Taste of Home Magazine & Website - A Review

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A Recipe Magazine

To restate an old adage, everybody loves to eat! However, not everybody loves to cook and even those that do love to cook are always looking for the better recipe or the better cookbook. With the glut of cooking shows on TV there isn't any ethnicity or cooking style missing from your repertoire if you'll only check the tv listings. So much is available not only on TV but on the Internet. You can look up any recipe using any ingredients any time.

But, what if you like to look at an actual recipe? What if you like to rely on someone else's experience to guide you through the cooking process and see what their results are? Again, there are hundreds and hundreds of cookbooks and just as many cooking magazines but for true down home cooking you can't beat there's "Taste of Home". Amazon rates "Taste of Home" the #1 cooking magazine. Taste of Home recipes are really great, easy to make, and worth trying.

About "Taste of Home"

I subscribed to "Taste of Home" many years ago, when the Internet wasn't a daily staple. Yes, you can now access "Taste of Home" on the Internet, but we'll get to that later in the hub. Ever read a comic book? Would you want to read it on the Internet or hold it in your hand? That's how I feel about "Taste of Home". It has so much to offer you just have to have it in your hand to refer to and read and then do it all over again. The "Taste of Home" magazine recipes are so homey and welcoming.

The 'down home' appeal comes from the recipes themselves which are submitted by readers. "Taste of Home" likes to say they have over 1,000 "cooks". Of course before the recipes are shared in print they are tested in "Taste of Home's" test kitchens. These recipes come from all over the United States so you get lots of local flavor. As "Taste of Home" says, "Meals your mom used to make" probably because their recipes are from moms!

Other Features in "Taste of Home"

Another feature is the index card sized recipes each month. You can cut them out and store them in a recipe box. Each month features a 'game' recipe from fish to venison. A feature all outdoorsman will certainly love!

Some recipes are for two, some for a crowd, some for potluck...a large variety usually over 75 recipes in each magazine. That's a lot of cooking for you.

There are special recipes that follow the season. For example, in the fall you'll find lots of recipes using pumpkin, from pies and casseroles to cookies and main dishes. There are recipes for everything from appetizers to vegetarian dishes.

There are lots of other helpful hints in the magazine about cooking as well, with how-to's, questions and answers, even kitchen designs. They often have kitchen design contests and you get to see all the winning kitchens. A good place to pick up design ideas.

Taste of Home video on YouTube

Tasteofhome.com

Of course as I mentioned earlier we now have the Internet and with the Internet Taste of Home has a real presence. There's taste of home.com loaded with the same great recipes found in the Taste of Home magazines so you can have it either way!

Let's look at one recipe from the "Taste of Home" website; how about Crispy Lemon Fried Chicken?

4 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Crispy Lemon Fried Chicken

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: 6 to 8 servings

Lemon Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 2 Broiler fryers, 2 to 3 pounds each
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • oil, for frying

Instructions

  1. Place chicken pieces in a large bowl; add 3 teaspoons salt, lemon juice and enough water to cover chicken. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Drain thoroughly. In a resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, paprika, pepper and remaining salt. Add chicken pieces; seal bag and toss to coat.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1/2 in. of oil to 375°. Add chicken; brown on all sides, about 20 minutes. Reduce heat. Carefully add water; cover and cook for 20 minutes or until juices run clear. Uncover; cook 10 minutes longer or until chicken is crisp.

This recipe can be found on the "Taste of Home" website, if you want to check it out firsthand, http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Crispy-Lemon-Fried-Chicken but was originally published as Lemon-Fried Chicken in Reminisce Extra August 1993. Not to your liking? Don't worry there are literally hundreds more on the website.

Taste of Home website also contains a section for Healthy Menus including recipe make-overs, special diets, living well, comfort foods and living well plus.

You really can't go wrong with "Taste of Home" and now there are so many "Taste of Home" cookbooks you can almost name your own. So whether it's Taste of Home Magazine, Taste of Home website, or Taste of Home cookbooks, you're sure to find something you like. Enjoy.

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I love taste of home but I don't get the magazines. I haven't got online to look at their site. I have gone to a couple of their of the shows when their in town.

Enjoyed your hub. Voted UP


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

They really have the best stuff moonlake! Now that they're online it's so much easier though I do like having the magazine in my hand.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Mary, you have written a great hub on a magazine and a recipe that are new to me! Voted up and liked!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

That fried chicken recipe does look yum. Thanks for sharing, and for the look at Taste of Home Magazine.


Hubert Williams 4 years ago

That's a tasty looking recipe. I'll have to try it. By the way my mother was a horrible cook, so anything that says "Meals your mom used to make" I will rodo the recipe. My dad was a great cook. Just sayin'...


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Audra glad I could introduce you to a great magazine and web site.

RTalloni, hope the recipe results are as good as it looks!

Hubert, I know a lot of women who can't cook...we know but try to keep it secret ;)


Hubert Williams 4 years ago

I'll try. I did ad the magazine to my internet favorite list. Thanks


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Til....Must say I've not ever seen this mag before....but I'm not surprised, since I like to "dodge" anything that inspires more time in the kitchen.

I do thank you for the introduction though, because I have, not one or two, but THREE daughters-in-law who are incredibly talented gourmet cooks. Actually, they are probably very familiar with "A Taste of Home." They're really INTO all that Food/Recipe area.

As for me GF, I have a bookshelf jam-packed with cook books that appear to be brand new. In fact, they're 30 or 40 years old, UNTOUCHED BY HUMAN HANDS!!!! LMAO!!


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ThelmaC 4 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

Enjoyed your hub very much. When Taste of Home first went into publication, I was one of their Field Editors for several years. Needless to say, I have quite a collection of back issues and still refer to them. It is a great magazine and you did a wonderful job reporting about it.

Thelma


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Good luck with it Hubert, I know you'll find some good stuff. There are often features of male cooks in the magazine (and probably on line).

Effer only you can make a comment that cracks me up! You started out so serious but then turned into you. Now you won't need a cookbook and you can surprise your daughter-in-laws with your gourmet talent and new cooking expertise!!

Wow Thelma, that must've been quite an experience. I hope you're writing hubs with recipes!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great hub and thanks for sharing.

So interesting ;take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Right back at you Eddy!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I really enjoy your recipe. It sound delicious. Thanks for share with us. I also enjoy the video as well. Good job and rated up!

Prasetio


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Glad you enjoyed this hub. You should look up Taste of Home on the Internet, you'll find lots more good stuff.


jane smith 2 years ago

I have been to a couple of your shows and I get the magazine. In my younger days that's what I wanted to do.I even went to college to study to be a home economist. i have tried several of the receipes in the magazine through the years but the Blueberry pie and the rainbow cake have just turned out fabulouslyAnd so much fun to do. thanks for the inspiration.Even my daughter, who doesn't cook likes your magazine and will occasionaly try a receipe.

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