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March 8, 2022

2 Minnesota Cookbooks to add to your collection

The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever:

Beatrice Ojakangas has stamped her Minnesota Passport in a big way with her latest cookbook, “The Best Casserole Cookbook ever.” Add this to the definitive cookbook list, yes, but also add it to your favorites pile as you will reach for it time and time again. The book has over 500 recipes to choose from for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even desserts.

Need to make an egg bake for the cabin? No problem, there are plenty here to choose from.

Have a friend who broke her ankle, and you are on the meal train? No problem

Kids at college and need a casserole recipe for 2? All these situations are covered in this book, and there is even a spam and broccoli casserole, but don’t let that fool you. This cookbook is not for church ladies – it’s modern has some elegant recipes and classic updates you would expect, like the tater tot hot dish with no cans of cream or soup on the ingredients list.

Some Favorite recipes to try:

  • Ginger Chicken Breasts baked with rice and mango salsa (Page 154)
  • Sage Potato and Bacon and Cheese Casserole is a significant breakfast casserole update (Page 151)
  • Ziti with Ricotta and spinach (Page 463)
  • King Ranch Chicken Casserole (Page 170-171)

Emily’s Fresh Kitchen:

Emily Maxson had some health issues, and after a decade of marginally successful treatments, she started cooking real food at home. This book compiles and chronicles her favorites. Emily is a trained chef but what I love about his book is there are not any Franken foods, just good, quality foods you can make at home that happen to be healthy. Each recipe is easy to follow and labeled gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, vegan, or paleo. The book is beautiful and would make a great gift.

Some Favorite recipes to try:

White Bean and Pancetta soup (Page 97)

Seared Tuna Bowls (Page 63)

No-Bake Peanut Butter Crunch Bars (Page 186)

Cheddar Pecan Crackers (Page 172)