Not Your Mother’s Casseroles – Giveaway

January 29th, 2011    •  by Bethia    •   16 Comments »

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Faith Durand, Columbus based managing editor of the popular website The Kitchn has written a great new cookbook. Not Your Mother’s Casseroles is a new look at the one-dish baked meal and as well as easy dinners it also contains a lot of tempting breakfast casseroles. There are lots of new takes on traditional casseroles, including a reinvention of green bean casserole but also plenty of fresh ideas.

I wanted to try one of the recipes before I posted about the book and this week I made the baked risotto with pancetta and caramelized onions, substituting Thurn’s double smoked bacon for the pancetta. The recipe was a success, although (I hesitate to admit) that it said it fed six and two of us ate the whole thing.

 not your mother's casseroles

The recipes, of which there are over 200, are clearly written with detailed descriptions and lots of handy tips about ingredients and equipement. The book is mostly baked casseroles, although there is also a section entitled ‘while it bakes’ with salads, breads and soups. After my initial foray, I’m looking forward to trying more of the recipes, especially the breakfast dishes.

We have a copy of Not Your Mother’s Casseroles to give away. To enter please leave a comment telling us about a casserole your mother made or a childhood casserole memory. To enter you must live in the United States. Entries close 10pm Thursday February 3rd.

16 Comments to “Not Your Mother’s Casseroles – Giveaway”

  1. My mom made tuna noodle casserole when I was a child. I loved the baked bread crumbs she put on top! I never liked tuna plain, but it was always yummy in the casserole!

  2. tuna noodle casserole. Haven’t had it in years.

  3. My mom used to make ‘tamale pie’ as a quick go-to dinner. It really has nothing to do with tamales, but the cornbread topping is so yummy! Now that my mom is no longer with us, my sister always calls to tell me when she has made one of Mom’s recipes. Eating Mom’s food just makes you feel a little bit closer to her.

  4. Chuck Banks
    January 29, 2011

    Mom used to make a great “pizza” casserole that was always a favorite!

  5. Tuna Noodle. My favorite until the night we had and then I got the flu….

  6. Cindy Lym
    January 29, 2011

    Growing up in a Chinese family, not a lot of traditional American casseroles were eaten in our house, but my mother did make wonderful Chinese claypot casseroles with star anise, beef, daikon radish, lotus root, and taro. Very fond memories. In home ec, I did learn how to make tuna noodle casserole though 😛

  7. I was never a fan of casseroles growing up, perhaps because my mom only made tuna noodle and green bean casserole and I wasn’t fond of either. Would love the opportunity to try a new version of some of these old classics!

  8. Being the youngest of seven kids, I’ve eaten a LOT of casseroles! I loved them then and I still love them now! I remember one that my mom made that had Buddig beef, egg noodles, cream of mushroom soup, a little milk and I think it had cheddar cheese. It was so good and I loved it! Wonder if I still would today?

  9. Bill McCarver
    January 30, 2011

    Since my mom was a full time teacher and a pHd candidate, we ate a lot of casseroles. The one that stands out is Chinese Hash. Recipe:
    1 to 2 lbs ground beef
    2 Celery stalks, sliced
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 lb white mushrooms, sliced
    1 can water chestnuts, drained (optional?)
    1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
    1 cup (more or less)milk
    1 large can chow mein noodles
    salt and black pepper, to taste
    soy sauce, to taste

    Brown and drain the beef. Remove from skillet, saute vegetables in a small amount of oil. Add beef and mushroom soup. Thin with milk to desired consistency (should be slightly soupy). Season to taste with salt, pepper, and soy. Simmer until thickened slightly.
    Pour into a 9 X 13 pan. Top with 1/2 the chow mein noodles. Cover tightly, bake for 30 minutes @ 350°. Remove foil, add remaining noodles, and bake uncovered until browned.
    Serve with soy sauce.
    Now, this is all from memory. Nowadays, I add a little garlic and grated ginger.
    If anyone is interested, I can throw out a couple of more recipes.

  10. Jennifer
    January 30, 2011

    My aunt makes the most amazing hamburger casserole – ground beef, green beans, corn, and tator tots with mushroom gravy ! Sounds horrible – tastes delicious 🙂

  11. My mom got a recipe for “Yummy Potato Casserole” from the pastor’s wife, who had three sons. If anyone could come up with a recipe for a cheap, filling casserole, it was her!

  12. My Mom was a fan of the tuna noodle casserole and frankly I was not.

  13. I’ve racked my brain and have to say I don’t think my mom ever made a single casserole when I was a kid or since I’ve been an adult. The closest thing I had to casserole as a kid would be my Auntie’s Lasagna. Not sure if that counts or not but it’s the best I can do 😀

  14. Kris Seitz
    February 2, 2011

    My mom was an RN working 2nd shift, so we ate many casseroles for dinner. The one that stands out the most is ‘Johnny Marzetti’ – ground beef, elbow macaroni, cheddar cheese, diced green pepper, tomato soup, and Durkee onions on top. I used to love picking the onions off the top before my brother could get to them. mmmmmm……

  15. Congratulations to Laura D who was picked as our random winner. I hope you will enjoy trying out Faith’s recipes.

  16. I was SO disappointed when I got to first grade and had to eat the “normal” recipe for Johnny Marzetti! I grew up on a farm where my Dad raised all our own meat and vegetables and Mom canned or froze just about everything he brought into the house. She made the best roasts with mashed potatoes and noodles – followed the next day by HER version of the famous casserole. It included left-over browned and tender pork shoulder meat, her chunky homemade noodles, fresh sliced mushrooms, whole tomatoes canned from our garden and crushed into the dish, green peas, left-over roast pork gravy, a few mashed potatoes for thickening (if we had any left over) and it was topped with Parmesan cheese before spending an hour in the oven as all the flavors mingled. It was the BEST casserole on the face of the earth – and those cafeteria ladies did NOT make it like my Mom’s! SHE made the REAL Johnny Marzetti and it’s still the best casserole I’ve ever eaten!

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