And This is Where I Give Away Some Chicken

*UPDATE* Well, all you wild chicken fans, we have some winners! Congrats to Christi of In His Step, Christie O of Baby Tea Leaves and reader (no blog) Kate at kdmyzell@yahoo.com. 
So, when I was contacted about interviewing Food Network’s Robin Miller about her new cookbook Robin Rescues Dinner and her Tyson partnership, I asked this burning question, “Does it include free chicken?”
Because I’m all about the yard bird.
Hiding from my kids in my backyard at 7:15 AM in my pajamas to interview a TV star, well, that was just a bonus.
I’m not much of a foodie blogger, but I was really intrigued by this new cookbook because Robin has filled it with nearly 400 recipes (52 weeks) that focus on healthy, easy family-friendly recipes. She also uses a lot of the Tyson Frozen Chicken and Beef Strips in her recipes in an effort to not heat up her oven in the summer. 
And if you haven’t heard by now, it is hot in Texas. Our church actually prayed for rain on Sunday. And a rain dance my be next on the agenda.
Robin Rescues Dinner by Robin Miller: Book Cover
So, here’s what I asked Robin:
  1.   How did you go from the Mom cooking at home to the Mom cooking on TV? 
“I didn’t pursue it. I was on TV working for Family Circle magazine. I went from cranberry sauce, that I’d never made before on Tuesday, to making cookies with Al Roker on Sunday on The Today Show. Cooking came first and then my boys, who are 5 and 7 came next. So, my cooking style has changed. I used to carmelize and deglaze and spend hours in the kitchen. Now I try to get the same flavors in a shorter amount of time and that’s why I write the way I do.”
2.   Do you have a lot of no cook, oven-free recipes? 
“Yes. I have full meals including desserts that don’t require heating up the kitchen. There are so many ways to keep it cool in the kitchen and still have a healthy meal. I also like to use the early morning hours to boil rice and heat up the stove when it’s still cool.”    
3.   Do you have any healthy fun snack ideas for toddlers? 
“I try to think outside the box. I like to make sure my kids get a lot of protein throughout the day because my little boys are active. Why can’t you have whole grain cereal as a snack after school or breakfast for dinner? If my kids are starving at 4:30 pm, I give them dinner and a snack at 7:00 pm. I love using Tyson’s fully cooked chicken dipped in salsa or honey mustard. This is a great healthy snack. I like to make every snack count and not just feed them.”

And because I couldn’t resist:
4.  Have you had any THAT family moments in the kitchen? 
“We are always THAT family. In WalMart or the Supermarket, my kids are the ones running around. We drop eggs on the floor, too. Kitchen disasters happen once a week. It’s usually a spill or a mess. I like bringing my kids into the kitchen to cook with me. It’s a bonding moment and they like to cook with me. I like to turn those THAT family moments into I’m proud to be THAT family moments. There’s no shame.”
Today, I’m giving away 3 of her brand new cookbooks. They are fabulous. Each winner will also got 3 coupons for bags of Tyson chicken or beef strips! (These coupons retail at $9.99 each). Today’s total giveaway value: $150 
That’s a lot of chicken.
Just leave a comment and tell me how you keep your kitchen cool in the summer to be entered!
This giveaway will end on Thursday.

Comments

  1. says

    I don't worry about it too much. We have central air and it doesn't get too hot, but I do use the crockpot … out on the back patio … and grill and keep it simple. Lighter foods just seem more appealing when it's hot outside.

  2. says

    Looks like a great cookbook! I keep the kitchen cool in the summer by using my big crockpot for the main course (leaves lots of leftovers). You can put your crockpot on the porch, if it is protected. That really keeps the inside cool.
    I make sure when I do cook, I make a lot of extra food so we have leftovers to keep in the fridge or to freeze.
    Also we eat a lot of salads and sandwiches in the summer.

  3. says

    This sounds like a great cookbook! I try to keep the kitchen cool by using the crock pot and my trusty electric skillet as much as possible. (Of course, there's always bringing home take out, but that gets expensive!)

  4. says

    The grill!!! Hubby outside!!! The toaster oven is a good emergency oven. It will make us a small dinner and not heat up the house. I have been married 36 years and every summer I wonder how on Earth I get through this time and still feed my hubby. I could eat salads everyday… not so much him though. i am going to read over these comments and get some ideas.

  5. says

    Air Conditioning. Just kidding :)

    I try and cook when its cool and freeze extras so we can just thaw and use the microwave when its hot. We eat salads and such, use the grill and the crockpot and just do what we can to NOT TURN ON THE OVEN. Doesn't always work, but I keep getting better at it.

    Thanks for the giveaway…I'd love to give these a try and always LOVE a new cookbook!

    Heather

  6. says

    I use my crock pot as much as possible and use stove-top cooking the rest of the time. Hubby used the oven for chocolate chip cookies on Sunday, but that's it for us!

  7. Anonymous says

    South Texas dictates that we have cook-top meals a lot rather than use the oven…but it's stil hot!!!

    emilyslinger at juno dot com

  8. says

    We do lots of sandwiches and wraps in the summer. Crockpot cooking is nice but you still end up with hot food so we have been rethinking that as well. Sometimes we do pastas without a heavy sauce. When I do have to cook I try to make a lot so we have plenty of leftovers. At least that way I am only making the kitchen/house hot a few times a week instead of nearly every night.

  9. says

    The crock pot is great, or I try to cook early in the day, then we can just re-heat in the microwave. Also, salads and sandwhiches are my go-to when I don't want to heat up the kitchen.

  10. says

    We eat a lot of salads – including pasta salads or whole-grain salads. Or we even like to just do "snack" meals: chips and salsa, veggies with hummus, cheese and crackers.

  11. says

    I'm always looking for chicken recipes – especially ways to keep the kitchen cool, stay healthy, and beat the clock recipes. Cooking is not really my joy, either!

    Enjoyed your column, first time at your blog – I love it!

  12. says

    I use my crockpot or roaster oven (the one I use for the Thanksgiving turkey), and plug them in on the back deck. That way I don't use the oven, or heat INSIDE of the house. My husband is so proud of me. (I also did tape tin foil over the windows that face south.–a bit nutso, I know, but it really does help!)

  13. says

    In the summer months, the options are – cold food, grilled food, or cooked in the crockpot. Period. I am NOT turning on the oven that heats up more than half of my 1100 square feet if the temp is above 65. Even the stovetop only gets used for quick stir fries or rice.

  14. says

    I love watching Robin on Food Network!

    Of course, we do the usual…eat out, cook in the morning, salads & sandwiches, & grill.

    One afternoon last summer, we had a neighbor with a really large grill/smoker. All the neighbors brought out some meat to grill for their family & a side to share. It was a lot of fun & no one had to heat up their kitchen that day!

  15. says

    Oh pick me pick me! We eat so much Chicken! This would be awesome and the cookbook sounds like a great resource.

    Thanks for the chance!
    *Shay B*
    Tigger2sch(at)aol(dot)com

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