Monday, August 1, 2011

Dining With The Dollar Diva: A Book Review

About The Book:

Dining with the Dollar Diva contains “divalicious” recipes created with ingredients that cost one dollar or less.

Author Elizabeth J. Fisher is a practical mom who is a wiz at creating exquisite menus and dining experiences at economical prices.

Each recipe is accompanied by an interesting story about how that recipe came to be created.
Most ingredients can be found at your local dollar store or in the dollar section in your local supermarket.

The main sections in the book are: 

·         Hors d’oeuvres, Cocktail Snacks, & Appetizers
·         Burgers, Sandwiches, & Paninis
·         Main Course Entrees
·         Sweets, Desserts, & Pastries For Your Sweet Tooth

You, too, can eat like a diva with such divalicous recipes as:  

$1 Store Lobster Rolls, Baked Muenster Cheese with Orange Marmalade in Puffed Pastry, Sausage Pinwheels, Inside Out Burgers, $1 Store Sweet & Sour Chicken/Shrimp, Ms.Jeri’s Meatball Ravioli Lasagna, Seafood Jambalaya, Apple Dumpling with Warm Custard Sauce, Vanilla Napoleon Rounds, Mrs. Small’s Crème Brule, German Chocolate Brownies, Frosted Dolla’Bons, and Baked Alaska

Hot Queso Dip and Joe's Chips:

1   roll loose sausage
1   jar cheese spread
1   can of diced or stewed tomatoes (reserve drained liquid)
4   jalapeno slices (or you can use porcini peppers, or pepper banana slices)
Crackers of choice, tortilla chips, melda toast, triscuits, pita or pretzel chips
1. Brown sausage, season to taste (OPTIONAL:sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes) and drain well.
2. In a large microwaveable bowl, empty the cheese dips and the tomatoes, and jalapeno slices.
3. Microwave approximately 8 minutes or until the cheese has melted completely. Stir.
4. Remove from the microwave before the cheese burns around the edges.
5. Fold in cooked sausage and stewed tomatoes.
6. If cheese dip is too thick, use the reserve juice from the tomatoes until desired texture is achieved. (May have to reheat slightly to incorporate the juice from the tomatoes)
7. Serve with tortilla chips, melba toast, pita chips or pretzels.
This is the first book in The Dollar Diva™ 

About The Author:

Elizabeth Fisher is a single mother of two adult sons, Marques, and her “adopted” son, Harold. She loves to cook and eat, and she prays that everyone enjoys this book as much as she enjoyed writing it.She is known for her annual July 4th get together, which she has hosted for over twenty years. The party has grown from grilling a few burgers to a neighborhood block party event entertaining up to 100people. Visit The Dollar Diva  on her blog

My Review:

This is a fantastic collection of recipes that are inexpensive but very tasty. Each recipe is easy to prepare, uses many everyday ingredients and are meals that your whole family will enjoy. As a diabetic, I like recipes that are easy to adapt to create a healthy alternative for me and all the recipes I tried (about six of them) passed that test. This is a huge advantage for me and I look forward to trying out other recipes in Dining With The Dollar Diva. One thing that I enjoy about cookbooks is the photos, and although this one only has black and white photos that is okay. I actually enjoy cooking a recipe and it not turning out exactly what the picture looks like. That way I can make it my own. All these recipes are adaptable for that purpose. A great resource for getting creative with your snacks, meals and desserts without having to break the bank. That is what this cookbook is and that is my kind of book!

If you are looking for easy, economical recipes to try out this fall with your family, I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Dining With The Dollar Diva online at Amazon

***I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book, courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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