LooneySpoons Cookbook Giveaway

by Guest Contributor

I’ll admit it – I’ve never been a great cook.  The kitchen is a place where I spend time because I am required to feed my family so they don’t die of malnutrition.  I’m afraid there have been times when they would rather die of starvation than eat what I have cooked for them.  It’s become even more of a chore to come up with nutritious and delicious meals as my boys have gotten older, because they are a lot more vocal now about the kinds of food they prefer.  So I have become more committed to learning how to create better meals.

Luckily I am getting more help these days in the cooking department since I started working full-time outside of my home.  My 10 year old loves to cook and Dad has been forced to take over some of the mealtime duties since I don’t get home sometimes until late in the evening.  It has been challenging to say the least.  So it was really a great surprise when we opened our mailbox last week and found a new cookbook inside!

The Looneyspoons Collection cookbook, by authors Janet and Greta Podleski,  arrived just in time to turn my frustrated fry boys into creative chefs!  They are both learning quickly how to make yummy meals and fun snacks that keep our family going while we adjust to the changes in our schedules and routines! (Your kids can learn too! Be sure and enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post for one of these fabulous cookbooks).

The Looneyspoons Collection cookbook is big!  It’s 400 pages filled with 325 recipes and tons of gorgeous food photos of hilariously named dishes that keep my family entertained and well-fed!  My husband, a fan of late 70′s and early 80′s TV shows, was eager to try the Erik Eggstrata dish, which is a beautiful casserole made with eggs, sausage, zucchini and red peppers.  No pictures.  They ate it all before I got home!

My son thought that Bananaberry Bombs sounded like something cool and delicious for a boy to make (Blueberry Banana muffins with oatmeal, flaxseed and wheat germ), so he and dad whipped some up tonight.

 

 

My little man raved about the taste, but was a little disappointed that they didn’t do something really cool in the oven while they were baking.  I asked him what he expected.  He said, “I don’t know.  I was hoping one might explode or something.”  Of course.  What else would a ten year old boy hope for from a Bananaberry Bomb!?

Some other great recipes we can’t wait to try are:

  • Darth Taters
  • Lord of the Wings
  •  Sticky Chicky.

Now I ask you – how can food with names like those NOT be tasty!?

The authors of the Looneyspoons collection, Janet and Greta, have a great sense of humor and use it, along with their nutritional expertise (Janet is a Registered Holistic Nutritionsist)  to make learning about good foods an enjoyable experience.  In addition to their successful and fun cookbooks, the Podleski Sisters now have their own food line available in Costco and they host a television show on The Food Network Canada called Eat, Shrink and Be Merry, where they take favorite recipes that may not be very healthly and give them a makeover using more nutritive ingredients.  Clearly they have a good handle on how to make cooking fun without sacrificing wholesome ingredients!

 

Things my family and I love about the Looneyspoons Collection Cookbook:

  • Hilarious and goofy recipe names
  • Lots of pictures (helps to know what the food should look like when you are done!)
  • Great “Nutrition Nugget” facts
  • Easy to read instructions
  • Healthy recipes that kids like

If there was one thing we could change (and of course with this being a cookbook you can do that) is the  fact that  we were spending a little more than usual from our grocery budget to get things like flax seed, wheat germ, ginger root and a few other spices and ingredients we haven’t really used before.   But — now that we have them,  it won’t be such an issue going forward.

The Looneyspoons Collection cookbook has really given our family a great gift.  It has lots of kid appeal and it has encouraged our family to interact in the kitchen a lot more while we cook fun and nutritious meals.  Thanks Podleski Sisters!

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Geri Chase is a freelance writer, blogger and mom/wife to two fantastic boys and an amazing husband.  When she’s not writing product reviews, Geri enjoys blogging about her life and family adventures over at I Am Boymom.



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1 Brandy W. April 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Sounds Yummy!!! You can never have too many cookbooks (especially with great recipes!!)

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2 June April 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm

If the kids will eat it and they do not complain, then the book is a life saver.

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3 Tamra April 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm

First of all I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing. I’ve had a difficult time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there. I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Cheers!

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4 Janelle April 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm

The Easy Peasy Orzo Salad looks tasty and easy to make.

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5 Liz April 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

There is a reason that advanced degrees are offered for cooking. And, no, I don’t do heart surgery either.

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6 Chuck April 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm

This will be a nice cookbook for the kids to help with also.

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7 Kerry April 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Favorite recipe??? I don’t think I could chose just one. Our family favs are Marsala Chicken, Parmesan Chicken & Rudy’s Chicken. I guess there’s a trend going here :-)
Thanks for offering the cookbook. Looks terrific.

Kerry

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8 Kerry April 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Subscribed through my google reader – subscribe button in toolbar :-)

Kerry

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9 Kerry April 18, 2012 at 4:36 pm

and now I’m following this blog on feedburner

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10 Jenn April 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Now this sounds like a fun cookbook! I’d like to try the Fee, Fie, Faux Fried Chicken :)

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11 Gail April 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Orzo salad looks good

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12 Tanya ~ The Chatty Mom April 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Already have an email subscription. :)

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13 Tanya ~ The Chatty Mom April 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm

My kiddles love to cook with me, so any new cookbook that comes into our home is welcomed!

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14 Tanya ~ The Chatty Mom April 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I a sucker for cheesecakes, so their Merry Cherry Cheesecake called to me right away.

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15 maureen April 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I love cherries and I love cheesecake and sweets so the Merry Cherry Cheesecake

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16 Lawann April 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Don’t have a favorite – yet. Would love to try some from the new cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway.

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17 Don April 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Great cookbook for the family.

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18 mrsshukra April 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I like the Fee, Fie, Faux Fried Chicken recipe!

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19 Idaho Jill April 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

it’s impossible to pick a favorite, but the Easy Peasy Orzo Salad looks yummy!

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20 Lori April 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm

So many great looking things to cook.

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21 Anne Lehnick April 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

My favorite recipe is Pie Caramba!

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22 Anne Lehnick April 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I subscribed to the RSS and email

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23 Jessica T April 19, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Mmmmmm . . .marsala chicken looks great!

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24 Garrett April 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Look’s like some tasty recipes in here.

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25 Angela E. April 21, 2012 at 11:47 am

The pie Crumba looks really good.

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26 Staci A April 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm

A Wok in the Pork sounds yummy!

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27 Create With Joy April 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Love cookbooks – Lord of the Wings sounds awesome!

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28 Van April 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Many of these recipes look like one’s we’d want to try.

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29 DAMIAN JARREAU April 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Merry Cherry Cheesecake

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30 Jeff April 23, 2012 at 9:08 am

All of these look so good.

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31 Angie April 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I would love to make the Merry Cherry Cheesecake.

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32 Christine April 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I like the Marsala Chicken.
Thanks for the chance!

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33 angie April 23, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I like the Pie Crumba.

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34 Lauren Knott April 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm

The Orzo salad looks yummy!

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35 laura ari April 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Fee, Fie, Faux Fried chicken would be hit in my house!

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36 Traci Lynn Butler April 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm

The Pie Caramba! looks great!

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37 Lisa L April 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm

A Wok in the Pork looks delicious!

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38 Lisa L April 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I’m an email & feed subscriber

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