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Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age - 200 Simple and Sassy Recipes Paperback – September 15, 2010

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From the Author

This cookbook is a book for women of all ages with a focus on their demands and their needs. With the same passion and appreciation for good food as in all my trim&TERRIFIC® cookbooks, my newest creation adds a fun, whimsical and entertaining approach to healthier recipes designed for busy women.

Several years ago my friend, Terri, kept fanning herself and said, "You need to write a book for women having hot flashes--maybe all cold recipes." That is where my vision for Too Hot in the Kitchen began, and I expanded the idea to encompass all women as they experience and embrace the many stages of life.
Eating healthier can easily be a way of life; therefore, my first chapter, Foods To Improve, gives an overview of what healthy foods to include in your daily diet.  And, when it's hot outside or those hot flashes hit, Lovin' No Oven features only cold recipes. Romance is in the air with Food for the Mood and whether you are newly married or in the empty nest stage, Table for Two will help you cook for a pair. Quickies . . . of course, contains all super fast recipes. Another fun facet to this book is coffee pairing. Just as wine has its place with food, so does coffee. You can become a Coffee Connoisseur and learn coffee that compliments different foods by looking for the coffee cup next to the recipe.
One of my favorite chapters, Diva Dermatology, includes facials made with everyday food.  To help me test the recipes, I invited my friends over (without makeup!) for our very own diva party. Did you know you can glow simply from an Avocado mask?
I have been deemed "the queen of quick" as I believe in time-friendly, pantry-friendly, and user-friendly recipes, allowing you to prepare a healthier meal on those hectic days. With my new book, Too Hot in the Kitchen, you will have the recipes to sizzle through every stage of your life. 
  • Carrot symbol:  Vegetarian recipes
  • Snowflake symbol:  Freezer-friendly recipes that you can make ahead
  • Spicy Advice symbol:  Serving suggestions and cooking tidbits
  • Coffee Cup symbol:  Coffee pairing suggestions
  • Each recipe includes the nutritional analysis and the diabetic exchange.  The analysis is based on the larger servings.
  • The nutritional analysis does not include any salt or pepper (since it is listed to taste) or any ingredient with "optional" after it.       

From the Back Cover

· Over 200 Recipes
  • · Nutritional information
    · Diabetic exchanges
    · Highlights Freezer Friendly and Vegetarian Recipes
    · Creative Coffee Pairing
    · Spicy Advice Tips
    · Pantry Stocking Guide
    · 100 Gorgeous Photographs and Illustrations
    Hot flash, pregnant, or just a mood swing, Holly's latest book focuses on women's wellness, enjoyment and going through lifetime changes!    This practical, user-friendly cookbook with over 200 recipes such as Breakfast Pizza, Spinach Feta Cheese Ball, Easy Roasted Salmon and Margarita Cake is designed to guide the busy woman through her kitchen with a smile. Each recipe chapter is devoted to women, their demands and needs.  Hot in the kitchen-check out Lovin' No Oven, only cold recipes;  just the two of you- Table for Two features recipes with two servings, Foods To Improve- healthier  super foods, Food For The Mood-romance or chocolate craving? and Quickies-of course, the fastest of recipes. Forget the spa as Diva Dermatology includes food facials and masks.  And even become your own coffee connoisseur with creative coffee pairings with selected recipes.  As in all Holly's cookbooks, her passion prevails as this book is also packed with easy, everyday, and healthier recipes for the women on the move.

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Product Details

  • Series: Trim & Terrific
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Holly Clegg; First Edition edition (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981564011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981564012
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Do I spend all my time in the kitchen? Well, I cook a lot which is evident by looking at my hands but I'm fortunate as I have always loved food and cooking. So, I am living my passion while hopefully, helping others to prepare easy, healthier meals.

With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy, healthy and practical recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more targeted health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the American Diabetes Association, Eating Well Through Cancer, Alimentándose bien durante el cáncer (Spanish edition) and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis.

Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Web MD, The Huffington Post and partnered with Walmart to promote healthy, affordable cooking through webisodes. She also has a partnership with Our Lady of Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, worked with Baylor Hospital in Dallas and other hospitals nationwide. Follow her on all social media, website and blog!

Holly Clegg hopes to make a difference in your lifestyle by cooking healthier with her easy, healthier and fabulous favorite recipes.

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Format: Paperback
I am a fan of Holly Clegg's cookbooks and her newest offering, Too Hot in the Kitchen, is a fun collection of 200 "simple and sassy" recipes, written for a female audience.

Known as the "Queen of Quick," Holly's recipes are time, user and pantry-friendly. She appreciates the desire busy women have to create a dish the whole family will enjoy that is both convenient and healthier than eating out or bringing home drive-through fare. Some of the recipes were updated versions of those already in her other cookbooks but I found new ones to try as well such as Blackberry Chicken made with blackberry jam, red onion, and balsamic vinegar which will become a repeated dish on my family menu. The cookbook includes recipes that can easily be made ahead and frozen, as well as some vegetarian dishes. Along with the recipes are entertaining quotes such as "I love to cook with wine...sometimes I even add it to the food."

Food sections include the usual appetizers, main dishes, side dishes and desserts with clever names such as Lovin' No Oven, Table For Two, Quickies, Brunch and Munch, Sweet Temptations, Effortless Entertaining, and Passport Pleasures. There were bonus sections that came as a pleasant surprise such as "Diva Dermatology" - recipes for natural facial masks, scrubs and hair care made with everyday ingredients; "Diet Dermatology" - suggested foods and nutrients to improve skin, promote anti-aging, strengthen nails, reduce under-eye circles, etc.; and even a list of suggestions for what kind of coffee pairs best with certain foods.

Good recipes and advice aside, I also like the quality of this cookbook with the heavy glossy pages and lots of photos which is always a plus. This would be a great book to give at a bridal shower with the fun sexy (but tastefully so) theme, but women of any age who like to cook would enjoy it.
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Holly Clegg, author of the trim&TERRIFIC cookbook series, introduces her fun, whimsical women's lifestyle cookbook perfect for a gift or the kitchen. This 240-page book includes more than 200 easy, everyday recipes with almost 100 photographs and illustrations. Too Hot in the Kitchen is a practical, user-friendly cookbook designed for busy women and includes: 200 easy-to-prepare recipes, Nutritional information and diabetic exchanges, Symbols to highlight Freezer Friendly and Vegetarian recipes, and Creative coffee pairing ideas. Includes fun and entertaining chapters on: Cooking for two (Table for Two); No bake dishes (Lovin’ No Oven); Recipes for facial treatments (Diva Dermatology); Party recipes for groups (Effortless Entertaining). Finally, a book to guide women through the kitchen with a smile, so get ready to learn the secrets to sizzle!

I was immediately interested int his book just for the cover. I am always on the lookout for healthy meals to make for my family and the idea that these are designed to help me look fantastic is even better. I picked out several recipes to try out in order to draw a general idea of how the rest of the cookbook would be. Now, I will preface this with the fact that my husband and I are on Weight Watchers. The nutritional values for each dish is listed with the recipe, so all I had to do was put the information into my Weight Watchers points calculator before deciding on what we would try.

Chicken Pesto Personal Pizza - It's very different from what we have been eating and it sounded quite interesting. This was 10 points for one pizza and it is in the section Table for Two, so it only makes two pizzas.
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The last weekend before my youngest, Demi, went back to USM (University of Southern Miss) she had some gal-pals over for a last "fling" before they all parted ways back to schools all across the country.

It was a festive and super-crazy-fun night. I knew it was going to go very late (I got to bed at 5:00am!) - so I had prepared a make-ahead brunch dish from Holly Clegg's newest cookbook, Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Too Hot in the Kitchen. The recipe is given below and I must say the girls all loved it! There was just a bit left over after they were all gone - surprised but thankful as I found that it was just as good reheated as when it came right out of the oven!

This one gets a 4-Star rating from me with a notation in the front of the cookbook to be made in the future. That's what I do in all my cookbooks - I write in the front inside cover only the 4-star recipes along with their page number. Makes for a quick reference when trying to locate recipes later on.


Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Too Hot in the Kitchen

Makes 10 servings

1 large loaf French Bread, cut into 1-inch thick squares (whole wheat my be used)
1 (10 oz) jar seedless all natural blackberry fruit spread
1 (8 oz) package reduced-fat cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup skim milk
2 eggs
4 egg whites
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 cups fat-free half-and-half
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Coat 13x9x2-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray

Place half of French bread squares in prepared baking pan.
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