Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes

Taste of Home is putting out an even more exciting and comprehensive cookbook, Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes. This is possibly the last cookbook you’ll need for a while because it has over 1,400 recipes in it! This hard-bound collection commemorates 20 years of the best submitted recipes. Each recipe has a very personal story of what it has meant to those who submitted it and their families. You’ll find everything from Saturday night appetizers to weeknight dinners to secret family recipes to potluck favorites. Chapters also include some of the most cherished magazine features including: Mom Made it Best, Our Favorite Contributor’s Meals, Mealtime Express, Cooking for One or Two, Grand Prize Winners, and more. Each recipe has been evaluated and selected by the Taste of Home test kitchen as the best of the best and can be recreated in your kitchen with readily accessible ingredients. Plus, there is practical, proven tips, storage charts, how-to photo’s, and at-a-glance prep and cook times.

This is the biggest cookbook I own. It is also one of my favorite ones too! The pictures in here are mouthwatering (I recommend NOT looking at this cookbook if you are hungry!). If you can’t find something in here to make, there is something wrong with you! The ingredients are easy to find, and the directions are easy to follow (which is why I am a fan of Taste Of Home). One of my favorite recipes in here is the “Low Country Grill”. You can make your entire meal on the grill with that recipe! My husband like the Firecracker Burgers and the Jalapeno Popper Burgers (can you see a theme here?).

If you can only have one cookbook in your kitchen, Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes is the one you want. If you order it before September 13, you can get it on the Taste Of Home website. You’ll get an exclusive Taste of Home Baking Guide Free and free shipping. After, September 13, all of your favorite retailers should carry Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes.


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Meals in Minutes Giveaway!

Since it was first published in 2002, Meals in Minutes has helped cooks answer the question, “What’s for dinner?” It features over 250 dishes that are ready under in an hour. The newly-designed 10th anniversary edition includes 20 new recipes. Meals in Minutes 10th Anniversary is a favorite cookbook because of its over 160 tips offering shortcuts and time-saving tricks to making mealtime relaxing and fun.

Now, I’ve got my own copy here, and it is one of my favorite cookbooks in my kitchen! Amazingly, Meals In Minutes is one of my husband’s favorite cookbooks too. The recipes use common ingredients that I keep in my kitchen. None of these recipes take a lot of time to make either. You can make everything from creamy chicken spaghetti to salisbury steak to each chicken pot pie to the best ever cupcakes. If you can’t find something you like in here, there is something wrong with you! This cookbook is like my blog — everything is explained very simply so you can mess it up. I love that! Meals In Minutes is a cookbook every kitchen should have.

Since we love this cookbook so much, I have arranged for one lucky reader to get one of their own. Here’s what you need to do:

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Midwest Dairy Council Giveaway!

The Midwest Dairy Council wants to help me and you get ready for this winter season. I don’t know about you, but here in Chicago, it’s been unseasonably warm. Instead of bonding over making snowmen (we’d need snow for that!), a lot of families are bonding over mealtime. Food unites generations, nourishes the body, and allows us to give thanks. It also opens the door to conversations you may not otherwise have. Some tips you can find on their site for mealtime include:

  • We use holiday mealtime to have real conversations as a family. No cell phones are allowed! Sit down at the table (not in front of the tv), share a tasty meal and talk about your day or the things you are most thankful for. — Susan Anglin, Anglin Dairy
  • To squeeze in extra family bonding during busy days, I encourage my kids to get in the kitchen and help out. Don’t worry about making a mess; it’s creating traditions and memories that are most important. — Shannon Squibb, Topwinds Dairy
Entertaining during the holidays  is often a major component also. To help keep your guests happy (and full!), Midwest dairy farm moms share these tips and favorite recipes:

  • Cheese trays make a tasty and nutritious appetizer. To add seasonal flair, buy cheese in block form and use holiday cookie cutters to create festive shapes; save the scraps for casseroles. — Barb Liebenstein, Wolf Creek Dairy
  • My holiday guests always seem to be craving something pumpkin flavored. I have a few go-to recipes that are fresh and unexpected: Pumpkin Cheesecake ShakePumpkin Pancakes, and my personal favorite, Pumpkin Pie Squares. — Susan Anglin, Anglin Dairy

Since this is such a great resource, I have arranged for one lucky reader to receive  a festive baking dish (from Crate & Barrel, $30 value); hot pad; and Pumpkin Pie Squares recipe card (which should work perfectly in the baking dish)!  Here’s what you need to do:

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