Friday, August 17, 2012

Food Famly Style Cookbook

Food Family Style: Simple and Tasty Recipes for Everyday Life
Leigh Oliver Vickery

This is an amazing cookbook with recipes that will fit into any lifestyle and taste. I'm overwhelmed by the number of great recipes that MY family will actually eat! There are even more that I may try even though they have some of the 'no-no's' for my family. Who knows, they sound so yummy that at least half of my gang should like them.

I really like the additional items Vickery has included in this book, such as a chapter called "Kids in the Kitchen" with fun, kid-friendly recipes. Another great chapter is Table Talk, with tons of ideas and conversation starters to keep supper interesting. Many of the recipes were submitted by MOPS Moms (Moms of Preschoolers), so you can be sure they are pretty easy and kid-friendly! 

Each recipe is labelled to tell you if it is freezer friendly, healthful, good for the crock pot, or vegetarian, so you can tell at a glance which recipes might be right for the need at the moment. I wish she would have included an index of these categories, though, so you could quickly find all recipes for the crock pot, for instance.

Here is one of the recipes I we tried -- it was amazing!

Yummy Chicken Enchiladas

1 small white onion, chopped
1 Tbs unsalted butter
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
6 oz cream cheese (can use reduced fat)
1/2 cup sliced black olives, optional
12 small flour tortillas
1 cup whipping cream or half-and-half (fat free works fine)
1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack or your favorite Mexican blend cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x113 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large skillet, saute onion in melted butter until softened. Add chicken and heat through. Remove from heat and add cream cheese and black olives, if desired. Stir well to combine. Spoon mixture evenly into center of tortillas and roll into enchiladas. Place in baking dish. When finished, pour cream over enchiladas. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for about 20 - 25 minutes, until cheese is melted and enchiladas are slightly browned.


Time may be short and budgets may be tight, but these 365 mouthwatering recipes are sure to draw families into the kitchen and around the table day after day. Crowned Queso Queen, Leigh Oliver Vickery shares her passion for including the whole family in cooking and eating dinner around the kitchen table. From tasty breakfasts, soups and salads to sumptuous main dishes and desserts, Food Family Style delivers just what readers' families ordered.
Vickery is an entrepreneur and founder of Leigh Oliver’s (, a specialty, all natural food company. Her original white cheese queso and more than 25 other products can be found in Central Market, Whole Foods Market, Brookshire’s, Costco, Kroger and other retail venues across the country. She is now in her second season as a food offering at the Dallas Cowboys stadium when you order chips and queso or cheese steak. Those popular choices even made the list of foods given a four star review by the Dallas Morning News.
Throughout Food Family Style are symbols indicating recipes that double easily, freeze well, are gluten-free or vegetarian, can be made in a slow cooker, and more. And since there's more to mealtime than just the food, this innovative book also includes tips about how to involve kids in meal preparation, meaningful conversation starters and simple ideas to bring warmth to your home.


Leigh Oliver Vickery is creator and founder of Leigh Oliver's, a specialty "fun food" company with numerous products on the market in at least twenty-five states and grocery chains, including Whole Foods Market and Costco. She is the former food editor of the Tyler Morning Telegraph in Tyler, Texas, and now blogs at Leigh also has a regular twice-weekly segment on two local TV stations called "One Big Happy Table with Leigh Vickery." She lives in Tyler, Texas, with her husband, two sons, and three dogs.

Available August  2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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