Book Giveaway: Cooking for Crowds



Today I’m giving away a copy of a neat cookbook called Cooking for Crowds. This book contains an eclectic mix of recipes scaled and proven to please a crowd, whether your version of crowd is 6, 12, 20, or 50.  The author is my kind of cook, and features a huge variety of recipes from different countries.

Appetizers include Momos, meat-filled dumplings from Tibet, and Senegalese Soup, a smooth cream of chicken soup with curry that feature apples and celery.  (I just might make this tomorrow!)

Main dishes include Pork Vindaloo, a hot Indian curry and Cocido Valenciana, a Spanish version of the New England boiled dinner.

Desserts include Linzertorte (a nut pastry jam tart), Lemon Mousse, and a Nepali Fruit Dahi, which is a fresh fruit and spiced yogurt mixture that features fresh coconut.  Yum!

Here’s the recipe for the Senegalese Soup.  I’ll add my own photos when I make the dish later today, but  the one below is from  I am thinking about adding cubed cooked chicken and macaroni noodles to this recipe after step 2 so it is hearty enough to be a meal.

Senegalese Cream of Chicken Soup

Yield: Serves 6

Senegalese Cream of Chicken Soup


  • 2 tart apples, peeled and chipped
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • salt, chili powder and cayenne to taste


  1. In a large saucepan sautee onions, celery and apple in butter until soft but not brown. Add curry powder and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add flour and cook stirring, 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in broth and simmer until it thickens. Puree in blender a few cups at a time (or use immersion blender).
  3. Stir in cream and add salt, chili powder and cayenne to taste. Cook on medium heat until heated through, about 10 minutes. Can also served chilled.

To enter the drawing, comment below and tell me one meal you are planning to cook this week.  I’ll choose a winner later in the week.


  1. We’re planning on beans and ham. The hubby smoked a ham last week and I can’t wait to get down to the bone to use in the beans!!

  2. Mary, I’ll be cooking one of Casual Kitchen’s least expensive and easiest meals: Black Beans and Rice:

    Dan @ Casual Kitchen

  3. Bonita Timmons says:

    i will probably be making something with chicken not quite sure yet maybe simple chicken and rice and veggies:)
    i sometimes get ideas from your cookbook

  4. A big pot of Minstrone soup for our unusually snowy Oregon weather.

  5. We will be having curried chickpeas with spinach for dinner tonight! I’m having trouble linking, but the recipe is from Budget Bytes.

  6. Frittata

  7. Angela Mayer says:

    Italian sausages with sauteed greens tonight, perhaps with a side of quinoa and some fruit. Easy dinner for a busy day. My favorite with the sausages is a big pan of cabbage, but I happen to have greens instead.

  8. I’ll be cooking a 15-pound pork roast that was given to us! That ought to last us a couple meals 🙂

  9. Kim Stewart says:

    I’m actually putting together four main dishes today to be ready for the week-
    1) turkey pot pie to use up some leftover turkey breast
    2) red beans and rice in the crockpot to use the ham bone and ham scraps
    3) Pastitsio to use some precooked ground beef that I got on clearance
    4) Spaghetti sauce to use more of the ground beef.

    It’s cold and wintery mix so good day to warm up the house by cooking!

  10. Kim Stewart says:

    It’s cold and a wintery mix is falling from the skies so it’s a good day to stay in and cook so I’m putting together 4 main dishes to have this week.
    1) Turkey Pot Pie- to use up some leftover turkey breast
    2) Red Beans and Rice- in the crockpot to use the ham bone and the ham scraps
    3) Pastitsio- to use some ground beef that I got on clearance and precooked
    4) Spaghetti Sauce- to use up more of that ground beef

  11. We got tons of potatoes in our bountiful basket this week, so we will be having a baked potato bar tonight, and probably potato chowder (your recipe) later in the week. This cookbook looks fantastic!

  12. I am going to get the turkey carcass out of the freezer and make turkey and rice soup to warm up the family and the house.

  13. SpAghetti with meat sauce. The sauce will be homemade. The pasta will not.

  14. Ooh, this does sound like a great resource!

    I’ll be making a grain-free version of Scotch eggs for breakfast later this week. I’ll probably serve it with some fresh fruit.

  15. I have the chicken carcass from 2 days ago bubbling away in the crockpot with the addition of onions, a few cloves of garlic, and a random assortment of spices. Should make for a yummy soup tonight!

  16. Making from Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman the leek/potato pizza- we love this one!

  17. White chili

  18. Hoping to make some of your African peanut chicken with cous cous. We love that stuff!! This cookbook sure would come in handy by the way since I work for a caterer 🙂

  19. Spinach Casserole

  20. Curried Butternut Squash soup – must use the last butternut squash sitting on my counter 😉

  21. It’s actually cold here in Texas, for a change, so I will be making a big pot of turkey chili. Mmmm mmmm good.

  22. Lentil soup with chicken sausage.

  23. We’re planning on Lentil soup…to keep us warm and use up some of our stash.

  24. I’ll be cooking a ham that’s in my deep freeze. 🙂

  25. I’m making a chicken enchilada casserole (X2) & a huge crockpot full of pinto beans. I plan to feed my family some tonight, then freeze the rest for a couple of quick meals to use during the busy week before Christmas. With eight kids, it’s a disaster if I don’t have a meal plan. These meals will take some of the “thinking” pressure off of me.

  26. I am planning on hamburger and potato casserole and acorn squash stuffed with apples. Yummy!

  27. I hope to make some beef barley soup!

  28. Potato Leek soup. We are getting over sickness at our house, so that will be very healthy and calming to little tummies.

  29. Breakfast for dinner one night this week. Sausage eggs and toast

  30. This week I’ll be making homemade bread and soup. 🙂 Perfect for the chilly weather.

  31. Chili and big salads with seasoned chicken on top another night…..mmmmmmmmmmm

  32. I’ve been trying to make bread consistently as well as a big pot of soup once or twice a week. Good for the budget and good to have some great healthy “convenience” food(leftover soup!) on hand! Today I did a cheesy potato broccoli that turned out a really pretty golden color, thanks to some curry seasoning. Love soup weather!

  33. Lasagne soup, one of our favorites.

  34. Soups, white chicken chili is up next.

  35. your story on NPR today reminded me of how my 95-yr.-old mom likes chicken or turkey soup especially when I put Brussels sprouts in it. I’ll make that tomorrow, and I promise i’ll be careful not to let it burn.