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Our Sweet Basil Kitchen

Because of prior scheduling, I don't have room for a dedicated Friday Favorite this week. So this is kind of going to be it. One of my very favorite things to do is to cook and try new recipes. I have tons of blogs that I follow for recipes and is one of my very favorites. I love the glimpse you get into the lives of Cade and Carrian's family. I love their personality. Make sure you check out this great cookbook! I know I've been having tons of fun cooking from it.

About the cookbook: Cade and Carrian Cheney are the husband-and-wife team behind the popular Oh, Sweet Basil food blog. Carrian grew up in the Pacific Northwest and prefers garden-fresh produce, natural ingredients, and healthy eating. Cade, raised in South Carolina, loves all things Southern—particularly if it involves a grill.

Together, they have collected more than 100 recipes that combine their love of fresh ingredients with unexpected flavor combinations and mashups of tried-and-true family favorites. Their innovative dishes will elevate and reinvigorate your everyday recipes and impress your friends and family.

The Cheneys believe that "Cooking isn't just about the food, it's about the hands that created it. For us, that means sharing a little Southern comfort and a little farm-to-table. But wherever you are and whatever flavors you are sharing, remember that good food and good people make for a good life."

My review: I have been wanting this cookbook ever since I heard it was going to be coming out and that was last year sometime. And I have to say it was worth waiting for! 

The first thing I noticed about it when I opened it up was the way it's set up. It's set up with a little of everything. There are breakfasts, soups and salads, side dishes, main dishes and desserts. I love it when cookbooks include a little of everything, that just makes life easier and happier.

Another thing I really like about this one is that each and every recipe has a story that goes with it. I read through each and every one the day that I got it and it was really fun to see what they said about the recipes. I like the way a lot of the recipes are a blend between the authors Southern and Northwestern roots, it's just fun the way they combine the two and make things work for their family.

I've already made recipes out of the breakfasts, side dishes, main dishes and desserts in this one. And let me tell you, you NEED to make the Caramel Brownies out of this book. They are amazing. I had to freeze most of the pan so that I didn't eat the whole thing all at once. I made the Potato Rolls and the Busy Day Casserole out of this for my family the day that I got it and they were both amazing. And I made the Buttermilk Pancakes and the Buttermilk syrup for National Pancake Day last week and they were both so good as well. And I just made the Sweet and Sour Meatballs over the weekend, also so yummy! 

I'm excited to cook my way through these recipes! 

I was sent a copy of this cookbook in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase links: Amazon - Deseret Book

About the authors: Cade and Carrian began the Oh, Sweet Basil blog in 2013 as a way to share their recipes and to promote their philosophy that spending time together in the kitchen is about more than the meal.

As the parents of three children, they have found that cooking and eating together as a family helps them stay involved, try new things, create memories, and develop stronger bonds. Cade also works as a marketing director for a physical rehabilitation facility in the Rocky Mountain Region.

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