I received a copy of Dining Out at Home Cookbook for this review and giveaway. Opinions expressed are my own.
CopyKat.coms Dining Out at Home Cookbook 2 Review
This cookbook is chock full of your restaurant favorites from soups, sides, main dishes, drinks, appetizers and desserts. The recipes are inspired from dishes at the Olive Garden, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Red Lobster, The Melting Pot and so many more familiar restaurants.
I’ve been on a salad kick lately, so I had to try Olive Garden Salad Dressing and the Salad Mix. This salad dressing recipe is one of Stephanie’s most requested and viewed recipes of all time.
The salad was amazing. If you are familiar with Olive Garden’s salad mix, you would know that they use olives and the recipe does call for olives. I omitted them just because I don’t like them.
I love the salad mix because it’s easy – not a lot of prep work involved. She recommends using Dole American Blend salad mix and just adding a few items like red onion, tomato, pepperoncini, grated Italian cheeses and seasoned croutons. This was such an easy salad to make.
The dressing is a creamy Italian that was very good. The last time I went to Olive Garden, I thought they dressed the salad with regular Italian, so I can’t really compare to Olive Garden’s version. I can say this, I had a salad for a few days following just so I could use this dressing – it was that good!
Still on my dressing kick, I had to try my all time favorite dressing recipe which is Honey Mustard. There was no mention of which restaurant this was inspired from, but that didn’t matter to me.
The author uses this as a condiment with chicken nuggets or tenders, however, I used it as a salad dressing and thought it was fantastic. (She recommends thinning this with a bit of oil for dressing and I didn’t do that. It was perfect as it was. Also, I wanted to save some fat and calories, so I opted for a low-fat mayo. It was delicious. I didn’t miss the regular mayo. Again, this will be what I eat for the next couple of days, so that I can have this dressing!
I also tried the Bean Burrito Recipe (like Taco Bell). These were good. I really like the sauce that goes with these. I felt like the refried beans could have uses a little extra spice. I haven’t been to Taco Bell in years, so not sure how close these came to the real thing, but these were good and I would make them again.
There are so many recipes in this book that I plan on trying like the KFC Coleslaw (love that!) and the Arby’s Grilled Chicken and Pecan Salad Sandwiches (I’ve never had this at Arby’s but the recipe sounds delicious.) The Olive Garden’s Grilled Chicken Flatbread sounds delicious too.
For those with a sweet tooth, these recipes look like they will do the trick: Reese’s Peanutbutter Pie and Cold Stone Creamery’s Cake Batter Ice cream. (This sound dangerous, but a must try for sure!)
About CopyKat.coms Dining Out at Home Cookbook 2
If you’re craving delicious drinks, awesome appetizers, mouthwatering main courses and scrumptious desserts that taste like they came straight from the waitress, this sequel to the original Copykat cookbook offers even more choices:
- Starbuck’s frappuccinos
- Red Lobster’s shrimp nachos
- Olive Garden’s baked pasta romana
- Coldstone Creamery’s cake-batter ice cream
Thanks to the 200 recipes in this book, the most widely loved dishes from your favorite restaurant chains are now as close as the kitchen. Since these “copycat” recipes are from the wildly popular website CopyKat.com, they’ve been reviewed and tweaked to delicious, taste-tested, chef-approved perfection.
With these quick and easy, inexpensive alternatives to going out, you don’t have to argue about where to eat for dinner. You can impress your friends and charm your dates with these perfect homemade reproductions.
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Dining Out at Home Cookbook 2 (paperback) is available on Amazon.com for $10.63.
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Kristi Maloney is a work from home mom to two boys ages 10 and 13. Since 2009, she has featured in-depth product, and book reviews and hosted high-quality, exciting giveaways on her blog Moms Own Words. When she is not blogging, you can find her working at her son’s school, or behind the wheel of her car in the roll of “taxi driver”. Email at maloney(dot)Kristi@gmail(dot)com.
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