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Monday, October 25, 2010

Sunday Supper with Pam Anderson’s ‘Perfect One-Dish Dinners’ (and a giveaway!)

This giveaway is now closed. But please keep reading to learn about this cookbook because that’s what this post is all about!

I recently had the choice opportunity of meeting cookbook author Pam Anderson and her lovely daughter Maggy Keet. Pam, Maggy and Pam’s other daughter Sharon have a really delightful food blog called Three Many Cooks and I’ve admired them from afar for a long time. I can finally say that we are “in-real-life” friends and boy am I happy about that!

Pam’s published oodles of fab cookbooks and her latest book isΒ Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers. Maggy sent me a copy when the book first came out and it is beautiful. It’s full of, you guessed it, one-dish dinners…and Pam also creates entire menu plans for easy entertaining. Being the meal planner that I am, I love it! Maggy emailed a bunch of food bloggers last week and invited us to join them for “Sunday Supper.” Basically, we all made dinner from the book and are writing about our experience on the same day…which is today!

Our little family virtually joined the Anderson family for Sunday Supper yesterday. And it was fabulous. The food was amazing and it was so nice to sit down and have dinner as a family. (Nate works late a lot, so this doesn’t happen as often as we’d like.) I chose to cook the Coq au Vin Blanc, served with Baby Spinach with Beets & Goat Cheese. And we topped it all off with Chocolate Mousse. It was a very French meal that every last one of us was pleased with.

The Coq au Vin Blanc was a great recipe. I already had a lot of the ingredients on hand and it was simple to prepare. And did I mention unbelievably tasty?

The spinach salad was very similar to one of my Cafe Borrone favorites, so obviously I was super happy about that! (And, yes, the salad below is not dressed…we drizzled our olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette right before we ate it!)

And the chocolate mousse? First of all, it doesn’t have cream in the recipe. That earns, oh, 100 points in my book. Second of all, it’s so rich it can kill. Another 100 points. My unusually high tolerance for ultra rich chocolate desserts is apparently genetic…Cate ate all of hers AND Anna’s. (And…I think she was awake a few hours later than normal last night!)

Anyway, Pam has done it again. And I’m not just saying that because I think she’s the bee’s knees. Although, she is. But, really, her new book is wonderful. Nate was commenting during dinner about what a great concept the idea of one-dish dinners is. He’s right!

Since I love sharing, and Pam does too, we’re giving away TWO copies of Perfect One-Dish Dinners! You know the drill, just add a comment to this post! You have until Midnight PT on Friday, October 29 to post your comment. Two lucky people will be randomly-selected and the winner announced on Saturday, 10/30. (Books must be shipped to a continental U.S. address.)

Bonus! We’re including the recipe for the Chocolate Mousse in this post. Click more below to see the recipe!

Bonus Dos! I’m also listing all the other Sunday Supper posts after the recipe.

Creamless Chocolate Mousse with Vanilla Ice Cream
By Pam Anderson, Perfect One-Dish Dinners
– 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
– 1/4 cup sugar, divided
– 3 large eggs, separated
– 3 tablespoons dark rum (I didn’t have any, so I just left it out)
– Pinch salt
– 1 pint premium vanilla ice cream

Melt chocolate and 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl over a pan of simmering water. Remove bowl from heat and whisk in yolks, one at a time, until chocolate is stiff but smooth. Whisk in rum and set aside.

Meanwhile, beat egg whites and salt in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until foamy. Continue to beat, gradually adding remaining 2 tablespoons sugar until stiff peaks form. Stir 1/2 cup whipped egg whites into chocolate to loosen it. Fold in remaining egg whites until well blended. Cover and refrigerate.

To serve, scoop 1/3 cup mousse and 1/3 cup ice cream into a goblet.

Jane note: I don’t know if my medium eggs threw the recipe off, but…the mousse was perfect right after I made it and after being in the fridge for about 10 minutes. When I put the remainder in the fridge for later, the mousse turned into more of a fudge texture, and leaving it out of the fridge to “warm” didn’t soften it. I would recommend making the mousse not long before you’re actually going to eat it, and, if you need to refrigerate, only do so for a short time.

Sunday Supper Posts!


  1. 1

    I;m pretty sure I would still like to eat a fudgy chocolate mousse!

  2. 2
    Teacher Amber

    I’ve already put this book on my Christmas list, and not surprisingly, my husband can’t remember the title but has no trouble remembering the author! Needless to say, I would not mind getting an early Christmas gift…especially one for free!

  3. 3
    Lori H

    I would love to win this cookbook! I read them like novels…:)

  4. 4

    Perfect One Dish Dinners would fit great into our lifestyle. With one of us constantly flying out, dinner can be made ahead and frozen in single servings. Easy from start to finish!

  5. 5

    Oh this’d be great to have on hand when the new baby arrives(or rather, when grandma brings it from the continental US to our house to see said new baby). I’m always looking for one dish meals.

  6. I’m all about saving time in the kitchen…especially if that means more time with loved ones…and chocolate mousse. πŸ˜‰

  7. 7
    shanna boatler

    i could so use a one dish cookbook!

  8. 8

    I would love that cookbook! I’ve heard lots of good things about it!

  9. 9

    Ohh! I would love this!

  10. 10

    Wow, this looks great. The best thing about a one dish dinner? Only one dish to clean!

  11. 11

    I am loving Pam’s latest book! Great meal here! I can’t wait to make that dessert!

  12. 12
    Diana J.

    Sounds like a great time!

  13. I love to make one dish dinners and slow cooker meals. The easier the better.

  14. I’m for sure making that dessert! Pure love is what that is πŸ™‚

  15. 15

    Oh cookboooks…can you ever have too many? I think not.

  16. 16
    Dawn Y

    I have been looking for this book….you always make great recommendations for dinner!!!

  17. I love cooking AND saving time. The dessert sounds oh so sinful. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for offering up such a great giveaway. My mouth is watering!

  18. 18

    I would LOVE to win!!

  19. 19

    this cookbook is definitely what i need with 3 kids. I’ve been looking for more meals like these.

  20. 20

    Anything with artichokes is on my list!

  21. 21

    Looks like a great cookbook. I’d love to have it.

  22. What a wonderful idea for a cookbook! And the recipes you made look delicious too!

  23. 23
    Jen Ketcher

    I would love to win this cookbook! It’d be a great help!

  24. 24

    Sounds perfect!

  25. 25

    My coaching seasons are starting very soon and I’m always looking for recipes that are yummy and easy to prepare so that when I can’t be home my husband can do it!
    This would be GREAT!!

  26. 26

    Early Christmas present for me!!! I LOVE cookbooks!

  27. 27
    Brooke Todd

    christmas present please!

  28. I have a one-pot cookbook and have been eager to find another!

  29. I think Pam Anderson is the best! I love her and her daughters’ blog. I drove 60 miles one way to see her teach a cooking class at Sur la Table.

    Thanks for this post and sharing the mousse recipe. Can’t wait to try it. I am a chocoholic.

  30. 30

    I’m just starting to build my cookbook collection! Would love this! I love visiting your page, by the way. Have made several of the recipes you post — much to the delight of my fiance — YUM!

  31. 31

    sounds great!

  32. 32
    Kim H

    What a great cookbook idea! The recipe looks delish

  33. 33

    I would love to have this book! I have her other cookbooks and they are GREAT!

  34. 34

    We’re in the midst of a kichen remodel and looking for simple, good recipes that we can adapt to our makeshift kitchen. Also, I’m lusting after new things to try once the kitchen is done!

  35. 35

    This cookbook sounds great!

  36. 36

    This book looks great, I love any excuse for fewer dishes, especially since I don’t have a dishwasher.

  37. 37

    That sounds like a cookbook right up my alley!

  38. 38

    Chocolate mousse … yumm. I’m addicted to cookbooks, would love another one!

  39. 40
    Sarah A

    My name is Sarah and I am addicted to COOKBOOKS

  40. 41

    oooh – one dish dinners – that’s what I need more of!

  41. 42

    One dish dinners sounds great.

  42. 43

    looks good!

  43. 44
    Barbara Ann Baker

    If I don’t win this book, I may have to purchase it!

  44. 45

    That mousse looks AMAZING!!!

  45. 46

    I’m always looking for great easy, home-cooked meals! Thanks for sharing!

  46. Something with mushrooms…looks divine!

  47. When are you coming to Denver?

  48. 49
    Margaret Guerra

    sounds like a wonderful way to squeeze in more imaginative family dinners.

  49. 50

    I would love this book and thanks for the yummy Chocolate Mousse recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  50. 51

    Looks yummy!

  51. 52

    That book looks great!

  52. 53

    one-dish dinners.. what an awesome concept! I’d love the book.

  53. 54

    one dish – i love it!

  54. 55
    Auntie Barb

    pick me! pick me!

  55. 56

    Another great giveaway! The chocolate mousse looks delicious…I’ll have to make it!

  56. 57

    What a great idea. We would LOVE the cookbook!

  57. 58

    Great giveaway; I would love to win this cookbook!

  58. 59

    I loved Pam Anderson’s cookbook on healthy eating. Her recipes are always reliable and interesting!

  59. Okay, so I am so jealous. Pam Anderson is one of my favorite chefs and I would love to meet her (but I would be happy with her cookbook, too). I love her cookbook, “Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great”.


  60. 61

    I would looove to win this cookbook. I have had it on my wishlist for several weeks now and have peeked in it at my local bookstore. I can tell this is a book I’d use often. I hate/love that publishers seem to release new cookbooks right around the same time! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  61. 62

    Love, love the concept of a one dish meals!!

  62. 63

    Yum! Sounds like a great book!

  63. 64

    Sounds fabulous!

  64. 65
    Amy I.

    I’ve been seeing the love for this book around the blogosphere and fallen in love with it too. Such a wonderful concept. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  65. 66
    Michelle G.

    I just watched the promo video for their cookbook on their website and seriously, I need tissues! I love the idea and their story is so sweet!

  66. 67

    One-dish suppers? You can count me in!

  67. 68

    I can’t wait to see more of this book! What a great concept.

  68. 69

    Love Pam Anderson’s cookbooks! Love your site! Win-win! ( :

  69. 70
    Valerie Gathright

    Wow, those meals look AMAZING! Hope I win!!

  70. 71
    Lindsay R

    i don’t know about that mousse photo, jane.

  71. 72

    I could really use something like this!

  72. 73
    Nicole Beckstrand

    Hope I win! This book sounds fabulous!

  73. 74
    Teresa R

    I would love to have this!

  74. 75

    Love this idea and would love all the recipes!

  75. 76

    I want one!

  76. 77

    The book sounds great. Getting good healthy meals on the table with the family around it is a priority here.

  77. 78
    Jen Chocolate Seines

    YES, Please!!!!!!!!!!! : )

  78. 79

    Great give-away!

  79. 80
    Kerri Shek

    this is great and I can use all the help I can get in the kitchen!

  80. 81
    Krysta S.

    Always looking for new cookbooks – and what could be better than one-pot cooking! Love it!

  81. 82
    Liz Brown

    This is my idea of a great cookbook! I’m always wishing for something that I can cook up that is one dish or pot. I would love to win this cookbook!!

  82. 83

    I am currently expanding my cookbook collection and would love to add this one! I love love love the idea of one pot meals – especially having given birth to my second child just a month and a half ago. =)

  83. Great idea for a cookbook!

  84. 85

    I heard Pam on NPR’s Weekend edition a couple weeks ago and fell in love immediately! The bit was titled, “Simplicity Served In ‘One-Dish’ Dinnertime Wonders” – I mean how could a girl resist? Pam’s Lemony Seafood Pasta Salad With Tomatoes, Feta, And Oregano is on my meal menu this week and I’d love to see what else is in that treasure of a cook book!

  85. 86
    Jessica Hansen

    My family would love for me to win this. I am in need of new & easy dishes to add to my taco, spaghetti, & take out repetoire.

  86. 87
    Suzanne Robinson

    Me, too!

  87. 88

    Ooooooh that mousse looks tasty! And that spinach salad makes my mouth water! Thanks for posting such beautiful pictures!

  88. 89

    After a long day’s work- a one dish meal sounds great. My dishwasher would appreciate it too!

  89. 90
    Amy B.

    This book is already on my wishlist – I would love to win a copy!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  90. 91

    Sounds yummy! Thanks as always for the great giveaways πŸ™‚

  91. 92

    My friend swears by that cookbook, I’m already hooked πŸ™‚

  92. 93

    Anything with moose sounds good to me. They eat that in Maine, you know.

  93. 94
    Stacey Thomas

    This would be an excellent cookbook to win! YAY!

  94. 95

    sounds like a great book. would love some new cooking ideas.

  95. 96
    Allison Rufleth

    What a great concept! Maybe this could save me some money on my grocery bills!

  96. 97

    One dish dinners. Sounds like what I need to make dinner time easier.

  97. You have now inspired me to make the Coq au Vin Blanc in my new Le Creuset πŸ˜‰

  98. 99

    I just unloaded my dishwasher for the second time already today after prepping for tonight’s dinner. It’s not yet 3 p.m. One-dish dinners are sounding realllly good right about now.

  99. 100

    I would love to win.

    And – I would never have put ice cream with mousse….have to think about this one.

  100. 101
    Michele Wang

    Love the cookbook.

  101. This looks like a great book! I would love to win.

  102. 103

    Loving all of the feedback on this book in the foodblog community. As a working mom one pot is a lifesaver for me.

  103. 104

    I’m addicted to cookbooks! Read them just like a book!

  104. 105

    This looks awesome.

  105. 106

    Ohhh how I love chocolate mousse. I may have to try to make this!

  106. 107

    the chocolate mousse looks so yummy.. and with no cream too. πŸ™‚ I’d love to add it to the collection. Thanks!

  107. 108

    I’m always interested in new (and easy) meals! πŸ˜‰

  108. I can’t wait to try the Coq au Vin Blanc. The ingredient list makes me DROOL!

  109. 110

    Ooo, this sounds fun and delicious! Think I’ll try the mousse tonight… πŸ™‚

  110. 111

    awesome giveaway! and that mousse sounds delicious!!

  111. 112
    Cheryl R

    I would love to win a copy of this book.

  112. I’m pretty sure it is my turn to win!

  113. 114

    Oh I’d love to win that book, it looks like it has some really great recipes in it!

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  115. 116
    Jeannine R

    christmas present!

  116. 117

    what a great idea, I’d love one!

  117. 118
    Joyce Ann

    Just found your site, sounds like a really lovely cookbook.

  118. 119
    Sarah L

    I Love Pam Anderson…I mean in a “her food is yummy and delicious” kind of way of course πŸ™‚

  119. 121

    One-Dish Dinners … love it!

  120. 122
    Molly Cartwright

    That looks like a great cookbook!!

  121. 123

    Yumm! More one dish wonders is what I need in my life.

  122. Yum, yum, yummy!! That’s going on my list to make for sure.

  123. 125

    Thanks for sharing the mousse recipe. I love that it doesn’t have cream in it because anytime I want to make something yummy and rich…it usually calls for cream and yep, I am usually out!

  124. 126
    Kirstjen Pratt

    I love her cookbooks…though I still don’t own any! They are a repeat checkout from our library.

  125. 127

    I have enjoyed, rather salivated hungrily reading through the blogroll of cooking experiences in sharing Pam’s recipes from her new book. It has been a treat and an opportunity to experience firsthand what I might experience when I have the book in MY hand to work with. After, reading through many of the recipes, I checked through our fridge and pantry and quickly did make the cinnamon blondies. They were a very delicious and warm (we couldn’t wait from them to cool!) hit with my family! Thank you bloggers for your stories and tasty reviews. I am off to buy the book right now online!

  126. 128
    Auntie Deb

    I love one dish meals! Pick me . . . Please!

  127. I am in the market for a new cookbook… this one looks great. Perfect!! I would love to win!!!

  128. 130

    Efficient food. LOVE!

  129. 131
    Nikki CB

    Looks so tasty!

  130. 132

    Oh! That’s chocolate mousse looks divine! And I’m also super excited that it has no cream in it.

  131. 133

    Sounds like an awesome cookbook to try out!

  132. 134

    One-dish dinners sound awesome! I’d love to try some of the recipes.

  133. 135

    I have been hearing about this book on food blogs for a while. Would love to own it!

  134. 136

    Simple, one dish dinners that look amazing…I’m in. I would love to win the cookbook. Thanks for introducing us to Pam Anderson’s cooking.

  135. 137
    Patti A

    This book is on my wishlist. I’ll be making that mousse very soon.

  136. 138
    Kim H

    I love Pam Anderson and their blog! The cookbook looks great. Will definitely have to add it to my Christmas wish list.

  137. 139

    This looks like a wonderful cookbook! Hmmm, Christmas is coming up….

  138. 140

    I would love a new cookbook!! yummy!

  139. 141
    Jessica S

    I love Three Many Cooks! I would love this cookbook

  140. 142

    I would love, love, love, this cook book!

  141. 143

    Checked out all the other sunday supper sites too. This book looks great!

  142. 144

    That mousse looks awesome!! I’ve been hearing about Pam Anderson allll over the blog world lately and now I’m definitely going to have to check her out πŸ™‚

  143. 145

    Sounds absolutely amazing! I would love a copy!

  144. 146

    Sounds like a wonderful cookbook!

  145. 147

    I LOVE,LOVE, LOVE Pam’s cookbooks! I would be thrilled to add this to the collection!!

  146. I would love to have this book. I’m always looking for one dish dinners! Thanks!!

  147. 149
    Jess Green

    I’m hungry now.

  148. 150
    Barb haerbig

    Love it! On my christmas wish list!

  149. 151
    Laura B.

    Wow – I love collecting cookbooks and do not have any by Pam but I’m dying to try the coq au vin blanc!

  150. 152
    Carole H.

    I would love to win this cookbook – I am always looking for new ideas for dinner!

  151. 153
    Jenny Worthington

    This looks delicious! I love it!

  152. 154

    One dish dinners are the best!! Crossing my fingers

  153. 155
    Kelly J

    Love, love, love cookbooks!

  154. 156

    Wow, that mousse looks so fudgy & decadent! Sign me up!

  155. 157

    I’d love to try their recipes

  156. 158

    I think I’ll try the Coq au vin this week.

  157. 159

    The idea of a one dish dinner sounds especially appealing after a crazy day like today chasing around 3 little ones. Not to mention that the food sounds and looks super yummy!

  158. 160

    I love one dish dinners!

  159. 161

    that mousse looks a m a z i n g!

  160. 162

    The chocolate mousse looks amazing! I cannot wait to try it for myself!!!!!

  161. 163

    Sounds like the perfect cookbook! Thanks for sharing.

  162. 164

    One pot meals = one pot washing! Love’em!!

  163. 165

    I just found this site and with it a pleasant suprise — a chance at winning my favorite kind of cookbook–One dish dinners!

  164. I have been admiring Pam’s cookbook for a while! Their dishes on the blog are great!

  165. 167
    Nora B

    Recipe looks fantastic! I’d love the book

  166. 168

    Ooooooh. I want that book, because those all look like they’d be to die for!

  167. 169
    Jenny D.

    I’m a one-dish fanatic and I have a weakness for acquiring new cookbooks!

  168. Chocolate mousse looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try it!

  169. The pictures are beautiful! It’s too pretty to eat. I’m always looking for new things to cook. When you have been cooking as long as I have, the same foods get old. I love recipes with short preparation times and I’d love to see yours.

  170. 172

    Her book looks great, I can’t wait to try some of her recipes!

  171. 173

    Love what you chose to make and I love even more that you said “bees knees” πŸ™‚

  172. 174

    you had me at chocolate mousse. <3

  173. 175

    I would love to win this one. Sounds right up my alley!!

  174. The coq au vin blanc looks like the perfect meal for a cold, blustery day like we had today. I can’t wait to try it and serve it with the mousse.

  175. 177

    One dish, perfect for our family and my lack of always getting to the dishes! It would be a great one to win.

  176. 178

    always looking for easy meal ideas. Tasty ones, of course. πŸ™‚ hope I win!

  177. 179

    Now I’m hungry! We only ever seem to have one-dish meals so upping the repretoire would be lovely.

  178. 180

    I checked this out from the library as soon as it became available. I have tried the Cassoulet AND the Coq au Vin Blanc and loved them both! Easy and delicious.

    After trying the recipes, I knew I would be getting this cookbook. It would be great to get it as a give-away. How fun!

  179. 181

    I’ve been waiting for my copy from the library! πŸ™‚

  180. 182

    I love anything chocolate. This sounds like a great book for trying out a variety of recipes. Thanks for having the cookbook giveaway!

  181. If she can make beets sexy, I’m in.

  182. 184

    food looks delish! Haven’t heard “supper” in a while!

  183. 185

    I love one dish dinners!

  184. 186

    I’ve been drooling over this book on Amazon. I would love to win it.

  185. 187

    I would love this cookbook!

  186. 188

    So many bloggers seem to be enjoying this cookbook. I’d love to have it.

  187. 189

    All of it looks fantastic – can’t wait to try these!!

  188. 190
    Amy S.

    That mousse looks amazing!

  189. 191
    Kristin B.

    I love cookbooks!

  190. 192
    Gary Gardner

    I want a copy of that book….I love reading and cooking

  191. 193

    “Coq au Vin Blanc” and “simple to prepare” two things I never thought I’d hear together. Sounds lovely!

  192. 194

    Oh my goodness, the meal looks perfect!

  193. 195
    Samira Hartje

    Yum! Can’t wait to try the mousse!

  194. 196

    I would love this cookbook!!!

  195. 197
    Marisa Olsen

    Would love to win this cookbook! We always like to have something a little more special on the weekend.

  196. My family would LOVE YOU!
    I would cook more i promise:)

  197. 199

    Sounds like a cookbook I could use. I’m looking for recipes like this book has.

  198. 200

    The chicken looks amazing! I would like the cookbook just for that! πŸ™‚

  199. 201

    This book sounds great!

  200. 202
    Linda F

    This would be a great book to have. Thanks for the chance.

  201. 203

    I love the concept of this book. I just make the Cassoulet-style Italian sausages with White Beans. It was scrumptous. And I got rave reviews from the family too!

  202. This would be a great addition to my cook books! (Oh randomly pick me!!!!) πŸ˜‰

  203. 205

    This looks fantastic!!!

  204. This looks like a cook book I need πŸ˜‰

  205. 207

    Sounds like an awesome book. would love to add it to my cookbooks!

  206. 208

    I am always short on time but I love to make great dinners, so Pam’s book sounds perfect!

  207. 209

    I would love this book! An early holiday present to myself would be great!

  208. 210

    I would love to win this!

  209. 211

    crossing my fingers I’ll win!

  210. 212

    One dish cooking works well for me. I would love to have this book.

  211. 213

    I have seen many of the dishes from this “virtual” Sunday Supper and I have to say – this cookbook is definitely on my NEED list now!!!

  212. 215
    Debbie Ward

    I really, REALLY need this.

  213. 216

    I would love to win this cookbook! I read them like novels”¦:)

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