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  • If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, then you know that I’m not a gourmet chef. I’m heavily reliant on Dream Dinners, spaghetti, and the Chinese restaurant down the street for my sustenance. I was very excited when I received the new Taste of Home Cookbook, Cooks Who Care Edition.

    bookThe Taste of Home Cookbook, Cooks Who Care Edition is divided into 19 sections plus an index. Each section starts off with a Cooks Who Care story, which celebrates chefs who have given back to their communities by hosting fund raising events, donating Thanksgiving dinners, helping young women learn essential life skills, and through other acts of kindness. In addition to the almost 1400 recipes, the Taste of Home Cookbook, Cooks Who Care Edition has tons of pictures of finished meals and preparation tips,and a kitchen basics guide. Throughout the cookbook, there are little sections that have helpful tips that range from which apples to use for baking to how long to cook a beef roast to medium-rare. As if that wasn’t enough, people who purchase The Taste of Home Cookbook also receive a free subscription to Taste of Home Magazine, plus access to addition recipes on the taste of Home website

    Each recipe has a little icon with it to let you know if it’s a Classic Recipe (like how Mom used to make it), Time-Saver Recipe (perfect when you’re short on time), Light Recipe (for healthier eating), and Serves 2 Recipes (for when you’re only serving 2 – duh!) Recipes will also give you a prep time and a cook time so you can plan your meal-making process.  The recipes give you the ingredients, directions, and importantly, the nutrition facts for each serving. They also show the chef/mom/dad/person who contributed the recipe.

    Of course, to test out the cookbook I had to cook up some recipes! After flipping through the different sections (I had to flip! There were too many recipes to read all of them!) I singled out the following four dishes:

    Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Gravy

    chicken

    Flavor: 3/5. I thought that the chicken was cooked and tasted perfect, but others thought it needed a little salt. One really nice thing about the chicken was that it tasted really light, even though it was fried. Not sure if that’s the recipe or the peanut oil we used for frying. The chicken came out nice and crispy, but still moist on the inside. The gravy didn’t go over quite as well as the chicken – many thought it was a little bland.

    Instructions: 3.5/5. In general, the instructions were clear and the chicken cooked up well following them as written. Even when I thought that the chicken couldn’t possibly come out well following their directions, it did. The only hiccup came with the gravy. It took a lot longer for the gravy to thicken than what the book says – although the cooking time could have been affected by my attempt to double the recipe.

    Bacon Twice-Baked Potatoes

    potatoes

    Flavor: 5/5. These potatoes are AWESOME. Bacon? Check. Cheese? Check. Chives? Check. Potato? Check. The best baked potato I’ve ever had. If I were to change anything, it would be to add even more bacon than the recipe specifies. The recipe is fairly straight forward, so it’s very easy to tweak/customize to your own tastes.

    Instructions: 5/5. Everything cooked up well by following the instructions. It took the amount of prep and baking time that was suggested.

    Cider Apple Bake

    apples

    Flavor: 4.5/5. The recipe called for eating these with half-and-half or heavy whipping cream. We tried it with cream first and were all quite surprised at how well the cream blended with and augmented the flavor of the apples. I took off half a star because other tasters tried it with French Vanilla ice cream and thought it tasted better. I liked it with the cream. Overall, the flavor of the apples was very nice and not too sweet. I definitely recommend eating this warm.

    Instructions: 4.5/5. The instructions were good, but I think it takes longer than 10 minutes to peel and slice 6 large apples. Then again, I could just be a slow peeler. Otherwise, baking and cooking instructions were clear and followed.

    Golden Lemon Bread

    lemon_bread

    Flavor: 5/5. The Golden Lemon Bread was another big hit. It has a great texture that is half way between bread & pound cake, but it’s not heavy at all. All of the lemon flavor comes from the glaze that you make and top the bread with after it’s pulled out of the oven, which is amazing because the lemon flavor really permeated every bite without being overwhelming. This is the one dish of the four that I’ve been asked to bake again, which I will because it’ super easy.

    Instructions: 4.5/5. Again, the instructions were good and the amount of prep time was accurate to the minute. It took my loaf an extra 5 minutes in the oven to bake fully. This is to be expected since ovens can be so moody from home to home.

    I am VERY happy that I got the opportunity to review and test out the Taste of Home Cookbook, Cooks Who Care Edition. It’s a thorough, clear, and helpful cookbook that even beginners can use. The recipes are easy to read, follow, and based off my small sampling, should taste great.

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    18 Comments so far. Please add yours!

    • Rey says:

      That food looks really good. Your review is very informative. Thanks for sharing. I myself am not much of a cook and good recipes are necessary for extra-ordinary food.

    • Rey says:

      That food looks really good. Your review is very informative. Thanks for sharing. I myself am not much of a cook and good recipes are necessary for extra-ordinary food.

    • noitav says:

      Let me first say that I don't like Lemon Bread. Whenever reviewing food that I inherently dislike to begin with, I always run the risk of being biased. However, this Lemon Bread recipe is one of the greatest culinary masterpieces of ALL TIME! In all honesty, it was enough for me to say by the end of the night that … “I like Lemon Bread now”. And that's saying a lot.

    • noitav says:

      Let me first say that I don't like Lemon Bread. Whenever reviewing food that I inherently dislike to begin with, I always run the risk of being biased. However, this Lemon Bread recipe is one of the greatest culinary masterpieces of ALL TIME!

      In all honesty, it was enough for me to say by the end of the night that … “I like Lemon Bread now”. And that's saying a lot.

    • DLFTW says:

      Was that picture of the Twice Bake Potatoes professionally taken or was it taken at the time when you prepared it. The lighting in that photograph is most impressive.

    • DLFTW says:

      Was that picture of the Twice Bake Potatoes professionally taken or was it taken at the time when you prepared it. The lighting in that photograph is most impressive.

    • I always get the little cookbooks at the checkout counter so a big one would be beneficial and greatly appreciated. Great giveaway and good luck to all.

    • I always get the little cookbooks at the checkout counter so a big one would be beneficial and greatly appreciated. Great giveaway and good luck to all.

    • WCatDD says:

      Hi DLFTW. The potato picture was taken by yours truly right after they were pulled out of the oven. Who knew potatoes made such good models?

    • WCatDD says:

      Hi DLFTW. The potato picture was taken by yours truly right after they were pulled out of the oven. Who knew potatoes made such good models?

    • katemerick says:

      I just love cooking and would love to try new recipes. Hope I win this book! Thanks for a chance!

    • katemerick says:

      I just love cooking and would love to try new recipes. Hope I win this book! Thanks for a chance!

    • Cristi says:

      I am always looking for something different for my kids,.

    • Cristi says:

      I am always looking for something different for my kids,.

    • I retweeted and tweeted about this on twitter and my blog has it mentioned and a link back to this. I would love to win this cookbook especially with the holidays fastly approaching. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway.'ladymakwa18 @ yahoo.com

    • I retweeted and tweeted about this on twitter and my blog has it mentioned and a link back to this. I would love to win this cookbook especially with the holidays fastly approaching. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway.'

      ladymakwa18 @ yahoo.com

    • I retweeted and tweeted about this on twitter and my blog has it mentioned and a link back to this. I would love to win this cookbook especially with the holidays fastly approaching. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway.ladymakwa18 @ yahoo . com

    • I retweeted and tweeted about this on twitter and my blog has it mentioned and a link back to this. I would love to win this cookbook especially with the holidays fastly approaching. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway.

      ladymakwa18 @ yahoo . com

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