Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes

What would you say if I told you that I have a new favorite cookbook?  Well, I do.  Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes arrived at my house about 2 weeks ago.  I haven't put it down since.  This cookbook has 1,485 favorite recipes from the world's #1 Food and Entertaining Magazine.  

One of the things I love most about Taste of Home is that they compile their recipes from home cooks from all across America.  These home cooks are willing to part with and share their most treasured and asked for recipes.  It's a real privilege to have someone's very best recipe. This cookbook has sensational entrees, indulgent desserts, fantastic appetizers, and hundreds more delectable recipes to round out meals.  

Quick Ghost Cookies and were submitted 
by Denise Smith, Lusk, Wyoming.  

Not only does the cookbook have wonderful recipes, but it is a sturdy hard bound book with it's very own book-marker. I love that because it helps me keep my place if I'm looking through for something else or just want to close it up for the day and remember where I stopped.  Taste of Home's Editor-in-Chief, Catherine Cassidy has made sure that this cookbook is first class, just like every other product that Taste of Home produces.  

This beautiful cookbook also has great stories in it.  Cassidy says, "..we will always share with you the name of the special home cook who has been generous and proud enough to share a best loved recipe, a personal story, a moment in time with us."  It makes it so much more personal than just having a recipe without any explanation.  Each recipe has a very personal story of what it has meant to those who submitted it and their families.   

Another thing I love about this cookbook is the way the recipes are categorized.  There are 26 chapters, but many more sub-chapters that will help you decide what would be good for when.  From appetizers, to breakfast, celebrations & and holidays to your favorite potluck picks.  And never forget the desserts, cookies, pies and cakes.  This cookbook has everything in it a new cook could need to get started with learning wonderful recipes.  

Chapters also include some of the most cherished magazine features including:  Mom Made it Best, Our Favorite Contributor's Meals, Mealtime Express, Cooking for One or Two, Grand Prize Winners, and more.

Swamp Juice A La Slime 
by Melissa Ann Beier, Howel, Michigan

Since fall and Halloween are coming up, I decided to preview the Halloween section of Celebrations and Holidays.  I took a page right out of the book and created the three recipes on that page.  Swamp Juice A La-Slime, Trick-Or-Treat Turnovers and Quick Ghost Cookies.  All three are delicious and fun to make.  It would be great fun to make these with your children or grandchildren as well.  Plus, there is practical, proven tips, storage charts, how-to photo's, and at-a-glance prep and cook times.

I made these mummy wrap hot dogs as well from crescent rolls and hot dogs.  This recipe is not in the book, but went well with the others.

Trick-Or-Treat Turnovers
by Marge Free, Brandon, Mississippi

We had a wonderful day trying out these recipes.  When doing a blog posting, it's always difficult to keep the food snatchers away until we are finished.  However, as soon as we were, that food went fast.

Taste of Home: Best Loved Recipes
1485 Favorites from the World's #1 Food & Entertaining Magazine
By Taste of Home
Published by Reader's Digest
Hardcover: 928 pages
September 13, 2012; $34.99 US/$39.95 CAN; 9780898219913
What is Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes?
  • Taste of Home is America's connection to the personal recipes of people who cook at home as a way to bring family and friends together, particularly at the holidays.
  • This special collection includes more than 1,400 of the most requested, most beloved dishes, all submitted by Taste of Home readers
  • Each recipe has been evaluated and selected by Taste of Home, which ensures that it can be prepared with affordable everyday ingredients. 
  • Practical and proven tips to help every kind of cook enjoy perfect results every time 
  • Personal stories and memories from contributors are sprinkled throughout
  • Prep/Cook Times
  • Top 100 favorite recipes marked with an icon
  • Everyday ingredients
  • Easy-to-follow directions
  • How-to photos and cooking tips
  • Personal stories
  • Ribbon marker
Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes at a Glance
26 chapters inspired by the most popular magazine feature
About Taste of Home
Taste of Home is America's connection to the personal recipes of people who cook at home as a way to bring family and friends together, particularly at the holidays. Each year, thousands of people from across the United States and Canada submit more than 40,000 recipes, of which 3,000 are published. Every recipe that is published is carefully evaluated and selected by the Taste of Home Test Kitchen, which ensures that it can be prepared with affordable, everyday ingredients. Taste of Home content is available in print; online at Tasteofhome.comhttp:/; in books; via digital download on iPad, mobile apps and Kindle; and Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Obtain a subscription or on your favorite digital download device.
For more information please visit, and follow on Facebook and Twitter

I was provided this cookbook to review for free, but was not compensated for my opinion.  The opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Win a $25.00 Gift card from Walmart. Now Walmart has new USDA Choice Steaks that are DELICIOUS!

Congratulations to follower LAURA J. for being the lucky winner of the Walmart $25.00 gift certificate.  Please contact me by August 19th to claim your prize!!

How about a great steak for your next BBQ on a, I'm not talking about hamburger steak.  Although I love a great hamburger on the grill, Walmart has some of the best steaks for a reasonable price.  
Here is what I was able to purchase for $25.00 for my last BBQ.

I got a hot loaf of french bread, salad for 4 and 4 8 ounce Premium USDA Choice New York Strip Steaks.  They were delicious and cooked to perfection.  Juicy, tender and flavorful, these steaks satisfied all of our tastes.

If you were to go out to eat and order four meals of New York Strip, Hot Fresh Bread and Salad, I know it would cost you at least $75.00.  You don't even have to leave a tip at home!  (unless you want to)

Of of you lucky followers of Delicious Dishes By Debbie will win a $25.00 gift certificate from Walmart by simply posting what you would buy for a BBQ on a budget to go along with these delicious Walmart steaks.

You can receive an additional entry for doing the following.
Post a photo of your family enjoying a summer BBQ or at dinner.
Be a follower of Delicious Dishes By Debbie.
"Like" Delicious Dishes By Debbie on Facebook.
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Tweet about this giveaway.
Post a photo of what you would make to go with this meal.
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You may do each one of these once a day for the next five days.  Please make a separate posting for each entry.  On August 17th, I will have a random drawing for the $25.00 gift certificate and it will be sent right out to you.  How easy is that???

Did you know?
·         Customers across the country can now enjoy Walmart’s premium selection and wide assortment of top quality USDA Choice steak, including T-bone, NY Strip, Filet, Rib eye, and Top Sirloin, at a great price.            

·         Walmart selects the best USDA Choice cuts, tender-ages the steak to perfection, and, as we do with all our steaks, makes sure it undergoes rigorous USDA inspections for quality and safety.

·       Walmart is so confident that you’ll love our top quality USDA Choice steaks that we offer a 100% Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee. If you aren’t fully satisfied, just bring back your receipt for your money back.

·         Only 1 in 5 steaks qualify for Walmart’s USDA Choice Premium Beef label

*Please note I am not an attributable source for Walmart

CINNABON at home? Not impossible anymore!

If you are a Cinnabon Fan and just can't resist passing that Cinnabon Store when you are nearby, guess what?  Now you can have that very same taste at home in an instant.  You don't have to be a chef, top notch baker or even a good cook to use these products and get that same "to die for" Cinnabon taste at home.  Please go to the Cinnabon Facebook Page to learn more about their products and find more recipes from great cooks.

How would you like to go to your kitchen and in less than 30 minutes be able to serve your family this creation?  Well, you can and it's so easy and delicious.

With only 8 ingredients, I was able to create this luscious, decadent meal in less than 30 minutes.  The possibilities are endless with these easy to use products.  The Cinnabon Sprinkle could be used on so many different dishes, instantly transforming them into that "Cinnabon Experience" you could only dream of having at home before now.  Hot out of the oven dishes as well as ice cold freezer dishes are both candidates for this fun, sweet topping.  The Cinnaabon Syrup is different than any other syrup on the market as of now.  It's not just that same old maple flavor, but a rich "cinnamon-ie" goodness that you'll crave.

Cinnabon has brilliantly come up with products for consumers at home that can EASILY be used everyday on so many different things.  Fans of Cinnabon have always craved the irresistible Cinnabon cinnamon-roll taste according to ACH Food Companies Director, John Lazowski. I am excited to share with you that I have entered the 

I can't think of anyone who would turn down a delicious serving of this beautiful casserole made with my Cinnabon Sprinkles and Syrup.

Cinnabon French Toast Casserole

10 pieces sliced bread (I used a light wheat bread)
8 eggs
1/2 c. milk
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. Cinnabon Syrup
1/2 c. Cinnabon Sprinkle
1 stick butter
1 cup walnuts
Cooking Spray

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
2.  Beat eggs, milk and salt in a medium size bowl.
3.  Place 6 slices of bread in the casserole dish and pour egg mixture over the bread.
4.  Sprinkle 1/3 of the Cinnabon Sprinkle over the bread/egg mixture.
5.  Pour 1/3 of the Cinnabon Syrup over the bread/egg mixture.
6.  Bake casserole for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and let rest.
7.  While the casserole is baking, cut the remaining 4 pieces of bread into cubes.  Melt 1/2 stick of butter in large skillet and add 2 T. of Cinnabon Sprinkle.  Mix the butter and Cinnabon sprinkle together and toss the bread cubes in the mixture.  Coat as evenly as possible and toast the bread cubes until golden brown and crispy.
8.  Remove from pan and add the remaining 1/2 stick of butter,  2 T. of Cinnabon Sprinkle and walnuts.  Stirring constantly, toast the walnuts in the Cinnabon Sprinkle butter until golden brown.  You are essentially roasting and candying the nuts.  Remove from heat.
9.  Toss the toasted cubes and candied nuts on top of the casserole.  Sprinkle with additional Cinnabon Sprinkle and Cinnabon Syrup and serve immediately.

Please leave a comment here on my blog telling me what you would use the New Cinnabon products on.  I can think of so many great ideas.  Let's see how many of your ideas match mine.  By trying this product, which was provided for me I have entered the blogger sweepstakes and can win more of these products and you can have an opportunity to win some as well.  

You can have the opportunity to win some of these great products right here on Delicious Dishes By Debbie.  If my blog is chosen as the winner of CINNABON® CREATIONS BLOGGER SWEEPSTAKES then my readers will have the opportunity to win the following.  
READER PRIZE DESCRIPTION – ONE (1) WINNER:  One (1) blog reader, chosen at will by the grand prize winning blogger, will receive a prize pack that consists of twelve (12) bottles of Cinnabon Syrup and twelve (12) bottles of Cinnabon Sprinkle toppings (also known as “a one-year supply”).  The approximate retail value of prize is $75.00.
RUNNER-UP PRIZE DESCRIPTION – TWO (2) WINNERS:  Two (2) winners will receive an American Express Gift Card in the amount of $50.00

Disclosure:  I received the Cinnabon® products used and was entered for a chance to win a Cinnabon Creations prize package in exchange for this post.  No monetary exchange took place.  All opinions are my own.

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.

Mounds of Joy Whipped Pie

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