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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Weekend Cooking and Christmas Book Review - Debbie Macomber's Christmas Cookbook

I'm a big Debbie Macomber fan, and I was so thrilled to be able to review a copy of her new cookbook, "Debbie Macomber's Christmas Cookbook."

This "coffee-table" sized book is filled with delicious recipes, stories from Debbie about how some of the recipes orginated, decorating ideas and gift ideas!  And the photographs that accompany many of the recipes are just awe-inspiring!  It's the perfect "one-stop" book for the holidays!

If you are looking for a cookbook to get you in the holiday mood - this is it!

Here is a fun recipe from the book that would make a welcomed gift for the holidays or anytime the weather calls for a good soup day!

Many Bean Soup Mix

( From Debbie Macomber's Christmas Cookbook)


1/2 cup dried yellow split peas
1/3 cup dried green split peas
1/3 cup dried red lentils
1/4 cup instant minced onions
1/3 cup dried green beans
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Layer all ingredients in order listed into a 1 pint glass jar. Store tightly covered at room temperature for up to 2 months.

How to Make Soup:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
salt and black pepper to taste
1 meaty ham hock (or 1 cup of chopped ham)
8 cups reduced sodium chicken broth

Warm oil in medium heavy saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add carrots and celery; season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring. Add ham, Many Bean Soup Mix, and broth. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, bring to simmer.

Cover and simmer for 2 hours or until beans are tender, stirring occasionally.

Remove ham hock from soup, and slice meat from bone, cutting into small pieces. Return ham pieces to soup, cook until warmed through.

This would make a fabulous gift for the neighbors, the postman, teachers, and anyone who loves a good, hearty soup!

Enjoy ya'll!

(I received a copy of this book for review from Harlequin Books and Nancy Berland Public Relations. I was not compensated for my opinion.)

Weekend Cooking is a weekly meme sponsored by Beth Fish Reads http://www.bethfishreads.com/.   Check out the other yummy recipes that fellow bloggers have posted!


Beth F said...

Now that's a great gift! Wow. Look how pretty and how easy.

Esme said...

I have always wanted to receive good food as present. I have always thought that a cookbook and the accessories or ingredients would be a fun gift.

Janel said...

I might make some of those soup kits for presents! I love giving things with a personal touch, instead of all store-bought.

Kaye said...

That IS a fantastic gift! So pretty too.

Uniflame said...

I do love recipes in a jar <3 I need to look into this more!

Heather said...

Is there anything that Debbie doesn't do well. This looks like a wonderful book both to browse and to use. Please drop by my blog and leave your link in Mr. Linky. I am collecting soup recipes for a special project. Thanks.

Christine said...

What a fun gift idea and so pretty, too!

I have a few Christmas books on my shelf by Debbie Macomber that I hope to read this month. :)

Peggy@Peggy Ann's Post said...

Sounds so yummy!