Get This Book On Your Radar: The Good Neighbor Cookbook

Do you ever find yourself invited to a neighborhood gathering and when you’re asked to bring a dish to share are stymied for ideas? Well, that go-to veggie-tray-with-creamy-dip from the grocery store can now be a thing of the past, thanks to this fun new cookbook, appropriately called “The Good Neighbor Cookbook.”

The authors, Sara Quessenberry a brilliant chef who developed recipes at Real Simple magazine until she moved over to (Jessica Seinfeld’s kid-friendly food project), and Suzanne Schlosberg a funny, funny lady who is a writer, and mom to three-year-old twin boys, teamed up for this project. The premise: making yummy food is an easy way to make you a good neighbor. Now who doesn’t want to be a good neighbor/friend? The 125 recipes in their book are organized by events such as “Bringing Home Baby” and “Novel Ideas for Book Club.” At their website, you can check out 10 or so sample recipes for free.

My two favorite recipes so far are roasted tomatoes with oregano (five minutes of prep time!), and Sara’s already famous chicken enchiladas with tomatillo sauce. My kids gobble them up – I just use half the recommended amount of jalapeno.

Do you have any favorite go-to recipes? Do your kids eat any exotic foods that you won’t? How about foods that they won’t eat, even when a bribe is involved?

Written by Dana Sullivan Kilroy

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  1. Dana, thanks for the kind words about our book! My boys like to eat the gross, slimy “filler” vegetables at lousy Chinese restaurants (the only kind we take them to), like the baby corn, water chestnuts, and celery. I try to set a good example so I always eat what they eat, but it’s hard for me to eat that stuff!

    Posted 2.17.11
  2. Tina Miller wrote:

    Just made the chicken pot pie. Selfishly made it for my own family. I told myself it was ok. Best to test it first before making it for my friends in need. It was delicious!! I didn’t have much time so took the easy route by buying an already roasted chicken- shreaded the chicken and the rest was a breeze. Love this book. Check out Woman’s Day- the recipes are being featured. The photos really make you want to cook.

    Posted 2.17.11

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