Cathy Mitchell Cookbooks

I have always been fascinated by "dump cakes". The set-it-and-forget-it style of baking that seems to save a lot of time and possibly money.

One woman made this "dump" style of cooking famous, Cathy Mitchell. She is an infomercial queen and has authored numerous cookbooks.

Cathy Mitchell Cookbooks


This is the book that got me started on researching dump recipes.

I think you can most certainly make cakes, brownies, and other desserts by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl and dumping them in a pan to bake.

In fact, that's what most recipes call for.

But the way she's marketed it - and I'm sure the ingenuity of her recipes as well - make baking using her recipes seem far more appealing.

 As you can see on the book cover, this book has an impressive claim that all recipes require 5 ingredients or less.  The bottom even reads "Just Dump & Slow Cook!".

To be honest, I am a bit skeptical that you make tasty meals with just five ingredients or less, even if it's in the slow cooker.

Slow cooker meals often have extra steps involved such as searing meat or blending vegetables to make a soup.

To put five ingredients in a pot, let it cook for a couple of hours, then have a delicious meal ready to serve, seems a little far fetched.

But, if you look at the picture it seems she's made a beef stew with just beef, potatoes, carrots, stock, and herbs.

It does indeed look like something you could serve for dinner.


I believe these are the equivalent of what we call "sheet pan dinners" today. I am more inclined to believe that these will work out, just based on experience and the cooking method.

I think these could classify as casseroles, roasted vegetables and meat, vegetable tarts, and pizza's (as shown on the cover).

All of which I have successfully made on a sheet pan before.

If you have a large family and are in need of quick weeknight dinner recipes, I think this book would be a good resource.

When I plan my weekly meals, I always make sure to include a few "big batch" meals that I know are easy to make and will last for more than one meal for my family.

With "over 250 recipes" in this book, you are sure to find some inspiration for some good meals.


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