What Makes Something a “Keeper?”

September 3rd, 2013 · 311 Comments · Dinner, Pork and Beef

Keeper. It’s one of the more beautiful words in the language of Dinner. (As in “Yes, dear, this pretzel chicken? It’s a keeper.”) But for anyone who’s cooking for a family,  it’s also one of the more elusive words. Because families are usually made up of kids, and kids are usually made up of really weird genetic coding that makes them say things like “I don’t like pasta” or “the chicken has too much crust” or “I’ve decided I like cows too much so no more beef for me.” And we love them for it. We just don’t love how complicated it makes things at 7:00 on a weeknight.

So how do we optimize our chances of amassing a rotation of Keepers? Well, for starters, we can look to two ex-Saveur editors for advice. Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion (of one of the best food blogs out there, Devil & Egg) have just published a book called — you got it — Keepers. I love that title, but I love the subtitle even more: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the Secrets to Happiness in the Kitchen. The book is filled with my favorite kind of recipe: simple and straightforward, with just a little twist that elevates a meal from everyday to special — Asian Pork Sliders with Magic Miso Mayo, Greek Style Fish with Yogurt and Lemon, Skillet Lasagna, Sauteed Tilapia with Citrus-Soy Marinade, Japanese Style Meat and Potatoes that’s made with soy sauce and brown sugar and that is first in line to be cooked when the weather turns a little colder. Kathy and Caroline were nice enough to share a little Keeper Wisdom with us today. Thanks guys — take it away!

The Five Hallmarks of a Keeper
by Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion 

Here are the 5 things that we think make a weeknight dinner a KEEPER, and by weeknight dinner we mean that, not only is the dish itself is brag-worthy and tasty, but also all the effort and time that you put into it (including the shopping, prepping, cooking, plating) was minimal, fuss-free, and dare we say, enjoyable. So here goes:

Accessible You can find all of the ingredients at your local supermarket (no ordering a custom blend of za’tar from a rare spice catalog or sourcing white truffle oil). Simple things from your grocery aisle like toasted seeds, lemons, and maple syrup, can turn the ordinary into something extraordinary, without breaking the bank (or forcing you to spend your weekend preserving lemons).

Low Impact After you’re done cooking, your kitchen won’t look like it was hit by a typhoon. Meaning, you didn’t have to use every bowl, pot, and utensil you own to make it, and your family doesn’t silently loathe you when they have to spend an hour doing the dishes.

Flexible It’s fine, actually encouraged, to incorporate leftovers whenever possible: A carton of rice from last’s night’s Chinese take-out, half a rotisserie chicken from the market, odds-and-ends from the vegetable drawer, a stale loaf of bread…all of these things can be transformed into something Keeper-worthy with ingredients like oyster sauce, a tangy homemade chimichurri sauce or carrot-and-ginger dressing, and the toaster.

Make-Ahead There’s always a good chance a recipe will stay in regular rotation if there is some part of it that can be done ahead of time.  Take these Asian Sliders below. It’s a good example of how a few minutes at the start of your day can lead to an extra-tasty dish in the evening. Marinating the tenderloin in a pineapple juice and garlic mixture tenderizes it and imparts a savory-sweet flavor. And then come dinnertime, it’s simple enough to make on autopilot while drinking a glass of wine. That’s a pretty essential hallmark, too: Easy. (Come to think of it, so is the word “Sliders” in any recipe title.)

Homemade The dish is a crowd-pleaser, one that your family and friends ask for time and again. How does this happen? Because you’ve used good ingredients, seasoned it well, and put love into it.  Yes, we know that you can’t always please everyone. Chances are that there’s someone in your family who’s gluten-free, leaning towards vegan, will only eat food that’s beige, or a raging carnivore. But putting something in front of them that you made yourself is a good start.

Asian Pork Sliders with Magic Miso-Mayo
from Keepers
Serves 4

We coat the marinated meat with hoisin sauce, roast it, slice it, then put it on light, fluffy potato rolls with extra hoisin and sliced scallions. Some Magic Miso-Mayo and/or hot sauce are really good, too. You can also serve the pork and fixings in lettuce leaves or on bowls of steamed white or brown rice. If you can’t spare any time in the morning, marinate the pork for as long as you can before cooking (up to an hour at room temperature; any longer and it should be refrigerated).

2 cups pineapple juice
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1 pork tenderloin (about 11/4 pounds)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Salt and pepper
1/3 cup hoisin sauce, plus extra for serving
8 dinner-size potato rolls, split
4 scallions (white and pale green parts only), thinly sliced on the diagonal
Magic Miso-Mayo (recipe below)
Sriracha or hot sauce of your choice

Put a gallon-size resealable plastic bag in a medium bowl to hold it steady. Add the pineapple juice, garlic, and pork. Seal the bag, pressing out any excess air, and turn it over a few times to coat the tenderloin. Marinate in the refrigerator for 8 to 12 hours (or at room temperature for up to 1 hour), turning the bag over once or twice, if possible.

Preheat the oven to 400°F, with a rack in the middle position. In a medium ovenproof skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Remove the tenderloin from the marinade, pat dry, then season with salt and pepper. Add the tenderloin to the pan and cook until golden brown all over, about 6 minutes total.

Off the heat, brush the top half of the tenderloin with half the hoisin sauce. Put the pan in the oven and roast for 8 minutes. Turn the tenderloin over, brush the top half with the remaining hoisin sauce, and roast until almost cooked through, but still pink, about 6 minutes more. (See page 91 for information on pork cooking guidelines.) Transfer the tenderloin to a cutting board and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.

Cut the pork into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Serve with the rolls, extra hoisin sauce, scallions, Magic Miso-Mayo, and Sriracha, and let everyone assemble their own sliders.

Magic Mis0-Mayo (makes about 1/2 cup)
In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon white miso paste, and a squeeze of lime juice until smooth. Check the seasonings. The Magic Miso-Mayo will keep, covered in the refrigerator, for up to 2 weeks.

I’m giving away a copy of Keepers to a random commenter below. Deadline is Wednesday morning at 10:00 am. Winner must live in the 48 contiguous states. Good luck! Update: The winner (Joanna, #72) has been alerted! Thanks for playing everyone! 

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  • 1 Katie // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Oooo would love to win this, always looking for new “Keeper” meals! Thank you!

  • 2 Bea // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Love the title of this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 3 MaryG // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Keepers are the holy grail in my kitchen!

  • 4 Meghan // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Wow this looks great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 5 Amanda // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I’m not kissing your tush when I say this, but your book is always going to be a ‘Keeper’ to me. That said, if this book (which sounds amazing) gets your vote of approval, then I definitely would LOVE a copy!

  • 6 Catherine // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I love new cookbooks that make my life a little easier (and tastier!)

  • 7 Mary H. // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:17 am

    This book sounds like a keeper!

  • 8 Jesse // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:17 am

    keepers are the only way to plan a week of meals. they keep my boys happy enough so i can try out things like cauliflower crust pizza with minimal snark.

  • 9 Christine // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I love the title! A keeper recipe is like gold :)

  • 10 Lilly // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:20 am

    have the book in my shopping cart so its coming home one way or another. and i love your blog!

  • 11 Liz R. // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:20 am

    What a fantastic idea for a cookbook. I’m in the market for a few more “keepers” to add to the rotation.

  • 12 Mireille // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:24 am

    This sounds amazing, will definitely have to try it soon!

  • 13 Erin D. // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

    This sounds great! Would love to start a ‘keeper’ rotation of my own!

  • 14 Mollie | Jennings Brae Bank Farm // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Our “keepers” are either meals we cook without a recipe, or ones that we’ve made so often that the cookbook’s spine is cracked on that page! Looks like a great book!

  • 15 Debra C // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I’m in such a cooking rut — would love to win a copy!

  • 16 Sydney // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Can’t wait to read it!

  • 17 Carrie K // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:30 am

    what a great looking book! thanks for the chance to win…

  • 18 Lindsay Ann // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I would love this book. I’m impressed that the sample recipe really is easy, made with readily available ingredients, and yet isn’t something I would think of on my own.

  • 19 Steph Rawlins // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:32 am

    This book looks amazing! I would love a copy!

  • 20 Elisa Riesenbach // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

    love the concept of this book.

  • 21 Eliza // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I am always looking for new go-to dinner recipes . . . this book sounds like a keeper!

  • 22 Shannon Brown // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Love this book! I already can’t wait to make the pork recipe!

  • 23 Andrea // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:35 am

    This book sounds like a “keeper”. I might have to make a trip to the bookstore.

  • 24 nepoconnell // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Miso makes anything magic, in my opinion. But will definitely try these yummy-sounding sliders!

  • 25 Eileen // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:38 am

    This book is right up my alley!

  • 26 Stefanie // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I’ve been working on trying to complete more meal planning – this would be perfect!

  • 27 Victoria Castle // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:42 am

    In the queue

  • 28 Liz // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I love the cover of the book. Your website is a go to place for week night recipes, I’m sure this book is a great source too!

  • 29 Reynaul // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Books looks awesome and so does the above recipe, just might be having this for dinner tonight! Thanks!

  • 30 Megan // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Wow this book sounds like just what I’ve been looking for.

  • 31 Pressley // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Would love so much to win this!

  • 32 Red // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I do need a few new keepers. Thanks for sharing!

  • 33 Des // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Just read DALS over the weekend. So glad I found you!!

  • 34 Anne W // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I’m definitely making this! The book sounds great!

  • 35 Olivia // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:47 am

    “Is it a keeper?” is heard weekly at my dinner table and how my family decides whether we’ll eat a dish again. Love!

  • 36 Vicki // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Trying to get back into the swing of things…please send me a copy!!

  • 37 Julianne // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I need some more “keepers”!! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  • 38 Nancy // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Love Devil & Egg. Would love to have a copy of Keepers

  • 39 Morgan L // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! The book sounds amazing.

  • 40 Julie C // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Yes, please! Always looking for add to the rotation inspiration.

  • 41 Shannon // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:55 am

    This book sounds fab!

  • 42 Alyson // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Would love to win this! Always looking for a new keeper!

  • 43 Jules // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Looks like a great book! Who doesn’t like “keeper” recipes?! Thank you for the cookbook raffle!

  • 44 Kerry // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I enjoy the 5 characteristics of Keepers, especially consideration for my wine drinking ability!

  • 45 Lynn-Holly // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    This book sounds marvelous! I am newly married and new to the kitchen. I love discovering new go-to recipes.
    My husband and I just got married 3 weeks and 3 days ago, and neither of us knew how to cook much beyond scrambled eggs!

    I check your blog every day for new recipes. (and because I like the way you write!) A book full of new, go-to recipes would be a fabulous addition to my husband’s and my tiny apartment.

  • 46 Ms. Morgan Leigh // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I would love a copy of this cookbook. Thank you for offering the contest and sharing the book!

  • 47 M // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Great post. I love tons and tons of your recipes, but there are 2 that have been such keepers for me that I don’t know how I did without them before. In cooler months it’s your chili (can be made ahead of time, great for a crowd or also just immediate family, freezes great, can go over potatoes or rice or fritos scoops or nothing at all, it’s healthy and amazingly delicious). In warmer months, it’s your yogurt grilled chicken,which has completely renewed grilled chicken for us.

  • 48 Nicole // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Looks like Keepers would be a great tool to enhance the dreaded task of menu planning!!

  • 49 Abby // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Sounds delicious!

  • 50 Kate // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I love absolutely everything about the idea of this book! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! THANKS for the giveaway!!

  • 51 Libby // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    The very cover of this book makes my tummy growl.
    That is all.

  • 52 Candice // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    This book sounds so good I just put a hold on it in our local library. It would be nice not to worry about dripping delicious things on the pages if I won it… ;)

  • 53 Susan // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Having just lost my fridge, and all that was in it, this recipe gives me hope for a delicious dinner in the midst of tragedy!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • 54 Sharlene // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    These are the kinds of things that make getting back to the school routine easier!

  • 55 Jessica Hoffman // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I’d love a copy!

  • 56 Ann B // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    WHY won’t you ship to Alaska??? I’d love a copy!

  • 57 Sarah // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    This book looks fantastic! And it’s $10 as a kindle – so if I don’t win, I can still add it to my collection without too much pain.
    PS Pretzel chicken – a definite keeper.

  • 58 Brooke // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Those sliders look great! I’d be so excited to win a copy of the book!

  • 59 Tracy Boxeth // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I love cooking dinner for my family even more with a little help:) Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  • 60 JulieB // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I could always use more “Keepers”!!

  • 61 Pat // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the heads-up. Something relatively effortless that comes off as stellar, always makes me smile!

  • 62 Carrie // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    definitely trying this AND crossing my fingers for the book!

  • 63 Ronda // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I’m always looking for easy weeknight dinners to add to my rotation. And I agree with anything slider is a keeper

  • 64 Kate @ Savour Fare // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    This has been on my Amazon wish list forever. Don’t forget the kid taste vicissitudes … One day, they’re happily scarfing down scrambled eggs/mac and cheese/turkey sandwiches/hummus and the next it’s anathema – I HATE scrambled eggs/mac and cheese/turkey sandwiches/hummus.

    Drives me batty.

  • 65 Carrie Brown // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Pick me!

  • 66 Tori // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I could use a book like that for sure

  • 67 Susan // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Ooo, looks great, please pick me!

  • 68 Cellabella // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I love the idea of this collection, thanks for the chance to win it!!

  • 69 Maria Tadic // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I love keepers! Especially when it’s simple, uses only a few pots and I can make it ahead. Generally a keeper for me is when my husband is totally silent thru dinner and then says “this has to get into the weekly rotation!”

  • 70 Lindsay // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Pick me! This book sounds fantastic and delicious :)

  • 71 Madeline // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    These kinds of recipes are the best!!

  • 72 Joanna // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I’d love this cookbook to help make weeknights a little easier. Thanks! :)

  • 73 Tiffany Boyd // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I was literally just looking at this book on amazon! I was debating on whether or not to buy it! How funny! I actually have a spreadsheet of keepers on my google drive for quick reference when I am stuck on dinner ideas.

  • 74 Kate // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Ooooh, Keepers! I’d love this book!

    I just made a Keeper of my own on Friday:

    http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/meatball-stroganoff-50400000130050/

    I substituted grass fed beef for the ground sirloin (I can never find anything labeled as such in my market) and it made for deliciously tender meatballs and the actual stroganoff was easy as well – and a bit healthier with sour cream instead of heavy cream.

  • 75 Kristen // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Your fish cakes are a keeper! We use that term lovingly- for all of our beloved, family friendly dishes. Book looks great.

  • 76 Elizabeth K. // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Love the concept of this cookbook, and with 4 kids under 8, I COMPLETELY understand picky eaters and trying to please everyone. I ended up making a lot of deconstructed meals.

  • 77 Freida // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Looks so thoughtful- thanks for offering a giveaway!

  • 78 gayle p. // Sep 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    yum. this sounds delicious and easy. My kind of meal!
    thanks.

  • 79 Natalie Moffett // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Love the title and have thoroughly enjoyed your website since discovering it a few months ago!

  • 80 Samantha // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Love the title and the recipe they provided. Thanks!

  • 81 illana // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Oh, if I could have a repertoire of 10-12 keepers, how “4pm-6pm” might forever be different! And maybe my kids would eat a bit more fish. :-) thanks

  • 82 Lindsay // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    love this!

  • 83 Jennifer Palmquist // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    This sounds perfect for all of us working moms !!!

  • 84 KateYB // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I’ve been struggling to get dinner on the table since going back to work after having my first baby. These keeper tips are great! I’d love to get my hands on the full cookbook.

  • 85 Angela // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    This book would be the perfect addition to my cookbook collection. Sounds perfect for our family.

  • 86 Sharon Macklin // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Love the reasons the recipes are a keeper! The tricky balance between flavor and keeping it simple.

  • 87 Chelsea // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Wonderful! Thanks!

  • 88 Megan // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I’m always on the hunt for “keepers”!

  • 89 Kate // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I really need some new week-night meal ideas – would love to have this book!

  • 90 Jessica S // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Added the book to my wish list! Looks awesome!

  • 91 Shara // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    our keeper rotation is too small – picky kids!

  • 92 Janie // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Yum! Those sliders look delicious! Will be trying them soon. Would love to win a copy of the book :-)

  • 93 Charis // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    That recipe looks delicious!! Definitely adding that cookbook to my list.

  • 94 Allison // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I love the idea of this cookbook. I cannot figure out an easy way to keep up with the recipes that I find online that are ‘keepers.’ Really want to try your pretzel chicken!

  • 95 Alexandra // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I need this book!

  • 96 Heather // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    We would use this so much now that school is starting back up!

  • 97 Heather // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    What a great book! It seems like most of my “Keepers” come straight from the DALS cookbook.

  • 98 Terri Wright // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Boy do I need this book. I’m dying to develop a list of “keepers”!

  • 99 michelle // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic cookbook!

  • 100 Kim Newton // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    i have a binder of ‘Keepers’ that get pulled from magazines, printed from websites or torn from cookbooks. It’d be great to have an entirely new book of Keepers!

  • 101 Jennifer // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Those sliders look amazing, the book too!

  • 102 Angela // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    What a title
    We all need some keepers

  • 103 michelle rosecrans // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Sounds like a…wait for it… keeper! Just gave a copy of DALS to my daughter’s teacher as a wedding gift, so obviously we trust you guys implicitly!

  • 104 Kara // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    This is like the perfect book for me.

  • 105 Abby // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    My boyfriend always complains I use too many dishes :)

    For marinating I like to put the marinade in the ziplock bag the night before, then all I have to do in the morning is throw the meat in too. No measuring before the first cup of coffee hits!

  • 106 Rena // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    This book sounds like a keeper! (sorry, it had to be said)

  • 107 Sarah // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I want to win this book! And I’m ready for DALS the sequel, while you’re at it.

  • 108 Jenny // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    This cookbook looks like a keeper for sure!

  • 109 Lisa A // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Now that school is back in session, I need to add to my Keeper dinner list. I’d love a copy!

  • 110 HeyBeckyJ // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    That recipe looks delicious! And since I’m always on the lookout for easy dinner ideas, I will definitely be checking this book out during my next trip to the bookstore.

  • 111 Avril // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I need more keepers in my life!! Thanks!!!

  • 112 Katie Rose // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I just ‘pinned’ Keepers to my pinterest this morning and then saw it on here! I grew up in a keepers-only family so I’m naturally drawn to this book. But it’s also why I love your site (and your book) – I can mix things up and find new keepers for my new family.

  • 113 Liz // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    DAL has been the source of so many keepers for my family already! This book would be such a welcome addition to our arsenal. Anything that helps us put good, healthful, and non-stressful home cooking on the table night after night is so appreciated!

  • 114 Jennie // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Love the idea of keepers as the back to school routine is looming.

  • 115 Avril // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I need more keepers in my life!! And anything to help me get veggies in my little one!!

  • 116 Sara // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Jenny! We are back to school today in Michigan, so I need to expand my Keepers!

  • 117 Avril // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I need more keepers in my life!!! Especially ones that will help me get veggies in my little one.

  • 118 Jen W // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Whenever someone at the dinner table utters, “This is a keeper”, I am overjoyed. To have an entire cookbooks of “keepers” would be a dream.

  • 119 Susan B. // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Love the idea of the book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • 120 Jen // Sep 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I definitely need some of these keepers and, if I don’t win a copy of this book I just might *gasp* BUY a copy for myself! These pork sliders look really good and I can actually pull that off on a weeknight.

  • 121 Amber // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Ooh, I really must read this. You find the best books, Jenny. Thanks!

  • 122 chelsea // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Love this idea! So fun. I feel like I need to cook all the recipes to see if I agree….

  • 123 Allison // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I’m marinating this now!! Thanks for the dinner idea…I’m can’t wait to read more recipes.

  • 124 Shannon // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful cookbook (and those sliders sound delicious).

  • 125 Catherine // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Sounds like an answer to prayer!

  • 126 Heather // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    This is a great recipe to break me out of my current rut. Keepers are so hard to come by around here…

  • 127 Liz // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Oh, how I’m waiting for one of my girls to grow into a braver eater! I am looking so forward to family dinners that don’t involve whining or the limited repertoire of a picky preschooler!

  • 128 Lisa // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Fabulous! I may have to add this to my Christmas list…

  • 129 Mary // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    My rotation of “keepers” still changes, as my kids go through phases of what they like and don’t like, so I would love additional inspiration. Love this!

  • 130 Sarah // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I will definitely have to buy this if I don’t win it.

  • 131 Rebecca // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    The cookbook sounds wonderful! Need this in my kitchen bookshelf!

  • 132 Jess // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    i was reading your description of the book and i thought, i might enjoy this cookbook just as much as i love DALS. hope i win! thank you!

  • 133 Stephanie // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I couldn’t agree more that a “Keeper” is a recipe that is easy to make after work while drinking a glass of wine! The glass of wine is critical.

  • 134 Luz // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    The book looks wonderful! I need some new dinner regulars!

  • 135 Susan // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Me please! This book sound wonderful… Thanks!

  • 136 Laura // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I can tell this cookbook would get a lot of use in my house. What a great concept!

  • 137 Christina // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I neeed this book! Looks amazing!

  • 138 nina // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    would love to win this! thanks

  • 139 nina // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I would love to win this!

  • 140 Mandy M // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    That miso mayo sounds great. Would love to add this one to my collection.

  • 141 Melissa SH // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Just this morning I took a Trader Joe’s frozen port tenderloin out of the freezer to defrost- now I know what to do with it. Thanks!

  • 142 Summer // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Yes, please!

  • 143 keely // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I am unashamedly judging that book by its cover. And I want it.

  • 144 Karla // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Sounds like the perfect cookbook for my family!

  • 145 Abigail // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    sounds like a great book!

  • 146 Carrie // Sep 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Would love to see it. The other challenge is when the quirky tastes/requirements of the said kiddos change. frequently. Alas…we keep trying!

  • 147 Heidi // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Would love this!

  • 148 Linnea // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Hoping this book is a keeper!

  • 149 Leslie // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Book looks amazing! I’m in a dinner rut (these seem to happen frequently) and could use some inspiration.

  • 150 Angela // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I’d love a copy!

  • 151 Allie // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Ooh, this cookbook looks great!

  • 152 Melanie Stone // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    The book looks awesome, always need new ideas!

  • 153 Katie M. // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Sounds interesting!

  • 154 Amber // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Always looking for new keepers. Until recently when you asked my son what he wanted for dinner it was always Taco’s. He recently made a huge leap and added Burrito Bowls to our keeper list.

  • 155 Danielle // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    We call them “family-favorites” at our house, and with 4 kids and two adults they are few and far between. I could use some more!

  • 156 Lindsay // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Me. Please!

  • 157 Jackie // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I’m always looking for more go-to recipes, especially this time of year!

  • 158 Elizabeth // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Sounds like a great recipe resource!

  • 159 Stefanie // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Look forward to getting this book, one way or another.

  • 160 Lisa de. // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Sounds perfect for a mom of three teenage girls who is also a full time kindergarten teacher and after school tutor.

  • 161 Heather // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Would love to try this cookbook out!

  • 162 Jessica // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    looks like a great book! although i am hard pressed to find miso paste around here! :)

  • 163 charlotte // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    man, do I need this cookbook!

  • 164 Melissa // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Looks delicious!

  • 165 Cile // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Oooh, this would make for a lovely back-to-school treat!

  • 166 Grace // Sep 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    If Jenny likes it, it goes on my list of cookbooks to check out! Struggling to get back into the swing of school, and Keepers would definitely provide some much needed inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • 167 Michelle W // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I’d love a copy!!

  • 168 Jomie // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Would love to win this – great title!

  • 169 Gretchen Alice // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Wow, that cover is gorgeous.

  • 170 Michelle // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    would love a copy of this book! thanks for the post on it :)

  • 171 K.C. // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Can’t wait to read through it!

  • 172 pallavi // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    im all about the ease of ingredients – i don’t have time to locate sumac! give me a substitute!

  • 173 Phaedra // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Love the title! Pick me please!

  • 174 Alanna // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    What a great idea for a book, and that recipe looks fabulous!

  • 175 Barbara // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  • 176 Kay // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I’ve just gone back to work and I definitely need some keepers for easy weeknight meals!

  • 177 Jolene // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I’m always looking for new recipes to please the kiddos; great post!

  • 178 Rachel // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Pick me! I’m pregnant and I can’t get enough food porn.

  • 179 Tara // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Ooh, with a 1yo who will eat almost anything and a 3yo that will eat almost nothing, these sound like the perfect recipes!

  • 180 Patricia // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Love, love, love the cover. And that Magic Miso-Mayo sounds terrific.

  • 181 Shannon // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Ooh I’d love this book; with three kids age six and under we are always on the hunt for “keepers”!

  • 182 Gail // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    This, sounds like my kind of cookbook.

  • 183 Sarah // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Today is the first day of kindergarten for my 5 year old twin boys and first day at a new daycare for my 2 year old little girl… needless to say, this past weekend my husband and I have been frantically trying to get our family dinners in order for the coming week. This book would be a fantastic addition to our fairly boring set of keepers that we currently have that our kids will eat.

  • 184 tara // etsetara // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    i love this! just saw it pinned today and it peaked my interest for sure.

  • 185 Catherine @ Chocolate & Vegetables // Sep 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I love that list–it pretty much sums up our day to day cooking. Good food doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult!

  • 186 Jen // Sep 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    The book sounds great!

  • 187 Amanda // Sep 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Mmm everything looks delicious!

  • 188 Cindy // Sep 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Trying to cook more meals from scratch, and DALS (book and blog) has been a huge help! This Keepers cookbook sounds right up my alley, too. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • 189 erinn johnson // Sep 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Dishes like these are called make-again in our house. It must receive four smiling faces and two thumbs up from each of the kids.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 190 Kelly // Sep 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I love keeper recipes!!

  • 191 Sarah S // Sep 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Sounds great! I’m always looking for more keepers.

  • 192 Silvia // Sep 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Sounds do delicious! Can’t wait to try the miso mayo!

  • 193 bschus // Sep 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Love this! Thanks for giving a copy away.

  • 194 Afton LeSueur // Sep 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    If one recipe is as much of a keeper as the salmon salad from YOUR book, then I want it!!

  • 195 Susan // Sep 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    At my house, we call these “make-agains”. The book looks great.

  • 196 Maggie // Sep 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Looks like a keeper indeed!

  • 197 Holly // Sep 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Yum! I’d love to find some more “keepers” to add to our weeknight repertoire!

  • 198 Claire // Sep 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    What a great cover! I will definitely check this book out.

  • 199 Mollie White // Sep 3, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    AHHH! I would totally love to win this… I need some… well… keepers. Some DALS keepers: Chicken pot pie, pork ragu, burritos, and that indonesian chicken salad! Actually the bean burritos are on the menu this week!

  • 200 Laura Ingalls // Sep 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Sounds to good to be true…

  • 201 Tracy // Sep 3, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I’d love this. Thanks!

  • 202 Nicole // Sep 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    This recipe is on my “to-make” this week.

  • 203 Kim // Sep 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Pick me, pick me! Thanks for the hosting the giveaway.

  • 204 Dani Crichton // Sep 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Fingers crossed! I love Devil & Egg and this cookbook sounds great.

  • 205 Maria // Sep 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I love that triumphant feeling when you have tested a new recipe and determined it to be a “keeper!”

  • 206 Jennifer // Sep 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Yum! This book sounds amazing, I have been slowly working to determine keeper baking recipes.

  • 207 Kath the Cook // Sep 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Yep – love and good ingredients make all the difference.

  • 208 Monica // Sep 3, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Definitely want to try the sliders and the Japanese meat & potatoes sounds yummy too!

  • 209 Katie // Sep 3, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I would love to win this!

  • 210 Jess // Sep 3, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Love to win it, I love recipes that are a keeper!

  • 211 Jorena // Sep 3, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    If I don’t win, I’ll try to borrow a copy from the local library. Your mention of Japanese meat and potatoes piques my interest.

  • 212 Jessie // Sep 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Pick me pick me :-D

  • 213 Jen P // Sep 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I would love a copy of Keepers!

  • 214 Lindsay // Sep 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Ooh! Ooh! Me! Me!

  • 215 Beth // Sep 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Looks like a great book. Living in Alaska is hard enough — why not include us?

  • 216 Missfrizzly // Sep 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I’d love to win this book – always looking for new, easy ideas to make for weeknight dinners!

  • 217 Stacie // Sep 3, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Read this post out loud to my foodie kiddos at dinner. They’ve decided to take a more active role in meal planning this year and we’d love a copy of Keepers!

  • 218 Sharon // Sep 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Love the name of the book, too, and thanks for the pointer to Devid and Egg. It’s lovely.

  • 219 Alycia P. // Sep 3, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    This book sounds excellent!

  • 220 Denise // Sep 3, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I love keeper meals! They’re the tried and true family favorites that my grown-up kids request when they return home.

  • 221 Leigh // Sep 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Love the cover of your book especially the font. Would love to win a copy of the book because could use some new ideas for weekday meals.

  • 222 Stacey // Sep 3, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Always looking for new keepers to add to the rotation!

  • 223 Leigh // Sep 3, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Love the cover of your book especially the font. Would love to win a copy of the book because I could use some new weeknight meal ideas.

  • 224 Leigh // Sep 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Love the cover especially the font. Would love to win a copy of the book because could use some new weekday meal ideas.

  • 225 Leigh // Sep 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Love the cover of the book especially the font. It would be great to win the book because I could use some new week day meal ideas.

  • 226 Caryn // Sep 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks for the intro to both Keepers and Devil & Egg. I know I can trust your recommendations and can’t wait to fix the sliders.

  • 227 Heather // Sep 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Well, I pretty much never win anything but, hey, maybe this time will work. :) This book looks awesome!

  • 228 Adrea // Sep 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Looks like the perfect book for my life right now!

  • 229 Bethany // Sep 3, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I don’t have a family (just my boyfriend and I) but I would love to win this book!

  • 230 Kim // Sep 3, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Ooh! This book would be such a lovely help for starting off our school year. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • 231 Jennifer // Sep 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    After looking at the slider recipe, I immediately checked to see if my library has this book so I could put it on hold: They don’t! I requested that they purchase it.

  • 232 renej // Sep 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    OMG, my daughter and I were having a conversation about “keepers” over dinner tonight! I’ve been cooking for a million years and I have few keepers ’cause I can’t pass up a new recipe. Every week! Three new ones on a weekend! Makes me crazy :) I’d love this book!!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  • 233 Constance // Sep 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Tips book looks like a keeper and thanks for pointing the way to the blog!

  • 234 Erin A // Sep 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Keepers would be a great addition, especially with the new school year upon us.

  • 235 Rena // Sep 3, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    This looks amazing! Love those 5 hallmarks. Nothing like a keeper!

  • 236 Karen // Sep 3, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    The sliders look delicious! Can’t wait to see the rest of the recipes.

  • 237 katie // Sep 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Sounds like a great book! Who doesn’t love a keeper?

  • 238 Leigh Ulicny // Sep 3, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    These look delicious! Can’t wait to try them!

    P.S. I love your book!!!!!!!

  • 239 Stacey // Sep 3, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I just heard myself gasp at the idea of this book. My gosh, this is something I NEED on my shelf. Next to DALS and T4D, of course.

  • 240 Christy // Sep 3, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    This book is going on my wish list!

  • 241 Mary H // Sep 3, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    We need more keepers in our rotation!

  • 242 Sharon // Sep 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Looks great, I’d love to try it.

  • 243 Anne // Sep 3, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I need this book in my life

  • 244 M // Sep 3, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I started this post and before I finished it I requested it from the library. It would be nice to own a copy.

  • 245 Ellie // Sep 3, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Sounds like a great cookbook! I’ve been documenting my “keeper” recipes lately and I’d love to add some new ones.

  • 246 georgia // Sep 3, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    This book sounds amazing! i already have it on my wish list.

  • 247 Natalie // Sep 3, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Your meal plan last week saved our family during the back to school craze this week. I came to DALS today praying to find another weeks plan and was pleasantly surprised to find Keepers! And bookmark another great foodie site :)

  • 248 katylady // Sep 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    i like keepers. :)

  • 249 Ashley // Sep 3, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I’d love to win this. I’m always on the lookout for “keepers” and totally agree with the list here. At my house a keeper is anything that can be made with little concentration as a toddler is clinging to my knees. Bonus points if it’s delicious. Extra bonus points if I can make it all in one pan/pot/skillet!

  • 250 Laura // Sep 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I was just thinking about this topic the other day! I was giving my parents a hard time because they made the same handful of things over and over again for years and to my knowledge, none of the kids in my family liked any of it! (My parents made us eat it anyway.) There are just two of us in my little family now, but I’d love to develop a collection of “keepers” to use now and in the future.

  • 251 Meghan Adair // Sep 3, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    oh ho ho, would I love to win this book! As soon as I read the title I said to my husband, “I have got to get this book,” so either way we’re going to end up with it ;)

  • 252 Erin // Sep 3, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    This is exactly what I need!

  • 253 Diane // Sep 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    It would be great to find more Keepers that my 6 and 8 year olds will like – thanks for the opportunity!

  • 254 Sarah // Sep 3, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I’m super excited about the chance to win a copy of Keepers (which I recently heard about through my library friends!), but I’m even more excited about trying out that pretzel chicken recipe! I’ve never seen it here before and I’m ready to test it out!

  • 255 Jane // Sep 3, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Looks like a new cookbook for me! Now I know what to call me handful of go to recipes.

  • 256 Elena // Sep 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    You know why I love to cook for my family (currently husband and a 3 year old…baby will be joining the table soon)? It’s when my 3 year old asks me what’s for dinner, then proclaims “yum, that’ll be delicious” and then asks to help with cooking. She’s mean on the whisk and a pro at dressings. Thanks for all your recipes and great writing.

  • 257 Kerry F // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    With 2 young, very picky eaters to feed every night, I would gladly welcome this book into my cookbook rotation. The best days for me are the ones where my boys ask me to make a dish for them a second time! I bet this book would help deliver more dayslike that! :)

  • 258 Jeannine // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    If it’s half as good as your cookbook, it’s sure to be a “Keeper.”

  • 259 Kimbed // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Sounds like a great book! Would love a copy!

  • 260 Shana // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Have to try this recipe! Would love a copy of your book!

  • 261 Elizabeth RC // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I was just thinking about this! How am I going to get a few tried and true recipes in my bag of tricks to feed my four year olds. And here you are to the rescue!

  • 262 Anne // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I really need some keepers!

  • 263 Anne // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    My mouth is watering! Miso mayo alone sounds like a keeper…

  • 264 tonpia // Sep 3, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Dear lord, I need this. I use DALS as my training manual for family cooking and have done pretty well with it; adding this to my current 2 cookbook repertoire would really round out my collection.

  • 265 Linda S // Sep 4, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Always good to find new “keepers” to add to the rotation . . .

  • 266 Abbie // Sep 4, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Sounds like a great book! It has the same characteristics of your recipes, which is why I keep coming back here.

  • 267 Lesley // Sep 4, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Sounds like the perfect book for my growing family of picky eaters!!

  • 268 Melissa F // Sep 4, 2013 at 12:26 am

    I can’t tell you how timely this post is! I am soon to “inherit” a family and need to figure out how to cook for more than just me!

  • 269 Camille // Sep 4, 2013 at 12:37 am

    I can’t wait to have a look at this book!

  • 270 Amy G // Sep 4, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Mmmmmmagic Miso! Sounds fab. :)

  • 271 E.R.C. // Sep 4, 2013 at 1:20 am

    This looks like a good book.

  • 272 --anu // Sep 4, 2013 at 1:30 am

    We have reached a period that most keepers are falling or already fell out of the rotation purely because they have been made too many times. I find that a keeper can stay in rotation max three years, then it is fazed out. Maybe this is my chance to build up a new repertoire. Also, my daughter is finally exiting the picky phase at age of 8. Exciting new horizons await!

  • 273 Britta // Sep 4, 2013 at 1:31 am

    I would love this cookbook! I need some more keepers right now with a new house, a 2yr old, and a bay on the way

  • 274 sara // Sep 4, 2013 at 2:00 am

    what an awesome cookbook!!

  • 275 Leslie // Sep 4, 2013 at 5:39 am

    I need this book to make it through a busy fall season. Thanks!

  • 276 Deb // Sep 4, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Just found your blog this weekend. Love it.

  • 277 Deborah // Sep 4, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I’d love to add a few more keepers to my rotation.

  • 278 tenely // Sep 4, 2013 at 6:58 am

    My keepers are getting stale and getting kicked out of the rotation. This cookbook sounds great!

  • 279 Kelly // Sep 4, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Oo0h- I hope I win! Lord knows I could use some more keepers around here! My 5 year old refused BUTTERMILK BLUEBERRY PANCAKES for dinner last night. What?

  • 280 Jen D // Sep 4, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I need some Keepers!

  • 281 Cay // Sep 4, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I definitely need to add a few more keepers to our rotation. And although of course DALS (blog or book) is one of the first places I turn when meal planning, another resource is always great!

  • 282 Michele J // Sep 4, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Love cookbooks and would love this one!

  • 283 Carrie // Sep 4, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Sounds like a great cookbook!

  • 284 Julie // Sep 4, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Can’t wait to try this recipe and to checkout the book soon!

  • 285 Simone // Sep 4, 2013 at 8:31 am

    My college student’s budget doesn’t leave much extra for new cookbooks, but this one looks like a keeper :)

  • 286 Emily // Sep 4, 2013 at 8:33 am

    oh pick me! also, we made DALS bourbon marinated pork tenderloin with grilled peaches last week and my husband loved it! wouldn’t stop talking about that marinade- thanks!

  • 287 Tiffany // Sep 4, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Oh me me me! Please pick me! In the last year I’ve struggled through anti-veggie, anti-dairy, anti-meat, and anti-anything-mommy-makes phases from my pickiest family ever. This mama needs some new inspiration STAT.

  • 288 kristin // Sep 4, 2013 at 8:45 am

    would love to try this book! my husband is more high maintenance than a kid when it comes to meals

  • 289 Barbara // Sep 4, 2013 at 8:49 am

    This looks great! I am always on the lookout for more Keepers!

  • 290 Meredith // Sep 4, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I told my husband I need this book before I realized you were giving it away!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 291 Debbie // Sep 4, 2013 at 9:20 am

    The challenge for our family, however, is that the keepers are a moving target–the kids change, their tastes change, and something tried and true for years begins to go uneaten… so frustrating!

  • 292 Amy S. // Sep 4, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Great cookbook and recipe for the start of the school year craziness!

  • 293 Mary // Sep 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I need this, pick me!

  • 294 katya // Sep 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

    i’ve added this book to my wishlist

  • 295 Molly // Sep 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I’d love to be the keeper of this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • 296 CM // Sep 4, 2013 at 9:45 am

    This is exactly the type of cookbook I need. My fingers are crossed.

  • 297 Amy // Sep 4, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I so need this.

  • 298 Ada-Marie // Sep 4, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Woo hoo, I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  • 299 Susan // Sep 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I love this title and am so excited to read the other recipes inside. I’m a single woman and I need keepers for myself- to make when I am exhuasted and just don’t want to think too hard but need a good hearty meal!

  • 300 Natalie // Sep 4, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Would love a copy!

  • 301 Leslie // Sep 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

    This book is going straight on my Amazon wishlist!

  • 302 Mary Brady // Sep 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Stumbled upon this and couldn’t help but keep thinking of how delicious this would be tomorrow for date night at home! MMM..I am thinking that it’s no longer a question, but I’m gonna HAVE to make it now :P Nice post!

  • 303 Michelle // Sep 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

    So the writer of DALS (which is basically the only cookbook I use anyomore) recommends this? I’m in!

  • 304 joyce // Sep 4, 2013 at 10:40 am

    love this post! i am always looking for more keepers…!

  • 305 Sue D // Sep 4, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Just what I have been looking for – great title!
    Fingers crossed!

  • 306 Diane L. // Sep 4, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Hey, your Chicken and Artichoke stew is a keeper in my house, and I definitely could use some more. Looks wonderful.

  • 307 Claudia // Sep 4, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Ah, hoisin sauce… We just moved to Kosovo and let me tell you, hoisin sauce is nothing that is easily (or at all?) found here. I’m having to revise all my go-to recipes because many ingredients are elusive or not available at all. Rye flour? Red beans? Maple syrup? My cooking is going to become really simple! But I can always look for inspiration, no?

  • 308 Cassandra // Sep 4, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Love this post! going out to buy this “keeper” asap :)

  • 309 Bonnie Gibson // Sep 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Oh man, I am making this recipe with pork loin in the freezer this week! And, I can’t wait to look through this book since I am currently building my family’s (2 1/2 year old and 6 month old) list of keepers!

  • 310 Christine // Sep 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I love the sound of this book. We have several keepers but always room for more.

  • 311 leanne // Sep 5, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    this sounds right up my alley!

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