Simple and Sophisticated Meals for the Busy Cook
As with Lynn Alley’s Gourmet Slow Cooker, her The Gourmet Toaster Oven can become a lifesaver for those who are too busy, are on a tight budget, have lots of people to feed, or cook for only one or two. I learned so much from this cookbook that my toaster oven, once a neglected appliance that was best known for the items I tended to stack on top of it, has become my best friend. There is seldom a day when I don’t make excellent use of it, and now there is never anything stacked on top of it (for which family and friends have expressed enormous gratitude).
Lynn Alley takes you through the ins and outs of types of toaster ovens and describes the features she finds the most helpful. Although she recommends some brands, I personally found that with her descriptions I was able to find a highly functional convection toaster for less than $50. We’ve been happily following her methods with it for over a year and don’t in the least feel the need for a higher priced model.
She also discusses types of cookware to use with toaster ovens, and here her recommendations led me to bakeware that I love so much I use it both in and out of the toaster oven. Her techniques transfer straightforwardly to your own favorite recipes, also.
Because Alley is very committed to whole foods and fresh produce, her recipes are alive with flavor and robust in nutrients.
Those of you who are very pressed for time will discover that a small oven heats faster and small batches cook more quickly. You’ll also discover that Lynn Alley must be a busy lady, too, because her recipes are almost all very quick to put together, even the ones that are absolutely from scratch.
If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll discover that small batches mean no waste and better portion control, along with lower utility bills. Those with lots of people to cook for can discover the joys of a second oven and the possibility of cooking two things at different temperatures at the same time. Those with only one or two people to cook for will find that they hardly ever need their larger oven at all.
Here’s a very small sample of the types of recipes you’ll find in The Gourmet Toaster Oven:
- Basic Breakfast Bread
- Huevos Rancheros
- Chicken and Basil Calzone
- Mediterranean-Style Pizza
- Festive Scones
- Savory Cheesecakes
- Chicken Pot Pies
- Macaroni and Cheese with Tapenade
- Grilled Salmon with Garlic Butter
- Carrot Cakes with Lemon Glaze
There’s much more — all delicious, all fresh, all easy and fast to create. Bon appetite!