Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My New Favorite Cookbook! tasteofhome Cooking School

Who loves a great cookbook? I know I do and that's just what I received a couple of weeks ago and I haven't been able to put it down! This is no ordinary cookbook, however, it is a cooking school cookbook and you can easily learn so much from it without even having to leave home or pay for expensive cooking lessons. Believe me, I've taken some classes and they are expensive! This amazing book has so much to tell you about. First of all it has step-by-step instructions and the advise of experts! When can you say that you've had that in any cookbook? This book has more than 400 recipes that go from simple to spectacular! There are pages of instruction to teach you how to measure correctly all the way to tips for baking success. I couldn't begin to tell you everything that is in this great book, but I can share a favorite recipe from the book with you.

The Taste of Home Magazine has been so popular for years and now they are giving us our very own home cooking school in a book.

How about trying one of my favorites....from page 51, Ranch Turkey Wraps.  This is in the chapter "Better Than Takeout - Burgers & More."  One of the reasons I chose this is because it is so hot outside and I didn't have to heat up my kitchen. 

On the side of the page it teaches you how to "Pit And Slice An Avacado"...which I easily did.

I got the simple ingredients together....

And in just a very few minutes, had a delicious Ranch Turkey Wrap to enjoy for lunch!

I know you will enjoy this recipe as well as one of the 400+ other recipes when you get this book.

Ranch Turkey Wraps

Yield:  4 servings

These hand-held sandwiches make a nice lunch or quick dinner on the go.  A great thing about wraps, is that, like sandwiches, you can customize each one to suit your taste.
emily hanson//logan, utah

1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup prepared ranch salad dressing
4 flour tortillas (10 inches), warmed
3/4 pound sliced deli turkey
8 slices Monterey Jack cheese
1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
1 medium tomato, sliced

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and salad dressing until smooth.  Spread over tortillas.  Layer with turkey, cheese, avocado and tomato.  Roll up tightly; cut in half.

Nutrition Facts:  1 wrap equals 661 calories, 37 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 96 mg cholesterol, 1,719 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 35 g protein.

If I were to add anything to this for my tastes, it would be some nice crispy bacon and fresh lettuce.  I love that you can customize each sandwich for individuals and their particular tastes.

I love the fact that the nutritional facts are with every recipe and that these recipes are from home cooks just like you and me.
About Taste of Home
Taste of Home is a go-to resource for the holidays and any time of the year for information on food, cooking and entertaining. Each year, thousands of great home cooks from across the United States and Canada submit more than 40,000 recipes, of which 3,000 are published in Taste of Home magazines and online, making Taste of Home one of the largest and most successful practitioners of user generated content. Before being published, every recipe is tested in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen to ensure that it can be prepared with affordable, everyday ingredients from regular grocery stores. Taste of Home content is available in print; online at; in books; via digital download on iPad, mobile apps and Kindle; and Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. 
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I was not paid for this review or endorsement and the opinions regarding this book are my own.



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Strawberry Heaven

“The “Debbie” recipe – the recipe that is authentically me.
My absolute favorite dessert recipe.”
All I ever talk about loving is strawberries. I am to strawberries as Paula Deen is to potatoes and butter.
When thinking about my absolute favorite dessert, it had to combine cheesecake, strawberries, and chocolate. Chocolate covered strawberries to be exact!!! So I developed a pie that features all my weaknesses. I love a regular pie crust instead of graham cracker so I have used pie crust, topped with a luscious layer of Kraft Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling, followed by 1 pound of ripe, juicy strawberries enveloped in strawberry glaze topped with creamy, dreamy Cool Whip, and followed by 6 GIANT chocolate covered strawberries. This pie would be a strawberry lovers’ most decadent dream. It is mine…now you know what I dream about.

Strawberry Heaven
Prep time: 50 minutes Cook time: 9 minutes
Serves 6 - 8
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 ½ c. Kraft Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling
2 lbs. of strawberries
14 oz. strawberry pie glaze
8 oz Cool Whip
¾ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Place pie crust in pie pan and flute edges. Bake at 450 degrees for 9 minutes.
3. Cool pie crust at room temperature for 10 minutes and follow in freezer for 10 minutes to cool quickly.
4. While pie crust is cooking and cooling, prepare other ingredients beginning with strawberries. Wash strawberries, core, and slice in half. Save 6 LARGE strawberries for top of pie. Eat a few and enjoy them while you are working so hard. Save enough for the pie.
5. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for approximately 1 minute stirring every 20 seconds. Dip 6 large strawberries in chocolate about ¾ of the way up the strawberry. Place a piece of parchment paper on a plate and cool the strawberries on the paper in the freezer.
6. After the pie crust comes out of the freezer, spread the cheesecake filling directly on top of crust.
7. Place strawberries directly on top of cheesecake and pour strawberry glaze over strawberries.
8. Pipe Cool Whip over strawberries and glaze and top with chocolate covered strawberries. Place in freezer for approximately 15 minutes and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Strawberry Heaven

Strawberry Heaven
This pie is for the true Strawbery ADDICT and lover.

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