Author Loves Being Called a Copycat

America's Most Wanted Recipes Kids Menu by Ron Douglass, 2015
America’s Most Wanted Recipes Kids’ Menu by Ron Douglas, 2015

Eating out is fun, but not budget friendly. Enter cookbook author Ron Douglas.  He has spent the past 12 years developing recipes of favorite restaurant dishes for the home cook.  His cookbook line of copycat recipes have sold 1.2 million copies worldwide. His latest, America’s Most Wanted Recipes Kids’ Menu, features dishes kids love to order.  Some of the offerings include Cracker Barrel’s peach cobbler, Panera Bread’s Mac and Cheese and Ruby Tuesday’s chicken quesadillas.

Cookbook author Ron Douglass. Cl;ick here for an interview with Douglass on his creative process.
Cookbook author Ron Douglas. Click here for an interview with Douglas on his creative process.

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Douglas’ route to cookbook stardom was not typical.  If you read the book’s introduction (like any self-respecting book nerd, I did) you learn Douglas had a good job on Wall Street.  But the 60 to 80 work weeks left little time for family.  So in 2004, he chose to pursue his love of cooking full time.  That’s impressive enough.  But I also learned that both of his parents were heroin addicts.  His father actually died from an overdose before he was born.

“Statistically, I had a slim chance of succeeding in life.  Neither genetics nor environment was on my side,” Douglas says.

Bonus Bit: Starbucks’ Vanilla Scones are a rare treat for my son and me.  So we just had to try making them ourselves using this copycat recipe.

Here’s how it went:

1. We gathered our ingredients.
1. We gathered our ingredients.
2. We mixed them together.
2. We mixed them together.
3. We baked them.
3. We baked them.
4. We tasted them. They were cakier than Starbuck's sconces and my son felt that the icing could have been thicker and whiter. But they were delicious!
4. We tasted them. They were cakier than Starbucks’ scones and my son felt that the icing could have been thicker and whiter. But they really were delicious!

 

2 thoughts on “Author Loves Being Called a Copycat

  • June 7, 2016 at 10:24 pm
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    My daughter’s favorite menu item from Panera’s is also the Mac ‘n Cheese. She loves it and asks for it every time we eat there.

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  • June 8, 2016 at 5:23 pm
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    That also happens to be my oldest daughters’ favorite dish at Panera’s. This cookbook author did a good job of picking recipes kids like to order.

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