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Author Bio:

Diane Krause is a Southern girl who began cooking and baking at a very young age. She’s the former owner-operator of Dinner Creations, and still enjoys sharing Jalapeno-Stuffed Chicken and King Ranch Chicken with those she loves. Diane currently works as a freelance writer and editor. She’s the author of a short inspirational book for writers, 25 Ways to Create Classic Characters Readers Will Love, and is currently at work on her second cookbook.

Author and book links:

Twitter: @DianeKrause2

Genre: Cookbooks

Publisher: Southern Road Press

Release Date: 2nd edition released 7/14/13; Original release September 2009

Purchase link (Amazon):


Book Description:

The Dinner Creations Cookbook is a collection of more than 130 delicious freezer-friendly recipes.

Dinner Creations was a meal assembly business that operated in Friendswood, Texas from 2004 to 2008. With this cookbook, you can enjoy the Dinner Creations favorites in your own home. Among those favorites are:


  • King Ranch Chicken
  • and Dumplings
  • Jalapeno-Stuffed Chicken
  • Baked Salmon in Puff Pastry
  • Herb Crusted Flank Steak
  • Guiltless Brownies
  • ….and many more!


Each recipe includes freezer preparation instructions, and as an added bonus, printable freezer labels – complete with thawing and cooking instructions – are available at




Dinner Creations operated in Friendswood, Texas, from 2004 to 2008 and was one of the first meal assembly businesses in the Houston area.

Through the business of Dinner Creations, we gained a whole new family. We shared life stories, celebrated weddings, and rejoiced over the addition of new little ones to families. We watched people provide care and comfort to others through the gift of food and considered it a blessing to be a part of that caring. We made new friends, and we had a very good time doing the business of Dinner Creations.

This book is a collection of the recipes from Dinner Creations. Perhaps these recipes will enrich your family, and maybe even help you extend a bit of care to those around you.

From all of us who have been a part of Dinner Creations, thank you for letting us have a place around your dinner table.

—Diane Krause

Owner, Dinner Creations




Yields 24 bars

3/4 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup sugar 1 egg

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp. baking soda 2 cups quick-cooking oats 3/4 cups chocolate chips, or other flavored chips 1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup nuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, or line with foil.

Cream softened butter with sugars. Add egg and vanilla extract and mix well. Stir together the flour and baking soda, then add to butter mixture. Stir in oats, chips and raisins. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan, then cut into bars.

FREEZER PREPARATION:Mix batter as directed and spread in pan; do not bake. Cover tightly, label and freeze.


My Review:
I love cookbooks – and I am always looking for new things to make that are fast and easy. I found a number of great new recipes that I will make again. I really loved that it gave the Make-Ahead and Freezer Notes.  I work full time days and Rex works grave yard  – so I see him for an hour before he leaves for work – so I need meals that I can make in a hurry.  So what I like to do is plan my meals on Saturday or Sunday and using The Dinner Creations Cookbook let me do that.  A couple of our favorites from the book were Fettucine Alfredo with Shrimp and the Crispy Orange-Sesame Chicken.  There are a few more that I can not wait to try.  So if you are looking for some great tasting recipes that you can put together and freeze or even eat right now.  The Dinner Creations Cookbook is for you.

  10 Responses to “The Dinner Creations Cookbook Review and Giveaway”

  1. Thank you for hosting 🙂 Wonderful review!

  2. my favorite is chicken parmesan

  3. I don’t know that I particularly look forward to anything I cook myself, although my family has their favorites. I’m currently a fan of Jason’s Deli sandwiches, though, and enjoy eating there occasionally.

  4. Fettucine alfredo is my favorite.

  5. i follow you on email

  6. Hello! Sorry I’m late getting to the party — an unexpected appointment pulled me away from my computer for a while today.

    Thank you so much for hosting me here today. It’s a pleasure to visit, and I’m so glad you found some recipes you like.

    When cold weather arrives and you’re ready for soup, be sure to try out the Chicken and Dumplings. They were hands-down our most popular dish.

  7. I’m so sorry to be late to the party — I ended up having to be away from my computer for a while today.

    Thank you so much for hosting me here today. It’s a pleasure to get to visit. And I’m so glad you found some recipes you liked. Once you’re ready for cold-weather food, be sure to try out the Chicken and Dumplings — those were hands-down our most popular dish at Dinner Creations.

    It’s always a pleasure to hang out with fellow book and food lovers!

  8. Southern crab cakes

  9. Baked Ziti

  10. My favorite is meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans.

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