The Muffin Tin Cookbook : 200 Fast, Delicious Mini-Pies, Pasta Cups, Gourmet Packets, Veggie Cakes and More by Brette Sember with Melinda Boyd
It's even better than the cover suggests. The recipes are laid out like old fashioned cookbooks. There isn't a lot of room for gorgeous presentation color photos because the emphasis is on the recipes and there are a lot of them. The instructions are clear and easy to understand. You could cook a different recipe from this book for every meal you have in a week without repeating a recipe.
My daughter of course loves the desserts recipes. She's always been an "ice cream" first kind of lady if she can get away it. My son's preference is for the savory recipes. There are a lot of great savory type recipes in here. Appetizers, various types of main courses and vegetable dishes is how the chapters are separated, but there is some overlap, a lot of the main course recipes would be wonderful filling alternatives to standard appetizer fare, and the vegetables could actually be the main course of a good lunch.
Only a few recipes use convenient ingredients, like the ravioli lasagna which uses store bought frozen raviolis. Most of the flavor comes from great combinations of ingredients. The prep work for most of these recipes is minimal too which make them a great option for busy households.
Some of the recipes do call for muffin liners which add a nice bit of cuteness. A lot of them don't which creates a nice, and more formal effect for things like appetizers.
My favorite recipes are the crab dip appetizer which is wonderfully rich and savory served hot with toast points or baked pita triangles, the stuffed cubed steak recipe because it's so easy and fast and the mushroom tarts.
My daughter likes the Gram's Chocolate Cupcakes best of course. It's based on a recipe that I used to use to make chocolate cake before she was born, but made cuter as cupcakes. She also likes the ginger-pumpkin pie.
These are great recipes to pack for lunches and to make for easy dinners. An impressive variety of recipes that will fit the tastes of people who prefer basic homestyle cooking and for the people who prefer things a bit fancier and richer.
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