Meet Sara and Kate, two Mormon girls who love to cook. They're also wives and mothers balancing home management, part-time work, church and community involvement, and countless other things — just like you! As busy moms, their philosophy is that cooking really good food for your family doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, cooking at home can be a delicious, fun, and easy way to care for your family and friends.
Our Best Bites bring together more than 150 recipes for delicious, easy meals and snacks that are fun to make, include healthy, fresh ingredients, and are more popular with families. The authors share their tips and tricks (mixed with an abundant sense of humor), and step-by-step, full-color photographs for each recipe.
Salted Caramel Cashews with Dark Chocolate
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup full fat sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 cups of roasted salted cashews, or toasted pecans or walnuts
about 2 ounces dark chocolate (that's about 1/3 cup of chocolate chips)
1/4 tsp sea salt
Cook sugar, sour cream, and 1/8 teaspoon table salt in a heavy saucepan on medium high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until temperature reaches about 245-248°. If you don't have a candy thermometer, you can test your caramel mixture by dropping a small amount into a glass of ice water. You should be able to make a little ball that is soft and pliable, but firm enough to hold shape. Remove candy mixture from heat and stir in vanilla. Add nuts and stir to coat. Caramel will be very soft and somewhat liquid. Stir to coat and then spread out onto parchment paper. Using a rubber spatula, stir nuts as mixture cools, scraping caramel mixture from parchment. Caramel will solidify and after several hours will be dry to the touch with a sugary texture. Place chocolate in a heavy duty zip top bag and microwave for 30 seconds or until melted. Cut a small opening in the corner of the bag and drizzle chocolate over nuts. Sprinkle with desired amount of sea salt. Let chocolate dry (you can place nuts in the fridge to speed up the process) and then break into pieces.
By Rebecca , Submitted on 2015-02-25
The Mint Brownies are addictive! My daughters friends at school were asking for the recipe. We, West Australians love it! Can't wait to try every recipe. This weekend we are trying the Black Bean and Mango Salsa. Looks yum!
By Lori, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I have made about one third of the recipes and everything is so delicious. My plan is to make all the recipes in the book. I love all the tips and menu suggestions. I highly suggest buying it.
By Ann, Submitted on 2015-02-25
You have found the best cookbook. I am dietitian and a cookbook junkie. My husband is always telling me I have enough cookbooks. However, he was very pleased with this one. Every time I make something from this cookbook, he says, "Add that to the rotation". I like the balance of nutrition with taste. If I ever write a cookbook, I will pattern it like this one, with the beautiful pictures on each page and the additional tips. You can't go wrong with this one!
By Amy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is the absolute best cookbook I have. I have tried many recipes and they are all delicious. You will not regret this purchase!
By Julie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love this cookbook! I'm new to cooking and I would call this cookbook Easy Gourmet! Every single recipe I've made from this cookbook or the website I have loved! If I bring a recipe to a relief society event or a baby shower..everyone LOVES it! Buy it! Buy it for your girlfriend...your mom...your sisters! Your VT companion....your Home teaching families! haha...you'll love it!
By Kristin, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I can't count how many cookbooks I've purchased and then only find a handful of recipes that my family and I actually like. This one is a huge exception. We have tried about 10 of the recipes so far, and each one has been given a gigantic "KEEP" by my family, and that's really saying something! I never thought I liked to cook...now, I do!
By Kathy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I just ordered the cookbook because I print almost every one of your recipes. I love your great photographs and recipes. Best wishes! I can't wait to receive mine in the mail!
By Alison, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is the BEST cookbook EVER!!!! I was given it as a gift and I've never made so many recipes out of a cookbook before. I've LOVED EVERYTHING I've made and so has my family. My husband says I'm now only aloud to make things out of that cookbook. I've given it as gifts to family and friends since and I really can't say enough about it. I look forward to seeing what's on my menu every night. I love how easy the directions are and love the tutorials. Five stars just aren't enough for this delicious cookbook.
By Ashley, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I've tried a number of the recipes in this book and have loved every one of them! They are easy to follow, shop for, and if the recipe says "quick and easy" it really is. I have made a goal to try everything by the end of the year. I hope there will be another book because I'm not much of a blog follower.
By Helen, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is a one-of-a-kind cookbook filled with recipes that sound and look excellent! I have now tried the White Bean Chili - Wow! My whole family loved it! Thanks for this great new cookbook.
By betty, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This cookbook is one-of-a-kind! I bought six, one for myself and the rest to give as gifts. The recipes are easy and yummy. The photos are beautiful! Don't miss out on getting one.
By Andrea, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I needed new ideas for dinners and found theses recipes are delicious and instructions are fairly easy to use. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys baking from scratch, and enjoys food which is not too difficult to prepare.
Most ingredients are easy to find at any grocery store
By Melinda, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I Love this Cookbook!!!! :) I can't believe how colorful and girly it is! I can't wait to start using the recipes for my family! :)
By Laura, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I just got this book for my birthday and couldn't put it down. I am NOT a cook at all. But this book inspires me to make mealtime a priority for my family. The recipes are full of beautiful photos, recognizable ingredients and fantastic alternatives.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this and am so glad Sara and Kate took the time to share their talents with us! Buy one for you and one for each of your friends!
By Jan, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I ordered a bunch of these as gifts for friends and family. Great recipes, fun ideas, and step by step instructions with photos. Can't wait to get mine!