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Taste of Home: Freezer Pleasers Cookbook Paperback – October 29, 2009

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Launched in 1993, Taste of Home is the most popular recipe magazine in the world, with nearly 4 million paid subscribers. The delectable, practical recipes-more than 75 in each issue-are family favorites contributed by Taste of Home readers. The dishes, all beautifully photographed, capture special flavors of the season and are made with ingredients that home cooks are likely to have on hand or can readily find at a local supermarket. New recipe contests are announced every issue, and readers are encouraged to send their best recipes for Taste of Home's regular features, like "A Complete Meal in a Matter of Minutes," "Cooking for One or Two," "My Mom's Best Meal," "Super Snacks & Appetizers," and "Just Desserts." The magazine's unique staff of field editors is made up of more than 1,000 experienced home cooks located in each state and Canadian province, who regularly share recipes, well-liked menus and kitchen tips. Taste of Home is published six times a year and has three sister magazines, Simple & Delicious, Cooking for 2, and Healthy Cooking. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest; Original edition (October 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898217113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898217117
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was looking for some make-ahead meal ideas so I can stock my freezer, but I don't usually have time to do a full-day cooking session like "Once a Month Cooking" calls for. That is why this book appealed to me. I liked the idea of the "Now and Later" section, where you make two batches of something at a time-- one to eat now, and one to freeze for later. I love Taste of Home magazine, and have always been pleased with the TOH cookbooks. I eagerly tore into the package when this one arrived, hoping to start making a list of recipes to try. I was surprised to actually be disappointed with a TOH cookbook. :( Here's my list of gripes:

1. Almost everything is very heavy-- high fat, heavy on the meat (lots of sausage, ground beef, ground pork, etc). I'm not a health-food freak by any means, but I don't cook with heavy cream, half and half, or Velveeta cheese, and I found those ingredients in many of the recipes that caught my attention. I guess fatty foods freeze better. Bummer.

2. Too many very specific pre-packaged convenience foods in the recipes. Besides the aforementioned Velveeta, there were also rather odd-ball ingredients that I don't keep around. Here are a couple of specific items called for in various recipes: 1 package (6.4 oz) lasagna dinner mix (what is that? like Hamburger Helper?? Or is it a frozen thing?); 2 packages (8.8 oz each) ready-to-serve long grain and wild rice (I've never seen this-- is it in the frozen food section? Or is it like those tuna pouches in the regular isle?); 2 packages (7.2 oz each) rice pilaf (is this a mix? is it seasoned? not seasoned? is it dry? is it already cooked?); and then every condensed soup known to man.
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Taste of Home has finally added to the arsenal of make-ahead cookbooks available. Their contribution is an attractive and well-organized volume with pictures of many of the recipes. It stands out for the special section on "single servings," for freezing dinners and treats in single serve portions, and for "creative leftovers," to help you turn leftovers into new dishes. I have almost every other make-ahead cookbook available. I like this book because it is based on double-batch cooking, where you make two dishes, eat one now, and freeze another. This works better for my family than other freezer plans that have you make multiples of dishes for freezing. I have children off to college so my needs for stocking the freezer have changed. The single serving idea works well for me because I need quick meals and snacks for kids in sports and music. The double-batch meals do depend heavily on cheese and meat, but there are a few meals that are vegetarian or could be adapted for vegeterian/vegan lifestyles(like the veggie calzones). There are several recipes for making rolls where you can freeze the dough or the rolls. For the newbie, there are a few pages with general freezing information, such as what containers to use, what foods do and do not freeze well, and how long foods last in the freezer. Many of the freezer dishes are casseroles, which lend themselves to use for pot-lucks and gifting to new moms or convalescing friends. There are drinks, appetizers, main meals, side dishes, breads, and desserts. The variety works well for planning easy entertaining, where you can make some items days ahead and have less stress on the day of the event.Read more ›
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I have been increasing the amt of freezer meals I make and was looking for some new recipes. Our library didn't have this one, or I wouldn't have bought it without looking at the recipes first.

One of the reasons I like freezer meals is that I can avoid pre-made foods that have tons of sodium etc... This cookbook has TONS of 'cream of' ingredients, pre-made rice, etc. The desserts involve a lot of jello, puddings, cool whip.... Not that I don't like a cool whip pie occasionally, but that's NOT why I'd make something in advance.

I am giving this 2 stars because the recipes just might turn out ok, but if you're cooking ahead to avoid pre-packaged foods this is NOT the cookbook for you. I should have listened to the previous reviewer!
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I have collected MANY cookbooks through the years. My goal was always to find one that I could plan on preparing at least 5 recipes from that book before I bought it. In our family, I cook multiple meals on the weekend, enjoy a meal when prepared then put leftovers in serving-size freezer containers that can be grabbed to take for lunch, or pulled out and microwaved for a meal at that time. This cookbook is amazingly great. It exceeded my initial interest in it at the store. Once I got it home and read through it, I could see that there are very few of the 300+ recipes that I don't see me fixing in time. Every one I've fixed has been good, easy and just what I expected from Taste of Home recipes. I like the fact that one can either cook a recipe exactly as given, thus have an extra meal to freeze or give to someone, or cut the recipe in half and have a meal for then. Directions are easy to follow, directions for freezing then thawing the extra dish are excellent, the comments from the contributors are helpful and the results even look like the pictures. I was so impressed and liked it so much, I've purchased 3 more to give as gifts!! This is truly the best cookbook I have!
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