Monday, 8 October 2018

My Recipe Review Prepared from the Cookbook: Date Night Dinners by Sloane Taylor...

Book Details:

Publisher: Toque & Dagger

Publication Date: May 29, 2018


Page Count: 136 pages

Genre: Cookbook

I added an extra bottle of Chardonnay...just in case.

So, I decided to take a chance and prepare Sloane’s special Chicken Cutlets from her Date Night Dinners, Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening cookbook. This recipe drew me in for some reason, and I liked the serving suggestion that accompanies this meal. Plus, she had me at Chardonnay. Wink. Here’s what the Gourmet Goddess herself, has to say about this dinner choice: “This is a lovely meal for two to share by candlelight or with family and friends and rousing conversation. It’s also perfect al fresco on a Sunday afternoon.” Sounds good, right?

I went all in and used the suggested servings which included roasted potatoes, candied orange carrots, and my favorite white wine—Chardonnay. My mouth waters just thinking about this succulent supper! Below are the ingredients to create Sloane Taylor’s simple and tasty version of Chicken Cutlets and suggested sides, as well as my review. Bon appetit!

Chicken Cutlets

What You Need:
5 slices bacon, chopped
¼ (30g) cup flour
3 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
1 tbsp. (15ml) butter
4 garlic cloves, pressed or chopped fine
1 tbsp. (15ml) fresh rosemary, chopped or 1 tsp. dried
¼ tsp. (1.25ml) red pepper flakes
1 cup (250ml) chicken stock
2 tbsp. (30ml) lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Candied Orange Carrots:

What You Need:
½ lb. (250g) packaged mini carrots
Juice from one medium orange
1 pinch nutmeg
¼ cup (60ml) maple syrup
4 tbsp. (57g) butter
Fresh parsley, chopped

Roasted Potatoes:

What You Need:
3 tbsp. (45ml) olive oil
3 tbsp. (45ml) cider vinegar
1 tbsp. (15ml) kosher salt
1 tsp. (5ml) dried thyme
1 red potato per person, quartered but not peeled

What I Thought: 5 Star Sizzle and Yum

My mouth still won’t stop smiling. Or watering. To be honest, meals like this overwhelm me for some reason. I’m not the greatest cook, but I thought I give it the old college try and throw myself to the mercy of the judges (hubby and daughter). The whole meal tasted excellent, and it got a thumbs up from my family. Mind you, I had a little help from my daughter with the preparation, but all and all, I loved the way this meal came together. Either one of the sides can be easily served with different main courses too.

Satisfaction guaranteed with every bite!
Just a few things to consider. If you have a gas stove, adjust your times accordingly. The potatoes were slightly burnt on the bottom, but this didn’t deter from the taste. We had to add a little flour to thicken the sauce with the Chicken Cutlets, and we’re so glad we did. Would I do this dish again? You bet! And next time, I won’t feel so stressed or overwhelmed. Cooking is all about the experience and experimenting with the ingredients. It’s almost like an alchemic dance with food. Yeah, sometimes it gets messy, but in the end it’s the satisfaction of creating a meal that’s not only sublime to your palate, but to your whole being as well. Cheers!

Cheers for creating this fabulous meal, Sloane!

Follow the tour to read reviews about many different recipes in the cookbook:

About Date Night Dinners:

Ready to ignite that old flame? Or perhaps spark a new one? Take your partner by the hand and turn on your stove. A true romantic, award-winning author Sloane Taylor brings her creativity to the kitchen with easy-to-make meals sure to spark the intimacy and quality time you want with your special someone. Cooking together is only the start of the fun!

Create 45 complete dinners for two or flavor your evenings with a new dish. These 80 recipes use everyday foods already on most kitchen shelves. The recipes are easily increased for those fun times friends or family join your table.

Date Night Dinners, Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening, is an ideal gift for engagements, bridal showers, anniversaries, or for anyone who wants to spice things up.

Meet the Author:

Sloane Taylor is an Award-Winning author with a second passion in her life. She is an avid cook and posts new recipes on her blog every Wednesday. The recipes are user friendly, meaning easy. Taylor currently has seven romance novellas released by Toque & Dagger Publishing. Her first solo venture into non-fiction is a cookbook with eighty of her favorite recipes DATE NIGHT DINNERS, Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening. Excerpts from her books can be found on her website, blog, and all popular vendors. Connect with Taylor on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Thank you, thank you for the amazing review, Sharon! I am ecstatic and grateful you and your family enjoyed the meal. Your good thoughts and comment are prompting me to write another cookbook. :)

    1. You're very welcome, Sloane! Thank you for creating such a wonderful cookbook that's easy to follow, and gets romance in the kitchen! Now, about that other cookbook...

  2. Wow, Sharon! I'm coming over for dinner. The recipe looks and sounds great. :-)

    1. It sure was, Suzanne. I'd make it again for sure! Cheers and thank you for stopping by!

    2. Hey! I want to come, too. I'll even bring the wine.

  3. Can we invite ourselves to the dinner party you're cooking up for us all, Sharon? :) there any wine left?

    1. LOL Thanks for dropping in, ladies.:)

    2. You're always invited here, Helen and Lorri, but Sloane drank it all. Sorry. But still have some leftovers. LOL! Cheers for dropping by!

  4. Lovely food Sharon. And that is one hell of a good cook book from Sloane.

    1. You are an angel, Susan. Thank you.

    2. Thanks, Susan! Wish I could take all the credit, but Sloane made this meal to-die-for! Cheers!

  5. This looks so good! Love the extra pictures. You have a beautiful kitchen.

    1. Thanks, Chris! It was delicious! Hubby deserves the credit for the upgrades. Cheers!

  6. Excellent review from a cookbook filled with such yummy goodness!

  7. Excellent review, my friend! I can almost taste this yummy chicken cutlets! The pictures are cute too :)

    1. Thanks so much, Marina! They were so tasty, and the wine just made everything go down easy. Wink. Cheers!