I am a Taste of Home Junkie

I remember visiting my Grandmother when I was in high school, and she had these pretty magazines on her coffee table – Country Magazine – with the prettiest pictures, and the dreamiest country farms. Having grown up in Kansas, she probably enjoyed seeing photographs that reminded her of back home, and I know she LOVED searching for the needle hidden in every issue.
Fast forward to today, and that little magazine has expanded into I don’t know how many different ones, but my favorites are the cooking magazines, specifically Taste of Home. Yes, I know, some of the recipes are artery-clogging and diet unfriendly, but I love that most of the recipes use ingredients I already have…They have an online website that has most of the magazines recipes too – not only do I get the magazines, I also order the books. I try to make one new recipe every week, and it seems I use these or the quarterly Kraft Magazine most often.

Do you subscribe to any cooking magazines? I also LOVE Cook’s Illustrated, but it seems like an awful lot of $ for not much more than a brochure ๐Ÿ˜‰ . My Aunt used to have all her Sunset magazines on her coffee table, but I never got into that one much…

Here’s the recipe I used last night, and served with grilled Chicken and veggies – oh, and I used regular shredded cheddar cheese instead of Velveeta ๐Ÿ˜‰

Creamy Hash Brown Casserole

1 package (32 ounces) frozen Southern-style hash brown potatoes, thawed
1 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
3/4 cup butter, melted, divided
3 tablespoons chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 cups cornflakes, slightly crushed
Fresh savory, optional
In a large bowl, combine the hash browns, cheese, sour cream, soup, 1/2 cup butter
and onion. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Sprinkle
with paprika. Combine cornflakes and remaining butter; sprinkle on top. Bake,
uncovered, at 350ยฐ for 50-60 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with
savory if desired.
ย Recipe via Taste of Home
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  1. Someone brought hashbrown casserole (or party potatoes ๐Ÿ™‚ ) to my college graduation party and I’ve been in deep love every since.

    I get Cooks Illustrated as a Christmas gift from my Aunt every year. Which I am also deeply in love with – the magazine just makes me happy. I also get Everyday Food and Bon Appetit ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh, that looks so good!
    I used to get some of the Taste of Home magazines second-hand after my friend read through them.

    What I loved about the recipes was they were so much like the food I grew up with.
    Simple, tasty, loaded with carbs and calories. LOL

    True comfort food.

    Kimberly ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. hey that’s not so bad. It’s Gluten free so I can try it!! Yippee. I love finding Gluten free yummy, comfort food! I might have to buy organic soup…hum…

  4. This looks delish. I think I’ll have to give it a go this weekend.

    Can I just say that I saw the little write up on Posh Mama and had to come over and check you out. Seriously is there anything that you cannot do? Wow, you are truly amazing. I see that you are a SoCal girl too. Isn’t the weather just fab here today.

  5. Thankfully my MIL gives me a subscription to Cook’s every Christmas, and I dig into that one when I feel like making something excellent, but also naughty. They don’t hold back on the butter there…

    I must say though, some of my favorite recipes (Smoky Bacon Chili, hello!) come from Sunset.

    I may have to try this hashbrown casserole out on Bubba – he’s a sucker for “home cookin'” types of recipes.

  6. My Mom always enjoyed the Taste of Home magazine… I love Cooks Illustrated, but I am lucky enough to view my Pop’s copies – it is a little too expensive for me.

    Other than that, I love Cooking Light and Everyday Food. Probably Everyday Food most because they are simple recipes and often call for basic ingredients.

    Kraft also puts out their own magazine for free (Food and Family). It is obviously an advertisement for their products, but there are some good recipes with ingredients you may already have on hand.

  7. you’ve made me drool.. i just get kraft canada magazine.. my favorite i think…
    and i remember those magazines! got them when i was in the states too!

  8. I used to get that magazine and I loved it! I loved reading it, but I never seem to cook anymore so it wasn’t worth getting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. I love finding other people who love Taste of Home too! I was a photojournalist concentrating on food photography for a while and saw the magazine and thought it was just awful – for the food photography – it wasn’t fancy and artistic. Jump ahead 15 years and with more experience in the photography field and on the homemaking field and I just love the magazine – for it’s recipes and down home stories of cooks – and yes, the photography, which looks just like the food looks when you make it!

  10. I am SO MAKING THIS! I have to make it… because licking my monitor is just not working for me!

    There’s somethin’ about casseroles – which I know is code for “lovin’ from momma’s oven”.

  11. I’m a first-time reader of your blog, and I must say that I’m a junkie of TOH, S&D, and all the rest! I LOVE the online search and it is a frequent haunt of mine! I’m excited to become a regular at your blog! Happy Blogging!

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