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Taste of Home Magazine & Website - A Review
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.
Summer Slow Cooker Recipes from Taste of Home
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
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?
- 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
- 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.
- 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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