I Want My Mommy Casserole – Cookbook Review #ZPocWinter – GIVEAWAY

I Want My Mommy Casserole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My family and I just spent this past weekend on a mini camping trip. I love it. We have an adorable pop-up camper that we could practically live in. It was the first time we took our new baby as we hadn’t been in over a year, since I was pregnant. 

As I lay there cuddling with my baby and my husband, my boys sleeping on the opposite end, I listened to the coyotes howling. They freaked me out so bad the last time I had to listen to music on headphones to drown them out.
However this time it seemed almost peaceful. I felt safe.
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But…what if those coyotes were zombies and we were in the middle of a zombie apocalypse??? I think I’d be praying my adorable pop-up camper was a bullet proof, tip proof, mega safe house on wheels!
I wonder if this went though Lauren Wilson’s head as she wrote her cookbook The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocolypse. I’ve been asked by BenBellaBooks to do another review for one of their up and coming authors. I was honored!
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I asked Lauren a few questions, because as I flipped through her uniquely creative recipes and ideas, I couldn’t help but wonder how she came up with the idea! Check it out:
What inspired you to write this book?
“Actually, the idea for the book came from my best friend Paul. We were just hanging out one day when he said, “Hey you’re a zombie nerd. And you’re a food nerd. You should write a cookbook for the zombie apocalypse!” I loved the idea an sat on it for a couple of years before starting to work seriously on it. So the was his but I brought it to life, or unlife, as it were.”
This seems like a great cookbook to take camping. Do you enjoy camping?
“I am not an avid camper, but ended up taking a few camping trips to practice the skills outlined in the book. I love the outdoors and nature so writing the book was a great way to into camping.”
Where do you get your meal inspiration from?
For the book specifically? I imagined various scenarios one might find themselves in during a zombie apocalypse-bugging and being holed up in your home, living in an army-run survival camp, roaming the wasteland or trying to make a go of it out in the wild, for example. Then I imagined what food sources would be available in each scenario and went from there. There were so many recipe ideas that didn’t pan out in the testing phase or had to be cut for length. The whole process of writing and testing the recipes was a lot of fun!
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I chose the recipe “I Want My Mommy Casserole” because
  • I love casseroles
  • I  love comfort food
  • Mommies mean comfort!

And the egg noodles and cream soup help too.

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I sprinkled on a bit of parmesan cheese from a pizza parlor packet, because I know I could find those lying around in a apocalypse right???

I Want My Mommy Casserole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Lauren says you can use any noodle or even rice, tuna or chicken and any cream soup you want really. Even broccoli instead of peas! That’s versatility for ya! Cuz I mean, if I’m stuck in a zombie apocalypse, definitely not going to be checking off my grocery list! I used chicken, because my kids are not huge tuna fans. I love it! And I did add some marsala wine as recommended.
For a little fun, I even did a zombie apocalypse quiz to see how long I’d last. I got 376 days! Just about a year—not bad!
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This is a direct excerpt from the cookbook The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson.

“I Want My Mommy CasseroleYields: 2–3 Hungry Survivor servings, 4 Regular Joe servings

This is a zpoc spin on an already nearly completely shelf-stable meal, one that is classic American comfort food spanning decades and generations. It is what some might call “junky,” but in the event of a zombie apocalypse, a hot pile of creamy, salty, fatty goodness topped with crunchy potato chips is A-OK in my book. Go ahead and make it as junky as possible, knowing full well that this meal could potentially be your last. You only live once, right? Oh, wait.

This is also a recipe that is primo for substitutions: No egg noodle? No problem. Use macaroni or rice. No potato chips? Use crackers or Goldfish or even Bugging-In Breadcrumbs (page 94). No tuna? Use canned chicken. No peas? How about green beans, potatoes, or asparagus? And virtually any other creamed soup will work in place of mushroom—except for say, maybe, cream of shrimp (yeah, that’s a thing).

This recipe is safe–house friendly and can easily be adapted to use freeze-dried vegetables and shredded cheese, (Believe it or not, freeze-dried shredded cheese isn’t totally gross—read on to Cooking in the Well- Stocked Safe House, page 203, for more!)

Requires:

Chef’s or survival knife and cutting board

1 large pot
1 small sauté pan
1 wooden spoon
1 colander
1 large mixing bowl
1 can opener
1 fork or multi-tool
1 small bowl
1 Dutch oven or another baking vessel (at least 7″ x 11″)

Heat Source:

Direct, open flame or other Stovetop Hack (page 42), and indirect, Dutch Oven or other Oven Hack (page 44)

Time:

10 minutes prep
30 minutes baking time

Ingredients:

1 small onion, minced
1 x 12-oz. package egg noodles
2 cans tuna, preferably chunk in oil
½ can peas
2 x 14-oz. cans cream of mushroom soup (In this case, Campbell’s really is the best)
1 c. breadcrumbs, preferably panko or crushed natural potato chips
¼ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt & pepper, to taste

Optional Add-Ins:

½ c. dried mushrooms, reconstituted
2 tbsp. dry sherry

Method:

  1. Preheat the Dutch Oven or other Oven Hack for 400°F baking (see Judging Temperature, page 47) in addition to building a small fire or other Stovetop Hack to boil water. Put a large pot of potable water on to boil. In the meantime, in a small pan sauté the minced onion over medium-high heat until soft and browned.
  2. Once the water has come to a rolling boil, cook the egg noodles for half the recommended time on the package. If using dried mushrooms, remove some cooking water from the pot to reconstitute them. Drain, then add the noodles to a large mixing bowl, set aside for now.
  3. Drain the tuna if it’s packed in water; otherwise, drain the oil off onto the breadcrumbs, then break the tuna up lightly with a fork or multi-tool and add it to the noodles. Add the peas, sautéed onion, mushroom soup, reconstituted dried mushrooms (if using), and dry sherry (if using) to the mixing bowl and toss well. Taste and season with salt (if needed) and pepper. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, add the breadcrumbs, reserved tuna oil (or the equivalent of another oil, like olive oil), garlic powder, cumin, cayenne, and salt and pepper (to taste). Mix until the breadcrumbs are evenly coated.
  5. Carefully remove the lid of the preheated Dutch oven and add a light layer of oil using a paper towel or another clean cloth. Transfer the mixed noodles to the Dutch oven or, if using another Oven Hack, to a lightly greased baking dish. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the noodles.
  6. Bake covered for about 25 minutes, until hot and bubbling.
  7. Let cool for about 5 minutes before eating. Take a deep breath and allow nostalgic memories of your mom (before she tried to tuck into your abdomen) perk you up while tucking in yourself.

Egg Noodle Substitution: You can also use 16 ounces of macaroni or other small pasta or 1½ cups cooked rice plus additional ½ cup of liquid in place of egg noodles.on.”

 I Want My Mommy Casserole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I Want My Mommy Casserole

Gather ingredients.

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Cook up some veggies. And add the meat of choice.

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Stir in the seasonings, wine and soup. And add it to a greased dish.

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Sprinkle on the greasy breadcrumbs and bake!

I Want My Mommy Casserole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And serve!

I Want My Mommy Casserole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This book is truly handy for a survival guide, if you decide you need something to pack when hiking, camping, or running from zombies. You will find all of that AND a variety of cool recipes, like Overnight of the Living Dead French Toast and Zombie Nownies. Tweet #ZPocWinter for more recipes from the bloggers behind the madness.

This post was sponsored by Ben Bella Books. I received a free cookbook by the sponsor for participating in #ZPocWinter. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, and images, are my own, unless otherwise noted. *This post contains affiliate links.

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Comments

  1. Melody KS says

    Where is the first place you would hide in a zombie apocalypse OR what is the first food dish you would create? Umm At the moment I wouldn’t be thinking of food. So where would I hide??? Ok that I’m not telling in case zombies read this and now they could find me – nope that’s my secret. As far as food – we have poptarts. lol

  2. says

    I have already mapped out my zombie apocalypse survival plan and cooking wasnt’t in it. My family and I will be holed up in the desert – I guess I should add food to the plan. This cookbook would help. 🙂

  3. Christine says

    Definitely Zombie brain stew… carnivorous, I know. I’m thinking canned food would be plentiful during an apocalypse, thinking corned beef hash would be my first meal. Straight out of the can. Because I’d imagine, I’d be too scared to try and cook normal when zombies are coming after me.

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