Last month, Angela Liddon Oh she shines for dinner was reviewed by our Cookbook Book Club. (I challenge you to repeat those last three words eight times quickly.) The reviews were mixed, but the recipes were inspiring. So inspiring that I decided to be an impersonator. But first, my recipe review.

Undercover Roasted Vegetarian Tomato Pasta

I’ve had this cookbook for a few years now, so I’ve already tried several of the recipes. For this review, I made the Tomato Pasta with Roasted Vegetables. Cleverly designed to sneak in additional veggies for picky eaters, this dish was a hit with my husband and I (both avid veggie lovers). We enjoyed it immensely and will do it again for ourselves (and our unsuspecting grandchildren)! Simple, healthy and full of flavor, I highly recommend it. You can find the full recipe and my review. here.

Spicy Roasted Chickpea Salad with Lime and Cayenne and Sweet Potato.

And now the copycat part. Reading reviews from other book club members, she also wanted to try (or re-try) several of those dishes. I started with John’s choice, chickpea and sweet potato salad. Since chickpea salad is one of my favorite simple meals or side dishes, I was wondering why I hadn’t made it sooner. Although I’m not usually too fond of sweet potatoes, they worked perfectly in this dish. My husband loved this food too and he asked me to dogear the cookbook page (absolute sacrilege)!

You can find the full recipe and John’s review. here.

Other Confidential Cookbook Recipes

Below are the remaining reviews and sample recipes from our book club members. I’m going to do some of these too. The posts are worth reading.

Joe Tracey: Saucy Little Black Bean Skillet.

John and Michael: Bruschetta Veggie Burgers Topped with Avocado and Perfect Basil Pesto.

Darlene Foster: Cozy at home Spicy Any vegetable soup.

Dorothy Grover: Festive Stuffed Balls Without Bread and Potato Gratin with Salt and Vinegar.

Bernadette Laganella: Baked Beans and Vegetables with Maple.

So what’s been on your plate lately?

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Before retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing, China for fourteen years (high school principal/Deputy Principal of Beijing Western Academy). Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. I hope you enjoy reading these reflections and that you are willing to share your own.
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