3 recipes for busy families from Taste of Home

3 recipes for busy families from Taste of Home

Those of us who grew up in homes where folded-and-stapled “cookbooks” with cardstock covers spilled from an overstuffed cabinet will understand the compliment here. The new fourth edition “Taste of Home Cookbook: Busy Family Edition” imposes impressive order on what feels like the best recipes culled from church and grange cookbooks and potluck index cards, the comfort foods and the risky newcomers, the ooh-and-ahh party...

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From Scratch: Rich, spicy gingerbread tastes like autumn

From Scratch: Rich, spicy gingerbread tastes like autumn

From Scratch is a regular guest column by Julie Falsetti I like to eat with the seasons. When the weather turns cool, it’s time for foods that remind me of autumn. Lately I’ve been craving gingerbread. It’s been a while since I’ve made one, because the full-bodied flavor just doesn’t seem right for summertime eating. If you’re a gingerbread fan like me, this is one cake you won’t want to make from a box...

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Stretch your skills with deep-fried mini apple pies

Stretch your skills with deep-fried mini apple pies

I recently came home from Brown’s Orchards pick-your-own loaded with ripe apples. The McIntoshes went into homemade applesauce, but the Honeycrisps I saved for eating and trying out a few recipes. One of those recipes is for Deep-Fried Apple Pies posted on Food 52. The original called for 10 ounces of puff pastry, and if you’re in a hurry or don’t enjoy making homemade dough, that’s a good choice. I immediately turned to...

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Seasonal treats for peanut butter addicts

Seasonal treats for peanut butter addicts

Unless you have a peanut allergy, you probably grew up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. A lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. My house is a Jif house, so I jumped at the chance to try Jif’s new line of seasonal flavors. The company sent over samples of the summery Jif Whipped Peanut Butter & S’mores and the autumnal Jif Whipped Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Pie Spice, both of which are available at grocery stores...

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Homemade waffle sticks: Worth the effort or a pointless pain?

Homemade waffle sticks: Worth the effort or a pointless pain?

A name like Babycakes immediately conjures an image of something twee and precious, and the Babycakes Mini Waffle Sticks Maker is indeed a chubby-cheeked cherub of kitchen appliances. This little unitasker is designed to pop out four perfectly cooked waffle sticks in three minutes, and that’s what it does. That’s all it does, for which we cannot fault it. The waffle sticks maker is a tiny thing, about the size of a bread pan, so although it...

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