Thursday, August 30, 2012

Someone Stole My NEW Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes Cookbook!

And I know just who it was!   But more about that a bit later....

This just happens to be the best family cookbook I have seen in years!  I love the way you can see food trends over the last 20 years, the photos are amazing and the tips are extraordinary!

First thing I did was to sit down and go through the book thinking I would choose a recipe to try right away....well after drooling over more than 20 in as many minutes I knew making just one was out of the questions.  So I closed the book and opened it back up willy nilly to one of the many book marks I had placed during my first thumb through.  Then I did the same thing again and voila...I had 2 new recipes to try!

First up: Pasta and Salami Salad

What can I say other than we have a new family favorite!

Easy to make, hearty enough for a main dish and absolutely delish!

Next up: Rice Pilaf

Absolutely delightful!  The perfect side for chicken, fish, pork or beef!
I really want you all to have the total picture on just what this amazing cookbook has to offer so here is a bit of info from Taste Of Home:

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

That from now until September 13th Best Loved Recipes is only available through the Taste of Home website:

When you order from the Taste of Home website you'll get an exclusive Taste of Home Baking Guide Free and free shipping. 
Now on to just who stole my daughter!  This book got her excited and gave her confidence about cooking for herself and friends in her very first semi apartment at university so she quietly packed it with her school things!  I'm not mad I'm thrilled she has a cooking tutor always at hand!!!!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Taste of Home Mrs. Holiday Contest

Taste of Home magazine is searching for their first ever Mrs. Holiday using video submissions and public voting!  One lucky Mrs. Holiday will be a Taste of Home ambassador to the media, post articles in the magazine, represent  Taste of Home at foodie events and receive a $50,000 salary for doing all this fun "work"!

I would love to be named Taste of Home Mrs. Holiday!  This where you come in; I need YOUR voting help!  It's super quick and easy; just follow this link, like the page on Facebook and vote for me, KC Quaretti/ Thanksgiving.  I'm on the lower left of the page under Most Popular.

Thank you so much for you voting support!!!!!!!!!!

Here is my video entry:

Here is the recipe for my almost famous Pumpkin Pecan Praline Pie:


1 can (15 ounce) pumpkin
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
½ teaspoon salt
1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs beaten
1   pie crust (9 inch) ready to bake


1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons dark corn syrup
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
Pinch salt

Crumble Method:
Mix all crumble ingredients together and set aside  

Pie Shell:

Pre heat oven to 425F

Place crust in pie dish and prick with a fork

Line with parchment paper or non stick foil

Fill with dried beans or pie weights

Cover edges with foil

Bake for 20 minutes

Remove foil and pie weights, return to oven for 5 minutes

Pie Method:

Mix pumpkin, spices, eggs and milk together
Pour into pie shell

Cover edges with foil
Bake in preheated 425F oven for 15 minutes
Reduce heat to 350 and bake 25 minutes or until just set
Top with praline crumble and return to oven for 10 minutes
Remove from oven and cool completely.

Servings: 8 slices

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Best Steaks EVER

Have you seen the Walmart commercials where they replace the steaks at a restaurant with Walmart steaks?  When my daughter saw it the first time she said “I’d be mad if they did that to me!  Well she certainly changed her tune when I had the opportunity to test Walmart’s USDA Choice Steaks!  They were the best steaks I’ve had in YEARS, that’s including restaurants!  I was given a $25.00 gift card to cover the cost of the steaks while creating an economical summer BBQ.  I spent the entire twenty-five on two huge steaks; a rib eye and a T bone.  With that I served grilled corn on the cob and sweet potato oven fries.  The steaks were so big that one was plenty for two people so actually we had the most marvelous family BBQ with the most amazing steaks ever for just less than $30.00.
So all I can say is I’ll be back for more USDA Choice Steaks from Walmart real soon!

For the blue cheese butter:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
3 Wedges Laughing Cow Light Blue Cheese
Freshly ground black pepper

For the Herb butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature 
4 Tablespoons fresh chopped herbs
Freshly ground black pepper

For the steaks:
4 USDA Choice Steaks about an inch& a half thick

Blend the butter, blue cheese & pepper together ( or butter, herbs & pepper) in a small bowl. 

Pack the butter into a small ziplock baggie and form into a log. Refrigerate until needed. The butter can be made several days in advance and freezes well.  Actually I always have herb butter in the freezer!

Make sure you allow at least 30 minutes for the steaks to come to room temperature prior to grilling.  Generously sprinkle with salt just prior to grilling; no more than 5 minutes before!
Preheat your grill and when very hot, oil the grill racks.  Place the steaks on the grill, close the lid, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare
Let steaks stand for 5 minutes before serving to let the juices settle. Top with a generous slice of the butter of choice and enjoy!

Here’s some interesting and important information:
·         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