*Where I Attempt to Cook* Cookbook Review- Oven to Table

Oven to Table: Over 100 One-Pot and One-Pan Recipes For Your Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven, and More by Jan Scott

40141500Sometimes it feels impossible to get a home-cooked meal on the table. Between preparing the ingredients, following elaborate directions, and cleaning up the mess of pots and pans, feeding your family or hosting friends can feel like more effort than it’s worth. Fortunately, there’s a satisfying solution to help make stress-free, mess-free, and tasty meals a reality: one-pot cooking. Using one of six cooking vessels–skillet, sheet pan, Dutch oven, baking pan, roasting pan, and casserole dish–with Jan Scott’s effortless recipes, you can bring a complete dish to the table using easy-to-find ingredients and a variety of foolproof techniques. Preparing food in one pot not only saves time, both in the prep and post-meal clean up, but these recipes are flexible and endlessly adaptable too.

This collection of practical recipes, including Overnight French Toast Casserole, Barbecue Chicken Chili with Cornbread Dumplings, and Cherry Tomato and White Bean Skillet Bruschetta, brings ease, comfort, and bold flavour to everyday cooking. Whether you’re braising Perfect Saucy Pulled Pork in a Dutch oven or whipping up Salted Chocolate Tahini Skillet Blondies, Oven to Table will reveal the wide-ranging versatility of just a few pieces of cookware. With dishes leaping from stove to centerpiece, Jan’s wholesome recipes will streamline your kitchen routine and nourish your family and friends.

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I am thrilled to being doing something a little bit different this week.  Penguin Canada sent me this cookbook called Oven to Table and I thought it would be fun to make a few of the recipes and let you know what I think.  I am including a few photos I took of the recipes that I whipped up.

I started with “Oven-Baked Balsamic Beef and Vegetable Stew“.


Now, I have made stew in the past, but this recipe took the only classic to another level.  I never thought to add balsamic vinegar, but that extra note of flavour made all of the difference.  It tasted even better the next day! This is a heart, healthy, and delicious meal that will become a staple for me.

Next up is “Simple Scalloped Potatoes with Celeriac“.


Scalloped potatoes are my dad’s absolute favourite, but they can be such a pain to make.  I have attempted to make them in the past and was never happy with how they turn out.  All that changed with this recipe- they were so creamy and delicious.  My dad very much approved and said I quote “Those are fantastic, save that recipe.” Enough said.

Finally, I tried my hand at baking and made “Lemon Pudding Cake“.


I love a fresh and light dessert, and this cake fit the bill.  I have never had anything quite like it.  I understand why it is called a pudding cake because it is very much pudding like it texture.  This is one of those recipes that I can see myself experimenting with in the future- adding different berries, chocolates, etc.

So, there you have it! I am so pleased with this cookbook and have tabbed more recipes that I would like to try.  There are a lot of breakfast recipes that look so good that I haven’t had a chance to try yet.  Do not be surprised if you see me talking about those in my future “favourite” posts. I had so much fun with this.  If you enjoyed this let me know in the comments and I might start reviewing more cookbooks.

Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me an copy in exchange for an honest review.


11 thoughts on “*Where I Attempt to Cook* Cookbook Review- Oven to Table

  1. Nice review and pics! I find a lot of cookbooks to be too intimidating to try, but this has a really cool concept and seems accessible.

  2. Thankfully I already ate before I read this post or it would have been like going to the grocery store on an empty stomach. That lemon cake looks amazing, I love lemon, it’s so refreshing.

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