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Taste of Home April/May 2015

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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2 min.
sweet somethings

As we approach Mother’s Day, I find myself thinking of Aunt Myrtle’s Coconut Oat Cookies, so named for our kooky-smart and beloved great-aunt. She and my mom were very tight, and they baked up many batches of these coconut-walnut delights together. My siblings and I recall them fondly for their old-fashioned yumminess, and just as much for the memories they inspire. They disappeared instantly every time Mom made them. I’d like to share with you Aunt Myrtle’s cookie recipe (right). Bake them with someone you care about—and definitely pass the recipe on! And you know what? You give a gift of love each time you share a precious recipe with our Taste of Home family. Right now we’re on the lookout for your lemon-lime dessert recipes (maybe a lemon chess pie, citrusy…

1 min.
jam session

5 INGREDIENTS Crisp Lemon Shortbread Fresh juice and zest pair up to give my buttery cookies a lemony pop. Sprinkle sugar on top for extra sparkle. PREP: 20 MIN. BAKE: 20 MIN. MAKES: 2 DOZEN ¾ cup butter, softened ½ cup confectioners’ sugar 1 tsp. grated lemon peel 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1½ cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. coarse sugar 1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a bowl, beat butter, confectioners’ sugar and lemon peel until blended. Beat in lemon juice. Gradually beat in flour. 2. Divide dough into four portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough into a 5x3½in. rectangle. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets. Cut each rectangle into six squares, but do not separate. Prick tops with a fork. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. 3. Bake 2025 minutes or until light brown. Cool on pans 10 minutes. Transfer shortbread…

1 min.

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN 5 INGREDIENTS FAST FIX Cinnamon Roll Bunnies A tube of cinnamon roll dough and a little imagination make these adorable bunnies almost too cute to eat. Tint the icing pink if you like and add a gum drop or jelly bean for the nose. START TO FINISH: 30 MIN. MAKES: 4 SERVINGS 1 tube (12.4 oz.) refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing Optional decorations: red food coloring, assorted candies and decorating gel 1. Preheat oven to 400°. Separate dough into eight rolls. Place four rolls on a greased baking sheet. 2. Using a 2-in. biscuit cutter, cut ¾ in. into each side of remaining rolls, forming ears and bow ties. Add ears and bow ties to cinnamon rolls, pinching to attach; press slightly to flatten. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. 3. Spread icing over…

1 min.
three cheers for spears

BLOGGERS WE ♥ You’re a busy mom. Any tips for getting dinner on the table? My goal is to spend only 30 minutes in the kitchen to prepare dinner each night. I take advantage of my slow cooker (the Beer Braised Ribs recipe is my most popular) and making meal kits. My eBook, Dinner 411: How to Get Dinner on the Table in 30 Minutes or Less (available on amazon.com), explains how I do it. How do you keep the dinner rotation fun? I keep a master list of my family’s favorite dishes to help fill out my weekly meal plan. I involve my entire family in the process. I let them plan a day of meals and select new recipes, too. 5 INGREDIENTS FAST FIX Tuscan Roasted Asparagus ITISAKEEPER.COM field editor 2 Tbsp. butter 1 lb. asparagus,…

3 min.
easy as angel food

SEE RECIPE page 18 EAT SMART Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake Angel food cake is everyone’s favorite blank slate for making amazing desserts. Vanilla bean seeds add more intense flavor than pure vanilla extract. PREP: 30 MIN. BAKE: 45 MIN. + COOLING MAKES: 16 SERVINGS 12 large egg whites (about 1⅔ cups) 1 cup cake flour 1½ cups sugar, divided 1 vanilla bean, scraped or 1 tsp. vanilla extract ½ tsp. cream of tartar ¼ tsp. salt vanilla, Citrus or Chocolate glaze 1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. 2. Preheat oven to 325°. Mix flour and ¾ cup sugar until blended. 3. Add seeds from vanilla bean, cream of tartar and salt to egg whites. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining ¾ cup sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating…

4 min.
tex-mex in minutes

EAT SMART FAST FIX Quick Tacos al Pastor At a truck stand in Hawaii, we tasted pork and pineapple tacos. my husband is a high school football referee and says my version scores big-time. —LORI MCLAIN DenTon, TX START TO FINISH: 25 MIN. MAKES: 4 SERVINGS (2 TACOS EACH) 1 pkg. (15 oz.) refrigerated pork roast au jus 1 cup well-drained unsweetened pineapple chunks, divided 1 tbsp. canola oil ½ cup enchilada sauce 8 corn tortillas (6 in.), warmed ½ cup finely chopped onion ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro optional ingredients: crumbled queso fresco, salsa verde and lime wedges 1. Coarsely shred pork, reserving juices. In a small bowl, crush half of the pineapple with a fork. 2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add whole pineapple chunks; cook 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally. Remove from pan. 3.…