I have a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Mgmt. so it makes sense that I love to try new Disney recipes whenever I can. I get tons of requests to review my personal Disney Cookbook Collection so decided to create a detailed review on each book & who it would be best for. My list is in no particular order & I will give sample recipes from some of the books. :)
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Gourmet Mickey Cookbook Volume II If you are the kind of person who throws a lot of parties & likes older recipes that Disney offers this is the Cookbook for you. This book has a GREAT list of alcohol drinks as well as unique appetizers,seafood,desserts, & more!There are a lot of recipes in here for places that no longer exist as well. This is one of the older books & has a TON of recipes compared to the newer books that don't have nearly as many recipes.
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Margarita from San Angel Inn
7 oz. Water
1 1/4 lemon bar mix
2 1/4 oz. tequila
1 1/2 oz. clear orange liqueur
Dip rim in 16oz. margarita glass in lemon juice, then in kosher salt. Fill with ice & set aside.
In a blender, combine water & lemon bar mix. Add tequila and clear orange liqueur & blend until foamy. Pour over crushed ice.
Garnish w/ Slice of a lime. Tip: For Frozen drink, add ice with other marg ingredients & blend until thick.
I've had Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs the longest I think out of all of my books. This was a great book for a beginner just getting into making more complex recipes. Everything is easily labeled in the table of contents in the front of the book. The recipes are divided by Park,Resorts, & Cruise Line. It can be intimidating trying recipes that aren't as easy as 1,2,3. The directions are VERY easy to follow. You just need to take your time & read the recipe in full before you try to make.
Mango Sorbet from Cinderella's Royal Table
Makes 4-6 Servings
I have made this before & it is SO refreshing! Step by step pictures are on my blog:http://yohoyohobloggerslifeforme.blogspot.com/2014/06/disneys-mango-sorbet-recipe.html
4 Large ripe Mangoes,peeled,seeded, & Chopped
1/2 c Water
2 T Light Corn Syrup
2 T Sugar
1) Puree mango in a blender; You should get around 3 cups
2) In a bowl, stir together the mango,water,light corn syrup, & sugar until the mixture is smooth & the sugar has dissolved
3)Chill the mixture, covered, about 2 hours until cold ( I made mine in an ice cream maker for 30 minutes)
4)Store tightly packed & covered in freezer department or fridge until ready to serve.
I would say that the Delicious Disney Cookbook is more for the advanced cook. The recipes in this book tend to be more time consuming & complex. I would not recommend for a beginner. If you have a chef in your family who loves Disney this would be a great gift!
Delicious Disney Desserts is also a very complex cookbook. If you have an advanced baker or pastry chef who loves Disney this would be an ideal gift. The recipes in here tend to be from the Signature restaurants.
Cooking with Mickey around the world is by far my favorite cookbook that I own. I use it ALL the time! It is very similar to the first cookbook that I listed. This cookbook also has everything from unique drinks,appetizers,&new dinner ideas for you & your family.
Fort Wilderness Campground Baked Beans
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/3 c molasses
1/2 c brown sugar
1 c tomato catsup
2 cans (1 lb. 5 oz. each) New England style baked beans
Combine onion, molasses, brown sugar & catsup;mix well
Add beans & stir gently to blend. Spoon into buttered 2-quart casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until bubbly.
I haven't gotten a chance to make anything from this cookbook yet. I have a huge running list of recipes inside it than I'd like to try though! If you are an adventurous eater I would say this book is for you. Every Disney cookbook normally has the basic categories of: Appetizers, Soup/Salad,Veggies,Meat/Poultry,Seafood,Desserts. This book does not contain drink recipes. If you've always wanted to try the Kitchen Sink recipe then this book is for you!
My last Cookbook from my collection is Chef Mickey Treasures from the Vault & Delicious New Favorites
It has quite the title doesn't it? HAHA I have used this book more & more in the past year. There are a couple of Walt Disney's personal recipes in this book. There are drinks included in this book as well as the normal categories. I have made the Asparagus soup from this book & it was EXCELLENT! There is a mix in this book between easy & hard recipes. I guess you can say that about all of them. It just depends what you are looking for.
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