My mother was a helper for a fund-raising spaghetti dinner held in a hall in the basement of her church. After the food was served, she was going around to the tables to see if anyone wanted second helpings, more bread, etc.
A little boy about five years old tugged on her apron and said, Lady, when you go back upstairs, tell God he makes yummy meat balls.
I think my grandma used to make that, too.
On the magazine topic, though, I agree that Yankee has some pretty good recipes. The mag seems to be low on content lately. Southern Living is pretty good too. Saveur is nice but putting my hands on some of the ingredients can be a chore. That’s more of an "article" magazine than a compilation of recipes.
That’s close – but my favorites go more like this: "When my husband was a child in the ’30s, his grandmother used to make hot fudge sundaes using leftover mashed potatoes, corn silk and rocks from her yard. I’d love to surprise him with this. Does anyone have the recipe to share?"
Well this simple, small town woman loves Taste of Home and Quick Cooking, have tried lots of receipes, and enjoyed them.
As for the Jewish meal, send it in I would love to try it!
Only thing I won’t try is livermush and lutefisk!
I also get this magazine. It’s true that it is a bit provincial, but it’s purpose is to be so. From it’s inception, the concept was to let the average home cook to utilize what is easily availiable to them and to also give them their 15 minutes of fame by having one of their recipes published nationally. When I’m in the mood for a bit of folksy reading and a kitschy recipe that I’m sure to have everything on hand…..then I often look in Taste of Home. I just like the idea of Jane and John Q. Public getting to show their stuff a bit.
The aforementioned Southern Living Magazine, as well as Yankee and Sunset all arrive in my mailbox too, as other good content of recipes from the next door neighbor. Each of these magazines have their own way of presentation and a little local culture besides, which adds to he preparation and enjoyment, imho. [;)]
I think that the recipes in this magazine are really "ho hum"……..have never learned anything new from them. The magazine, itself, is attractive and I enjoy reading about the people whose recipes are featured but would never subscribe to this for any serious recipes.
I had a subscription to this magazine for three or so years. Some issues still float around the house; others I gave away. Had some really good recipes that I saw & tried; however for most part the recipes were all somwhat similar and the magazine’s lack of diversity made me loose interest in it.
As far as I am concerned, Southern Living magazine & it’s associated line of yearly & other specialty cookbooks is a far better alternative.
I can go either way…. I was having a discussion about the term "chiffonade" the other day… but then again I make a mean macaroni hot dish…. I know the proper accompaniments for caviar service, but I make my own biscuits and gravy… and I LOVE making things with canned soup!
My mom decided to give a gift subscription of this magazine to my rather urbane and cosmopolitan wife. She accepted it graciously, but was clearly thinking, "This kind of thing exists?"
Does anyone have that strawberry shortcake recipe you make with brussells sprouts? Signed Wanda June, Rattlesnake Spit, Kansas
I have to say, even though those magazines have taken a beating on this forum more than once, I am also addicted. To all of them – Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and Light & Tasty. I also loved the recipe features in Country, Country Extra and Reminisce, but it got too costly to keep renewing all of them, so I just scaled back to just TOH, QC and L&T. I don’t have the time (or money) to try as many of the recipes as I would like, but for the most part, the ones I’ve tried have been winners.
I get a kick out of the "Does Anyone Have" section sometimes. While I have no doubt that the recipes people request actually exist, some of them are so far-fetched, all you can do is scratch your head. Or laugh. Or both.
RubyRose, would you share your funny story about spaghetti with us?
I subscribed to Taste of Home when it first started and many of my most often made recipes came from there. But then after a few years, they changed editors and I was amazed at how quickly the magazine changed. I would get an issue and not find a single thing I wanted to cook. Maybe it was just me, but the recipes all seemed so plain.
So I stopped subscribing to it and haven’t seen a copy since then. I was in it twice – once with a tip about grilling zucchini and once with a funny story about spaghetti.
Joke or not, I think it’d be great–and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they published it. Fitzriley, I know what you mean–they do lean heavily toward the hotdish, but that stuff started out heavy on the canned things for a reason.
It is SO funny that you said that- I have considered entering a really Jewish dinner to "My Mom’s Best Meal"- You know- A Pot Roast, some tzimmes, some kasha varnishkes, a nice parve bobka, maybe even a Challah- what do you think? The Entire Midwest will be scratching it’s collective head-"Where do you buy a Varnish-ka? Is that in the paint aisle?"
Well, I actually meant it as a joke in response to the Midwestern chuch lady reference. I could live without kasha, but I sure love rugalach!
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