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Grandma's Best Comfort Food (Grandma's Best Recipes Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Marg Ruttan
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Book Description

Gandma's Beset Comfort Food is full of all the best comfort food recipes. And when times are tough, as they are now, we need all the comfort we can get. And what better way to provide that sense of security than to make some of the foods we most loved as children?

When I think about eating Shepherd's Pie or Potato Salad I think back to a time when life was easy and the livin' was good. Grandma's Best Comfort Food is packed with recipes that will warm your heart and satisfy your taste buds.

You'll find all the old stand-by favorites, from Best Ever Chili to Chicken Pot Pie and from the Best Ever Biscuits to Grandma's Apple Pie and Mom's Meatloaf. With a wide variety of recipes to choose from, you'll discover your old-time favorites within the covers of this book. And best of all, these recipes are easy to follow and simple to make. So be sure to pick up a copy of Grandma's Comfort Food today.

Product Details

  • File Size: 866 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Jeans Publishing (January 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072X4AMW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Like My Grandma's Cooking February 1, 2012
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I still get cold shivers when I think about my Grandma's cooking. There wasn't a meal so simple she couldn't ruin it. Now, my mother was a different story. Although she passed away 25 years ago I still miss the great meat loaf she used to make and the "Mom's Meatloaf" recipe in this book sounds very similar to hers.

What I like about this cookbook is that the ingredients are all basic and easy to find. I hate recipes that call for some obscure ingredient like ground pansy petals from the northwest region of France.

This is a cookbook I will refer to often and if you like genuine "comfort food", you probably will enjoy it as well. I am on my way now to get ingredients for the "Death By Chocolate Dessert".
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort food! February 6, 2012
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My husband loves comfort food but he's really picky about it. He likes my family recipes very well and dislikes me experimenting.

So testing recipes for his favorite foods is always a bit chancy.

Not with this cookbook. The recipes really do taste like grandmother's cooking. They are well written and tested. I had my doubts about the chicken and dumplings because it didn't call for much liquid. It turned out to be a wonderful, thick and much like a stew with dumplings on top.

The beef stew, following the authors recipe exactly comes out with super tender pieces of beef in a wonderful broth with lots flavor and chunks of vegetables.

The chicken pot pie is perfect, and that recipe will replace my family recipe.

I wouldn't cook from this every night, but the recipes have a lot less fat in them and more vegetables than a lot of comfort food cookbooks have, and you can adjust that further very easily to adapt less salt, less fat and more vegetables. The main course recipes don't use convenience ingredients like cream of mushroom soup. Instead soups are thickened the old fashioned way with corn starch, and the seasoning calls for herbs, spices and salt for flavor.

All the meals we've tried so far have been a success.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Wholesome Food! February 6, 2012
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The one thing I love the most about this book is that the recipes call for fresh, easy -to -find foods. No "cream of " soups, or packaged onion soup mix. It's REAL food!
The food is simple, homey and wholesome. The directions are easy to follow, and the book is laid out like an actual cookbook, not like some other e-books where each recipe runs into the next.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Basic Recipes February 8, 2012
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There's an introduction with some information about the author and her history, which I appreciated.

For the most part, the recipes certainly appear to be what they claim to be - comfort food, traditional food, "real" food. One exception is the "Death by Chocolate" recipe. It's a great dessert, but I don't think it suits this cookbook very well. There is no canned "cream of X" soup included, no packaged seasoning or dry soup mixes.

I was a little bit confused by the Yorkshire pudding recipe, though - I really want a good one and have looked through several (and had some failures along the way from trying them). The recipe says to put 1/2 teaspoon oil - some recipes I have call for the drippings from the roast, so I'm wondering if that's what was intended, or if some other type of oil is what she used (and if so, what type). It also doesn't say specifically how many muffin cups to prepare, but it does say 4 servings, so I suppose that's what I would try.

The instructions regarding cornstarch are, surprisingly, appropriate for the substance, indicating it should be added at the end and only enough added to thicken. This adds a vote of confidence to the book for me. As I have noted elsewhere, cornstarch breaks down after about 10 minutes of cooking. I had a few gluey, nasty disasters before I caught on, and I frequently see "add cornstarch and cook for 4 hours on low in the crockpot" or "add cornstarch and simmer for an hour."

There are a few typos here and there (masked potatoes, last 10 minutes of cooking tome) but everything is still clear and understandable.

I liked this cookbook and the recipes look like they would provide a solid foundation in some basic recipes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good recipes - interactive TOC issue February 6, 2012
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This cookbook contains some very good recipes. It could be very helpful to the new cook.

It is marred by not having an interactive table of contents. I highlighted each recipe and that worked for me.

ETA- There is apparently an interactive TOC but it does not show on the Kindle Fire. The reader has to go to cover and page forward and the TOC will show.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This has the best chili recipe! February 1, 2012
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This is a great cookbook, written by a very lovely lady. She has a long history of writing good quality cookbooks. I cannot believe that I never knew how to make chili the way that Marg teaches it. It is ingenious! And the chili is SO good!!! You must try it this way.

I buy a lot of cookbooks and this one is very good. I recommend it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipes Made with Love February 7, 2012
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Grandmothers have had many years to perfect their cooking skills and their cooking is normally very memorable. In this book you will find sweet and savory recipes that are extremely good.

The first recipe I tried was the "Pot Roast Supreme." It is slow cooked with herbs and garlic and is absolutely delicious. The only thing I did differently was I used way less salt than the recipe called for and omitted the soy sauce. My advice is to add salt at the end (to the gravy) as needed to taste. I also left out the optional red wine and used shallots instead of yellow onions. Instead of using beef stock I also used water plus beef base which I think gives more flavor. Beef base is easy to find and is like a stock paste.

The Biscuit recipe in this book is also excellent and I served the biscuits with the roast. The only thing I'd caution you about when making the roast is to wear oven mitts when removing the lid during cooking. There is a lot of steam and you don't want to burn yourself. Also if you are new to making pot roast you may have to adjust the cooking temperature a bit to get the right conditions. You want the stock just to simmer for two hours. For the first half hour I was constantly turning the temperature up and down and finally settled on the right heat level which was #3 on my stove top.

If you have been looking for a recipe for "Chicken Pot Pie," this book has an excellent one. It is easy to make since you buy a frozen pie crust. You could also use puff pastry. The pie is filled with boiled chicken breast, carrots, peas and onions in just the right amounts. I modified the recipe slightly to get a more creamy texture. Instead of using 2/3 cup milk, I used 1/3 cup fat-free milk and 1/3 cup whipping cream.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a rare cookbook that pleases all tastes
Most cookbooks I've read have a meal or two that we will all eat. These are simple and will please all.
Published 23 days ago by Woody Coates
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Enjoyed this book
Published 5 months ago by frances
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book. Easy recipes. Recipes from my past.(1950s') Downloaded to my Kindle.
Published 5 months ago by Pat roaming the u.s.a.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good recipes
Published 6 months ago by v.delsney
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand ma proud.
Love love this cookbooks this remain of grand ma.
Published 7 months ago by gweneveracooley
4.0 out of 5 stars True Comfort Food
This book contains a lot of really good comfort food recipes. The recipes are easy to follow and do not call for a lot of ingredients or prep time.
Published 7 months ago by CF
5.0 out of 5 stars really good pot roast and others
This book is full of some really delicious recipes the pot roast recipe is fantastic our family really loved it. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
Published 8 months ago by Rusty
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories
The recipes are from my childhood. I can't wait to try making them. I just bought it. Seems to be comfort food for this winter.
Published 8 months ago by Sweet Baboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandma's Best Comfort Food
Grandma's Best comfort food recipes by Marg Ruttan is a good cookbook I would like a recipe for rice pudding bread pudding recipe and meatloaf recipe is great
Published 8 months ago by billie johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars this book has some nice recipes many I have made before tho so not ...
this book has some nice recipes many I have made before tho so not many new recipes for me to try. Good meatloaf recipe tho.
Published 9 months ago by Heather M Giatras
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More About the Author

Marg Ruttan was born into a family of cooks and she seems to have learned to cook by osmosis. Mind you, her cooking skills often came at the expense of initial failures!

The first time Marg made shortbreads they turned out to be like hockey pucks! Her brave hubby, Fred, used to take them to work and dunk them in his coffee to soften them up. One of his buddies commented, "Those cookies are so hard we could throw them at the cement wall and they wouldn't break". Needless to say, Marg was mortified. However, she's made thousands of shortbread since that time and they have gotten rave reviews.

Another of Marg's early adventures in cooking involved apple pie. Marg and Fred were having friends for supper and she baked an apple pie. Everything was going well until she went to serve the pie. Once on the plate, the pie looked rather flat and her guest commented "Guess we're having economical pie tonight!". Marg quickly learned that you have to heap the apples up inside the pie crust to get enough to make a really good pie. However, all was not totally lost, the pastry was excellent!

Through these types of trial and error adventures Marg realized that recipes need to be simple and uncomplicated. They need to be easy to read and follow and on top of that they need to be fairly quick to make. Thus, she began collecting, creating and compiling recipes.

As a young woman, Marg wrote a cooking column for her daily newspaper for several years. Then when she moved West she again wrote a cooking column for some time. In 1992 she published her first cookbook, "Traditions of Home Cookies and Muffins" and in 1993 she published her second cookbook, "Traditions of Home Casseroles Soups and More". Both became best-sellers and were also published by a French publisher and distributed in Quebec, Canada and the French speaking parts of Europe and Africa.

Due to some fairly major health challenges, Marg allowed those two cookbooks to go out of print. However, with her health restored and coming up on the 20th anniversary of her first successful book, she has once again ventured into the cookbook publishing world.

Much has changed in those 20 intervening years and it's now possible to create a cookbook without need of paper and large investments in thousands of copies of any one book. That has provided the opportunity to create cookbooks that are much more reasonably priced and Marg is happy to pass those savings on to her readers.

Marg's cooking heritage goes back several generations. Her maternal grandmother, Maggie Jane, left her home town of Gaspe, Quebec and traveled to Schenectady, New York in the late 1800s to be with her sister-in-law who was expecting a baby. She helped the doctor deliver that child and cared for it and her sister-in-law for several weeks.

The doctor she had assisted got to know her and discovered her love of cooking. He offered her the opportunity to become an apprentice chef at the Van Wyck Hotel, which she promptly accepted. Some time after her apprenticeship was completed Maggie went back to Gaspe where she cooked in a lumber camp for years. Two of her sons became cooks and one of her daughters, Marg's mother, also became a cook, working at a hospital, a naval base and a children's home in that capacity.

On her Dad's side of the family, Marg's paternal great grandfather was a cook. He had nine boys, including her grandfather. As was the custom of those times, he taught all his boys to cook. Several of them became cooks and many of the next generation also became cooks. And several in Marg's own generation and the generations that followed also were and are involved in the food industry.

Good family fare with its comforting flavors and fragrances is the focus of Marg's culinary artistry. Over the years she has adapted, invented and collected recipes that are true flavor feasts. She has now compiled these recipes into a series of cookbooks that you will find indispensible in your kitchen. With her own grandmother, her Mom, who was grandma to her children, and now herself being a grandma, Marg wanted to focus her recipes on the women in her family who brought good food to the table, thus the series of "Grandma's Best" cookbooks has been born. You'll want to be sure to check out all her cookbooks and you may well find it difficult to decide which one you like best!


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Good book!
Thank you for the compliments about my book. Hope you continue to enjoy it!
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What a good book
Thanks, Kitchen Mom,

I appreciate you saying that you enjoyed my book.
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