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Who doesn’t love using shiny tinfoil? But, is it your go-to tool for everyday cooking? It could be. In fact, once you are comfortable using foil packets in your kitchen, you can take your skills to your backyard and on the road!

Book Review: 150 Best Recipes for Cooking in Foil

Author: Marilyn Haugen

Cooking in Foil Cover

In her many cookbooks and at her website,,, author Marilyn Haugen introduces us to a variety of great recipes and techniques for home cooks. So, grab your heavy-duty foil and have some fun! You’ll find you don’t need pots and pans to make “Curry Coconut with Zucchini and Carrots” or “Hoisin-Glazed Country-Style Ribs with Green Beans and Crispy Leeks” in the oven. But, my favorite dishes in this collection are those designed specifically for the BBQ grill and camping—think tailgating, parties, picnics, and fun eating options at home if you’re not into camping.

Get your kids involved—they’ll enjoy helping to assemble the foil packets, or surprise them with what’s inside your foil wraps like “Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes” or “Stuffed Banana Boats.” That’s right: banana, marshmallows, chocolate chips all melty and warm. Plus, your kids and guests can make their own banana split versions by adding their favorite jam and chopped nuts. And, did I mention you get to eat your concoctions right out of the peel? How? Get this cookbook!

Cooking with Foil on Grill

Long ago, I fell in love with Girl Scout campfire S’mores, so loving these foil packet recipes is a natural for me. But, if S’mores is the only foil packet delight you know of, get this cookbook and expand your thinking. This cooking technique is simple, fun, and, well, cool! Gift this cookbook to aspiring cooks with a box of heavy-duty foil and see what happens! You’ll find basic, from-your-pantry kid-friendly weekday recipes to those for entertaining—all delicious. I’m definitely making the “Basil and Garlic Chicken with Braised Pears and Fennel” soon as I get back from the grocery store.

Girl Scout Badges

Yes, once a Brownie, always a Girl Scout. The Girl Scout motto is "Be prepared." In the 1947 Girl Scout Handbook, the motto was explained this way: "A Girl Scout is ready to help out wherever she is needed. Willingness to serve is not enough; you must know how to do the job well, even in an emergency." I assert that knowing how to cook with foil will earn you a badge on your cook’s apron for both: doing the job (cooking) well, and in an emergency (hungry, gas off, no electricity—you get the idea :-) Be prepared. This cookbook is not available electronically, so order it on Amazon, have it in 2 days, and start earning your badges!

Boys, too! Your sons and brothers need to know how to prepare good eats wherever they find themselves, and the idea of foil, fire, food… well, it’s manly, isn’t it? Grub with your hands. I mean, if you’re outside, why not?

By the way, did you know “Actual tin foil was superseded after World War II by cheaper and more durable aluminium foil, which is referred to as "tinfoil" in many regions.”

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

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