Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Book Review - The Hour That Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Meal




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The Hour That Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Meal


From the Back Cover
Dinnertime—It’s More Than Just a Meal
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott have discovered the surprising impact that something as simple as sharing a meal together can have on a family. And they aren’t alone. Researchers across the board are finding that an hour around the dinner table can really tether a family together and help you raise up healthier, happier kids.

Featuring the inspiring story of Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna, the founders of Dream Dinners, The Hour That Matters Most shows you how to nourish and nurture your family through regular meal times.

An inspiring, practical book packed with everything you need to help you make the most of the dinnertime hour, The Hour That Matters Most includes

never-before-published recipes
expert cooking tips and ideas
color photos of family-favorite meals
dozens of conversation starters to get your kids talking around the table


If you’re looking for ways to bring love and laughter to your home, rediscover the remarkable power of the family meal in The Hour That Matters Most.

I really enjoyed this book and got a lot more out of it than I'd originally thought I would. My family is starting to struggle with eating a family dinner together, with both parents working outside the home, and two growing boys that are getting more involved with social activities. There is lots of food for thought in this book and you will enjoy all the discussion questions and ideas to implement with your own family! I know I have.

My family enjoyed this recipe very much.

Mama's Macaroni and Cheese (serves 6)
5 cups cooked elbow macaroni (about 1 pound dry)
3 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1 Teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups 2% milk
2 cup cubed America cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Boil pasta as directed on package. Drain. Melt butter in heavy saute pan, and whisk in flour and salt, just until golden brown. Add pepper to taste. Add cubed American cheese, blending until melted. Add shredded cheddar and blend until melted. Add cooked macaroni and toss to coat. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish and sprinkle top with bread crumbs. Freeze if desired. Before baking, thaw completely. Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until knife comes out clean when inserted.

Taken from Hour that Matters Most by Les and Leslie Parrott with Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna. Copyright © 2011 by Les and Leslie Parrott and Dream Dinners. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

· The Hour That Matters Most launched September 6, 2011

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