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Cookbook review: 'A Year with Six Sisters' Stuff' shares 52 family-friendly menus

Published: Wednesday, March 26 2014 6:00 a.m. MDT

Boston Cream Poke Cake is from "A Year with Six Sisters' Stuff: 52 Menu Plans, Recipes and Ideas to Bring Families Together."

Shadow Mountain

“A YEAR WITH SIX SISTERS' STUFF: 52 Menu Plans, Recipes and Ideas to Bring Families Together,” by Six Sisters' Stuff, Shadow Mountain, $21.99, 242 pages

Family dinner is the focus of the new cookbook by the women behind the “Six Sisters’ Stuff” blog.

“A Year with Six Sisters’ Stuff: 52 Menu Plans, Recipes and Ideas to Bring Families Together” includes 52 menus that each have three recipes — a main dish, a side entree and a sweet treat.

Some of the recipes do require some advance preparation, such as the slow-cooker dishes, and others are easy to pull together on a weeknight.

The 52 menus include a variety of recipes for different seasons, such as bread bowls and soups for winter, and others with an ethnic twist, including enchiladas, Asian Glaze Salmon, Parmesan Crusted Tilapia and Slow Cooker Creamy Spaghetti.

Other dishes include pizza, sloppy Joes, barbecue, homemade macaroni and cheese, and chicken nuggets, and each is paired with a complementary side dish of a salad, cooked vegetable, potatoes or rolls/breads.

The desserts vary from slushes to cookies and cakes — and they do more than just chocolate-centric ones.

There are recipes that could appeal to even the pickiest eaters. Also, most of the dishes will feed six to eight people.

And the sisters — Camille Beckstrand, Kristen Hills, Elyse Ellis, Stephanie Loaiza, Lauren Adamson and Kendra Adamson, who have roots in Layton — have added in comments about many of the recipes, whether a tip about the meal or why they like that recipe.

They started their blog sixsistersstuff.com as a way to keep in touch as they moved away from home, got married and started their own families.

The sisters have also included some of their holiday mealtime traditions, ideas to mix up family dinner and conversation starters.

They also include their list of pantry essentials, which they draw from for the recipes, and a plan to stock up on food storage over 52 weeks.

The recipes all have color photos, and the Six Sisters took all but six of the ones in the cookbook. In their dedication, they included thanks for their parents, husbands and children for their love, support “and for allowing us to photograph your dinner before you could eat it.”

“A Year with Six Sisters” is helpful in planning out healthy recipes for a family and also to add some variety to a family’s diet.

This is the second cookbook from the Six Sisters. Their first one, "Six Sisters' Stuff: Family Recipes, Fun Crafts and So Much More!" was released a year ago.

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Menu 16

Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites, Layered Green Salad, Boston Cream Poke Cake

Layered Green Salad

The flavors of this salad blend together perfectly! It's one of my family's favorites. —Kristen Hills

Makes: 8-10 servings

1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped

2 cups baby spinach

Salt and pepper, to taste

10 hard-boiled eggs, chopped

1 (12-ounce) package bacon, cooked and crumbled

4 tomatoes, chopped

1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced

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