Thursday, September 13, 2012

Available Today -- Taste of Home: Best Loved Recipes -- 1485 Favorites from the World's #1 Food & Entertaining Magazine (Review and FREE RECIPE)

Published by Reader's Digest
Hardcover: 928 pagesPublished Date: September 13, 2012; SRP: $34.99 US/$39.95 CAN;
IBSN: 9780898219913

Taste of Home is putting out an even more exciting and comprehensive cookbook, Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes (September 2012), 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! It's filled with mouth-watering favorites that will be sure to bring families together again for a new experience at the dinner table, and to enjoy a weekly meal, a special holiday or occasion. 

Life is a collection of moments and Taste of Home is all about making those moments special and memorable. Each recipe has a very personal story of what it has meant to those who submitted it and their families. 

You'll find Saturday night appetizers, weeknight dinners, secret family recipes, potluck favorites and so much more!

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.


My Thoughts:

I have been a Taste of Home fan for years.  Not only do I subscribe to their popular monthly magazine, but I also attend their cooking school when they are in the area. And, I became a field editor for their magazine a few years back, where I share personal family recipes for their consideration in their magazines.  So, when I heard they were coming out with a new cookbook, I couldn't wait to pick up a copy, to read and add to my cookbook collection.  I read cookbooks like books -- that are that good.  If you were to visit my house, you would see a hall closet full of shelves, which have all types of cookbooks filling them.  My favorite cookbooks are those that offer best loved recipes, as I know that these recipes are tried and loved by many. 

Take for example the following recipe for a Raspberry Chocolate Cake, which is included in this new cookbook from Taste of Home:

Raspberry Chocolate Cake Recipe

Excerpted from Taste of Home: Best Loved Recipes: 1485 Favorites from the World's #1 Food & Entertaining Magazine
By Taste of Home 
Prep: 45 min. + standing
Bake: 35 min. + cooling
Yield: 16 servings


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2-¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-½ teaspoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-¼ cups buttermilk
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-½ cups strong brewed coffee, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry liqueur
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 4 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cold cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry liqueur
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Line three greased 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper and grease paper; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Combine the buttermilk, oil and vanilla; add to the dry ingredients. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat for 2 minutes. Gradually add coffee (batter will be thin).
  • Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For filling, in a small saucepan, whisk together flour and milk until smooth. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute or until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and let stand until cool.
  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and mix well. Gradually add cooled milk mixture; beat for 4 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in liqueur, salt and food coloring if desired.
  • Level tops of cakes if necessary. Place one layer on a serving plate; spread with about 2 tablespoons jam. Place remaining layers on waxed paper; spread one of the remaining layers with remaining jam. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Spread ½ cup filling over cake on the plate to within ¼ in. of edges. Top with jam-covered cake, then spread with remaining filling. Top with remaining cake layer.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add beat in cocoa and liqueur. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Frost top and sides of cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 738 calories, 28 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 73 mg cholesterol, 573 mg sodium, 118 g 
carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.

Sounds delicious, huh?  Well it is.  I have made this Raspberry Chocolate Cake twice since receiving an advance copy of this cookbook.  In addition to this recipe, I have also tried the following recipes and have had family and friends ask me to make them again: appetizer meatballs, Mediterranean nachos, BLT Bites, Ranch Ham Roll Up (Savannah's favorite finger food), Pot Roast with Gravy (This tastes even better the next day as a sandwich) and Dijon Sirloin Tips.

When you pick up a copy of this cookbook, you will see the recipes broken down into 26 chapters.   Chapters include some of the following: Mom Made it Best, Our Favorite Contributor's Meals, Mealtime Express, Cooking for One or Two, Grand-Prize Winners, Potluck Picks.  These chapters were my favorites, and have the most pages tagged for me to try out recipes with. 

You don't have to be a skilled chef to create these dishes.  Each recipe uses everyday ingredients, with easy to follow directions.  In addition, there are also how-to photos and cooking tips, to help you with cooking techniques you may not be familiar with.  As a busy mom on the go, I love choosing 3-4 recipes from the over 1400+ and making during the week.  My oldest daughter, Savannah, is a picky eater, and usually doesn't like to try new foods.  But, surprisingly, each of the new dishes I have created as a result of this cookbook, she has reached over and asked to try.  Then, she will sit with us and eat a dish full. :-)  I can't wait to try more recipes from this cookbook.  With over 1400 recipes, this cookbook is really all you need, and will have you covered when you are looking for new recipes to try, dishes to make for special occasion and gatherings, etc.

And, with the holidays right around the corner, why not surprise that special someone who loves to cook with a copy of Taste of Home:  Best Loved Recipes?  Or, ask Santa for a copy for yourself. :-)

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About Taste of Home

Taste of Home is America's connection to the personal recipes of people who cook at home as a way to bring family and friends together, particularly at the holidays. Each year, thousands of people from across the United States and Canada submit more than 40,000 recipes, of which 3,000 are published. Every recipe that is published is carefully evaluated and selected by the Taste of Home Test Kitchen, which ensures that it can be prepared with affordable, everyday ingredients. Taste of Home content is available in print; online at; in books; via digital download on iPad, mobile apps and Kindle; and Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Obtain a subscription or on your favorite digital download device.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this cookbook by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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