Holly Clegg, author of the trim&TERRIFIC cookbook series, introduces her fun, whimsical women's lifestyle cookbook perfect for a gift or the kitchen. This 240-page book includes more than 200 easy, everyday recipes with almost 100 photographs and illustrations. Too Hot in the Kitchen is a practical, user-friendly cookbook designed for busy women and includes: 200 easy-to-prepare recipes, Nutritional information and diabetic exchanges, Symbols to highlight Freezer Friendly and Vegetarian recipes, and Creative coffee pairing ideas. Includes fun and entertaining chapters on: Cooking for two (Table for Two); No bake dishes (Lovin’ No Oven); Recipes for facial treatments (Diva Dermatology); Party recipes for groups (Effortless Entertaining). Finally, a book to guide women through the kitchen with a smile, so get ready to learn the secrets to sizzle!
I was immediately interested int his book just for the cover. I am always on the lookout for healthy meals to make for my family and the idea that these are designed to help me look fantastic is even better. I picked out several recipes to try out in order to draw a general idea of how the rest of the cookbook would be. Now, I will preface this with the fact that my husband and I are on Weight Watchers. The nutritional values for each dish is listed with the recipe, so all I had to do was put the information into my Weight Watchers points calculator before deciding on what we would try.
Chicken Pesto Personal Pizza
It's very different from what we have been eating and it sounded quite interesting. This was 10 points for one pizza and it is in the section Table for Two, so it only makes two pizzas. It has given me ideas on making other dishes with similar ingredients because they tasted really good together. Overall, it was a yummy recipe, but we didn't find it very filling for the number of points. We will either need to include a low point side dish with it or perhaps I make three of them in the future so my husband and I can have 1 and 1/2 pizzas each. Left exactly as it is, I think we might use it for a lunch instead of dinner. We both were hungry about an hour after eating it even though we felt mostly satisfied at the time we finished dinner.
Barbecue Chicken Quesadillas
I looked at this recipe and thought it looked interesting right away. I am not normally a big fan of spinach, but I like to try new things. Fresh spinach instead of canned or frozen is not something I had cooked with previously which left me unsure of my ability to use it. However, I must say that my husband and I both really enjoyed it. The BBQ chicken paired very nicely with the cooked spinach. It had a nice bold flavor and was mostly filling. In terms of weight watchers points, it was 12 points for one quesadilla. It wasn't as filling as I would like for that many points, but we liked it enough that next time we will have a side dish that is really low on points with it.
This recipe took the longest to make of all the ones I picked out. It really isn't something that my husband would think to try, but I like recipes that call for jelly and jam in them for some reason. It's 9 points per serving and makes 4 servings for weight watchers. That is kind of high for just chicken, but it means that it should be two meals for us as long as we add a low point filler side dish. I thought the chicken stayed nicely moist and the sweet taste was something that made me not want something sweet to eat later in the day. Of course that is the main reason why my husband didn't like it. He thought it was too sweet to be considered dinner. The blackberry jelly goes really nicely with the red onion though. I tried to get my kids to try it and both of them weren't interested, but it might be something I make again when my husband is out of town simply so they don't see him not enjoying it. I'm sorry that I don't have a video of this being made, but I took lots of pictures of there different steps instead.
I have never made a vodka sauce before, so this was yet another new experience for me. Many of the recipes in this book are things that I have never tried, but I am having a great time trying them out. This recipe was pretty easy. You make the sauce and toss it in with the noodles. We found that this one did not require a side dish at all. It is 7 points per serving on weight watchers and makes six servings. It was filling and delicious. My one year old daughter ate almost a whole serving by herself. If you think that was a bad call for me to give it to her, know that when you cook alcohol, the flavor stays but the alcohol itself evaporates. We both really liked this dish and I can see it becoming something I make on a regular basis. You could probably use chicken in it and it would be another great variation.
My son is one of the pickiest eaters I have ever known. I don't know what happened exactly to cause this except that he ground the enamel off the back of his front tooth while he was teething at a year old and over time it became infected. We think that affected his taste buds and made him not want to bite into various foods. The end result is that he LOVES cheese and bread. I make Banana Bread on a regular basis for him. It was what I made for him when we had the tooth pulled because he could/would actually eat it. For that reason, I am always looking for ways to get more variety of fruits and vegetables in him via bread. If I can bake them into bread, he just might eat them. I already had strawberries in the fridge, so this was the perfect chance for me to try this.
I have to say that this bread smelled fantastic while it was cooking. It took a little longer to cook than the recipe called for, but I have found that to be the case with any bread I make. It actually took 70 minutes to cook in the event that you try it out. I let it cool slightly and immediately cut into it. It doesn't have as soon of a texture as most bread, but it wasn't enough of a difference that I thought my son would have a problem with it. I absolutely loved the taste. I could have ate half the loaf right then, but have been have only one or two slices at a time because it is 4 points a slice for 16 slices. That adds up fast on weight watchers. I gave a piece to my one year old daughter before giving it to my son and she ate two slices in the span of an hour. She LOVED it. My son was a little harder. He looked at the bread, saw the pieces of strawberry and immediately thought it wouldn't taste good even though he said it smelled good. I was able to get him to take a couple bites. He said it tasted good, but he hasn't exactly asked to eat. I know that it is good now though, so we will have to try this again. Next time I think I might puree the strawberries so he doesn't see pieces in the bread. Maybe I will even add red food die for Valentine's day to make him think it will taste differently. Overall, it was excellent and I plan to try every bread recipe in this book.
Avocado Banana Mask
I am not one of those women that uses a daily moisturizer on my face or who does facial masks at night. I never really had much of a need to do it, but as I get older, I have noticed that my face dries out during winter really bad if I wash it with just about anything. If I use lotions or facial moisturizers on a regular basis, I get acne. Even the creams that are meant to prevent acne yet cure dry skin result in me either still having dry skin or getting the acne. I have a very weird type of skin and have never found a good solution to my problem.
That said, I wanted to make sure that I did a very thorough review of this cookbook. I selected the Avocado Banana Mask to try because it says it is for combination skin types.
It contains four simple ingredients that you mix in a blender. Smear it on your face and leave on for 15 minutes. It washes off pretty easily, leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth, and not even slightly itchy. The first time I used it, I did before bed. I did notice that it burned a little around my lips and on my forehead, but those were the driest areas of my face at the time. In the morning, I took a shower which immediately undid the effects of the mask. I felt like I needed to do the mask in the morning in order for my skin to stay feeling moisturized. This led me to using it a second time. I used it in the middle of the day and the rest of the day my face felt really nice. Normally I get flaky skin around my scalp and on my forehead, but the mask kept that from happening. It definitely worked nicer as something for earlier in the day rather than at night.
Banana Yogurt Mask
I decided to try a second mask. One that is designed to just be a moisturizer. Apparently banana has anti-wrinkle properties when used alone, so this particular mask seemed like a good one to try since I am starting to get more wrinkles. I will say that I am pretty sure I made it wrong. Banana when pureed tends to turn in a liquid. If I had thought about that I would have read the instructions a little better. Instead I mixed the ingredients together in my Ninja which created a very runny mask. I was still able to smear it on my face, but it was really messy. I couldn't put it on real thick, but I could feel it soaking it immediately. My whole face had a slight burn to it which I associate with things soaking into it since that is what I feel whenever I put chap stick on chapped lips. I liked this one, but I prefer a thicker mask for in the future.
Real food, real easy... for real people. Holly known as the “Queen of Quick” has used this motto to guide her through the creation of her trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, which has sold over one million books
TV: Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today Show, The 700 Club, D-Life on CNBC, QVC, This Week in Louisiana Agricuture Monthly Cooking Segment
Print: USA Today, First for Women, Cooking Light Magazine, Relish Magazine, Self Magazine, Louisiana Cookin Magazine, Southern Living Magazine,
Online: WebMD, Huffington Post, The Daily Meal, Diabetes Influencers, Albertsons, Relish.com and blogs
Holly's Phone App: Mobile Rush Hour Recipes: with recipes, shopping lists, photos, serving suggestions and nutritional information.
Spokesperson Partnerships: Walmart, diet Coke, Betty Crocker, Teflon/Dupont, Tyson, Louisiana Sweet Potatoes, Georgia Pecan Board, American Plastics Association, Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegars, Albertsons', Our Lady of Lake Regional Medical Cetner, Onni Channel Health Media
Watch Holly on Fox & Friends, Fox News
Watch Holly on ">The 700 Club CBN and The 700 Club, "Christmas with a Twist"
Watch Holly with Associated Food Stores
Watch Holly on SMT Leftover TIps with Plastics Make it Possible
Watch Holly's Wal-Mart webisode on Salsa Chicken
Clegg's Books in Print:
Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101
Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Too Hot in the Kitchen
Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites
Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Eating Well to Fight Arthritis
Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Diabetic Cooking, ADA
Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Freezer Friendly Meals
Eating Well Through Cancer: Easy Recipes & Recommendations During & After Treatment Alimentándose bien durante el cáncer: Recetas fáciles y recomendaciones durante y después del tratamiento.
Honors and Awards:
Tribute of Exellence Award, Baton Rouge, LA 2014
Top Chefs of Louisiana, American Culinary Federation of New Orleans,
"2000 Influential Women in Business" in Baton Rouge, LA
Twelve Most Outstanding Women of 1999 in Baton Rouge, LA
SMEI Outstanding Marketer of the Year, Baton Rouge, LA
YWCA Women of Achievement Award for Professional-Entrepreneur, Baton Rouge, LA
Winner of the 2002 "Readers Preference Editor's Choice Award for Cooking: Eating Well Through Cancer
Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, BA
Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London, England
Cordon Bleu Cooking School, Paris, France