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Hi guys!!  I am really excited to have been selected as one of the bloggers to receive an advance copy of Jenny Rosenstrach’s upcoming new cookbook – Dinner:  The Playbook.  Her first book – Dinner:  A Love Story – is wildly popular and is all about bringing back the family meal.  Her stories in her first book are entertaining, honest, and inspiring……along with many fantastic recipes.

Dinner:  The Playbook takes the premise from her first book and gets down to the nuts and bolts of exactly how to get a good meal on the table each night with a 30-day plan – including   recipes for go-to dinners, simple sides, and even “keep the spark alive” dinners.  We are all so busy between work, kids’ schedules, and other responsibilities………..this cookbook and meal plan will be a valued resource in one’s kitchen.

I will be cooking, photographing, tasting, serving, and sharing my thoughts (and those of my family) with three recipes from Dinner:  The Playbook all this week.  I can’t share the recipes themselves at this time, but hopefully it will inspire you to check out her first book Dinner:  A Love Story and to pre-order Dinner:  The Playbook.  I will share as much from the book as I can with you as I re-create her recipes in my kitchen for my family.

So the first recipe I selected?!?  Did you see the image of those delectable Korean Short Ribs that headed this post?!?  I went the extra step and made one of her simple sides as well – the  Rice with Cilantro and Lime just begged for me to use the mold I have.  Sticky/short grain rice just deserves that special treatment in my humble opinion.  Anyway – these ribs are fantastic.  It’s summer – it’s Florida – and I don’t often think about bringing my slow-cooker out – but what a great summer meal this makes.  Effortless – just put the short ribs or country-style pork ribs (which is what i used) in a slow-cooker with staples such as garlic and ginger and a few other ingredients and wow!!  I was running to and from the local grocery stores (yes I will mention you The Fresh Market!) and every time I returned home, the house smelled so crazy delicious!!  In the garage even!!  A neighbor was walking by the last – final time – that I pulled in and I wonder if the aromas wafted out to the sidewalk……I did see him glance…………….

Dinner was with my ex-husband (yes, we get along great) and our son.  The ex polished the dinner off in no time.  My son (a.k.a the “Picky Eater”) also loved it.  It was a little hard for him with braces and the Herps device he has but by golly he dug in.  And ate.

I think I was shocked.

And me?  Yes a big thumbs up from me.

Here’s an image of the ribs going into the slow-cooker along with fresh jalapeños from my little garden……


And a side-by-side of what Dinner:  The Playbook will look like when it comes out in its final edition….and my advance copy that you can see from the bottom of the book is already stained from cooking.  And I think that rocks.


Please stay tuned to my blog this week and as always, thank you for following.  xoxo

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