Sunday, November 10, 2013

Allrecipes Magazine
Call me crazy, but I was excited to learn that the Allrecipes Magazine was being mailed out this month.  It's a new publication, and I've been eagerly waiting for the next issue since the first one was mailed out during the summer.  Now I've learned the mag will be published every other month, so no more wondering when the next issue will arrive.

I read this magazine from cover-to-cover.  I can't help myself.  First I skim through it to see how many names I recognize.  I was so surprised in the first issue to see one of my reviews published!  This is a magazine for home cooks BY home cooks.  All of the recipes, reviews, and decorating ideas are from Allrecipes members.  I think that's way cool!!

I love to read, and sometimes participate, on the Buzz at Allrecipes.  It's a place where anyone can ask any question and receive helpful tips and answers from other home cooks.  Because I go there every day (it's one of my addictions), there are a lot of names I recognize.  I love that!!

The magazine will be on newsstands beginning November 12th, so if you're not a subscriber yet, pick one up.  It's really a fun read.  Here's what the front cover looks like for this issue.

YUM!  Christmas cookies.  I'm going to try one of the recipes in this issue.  We love meatloaf.  It's one of our comfort foods.  There's a recipe on page 20 that's similar to the one I make, but for some reason I never thought to add brown sugar to the topping.  Looks good, doesn't it?

And I'm soooo gonna try this!  My house faces south, so gets a lot of sun on the front door.  When I hang a shiny wreath, it's so pretty!  Looks easy, and I think it'll look great on the door.  I figure there's no reason I can't use any colors I want, so I'm going to make it to contrast with and match the door color, which is a dark turquoise-y blue.  Maybe pale blue with lime green or even lavender.  We'll see, but it sounds like fun to me.  Page 70 in the magazine.
If you're an addict, like me, seriously....check out the magazine.  If you like it, and you will, subscribe here:
Heck, $12 for a year is a bargain in my world!  Happy reading Allrecipeeps!!!!


November is Leftover Month with Kraft®
Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday.  Don't you love walking into a house filled with the scent of a golden roasted turkey?  The scent of cinnamon and pumpkin wafting through the house?  The sound of fallen leaves crunching under your feet?  And, most importantly, family.  Laughter, love, thankfulness to be together on this special day.

We all have leftovers after our Thanksgiving feast, right?  Well, Kraft(R) came up with a recipe to use some of those goodies that will feed a crowd.

The recipe makes 10 servings, so for my hubby and me, I scaled it down by about half, though I did use a whole box of stuffing (my favorite Thanksgiving side).  It was yummy, and so, so easy.  I had it in the oven within 15 minutes. 

I did three things differently, though.  Because our favorite Stove Top stuffing is the cornbread flavor, I used that.  And because I had leftover gravy, when it was plated, I poured some of that over the top.  That just took it to another level for me.  And I baked it at 350 degrees for about an hour.  My goal was to try to get the stuffing a little crusty....and it worked!  An added bonus was that the potatoes and cheese on top got a nice browned "crust", too.

I was afraid the mayo would be a bit much as I was mixing it with the turkey and vegetables.  I was wrong...what it did was make the middle layer nice and moist, with really no discernible mayo flavor.  And I did use mayo rather than Miracle Whip....a personal preference in this house.  So don't be afraid of the quantity called for in the recipe.

Give this recipe a try!  After alllll that time spent in the kitchen on Thanksgiving and the days before, it's so nice to have a delicious dinner in the oven within 15 minutes that the family will enjoy.

Oh!  And visit for lots and lots of Thanksgiving ideas and recipes to help make YOUR Thanksgiving one to remember.  You can be a hero in your kitchen.  Happy Thanksgiving, all!

#AllstarsLeftoverChallenge    #ThanksgivingHero



Disclaimer:  Kraft® sent me a gift card to purchase ingredients for this dish.  I was not compensated in any other way nor was I required to blog about this product.  The opinions expressed here are solely mine.