Dinner Solved! with Katie Workman + Book Giveaway
My friend Katie and I are on the same page. We both love to feed our families and we both agree that delicious food doesn’t have to be complicated. This is why I am loving her new book so much, Dinner Solved!: 100 Ingenious Recipes that Make the Whole Family Happy, Including You! In it she shares 100 scrumptious recipes that aren’t overly complicated and are completely family-friendly. Many of the recipes also offer slight variations so you can make something a few different ways when you are in the mood for a change. Today I am thrilled to share a little chat we had recently and give away a copy of the book to one lucky reader!
The Fork in the Road idea, which was introduced in The Mom 100 Cookbook, struck a chord with a lot of home cooks. They really liked the idea that you could make one meal, one recipe, and divide it in someway during the process so that it would please everyone at the table. So, fried chicken could be spicy or mild, a chicken chili could be made in part vegetarian, burgers could be made simply or super flavorful, but the person at the stove wouldn’t have to feel like a short order cook to make everyone happy.
2) I love all the variations you give for standard basic recipes. What inspired your variations? For example, you present such a wide range of burgers, and I love all of your different takes on pasta dinners which all have basically the same base recipe.
What I love the most about cooking is how happy I feel when I am making something a while bunch of people will like, and having fun in the kitchen. I think so many people are not comfortable in the kitchen, so my goal with the recipes and the writing is to be clear, encouraging, and help people find their comfort zone. Making home cooks more confident is the purpose of all of the recipes, so that’s why I like to give variations and ideas so people feel more assured about riffing on a recipe, or using up the vegetables they have in their fridges.
3) It is clear that you and your family love to cook and eat. How do their opinions influence you as you come up with new recipe ideas and develop new tweaks for old favorites.
4) School is back in session! Can you walk us through how you plan family meals for the a typical busy week? What influences you? Do you solicit ideas from your kids?
5) Is there a recipe or technique that didn’t make it into this book because you are still working on it? For example, I am still figuring out vegetable “noodles” and how to make them a satisfying meal for the family.
Oh, that’s such a good question! And please et me know when you figure that out! I want to make polenta a thing in my house, but I’ve not yet jumped into it. Especially soft polenta, with some great savory toppings. I haven’t made it in a while, and I have the feeling my family will feel like I am serving them breakfast cereal for dinner, but I’m going to go for it.
6) What’s next for you and your collection of books and website? We’d love to know.
I’m doing a lot of recipes and writing for various publications now, from newspapers and magazines to websites, so that’s taking up the bulk to my time these days…..but I’m quite sure I’ll be starting another book in the next year. My editor is already start to lurk. And I’ll of course keep adding new recipes and posts to themom100.com. I’m not the biggest long term planner, probably to my detriment; I kind of take things a week or a month at a time. But right now, I’m having quite a bit of fun.