Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Taste of Home Cookbook Giveaway

"If God had intended us to follow recipes,
He wouldn't have given us grandmothers."
~ Linda Henley

I am excited to continue our Mother's Day week celebration with a cookbook giveaway. So many of our treasured family moments happen around the dinner table, so it's no wonder that family recipes become so beloved. Simply thinking about Grandmother's homemade biscuits, Dad's barbecue chicken or Aunt Sue's blackberry cobbler can make our mouths water and bring a tear to our eyes. And preparing a beloved family recipe gives us a sensory connection to loved ones far away. Just inhaling that familiar aroma takes us back in time, and in one breath we are children again, running in from school to sample Grandma's chocolate chip cookies.

Because a recipe must be really special to be written in the annals of family history, it is always exciting when a new dish meets the family's favor. Today's cookbook giveaway comes from the trusted kitchens of Taste at Home. Taste of Home: Cooking School Cookbook by Catherine Cassidy features more than 400 recipes sure to entice new and experienced cooks alike.

"Taste of Home: Cooking School Cookbook is just like having a cooking school instructor in your very own kitchen,” says Cassidy, editor-in-chief of Taste of Home magazine. “This essential cookbook captures the highlights of our cooking school lessons and presents them in a way that allows people of all skill levels in the kitchen, to create memorable holiday meal moments in their own homes with family, friends and neighbors.” 

Learn fresh techniques, tips, secrets and entertaining ideas straight from the Taste of Home Cooking School team.  Each chapter builds from simple, beloved classics to spectacular dishes handed down by families from generation to generation that are sure to impress family and friends. Better yet, all of these recipes can be created with affordable ingredients available at your local grocery store. As you move from one recipe to the next, you will enhance your cooking skills and discover new favorites. Find a recipe from the cookbook below.

Fabulous Taco Salad

Excerpted from Taste of Home: Cooking School Cookbook by Catherine Cassidy and Taste of Home Editors

4 Servings Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
1 pound extra-lean ground turkey
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 plum tomatoes, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
6 cups torn romaine
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
1/2 cup salsa
In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook turkey and onion in oil until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, salt and pepper; cook for 3-4 minutes or until tomatoes are tender. Remove from the heat; stir in cilantro. Divide romaine among four plates; top each with 3/4 cup turkey mixture, 2 tablespoons cheese and 2 tablespoons salsa. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving equals 224 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 467 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 35 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 fat.

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This giveaway, brought to you by Taste of Home, is open to readers in the United States and Canada. The winner will be announced next week.

There are more surprises for Mom to come this week!

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