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Semi-Homemade: 20-Minute Meals

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New York Times best-selling author Sandra Lee is back with more fast and fabulous family-friendly recipe. Sandra brings her Semi-Homemade cooking approach of 70 percent store-bought, 30 percent homemade to create super-quick meals in 20-minutes or less--from start to finish. Irresistible recipes for main dishes, sides, appetizers, desserts and more are included along with ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published October 16th 2006 by Meredith Books
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Katherine Petersdorf
*This Book was Read at Library, Not Purchased on Amazon*

I love books like this. Being a college student and a business owner / author - I don't always have time to make things from scratch. Semi-Homemade works for me because it is fast, simple, affordable, and easy. I love Sandra Lee, I watch her shows all the time and she really inspires me to want to blog and write about solutions for the busy woman, wife, and/or mother.

Normally, I would give a book like this a 5 star rating, because I loved
Tara Carpenter
Jul 10, 2008 Tara Carpenter rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
We liked most of the recipes we tried from the first Semi-Homemade cookbook. And they are pretty fast, even if you don't use the store-bought ingredients called for. It only takes a little more time to chop your own garlic or saute chicken breast chunks.

Our favorite recipe was Chicken with Peanut Curry Sauce and I really liked the Broiled Salmon with Pesto Mayonnaise, which was soooo easy.

I will definitely check out another of her 20-Minute Meals at the library - maybe the crockpot one next. I e
Samantha Penrose
May 02, 2008 Samantha Penrose rated it did not like it
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She's got the time to write all these books, but she hasn't got the time to make an actual homemade meal!
She must make aaaa llllllooooooottttttt of money on endorsements -- each and every recipe's ingredients list tells you what brand you must use...
This semi-homemade style of cooking is not very "earth friendly" either! When you cook from scratch you will find that you have very little to throw away....when you crack open a tv dinner you have a box and a tray, when you make a semi-homeade meal
Apr 27, 2009 Sarah rated it did not like it
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Not only do these recipes not sound appetizing, but I just can't get into the idea of using so many canned, frozen, and pre-mixed ingredients. I like watching her show, but I don't think I'll ever cook like her.
Oct 05, 2009 Melissa rated it liked it
We found a lot of the meals in this book to be tasty- most were "winners". As for the "20 minute" claim, I think it would be truee if you followed the pre-made ingredient list. We tend to like fresh stuff, so we still chopped our own veggies ir used fresh instead of canned or frozen ingredients.
Oct 05, 2009 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Liked the first version of her 20 min. meals. This one wasn't as good. We didn't enjoy the recipes we tried and ended up giving this one away. Stick with the original.
Apr 22, 2008 Carol rated it liked it
Haven't had a chance to try many of the recipes yet, but os far so good
Jan 26, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
A handfull of recipes in this book have become family favorites. The pasta alla vodka is the best I've had.
Dec 31, 2007 Jami rated it liked it
Shelves: health, how-to, food
The recipes in this book are delicious, but if you are weight-conscious I would recommend a different cookbook. A lot of her meals in this book are heavy and high in calories and fat.
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