Sunny Anderson is a cook on the go – from growing up an Army brat to traveling the country in search of local flavors, Sunny is familiar with life on the road. Her debut cookbook, Sunny’s Kitchen: Easy Food For Real Life (Clarkson Potter, September 2013), quickly topped the New York Times’ Best Seller list, drawing on store-bought shortcuts and always relying on affordable, easy-to-find ingredients to create comforting home-cooked favorites, made Sunny’s way.
Now, Sunny is sharing her recipes and tips in a partnership with Extended Stay America hotels to create “Away From Home Cooking” — an in-room recipe booklet debuting at Extended Stay America’s nearly 700 locations nationwide with fully-equipped kitchens in every guest room.
Sunny’s culinary experience inspires 11 exclusive recipes found in Extended Stay America’s “Away From Home Cooking” booklet, utilizing simple methods, less than eight ingredients and utensils provided in the Extended Stay America hotel room so travelers can cook home-made, affordable meals on-the-go.
Home-style favorites include North Carolina Braised Ribs, Philly Cheesesteak Rice Bowl and this Easy Chicken Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Spicy Ranch Salad, using store-bought shortcuts to turn a kid-favorite into a grown-up classic: Easy Chicken Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Spicy Ranch Salad.
Mac ‘n’ Cheese Recipe
1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 can (10.75 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup
4 slices American cheese, torn into shreds
1 1⁄2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
4 strips bacon, cooked crisp and chopped (optional)
2 scallions, white and green parts, finely chopped (optional)
1. Cook pasta in large saucepan of salted water according to package directions. Drain; reserve pasta water.
2. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add bell pepper. Cook until pepper is tender, about 6 minutes. Add soup, 1⁄2 soup can of reserved pasta water and cheese. Stir until melted, about 8 minutes.
3. Add chicken, cooked pasta and pepper; stir. Top with bacon and scallions, if desired.
Spicy Ranch Salad Recipe
1⁄2 cup ranch dressing
1 cup chunky salsa
1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
1. Combine ranch dressing and salsa in a large bowl. Toss with lettuce. Serve salad chilled or at room temperature along side of Mac ’n’ Cheese.
For more recipe inspirations, visit AwayFromHomeCooking.com and see what’s cooking with Sunny and Extended Stay America.