by Military Diva
There are many opinions on what draws visitors to Disney year after year. For our family, the entertainment, the ease of travel and the number of activities for all ages is a big part of that draw. But if we’re being honest, the food is really what keeps us returning.
There is truly a flavor for every member of our family. Taste preferences, diet (meaning vegetarian-not limited calories!), allergies and health concerns are all easily addressed within Disney parks. And of course, we all have our favorites.
That is why we decided to try our luck with one of Disney Parks’ own cookbooks.
Delicious Disney, The Disney Chefs with Pam Brendon is an amazing collection of recipes from Disney World Parks and Resorts, Disneyland, Disney Vacation club properties and Disney Cruise Lines. What initially drew us to this book was the diversity between recipes. Favorite kids meal, check; mouth-watering dessert, check; high-end entrée from a signature restaurant, check- recreating your memorable Disney dining experience has never been so easy.
Now, this book is not organized like your traditional cookbook. You won’t find a list of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Instead, it is organized in true Disney fashion…by the experience of course! The organization and examples of included recipes are highlighted below.
Le Cellier Steakhouse’s Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup (Epcot), Victoria & Alberts’s Stilton Cheesecake (Grand Floridian Resort), Kona Café’s Tonga Toast (Polynesian Resort), Blue Bayou’s Monte Cristo (Disneyland)
Fancy & Festive
Napa Rose’s Grilled Rib-eye with Coastal Mushrooms and Blue Cheese (Disney’s Californian Hotel), Narcoossee’s Shrimp Scampi with Orange Harissa (Grand Floridian Resort)
Fresh & Healthful
Jiko’s Lentil and Kale Stew(Animal Kingdom Lodge), Sunshine Seasons’ Roasted Vegetable Cuban Sandwich (Epcot), The Artist’s Pallette’s Saratoga Springs House Salad (Saratoga Springs Resort)
Fast & Casual
Disney Magic/Wonder’s Grilled Shrimp and Seared Scallop Pasta (Disney Cruise Line), Spoodles’ Lemon Garlic Shrimp (Boardwalk Resort)
Tusker House’s Cape Malay Lamb Curry (Animal Kingdom Park), Hollywood Brown Derby’s Thai Noodle Bowl (Hollywood Studios), Nine Dragons Pork Loin with XO Sauce (Epcot)
Chef Mickey’s Goofy’s Goofy Lasagna (Contemporary Resort), Shutter’s Roasted Chicken Linguine (Vero Beach Resort), Carnation Cafe’s Loaded Baked Potato Soup (Disneyland)
Food for Kids
MIckey’s Favorite Chicken Parmesan (Walt Disney Resort), Yummy Pita Pizza (Walt Disney Resort)
Disney Wonder/Magic’s Peanut Butter Pie (Disney Cruise Line), California Grill’s Chocolate Lava Cake (Contemporary Resort), Ohana’s Ohana Bread Pudding a la Mode with Bananas Foster Sauce (Polynesian Resort)
Wine & Spirits
Konk Cooler (Disney Cruise Line), Watermelon Mist (Disney World Resort)
This enticing sampling is just the beginning of what is offered in Delicious Disney, The Chefs with Pam Brandon. And now that you know where to find the recipes I am sure you are wondering how difficult it will be to recreate these delectable creations. I have to tell you that the processes used in this cookbook are not difficult at all! As long as you are comfortable in the kitchen you should be able to handle all the recipes included in Delicious Disney!
As a family, we have personally conquered the Loaded Baked Potato Soup, Peanut Butter Pie and Artist Point’s Berry Cobbler.
The soup was meant as a starter for our Christmas meal but ended up replacing all the other food we had prepared. It was truly so delicious that we went for soup seconds and wrapped our entire meal up for the next day!
As for the desserts, well they were created to be served to a girl’s varsity soccer team. Again, crazy delicious and gone within minutes!
So, if you are searching for a way to recreate a few of your favorite Disney dining selections look no further than Delicious Disney , The Chefs with Pam Brandon. Easy to follow directions mixed with a wonderful selection of Disney dining memories make for one fantastic addition to your home kitchen.
**Delicious Disney The Chefs with Pam Brandon can be purchased at various shops within Disney Parks and online via Amazon.com. Feel free to comment or post any photos of your own Disney food creations below!
**Delicious Disney, The Chefs with Pam Brandon. New York: Disney Editions, 2006. Print.