Dinner just for two

Christina Lane, 1984-

Book - 2019

Sharing a meal is something most couples love to do; meal-planning programs such as Blue Apron have made it easy and fun to prepare dinner together, too. But home cooks who enjoy homemade food at a reasonable cost really only need a great cookbook, with a friendly voice and delicious recipes, designed to be made and eaten by two. Here is that book. From simple meals to celebratory dinners, comfort food to healthy but hearty options, Dinner Just for Two features 100 dishes, including: Bourbon- Glazed Turkey Burgers, Creamy Baked Spaghetti for Two, Pear Pecorino Pasta, Sheet Pan Summer Salmon. Gorgeously designed with more than 100 photographs, Dinner Just for Two is destined to be a classic.

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New York, NY : The Countryman Press, a division of W. W. Norton & Company [2019]
Main Author
Christina Lane, 1984- (-)
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
336 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
  • Introduction
  • A Pantry for Two
  • A Few Pieces of Equipment
  • Chapter 1. Pasta For Two
  • Spaghetti with Small-Batch Meat Sauce
  • Spinach Pesto Pasta with Walnuts
  • Pear and Parmesan Pasta Salad
  • Baked Ziti with Homemade Ricotta
  • Pasta Primavera with Homemade Ricotta
  • Caramelized Onion and Swiss Chard Fettuccine
  • Cnocchi, Three Ways
  • Lemon Spaghetti with Artichokes and Bread Crumbs
  • Linguine with Roasted Bed Onions, Fresh Oregano, and Lemon Zest Baked Spaghetti
  • Chapter 2. Skillet Meals
  • One-Pot Crispy Salami and Cherry Tomato Pasta
  • Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa
  • Mexican Quinoa with Avocado
  • Chicken Lettuce Cups
  • Mexican Street Corn Tacos
  • Summertime Chilaquiles
  • Sleak for Two with Scalloped Potatoes
  • Cranberry Balsamic Chicken Skillet
  • French Lentils and Kielbasa
  • Baked Greek Shrimp
  • Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
  • Creamy Mushroom Chicken Skillet
  • Sloppy Joe Later Tot Skillet
  • Egg Roll in a Bowl
  • Chicken Sausage with Orzo and Broccolini
  • Chapter 3. Small Pots Of Soup
  • Easiest Tortellini Soup for the Busiest Nights
  • Beef Bourguignon
  • Tortilla Soup
  • Minestrone/Ribollita
  • Golden Cauliflower Soup with Saffron and Harissa
  • Zuppa Toscana
  • Chapter 4. Bowls Of Comfort
  • Black Bean Lasagna Bowls
  • Almost Korean Beef Bowls
  • Falafel Bowls
  • Greek Bowls
  • Steak and Sweet Potato Bowls with Creamy Kale
  • Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls
  • Peanut Lime Noodle Bowls
  • Chicken Burrito Bowls
  • Smoky Pork and Yellow Rico Paella Bowls
  • Roasted Potato Bowls with Broccoli and Gribiche
  • Crunchiest Chinese Chicken Salad
  • Roasted Mushroom, Barley, and Brie Bowls
  • Corn, Tomato, and Dill Summer Pasta Salad
  • Peach Cucumber Salad with Fresh Mozzarella
  • Chapter 5. Love From The Oven
  • Fish en Papillote
  • Oven Risotto with Crispy Kale
  • Barbecue Chicken-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrot Ginger Salmon
  • Puff Pastry Veggie Tart
  • Lentil Enchiladas
  • Mini Quiche Lorraine with Salad (and the Only Salad Dressing You'll Ever Need)
  • Crispy Pork Chops with Asparagus and Lemon Cream
  • Spicy Broccoli and Ricotta Calzones
  • Classic Cheese Fondue for Two
  • Soy-Roasted Mushroom and Sweet Potato Tacos
  • Parmesan-Crusted Salmon with Veggies
  • Oven Tandoori Chicken
  • Balsamic and Maple-Glazed Protein of Choice
  • Hot Honey Lime-Glazed Protein of Choice
  • Butter-Roasted Vegetables
  • Chapter 6. Bread Makes It A Meal
  • Chicken and Giardenera Subs with Marinara
  • Best-Ever Veggie Sandwiches
  • Cheddar Scallion Waffles
  • Pila Pizzas with Pepita Cilantro Pesto, Salami, and Corn
  • Classic Panzanella
  • Turkey Apple Butter Grilled Cheese
  • Bourbon-Glazed Turkey Burgers
  • Pizza Baguettes
  • Thai Peanul Roast Beef Wraps
  • Chapter 7. Cook Once, Eat Twice
  • Take One Boasted Chicken
  • Spatchcock Chicken
  • Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
  • Barbecue Chicken Cornbread Casserole
  • Southwestern Chicken Cobb Salad
  • Engagement Chicken Pasta
  • Take One Big Batch of Mashed Potatoes
  • Really Good Mashed Potatoes
  • Loaded Potato Soup
  • Samosa Potato Patties
  • Take One Big Batch of Cheese Sauce
  • Master Cheese Sauce
  • Broccoli Cheese Soup
  • Totchos
  • Green Chile Mac & Cheese
  • Take One Big Batch of Beans
  • A Good Pot of Beans
  • Best-Ever Bean Burgers
  • My Famous Retried Beans
  • Simple Rosemary Bean Soup
  • Take One Big Batch of Roasted Veggies
  • Roasted Veggies
  • Veggie Hash Under Eggs
  • Veggie Hash Over Pasta
  • Cacio e Pepe Polenta Casserole
  • Chapter 8. Small-Batch Bread
  • Focaccia
  • Brioche-Style Hamburger Buns
  • Perfect Dinner Rolls
  • Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins
  • Cheddar Carlic Biscuits
  • Naan
  • No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread
  • Chapter 9. A Few Desserts For Two
  • Cheesecake Bars with 5-Minute Microwave Lemon Curd
  • Mini Vanilla Cake
  • Mini Chocolate Cake
  • Angel Food Cake in a Loaf Pan
  • Raspberry Brownies with Chambord Glaze
  • Key Lime Pie in a Loaf Pan
  • Two Mini Apple Pies
  • Mini Chocolate Cream Pie
  • Coconut Carrot Cake Cupcakes
  • Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
  • 5-Minute Chocolate Mousse
  • Strawberry Mousse
  • Chocolate Fondue for Two
  • S'mores Baked Alaska
  • Small-Batch Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Leftovers
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
Review by Booklist Review

Dallas-based Lane (Sweet & Simple, 2017) understands how hard it can be to cook for just two people. In her cookbooks and her blog, Dessert for Two, she does the hard part for home cooks by winnowing down ingredients lists and concentrating on a few key items for flavor. Here she walks readers through simplifying the pantry, choosing only a few pieces of equipment and repurposing leftovers (an index lists recipes that might use a half-can of sun-dried tomatoes or a bit of vinegar). The 100-plus recipes smack of Texas cuisine: tortilla soup, nachos, a concoction called totchos (nachos made with tater tots), and other familiar dishes. Meals are well varied and require few utensils and one main cooking pan: cheesy broccoli quinoa, egg roll in a bowl, Greek bowls, oven risotto with crispy kale. Another innovation is basic dishes (e.g., spatchcock chicken and cheese sauce) with two to three other recipes using the foundational dish. No nutritional information or cooking times; just easy recipes to sate two palates.--Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2019 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In the inviting introduction to this uneven cookbook, Dessert for Two blogger Lane pays homage to her grandmother, who owned a burger joint in Dallas, and claims cooking in small batches eliminates leftovers, which she equates with food waste. Lane does consider what to do with what leftovers one might have and devotes an entire chapter to making large batches of such items as mashed potatoes that can be turned into other dishes (for instance, cheesy potato soup and patties with Indian spices). Lane's voice is chipper, but organization can be baffling: a chapter on "skillet meals" includes lettuce cups filled with chicken and pickled carrots, "skillet" justified because the chicken is sautAced in a pan. Another chapter on meals in a bowl includes falafel and pita photographed on a plate. The fare is fine, if occasionally pedestrian: for example, frozen Tater Tots top a ground turkey casserole. More sophisticated choices include cauliflower soup with saffron and barley with mushrooms and brie. With the concept of the book shaky, what remains is a collection of familiar recipes more notable for serving size than content. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Library Journal Review

Blogger and best-selling cookbook author Lane (Dessert for Two) is known for her scaled-down dessert recipes, and here she turns her expertise to dinner recipes for two. Lane's recipes are designed to provide realistic solutions to the quandaries of cooking for two, including the challenge of avoiding food waste and minimizing repetitive leftovers. With a focus on fresh ingredients and produce, the author presents a host of practical small-scale recipes ranging from pasta and skillet suppers to main course salads and stews. The broad range of dishes provides options for both weeknight meals and special occasions or romantic dinners. Many of the dinner recipes are vegetarian (Lane is a former vegetarian) and inspired by Southwestern spices and flavors (Lane is a native Texan), featuring photos of almost every dish. In a nod to the small-batch desserts that launched her culinary career, Lane includes a well-curated chapter of sweet options. Home cooks who find that store-bought fresh bread goes stale before they can use it up will savor the chapter on small-batch homemade breads with recipes for focaccia and biscuits. VERDICT A first purchase for library cookery collections and an invaluable resource for anyone preparing meals for smaller households.-Kelsy -Peterson, Forest Hill Coll., Melbourne, Australia © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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