adventure takes them along comical and surprising paths, where they encounter many new friends as well as some unsavory characters who cause big trouble for the duo. Things start to look bleak for Homer until Santa Claus himself steps in to lend a hand. Homer just might get his wish after all . . . Captured in the same style of charming photography and endearing humor that so enchanted fans of The Tao of Pug, and Letters to a Young Pug, Homer for the Holidays is a heartwarming pug buddy story destined to become a holiday favorite of dog lovers of all ages for years to come.

Cassandra's Review- An adventure that any dog lover would enjoy, especially if you are fond of pugs.  It is well written and easy to get into.
101 Things to do with your Christmas Elf

Christmas is a magical time of the year. How often have you lain in bed, visions of sugar plums dancing through your head? Maybe you’ve began to gently drift into a dream when, suddenly, you realize . . . you didn’t move the elf!

That darn elf. Making you get out of bed when you’re all snuggled up after a long day of gift-wrapping. But you know that if you don’t move it, the kids will begin to unravel the Christmas secrets you’ve worked so hard to preserve over the years! Before you know it, they’ll think Santa isn’t real and they’ll be all grown up. Fine, you say to yourself, I’ll get up and move the freakin’ elf. However, as time goes on, your kids start to notice the elf’s moving to the same spots over and over, doing the same old things. It starts to become less believable.

For when you’re stuck in this predicament, author Jason Deas has developed 101 different ideas of what to do with your Christmas elf. Get St. Nick’s assistants off the shelf and into a variety of creative situations that will amaze and amuse your children:

Make your elf some skis for water skiing and snow skiing
Set up your elf like he’s been working out all night long
Put your elf in a boat in the bathtub
Create a drum set with a few cans, pots, plastic containers, and other odds and ends
Have your elf become a mechanic and fix a toy car

Filled with Christmas spirit and humor, 101 Things To Do With Your Christmas Elf is your handbook to surviving December and making sure you keep your little holiday helper on the move.

Cassandra's Review-  Well if you do not own an elf on a shelf or have no idea what this tradition is all about, the book is going to seem weird.  You can always learn and buy an elf or even share the tradition.  It is very out of the box and fun.

I received complimentary copies.

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