Recipes from the Heart Cookbook Author:The Pampered Chef A Letter from Doris Christopher, President and founder of The Pampered Chef, Ltd.: — Dear Friends, — All across America, people are working hard to make a difference in their communities by giving valuable time and money to help others. As you hold this book in your hands, realize that you, too, have contributed to this spirit of giving by purcha... more »sing this book and donating to a worthy cause in your community.
This book may have helped fund a school project or club, or neighborhood organization. Whatever the deserving group, citizens helping citizens is an American tradition. The Pampered Chef believes that when one person helps another, everyone benefits, especially the family.
The family, I believe, is the most important community we can cultivate. Our Pampered Chef Kitchen Consultants are committed to enhancing family life by offering quick mealtime suggestions that help people spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying meal with their families. When we gather around the dinner table, sharing food prepared with love, we become strong in spirit. This nurtures and sustains us as we go out in the world.
In this era of busy schedules and little time, however, how do you bring the family to the dinner table regularly? The answer lies in starting small. Pick at least one or two days a week when everyone can gather at the table together. Perhaps that meal is lunch or breakfast, if dinner is impossible. Use this collection of easy-to-prepare recipes as a basis to create memorable meals.
For example, Italian Pasta Stir-Fry is a wonderfully quick dish to prepare, and a real crowd-pleaser. If a salad is added, the meal is complete. Weekends can be made special with a brunch. Consider Denver Eggs Strata accompanied by Sticky Buns.
A meaningful family event is a great way to bring everyone together, too. Life's successes such as good grades or a promotion, can be applauded with a special meal where thoughts about the day's accomplishments are shared. The food doesn't necessarily have to be fancy. Instead bring out the good china; make a favorite dessert, such as Pineapple Upside Down Cake; tie a balloon to the honoree's chair - your own special touch will make others feel loved.
Mealtimes can be made wonderful. It's my hope that the Recipes from the Heart Cookbook will help people gather together around the table to enjoy good food . . . . and one another.