Monday, April 20, 2015

Dining Out at Home Cookbooks Review

Thanks to Ulysses Press for the books to review

As a large family, it's expensive to eat out. For us its a treat on the rare occasions we go somewhere for dinner, so when I saw these cookbooks I was intrigued about the possibilities we could have with staying at home but still possibly enjoying those yummy tastes we seek when going out. I only did a couple of these recipes, but it's fun to do when you have the extra prep time. 

I posted on Instagram when we tried the Steak N Shake 5 way Chili. I was pretty amazed that it smelled very similar to what my husband's had in the past and I was really excited to try it. It takes two recipes to do this because you make their basic chili and then add the 5 way ingredients for more of a kick!

We're a little on the fence with this recipe because there was a couple things we don't normally use that had to be purchased, and it took a while to get together and make. It tasted good, and its probably something we'll do once cold weather rolls around again, but you have to be a chili lover to appreciate the work and put in the time to make it. 

These books include recipes from restaurants like:
  • Boston Market®
  • Chili’s®
  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®
  • IHOP®
  • Jack in the Box®
  • Joe’s Crab Shack®
  • Mrs. Fields®
  • Olive Garden®
  • Outback Steakhouse®
  • Red Lobster®
  • Taco Bell®
  • T.G.I. Friday’s®
  • The Cheesecake Factory®
  • Starbuck’s frappuccinos
  • Coldstone Creamery’s cake-batter ice cream

Each book has 200 recipes for drinks, appetizers, main meals, and desserts. Some of my favorite restaurants are on the list you see above, and I'm excited to try some recipes in the comfort of my home. Be on the look out soon! You can find book 1 and book 2 both for sale on sites like Amazon. 

I've looked through the book many times, and we find ourselves reaching for it as we prepare our grocery list and decide what dinner items we'll grab. Some stuff in the books isn't for us and our family, but there's a lot of good things that I'm sure we'll try over time. One of the things I really want to try is their version of the Diary Queen Banana Split Blizzard. Our local grocery store doesn't carry some items needed for the recipe, but for years when we go to DQ this is what I get. I love their banana splits but driving with one isn't practical and it melts very quick. Having a nice refreshing blizzard/shake version is my compromise and its amazing every time! 


jopb said...

This sounds like a great cookbook and a way to avoid eating expensive meals in restaurants.