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EDITOR IN CHIEF Catherine Cassidy
CREATIVE DIRECTORArdyth Cope
FOOD DIRECTOR Diane Werner RD

EDITOR Ann Kaiser table talk


MANAGING EDITOR Barbara Schuetz
SENIOR ART DIRECTOR Sandra L. Ploy
FOOD EDITOR Patricia Schmeling
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Cheri Mantz
RECIPE ASSET SYSTEMS Coleen Martin, Sue A. Jurack
RECIPE EDITORS Mary King, Christine Rukavena
COPY EDITOR Susan Uphill
spreading the word
LAYOUT DESIGNER Monica Bergwall (ONE MAGAZINE AT A TIME)
EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Jane Stasik
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Marie Brannon I travel a lot for my job. While I’ve been known to forget my business cards, itinerary, cell
SENIOR WEB EDITOR Sarah Marx Feldner phone, briefcase, purse, even my trusty Taste of Home apron when I walk out the door (you
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TEST KITCHEN two responses: “I LOVE Taste of Home, it’s my favorite magazine!” Or, “It’s really the number
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ASSOCIATE FOOD EDITORS Alicia Bozewicz RD,
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Jenni Warren If you’re a fan, you know what it’s all about. But you may be
TEST KITCHEN ASSOCIATES reading this magazine for the first time—just like the folks I
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Taste of Home’s SHIRLEY DELANGE / BYRON CENTER, MI


enthusiastic team of
FAMILY STATS: Husband Leon, a certified public accountant; two daughters, Linda
and Diane; and four grandchildren. Shirley is a retired high school teacher.
volunteer editors “I taught family and consumer science for 28 years, ‘graduating’ with the 2007 class.
from across the U.S. I stay involved with the school as costume director for its theater productions. In the
and Canada share summer, Leon and I enjoy classic cars—we own two. I also pick cherries and berries with
recipes, cooking tips, my daughters to can and freeze for jams and pies. I can tomatoes, too. Homemade bread
story ideas and more is always in my freezer; I make oatmeal bread twice a month for our church group.”
with our staff. Take a
REBECCA LIAO / OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
look at the complete FAMILY STATS: Husband Vince, an FAA flight simulator engineer; four children,
list of field editors on Wesley, 13; Hannah, 11; Jacob, 8; Christopher, 4. Rebecca is a home-schooling mom.
page 71...maybe one “I feel I’m best at baking, especially cookies and cheesecakes. I’ve spent many hours
of them lives in your perfecting the art of ‘freezer meals,’ which come in handy when I’m schooling the kids.
neighborhood!
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ware store. We had a real, working kitchen and offered cooking classes. Now, I enjoy
cooking from scratch for my family. I especially like to bake and have won contests with
my cheesecakes. Recently, I was featured in our local newspaper for my baking ac-
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cake cover was a huge success. We used the cupcakes as a craft project hiding somewhere in
at our employee “Breakfast with Santa” party. More than 150 children our pages. Find it,
decorated their own Snowman Cupcake. You should have seen the and you could win a
smiles on their faces! $50 Shop Taste of
We also received several letters about the egg-dying story (Feb/March) Home gift certifi-
written by Creative Director Ardyth Cope. Carmela Barkan of Livonia, MI cate! Go to taste
asked, “Do you dip the brush into the bottle of paint, or do you spill a ofhome.com to GAME NIGHT CUPCAKES
little puddle onto a palette? Is there enough paint for everyone to have enter; we’ll award I was so excited to see the
their own brush? How many eggs does one kit color?” prizes to 100 win- Snowflake Cupcakes on your
“You can color the eggs either way,” Ardyth tells me. “Dip the brushes ners drawn from en- Dec/Jan cover! I was planning a
in the bottle or pour the contents into a small bowl. You should proba- tries with the correct January game night, and I knew
bly plan on two brushes per color for each kit you buy. And the dye goes answer. Or mail a as soon as I saw those cupcakes
a long way. You can color at least 2 to 3 dozen eggs per kit.” postcard with the that snowflakes would be my
One of the perks of working for Taste of Home is the chance to see page number and theme for the evening.
recipes before they appear in the magazine. I got a head start on this your name, address I had fun making the candy
issue by trying The Firehouse Special from Darrell Alvord of Boise, ID and phone number snowflakes and decorating the
(page 20) at a family gathering. I was a little hesitant because I’ve never to Hide & Seek, cupcakes. They were delicious
cooked with spicy ingredients or Creole seasoning. But I took a gam- Taste of Home, and different, and everyone at
ble…and even doubled the recipe. Well, it was out of this world! Every- 5400 S. 60th St., the party loved them. Thanks,
one thought it was fantastic. Now I want to try recipes with a little more Greendale, WI Taste of Home, for your terrific
spice, since spicy does not necessarily mean hot. I hope you’ll try the 53129. Winners are entertaining ideas!
recipe and tell me what you think. Write to me at dearjane@taste drawn at random. —Michelle Thompson
ofhome.com. SMITHFIELD, UT

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making up my own recipes, and I
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PEAS
Peas should be
planted in early
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CARROTS Tomato transplants
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Sow directly in the can be grown in-
some next season.)
garden 2 to 3 doors from seed in
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WATER: 1" per the average last frost
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LIMA BEANS as the ground is no
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average date of the the soil temperature is
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last frost. as low as 45° F.
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LIGHT: Full sun LIGHT: Full sun
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Crunchy. Tasty. Better than breadcrumbs . ™

FRENCH’S® CRUNCHY
ONION CHICKEN™

Prep Time: 5 minutes


Cook Time: 20 minutes
2 cups (4 oz.) FRENCH’S® Original
or Cheddar French Fried Onions
2 tbsp. flour
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 egg, beaten
Crush French Fried Onions with flour in plastic bag.
Dip chicken into egg, then coat in onion crumbs.
Bake at 400ºF for 20 minutes until cooked through.
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Bringing
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Here are some
helpful tips from
seasoned potluckers!

“We feed a lot of people


when our family gets to-
gether, so my sisters and I
set up a big buffet on the
kitchen counter with each
dish in a slow cooker
(mashed potatoes, scal-
loped corn, etc.). Guests
bring the breads, rolls,
salads and desserts. If
someone’s late, they can
still have a hot meal.”
—Marla Campbell
SMYRNA, NY

“I like to fix a bread


bowl filled with cheese
dip when I go to a
potluck. To warm the
filled bowl, I put it in
an oven roasting bag,
seal and place in the
oven. After baking it, I
can transport it easily
in the bag, and it will
still be warm on ar-
rival.”
—Nadine York
EQUALITY, IL

“Making lots of cup-


cakes for a party? To
speed the process
and cut down on the
mess, I rely on my
turkey baster to
squeeze the batter
neatly into paper
cupcake liners.”
—Angie Stokes
WINCHESTER, VA
OPEN
HOUSE potluck

make once,
eat twice lasagna
PREP: 35 MIN. BAKE: 50 MIN. + STANDING
YIELD: 2 LASAGNAS (12 SERVINGS EACH)

Geri Davis
PRESCOTT, AZ

“Our family loves this recipe served


with a green salad and garlic bread.
It’s so handy to have an extra, ready-
made pan in the freezer on lazy days
or when guests arrive.”

1 pkg. (16 oz.) lasagna noodles


3 lbs. ground beef
3 jars (26 oz. each) spaghetti sauce
2 eggs, beaten
1-1/2 lbs. ricotta cheese
6 cups (24 oz.) shredded part-skim
mozzarella cheese, divided
1 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Cook noodles according to pack-
age directions. Meanwhile, in a
Dutch oven, cook beef over
medium heat until no longer pink;
drain. Remove from the heat; stir in
spaghetti sauce. In a large bowl,
combine the eggs, ricotta cheese,
4-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese,
parsley, salt and pepper.
Drain noodles. Spread 1 cup meat
sauce in each of two greased 13-in.
x 9-in. baking dishes. Layer each
with three noodles, 1 cup ricotta
mixture and 1-1/2 cups meat sauce.
Repeat layers twice. Top with
Parmesan cheese and remaining
mozzarella cheese.

BIG NIGHT
Whether you’re cooking for a serious crowd
Cover and freeze one lasagna for
up to 3 months. Cover and bake
remaining lasagna at 375° for 45
minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes
longer or until bubbly. Let stand for
10 minutes before cutting.
(or just want LOTS of leftovers), these casual classics
To use frozen lasagna: Thaw in the
have mass appeal refrigerator overnight. Remove
from the refrigerator 30 minutes
before baking. Cover and bake at
375° for 60-70 minutes or until
heated through. Uncover; bake 10
minutes longer or until bubbly. Let
stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

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Visit velveeta.com to find lots of delicious everyday recipes.

Taco Mac & Cheese


Prep time: 5 min. Total time: 20 min. Makes: 6 servings make it!
what you need! 1. BROWN meat in large skillet on medium-high heat; drain.
1 lb. ground beef 2. STIR in 2-3/4 cups water, salsa and chili powder. Bring to boil.
1/3 cup TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa Stir in macaroni; cover. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer
1-1/2 tsp. chili powder 8 to 10 minutes or until water is almost absorbed.
2 cups (8 oz.) elbow macaroni, uncooked 3. ADD VELVEETA; cook until melted, stirring frequently.
1/2 lb. (8 oz.) VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut up Garnish with 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips, 1/4 cup chopped
tomato and 2 Tbsp. chopped green onion, if desired.
TACO BELL® and HOME ORIGINALS ® are trademarks owned and licensed by Taco Bell Corp.
©2009 KF Holdings.
2 lbs. ground beef
2 pkg. (12 oz. each) bulk spicy
pork sausage
1 lb. sliced fresh mushrooms
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 pkg. (10 oz. each) frozen
chopped spinach, thawed and
squeezed dry
2 cups (16 oz.) 4% cottage cheese
8 eggs, beaten
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 envelope leek soup mix
We raised three hungry boys. I had to cook 2 tsp. garlic powder
and bake huge amounts of everything. 1 tsp. Creole seasoning
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
—WANIETA PENNER
ASSARIA, KS In a large saucepan, bring broth to a
boil. Stir in rice; cover and remove
from the heat. Let stand for 5 min-
utes. Stir in 2 Tbsp. butter; set aside.
sloppy joes for sauce, brown sugar, mustard, vine-
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook
8 dozen gar and chili powder. Bring to a
beef and sausage over medium
FREEZER boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncov-
heat until no longer pink; drain.
PLEASERS! PREP: 20 MIN. COOK: 1-1/2 HOURS
YIELD: 96 SERVINGS
ered, for 1 hour to allow flavors to
Transfer to a large bowl.
All of these blend. Spoon 1/3 cup onto each
bun. In the same skillet, saute mush-
family-favorite Wanieta Penner
ASSARIA, KS rooms and garlic in remaining but-
recipes freeze ter until tender; add to meat
well. 15 lbs. ground beef the firehouse mixture. Stir in the spinach, cottage
6 medium onions, chopped special cheese, eggs, soup mixes, garlic
1 gallon ketchup PREP: 45 MIN. BAKE: 55 MIN. powder, Creole seasoning and re-
3/4 cup Worcestershire sauce YIELD: 2 CASSEROLES (10 SERVINGS EACH) served rice mixture.
1/2 cup packed brown sugar Darrell Alvord Divide between two greased 13-in.
1/2 cup prepared yellow mustard BOISE, ID x 9-in. baking dishes; sprinkle with
CROWD 1/4 cup white vinegar “This tastes even better the second Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake
PLEASERS day. I like it topped with salsa and at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover;
1 Tbsp. chili powder
Have a top-notch sour cream—or both!” bake 10-15 minutes longer or until
96 hamburger buns, split heated through.
recipe that will 2 cans (14-1/2 oz. each)
feed a crowd? In two soup kettles over medium chicken broth Editor’s Note: The following spices may be
heat, cook and stir beef and onions substituted for 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning: 1/4
Share it at 3 cups uncooked instant rice tsp. each salt, garlic powder and paprika; and a
tasteof home. until meat is no longer pink; drain. pinch each of dried thyme, ground cumin and
com/submit 4 Tbsp. butter, divided cayenne pepper.
Stir in the ketchup, Worcestershire

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OPEN
HOUSE casual entertaining

c’mon over!
With my family far away, I found entertaining to be a wonderful
way to bring life into my home. —KRISTIN KOSSAK
BOZEMAN, MT

spring greens with


beets & goat cheese
PREP/TOTAL TIME: 20 MIN.
YIELD: 8 SERVINGS

Kristin Kossak
BOZEMAN, MT

“I make variations on this salad, de-


pending on what I have on hand, but
this version is my absolute favorite. I
love the flavor combinations.”

2/3 cup pecan halves


3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar, divided
1 Tbsp. water
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. whole grain mustard
1/8 tsp. salt
1 pkg. (5 oz.) spring mix salad
greens
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) sliced beets,
drained
1 cup crumbled goat cheese
In a large heavy skillet, cook the
pecans, 1 Tbsp. vinegar and water
over medium heat until nuts are
toasted, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle
with sugar. Cook and stir for 2-4
minutes or until sugar is melted.
Kristin Kossak knew she was in for quite an adjustment when she Spread on foil to cool.
moved from her native Germany to Bozeman, MT to begin college In a small bowl, combine the oil,
syrup, mustard, salt and remaining
9 years ago. But she quickly found a way to get to know her new vinegar. Refrigerate until serving.
American friends—through food! In a large bowl, combine salad
“With my family far away, I found entertaining to be a wonderful way to bring life into my greens and dressing; toss to coat.
home,” says the 28-year-old, who worked at a guest ranch when she came to Montana. “I love Divide among eight salad plates.
making others happy, and I love having the chance to try out fun, new recipes.” Top with beets, goat cheese and
About once a month, Kristin hosts a get-together for six to eight friends, but she’s always glazed pecans.
looking for an opportunity to have smaller gatherings whenever possible. Always the organized
hostess, she already has her parties planned for Christmas and her birthday bash!
Now that she’s become somewhat of an expert at throwing dinner parties, we asked Kristin
to share some of her know-how and recipes.

APRIL/MAY 2009 tasteofhome.com_21


KRISTIN’S
PARTY TIPS
> Plan ahead.
Keep things easy
but flavorful.
> Prepare things
ahead of time.
People will enjoy chicken saltimbocca
the food, but they
also want to spend PREP: 25 MIN. COOK: 20 MIN.
time with the host. YIELD: 8 SERVINGS
> Make a cheese Kristin Kossak
tray. It is easily pre- BOZEMAN, MT
pared and keeps “My mom used to make this dish,
guests satisfied and it’s one of my favorites. Tradi-
until dinner is ready. tionally, it’s made with veal, but I
created this version since chicken is
easier to find.”

2 medium onions, chopped banana colada


Meanwhile, cut a slit lengthwise
2 Tbsp. butter through the thickest part of each sundaes
2 cups uncooked long grain rice chicken breast; fill with prosciutto
PREP/TOTAL TIME: 20 MIN.
4 cups chicken broth and two sage leaves. Sprinkle with YIELD: 8 SERVINGS.
8 boneless skinless chicken breast salt and pepper.
halves (4 oz. each) Kristin Kossak
In a large skillet over medium heat, BOZEMAN, MT
4 thin slices prosciutto or brown chicken in oil for 1-2 minutes
deli ham, halved “This is my number one option when
on each side. Reduce heat to low; I don’t have much time to prepare
8 fresh sage leaves cover and cook for 8-10 minutes or dessert but still want to wow my
1/2 tsp. salt until juices run clear. Remove and guests. Smiling, satisfied faces are
1/4 tsp. pepper keep warm. guaranteed!”

2 Tbsp. olive oil Add wine to the pan. Bring to a 6 Tbsp. butter, cubed
1/2 cup white wine boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncov-
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
ered, for 2-3 minutes or until slightly
1/4 cup sour cream reduced. Stir in the sour cream, 1/3 cup orange juice
LET’S PARTY! 1/2 tsp. sugar sugar and minced sage; heat 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
For more enter- 1 tsp. minced fresh sage through (do not boil). Serve with 4 medium bananas, sliced
taining tips, and to In a large saucepan, saute onions in chicken and rice. 1/2 tsp. rum extract
share your own
butter until tender. Add rice and 3 pints vanilla ice cream
party plans and
recipes, go to stir to coat. Stir in broth and bring 1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted
tasteofhome. to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and
simmer for 15-20 minutes or until In a small saucepan, combine the
com/partyideas butter, brown sugar, orange juice
tender. Fluff with a fork.
and cinnamon. Cook and stir over
medium heat for 4-5 minutes or
until sauce is smooth. Stir in ba-
nanas; heat through. Remove from
TEST KITCHEN TIP the heat; stir in extract.
It’s easiest to cut the chicken breast when it’s Serve warm over ice cream. Sprin-
slightly frozen. Try using a boning knife. kle with coconut.
—MARIE PARKER

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OPEN
HOUSE tour my kitchen

lights...
Kerry Robinson
HUDSON, OH

cabinets...
action
Sunny spruce-up makes this
kitchen a star attraction

BEHIND THE SCENES!


For additional photos and a floor plan of
Kerry’s kitchen, visit tasteofhome.com/kerry
Know how you want the kitchen to look and what you
want—cabinets, counters, lighting and flooring—before the
first wall is torn down. —KERRY ROBINSON
HUDSON, OH
PHOTOGRAPHY BY A.J. BOYD

W hen my husband, Robert,


and I decided to remodel
about 3 years ago, our kitchen was
all six burners going at once!
The breakfast bar is a family
gathering place, and there are
long overdue for an update. Our enough stools for everyone. Our
home is 14 years old, and the kids—Matt, 16; Jack, 12; and Kelly,
kitchen looked it—dark oak cabi- 10—often do their homework
nets, Formica countertops and a here, and I love that I can talk with
big fluorescent light over the is- family or guests while I’m prepar-
land that was way too bright. ing dinner.
We wanted more space for enter- Living through a major kitchen
taining, too. So we combined the renovation is no picnic. During
kitchen remodel with a great room our yearlong stint without a
expansion and installed floor-to- kitchen, I cooked with a micro-
Let the sun shine in! The Robinsons’ open- ceiling windows, flooding the two wave and a griddle in the laundry
concept kitchen flows into their large living rooms with natural sunlight. room. Surprisingly, we ate out
room, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows. Our new kitchen boasts slightly very little. I’m so glad those days
Kelly, 10, top left, fills the house with music distressed maple cabinets, hard- are over, but it was definitely
when she plays the piano. The breakfast wood floors and granite counter- worth every minute!
bar, above and far right, has enough seat-
tops. But my favorite features are
ing for the whole family. The kids love
doing their homework on the tall, comfy the two dishwashers and side-by-
chairs. side ovens.
The stovetop has a big grill and
six burners that are great for holi-
KERRY’S TIP days or when we have a bunch of
Do your homework! people over. I no longer find my-
If you don’t, it slows self standing at the stove for long
down the project. periods of time. There have actu-
Know how you want ally been occasions when I’ve had
the kitchen to look
and what you want SHARE YOUR KITCHEN >> Do you have a special kitchen that
before the first wall is everyone’s always raving about? Send photos of the kitchen to
torn down. editors@tasteofhome.com. If we use your kitchen, you’ll earn $250.

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and tell your doctor of any sores or skin problems.
ABOUT LYRICA If you have any of these symptoms, tell your doctor right away.
LYRICA is a prescription medicine used to treat:
• Nerve pain from diabetes and nerve pain that continues after
The most common side effects of LYRICA are:
• Dizziness • Feeling “high”
the rash from shingles heals
This pain can be sharp or burning. It can feel like tingling, • Sleepiness • Swelling of hands and feet
shooting, or numbness. • Weight gain • Balance problems
• Fibromyalgia, a condition which includes widespread muscle • Blurry vision • Trouble concentrating
pain and difficulty performing daily activities • Dry mouth • Increased appetite
Some people taking LYRICA had less pain by the end of the • Constipation
first week. LYRICA may not work for everyone. You may have a higher chance of swelling, hives or gaining
weight if you are taking certain diabetes medicines or
angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors with LYRICA.
Medicines that already make you sleepy or dizzy may make you
feel more sleepy or dizzy with LYRICA.
WHO IS LYRICA FOR?
Who can take LYRICA:
• Adults 18 years or older with Fibromyalgia, nerve pain from
diabetes, or pain after shingles
Who should NOT take LYRICA:
• Anyone who is allergic to anything in LYRICA HOW TO TAKE LYRICA
LYRICA has not been studied in children under 18 years of age. Do:
• Take LYRICA exactly as your doctor tells you. Your
doctor may tell you to take it 2 or 3 times a day.
BEFORE STARTING LYRICA • Take LYRICA with or without food.
Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions. Don’t:
Tell your doctor if you: • Do not drive a car or use machines if you feel dizzy or sleepy
• Have or had kidney problems or dialysis while taking LYRICA.
• Have heart problems, including heart failure • Do not drink alcohol or use other medicines that
• Have a bleeding problem or a low blood platelet count make you sleepy while taking LYRICA.
• Have abused drugs or alcohol. LYRICA may cause some • Do not change the dose or stop LYRICA suddenly.
people to feel “high.” You may have headaches, nausea, diarrhea, or trouble sleeping
• Are either a man or woman planning to have children or a if you stop taking LYRICA suddenly.
woman who is breast-feeding, pregnant, or may become • Do not start any new medicines without first talking
pregnant. It is not known if LYRICA may decrease male to your doctor.
fertility, pass into breast milk, or if it can harm your unborn
baby. You and your doctor should decide whether you should
take LYRICA or breast-feed, but not both.
Tell your doctor about all your medicines. Include over-the-
counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your
NEED MORE INFORMATION?
• Ask your doctor or pharmacist. This is only a brief summary of
doctor if you take: important information.
• Avandia® (rosiglitazone)* or Actos® (pioglitazone)**
for diabetes. You may have a higher chance of weight gain or • Go to www.lyrica.com or call:
swelling if these medicines are taken with LYRICA. – For Nerve Pain: 1-888-9-LYRICA (1-888-959-7422).
• Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors – For Fibromyalgia: 1-888-5-LYRICA (1-888-559-7422).
• Narcotic pain medicines (such as oxycodone), tranquilizers or
medicines for anxiety (such as lorazepam). You may have a Uninsured? Need help paying for Pfizer
higher chance for dizziness and sleepiness if these medicines medicines? Pfizer has programs that
are taken with LYRICA. can help. Call 1-866-706-2400 or visit
• Any medicines that make you sleepy www.PfizerHelpfulAnswers.com.
PARKE–DAVIS, Division of Pfizer Inc., New York, NY 10017 *Avandia is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline. Rx only
©2008 Pfizer Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA. **Actos is a registered trademark of Takeda Chemicals Industries, Ltd., and
is used under license by Takeda Pharmaceuticals of America, Inc., and
PBIF Rev. 1, April 2008 Eli Lilly and Co.
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E A SY M E A L S O LU T I O N S F R O M O U R R E A D E R S & T H E TO H T E S T K I TC H E N

I’ve noticed a lot of restaurants serving

Q
Try these fun,
fresh flavorings
herbed butters with breads and biscuits. > fresh strawberries
Can I make them at home? and mint
> chopped olives,
Yes, you can easily make your own flavored butter. The combinations garlic & rosemary
are endless and so are their uses. Here’s the scoop:
> chopped chipotle
1 Soften the butter. Let it 3 Store it for great eating. peppers in adobo
sauce
sit at room temperature Roll the butter in plastic
(20-30 minutes) to allow wrap, parchment or waxed
> minced ginger &
soy sauce
easier blending of ingredi- paper and refrigerate for up
> chopped sun-
ents. If you don’t have time to 2 weeks. For longer stor-
dried tomatoes &
to soften the butter, use a age, freeze in a resealable grated parmesan
food processor. plastic bag for up to 6 > stone-ground
months. mustard & fresh
2 Stir in the flavor. Let snipped dill
your imagination run wild
> chopped almonds,
(or check out our list of dried cherries &
cool combos at right). almond extract
> peach preserves
& chopped
habanero pepper
> grated lemon,
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> fresh blueberries
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COOK
SMART menu savers

thrifty
pork trio!
Got pork?
Make a roast
$
seasoned with
a tasty rub,
1.54*
then use
leftovers for
chili or a
stir-fry

PORK IN
ORANGE
SAUCE

*costs are per serving

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pork in $ $
orange sauce 1.70 1.54
PREP/TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN.
YIELD: 4 SERVINGS

Marlene Kroll
CHICAGO, IL

“Here’s an Asian-inspired stir-fry


that pairs nicely with a cucumber
salad in vinaigrette dressing.”

1 cup uncooked long grain rice


2 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. ground ginger
german pork roast chunky chipotle
1 tsp. grated orange peel
PREP: 20 MIN.
pork chili
1 cup orange juice
BAKE: 1-3/4 HOURS + STANDING PREP: 15 MIN. COOK: 20 MIN.
1 tsp. soy sauce YIELD: 8 SERVINGS YIELD: 4 SERVINGS
2 celery ribs, chopped
Camie Hewitt Peter Halferty
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced REDMOND, OR CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
1/4 cup lightly salted cashews 3 Tbsp. olive oil “Perfect for using leftover pork roast,
1 Tbsp. canola oil 4 garlic cloves, minced this tasty, easy recipe can be made
2 cups cubed cooked pork 1 tsp. lemon juice ahead and reheated—it’s even better
the second day.”
1/2 cup chow mein noodles 1 tsp. stone-ground mustard TEST KITCHEN TIP
1 green onion, julienned 1 tsp. salt 1 medium green pepper, chopped You’ll find
Cook rice according to package 1/2 tsp. each dried oregano, thyme 1 small onion, chopped canned chipotle
directions. Meanwhile, in a small and rosemary, crushed 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, peppers in the
bowl, combine the cornstarch, 1/4 tsp. pepper finely chopped ethnic section of
sugar, ginger and orange peel. Stir 1 boneless whole pork loin roast 1 Tbsp. canola oil your grocery
in orange juice and soy sauce until (3 to 4 lbs.) 3 garlic cloves, minced story. You can
smooth; set aside. 4 medium potatoes, peeled and 1 can (16 oz.) red beans, rinsed freeze any left-
In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry the cut into wedges and drained overs in an ice
celery, carrots and cashews in oil 3 medium onions, cut into wedges 1 cup beef broth cube tray in 1
until vegetables are crisp-tender. 1 medium yellow tomato, cut into 1/2 cup salsa Tbsp. amounts
Stir cornstarch mixture and add to wedges for future use
2 tsp. ground cumin
the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and
In a small bowl, combine the oil, 2 tsp. chili powder —ANNIE RUNDLE
stir for 1 minute or until thickened.
garlic, lemon juice, mustard and 2 cups cubed cooked pork
Add pork; heat through. Serve with
seasonings. Rub over roast. Place
rice; top with noodles and onion. 1/4 cup sour cream
on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.
Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 In a large saucepan, saute the
minutes. Add the potatoes, onions green pepper, onion and chipotle
and tomato to the pan; bake 40-70 pepper in oil until tender. Add
minutes longer or until a meat ther- garlic; saute 1 minute longer.
mometer reads 160° and vegeta- Add the beans, broth, salsa, cumin MONEY-SAVING
bles are tender. Let stand for 10 and chili powder. Bring to a boil. MEALS
minutes before slicing. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, Sign up for our free
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SMART tips from a pro

eat the bowl!


TOH Food Editor Pat Schmeling shows you parmesan,
how to make crisp, lacey Parmesan baskets that walnut & arugula
taste as great as they look baskets
PREP/TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN.
YIELD: 6 SERVINGS

Anna Maria Wharton


STATEN ISLAND, NY

1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. shredded


Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. finely chopped walnuts
SALAD:
4 cups fresh arugula or spring
mix salad greens
1/2 cup green grapes, halved
2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. raspberry vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 2 1/8 tsp. pepper
Heat a small nonstick skillet over
Spread shredded Parmesan evenly in Cook over medium-high heat 1-2 minutes medium-high heat. Sprinkle 3 Tbsp.
heated crepe pan; add chopped nuts to until edges are lightly brown; lift out of cheese and 1 tsp. walnuts over the
melted cheese pan with spatula bottom of the skillet. Cook for 1-2
minutes or until edges are golden
MAKE ’EM AHEAD. Store be- brown and cheese is bubbly. Re-
tween layers of waxed paper in an move from the heat and let stand
airtight container at room tempera- for 30 seconds.
ture for up to a week. Using a spatula, carefully remove
MINIS. Try baking smaller rounds cheese mixture and immediately
of the cheese mixture on parch- drape over an inverted glass with a
ment paper in the oven at 350° for 2-in. diameter bottom; cool com-
8-10 minutes. Shape over smaller pletely. Repeat with remaining
glasses to fill for appetizers. Or, cheese and walnuts, forming six
leave flat and use as a garnish for baskets.
soup or potatoes. For salad, in a large bowl, combine
VARIETY. Add 1-2 tsp. of your the arugula, grapes and walnuts.
favorite spice or fresh herbs. Whisk the oil, vinegar, salt and pep-
per; pour over arugula mixture and
toss to coat. Place 1/2 cup salad in
each basket. Serve immediately.
3 Want to impress? Serve up salad in crispy Parmesan
Invert hot cheese disk over bottom of an baskets and just watch the reaction!
inverted glass or custard cup; allow to
cool —ANNA MARIA WHARTON
STATEN ISLAND, NY

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SMART quick fix
Cook linguine according to pack-
age directions. Meanwhile, trim 1/4
in. off the bottoms of broccoli rabe
stems; discard coarse outer leaves.
Rinse broccoli rabe in cold water
and cut into 2-in. pieces; set aside.
In a large skillet, saute garlic in oil
for 1 minute. Add the broccoli rabe,
salt, pepper, pepper flakes and 1/2
cup broth. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat; cover and cook for
3-5 minutes or until broccoli rabe is
tender. Drain linguine; add to the
pan. Stir in parsley and enough
remaining broth to moisten the
linguine. Sprinkle with cheese.

spinach pastrami
wraps
PREP/TOTAL TIME: 20 MIN.
YIELD: 4 SERVINGS

Rhonda Wilkinson
LEVITTOWN, PA

“With minimal ingredients, this


tasty roll-up makes a hearty lunch
or a no-fuss supper. You can also
slice and serve as appetizers.”

4 flour tortillas (10 in.),


room temperature
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
I created this recipe 1/4 cup chopped red onion
because I needed a speedy 1/4 cup sliced Greek olives
1/2 lb. thinly sliced deli pastrami
entree with few ingredients. 1-1/2 cups fresh baby spinach
—MARY ANN LEE
CLIFTON PARK, NY
Spread tortillas with cream cheese;
sprinkle with cheddar cheese, onion
and olives. Top with pastrami and

fast & fabulous


spinach. Roll up tightly; secure with
toothpicks.

broccoli rabe 12 oz. uncooked linguine


& garlic pasta 1 lb. broccoli rabe
PREP/TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN.
3 garlic cloves, minced
YIELD: 4 SERVINGS 2 Tbsp. olive oil
Mary Ann Lee 1/4 tsp. salt
CLIFTON PARK, NY 1/4 tsp. pepper
“Broccoli rabe, or rapini, pairs so well 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
with garlic to make this a great dish!” 1 cup chicken broth, divided
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
cheese

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oh-so-easy tomato
cream soup
PREP/TOTAL TIME: 20 MIN.
YIELD: 4 SERVINGS

Eileen Korecko
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, AR

2 cups milk


1 can (14-1/2 oz.)
diced tomatoes, undrained
I like to 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese,
make things softened
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh
that are basil
quick, easy 1/2 tsp. salt
and taste 1/8 tsp. pepper
good. This Place all ingredients in a blender;
cover and process until smooth.
recipe is all Transfer to a large saucepan; heat


three. through.
—EILEEN KORECKO
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, AR HURRY UP!
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Rapini and Garlic Pasta Spinach Pastrami Wraps Oh-So-Easy Tomato Soup
1. Shaved hard cheese, like 1. For an interesting twist, use a 1. Italian-flavored diced tomatoes
Parmesan, dresses up this dish. savory-flavored cream cheese. would be great in this recipe!
Simply run your vegetable peeler 2. Roll the tortilla tightly, and thinly If you use them, remember to
over the block of cheese. slice wraps for an easy appetizer. reduce the basil.
2. To make this dish heartier, add 3. No spinach on hand? Substitute 2. If you like more heat in this
cubed, cooked chicken. any lettuce instead! recipe, use a can of diced tomatoes
4. Use whole wheat tortillas to and green chilies.
triple the fiber content.
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seasoned for
spring
Zesty seasonings in this versatile salad will liven up your meal
wild rice salad 1 cup cubed cooked chicken breast fer to a large bowl and cool
1 medium tomato, chopped completely.
PREP: 1-1/4 HOURS + CHILLING
YIELD: 4 SERVINGS. 1 bunch green onions, sliced Place green beans in a steamer
1/4 cup rice vinegar basket; place in a small saucepan
Robin Thompson over 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil;
TO YOUR ROSEVILLE, CA 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
HEALTH cover and steam for 8-10 minutes
3 cups water 1 garlic clove, minced or until crisp-tender.
You’ll find more 1/2 tsp. dried tarragon
good-for-you 1 cup uncooked wild rice Add the chicken, tomato, onions
ideas at tasteof 2 chicken bouillon cubes 1/4 tsp. pepper and green beans to the rice; stir
home.com/ 4-1/2 tsp. butter In a large saucepan, bring the until blended. Combine the
healthy 1 cup cut fresh green beans water, rice, bouillon and butter to a remaining ingredients; drizzle
boil. Reduce heat; cover and sim- over mixture and toss to coat.
mer for 45-60 minutes or until rice Refrigerate until chilled.
is tender. Drain if necessary; trans- Nutrition Facts: 1-1/2 cups equals 330 calories, 10 g
fat (4 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 618 mg
sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 18 g protein.
Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat, 1 very lean meat,
1 vegetable.

It’s great on a hot day but equally tasty at room temperature


or warmed in the microwave. –ROBIN THOMPSON
ROSEVILLE, CA

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shell game
These tasty pasta shells make for great family
time in the kitchen
et your kids cookin’! Here’s a recipe that’s
G short on prep time and long on fun!
“I hear from many moms looking for things to
cook with their kids,” says TOH Food Director
Diane Werner. “When I tried Dolores Betchner’s
Easy Stuffed Shells, I thought it would be a fan-
tastic recipe to make with a child.
“The adult would, of course, boil the noo-
easy stuffed shells
dles, but the kids can fill them with meat- PREP: 20 MIN. BAKE: 40 MIN.
balls and top with cheese. It’s a great way to YIELD: 12 SERVINGS
instill a love of cooking in a child.”
Dolores Betchner
And Diane has this tip for moms (or dads): CUDAHY, WI
While you’re boiling the noodles, let the
“I put this recipe together one day
kids snack on any cooked broken pasta.
when we had unexpected guests. It
“I used to give my children the was an immediate hit and is now a
cooked, broken shells,” Diane re- family favorite.”
calls. “You’d have thought I’d
given them a piece of cake!” 1 pkg. (12 ounces) jumbo
pasta shells
1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce
36 frozen cooked Italian meatballs
(1/2 oz. each), thawed
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded part-skim
mozzarella cheese
Cook pasta according to package
directions; drain and rinse in cold
water. Place 1/2 cup sauce in a
greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
Place a meatball in each shell;
transfer to prepared dish. Top with
remaining sauce and sprinkle with
cheese.
Cover and bake at 350° for 35 min-
utes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes
longer or until bubbly and cheese is
melted.

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In a large skillet, heat oil over
medium heat. Drop crab mixture by
1/4 cupfuls into the pan; cook for
3-5 minutes on each side or until
golden brown. Serve with sauce.

creamy
bow tie pasta
PREP/TOTAL TIME: 25 MIN.
YIELD: 2 SERVINGS

Kathy Kittell
LENEXA, KS

Add a little zip to your meal with


this saucy pasta. It’s a great
accompaniment to almost any dish.

1 cup uncooked bow tie pasta


1-1/2 tsp. butter
2-1/4 tsp. olive oil
1-1/2 tsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
Dash salt
Dash dried basil
Dash crushed red pepper flakes
3 Tbsp. milk

perfect pair
2 Tbsp. chicken broth
1 Tbps. water
2 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan
cheese
1 Tbsp. sour cream
These crab cakes are spiced just right, and the Cook pasta according to package
sauce is the perfect accent. —KATIE SLOAN directions. Meanwhile, in a small
CHARLOTTE, NC saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the
oil, flour, garlic and seasonings until
blended. Gradually add the milk,
carolina crab cakes 1/8 tsp. seafood seasoning broth and water. Bring to a boil;
1/8 tsp. ground mustard cook and stir for 2 minutes or until
PREP: 10 MIN. + CHILLING
slightly thickened.
COOK: 10 MIN. YIELD: 2 SERVINGS Dash pepper
Dash hot pepper sauce Remove from the heat; stir in
Katie Sloan
CHARLOTTE, NC
cheese and sour cream. Drain
1 can (6 oz.) crabmeat,
drained, flaked and cartilage pasta; toss with sauce.
1 egg, lightly beaten
removed
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1 Tbsp. canola oil
1/4 cup mayonnaise
MUSTARD SAUCE:
1 tsp. grated onion
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. minced fresh parsley
2 Tbsp. sour cream
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
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COOK
SMART eat, shrink & be merry

poultry
BY JANET &
GRETA PODLESKI
in motion
These scrumptious turkey and chicken recipes
will really move you!

gobble-icious COATING

turkey strips 2/3 cup sweetened


shredded coconut
PREP: 30 MIN. + MARINATING 2 tbsp sesame seeds
BAKE: 10 MIN. YIELD: 6 SERVINGS
1/2 cup unseasoned dry
You’ll get a kick out of these sesame- bread crumbs
and-coconut-crusted strips served 1/4 tsp each salt, garlic powder
with a fruity pineapple-plum sauce. and onion powder
MARINADE 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 egg SAUCE
1/4 cup hoisin sauce 1/2 cup plum sauce
1 tsp dark sesame oil 1/3 cup unsweetened frozen
1-1/2 lbs boneless, skinless turkey pineapple juice concentrate,
breast, cut into strips (about thawed
1 x 4 inches) 1-1/2 tsp each prepared yellow
mustard and cornstarch
In a large bowl, whisk together egg,
hoisin sauce, and sesame oil. Add
turkey strips and (using your
hands) toss to coat with marinade.
Cover and refrigerate for 30 min-
utes (or longer if possible).
Meanwhile, place coconut and
sesame seeds in a small dry skillet
over medium heat. Cook until
golden brown, stirring fre-
quently. Be careful not to

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burn them! Transfer toasted co-
conut and sesame seeds to a small
Contrary to popular belief, the strongest
pie plate or shallow dish and let muscle in the body is not the heart—
cool. Add bread crumbs, salt, garlic it’s the tongue! Bet you didn’t know that
powder, onion powder and cayenne
pepper. Mix well and set aside. tongue prints are as unique as fingerprints.
Preheat oven to 450°F. Working Could this be another way to lick crime?
one at a time, shake excess
marinade from turkey strips and
roll in crumb mixture. Make sure
strips are well coated with crumbs. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a
Place on a cookie sheet that has 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking
been sprayed with cooking spray. spray. Arrange chicken thighs in On a diet?
Repeat with remaining strips and pan in a single layer. Go to the paint
coconut mixture. Spray tops of sticky chicky store. You can
strips with a light coating of cook- Whisk together all sauce ingredi-
PREP: 20 MIN. BAKE: 40 MIN. ents in a medium bowl. Pour evenly
get thinner
ing spray. Bake on middle oven there.
rack for 6 minutes. Remove from YIELD: MAKES 8 SERVINGS over chicken. Turn pieces to coat
oven and gently turn pieces over. Even if your kids are picky, there’s no
both sides with sauce. Bake, uncov-
Spray other side with a light coat- way they’ll call these “icky!” ered, for about 40 minutes, or until
ing of cooking spray. Return to the chicken is no longer pink in
16 boneless, skinless chicken thighs the center.
oven and bake about 4 more min- (about 3 lbs)
utes, until coating is lightly Remove chicken from pan and
browned and turkey is cooked SAUCE keep warm. Carefully pour sauce POP
through. 1/2 cup your favorite barbecue from pan into a small pot. Bring to QUIZINE
sauce (hickory flavored is nice!) a boil over medium-high heat.
While strips are baking, prepare What do you call the
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce Combine cornstarch with an equal
sauce. Combine all sauce ingredi- seeds inside a grape?
ents in a small saucepan and cook 1/4 cup red wine vinegar amount of water and mix until a. annoying
over medium heat until sauce is 1/4 cup liquid honey or maple syrup smooth. Add to sauce. Cook until
sauce is bubbly and has thickened, b. pips
bubbly and has thickened. 1 tbsp chili powder
about 1 minute. Serve hot chicken c. hulls
Keep warm. 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
with extra sauce on top. d. Brad’s Pits
Serve hot strips with warm dipping 1 tbsp grated gingerroot
sauce. Enjoy! Per serving: 287 calories, 7.1 g total fat (1.7 g saturated At weddings in the
2 tsp minced garlic fat), 32 g protein, 19 g carbohydrate, 0.5 g fiber, 141 mg
Czech Republic, it’s
cholesterol, 590 mg sodium
Per serving with sauce: 342 calories, 7.1 g total fat (3.4 g
saturated fat), 30 g protein, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber,
1 tsp ground cumin customary to throw
106 mg cholesterol, 544 mg sodium 1 tbsp cornstarch “BLANK” at the
bride and groom in-
stead of rice. Is it…
TWINKIE, TWINKIE, LITTLE STAR a. punches
After dieting awhile, you can get obsessed with the idea of eating. Ever try singing to take your mind b. coins
off food? Go ahead, try it: Gumdrops keep fallin’ on my head...Ain’t nothin’ but a hot dog...The farmer in the c. peas
deli. It just doesn’t work. Neither does dieting. In fact, diets stink. They’re unrealistic and temporary, put- d. hockey pucks
ting us in a voluntary state of famine. Funny that we’d starve ourselves to death, hoping we’ll live ANSWERS BELOW
longer. (We like to say that dieting is only wishful shrinking!)
And how about those diet programs with the boot-camp mentality? They tell you what to eat (their
food), when to eat it and that you have to eat all of it. That’s not a diet, it’s living with your parents! No
wonder 95% of diets fail.
Forget about dieting and get on with healthy living! Changing your eating habits doesn’t always mean
eating less, it means eating better. And that’s something to sing about.

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(C) PEAS. THIS EXPLAINS THE ORIGIN OF THE EXPRESSION “SPEAK NOW, OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEAS.” APRIL/MAY 2009 tasteofhome.com_39
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REISDORF

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family; I love seeing people win prizes!
“FUN!” is how Mary Janice Reisdorf describes her job as TOH Cooking School culinary
specialist for the upper Midwest. With a certificate from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary In-
stitute in London and an associates degree in culinary arts from Kendall College in
Chicago, she’s certainly got a wealth of info to share!

Q: Who taught you to cook? frozen lemon-berry


A: I had a huge interest in cooking from margaritas
a young age. I always cooked with my
PREP/TOTAL TIME: 15 MIN.
mom, and she’d buy me cookbooks with
YIELD: 4 SERVINGS.
new recipes to try. My family has a ranch
on the Texas-Mexico border, and our Julie Hieggelke
cook, Aurelio, would make tortillas for GRAYSLAKE, IL

every meal, so I cooked a lot with him, 6 lime wedges


too. With practice, my tortillas are much 3 Tbsp. coarse sugar
better now! 2/3 cup lemonade concentrate
1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries
Q: How does cooking fit
into your daily life? 2 cups ice cubes
A: When I’m on the road, the only cook- 1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen sweetened sliced
ing I do is on stage. But when I’m home, strawberries, partially thawed
my husband and I like to have theme 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
nights, such as Thai food or barbecue. He’s 1 Tbsp. sugar
a great help in the kitchen, and we have
1/2 cup tequila, optional
a blast exploring new recipes together.
Using lime wedges, moisten the rims of six
Q: What are some of your margarita or cocktail glasses. Set aside
favorite TOH recipes? limes for garnish. Sprinkle coarse sugar on
A: I love Seafood Enchiladas from Donna a plate; hold each glass upside down and
Roberts of Shumway, Illinois, and serve dip rim into sugar. Set aside. Discard
them often with Frozen Lemon-Berry remaining sugar on plate.
Margaritas from Julie Hieggelke of In a blender, combine the lemonade
Grayslake, Illinois. I like having the op- concentrate and raspberries; cover and
tion of making them with or without process until blended. Press mixture
alcohol. through a fine meshed sieve; discard
seeds. Return raspberry mixture to
blender; add ice, strawberries, blueberries,
OLÉ sugar and tequila if desired. Cover and
For Mary Janice’s favorite Seafood process until smooth.
Enchiladas recipe, visit tasteofhome.
com/plus Pour into prepared glasses. Garnish with
reserved limes.

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ham & cheese oatmeal brulee
breakfast strudels with ginger cream

fruit salad with o.j. reduction sunny morning doughnuts


OAT MEAL BRULEE
WIT H GINGER CREAM

HAM & CHEESE


BREAK FAS T S T RUDELS
PREP: 30 MIN. BROIL: 10 MIN. PREP: 25 MIN. BAKE: 15 MIN.
YIELD: 4 SERVINGS YIELD: 6 SERVINGS

GINGER CREAM: 3 Tbsp. butter, divided 1/4 lb. ground fully cooked
1/4 cup chopped dried ham (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup heavy whipping apricots 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
cream 1 cup milk
6 sheets phyllo dough
1/4 cup dried cherries,
2 slices fresh gingerroot chopped 1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup shredded Swiss
(about 3/4-inch diameter) cheese 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cinnamon stick (3 in.) 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan TOPPING:
3 Tbsp. brown sugar cheese 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan
1 Tbsp. grated orange peel cheese
2 Tbsp. butter 1/4 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
//

2 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley


1 cup fresh or frozen 5 eggs, beaten

//
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg unsweetened raspberries,
OATMEAL:
thawed In a small saucepan, melt 2 Tbsp. butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually
4 cups water 1/4 cup sugar add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in
cheeses and salt. Set aside.
2 cups old-fashioned oats
In a large nonstick skillet, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Add eggs
to the pan; cook and stir until almost set. Stir in ham and reserved cheese
sauce; heat through. Remove from the heat.
In a small saucepan, bring the cream, ginger, cinnamon and orange peel
Place one sheet of phyllo dough on a work surface. (Keep remaining phyllo
to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.)
the heat; strain and discard the solids. Stir in syrup and nutmeg; set aside. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with 2 tsp. bread crumbs. Fold in half length-
In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring water to a boil. Add the wise; brush again with butter. Spoon 1/2 cup filling onto phyllo about 2 in. from
oats, apricots, cherries and salt; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Remove a short side. Fold side and edges over filling and roll up.
from the heat; stir in brown sugar and 1/4 cup ginger cream. Cover Brush with butter. Repeat. Place desired number of strudels on a greased bak-
and let stand for 2 minutes. ing sheet; sprinkle each with 1 tsp. cheese and 1 tsp. parsley. Bake at 375° for 10-
15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.
Grease four 10-oz. ramekins with the butter; add raspberries. Spoon To freeze and bake strudels: Individually wrap uncooked strudels in waxed
oatmeal over the top; sprinkle with sugar. Place on a baking sheet. paper and foil. Freeze for up to 1 month. Place 2 in. apart on a greased baking
Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 7-9 minutes or until sugar is caramelized. sheet; sprinkle with cheese and parsley. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until
Serve with remaining ginger cream. golden brown.
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SUNNY MORNING
// DOUGHNUTS

FRUIT SALAD WITH


// O.J. REDUCTION

PREP: 30 MIN. + CHILLING COOK: 5 MIN./BATCH PREP: 15 MIN. COOK: 25 MIN.


YIELD: 20 DOUGHNUTS YIELD: 12 SERVINGS (3/4 CUP EACH)

4-1/2 to 5 cups 1 cup milk 2 medium red apples, 1 cup orange juice
all-purpose flour cubed
1/4 cup canola oil 1/3 cup sugar
1-1/4 cups sugar 1 medium green apple,
2 Tbsp. orange juice cubed 2 medium navel oranges,
4 tsp. baking powder peeled, sectioned and
4 tsp. grated orange peel 2 medium peaches, chopped
1 tsp. salt cubed
Oil for deep-fat frying 2 cups fresh blueberries
3 eggs, beaten 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
Confectioners’ sugar
Place the apples, peaches and lemon juice in a large bowl. Cover
In a large bowl, combine 4-1/2 cups flour, sugar, baking powder and with water; set aside.
salt. Combine the eggs, milk, oil, orange juice and peel; stir into dry
ingredients just until moistened. Stir in enough remaining flour to In a small saucepan, combine orange juice and sugar. Bring to a boil;
form a soft dough. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. cook until liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Drain apple mixture.
Add the oranges, blueberries and orange juice mixture; toss to coat.
Turn onto a floured surface; roll to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a
floured 2-1/2-in. doughnut cutter. In an electric skillet or deep-fat Nutrition Facts: 3/4 cup equals 75 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 mg
sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 fruit.
fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden
brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confection-
ers’ sugar.

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bistro breakfast panini cappuccino cinnamon rolls

blueberry cheesecake bear’s breakfast burritos


flapjacks
CAPPUCCINO
CINNAMON ROLLS

BIS T RO BREAK FAS T PANINI


PREP: 45 MIN. + RISING BAKE: 25 MIN.
YIELD: 1 DOZEN

1 pkg. (1/4 oz.) active dry 1 cup packed brown sugar


yeast
4 tsp. instant coffee granules
1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup warm milk (110° to 115°) PREP/TOTAL TIME: 25 MIN.
ICING:
1/2 cup buttermilk 2 Tbsp. butter, softened YIELD: 2 SERVINGS
3 Tbsp. sugar 1 to 2 Tbsp. milk
6 bacon strips 3 oz. Brie or Camembert
//

2 Tbsp. butter, softened 2 tsp. cappuccino mix


cheese, thinly sliced
1-1/4 tsp. salt 1-1/2 cups confectioners’ 1 tsp. butter
sugar 8 thin slices apple
5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour 4 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 cup fresh baby
FILLING: 4 slices sourdough bread spinach

//
1/4 cup butter, melted (3/4 inch thick)
2 Tbsp. butter, softened
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the warm milk, buttermilk, 1/8 tsp. salt
sugar, butter, salt and 4 cups flour. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir 1/8 tsp. pepper
in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 min- In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove
utes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise to paper towels to drain.
in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add
Punch dough down; turn onto a floured surface. Roll into an 18-in. x 12-in. rec-
tangle; brush with butter. Combine the brown sugar, coffee granules and cin-
eggs; cook and stir until set.
namon; sprinkle over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges. Place eggs on two slices of bread; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 Layer with cheese, apple, bacon, spinach and remaining bread. But-
slices. Place rolls, cut side down, in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Cover ter outsides of sandwiches. Cook on a panini maker or indoor grill
and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. for 3-4 minutes or until bread is browned and cheese is melted.
Bake at 350° for 22-28 minutes or until golden brown. Place pan on a wire rack. In
a small bowl, beat the icing ingredients until smooth. Spread over rolls. Serve warm.
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BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE
// FLAPJACKS
BEAR’S BREAKFAST
// BURRITOS

PREP: 45 MIN. COOK: 15 MIN. PREP: 30 MIN. COOK: 5 MIN./BATCH


YIELD: 12 SERVINGS YIELD: 12 PANCAKES (3/4 CUP TOPPING)

2 pkg. (22-1/2 oz. each) 1 large sweet red pepper,


frozen hash brown patties chopped 1 pkg. (3 oz.) cream 1/4 tsp. salt
cheese, softened
15 eggs 1 large onion, chopped 2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup whipped topping
2 Tbsp. chili powder 1 bunch green onions, 1-1/4 cups buttermilk
chopped 1 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. garlic salt 1/4 cup butter, melted
3 cups salsa 1/2 cup graham cracker
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
1 pkg. (28 oz.) flour tortillas crumbs 1 cup fresh or frozen
1/2 lb. uncooked chorizo or (12 in.), warmed blueberries
bulk spicy pork sausage 1 Tbsp. sugar
4 cups (16 oz.) shredded 3/4 cup maple syrup,
6 jalapeno peppers, seeded
and minced
Monterey Jack cheese 1 tsp. baking powder warmed
Sour cream, optional 1/2 tsp. baking soda Additional blueberries,
1 large green pepper, chopped
optional

Cook hash browns according to package directions; crumble and keep For topping, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and whipped top-
warm. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the eggs, chili powder, garlic and ping until smooth. Chill until serving.
cumin. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, cracker crumbs, sugar, baking
In a large skillet, cook the chorizo, jalapenos, peppers and onions over powder, baking soda and salt. Combine the eggs, buttermilk and
medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add reserved egg mixture;
butter; add to dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in
cook and stir over medium heat until eggs are set. Stir in salsa.
Editor’s Note: Editor’s Note: blueberries.
When cutting Spoon 1/2 cup hash browns and 1/2 cup egg mixture off center If using frozen
hot peppers, on each tortilla; sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese. Fold sides and ends blueberries, do Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a greased hot griddle; turn
disposable not thaw them when bubbles form on top. Cook until the second side is
over filling and roll up. Wrap each burrito in waxed paper and before adding
gloves are rec- golden brown. Spread topping over pancakes. Top with
foil. Serve warm with sour cream if desired. Cool remaining bur- to the pancake
ommended.
Avoid touching ritos to room temperature; freeze for up to 1 month. batter. Be sure warm syrup; sprinkle with additional blueberries if desired.
your face. to thaw any
To use frozen burritos: Remove foil and waxed paper. Place bur- berries used
ritos 2 in. apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for in the optional
50-55 minutes or until heated through. garnish.
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raspberry cheese benedict eggs in pastry
blintz bake

spiral omelet supreme petite sticky buns


RAS PBERRY CHEESE
// BLINT Z BAK E
BENED ICT EGGS IN PAST RY
PREP: 30 MIN. BAKE: 20 MIN. PREP: 25 MIN. BAKE: 40 MIN. + STANDING
YIELD: 4 SERVINGS YIELD: 12 SERVINGS
2 egg yolks 7 eggs, divided 1/2 cup orange juice FILLING:
2 egg yolks
2 Tbsp. lemon juice 2 Tbsp. milk 6 eggs
1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 pkg. (17.3 oz.) frozen puff 1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 egg whites
1/2 cup butter, melted pastry, thawed 2 cups (16 oz.) 4% cottage
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar 1-1/2 cups (12 oz.) sour cheese
Dash cayenne pepper cream
cheese 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese,
2 cups cubed fully cooked ham 1 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. water softened
2 green onions, chopped 1/2 cup sugar
Minced fresh tarragon, 1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. butter optional
1/4 cup butter, softened TOPPING:
2 tsp. baking powder 1 pkg. (12 oz.) frozen
In a double boiler over simmering water or a small heavy saucepan, constantly unsweetened raspberries,
whisk the egg yolks, lemon juice and mustard until mixture begins to thicken 1 tsp. grated orange peel thawed
//

and reaches 160°. Reduce heat to low. Slowly drizzle in warm melted butter, 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
whisking constantly. Whisk in cayenne.
Dash salt 3/4 cup orange juice
Transfer to a small bowl if necessary. Place bowl in a larger bowl of warm water.
Keep warm, stirring occasionally, until ready to use. Mandarin oranges, optional
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook and stir ham and onions in butter until Combine the first 11 ingredients in a blender. Cover and process until
onions are tender. In a large bowl, whisk six eggs and milk. Add egg mixture to smooth. Set aside 2 cups batter; pour remaining batter into a greased 13-in.
the pan; cook and stir until set. Remove from the heat; stir in 1/3 cup reserved x 9-in. baking dish.
hollandaise sauce. Set aside.
For filling, combine the egg yolks, vanilla, cottage cheese, cream cheese and
On a lightly floured surface, unfold puff pastry. Roll each sheet into a 12-in. x sugar in a blender. Cover and process until smooth. Spoon filling over bat-
9-1/2-in. rectangle; cut each in half widthwise. Place 1 cup egg mixture on half ter; cut through with a knife to swirl. Top with reserved batter. Bake, uncov-
of each rectangle; sprinkle with cheese.
ered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until center is just set (mixture will jiggle).
Beat water and remaining egg; brush over pastry edges. Bring an opposite Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
corner of pastry over the egg mixture; pinch seams to seal. With a small sharp
knife, cut several slits in the top. For topping, press raspberries through a strainer; discard seeds and pulp. In
a small saucepan, combine cornstarch and orange juice until smooth; stir in
Transfer to a greased baking sheet; brush with remaining egg mixture. Bake at
raspberry puree. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thick-
400° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with remaining hollandaise
ened. Serve with blintz bake. Top with mandarin oranges if desired.
sauce. Sprinkle with tarragon if desired.
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SPIR AL OMELET SUPREME
// PETITE STICKY BUNS

PREP: 30 MIN. + RISING BAKE: 15 MIN. PREP: 20 MIN. BAKE: 20 MIN.


YIELD: 2 DOZEN YIELD: 8 SERVINGS

3 to 3-1/4 cups TOPPING: 4 oz. cream cheese, 1 cup sliced fresh


all-purpose flour 1 cup packed brown sugar softened mushrooms
1/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup butter, cubed 3/4 cup milk 1 small onion, chopped
1 pkg. (1/4 oz.) 3/4 cup chopped pecans, 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. 2 tsp. canola oil
active dry yeast toasted grated Parmesan cheese,
divided 1-1/2 cups (6 oz.)
1 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. honey shredded part-skim
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour mozzarella cheese
1-1/4 cups milk 1 tsp. ground
cinnamon 12 eggs 1 plum tomato, seeded
1/4 cup butter, cubed and chopped
1/2 tsp. maple 1 large green pepper,
1 egg chopped 1-1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning,
//

flavoring
divided
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small
saucepan, heat the milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; Line the bottom and sides of a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan
beat just until moistened. Add egg; beat until smooth. Stir in enough re- with parchment paper; grease the paper and set aside.
maining flour to form a firm dough (dough will be sticky). Do not knead. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and milk until smooth. Beat in 1/4
Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour. cup Parmesan cheese and flour until blended. In a large bowl, beat
In a small saucepan over low heat, cook topping ingredients until but- eggs; add cream cheese mixture and mix well. Pour into prepared pan.
ter is melted. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls into 24 well-greased Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until set. Meanwhile, in a large skil-
muffin cups. let, saute the pepper, mushrooms and onion in oil until crisp-tender.
Stir dough down. Fill greased muffin cups half full. Cover and let rise Keep warm.
in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Turn omelet onto a work surface; peel off parchment paper. Sprinkle
Place muffin cups on foil-lined baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 12-15 with vegetable mixture, mozzarella cheese, tomato and 1 tsp. Italian
minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes before inverting seasoning. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Place on a
onto baking sheets. Transfer to serving platters. Serve warm. serving platter. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese and Italian
seasoning.
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sizzled in olive oil, sprinkled
with dark chocolate and
drizzled with honey.

OLIVE OIL A TASTY MISSION


PANCAKES, “I try to bring a taste of
Spain to America,” ex-
ANYONE? plained the chef, widely
Who could resist when chef credited with bringing
José Andrés prepared them Spanish-style tapas cuisine
for the Taste of Home staff, to the U.S. “I love to show
right in our Test Kitchen? families how easy it is to
Familiar from his Made in cook Spanish dishes and
Spain public TV show, José is introduce them to Spanish
most animated when he’s ingredients.”
talking about cooking for Healthy, flavorful olive oil
his wife and daughters. tops his list; he proudly as-
“My daughter came home serts that Spain produces
from a sleep-over party and more of it than any other
yelled, ‘Daddy, Daddy, we country in the world. His
have to make pancakes!’” fresh-tasting cojondongo—or
he recalled as he flipped tomato bread salad—fea-
flapjacks for us. “They’re tures extra-virgin olive oil.
not common in Spain, “Don’t be afraid to try
where we lived until the something new,” he said. “If
early 1990s. Now we make you think about it, every
them often.” Uncommonly food that’s traditional was
good, José’s pancakes are once new and modern.”

TV chef
José Andrés
visited TOH—
and cooked
breakfast!

SPANISH
ACCENT
José’s Latin charm lit up the faces of our staff. From left: José presenting Editor in Chief Catherine
Cassidy her birthday pancakes; with Senior Art Director Sandy Ploy; autographing a cookbook for
Food Editor Pat Schmeling, and with Food Director Diane Werner.

cup of the pancake mixture into the 1 tablespoon chopped fresh


pan and cook until golden brown. flat leaf parsley
Flip the pancake with a spatula and Sea salt to taste
cook until golden brown on the 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
second side. Transfer the pancake
1 green bell pepper, seeded
to a warm oven. Repeat with the and diced
remaining batter, adding more olive
1 scallion, thinly sliced
oil to the pan as needed. To serve,
drizzle the pancakes with honey 1 cup quartered green olives
and garnish with mint. Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes
and toss in a mixing bowl with 2
olive oil pancakes tablespoons of the olive oil. Spread
the bread on a sheet pan and bake
When PREP/TOTAL TIME: 25 MIN.
on the middle rack until golden
YIELD: 4 SERVINGS
kids flip brown, about 5 minutes. Set the
their first 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour croutons aside to cool.
pancake, 2 tablespoons sugar Cut 4 of the tomatoes in half. Place
it’s a 2 teaspoons baking powder a grater over a mixing bowl. Rub
1/2 teaspoon baking soda the cut surface of the tomatoes
‘coming of over the grater until all of the flesh
age’ in the 1/4 teaspoon salt
is grated; discard the skin. Spoon
1 egg, lightly beaten
kitchen. the tomato pulp into a fine mesh
1-1/2 cups buttermilk cold tomato bread strainer set over a large bowl. Allow
—JOSÉ ANDRÉS
. 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, salad the pulp to drain for 30 minutes.
plus more if necessary Reserve the drained pulp. Finely
1/3 cup dark chocolate, preferably PREP: 25 MIN. + STANDING dice the remaining two tomatoes.
Spanish, broken into small pieces YIELD: 4 SERVINGS
Using a mortar and pestle, smash
1/4 cup honey, preferably Spanish 2 thick slices rustic bread the garlic cloves together with the
lemon honey (about 4 ounces) pimentón, parsley and a pinch of
Fresh mint leaves 6 tablespoons extra-virgin salt to make a smooth paste. (The
Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, olive oil salt stops the garlic from slipping at
baking soda and salt together in a 6 ripe plum tomatoes the bottom of the mortar as you
MADE IN
SPAIN! mixing bowl. Whisk in the egg, but- 1/2 garlic clove, peeled pound it down.) Whisk 3 table-
For more about José termilk and 2 tablespoons of the spoons of the olive oil and the
1/4 teaspoon sweet pimentón
Andrés, his Made in olive oil until you have a smooth (Spanish smoked paprika) vinegar together in a small bowl
Spain and Tapas cook- batter, then stir in the chocolate then stir in the garlic-parsley paste.
books, and tips for
cooking with olive oil, pieces. In a mixing bowl, combine the crou-
go to tasteofhome. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons tons, peppers, diced tomatoes, scal-
com/joseandres lions and olives and toss together.
of olive oil in a medium sauté pan
over medium-low heat. Ladle 1/4 Pour in the dressing and mix well.
To serve, spread the reserved
tomato pulp on a serving platter
ABOUT CHEF JOSÉ ANDRÉS and drizzle with the remaining ta-
It’s not an official title, but José Andrés is considered Spain’s culinary am- blespoon of olive oil. Top with the
bassador to the U.S. Likely you’ve seen him cooking on José: Made in
PHOTO: Pablo Deloy

Spain…victorious on Iron Chef…or as a guest on other TV shows. bread salad and season to taste
He lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and three with salt.
daughters, and is chef/owner of several restaurants. His rollicking
sense of humor and animated style had us in stitches while he
whipped up breakfast in the TOH Test Kitchen, at right.

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&
ELEGANT,
EASY AND
“INDIVIDUALLY
PACKAGED,”
THESE TREATS

ONE
WILL MAKE
EVERY GUEST
FEEL SPECIAL!

ONLY
BUILD YOUR
OWN TRIFLE BAR, P. 54
strawberry Spoon 1/4 cup cream mixture into chocolate
mousse parfaits each of 12 parfait dishes or cocktail ganache tarts
glasses. Layer each with 4 tea-
PREP: 30 MIN. + CHILLING spoons of reserved strawberry mix- PREP: 30 MIN. + CHILLING
YIELD: 12 SERVINGS BAKE: 20 MIN. + COOLING
ture and 1/4 cup cream mixture.
YIELD: 2 DOZEN
Mary Lou Timpson Refrigerate until serving.
COLORADO CITY, AZ Lorraine Caland
This has THUNDER BAY, ON
This luxurious mousse is beautiful,
easy and melt-in-your-mouth been in my 1/2 cup butter, softened
delicious! party recipe
collection 1 pkg. (3 oz.) cream cheese,
2 pkg. (10 oz. each) frozen for over 30 softened
sweetened sliced strawberries, years and 1 cup all-purpose flour
thawed, undrained never fails to 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsps. impress. I can
cornstarch always rely on 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened these tartlets 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
condensed milk to please even Whipped cream, fresh raspberries
the fussiest and confectioners’ sugar, optional
2 Tbsp. orange juice person.
1/8 tsp. red food coloring, In a small bowl, beat butter and
optional Jessica Feist cream cheese until blended; beat in
PEWAUKEE, WI
2 cups heavy whipping cream, flour. Drop dough by scant table-
whipped spoonfuls into greased miniature
muffin cups; press onto bottoms
Place strawberries in a food proces-
and up the sides.
sor; cover and process until pureed.
Bake at 325° for 20-25 minutes or
until golden brown. Cool for 5 min-
lemon curd tartlets utes before removing from pans to
PREP: 35 MIN. + CHILLING
wire racks to cool completely.
YIELD: 15 TARTLETS In a small saucepan, melt chocolate
Jessica Feist
chips with cream over low heat; stir
PEWAUKEE, WI until blended. Transfer to a small
bowl; cover and refrigerate until firm.
3 eggs
Beat chocolate mixture until soft
1 cup sugar
peaks form. Pipe or spoon into tart
1/2 cup lemon juice shells. Garnish with whipped
1 tsp. grated lemon peel cream, raspberries and confection-

Y
1/4 cup butter, cubed ers’ sugar if desired.
1 pkg. (1.9 ounces) frozen
miniature phyllo tart shells, thawed A decadent
Fresh raspberries, mint leaves chocolate
and/or sweetened whipped cream, filling makes
optional these tarts oh,
In a small heavy saucepan over so yummy.
In a small saucepan, combine corn- medium heat, whisk the eggs, You won’t
starch and strawberries until sugar, lemon juice and peel until
have to wait
blended. Bring to a boil; cook and long before
blended. Add butter; cook, whisk- you hear the
stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. ing constantly, until mixture is thick- mmm-mmm’s.
Transfer to a large bowl; refrigerate ened and coats the back of a metal
until chilled. spoon. Transfer to a small bowl; Lorraine Caland
THUNDER BAY, ON
Set aside 1/2 cup strawberry mixture. cool for 10 minutes. Cover and
Add the condensed milk, orange refrigerate until chilled.
juice and food coloring if desired to Just before serving, spoon lemon
the remaining mixture; stir until curd into tart shells. Garnish with
blended. Fold in whipped cream. raspberries, mint and/or cream if
desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

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BUILD YOUR OWN and salt; gradually beat into oil mix-
ture until blended.
TRIFLE BAR
What a luscious idea! Let your
Fill paper-lined miniature muffin
cups one-third full with batter.
guests make their own dessert at a Drop filling by teaspoonfuls into
trifle bar. Set out an assortment of center of each. Top with additional
ingredients to layer along with a batter, filling muffin cups three-
glass for each person. You can mix My fourths full.
and match glassware of different
grandmother
was an Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or
shapes to add to the fun. Our Test accomplished until a toothpick inserted in the
Kitchen and food stylists came up baker, and cake portion of a cupcake comes
with this list of ingredient ideas. Try these out clean. Cool for 10 minutes be-
these or create your own!
heavenly surprise cupcakes were
mini cupcakes fore removing from pans to wire
CAKES: TOPPINGS: one of her racks to cool completely.
Angel food Plain or flavored PREP: 35 MIN. favorite treats
to make. It’s For frosting, in a small saucepan,
Pound cake whipped cream BAKE: 15 MIN./BATCH + COOLING
(add chocolate, YIELD: 6 DOZEN fun to bite melt chocolate with cream over
Sponge cake lime zest, etc.) into one and low heat; stir until blended. Re-
Quick breads Syrups
Jorun Meierding discover a move from the heat. Cool to room
MANKATO, MN surprise
(pumpkin, temperature. Frost cupcakes. Re-
blueberry, etc) Caramel sauce inside.
FILLING: frigerate leftovers.
Cut-up Mini 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese,
marshmallows Jorun Meierding
doughnuts or softened MANKATO, MN
doughnut holes Cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
Macaroons Toasted coconut
1 egg
FILLINGS: EXTRAS: 1/8 tsp. salt
Instant puddings Chocolate 1 cup flaked coconut
Whipped cream leaves
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
Gelatin Mini cookies
Red Hots
1 cup (6 oz.) miniature
Lemon or lime semisweet chocolate chips candied-almond
curd Nuts chocolate strawberries
BATTER:
Mousse Granola
2 cups sugar PREP: 35 MIN. + STANDING
Pie fillings Candied ginger YIELD: 5 DOZEN
1-1/2 cups water
Whipped cream Pirouette
cheeses cookies 3/4 cup canola oil Laura McAllister
MORGANTON, NC
Chocolate 2 eggs
FRUITS:
coffee beans 2 tsp. vanilla extract 60 fresh strawberries
Blueberries (about 2 pounds)
Mandarin 1 tsp. white vinegar
To serve these 2 cups honey-roasted almonds
oranges 3 cups all-purpose flour luscious berries,
Blackberries 1/2 cup baking cocoa I sprinkle 1 pkg. (11-1/2 oz.) 60% cacao
a serving tray bittersweet chocolate baking chips
Strawberries 1 tsp. baking soda
Raspberries
with crushed 1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 tsp. salt almonds, Dash cayenne pepper
Kiwi FROSTING: lay the
Pineapple strawberries Wash strawberries and gently pat
1-1/3 cups semisweet
chocolate chips on top and with paper towels until completely
Star fruit
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
garnish with dry. Place almonds in a food
Cherries mint leaves. processor; cover and process to
Dried fruit For filling, in a small bowl, beat desired fineness. Transfer to a shal-
Laura McAllister
Mango cream cheese and sugar until light MORGANTON, NC low bowl; set aside.
and fluffy. Add egg and salt; mix In a microwave, melt chocolate
well. Stir in the coconut, walnuts chips and butter; add cayenne and
and chocolate chips. Set aside. stir until smooth. Dip strawberries
For batter, in a large bowl, beat the in chocolate mixture; allow excess
sugar, water, oil, eggs, vanilla and to drip off. Roll berries in almonds;
vinegar until well blended. Com- place on waxed paper and let stand
bine the flour, cocoa, baking soda until set. Serve immediately.

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cheesecake pops These cute Line the bottom of a 9-in. loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Cover
lollipop-like springform pan with parchment and freeze overnight.
PREP: 2 HOURS + FREEZING bites make paper; coat paper and sides of
YIELD: 45 CHEESECAKE POPS Remove from the freezer and let
any occasion pan with cooking spray. In a large stand for 30 minutes. Place
Evelyn Moore memorable. bowl, beat cream cheese and
The topping cracker crumbs in a shallow bowl.
ELK GROVE, CA sugar until smooth. Beat in sour
possibilities Working quickly, scoop out 1-in.
3 pkg. (8 ounces each) cream and vanilla until blended. balls of cheesecake; roll each in
are endless, Add eggs; beat on low speed just
cream cheese, softened and everyone cracker crumbs and insert a lol-
1 cup sugar can choose until combined. Pour into lipop stick. Place on waxed
their favorite. prepared pan. paper-lined baking sheets. Freeze
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract Evelyn Moore Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour or until firm.
ELK GROVE, CA at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until In a microwave, melt vanilla chips
3 eggs, beaten center is almost set. Cool on a and shortening at 70% power; stir
1 cup graham cracker crumbs wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully until smooth. Place toppings in
45 lollipop sticks (4 inches long) run a knife around edge of pan to shallow bowls. Dip cheesecake
3 pkg. (10 to 12 ounces each) pops in vanilla chip mixture; allow
vanilla or white chips excess to drip off. Roll in top-
3 Tbsp. shortening pings. Place on waxed paper; let
Toppings: grated coconut, grated stand until set. Store in the
chocolate, assorted sprinkles and refrigerator.
chopped nuts

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GARDEN SUPREME
PIZZA, P. 60
big
when the
moon hits your

pızza
eye like a...

pıe that’s amoré


Dean Martin may not have been crooning about pizza, but we’d
like to think he would’ve if he had tried a few of these pies.
What are you waiting for? Now you can make your kitchen the
best pizza parlor in town. Mangia!
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EACH MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN
AMERICA EATS AN AVERAGE OF 46 SLICES
(23 POUNDS) OF PIZZA A YEAR.

perfect pizza crust


PREP: 20 MIN. + RISING BAKE: 10 MIN.
YIELD: 8 SERVINGS

Lesli Dustin
NIBLEY, UT

“I have spent years trying different


recipes and techniques to achieve the
perfect pizza crust, and this is it! My
family actually prefers it to the pizza
parlor’s!”
My daughter
created this
1 Tbsp. active dry yeast savory pizza
1-1/2 cups warm water as an appe-
(110° to 115°)
2 Tbsp. sugar
tizer. It’s smoked gouda pizza shop pizzas
cheesy with a spinach pizza PREP: 40 MIN. + RISING BAKE: 15 MIN.
1/2 tsp. salt
wonderfully PREP/TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN. YIELD: 2 PIZZAS (8 SLICES EACH)
2 cups bread flour
smoky flavor. YIELD: 10 PIECES
Melody Mellinger
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
There’s never Marie Hattrup MYERSTOWN, PA
Cornmeal
a crumb left! THE DALLES, OR “This is absolutely the best home-
Pizza toppings of your choice made pizza I’ve ever tried! Even the
1 tube (13.8 oz.) refrigerated
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in Marie Hattrup pizza crust sauce is made from scratch. It’s so
warm water. Add the sugar, salt, THE DALLES, OR easy to make, too.”
1/2 lb. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup bread flour and the whole 1 small red onion, chopped 2 pkg. (1/4 oz. each) active
wheat flour. Beat until smooth. Stir dry yeast
in enough remaining bread flour to 2 Tbsp. butter
2 garlic cloves, minced 2-2/3 cups warm water
form a soft dough (dough will (110° to 115°)
be sticky). 1 cup Alfredo sauce
4 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
Turn onto a floured surface; knead 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 Tbsp. sugar
until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 1 pkg. (6 oz.) fresh baby spinach
2 tsp. salt
minutes. Place in a greased bowl, 1/2 lb. Italian chicken sausage links,
turning once to grease the top. cooked and sliced 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
Cover and let rise in a warm place 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded smoked
until doubled, about 1 hour. Gouda cheese
Punch dough down; roll into a KIDS Unroll dough into a greased 15-in.
15-in. circle. Grease a 14-in. pizza BETWEEN x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan; flatten
pan and sprinkle with cornmeal. dough and build up edges slightly.
THE AGES OF
Transfer dough to prepared pan; Bake at 425° for 10-12 minutes or
build up edges slightly. 3 AND 11 until lightly browned.
Add toppings of your choice. Bake PREFER PIZZA Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute
at 425° for 10-15 minutes or until OVER ALL mushrooms and onion in butter
crust is golden brown and toppings until tender. Add garlic; cook
are lightly browned and heated OTHER FOOD
1 minute longer. Stir in Alfredo
through. GROUPS FOR sauce and thyme. Spread over
LUNCH AND crust. Top with spinach, sausage
and cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes
DINNER. or until crust and cheese are lightly
browned.

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1/4 tsp. garlic salt
6-1/2 to 7 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. cornmeal
SAUCE:
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes
GROW YOUR OWN
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. each dried basil, oregano,
marjoram and thyme
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
TOPPINGS:
4 cups (16 oz.) shredded pizza
cheese blend
1 pkg. (6 oz.) sliced turkey
pepperoni
2 cans (2-1/4 oz. each) sliced ripe
olives, drained
1 cup pickled pepper rings
1 small onion, halved and sliced
1 can (4 oz.) mushroom stems and
pieces, drained
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in
2/3 cup warm water. Add 3 Tbsp.
oil, sugar, salt, oregano, garlic salt,
remaining water and 5 cups flour.
Beat until smooth. Stir in enough
remaining flour to form a soft
dough. BY KAREN ESTY
MIAMI, FL
Turn onto a floured surface; knead
until smooth and elastic, about 6-8
minutes. Place in a greased bowl, K ids love pizza. Kids also
love playing in the
dirt. So I combined all
where 500 varieties of fruits, herbs,
spices and nuts are grown.
After that, the kids made
turning once to grease the top.
Cover and let rise in a warm place that love into a Child’s their own mini pizzas—top-
until doubled, about 1 hour. Pizza Herb Garden event ping English muffins with
at Miami-Dade County pizza sauce, mozzarella
Punch dough down; divide into
Fruit & Spice Park, where cheese and their choice of
two portions. Roll each into a 15-in.
I’m the events coordinator. 10 different fresh herbs.
circle. Brush two 14-in. pizza pans
Our local Home Depot provided The kids went home with their
with remaining oil; sprinkle with
planter box kits, soil and seeds for herbal creations and an easy plan
cornmeal. Transfer dough to pre-
basil, oregano, tomatoes, etc. With for planting a pizza herb garden at
pared pans; build up edges slightly.
a little help from parents, the kids home. Our parting advice to the
Bake at 425° for 5 minutes.
built the boxes. Imagine 40 ham- junior gardeners: “Use your fresh
In a small bowl, combine the sauce mers pounding at once! herbs daily! Eat them, smell
ILLUSTRATION BY KEVIN RECHIN

ingredients. Spread over crusts. Our herb garden specialist them for uplifting aromather-
Sprinkle with toppings. Bake for gave the group a tour of the exten- apy, and share them with
15-20 minutes or until crusts and sive gardens here at our 40-acre park, everyone you meet!”
cheese are lightly browned.
Find directions to make the kids’ herb planter box at tasteofhome.com/plus. Go to taste
continued on page 60 ofhome.com/links for more information on Miami-Dade Fruit & Spice Park.

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garden pizza
supreme
PREP: 20 MIN. BAKE: 20 MIN.
YIELD: 8 SLICES

Pamela Shank
PARKERSBURG, WV

“This pizza is so delicious and color-


ful and nutritious. Toss on any veg-
etables from your garden—I do!”

1 loaf (1 lb.) frozen bread dough,


thawed
6 slices part-skim mozzarella
cheese
1 can (8 oz.) pizza sauce
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded part-skim
mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 cup each finely chopped fresh
cauliflowerets, mushrooms and
broccoli florets
1/4 cup each finely chopped red
onion, green pepper and sweet
hot wing pizza Sprinkle chicken with steak season- My husband red pepper
PREP/TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN.
ing on both sides; grill, covered, loves this recipe, 1/2 cup pickled pepper rings
over medium heat for 4-7 minutes especially when
YIELD: 6 SLICES Roll dough into a 15-in. circle.
on each side or until juices run
he craves hot Transfer to a greased 14-in. pizza
Danielle Weets clear. Cool slightly; cut into strips.
GRANDVIEW, WA wings. If you pan, building up edges slightly.
In a small saucepan, bring the Place cheese slices on dough.
3 boneless skinless chicken breast
tomato sauce, butter, hot sauce
don’t have blue
halves (5 oz. each) Spread sauce over cheese. Sprinkle
and pepper sauce to a boil. Reduce cheese dressing,
1 Tbsp. steak seasoning with 1 cup shredded cheese, cauli-
heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 ranch works flower, mushrooms, broccoli, onion,
1/2 cup tomato sauce minutes or until slightly thickened. great, too. peppers and pepper rings.
2 Tbsp. butter Add chicken; heat through.
Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Sprin-
2 Tbsp. Louisiana-style hot sauce Place crust on a 12-in. pizza pan; Danielle Weets
kle with remaining cheese. Bake 5-
GRANDVIEW, WA
1 Tbsp. hot pepper sauce spread with salad dressing. Top 10 minutes longer or until cheese is
1 prebaked Italian bread shell crust with chicken mixture, cheese and melted and crust is golden brown.
(14 oz.) onions. Bake at 450° for 8-10 min-
Nutrition Facts: 1 slice equals 316 calories, 11 g fat
1/3 cup blue cheese salad dressing utes or until cheese is melted. (6 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 644 mg sodium,
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with 33 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 19 g protein. Diabetic
1/2 cup shredded part-skim McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning. Look
Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.
mozzarella cheese for it in the spice aisle.
3 green onions, thinly sliced
MAMMA MIA!>> Hungry for more? Visit tasteofhome.com/plus for additional pizza recipes.

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as par a gus
Three field editors usher in fresh-veggie season with delicious
ways to use these tender stalks
asparagus with gingered beef asparagus &
orange-ginger butter stir-fry pear salad


PREP/TOTAL TIME: 20 MIN. PREP: 20 MIN. + MARINATING PREP/TOTAL TIME: 15 MIN.
The combi- YIELD: 6 SERVINGS COOK: 20 MIN. YIELD: 4 SERVINGS YIELD: 4 SERVINGS
nation of or- Lisa Feld Sonja Blow Nancy Zimmerman
ange, ginger GRAFTON, WI NIXA, MO CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, NJ

and balsamic 1-1/2 lbs. fresh asparagus, trimmed “A friend who owns a bed-and- “I look forward to the fresh aspara-
breakfast in Maryland shared this gus my husband grows in his gar-
vinegar is 1/2 cup butter, softened recipe with me. It’s a deliciously dif- den, and this salad is the perfect
the perfect 1/2 cup orange marmalade ferent way to use asparagus.” opportunity to use it.”
complement 1 Tbsp. minced candied or 3 Tbsp. reduced-sodium 1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed
crystallized ginger
to the fresh soy sauce, divided 1 large pear, sliced
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp. sherry
asparagus 2 Tbsp. grated orange peel
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. minced fresh gingerroot or


spears. dash ground ginger
2 green onions, thinly sliced
In a large skillet, bring 1/2 in. of
—LISA FELD water to a boil. Add asparagus; 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/2 lb. beef flank steak, cut into
GRAFTON, WI 2 Tbsp. prepared honey Dijon
cover and boil for 3-5 minutes or thin strips
until crisp-tender. Drain; transfer to salad dressing
1 tsp. cornstarch
a serving platter and keep warm. 8 romaine lettuce leaves
1/2 cup beef broth
In a small bowl, beat the butter, 1-1/2 tsp. hoisin sauce In a large skillet, bring 1/2 in. of
marmalade, ginger, vinegar and water to a boil. Add asparagus;
1/8 tsp. sugar
orange peel until blended. Spoon cover and boil for 3-5 minutes or
over asparagus. 2 Tbsp. canola oil, divided until crisp-tender. Drain and imme-
2 lbs. fresh asparagus, trimmed diately place asparagus in ice water.
and cut into 1-inch pieces Drain and pat dry; cut into 1/2-in.
1 garlic clove, minced pieces and set aside.
3 cups hot cooked rice In a large bowl, combine pear and
DID YOU KNOW?
In a large resealable plastic bag, lemon juice. Add the onions, wal-
Cultivated since ancient Greco-Roman nuts and reserved asparagus; driz-
times, asparagus was originally hailed for combine 2 Tbsp. soy sauce, sherry
and ginger; add the beef. Seal bag zle with dressing and toss to coat.
its medicinal properties. and turn to coat; refrigerate for 30 Arrange lettuce on four salad
minutes. plates; top with asparagus mixture.
Serve immediately.
In a small bowl, combine the corn-
ASPARAGUS TIPS starch, broth, hoisin sauce, sugar Nutrition Facts: 1 cup with 2 lettuce leaves equals 128
calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 60 mg
To prepare, snap Refrigerate Asparagus is and remaining soy sauce until sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein.
off the stalk ends asparagus stand- chock-full of folic smooth; set aside. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.
as far down as ing upright in acid, vitamin C
they will easily water. This will and potassium. In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry beef ASPARAGUS…1,2,3
break when gen- keep the spears in 1 Tbsp. oil until no longer pink. 1. Cut 1 lb. of fresh asparagus
tly bent. If stalks fresh and crisp. To freeze, blanch Remove and set aside. Stir-fry as- into 1-1/2 pieces and saute for
are large, use a Check and for 2 to 4 min- paragus in remaining oil until crisp- 2 minutes in butter with one
vegetable peeler change water utes, depending tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute minced garlic clove.
to peel the tough as needed. on thickness of longer.
area from the spears. Freeze for 2. Stir in 1/2 cup chicken broth,
end to just below 1 lb. asparagus = up to 1 year. Stir cornstarch mixture and add to cover and cook on low until
the tip. 3-1/2 cups cut the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and tender-crisp.
stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. 3. Remove to serving dish with a
Return beef to the pan; heat slotted spoon and sprinkle with
through. Serve with rice. toasted sesame seeds.

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CLOSE TO HOME
C E L E B R AT I N G T H E P E O P L E A R O U N D T H E TA S T E O F H O M E TA B L E

oodles
of noodles
When I think of good, old-fashioned food, I re-
member all the work, patience and love Mom put
into every meal she set on the table to feed a hun-
gry farm family of seven.
My favorite meal was her ham and beans with
noodles. Mom made the most delicious noodles
using our own farm-fresh eggs. I can still see her
separating the yolks and whites…rolling out the
paper-thin noodle dough with her broken-handled
wooden pin…and drying the yellow circles of dough
on our large dining room table.
Later, she’d stack and roll the circles into tight,
neat logs and, with rapid-fire precision, cut the
dough into thin, golden ringlets on the old wooden
cutting board.
Mom still makes her noodles from scratch—no
others can compare!

By Karen Ann Bland


GOVE, KS

See photos of Karen’s mom, Mary Ann Herl, making noodles and get her recipe at tasteofhome.com/plus
CLOSE TO
HOME mom’s best

“I’m still amazed she cooked for a huge family


without a single decent pan or utensil!”
— GINNY WERKMEISTER
“I think this was
taken in 1953 at
or most of her life, my mom, Enoth Bratten, On Sundays, Mom often served Fried Chicken
Knottsberry Farm,”
says Ginny. “That’s F made do with whatever was on hand. Yet she
could transform the simplest ingredients into a
with Pan Gravy, Garden Coleslaw, Creamed Pota-
toes & Peas, and Coconut Cream Angel Pie. For
Dad and Mom on
either side of my delicious meal for our family of nine. She rarely years, she made this marvelous meal with anti-
two sisters and me. used recipes, and many dishes came from the quated tools and an old stove.
I’m on the left.“ huge garden she cultivated when we lived in My parents gave up the farm when I was 13,
Oklahoma. and Mom became a beautician. Our lives changed
During those years, my dad, Ulis, farmed but also again when we moved to southern California,
worked in the aircraft industry to make ends meet. where Mom cut hair for young starlets. I went to
Mom stayed home and helped with the finances high school in East Los Angeles.
by raising chickens and turkeys, selling eggs and When I married my husband, Marvin, we de-
canning everything her garden produced. We kids cided to return to the land and ended up on a Ne-
helped her with gardening and cooking. By age 8, I braska farm, where we raised three children. I ran
was making brownies, corn bread and biscuits. “A a small greenhouse business and loved every
really good biscuit makes a slim meal more pleas- minute because I am my mother’s daughter. I
ing,” she would say. love gardening, canning and cooking as much as
she did.
I have many wonderful memories of my mom,
filled with love...and mouth-watering meals. I
hope you enjoy this one!

BY GINNY
WERKMEISTER

RECALL YOUR Send at least four recipes and background information to editors@tasteofhome.com
MOM’S BEST? If we feature your mom’s recipes, you’ll earn $75

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coconut cream angel pie garden coleslaw

fried chicken with creamed potatoes & peas


pan gravy
GARDEN COLES LAW

COCONUT CREAM ANGEL PIE


PREP: 30 MIN. BAKE: 20 MIN. + CHILLING
YIELD: 8 SERVINGS

1/2 cup sugar 1 pastry shell (9 in.),


baked
1/4 cup cornstarch
MERINGUE:
PREP/TOTAL TIME: 10 MIN. 1/4 tsp. salt 3 egg whites
YIELD: 4 SERVINGS 2 cups milk 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups shredded cabbage 1/4 cup heavy whipping
cream 1/2 cup flaked coconut
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1/4 cup chopped green 6 Tbsp. sugar


pepper 1 tsp. sugar 1 Tbsp. butter 1/4 cup flaked coconut
1 green onion, thinly 1 tsp. cider vinegar 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
sliced
1/4 tsp. salt In a small heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt.

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1/4 cup mayonnaise
Add milk; stir until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat
until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir for 2
In a small bowl, combine the cabbage, pepper and onion. Combine minutes longer.
the remaining ingredients; add to cabbage mixture and toss to coat.
Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg
yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil;
cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; stir in the
coconut, butter and vanilla. Pour into prepared shell.
In a small bowl, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla on
medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1
Tbsp. at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over
hot filling, sealing edges to crust. Sprinkle with coconut.
Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire
rack for 1 hour; refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.
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FRIED CHICKEN
CR EAMED POTATOES & PEAS

PREP: 15 MIN. COOK: 30 MIN.


YIELD: 6 SERVINGS (1-1/2 CUPS GRAVY)

1 cup all-purpose flour Oil for frying


3/4 tsp. salt GRAVY:
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
PREP: 10 MIN. COOK: 25 MIN. 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
YIELD: 6 SERVINGS
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. rubbed sage
1-1/3 cups milk
1/4 tsp. pepper
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1 lb. small red potatoes 1/4 cup all-purpose flour


1 broiler/fryer chicken
2-1/2 cups frozen peas 1/2 tsp. salt (3-1/2 to 4 lbs.), cut up
1/4 cup butter, cubed Dash pepper
1 green onion, sliced 2 cups milk In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first five ingredients.
Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat.
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Scrub and quarter potatoes; place in a large saucepan and cover In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1/4 in. of oil; fry chicken
with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 until browned on all sides. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 30-35 min-
minutes. Add peas; cook 5 minutes longer or until vegetables are utes or until juices run clear, turning occasionally. Uncover and cook 5
tender. minutes longer. Remove chicken to paper towels and keep warm.
Meanwhile, in another large saucepan, melt butter. Add onion; Pour off excess fat from the skillet, reserving the browned bits and
saute until tender. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended; 2 Tbsp. drippings. Stir in flour and salt until blended; gradually add
gradually add the milk. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1-2 min- the milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thick-
utes or until thickened. Drain potatoes and peas; toss with sauce. ened. Serve with chicken.

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Easter joy brings


Jill Rooney Carr
MONTCLAIR, NJ
sweet rewards
Baking with her kids is Easter tradition
for this Nestlé® Toll House® contest winner
chewy chocolate
raspberry cake
3 cups sugar
3/4 lb. melted butter
4 eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup Nestlé® cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup raspberry jam
1 cup Nestlé® Toll House®
mini morsels
3/4 cup sliced almonds
Preheat your oven to 300°.
Mix the sugar and butter in a mixing
bowl on low. Beat in eggs one at a
time. Add the extracts. Sift together
dry ingredients, and add to the bat-
ter, mixing until smooth. Pour into
I love that greased and papered 9-in. cake pan,
Easter offers reserving about 1/3 of the batter.
so many Carefully smooth out a thin layer of
the raspberry jam. Top with choco-
encouraging late chips and half the sliced al-
signs of life monds. Carefully cover with the
following a remaining batter. Sprinkle the top of
long winter. the cake with the remaining sliced al-
— Jill Rooney Carr monds. Bake for 1 hour and 45 min.
MONTCLAIR, NJ to 2 hours.

J ill Rooney Carr’s essay about baking cookies with her daugh-
ters captured the judges’ attention at this winter’s Nestlé® Toll
House® Bake-Off in New York City. “When you enter a contest,
promise of spring. “I love that Easter offers so many encouraging
signs of life following a long winter,” she says.
As a finalist in the Nestlé® Toll House® Bake-Off, Jill and candy
you never really believe you can win,” says the event coordina- maker/pastry chef Christine Moore of Little Flower Candy Com-
tor from Montclair, NJ. “But do it! You never know how it may end.” pany in Pasadena, CA, paired up to create Chewy Chocolate
Jill sees baking as an opportunity to bond with her family. It’s Raspberry Cake, which makes a perfect finale for Easter dinner.
an Easter tradition for Jill; daughter Madeline, 12; and step- Jill’s advice for putting together a memorable Easter celebra-
daughters Erin and Meagan, both 20, to make Chow Mein Cook- tion? “Keep it simple, and always remember that the joy is in
ies. The treats look like bird’s nests, so they remind Jill of the being together with family and friends.”

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el sombrero corn bread enchiladas verdes

mexican layered salad vanilla ring cake


ENCHILADAS VERDES

// EL SOMBRERO CORN BREAD


PREP: 45 MIN. BAKE: 25 MIN.
YIELD: 6 SERVINGS

1 lb. lean ground beef 1 pkg. (8 oz.) process


cheese (Velveeta), cubed
1 large onion, chopped
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 small garlic clove,
minced 1 can (4 oz.) chopped
PREP: 10 MIN. BAKE: 35 MIN.
green chilies, drained
1/4 tsp. salt YIELD: 9 SERVINGS
1 jar (2 oz.) diced
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded pimientos, drained
cheddar cheese 1-1/2 cups cornmeal 1 cup (8 oz.) sour cream
//

12 corn tortillas (6 in.)


1 can (10-3/4 oz.) 3 tsp. baking powder 1/2 cup canola oil
condensed cream of 1/4 cup canola oil
chicken soup, undiluted 1/2 tsp. salt 1-1/2 cups shredded
cheddar cheese, divided
2 eggs
3 jalapeno peppers,
In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion, garlic and salt over medium 1 can (14-3/4 oz.) seeded and finely
heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in cheddar cheese; set cream-style corn chopped
aside.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook and stir the soup, process In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, baking powder and salt. In
cheese and milk over medium heat until cheese is melted. Stir in another bowl, whisk the eggs, corn, sour cream and oil. Stir into dry
chilies and pimientos. ingredients just until moistened. Fold in 1 cup cheese and jalapenos.
In a large skillet, fry tortillas, one at a time, in oil for 5 seconds on Transfer to a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Sprinkle with re-
each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Place a scant 1/4 maining cheese. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a tooth-
cup of reserved meat mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm.
up and place seam side down in greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
Pour cheese sauce over the top. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30
minutes or until heated through.

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VANILLA RING CAKE

// MEXICAN LAYERED SALAD

PREP: 15 MIN. BAKE: 55 MIN. + COOLING PREP/TOTAL TIME: 20 MIN.


YIELD: 12 SERVINGS YIELD: 10 SERVINGS

1 cup shortening 1/2 tsp. baking soda 4 cups torn romaine 1/4 cup canned chopped
//

2 cups sugar 1 cup buttermilk green chilies


1 large cucumber, peeled,
4 eggs DRIZZLE: halved and sliced 2 tsp. chili powder
1 cup confectioners’ sugar 3 medium tomatoes, 1/2 tsp. onion powder
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 to 2 Tbsp. milk chopped
3 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 medium ripe avocados,
1 tsp. baking powder peeled and sliced 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

2 large green peppers, 1 cup crushed tortilla


In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, chips
about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each chopped
addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and bak- 1-1/2 cups mayonnaise 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
cheese
ing soda; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk,
beating well after each addition.
In a 2-qt. trifle bowl or glass serving bowl, layer the first five ingre-
Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° dients. Combine the mayonnaise, chilies and seasonings; spread
for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes over the top. Sprinkle with chips and cheese. Serve immediately.
out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire
rack to cool completely.
Combine the drizzle ingredients; drizzle over cake.
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chef for a night


Field editor’s restaurant fund-raiser wows diners and library

While dining with her husband Ruth designated the 10 percent lamb kabobs with
at a local cafe, Ruth Hartunion of the night’s profits she re- bulgur pilaf
Alumbaugh saw a flyer that whet ceived—$1,300—to the Williman-
PREP: 15 MIN. + MARINATING
her appetite. “Want to be the tic Public Library children’s
COOK: 35 MIN. YIELD: 6 SERVINGS
guest chef of the month?” the department. The staff was as-
My kabobs sign asked. A lifelong cooking tounded with her gift, Ruth says. Ruth Hartunion Alumbaugh
were gone in enthusiast, Ruth signed on. “We spend a lot of time there, so WILLIMANTIC, CT

the first 2 The Willimantic (CT) Brewing Co. it’s nice that they know how 30 garlic cloves, crushed
cafe’s promotion offered locals the much we appreciate them.” (1-1/2 to 2 bulbs)
hours the chance to plan and prepare a menu And for Ruth, cooking in a 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
night I was for an evening, with a portion of restaurant kitchen was a dream. 3/4 cup chopped fresh mint or
guest chef. the proceeds going to charity. “So much counter space, and I 1/4 cup dried mint
Clad in a white chef’s coat on didn’t have to wash a single dish,” 1/4 cup olive oil
the big night, Ruth created three she says. “The dishwashers were
—RUTH 2 lbs. lean boneless lamb, cut into
entrees and an appetizer with my heroes!” 1-1/2-in. cubes
HARTUNION
ALUMBAUGH help from the restaurant’s staff.
PILAF:
WILLIMANTIC, CT Ruth had spread the word about
her celebrity gig, so the restau-
1/2 cup butter, cubed
rant was packed. In fact, people 1 large onion, chopped
were turned away; the menu sold 1 cup uncooked mini spiral pasta
out. Her Lamb Kabobs with Bul- 2 cups bulgur
gur Pilaf, reflecting her Armenian
3 cups beef broth
heritage, were the biggest hit. CARE TO
Diners were also treated to Ruth’s SHARE? In a large resealable plastic bag,
100 “thank you” cupcakes. Submit your own combine the garlic, vinegar, mint
experiences, read and oil; add the lamb. Seal bag and
other stories and turn to coat; refrigerate for several
join the Cooks hours or overnight.
Who Care For pilaf, in a large skillet, melt but-
community at ter. Add onion and pasta; saute until
cookswho pasta is lightly browned. Add bulgur
care.com and stir to coat. Stir in broth. Bring
to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and
simmer for 25-30 minutes or until
tender. Remove from the heat; let
stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
Drain lamb and discard marinade.
Thread onto six metal or soaked
wooden skewers.
Grill kabobs, covered, over medium
heat for 8-10 minutes or until meat
reaches desired doneness, turning
frequently. Serve with pilaf.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with
LAMB KABOBS Barilla brand mini fusilli pasta.
WITH BULGUR PILAF

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