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My Weekly Craves




1. Jamie Oliver Recipe App


Jamie describes his app saying,”When you subscribe, you’ll get a huge selection of more than 400 exclusive recipes, all with step-by-step photography to make them super clear and easy to follow. Plus, we’re adding more recipes every month to keep you inspired and to help you learn new, amazing skills that’ll get you cooking incredible food. 

There’s a huge selection of recipes, from classic comfort food and beautiful baking recipes to festive treats, super-quick suppers and a whole lot more – there really is something for everyone.

I’ve also included a clever shopping list to make life a bit easier – it sorts ingredients by supermarket aisle and lets you cross off items as you shop. PLUS you can check out over 2 hours of HD video to help you master the tougher techniques as well as to get some great cooking tips and tricks.”  All of this, combined with beautiful photography makes this app a winner.  You can download a free trial of the app, and then choose a monthly subscription package that suits your needs!




2. Graze Subscription Box


Graze, is a healthy snack box that you can have delivered to your home or work for $6.99 a box.  They’re website states, “From pure fruit, to wholesome treats and dips & dippers – our huge variety (90 snacks with millions of graze box combinations) means there’s always something different to try so you’ll never be left standing at the vending machine feeling glum again! Our in-house nutritionist, Jess, works with the Taste Team to make sure that every single recipe has a benefit for you – whether it be essential vitamins and minerals or a source of protein, you can always rely on our Jess.  Jess is also a big advocate of portion controlled packaging which means that when you’re feeling peckish you have just the right amount to make for a satisfying snack and you’re not tempted to put your hand in the cookie jar.”  You HAVE to visit their website and check out all of the delicious and healthy snacks they have to offer.  For $6.99, what do you have to lose?!


3. Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, By Ina Garten


Ina Garten is one of my all time celebrity chefs.  I can always trust her to have the perfect recipe that I am looking for.  I was so excited when I learned that she was coming out with a new cookbook based on dishes that you can prepare ahead of time.  The amazon description says, “If you’ve ever found yourself stuck in front of the stove at your own party, scrambling to get everything to the table at just the right moment, Ina is here to let you in on her secrets! Thanks to twenty years of running a specialty food store and fifteen years writing cookbooks, she has learned exactly which dishes you can prep, assemble, or cook ahead of time. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply making dinner on a hectic weeknight, Ina gives you lots of amazing recipes that taste just as good—or even better!—when they’re made in advance.
In Make It Ahead, each recipe includes clear instructions for what you can do ahead of time, and how far in advance, so you can cook with confidence and eliminate last-minute surprises. Make a pitcher of Summer Rosé Sangria filled with red berries, let it chill overnight for the flavors to develop, and you have a delicious drink to offer your friends the minute they arrive. Simmer a pot of Wild Mushroom & Farro Soup, enjoy a bowl for lunch, and freeze the rest for a chilly evening. You can prep the kale, Brussels sprouts, and lemon vinaigrette for Winter Slaw ahead of time and simply toss them together before serving. Assemble French Chicken Pot Pies filled with artichokes and fresh tarragon a day in advance and then pop them in the oven half an hour before dinner. And for dessert, everyone needs the recipe for Ina’s Decadent (gluten-free!) Chocolate Cake topped with Make-Ahead Whipped Cream. Ina also includes recipes for the biggest cooking day of the year—Thanksgiving! Her Ultimate Make-Ahead Roast Turkey and Gravy with Onions & Sage may just change your life.
With beautiful photographs and hundreds of invaluable make-ahead tips, this is your new go-to guide for preparing meals that are stress-free yet filled with those fabulously satisfying flavors that you have come to expect from the Barefoot Contessa.”  If you’re looking for the perfect christmas gift for someone that loves to entertain, than this is it!

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