VELVEETA INCREDIBLY EASY RECIPES - by Kraft
This cookbook has a copyright of 2009. I bought this cookbook in the discount section at Barnes and Noble. I have never cooked from this cookbook before.
Don't judge. I love Velveeta. It works wonders in a Mac and Cheese recipe. I've been making Patti LaBelle's Over The Rainbow Macaroni and Cheese for years and everyone loves it. Velveeta's even been known to show up in fudge (don't be scared off, try Paula Deens Peanut Butter Fudge). Velveeta melts wonderfully and it gives a creaminess to dishes that's hard to beat. So of course when I came across this cookbook, I had to buy it.
If you like Velveeta you'll love this cookbook. If you are completely afraid of it and believe that Velveeta is right up there with Twinkies as being a completely fake food product that will survive with the cockroaches when Armageddon hits, this is not the cookbook for you. I'm going to assume that every Doomsday Prepper has some Velveeta in their stockpile so this cookbook might come in handy if you know one.
This is a spiral bound, hardback cookbook. There are four chapters: Party-Time Dips; Crowd-Pleasing Entrees; Soups & Sandwiches; and Appetizers, Snacks and Sides. Each recipe comes with a photo (most a full page though there are a few half page). The directions are simple and easy to follow. Some of the recipes have photos of the ingredients you need. Some recipes have photographic step by steps of what to do. Most of the recipes come with helpful hints and suggestions: Serving Suggestions (serve fresh fruit and cut up fresh veggies to go with the Velveeta Wow! Burger); Substitutions (use horseradish instead of mayo); shortcuts; variations; what to do with leftovers etc. A lot of the ingredients are listed by brand name (Grey Poupon mustard, Philadelphia Cream Cheese) since this is a Kraft cookbook but other brands could be easily substituted. No real out there ingredients. Yes, there are recipes that call for canned or frozen ingredients but if you are using Velveeta, this probably wouldn't bother you or you can figure out how to substitute fresh. The index is pretty worthless as it only lists the names of the recipes. There is a metric conversion chart.
As someone who has no problem eating Velveeta, I pretty much would eat most of the recipes in this cookbook. I've made variations of some of these dishes many times. Take a can of chili and add some Velveeta? Super simple and tasty dip. I could easily list every single one of these recipes to try but the ones that stood out: Ultimate Queso Dip (this is the famous Ro*Tel Dip); Hot Broccoli Dip; Bacon and Green Onion Dip; Spicy Buffalo Dip; Cheeseburger Mac; Cheesy Red Beans & Rice; Chicken Fiesta Chili Mac; Mexican Tortilla Stack; Tex-Mex Beef and Potatoes; Cheesy Spinach Soup; Southwestern Corn Soup; Salsa Joe Sandwich; Bacon-Spinach Bites; Cheesy Chipotle Vegetable Bake; and Easy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes.
Is this a cookbook for someone on a diet? No. Do I eat Velveeta on a regular basis? No. I do admit to making the Over The Rainbow Mac and Cheese several times a year (great pot-luck dish) and every once in a while I use small bits of Velveeta in recipes to get that creamy cheese consistency. This would be a great cookbook to give someone who loves Velveeta and wants really simple easy recipes.