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If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I love quick, easy meals. So you can only imagine how excited I was when I received a copy of Jennifer Chandler’s book – Simply Suppers – to try out. I knew it was going to be a good cookbook when I read this in the introduction:

“Good food isn’t about being gourmet…it’s about being delicious.”

I’m thinking that needs to become my motto!! This book is packed full of not only recipes, but 30 different recipes that can be done in 30 minutes, 10 recipes that can be used as leftover chicken makeovers, 20 freezer meals and a great list of what you need for a well-stocked kitchen.

Number of Photos: lots

There is a photo for almost every recipe in the book. But I do have to mention, though, that this was my biggest disappointment with this cookbook. The quality of the photos is horrible. It almost looks like the photo was taken too small, and then blown up for the cookbook. It does show you what the finished dish will look like, but these aren’t photos that make you want to lick the pages. I say that it’s my biggest disappointment because I really had some great recipes from this book, but if I would have originally pulled it off a shelf at the bookstore, I probably would have put it back. Which is a shame, because the recipes are great!

Difficulty Level of Recipes: easy

There is nothing difficult or gourmet about these recipes!

Availability of Ingredients: easy

Not only are the ingredients easy to find ingredients, but I think that this would be a cookbook I could grab any night of the week and have most of the ingredients on hand.

Here’s what I made!


Chicken a la King

I already have a favorite Chicken a la King recipe, so I don’t know why I kept going back to this recipe. I just couldn’t get it out of my head. I’m really glad I made it, though, because it was really good. I do have to say that I prefer a biscuit base instead of the toast that was called for in this recipe, but toast makes a great substitution for when you are making this in a pinch.


Grilled Jalepeno Pimento Cheese Sandwich

I am a huge pimento cheese fan, so I was all over this one! This is a little unique in that it calls for roasted red peppers instead of jarred pimentos. But pimentos are peppers, so I guess it makes sense (plus I usually have roasted red peppers on hand, but I don’t always have pimentos!) This is an ooey, gooey sandwich that everyone will love.


Hot Cocoa Chocolate Pudding

I was so excited for this one, but it was the only one that let me down. Maybe I cooked it too long, but it did not have a pudding texture at all – it was just way too thick. Plus, the butter completely separated from the pudding, so it didn’t look appetizing at all. But it did pack a ton of chocolate flavor, and maybe I need to give it another try and not cook it as long…

Cheeseburger Pie | www.tasteandtellblog.com #recipe

Cheeseburger Pie

This was the surprising winner of the 4 recipes that I tried. I found a frozen homemade crust in my freezer and I thought this would be a great way to use it up. (I really wish I knew what recipe I used with that crust, though, because it was amazing!) I thought this was going to be just an ok recipe, but it ended up being one that I would definitely make again. The crust totally made a difference, so I would make one from scratch or at least use a store bought crust that you love. We gobbled this right up!!

Overall thoughts…

Overall, the recipes in this book aren’t earth shattering or totally unique, but that’s what I love about it. There are lots of every day recipes, but many do have an unexpected twist or ingredient that really makes them stand out. This is one that I would definitely recommend!

Cheeseburger Pie
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Perfect for cheeseburger lovers, this savory pie is comforting, filling, and delicious!
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 unbaked pie crust, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup small-curd cottage cheese
  • 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 395 degrees.
  2. Place the pie crust in a deep-dish pie pan. Flute the edges, if desired. Place the prepared pie crust in the refrigerator until ready to fill.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the oil until a few droplets of water sizzle when carefully sprinkled in the skillet. Add the ground beef and onion. Cook, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon, until the meat is browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer the meat and onions to a colander and drain off the excess fat. In a large bowl, stir the meat and onion with the flour and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pie crust.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the eggs and cottage cheese. Spoon the cottage cheese mixture evenly over the beef. Arrange tomato slices on top of the cottage cheese and sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly over the top.
  5. Bake until set and the cheese has melted, about 30 minutes.
  6. ----------------------------
  7. from Simply Suppers

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The publisher of this cookbook, Thomas Nelson Publishing, had generously offered up 3 copies of this cookbook for me to giveaway! Want to win one?

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Disclosure: I received a free copy for this review. The publisher is also providing the copies that are being given away. No monetary compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions above are my own. Others experience may vary.

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63 Responses to Cheeseburger Pie {Simply Suppers | A Review}

  1. Mindy says:

    I just had my third baby so our go-to meal these days is yogurt with cereal and fruit. I’m impressed with how much you cook with two small children! Hopefully I will get a routine again and be able to cook better in the future…

  2. Mindy says:

    I follow you on facebook. Love your blog. Thanks!

  3. Megan says:

    My favorite weeknight meal is Eggplant Parm! It’s so easy to put together, and my boyfriend loves it.

  4. Megan says:

    I follow you on Facebook!

  5. Megan says:

    I also follow you on Twitter!

  6. Jessica says:

    Our favorite go to meal used to always be tacos. Yep, simplistic. Part of why we started our blog. But we love a good simple meal!

  7. Jessica says:

    Follow you on FB, thank you!

  8. Jessica says:

    Also following on Twitter!

  9. Kimberly says:

    I think spaghetti or pizza would be a favorite go-to. I always have those ingredients on hand and everyone loves both.

  10. Teri Carter says:

    looks like this could be a fun cook-book to have around. Our usual go to dinner is chicken taco’s. Quick, easy and yummers. Plus my 10 year can almost cook them herself. She loves to cook as much as mom!

  11. Kimberly says:

    I like you on facebook.

  12. Teri Carter says:

    Follow on Twitter

  13. Melissa G says:

    Our favorite go to week night meal is mac & cheese. The kids gobble it up like it’s nobody’s business!

  14. Melissa G says:

    I follow you on FB.

  15. KristinaYellow says:

    My go-to meal generally is pasta. I can throw together a quick red sauce and get some pasta done…presto! 🙂

  16. KristinaYellow says:

    I follow you on facebook 🙂

  17. Barbara says:

    This sounds like a great cookbook and one I wish I had. They’ve just got to have photos! Then you know if you’ve screwed up or not. On the other hand, these recipes look nice and simple to make. Interesting the cheeseburger pie was the big winner!
    My go-to meal at night is always pasta in some form. I always have it in the pantry.

  18. JEN B says:

    I would love this….
    usually the go to meal is mac & cheese or welsh rarebit….
    thanks for the giveaway!

  19. I love a quick and easy meal. The cookbook looks like it has some good ideas. Our go-to quick and easy weeknight meal is BFD-breakfast for dinner. 🙂 We generally throw together a quiche, with frozen pie crust, or an omelet. If we are really running out of ideas chocolate chip pancakes make an appearance.

  20. Kelly Perry says:

    homemade calzones!

  21. Kelly Perry says:

    FB follower

  22. Chris M. says:

    Go to is chicken salsa and veg. (probably steamed broccoli)

  23. Joanne says:

    It’s really too bad about the pictures, but other than that this book sounds awesome! Great review, as usual my love!

    My favorite week-night go-to dinner is stir fried veggies over polenta! Quick, healthy, and delicious!

  24. Sarah J says:

    Go to dinner would have to be taco’s or spaghetti. So easy to make!

  25. Alli says:

    I love your cookbook reviews. They are seriously so helpful and informative. LOVE. Lately our go to has been roasted chicken with assorted roasted veggies. Now that it is getting hot I think we willbe hitting up the grill more. That cheeseburger pie looks great.

  26. My favorite go to meal is some form of tacos!

  27. Ivelisse says:

    My go to meal is rice and beans just like when I was growing up in Puerto Rico.

  28. Karla says:

    Hey there! This cookbook looks great! I love easy/fast meal ideas. My favorite weekday meal is usually a soup (if I remember to soak beans in advance!) or something really easy like pan fried polenta.

  29. My go to is any form of TACOS! So easy and something we always love!

  30. Heather Spooner says:

    My go to meal is tuna salad.

  31. Beth Cook says:

    Love your blog! My husband and I love buffalo burgers made with ground chicken. So easy, quick and yummy!

  32. Sharon says:

    My go-to is paninis, using whatever’s in the frig!

  33. Sharon says:

    I follow Taste and Tell on facebook.
    (Sharon O.)

  34. Sharon says:

    I follow Taste and Tell on twitter @sharonjo2

  35. Sharon says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed via google reader.

  36. Shandi says:

    My go to meal is a curried chicken, broccoli, and rice casserole. Super fast, super easy, super delicious!

  37. Shandi says:

    I am following you on FB!

  38. Kristin Taylor says:

    I love tacos or meatballs and spaghetti.

  39. My favorite weeknight meal is spinach-bacon pasta. I just boil noodles, thaw and heat a box of creamed spinach and crumble a few slices of bacon. Mix it all up and serve with a salad and bread. So easy and so good!

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  45. Tasha says:

    My go to is either pasta with peas and parmesan, veggie frittata or bean tacos. All super easy and require no pre-planning (such as defrosting or marinating).

  46. danielle says:

    Pasta or Chili

  47. danielle says:

    I follow you!!

  48. Jennifurla says:

    Love the cheeseburger pie.

    My favorite go to meal on a week night is actually breakfast!@ We love scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese and 2 pieces of toast.

  49. Jenn says:

    I obviously didn’t eat enough before reading your blog today because I am sooo hungry now! Anyway, we love meatloaf cupcakes in our house. Simple recipe and super fun with special “frosting” on top! Tastes great and the kids love it!!!

  50. Stacy says:

    Hi! My favorite go to meal is a freezer meal! Once every couple of months, I will take a Saturday and cook about 8 meals. Then I portion them up and freeze them individually. So nice to feel like chicken & rice, chicken enchiladas, shepherd’s pie, lasagna, or something else, and be able to have it in 5 minutes 🙂

  51. Stacy says:

    I also follow this blog. It always makes me hungry!

  52. Tessa says:

    Our favorite go-to meal has to be grilled hamburgers. I always try to keep ground beef patties in the freezer, so they make a great quick meal! All you have to do is fire up the grill!

  53. melissa says:

    Follow you on Facebook:) My on the go meal is pasta like a lot of others here. Simple to make and we normally always have lettuce or bagged salad around to make a quick side.

  54. Taylor says:

    My favorite go-to weeknight meal is leftovers!

  55. Taylor says:

    Also, I follow you on Twitter

  56. Emily says:

    When I have time, I like to make up a big batch of carnitas meat and freeze it. When I get home from work during the week, all I have to do is take it out of the freezer and warm it up. Its great for tacos, nachos, salad…