Taste of Home April/May 2020

Every issue is jam-packed with 100+ delicious, home-style recipes & tips—all made with easy, everyday ingredients—and all shown in FULL COLOR!

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ready for spring?

Here at Taste of Home, we sure are—and in this issue, we have the recipes and flavors to prove it. From the gorgeous Lemon Lover’s Pound Cake Bundt featured on our cover (recipe, page 49) to sweet and savory rhubarb (page 52) to fun ideas for creating your own fresh herb garden (page 81), we’re excited to shake off winter’s grip and brighten up our tables. For an instant mood-lifter, check out our Generational Gems contest winners (page 71). We were overwhelmed with your response to this contest, which asked for your special family recipes that have been handed down through generations. Our food editors loved reading through the hundreds of heartwarming stories and tasting your heritage recipes. Selecting the winners for this contest was no easy task, but thank you…

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facebook.com/tasteofhome instagram.com/tasteofhome twitter.com/tasteofhome pinterest.com/taste_of_home THE ULTIMATE AIR-FRYER GUIDE Do you have air-fryer frenzy? Our Test Kitchen pros have been busy tinkering with the “it” kitchen gadget. Along the way, they’ve uncovered brilliant tips for producing irresistibly crispy, crunchy, lightened-up fried foods like apple pie egg rolls and tasty taquitos. From recipe ideas to easy cleaning tips to the best air fryers to buy for your family, we’ve rounded up all our best advice in one handy online guide. If you’re getting into the air-fryer game, you’ll want to bookmark this one! tasteofhome.com/airfryerguide FIELD EDITOR SPOTLIGHT Marina Castle Kelley, Canyon Country, CA Marina has contributed dozens of recipes to Taste of Home, including her Carrot Cake Cookies and Nena’s Papas Rellenas (stuffed potato balls). But it’s her arroz con pollo recipe that’s truly special. It was given to Marina by…

queen city chili

[Flavor Watch] Hibiscus This pretty pink flower is more than just eye candy. Hibiscus’s popularity has been blooming in the food and beverage industry for years—a trend that isn’t slowing down. Hibiscus’s floral, slightly tart flavor has been popping up in chocolates, ice cream and sauces, though it’s most widely used as an infusion in beverages, as in the new Hi-Biscus! flavor from popular sparkling water company LaCroix. Or try it in the refreshing, eye-catching Hibiscus Tea recipe below. Hibiscus Tea In a saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Add 5 dried hibiscus flowers or 1 tsp. crushed dried hibiscus flowers and let stand 5 minutes. Strain tea. Serve in a chilled glass over ice. Makes 1 serving. [Kitchen Trend] COLOR POP! Just like the gardens with flowers springing up this…

it’s a jungle in there

FELINE FAVES Your tabby likely enjoys pawing at all the objects on your counters for sport. Eliminate plant-induced anxiety by bringing home nontoxic greens that also breathe new life into your space. Jennifer Kasten, a veterinarian with the Tomlyn Veterinary Science company, recommends catnip, cat grass and wheatgrass. Low-maintenance bamboo plants are also a safe bet. SUPERB HERBS Fresh herbs take mealtime from boring to brilliant. Luckily, you can grow fragrant stems at home to brighten recipes as you please. Dr. Kasten suggests basil, sage, cilantro, rosemary and dill for a cat-friendly windowsill garden. Felines are totally fine to ingest these tasty greens. Err on the side of caution, though, and avoid growing aromatic peppermint and spearmint. “If consumed in large enough amounts, they can cause gastrointestinal upset from their essential oils,” Dr.…

tiny but mighty

As a terrific plant-based source of omega-3s, flaxseed is a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which helps protect against heart disease and possibly stroke. It also contains the antioxidant-rich plant compound lignan, which can help cut cancer risk. Containing both soluble and insoluble fiber, flaxseed feeds beneficial gastrointestinal bacteria and slows digestion, thus promoting regularity, preventing constipation and lessening irritable bowel syndrome issues. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, flaxseed may reduce skin irritation, rashes and redness. Plus, the omega-3s keep skin moisturized, which decreases the appearance of wrinkles. Goodbye, dry skin! 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed = 2g omega-3s, 2g fiber and 2g protein Go ground! Use ground flaxseed instead of the full seed, which is difficult to digest and limits your body’s ability to absorb the nutrients. Easy options Add ground flaxseed to cereal, smoothies, yogurt, soups,…