I (Heart) Recipes


| 3/5/2009 3:49:37 PM


Tags: recipes, cookbooks, Good Things to Eat,

Jean TellerYou may have noticed I like recipes (oh, and food, although that goes without saying!) and cookbooks.

One of Grit’s sister publications is Good Things to Eat, a digest-size recipe magazine published quarterly. I just proofed the next issue, for Spring 2009, and I have to say, it is awesome! It reminded me why I so enjoy collecting these little mags. A pile of them take up most of a shelf on my kitchen bookcase, and I refer to at least one on a regular basis. It has the Hash Brown Casserole recipe – although I’m not sure why I need to keep referring to a recipe, considering how many times I’ve made it for work food days!

Cover of Spring issue of Good Things to EatAnyway, back to GTTE. The theme for the new issue is Simple & Delicious, with chapters for Main Dishes Made Easy, Simple Sides, No-Fuss Breads and Desserts in a Dash. I lost track of the number of times I said to myself, “Oh, I have to try that recipe!” When this issue of GTTE arrives in my mailbox, it will quickly become well-worn and dog-eared, I guarantee.

My fascination for recipes goes back a ways, and I’m not sure why I continue to be so obsessed. My collection, as detailed in my Recipe Collector post, is more than a little disorganized, although I do plan on working on it one of these days, I promise. The Good Things to Eat issues, while disorganized on my shelf, are a great way to keep a number of recipes in one place, and with easy access. Not a bad thing for my kitchen!

It was difficult selecting just a few recipes to include here, so I picked two from each category. Enjoy! Oh, and if you’d like to order Good Things to Eat, just call our Customer Care department, toll-free, at 1-800-678-4883, or visit the magazine's website.

 

Jean Teller_1
3/12/2009 9:57:00 AM

Cindy, yes, the grazing is a problem, especially since the table is now set up right next to my desk! The wonderful smells make it very difficult to keep away! Lori, LOL! My cookbooks aren't there yet, tho I do recall many of my mom's cookbooks with similar stains, and those notes she used to make, like "More potatoes," in response to our reaction to a new recipe. My dad was a meat and potatoes type guy, so the notes are not only fun to read, they bring back some good memories! I think I'll ask her if I can photocopy some of those pages!


Lori
3/12/2009 7:19:15 AM

Jean, these recipes sound yummy! If someone came into my kitchen and pulled out my cookbooks, they would probably have a chuckle because most of them have little stains on the pages of the recipes I use most often!


Cindy Murphy
3/6/2009 6:07:52 PM

Grazing all day sounds good, Jean. How do you get any work done; I'd be at the table every chance I got. We bring stuff into work on occasion, but nothing on a big scale like at your place. Too much dirt where I work; even in the office and I imagine if anything sat out for any amount of time, it'd be covered in it. Good thing we usually devour it before the dust settles. I've thought about the refrigeration issue. Though our office refrigerator is small, I don't think it'd be a problem. Our sweet, kind boss lives next door to the nursery, and she's got plenty of space....if I can con her into letting us use it. Of course, she'd be in on the deal - my other boss, her husband, often complains about on-the-fly thrown together at the last minute type meals during the busiest seasons.


Jean Teller_1
3/6/2009 10:05:03 AM

Debbie, it's a fun mag, that's for sure! Enjoy! Cindy, Food Days can be department-centric or the entire building is involved (usually when we do a cookoff!), and they involve LOTS of food! Our department often holds one for people's birthdays or just cuz. Everyone simply brings whatever they want (we've done themes before too), even if it's just a bag of chips, a table is set up in the middle of the department, and everyone grazes most of the day. I bake the hash brown casserole the night before, then place it in my slow cooker. When I get to work the next morning, I set the slow cooker to low and the potatoes are warm in a couple of hours. Works out fairly well. The idea for your nursery sounds like a good one. Something to consider - storage/refrigeration. Just a thought. Have fun! And the Red Corn, when I read the title, I thought yuck! Then I read ingredients and directions and started thinking the same thing! This sounds kinda good and it's easy enough for me!


Cindy Murphy
3/6/2009 7:33:20 AM

You all have "work food days"?! Explain how that works, Jean - it sounds fun. Everyone brings in dishes to pass, and you all have a big ole food fest at the office? I've been thinking...we are typically swamped at the nursery in spring, and leave at the day of the day so tired no one feels like cooking dinner at home. Not to mention the hour is usually kind of late to cook a decent meal, so we resort to instant type foods. I thought it'd be fun if once or twice a month, all of us brought in a dish to divy up and take home. There are five of us full-timers in the retail section of the nursery, and the office "take-out" would provide probably at least two nights' worth of home-cooked meals for each of us. If everyone agrees to give the idea a shot, I might try that Red Corn recipe; it sounds delicious, and easy enough that even I can't mess it up.


Debbie_1
3/6/2009 5:51:43 AM

Jean - Now that looks like a Great magazine .. from America's Heartland! I need to check it out and these recipes ... Thanks!





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