Thursday, June 14, 2012

Taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook Give-Away & Review

I recently received an advanced copy of "Taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook, and I have to tell you, I really love this book!  This copy is for a "Give-Away,(because I love my readers, and adore giving you wonderful things :) but I will say, I'm going to be purchasing my own copy of this book :)
Just a couple of the many helpful pages in the book
This book has tons of information for cooks.  Not only does it open with pages like this, but you will find helpful hints throughout the entire book.  This would be a fantastic wedding, or housewarming gift because of all the great information, and tips.
The Chewy Oatmeal Cookies I made, YUM1
I've been searching for a great oatmeal cookie for a long time and I have to tell you that the recipe on page 252 is worth the price of the book alone.  The recipe in the book called  for chocolate chips, raisins, and pecans.  I substituted dried cranberries for chocolate chips ( I know, you thought I'd go for the chocolate, lol) and I'm in  LOVE!  This WILL be my oatmeal cookie recipe :)

Four Fantastic Cookie Recipes on Two Pages

y Oatmeal Cookies
Yields 5 dozen
Janis Plageman, Lynden WA

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon molasses
2  teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1- 1/2  teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup each raisins and chopped pecans
1 cup chocolate chips ( I substituted dried cranberries)
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, molasses, & vanilla, beat well
Combine the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon & salt, gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in raisins, pecans, & chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets.
Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Cool for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack
Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
The other recipe I made was the Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade on page 32. I made this for my son's graduation party and it was a BIG hit.
I do have to say that our family likes our lemonade a bit tart so I used unsweetened strawberries and half club soda (instead of lemon/lime soda).  We have made this with all club soda and loved it.  I just like to cut down on the sugar where I can, especially if you still end up with a delicious drink like this one :) I also added whole frozen unsweetened strawberries to the container as both garnish and to keep the lemonade cold :)
Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
Krista Collins  Concord, NC
1 package (10 Ounces) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed
2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled
1 can (12 ounce) frozen pink lemonade concentrate 
Place the strawberries in a blender, cover and process until pureed. Pour into a large pitcher, stir in the soda and lemonade concentrate
Serve Immediately
To win this book
All you need to do is....
Leave me a comment telling me you would like to win this fantastic cookbook :)
Make sure that I have your name so I know who to contact if you win:)
Good Luck and Happy Cooking


  1. I have this cookbook and it is amazing!! I would recommend it to everyone. I wouldn't mind winning another to give to my daughter-in-law, so don't anyone else sign up...just kidding. Love your beautiful blog Shannon. It's my favorite.

  2. Oh yeah, you can bet your bottom dollar that I would truly LOVE to have this fantastic cookbook Shannon!

  3. PS: Those cookies look and sound wonderful!!!

  4. Taste of Home publishes wonderful recipes. And, I am sure this book is filled with them. It would be so much fun to wind my way through this book.

  5. I would like to win this fantastic cookbook :)

    PS: The Chewy Oatmeal Cookies are really inviting l!!

  6. Shannon,

    I love your blog, it's like a breath of fresh air. I would love to win your cookbook.

  7. i would love to win because i am looking for more back to basics type cookbooks

    uclangel422 at yahoo dot com

  8. I would like to win the cookbook...many thanks!

  9. This would be a fabulous book to add to my collection, your blog is just beautiful! You have such great talent!

  10. love to win

  11. love to win

  12. I love the Taste of Home books and would love to win this one.

  13. TOH books are always filled with great recipes. Thank you for the chance to win this book, Shannon!


  14. Shannon, this does look like a wonderful book...the recipes and guidelines and tips are all so well done. Some lucky winner will difinitely get great use out of it! I know I'd love to have a copy! :) Your lemonades and cookies are gorgeous too!

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  16. What are the red and yellow sweets (?) in the jar next to the lemonade please?

  17. looking forward to trying the lemonade, for I would like to make it for my wedding

  18. the above message is from Gail. I am also an August bride