Thursday, September 5, 2013

Giveaway + Review: We Laugh We Cry We Cook by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph

We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook: A Mom and Daughter Dish about the Food That Delights Them and the Love That Binds Them

About the book:  Becky Johnson and her daughter Rachel Randolph come from a long line of laughter. The female side of her family tree is dotted with funny storytellers, prolific authors, hospitable home cooks, and champion chatters. In We Love, We Laugh, We Cook, Becky---a butter and bacon loving mama---and Rachel---a vegan bean eating daughter---share stories of their crazy, wonderful, and sometimes challenging lives as Rachel becomes a mother herself. Becky is messy; Rachel craves order. Becky forgets what month it is; Rachel is an organizational genius. (At least before baby arrives.) Sprinkled throughout are the lip-smacking, nourishing recipes they love to make and share. From food for a family reunion of thirty, to lunch for a party of one in a high chair, to a hot meal for a sick friend, the authors demonstrate grace, acceptance, and love to others through the bonding gifts of humor, attentive listening, and cooking ... whether diners prefer beef or tofu in their stew.

Choosing the recipe: No Stress Sangrias
 I made No Stress Sangrias for a girls night in!  Enjoy!
All you need is 3 ingredients!  Perfect for a girl's night in, which is exactly why I made it.  It was jewelry making and show watching night with a great friend.  What perfect drink for the occasion!  It was refreshing, easy and simply delicious! 


Author Bios
Becky Johnson is the author, co-author or collaborator of more than forty books ranging from family humor to brain science to inspiration and now, memoir. She’s a natural storyteller and spent many years entertaining and inspiring audiences of women. Today she loves getting creative in the kitchen and writes a humorous food blog with her daughter Rachel ( She and her husband, Greg, live in Denver, Colorado and love spending time with their grown children and their growing families – especially their five fabulous grandsons.

Rachel Randolph writes and speaks about young married life, parenting a toddler, and her and her husband’s unlikely journey to veganism with humor and honesty. She shares a food blog with her mom, Becky Johnson. In their “virtual kitchen” laughter and love are the key ingredients to every dish. Rachel is married to Jared, a high school football and baseball coach. They live near Dallas, Texas with their little boy Jackson.
We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook
Recipes by Chapter

CHAPTER 1: Favorite Family Recipes
Becky and Rachel’s Spicy Puttanesca Sauce (veg/V/gf), 6
Aunt Etta’s Chocolate Pie, 6
Granny’s Oat and Fruit Gems (V/gf), 7
Four-Day Coconut Cake, 8

CHAPTER 2: Foolproof Recipes for the Distracted Home Cook
Caramelized Toast (veg/V), 8
Sweet and Spicy Oven “Blackened” Tilapia (veg/V/gf), 9
Tomato Basil Stackers (veg/V), 9
Warm Stuffed Dates (veg/V/gf), 10

CHAPTER 3: Recipes That Texans Go OCD Over
Jared’s 15-Alarm (and 3-Fire-Truck) Roasted Corn Bean Salsa (veg/V/gf), 10
White Bean Guacamole (veg/V/gf), 11
Killer Chipotle and Roasted Pepper Salsa (veg/V/gf), 12

CHAPTER 4: Recipes for an Italian Feast
Becky’s Layered Italian Veggie Casserole (veg/gf), 12
Sundried Tomato and Artichoke Bowtie Pasta (veg/V/gf), 13
Rustic Sausage and Peppers Skillet (veg/V/gf), 14
Pesto Parmesan Chicken, 14
CHAPTER 5: The Freezer is a Mom’s Best Friend (Recipes to Freeze for Your Future Self)
Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Oatmeal Bake (veg/V/gf), 15
Fresh Corn and Roasted Poblano Chowder (veg/V/gf), 16
Coconut-Covered Cherry Freezer Bites (veg/V/gf), 17

CHAPTER 6: Celebration Recipes
“Carrot Cake” Chutney and Cream Cheese Topping for Nana’s Beloved Crackers (veg/V/gf), 18
Bourbon Brown Sugar Pork Loin (gf), 18
Mama’s All Natural (No Sugar) Apple Crisp Skillet (veg/V/gf), 19
No Stress Sangrias (veg/V/gf), 20

CHAPTER 7: Gourmet Recipes from the Aisles of Walmart
Pecan Mushroom-Stuffed Zucchini (veg/V/gf), 20
Yellow Pepper Soup (veg/V/gf), 21
Blueberry-Raspberry Oat Bars (veg/V/gf), 22

CHAPTER 8: Romantic Dinner for Two on a Budget
Chili Lime Southern Style Catfish (gf), 22
Stewed Summer Veggies (veg/V/gf), 23
Oven-Blistered Potatoes (veg/V/gf), 24
Broccoli Carrot Slaw (veg/V/gf), 24
CHAPTER 9: Beachin’ Recipes
Tortilla Soup (veg/V/gf), 25
Pineapple Coconut Cloud Cake, 26
Grilled Stuffed Avocados (veg/V/gf), 26

CHAPTER 10: Recipes Kids Love to Eat and Make
Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal (veg/V/gf), 27
Super Hero Green Smoothie (veg/V/gf), 28
90% Fruit Soft Serve, 29
Nate’s Favorite Hairy Cheese Pizza (veg), 29

CHAPTER 11: Dairy, Egg, & Meat Free Recipes the Whole FamilyWill Love
Cashew Queso, 30
No-Bake Apricot Bars (veg/V/gf), 30
Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa (veg/V/gf), 31
Sweet Potato Lentil Chili (veg/V/gf), 32

CHAPTER 12: “Bringing the Meatloaf” — Recipes that Show Tangible Love in a Casserole
Lindsey O’Connor’s Refreshing Watermelon, Mint, and Feta Salad (veg/V/gf), 33
Momma’s Sweet ’n’ Spicy Meatloaves (gf), 33
Michele Cushatt’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies (veg), 34
Orange Glazed Carrots (veg/V/gf), 35
Website Links
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Author Blog:
Author Twitter:  @laughcrycook @rachelrandolph @beckyajohnson

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GIVEAWAY!!!! “One winner per household, email address or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again." 

 “I participated in this event on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers for Zondervan. I received a copy of We Laugh We Cry We Cook to facilitate my review.” 

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