Taste of Home

Taste of Home October/November 2019

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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12 min
the greatest bakes

Grand Prize Grasshopper Cookies & Cream Cheesecake I created this minty cheesecake for our high school’s annual fundraiser. We were told that it brought a hefty price and was one of the first desserts to go! To save a step, stir cookie pieces into the batter instead of adding in a layer. Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, WI Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1¼ hours + chilling Makes: 16 servings 1 cup Oreo cookie crumbs3 Tbsp. sugar2 Tbsp. butter, melted FILLING 4 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened1 cup sugar1 cup white baking chips, melted and cooled6 Tbsp. creme de menthe¼ cup all-purpose flour2 Tbsp. creme de cacao½ tsp. peppermint extract4 large eggs, lightly beaten1 cup coarsely crushed Oreo cookies (about 10 cookies) GANACHE ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips6 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream 1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Place a…

2 min
ask sarah

HOW IS WINTER SQUASH DIFFERENT FROM SUMMER SQUASH, AND WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING? Winter squash is available from late summer through midwinter. It’s sweeter and more dense, with a firmer texture than summer squash. Winter squash is also loaded with complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, vitamins, potassium, manganese and antioxidants. Here’s what you’re likely to find right now at your grocery store. WHAT TO LOOK FOR Choose a firm squash with no blemishes or soft spots. The skin should be dull, not glossy. The stem should be intact and the squash should feel heavy for its size. HOW TO PREP Remove the skin with a knife or vegetable peeler. Winter squash can be baked whole, but it is usually cut in half with the seeds and fibers scooped out. HOW TO STORE If stored properly,…

4 min
the comfort zone

“Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love everything about it, from leaves changing colors to cool weather and pumpkin spice lattes,” says Field Editor Rachel Lewis of Danville, Virginia. “I also love Halloween. It’s such a fun time of year. This menu plus watching a classic Halloween movie with plenty of cozy blankets is a perfect way to celebrate.” The dishes in her favorite fall menu can be easily prepared ahead of time, so they’re perfect for tailgating and football games, too. “Fall flavors can make any dish festive, and slow-cooker recipes, like my chili, fill the house with the irresistible scent of autumn.” Rachel loves cornbread with this menu, served warm in a towel-lined basket. “Try cornbread muffins if you’re entertaining. They’re easy for guests to grab and…

9 min
a five-star thanksgiving

APPLE-BRINED TURKEY “My husband and I tried this recipe when it was first published years ago, and this turkey is outstanding. It’s the only way we prepare turkey when we host Thanksgiving dinner.” —CarlyFace HERBED TURKEY GRAVY “I don’t usually like gravy, but I made this one for Thanksgiving and it was great!” —smstillinger TRIPLE CRANBERRY SAUCE “Last year I received so many requests for this sauce that I ended up making four triple batches before the end of the day.” —chopperdoctor206 SUNDAY DINNER MASHED POTATOES “Tasty. Creamy. Easy. Quite the combination that makes this recipe a welcome addition to the kitchen arsenal.” —andyboy SLOW-COOKED SAUSAGE DRESSING “I made this for my Thanksgiving meal. My husband’s comment was, ‘This is the only dressing you are going to make from now on.’” —bbradley2 MAPLE & BACON GLAZED BRUSSELS SPROUTS “Our guests raved about this dish and left…

2 min
speaking out to halt hunger

TODAY, ACTRESS LEIGHTON MEESTER, STAR OF ABC’S SINGLE PARENTS SITCOM, DOESN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHERE HER NEXT DINNER IS COMING FROM. A child actress and model who rose to fame as Blair Waldorf on The CW’s Gossip Girl, Leighton has also appeared in movies and performed as a singer. Now she is bringing her talent to the role of ambassador for Feeding America. Leighton takes the mission personally. As she was growing up, she says, her family had to rely on food stamps. “There were times when we had nothing in the kitchen to eat for dinner, or we had to put things back on the shelf at the store because we couldn’t afford it at checkout,” she says. “There were high and low times. I felt guilty about treats and…

3 min
turkey day, take two

TURKEY You’ll be thankful you saved that leftover bird when you whip up these calzones. Meal Planner MASHED POTATOES Stash those leftovers to make these crispy, cheesy potato balls. Bistro Turkey Calzone Turkey, cheddar, bacon and apple blend together deliciously in this family-friendly sandwich perfect for a harvest meal. —Donna-Marie Ryan, Topsfield, MA Prep: 25 min. • Bake: 20 min. Makes: 6 servings 1 Tbsp. cornmeal1 loaf (1 lb.) frozen pizza dough, thawed2½ cups (about ¾ lb.) thinly sliced cooked turkey8 slices cheddar cheese5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled1 small tart apple, peeled and thinly sliced1 large egg, beaten½ tsp. Italian seasoning 1. Sprinkle cornmeal over a greased baking sheet. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 15-in. circle. Transfer to pan. Arrange half of the turkey over half of the dough; top with the cheese,…