Simplify Supper by Krista Numbers (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)

Simplify Supper
Simple Recipes and Tips for Making Family Dinner Happen
by Krista Numbers
Paperback & ebook, 144 Pages
March 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications, Inc.


From her grandfather Salvatore Granato's roots in Southern Italy to the legacy of her family's beloved Italian deli in the heart of Salt Lake City, Krista Numbers has a deep-seated love for good food. In Simplify Supper, this busy wife and mother proves that simple can be satisfying as she dishes up dozens of delectable dinners. From some of her family's best-loved Italian meals to fast feasts with an international flair, discover quick comfort foods you'll want at the heart of your dinner table, such as:

•Angel Hair Pasta with Basil Cream Sauce

•Smoked Turkey Panini with Pears and Blue Cheese

•Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

• Teriyaki Chicken with Ginger Rice

In addition to her collection of simple and satisfying meals, Krista shares personal anecdotes, sanity-saving kitchen tips, and suggestions for making family dinner a time for good food and good conversation. No matter the occasion, there is a recipe here to help you get a delicious supper on the table, pronto.

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My Review

SIMPLIFY SUPPER is a cookbook full of flavorful recipes that are fairly easy and simple, perfect for busy weekdays. There are also a few recipes that take a little more work. All of them are perfect for a family setting, but would work in formal settings with guests as well. Fabulous recipes from different cultures, easy-to-follow instructions, colorful pictures for each recipe, and extra tips make the cookbook a favorite from the start, and family pictures add a cozy feel. A cookbook well deserving of a place in the kitchen.

Penne with Pink Sauce

I was only able to test out a few recipes, but I went straight to the Italian ones. Both were just a little different than recipes I've tried before and the results were wonderful. In the words of my daughter "Mom made some noodles, but they're good." I'm trying not to be just a little offended by that remark... Mostly it just makes me laugh.

I tried the Penne with Pink Sauce and the Angel Hair Pasta with Basic Cream Sauce. The Penne should have lasted two meals for our family, but there wasn't a single noodle left at the end of the meal with children having multiple servings (we're talking thirds and fourths and fifths here). Both sauces did include cream of some sort, so that might have had something to do with it, but the flavor was good. Both dishes were super easy to make as well. For the Angel Hair recipe, I did mix the sauce with the noodles, but only because I wanted to be sure everyone got sauce (my kids would have overdone the sauce and then there wouldn't have been enough for all the noodles).

Angel Hair Pasta with Basic Cream Sauce

I really enjoyed the different sections and all the tips. This is definitely a well-balanced cookbook with Italian, Mexican, and Chinese recipes, as well as a few American recipes thrown into the mix. I wish I would have had it when I first got married to mix up the menu and just have some dependable and delicious recipes to turn to.

There is very little to criticize here. One small change that would have been nice was to have the family pictures labelled, even if it was just to say that this family was the chef's cousins or brother's family, etc. It would make the pictures mean more and not feel like they are just some random stock photos. There were also a few mistakes or typos, but nothing major.

In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes! I have enjoyed this cookbook and am planning on continuing to do so with two more recipes on the menu this week (Chicken and Shrimp Paella and Slow-Cooker Braciole) and more to come. It's the perfect cookbook to add some simplicity and variety to the menu without skimping on the flavor. A perfect gift for newly-married as well as those of us who have been married for years.

Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

Krista Numbers is the founder of Simplify Supper, a meal planning system with a mission to get families around the dinner table to simple and delicious meals without stressing over the process. With a busy family of six, she know how difficult it can be to make family dinner a reality, but her love of life, food, and family is the drive behind her mission. She strongly believes that dinner time is ideal family time, and she enjoys cooking for her husband, their four children, extended family, and friends on a regular basis. A favorite saying of Krista's is "There is always room for one more at the table!"

When Krista isn't in the kitchen, she spends her time teaching piano lessons, reading all kinds of books, and planning adventures for her family to explore nature. She hopes to encourage families of all shapes and sizes to come together around the table and feel the comfort of a good meal and a good relationship.

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