“If your mom loves to cook and really shows it through her food, this cookbook from Suzanne Schlosberg and Sara Quessenberry is the perfect gift. It’s filled with delicious recipes that were all meant to be shared.” ––Real Simplehttp://bit.ly/jul4PS
“Forget about the same old boring pasta salad or tuna casserole when you need to bring dinner to exhausted new parents, care for a friend recovering from surgery, or contribute to a business breakfast. Sara Quessenberry and Suzanne Schlosberg offer 125 great new recipes inside The Good Neighbor Cookbook. Uniquely divided by occasion rather than food category, chapters include: Get Well Soon, Bringing Home Baby, Welcome to the Neighborhood, Novel Ideas for Book Club, Block Parties, Barbeques and Family Get-Togethers, and Meet and Eat. ” ––Avid Reader Bookshttp://bit.ly/eDDysP
“When it can seem at times that a sense of community is lacking, it’s amazing what food can do to help increase and strengthen it. Whether it’s one-on-one interaction or in a group setting, the authors make the case that the food can help make things a better and more enjoyable. From big life-changing events (having new baby, moving, recovering from an illness, and grieving) to something more ordinary (neighborhood parties, civic and religious group meetings, book club), food can help build and sustain relationships with people. The 125 recipes aren’t difficult but the authors present a wide array of foods: Stewed Chicken with Chickpeas and Lemon, Golden Raisin-Rosemary Scones, Spiced Coffee-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs, and Brown Sugar Swirl Coffee Cake, just to name a few.” ––Epicurioushttp://bit.ly/ei9nvo
—From The Good Neighbor Cookbook / Andrews McMeel Publishing
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 2 hours (includes cooling time)
Makes 32 squares
Candied ginger adds a snappy edge to these chocolaty bars. For the most economical candied ginger, look in the bulk or nut section of your grocery store. Ginger lovers may want to cut back on the chocolate to enhance the ginger flavor.
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups firmly packed dark brown sugar Read More…
To make your new neighbors feel especially welcome, package your apple pie or spaghetti kit with a list of best local picks, like the optometrist you adore or the hole-in-the-wall coffeehouse that makes the planet’s best lavender latte. Consider including your favorite:
• Restaurants, including pizza, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Italian, bakery, coffee shop, and wine shop
• Grocery store or supermarket
• Farmer’s market
• Dry cleaners
• Park and dog park
• Jogging and cycling routes
• Hardware store
• Movie theaters
• Medical professionals
• Driving shortcuts and parking tips
— From The Good Neighbor Cookbook / Andrews McMeel Publishing
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
The coffee-infused barbecue spice rub gives ribs an unexpected flair that will make your guests say “Wow!” The beauty of a rub is that it adds a last-minute punch of flavor to meat and poultry when you don’t have time to marinate. Experiment with the spices and dried herbs in your spice drawer, like ground cumin, chipotle powder, and dried oregano, and customize your own spice rub to your liking.
6 cloves garlic, chopped
¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
¼ cup chili powder
1 tablespoon ground instant espresso powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground mustard
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 pounds baby back ribs (about 3 racks)
Cook’s Tip: Coat the ribs with the spice rub up to 24 hours in advance and deliver them ready to grill, or grill up to 4 hours in avance. These ribs are delicious at room temperature.
Heat the grill to medium.
In a small bowl, combine the garlic, sugar, chili powder, espresso, salt, black pepper, mustard, and cayenne. Rub evenly over the ribs.
Grill the ribs, covered, turning occasionally, until cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
Everyone faces the good-neighbor dilemma, especially when a family moves in across the street, your friend turns first-time parent, or someone loses a loved one. You’d like to welcome, relieve, and console them by delivering something delicious. However, your busy schedule leaves little time to spare. So how do you send heartfelt gestures without overloading your to-do list? Sara Quessenberry and Suzanne Schlosberg have the answer: The Good Neighbor Cookbook: 125 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Surprise and Satisfy the New Moms, New Neighbors, Recuperating Friends, Community-Meeting Members, Book Club Cohorts, and Block Party Pals in Your Life!
To help make the most of your time, The Good Neighbor Cookbook compiles recipes that are easy to prepare and transport. The book incorporates practical tips, including how to organize a meal train and how to fix meals ahead of time, along with helpful sidebars on how to:
• Offer comfort and sympathy without turning on the stove
• Make use of extra herbs
• Put together a “welcome to the neighborhood” list of your favorite local spots
Organized by occasion, The Good Neighbor Cookbook has the perfect dish for every event. For example, in the “Get Well Soon” chapter, you’ll find lighter foods that are packed with immune-boosting nutrients—perfect for a recuperating patient who doesn’t have much appetite. In “Novel Ideas for Book Clubs,” you’ll find innovative finger foods that are easy to nibble while immersed in conversation. And dishes in “Welcome to the Neighborhood” are meant to satisfy families that are wiped out from unpacking.
With practical shortcuts and delectable recipes such as Raspberry-Rhubarb Crumble Pie; Smoky Corn Chowder; Sweet Pepper and Spinach Lasagne; Banana-Hazelnut Muffins; and Soy-Ginger Chicken Drumsticks, The Good Neighbor Cookbook will make you everybody’s favorite neighbor.
Suzanne Schlosberg is a health, nutrition, and parenting writer known for her humorous, accessible approach to lifestyle topics. A former senior editor of Shape magazine, she is the author or co-author of ten books, including Fitness for Dummies, The Ultimate Diet Log, and The Essential Breastfeeding Log. Her articles have appeared in Ladies’ Home Journal and Parenting, among others. She resides in Bend, OR.