Hero Dinners by Marge Perry and David Bonom and Anolon Promotion

Every cook, myself included, has moments of panic when it is time to get a meal on the table. I confess to often wishing a donut could be dinner. Whether you work from home, work outside the home, are raising children or any combination of scenarios, there are times we wish dinner would take care of itself. And those of us who live for cooking can't claim to finding enjoyment in cleanup duties, right? When we find ourselves lacking inspiration and motivation at meal time, look to Marge Perry and David Bonom's new book Hero Dinners: Complete One-Pan Meals That Save the Day.


Hero Dinners is the cook's resource for amazingly delicious complete meals made in just a single skillet or sheet pan, created by the food-world favorite husband-and-wife team who develop recipes for major magazines. From Hoisin-marmalade chicken to Peanut-coconut noodles with tofu, you will find a wide range of dishes to please everyone in the family. One hundred recipes and full color photography, all of which, but one was taken by Marge herself, fill this book. The authors are touring and we have shared their events on our calendar.

Armed with this book and a solid skillet and sheet pan. a hearty meal can be yours with little fuss and minimal clean up. To celebrate Hero Dinners publication, our wonderful friends at Anolon wish to help us make hero dinners in style with their quality cookware. Anolon is offering in our giveaway below a set of the following cookware: an Anolon Vesta Cast Iron Cookware 12" skillet, in umber  and an 11-inch x 17-inch cookie pan in bronze - three winners each get a set! 
I'll be preparing my gift guide for mothers and fathers, this week and a copy of Hero Dinners with a skillet and sheet pan from Anolon would be a great gift, especially for those new moms and dads!

Anolon Vesta Cast Iron Cookware 12" Skillet, Umber 

11-inch x 17-inch cookie pan, bronze

Special thanks to Marge and David's publisher, William Morrow, for allowing us to share a recipe with our members today and for offering three copies of this book in our giveaway at the end of this post.

Peruvian Chicken with Ají Verde
Purple Potatoes + Brussels Sprouts
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When David came back from a business trip to Peru (training chefs there for the United States Poultry and Egg Export Council), he raved about the food. Ají verde, the ubiquitous green sauce he had eaten so often at Peruvian restaurants in the States, had a brighter, more vivid flavor in its homeland.

The savory rub (with just a hint of sugar) on the chicken is also based on the flavors David experienced in Peru.

The ají verde keeps well for several days in the refrigerator. It makes a great dip and pairs as well with fish as it does with poultry.

Makes 4 servings

  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2½ pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (4 to 6 thighs)
  • 12 ounces baby purple potatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 12 ounces Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup unsalted chicken broth

AJí  Verde

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup canola mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


Chicken Thighs 

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine the soy sauce, sugar, garlic powder, chipotle powder, thyme, and ½ teaspoon of the salt in a small bowl to form a paste. Rub the mixture all over the chicken to coat.
  3. Combine the potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large bowl. Toss with the remaining ½ teaspoon salt.
  4. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken, skin side down, and cook until well browned, about 4 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet and add the potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Place the chicken, skin side up, on top of the vegetables and pour in the broth; cook for 2 minutes. Transfer to the oven and roast until the vegetables are tender and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the largest piece of chicken registers 170°F, 23 to 25 minutes.
  5. While the chicken roasts, make the ají verde: Puree the cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, sour cream, mayonnaise, olive oil, vinegar, and salt in a blender.

From Hero Dinners by Marge Perry and David Bonom. Copyright © 2019 by Marge Perry and David Bonom. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.


The publisher is offering three copies of Hero Dinners and Anolon is offering three winners a cast iron skillet and sheet tray (as described above) to EYB Members in the US.  Two of the entry options are to answer the following questions in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Which product at Anolon would you like to have for your kitchen?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option - the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries.

Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on May 26th, 2019.


  • laureljean  on  4/8/2019 at 7:26 PM

    Hoisin-marmalade chicken

  • Amdona  on  4/8/2019 at 7:31 PM

    Lemon chicken with artichokes

  • laureljean  on  4/8/2019 at 7:32 PM

    5-Quart Dutch Oven, Sable

  • rchesser  on  4/8/2019 at 7:35 PM

    Spanish chuck eye steak

  • BarkingHen  on  4/8/2019 at 7:45 PM

    Deconstructed Caesar Salad

  • catmommy9  on  4/8/2019 at 7:56 PM

    Lemon chicken with artichokes and the skillet they are giving away.

  • southerncooker  on  4/8/2019 at 8:10 PM

    Shrimp panzanella

  • lauriesk  on  4/8/2019 at 8:16 PM

    Lemon chicken with artichokes. I would like the Analon hard anodized precision forge skillet.

  • southerncooker  on  4/8/2019 at 8:19 PM

    I'd love the 3 piece cookie pan set in bronze.

  • jmay42066  on  4/8/2019 at 8:26 PM

    Cuban rice and beans

  • jmay42066  on  4/8/2019 at 8:27 PM

    5-Quart Dutch Oven, Sable

  • amyz218  on  4/8/2019 at 8:34 PM

    Moroccan Cornish hens

  • matag  on  4/8/2019 at 9:14 PM


  • matag  on  4/8/2019 at 9:17 PM

    Shrimp panzanella

  • thecharlah  on  4/8/2019 at 9:23 PM

    Chicken and eggplant Margherita; 17-Inch x 12.5-Inch Roaster with Nonstick Rack

  • demomcook  on  4/8/2019 at 10:44 PM

    Chicken with eggplant, olives, and apricots. I'd love the 10 piece bakeware set in pewter!

  • riley  on  4/8/2019 at 11:43 PM

    Drumsticks osso buco; 3-Piece cookie pan set

  • Etf1975  on  4/9/2019 at 6:35 AM

    The Analon Nouvelle set is on my wishlist, and the Peruvian chicken sounds awesome.

  • ravensfan  on  4/9/2019 at 7:01 AM

    Peruvian chicken with ají verde

  • ravensfan  on  4/9/2019 at 7:04 AM

    Accolade Forged Hard-Anodized Precision Forge Covered Wok, 13.5-Inch

  • JRumi  on  4/9/2019 at 7:08 AM

    Dijon roasted chicken and apples

  • JRumi  on  4/9/2019 at 7:15 AM

    17”x12.5” roaster with nonstick rack

  • sarahawker  on  4/9/2019 at 8:20 AM

    Rib eye steaks with thyme-shallot butter

  • sarahawker  on  4/9/2019 at 8:22 AM

    I would love the 12-Inch Skillet, Graphite

  • kmn4  on  4/9/2019 at 8:54 AM

    Rotini with white beans and broccoli rabe

  • kmn4  on  4/9/2019 at 9:03 AM

    6-Quart Covered Stockpot, Bronze - pour spouts!!

  • ktwalla  on  4/9/2019 at 2:07 PM

    Chardonnay chicken

  • ktwalla  on  4/9/2019 at 2:11 PM

    9 inch square springform pan

  • JenjiRM  on  4/9/2019 at 4:31 PM

    Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Dutch Oven Multipurpose Steamer Set, 8.5-Quart, Graphite

  • JenjiRM  on  4/9/2019 at 4:32 PM

    Cherry-chipotle pork tenderloin

  • dbielick  on  4/9/2019 at 4:36 PM

    Hoisin-marmalade chicken and the 9 inch square cobalt blue baker

  • dbielick  on  4/9/2019 at 4:39 PM

    9 inch square cobalt blue baker

  • Blackeyedsusans  on  4/9/2019 at 4:46 PM

    Peruvian chicken with ají verde

  • Blackeyedsusans  on  4/9/2019 at 4:49 PM

    Cast iron fry pan

  • jinni  on  4/9/2019 at 4:58 PM

    Vegetable-steamed flounder with ajvar

  • lean1  on  4/9/2019 at 5:13 PM

    Miso Chicken and a Dutch oven

  • ebs  on  4/9/2019 at 8:41 PM

    Skillet cinnamon buns

  • ebs  on  4/9/2019 at 8:50 PM

    12 inch cast iron skillet

  • vglong29  on  4/10/2019 at 11:18 AM

    Striped bass with olive-artichoke salad

  • vglong29  on  4/10/2019 at 11:21 AM

    18-Ounce Round Casserole

  • Brendajoy  on  4/10/2019 at 10:46 PM

    Rib eye steaks with thyme-shallot butter

  • Zephyrness  on  4/11/2019 at 3:59 PM

    miso chicken

  • Zephyrness  on  4/11/2019 at 4:02 PM

    7 quart dutch oven

  • jennyams  on  4/11/2019 at 7:10 PM

    Shrimp with Thai coconut green curry glaze

  • jennyams  on  4/11/2019 at 7:14 PM

    Vestas 5 qt. Cast Iron Braiser

  • Zaira  on  4/12/2019 at 2:42 PM

    Harissa Chicken

  • Zaira  on  4/12/2019 at 2:43 PM

    Accolade Wok (!)

  • laurencooks  on  4/12/2019 at 6:26 PM

    Peruvian chicken with ají verde

  • BMeyer  on  4/12/2019 at 6:59 PM

    chicken with artichokes

  • Lafauvette  on  4/12/2019 at 7:34 PM

    miso chicken

  • Lafauvette  on  4/12/2019 at 7:37 PM

    pizza crisper

  • threefourpfeif  on  4/12/2019 at 8:05 PM

    Chicken with eggplant, olives, and apricots sounds fun!

  • threefourpfeif  on  4/12/2019 at 8:14 PM

    I'd love to try the 6-cup popover tray

  • braabpro  on  4/12/2019 at 9:54 PM

    Miso chicken

  • braabpro  on  4/12/2019 at 9:55 PM

    3 quart saucepan

  • JJWong  on  4/12/2019 at 10:55 PM

    lemon chicken with artichokes 7 quart round Dutch oven, umber

  • t.t  on  4/13/2019 at 1:00 AM

    Chicken and eggplant Margherita and the Roaster with Nonstick Rack

  • BethPrice  on  4/13/2019 at 6:52 AM

    lemon chicken and artichokes

  • BethPrice  on  4/13/2019 at 6:55 AM

    3 piece bakeware set, bronze

  • virjeania  on  4/13/2019 at 3:43 PM

    Recipe has all my favorites Lemon chicken with artichokes

  • virjeania  on  4/13/2019 at 3:53 PM

    I would replace my current hodgepodge cookware with the Anolon accolade forged hard-anodized precision forge cookware set, 10-piece

  • lbguerrant  on  4/13/2019 at 4:28 PM

    Dijon Chicken and apples

  • lbguerrant  on  4/13/2019 at 4:29 PM

    Sheet pan

  • bdmltm  on  4/13/2019 at 6:49 PM

    Miso chicken

  • bdmltm  on  4/13/2019 at 6:51 PM

    I could use a skillet or casserole.

  • bdmltm  on  4/13/2019 at 6:53 PM

    I could use a skillet or casserole.

  • LaurenE  on  4/14/2019 at 10:45 AM

    Cuban rice and beans

  • LaurenE  on  4/14/2019 at 10:47 AM

    Sheet pan

  • liasim  on  4/14/2019 at 3:47 PM

    Hoisin marmalade chicken

  • Avrlind  on  4/14/2019 at 10:46 PM

    Rib eye steaks with thyme-shallot butter

  • stephlinde  on  4/15/2019 at 10:29 AM

    Dijon roasted chicken and apples

  • amylou61  on  4/16/2019 at 9:22 AM

    The Dijon-roasted chicken and apples sounds good. I like adding Dijon mustard to recipes, so I think I'd like this recipe.

  • amylou61  on  4/16/2019 at 9:28 AM

    Of like to try the Analog 2-piece Load Pan, because it allows the grease to be drained off for meatloaf.

  • purviska  on  4/17/2019 at 7:52 PM

    Peruvian chicken with ají verde

  • purviska  on  4/17/2019 at 7:53 PM

    I'd love the 10 piece bakeware set

  • lpatterson412  on  4/18/2019 at 9:43 AM

    Green chicken enchiladas 2.0 and a 3.5qt straining sauce pan!

  • Siegal  on  4/18/2019 at 10:20 AM

    Chicken barn mi!

  • Siegal  on  4/18/2019 at 10:27 AM

    I need an analog cookie sheet

  • rivergait  on  4/18/2019 at 2:52 PM

    The Peruvianj chicken aji verde (not too many bizarre ingredients). I would love the Analon 3.5 qt. casserole, better for small portions and nice to store with short handles.

  • Dannausc  on  4/18/2019 at 7:03 PM

    Lemon chicken with artichokes; roasting pan

  • laffersk  on  4/19/2019 at 12:10 PM

    Dubliner and tomato-stuffed chicken breasts and I would love the WOK!

  • love2chow  on  4/19/2019 at 1:21 PM

    Ancho chicken pot pie with cornmeal drop biscuit topping

  • love2chow  on  4/19/2019 at 1:33 PM

    From Anolon, I would love to get the 3.5-QUART COVERED STRAINING SAUCEPAN

  • CheleCooks  on  4/19/2019 at 2:42 PM

    I love the beauty of the Anolon Vesta Cast Iron Cookware 12" Skillet. The enamel exterior in Umber is sweet!

  • CheleCooks  on  4/19/2019 at 2:47 PM

    Salmon BLT's - that sounds like a Hero Dinner to me!

  • heidimia  on  4/19/2019 at 4:17 PM

    Harissa chicken- yum yum! Would love one of the Anolon cast iron skillets to cook it in :)

  • Nancith  on  4/19/2019 at 9:38 PM

    Beef and root vegetable stew

  • Nancith  on  4/19/2019 at 9:44 PM

    I would like the covered wok, but it's hard to choose!

  • dtremit  on  4/20/2019 at 9:24 AM

    I'd love to make the ancho chicken pot pie with cornmeal drop biscuit topping, in the Anolon 5-QUART ROUND COVERED CASSEROLE, PAPRIKA RED

  • rchesser  on  4/20/2019 at 9:12 PM

    Anolon Vesta Cast Iron Cookware 12" Skillet.

  • upstatemissy  on  4/20/2019 at 11:21 PM

    I would like to make the Dubliner and tomato-stuffed chicken breasts.

  • upstatemissy  on  4/20/2019 at 11:28 PM

    I would love to have the 18-Ounce Round Casserole in Baltic Blue.

  • Jenamarie  on  4/21/2019 at 7:30 PM

    Chicken with eggplant, olives, and apricots

  • Jenamarie  on  4/21/2019 at 7:33 PM

    12.5-Inch Divided Grill and Griddle Skillet, Light Brown

  • skyejaden  on  4/22/2019 at 10:56 AM

    Peruvian chicken with ají verde

  • Kellyr78  on  4/22/2019 at 2:42 PM

    I would make the Chicken and eggplant Margherita

  • Outrun1986  on  4/22/2019 at 2:57 PM

    I would like to make the Chardonnay chicken

  • Outrun1986  on  4/22/2019 at 2:58 PM

    I want to try the 3-PIECE BAKEWARE SET, GRAY

  • outsidereader  on  4/23/2019 at 12:14 PM

    I'd like to try the Harissa chicken.

  • outsidereader  on  4/23/2019 at 12:23 PM

    I would love to have the Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick 7.5-Quart Covered Wide Stockpot.

  • jenmatt  on  4/23/2019 at 5:45 PM

    Striped bass with olive-artichoke salad

  • EmilyR  on  4/24/2019 at 1:44 AM

    Lemon chicken with artichokes

  • EmilyR  on  4/24/2019 at 1:46 AM

    Covered Wok

  • bookreadera  on  4/24/2019 at 12:40 PM

    the 12 inch cast iron skillet bc I'm currently w/o one. the harissa chicken bc i just made my own harissa for another dish.

  • dusksunset  on  4/24/2019 at 5:04 PM

    Deconstructed Caesar salad

  • dusksunset  on  4/24/2019 at 5:06 PM

    the 11-inch x 17-inch cookie pan in bronze because my current sheet pan warps when heated

  • Shelley.b  on  4/24/2019 at 7:38 PM

    Shrimp panzanella, 2 3 piece baking set

  • sallansd  on  4/24/2019 at 8:05 PM

    the recipe for Chicken and eggplant Margherita caught my eye right away

  • sallansd  on  4/24/2019 at 8:09 PM


  • awesomepossum  on  4/24/2019 at 11:44 PM

    I would try the apricot honey spare ribs. I’ve never made ribs, but this sounds fantastic. And I think if we’re to get something it would be the 10 piece baking set. Most of my pans could stand to be replaced or have a second one.

  • sequoia55  on  4/25/2019 at 2:58 AM

    Accolade Forged Hard-Anodized Precision Forge Covered Wok, 13.5-Inch & Peruvian Chicken

  • Karla123  on  4/25/2019 at 7:25 AM

    Roasted vegetable and hummus sandwiches...my kind of sandwich.

  • LABeachGal  on  4/25/2019 at 1:29 PM

    Chicken, shiitake, and potato fricassee sounds great! I've been really into recipes with mushrooms recently.

  • LABeachGal  on  4/25/2019 at 1:36 PM

    I'd love the Tri-Ply Clad Stainless Steel 12.75-Inch French Skillet!

  • HomespunHouse  on  4/26/2019 at 8:31 PM

    Lemon chicken with artichokes

  • debbiehb  on  4/27/2019 at 3:51 PM

    Deconstructed chicken Caesar salad and I'd like to try the 5-Qt. Covered Sauteuse

  • edyenicole  on  4/28/2019 at 1:21 PM

    skillet cinnamon buns

  • edyenicole  on  4/28/2019 at 1:23 PM

    the 5 qt dutch oven.

  • thewoobdog  on  4/29/2019 at 7:45 AM

    Coriander-crusted whole roast chicken

  • thewoobdog  on  4/29/2019 at 7:46 AM

    The double burner griddle in umber

  • dbielick  on  4/30/2019 at 7:25 AM

    Chicken, shiitake, and potato fricassee and I would love the 5.5-Quart Covered Dutch Oven

  • AnnaZed  on  5/1/2019 at 4:56 PM

    Dubliner and tomato-stuffed chicken breasts

  • ella1912  on  5/4/2019 at 2:45 PM

    miso chicken

  • Mariarosa  on  5/5/2019 at 7:17 PM

    Pork chops with Italian salsa verde

  • Mariarosa  on  5/5/2019 at 7:22 PM

    I'd love to try the deep round grill pan

  • popoff  on  5/8/2019 at 2:42 PM

    How to make tender, juicy (never dry!) chicken - every time

  • Lmocooks  on  5/8/2019 at 4:48 PM

    Ancho chicken pot pie with cornmeal drop biscuit topping

  • lgroom  on  5/8/2019 at 9:13 PM

    ribeye steaks with thyme shallot butter

  • AnnaZed  on  5/10/2019 at 10:33 PM

    10″ x 18″ Double Burner Griddle with Nonstick Multi-Purpose Rack, Gray

  • Shelley.b  on  5/11/2019 at 10:47 AM

    Shrimp panzanella and a 12 inch skillet

  • Laura1  on  5/12/2019 at 8:32 AM

    Rotini with white beans and broccoli rabe and the 12 in cast-iron skillet

  • cellenly  on  5/16/2019 at 11:22 AM

    Spice rubbed chicken thighs

  • cellenly  on  5/16/2019 at 11:24 AM

    double burner griddle

  • Taznjade  on  5/19/2019 at 10:42 AM

    Lemon chicken with artichokes and Salmon BLTs sound good!

  • Aminata95  on  5/20/2019 at 10:21 PM

    Harissa chicken

  • Scotsman61  on  5/21/2019 at 9:23 PM

    Lemon chicken with artichokes

  • Scotsman61  on  5/21/2019 at 9:26 PM

    10 piece bakeware set

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