To quote Julia Child, “Cooking well doesn’t mean cooking fancy.” With this in mind, food blogger Phila Kelnhofer started #FiveIngredientFridays on her food blog, Sweet Phi, to showcase family-friendly recipes all featuring — you guessed it — five ingredients or less.
Five-Ingredient Fridays exploded in popularity among practical and busy people so much so that Kelnhofer is now introducing her new cookbook: Fast & East Five-Ingredient Recipes: A Cookbook For Busy People.
Each and every recipe in the book has just five ingredients (salt and pepper are not included in the count), like this Parmesan Prosciutto Quiche that calls for eggs, Parmesan, prosciutto, heavy cream, and a pre-made pie crust. The recipes in this book are simple and straightforward, perfect for weeknight dinners.
The Daily Meal was able to chat with Kelnhofer to find out more about her new cookbook; check it out below:
The Daily Meal: What is your philosophy of cooking?
Philia Kelnhofer: I have always loved cooking. I come from a family where we made dinner every night; it was made after everyone got home from work, in between activities, in the midst of all the busyness that is life. I’ve carried the love of cooking into my adult life, and the busyness has followed as well. I’m all about making dinnertime a little easier and sharing easy recipes and tips on my food blog, Sweet Phi, and in my new cookbook. Simple, easy, and delicious is my philosophy.
How did it inspire the recipes you chose to include in this book?
If we’re having a conversation, one of the questions I’m bound to ask you is, “What do you like making for dinner?” I love learning what people cook in their daily lives; my inspiration for the recipes in the cookbook comes from family and friend favorites.
For example, the turkey taco salad was a recipe inspired by one of my busy mom friends — it can be made in 15 minutes! The cheesy chicken and broccoli casserole recipe is one my mother-in-law shared with me; it’s a comforting dish that kids and adults alike love.
The peanut butter sea salt cookies? Those have literally been my go-to dessert to bring to parties on numerous occasions. I’ve been known to wake up and make them before work if I have forgotten I needed to bring something to an after-work function (happens to the best of us, right?) and in the summertime, I turn the peanut butter cookies into ice cream sandwiches by filling two cookies with vanilla ice cream.
What is your favorite recipe in the book and why?
Such a tough question! Funny little side story: When I was in the process of writing intros and stories for the recipes in the cookbook, my editor told me, “You can’t call all the recipes your ‘go-to’ or ‘favorite.’” I responded, “But they are all my favorite go-to recipes!” If I had to choose one and only one, I would have to say it’s the Chicken Feta Tomato Pasta. It was the first meal I ever cooked for my husband, and it is definitely one I make all the time!
How do you hope readers will use this book, and what do you hope they take away?
Dinnertime and figuring out what to cook can be daunting and sometimes involve mile-long ingredient lists, but it doesn’t have to. Whether for weeknight meals or last-minute dinner parties, my hope is that my cookbook will show you how five-ingredient recipes will save you time and money — plus they are incredibly delicious, too!
Anything else you would like the share?
Fast & Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes: A Cookbook For Busy People is all about sharing mealtime inspiration and showing you that five ingredients are all it takes to create fantastic dishes. I hope you enjoy the recipes and pick up a copy to use in your kitchen.