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Taste of Home February/March 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.
all hail the hamburger stew

Everyone remembers one. A tasty jumble of just the right ingredients. The go-to family dinner. The recipe might have featured noodles or potatoes—or both—and a mix of veggies, beans and cheese. It almost certainly had ground beef; we just called it hamburger back then. It went by many names (my mom called it goulash), but this humble dish never ceased to satisfy. I think it was this collective fond food memory that helped to send Marcia Clay’s Favorite Hamburger Stew into the Facebook stratosphere recently. Overnight, it became a sensation, with 108,817 shares (that we know of!), plus more than 800 comments on our Facebook post. Apparently, Marcia’s recipe reminded thousands of us of the magic of simple food, simply prepared, always shared. The response floored Marcia, too: “It’s great to…

1 min.
build-your-own brownie

See recipe page 10 Mash up ¼ cup fresh raspberries and stir into the batter. Add a few berries on top if you have them. I never take home leftovers of these. —MICHELLE GUILMETTE TUCSON, AZ Add Peanut Butter M&M’s to the batter, bake, then add fudge frosting. Finish it off with a good sprinkling of M&M’s. It’s always a big hit with my boyfriend. —BRODI JEAN PATRICIA TALLMAN EDMONTON, AB I dress up brownies with mini marshmallows and toasted pecans piled on during the last five minutes of baking. chocolate sauce makes them awesome rocky road brownies. —JANYTH PASHIN STILLWATER, OK Chocolate Fudge Brownies My brownies are so fudgy, they taste as if there’s icing mixed right in. Back when my kids were in school, I’d bake some of these treats as a welcomehome…

1 min.
drizzle & crunch

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN chocolaty chips melt ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips and a teaspoon of shortening in the microwave and stir until smooth. spread 3 cups crunchy kettle-cooked potato chips over a parchment- or waxed paper-lined baking sheet, then drizzle the melted chocolate evenly over the chips. refrigerate 5 minutes or until the chocolate sets, then get crunching! —JAMI GEITTMANN GREENDALE, WI GO COCOA LOCO Get your hot chocolate fix, no mug required. Fall for all the richest, coziest hot chocolate desserts at tasteofhome.com/hotchocolate…

1 min.
treat-yourself toast

WARM, TOASTY & CHOCOLATY Taste of Home editor Jeanne ambrose shares a recipe that proves chocolate’s awesome on everything. 5 INGREDIENTS FAST FIX Chocolate Cinnamon Toast —JEANNE AMBROSE TASTE OF HOME EDITOR 1 slice cinnamon bread 1 tsp. butter, softened 2 Tbsp. 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips optional toppings: sliced bananas and strawberries spread both sides of bread with butter. In a skillet, toast bread over medium-high heat 2-3 minutes on each side, topping with chocolate chips after turning. remove from heat; spread melted chocolate over toast. If desired, top with fruit. makes 1 serving. PER SERVING 235 cal., 13 g fat (8 g sat. fat), 10 mg chol., 131 mg sodium, 29 g carb., 3 g fiber, 4 g pro.…

1 min.
st. paddy’s day shake

BLOGGERS WE ♥ What’s the first dessert you make when spring has sprung? Tarts feel like spring to me. Learning how to make a good crust and vanilla pastry cream (like the Modern Pastry Cream in my book Pure Vanilla) gives you endless power as a home baker! Just top with seasonal fruit. What’s in your pantry right now? I always have unbleached all-purpose flour and whole wheat pastry flour. I like to blend them for a nutrient boost. Also Vietnamese cinnamon, dark cocoa powder and the best vanilla extract I can afford. I’ve also become obsessed with honey. I thin it with a bit of water, then use it to glaze tarts. 5 INGREDIENTS FAST FIX Thin mint milk Shake —SHAUNA SEVER SHAUNASEVER.COM 3 Tbsp. creme de menthe (or 2% milk plus a dash of peppermint extract) 1 ¼ to…

1 min.
handy pies

INSTANT GRATIFICATION These pint-size pies are too good to keep to yourself. Cut a sheet of thawed puff pastry into nine squares; top each with 1 tsp. Nutella and orange zest. Fold into triangles, sealing edges with egg wash (1 egg plus 1 Tbsp. water). Bake at 400° for 17-20 minutes. Cool; drizzle with a glaze of confectioners’ sugar, OJ and orange zest. HIDDEN OBJECT Spot the chocolate kiss in this issue and you could win a Taste of Home cookbook. Find it? Go to tasteofhome.com/hiddenobject to tell us where. In our last issue, the gingerbread man was on page 29. FIND IT! Linen Dinner Napkin (top photo) $40 for 4 kstyledesign.etsy.com…