A book review, A Giveaway and Corn Pudding

When Emily Franklin(the author of the book) contacted me and wanted me to review her book, Too Many Cooks, my initial thought was….NO! you see I cant read…I mean, yes I can read, I just don’t have the attention span to sit down and immerse myself in a book. I know, I know, I am missing out, but believe me I have tried and I just cant seem to do it. However when I read some reviews of Too Many Cooks, I quickly changed my mind. I also must admit I am not a very good book reviewer. But what I can tell you is that this book is great. I actually sat down and read it cover to cover. The fact that it held my attention should be reason enough for you to buy it.
Lets face it, parents with kids sometimes think that their kids are the only ones who don’t eat their dinner, or never try new things. While reading “Too Many Cooks” I quickly realized that other people live in hectic, crazy houses. Emily writes in an honest and relatable style. She opens up her home and kitchen to you in a way that makes you feel as if you were sitting in her home.
Emily writes about her daily trials and even her family vacations and yes they revolve around food. She has wonderful “do-able” tips on how to get your kiddos to try new foods.
And even if you don’t have children, you will still enjoy this book. Aside for her funny stories and kitchen mishaps you gives you 102 great recipes!!! SCORE!
So if you would like to purchase this book you can get it here on Amazon.
Or Emily has given me a book to give away to one of my readers..fun fun fun.

So here is the deal..
You can enter a total of 4 times. (you must do this by leaving 4 SEPARATE comments)
1) Leave a comment
2)Post about my giveaway on your blog(w/ a link to my site)..leaving me another comment w/ the link
3)Share a link about this contest on Face Book(with the photo of the book if you can)..leaving me a comment w/ the face Book link
4)Tweet about my contest(w/ a link to my blog) leaving me a comment w/ the Tweet link.

The winner will be chosen on Friday August 7th at 4 pm EST by Random Number Generator

Now on to the Corn Pudding. I soooo went out of my norm to make this dish. I CANT STAND canned veggies. I HATE(I know hate is a strong word) canned corn, canned green beans,canned peas,canned Lima beans, etc. K—get the point, I don’t dig most canned veggies. But my husband grew up on canned vegetables, so I made this for him. He love love love it. I think he ate 90% of it over a two day period. Even though the corn pudding screamed canned corn, I still enjoyed it. But the next time I make this I will substitute the canned corn for fresh or frozen corn.

But if you are used to the canned variety, you will totally love this sweet and creamy casserole!
from “Too Many Cooks, Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom , 4 Kids, and 102 Recipes”
1 box Jiffy Corn Mix
1 can creamed corn
1 can corn, drained
1 cup low-fat sour cream
1 egg
1/2 stick butter, melted
Mix ingredients and put into greased serving dish like 9×9 or 9 x 13.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until set through


  1. 1

    looks like a good book. I hate canned veggies too but don't mind corn out of a can.

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    VeggieGirl says:

    Sounds like a great, worthy book!!

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    Looks like a good book! 🙂 I'm definitely interested. 🙂

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    I love corn pudding and have actually posted about my aunt's recipe. I am a fresh or frozen veggie girl too, so I understand.

    The book looks interesting, especially when you got two picky kids like myself.

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    Chow and Chatter says:

    sounds like a good book

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    Mmm that corn pudding looks and sounds delicious! I love using the Jiffy mix too because it's like 33 cents a box or something like that! I generally don't liked canned food, with the exception of corn and tomatoes. This book sounds like a great one!

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    Looks like a great book. I'm still adjusting to "momhood", so tips and ideas are always welcomed!

    The corn pudding looks wonderful too.

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    BentoForKidlet says:

    The book looks great, as does the corn pudding. I don't mind cooking with canned veggies lol but I won't eat them plain the way my son will!

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    love lorri says:

    I love corn pudding recipes like these! Looks like a good book!

  10. 10

    Great giveaway! Looks like a cute book 🙂 I'm not a canned veggie person either but I would never ever, ever turn down corn pudding!

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    Baking Momma says:

    Sounds like a great book. Corn pudding looks delicious!

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    Leslie M. says:

    Count me in! A cookbook with Funny stories AND 102 GREAT recipes that YOU RECOMMEND! Yeah.. I am so there!!


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    Leslie M. says:

    Leslie Mayorga shared this on her Facebook wall and YES there is a picture of the book!



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    Leslie M. says:
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    Jennifer, The Lady Riposter says:

    This looks wonderful! The corn pudding came out wonderfully and the book sounds like it's full of great stuff.

    jlsemon at gmail dot com

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    fun book-would love it!!!

    btw-your recipe looks yummy!!

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    Looks like a great book! Sounds like it's full of wonderful stuff!


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    girlichef says:

    Yum…your corn pudding sounds delicous! Sounds like a fun book 🙂

  20. 20

    that sounds good. and you didn't share – WHY???

  21. 21

    This looks like a great book for a busy mom!

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    Hi Leslie,
    THis sounds like fun.
    Here is my comment. I posted it on my site, my facebook (You can see it on my side bar on my site or http://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Food-and-Life-Encounters/114866921109?ref=search Yes, I posted the picture.) and twitter (I just replied to you, so you are able to see it)

    Thanks for the opportunity.

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    I'd love the chance win a good read. Love that there are 102 recipes included. Bonus! 🙂

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    Elizabeth says:

    The book looks like a great one. Also, the corn pudding looks great. I've never tried to make it before, just so full of fat, but tastes oh so good.

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    I need a good book to read!

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    Gotcha No problem…My website: http://fortheloveofkidsandfood.blogspot.com

    I posted

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    My twitter is replied to you.


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    Lastly, My facebook account is on my sidebar of my website or you can visit my fan page for My Food and Life Encounters.

    Thanks Leslie!!!

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    Funny, I just finished that book a couple of days ago. I loved it!

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    ♥peachkins♥ says:

    I would love love love to sit down and read that book..

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    hot garlic says:

    Oh the humanity! I can't do canned veg either. Good call I think on subbing in frozen. I think I'd even make creamed corn from frozen or fresh if it was in season as well.

    I've never made corn pudding but I do love corn and all things made with it so I'm sure I would love it! I love the sour cream and stuff in there too.

    Enter me!

  32. 32

    I don't like canned veggies either, but your corn pudding sounds fantastic! What a fun giveaway, sounds like a great book!

  33. 33

    I am going to get so fat reading your blog!! The corn pudding looks so wonderful! I was raised on canned veggies too. I try now to make sure that my kids are getting mostly fresh. I would love to win this giveaway!

    mellisarock at yahoo dot com

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    Cristine says:

    Sounds like a good book and that corn pudding has me drooling!

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    Love any kind of book but especially ones with recipes.

    Cindy @ tcmccartney@comcast.net

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    Me and My Pink Mixer says:

    I love to read & this sounds likes a good book. Corn pudding is yummy!

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    i'm interested in the book, yes, but i'm in love with the corn pudding! it actually looks a bit creamy, which is very exciting!

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    I would LOVE to read that book, whether I win it or not, hehe. Food-based memoirs are my absolute favorite read-when I actually have the time. Thanks for the review and the recipe. Looks delicious!

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    Mommy's Kitchen says:

    Corn Pudding sounds alot like corn casserole out here in Texas. I like fresh or frozen veggies best myself. The book sounds interesting.

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    I have been dying to read this book!

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    aside from having "canned" veggies in it- I don't think you will be able to taste the difference..I too am a fresh or frozen veggie girl..was raised on canned veggies myself! I will make this for dinner tonight..sounds so yummy! would love to read/purchase the book!!
    Love the unique ness of the book!

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    Jill@SimpleDailyRecipes.com says:

    I'm interested! and I shared it with my Facebook family.


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    Mommy's Kitchen says:

    Leslie commenting again I just tweeted about the giveaway.

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    This book sounds like a novel- with stories and anecdotes..I am currently "reading" The Farm Chicks in the kitchen- another great read with stories..amazing stories!
    This recipe for Corn Bread Pudding sounds amazing..and it will be made in my kitchen for this evening..I too was raised on canned veggies- but do not use them anymore..only fresh or frozen is the way to go!
    thank you- I enjoy reading about everyone else's history! Would love the book!

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    Kase's Mom says:

    I would love to read this book. It sounds great!

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    Stacie@HobbitDoor says:

    This looks like a great book!

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    Stacie@HobbitDoor says:

    I posted your give a way on facebook. There is a pic of the book.

  48. 48

    Sounds like a fabulous book, thanks for reviewing it and sharting it with us!

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    Chrizette says:

    Hi – please also enter me in the book give-away. 🙂 I have posted on my blog!


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    The books great, but that corn pudding looks fabulous! 🙂

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    Olivia.Leta says:

    Maybe this will help me get my husband to eat better healthier 🙂

  52. 52

    That looks like a great book!

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    Bridgett says:

    What a fun book! I think I would be the only one eating the corn pudding though but it sounds yummy!

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    Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer says:

    … can't say I'm a fan of corn pudding … never tried it. I think I should come over and try it though … 'cause it looks good 😀

    Is it like bread pudding?

  55. 55

    This looks like such a great book! Thank you so much for this chance to own it!

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    Berenice says:

    I am looking for a good book to read before the school year starts again. Sounds like an interesting book!

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    pmsalazar91 says:

    A cookbook that actually gets kids trying the recipes?! I love it..

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    pmsalazar91 says:

    Here's my shout-out on FB!! My boys love corn so I will have to try this one..

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    Berenice says:
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    Cousin Pamela says:

    Going to try this one.

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    I want to read this book. I tried my library but they didn't have it.
    kayona_barnes at yahoo dot com

  62. 62

    This book sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

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    cookies and cups says:

    love that corn casserole! I make a similar version a lot here and everyone loves it….I make mine with cream cheese instead of the sour cream…yummmmm!!

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    Anonymous says:

    Sounds like a great book and my son is a very picky eater! Would love to have it!!


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    Sounds like a great book!

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    Looks amazing – I love corn pudding and am looking forward to your version!! What a fun book too!! Great give away!

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    Oh sweet corn, I sing thy praise!

    I'm with you, canned vegetables suck. And as much as I hate to go against tradition and all, I've upgraded to frozen corn for corn pudding. And it's worked just fine.
    Your idea of using fresh corn will undoubtedly taste even better. Only thing is, you'd have to blanch the corn first, before adding it to the recipe. And I'm too lazy for that. But, I'll bet it would be superior in taste.

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    Donna-FFW says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this book. Sounds like a great read!

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    Corn pudding.. interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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    cant wait to read this book!

    my daughter loves corn pudding- definitely time to make it again-thanks for the reminder!

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    tweeted about the contest!


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    Very nice giveaway…sounds like a great book.
    The corn pudding looks great too. I'm looking for a side dish for tomorrow, this may be the one 🙂

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    Science Bloggers Association says:

    Nice Blog. Congrats.
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    ReluctantYankee says:

    Oh…please, please….I need another cook book….please, please…please, please! 🙂 I'm teaching my boys how to cook at the moment, so I'd love an additional resource!

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    ReluctantYankee says:
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    splendidbohemian says:

    I actually make this corn pudding and love it!

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    I've finally gotten into/have time for reading. That is when my neighbor isn't complaining about us. OMG!!! Mike and I are the same about canned veggies. He grew up on them…I say bleh.

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    This looks like a great book for our household! My oldest loves all kinds of foods & loves to help me cook. My youngest on the other hand couldn't care less about trying new foods. Perhaps my oldest & I can find some fun ideas in this book to help my youngest along?

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    Jaime Hill says:

    Hey Leslie, I make this all the time (tho I use full fat sour cream,,,,bad girl!) I add a little honey into mix & then i drizzle honey on top of dish when it comes out of oven…makes it a little sweeter & people rave about it.