Freebie Friday: Printable Holiday Treats Cookbook!

November 12, 2010 at 9:26 am , by

LHJ1210ONSRTThis Friday instead of a sweepstakes we’ve got a downloadable freebie for you — everybody wins! Just become a fan of Ladies’ Home Journal on Facebook if you’re not already and you’ll get this awesome Holiday Sweets & Treats cookbook, with 49 delicious recipes and ideas. It all looks so yummy, we can’t decide what to make first. Tell your friends so they can score this freebie too.

And check back on Monday for a huge (huge!) holiday giveaway. Can you tell we’re in the holiday giving spirit? Happy Friday!

Dishing It: LHJ’s Halloween Cupcakes

October 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm , by

l_R153530Halloween is this Sunday and my daughter, Lily, is having some of her 5th grade friends over. When we were deciding which recipes us amateur cooks would make from the pages LHJ, I signed up to try making these candy-corn twist cupcakes, knowing we’d have a house full of kids this weekend. Our food editor, Tara Bench, made this amazing version at left for the magazine—I doubt mine will look as good as hers but here goes. (If you want a little extra help, Tara also made a video showing her decorating technique for all the treats in our October issue. She makes it look so easy!)

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The first step was to bake some cupcakes. They look a bit messy but Lily made them. They taste good anyway! Moving on to the meringue buttercream icing. Somehow this was the first time I have separated an egg. What do I do with the egg yolks? Seeing as it was 9 p.m. and the kids didn’t seem to be interested anymore, they went into garbage can. But we were doing good so far. I dissolved the sugar with the egg whites. Then I added the butter. (I microwaved for ten seconds as I forgot to take it out of the fridge.)

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After adding the coloring to the white icing (a little at a time so we didn’t end up with fluorescent cupcakes) and putting the colored icing into the piping bag, it was time for my first attempt (on the left). Yikes!! That is not going to pass the 5th grade Halloween party test. My next few attempts went better. I realized you have to be bold with the piping bag. Just go for it! When I got into a roll it was easy. And finally, the finished product. Pretty good if you ask me! Not as good as the ones in the magazine, but they tasted great and they passed the Lily test! — Clare Lissaman, LHJ photo director

He Said, She Said: Kevin Roberts and Elizabeth Karmel Go Grill Crazy!

July 30, 2010 at 12:21 pm , by

They say men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but does the same apply to mouth-watering meals? Apparently not! Kevin Roberts’ recipe for Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip and Elizabeth Karmel’s recipe for Salt-Crusted Shrimp with Potent Lemon-Garlic Dipping Sauce both sound equally delicious.

Author of two cookbooks, owner of four sports bars in San Diego, and nationally known radio and TV food guru, Kevin Roberts knows just what to add to make a delicious little snack.

A prestigious Southern food expert and Executive Chef at the Hill Country Barbecue Market, Elizabeth Karmel puts a kick on ordinary recipes and leaves you craving more. Don’t miss the free download of her guide to grilling: St. Francis Girls’ Guide to Grilling.

Now it’s up to you to decide! Will you opt for what he said or what she said? Why not try both recipes?

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Kevin Robert’s Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip

1 8-ounce package cream cheese
1/2 cup blue cheese salad dressing
1/2 cup Buffalo Wing Sauce Frank’s RedHot preferred
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese or shredded mozzarella cheese

The Steps:
Heat oven to 350ºF. Place cream cheese into deep dish 9-inch pie plate. Microwave 1 minute to soften. Whisk in salad dressing, Buffalo Wing Sauce and cheese until smooth. Stir in chicken.
Bake 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through. Stir well. Garnish as desired. Serve with crackers or cut up vegetables.
Makes 3 cups spread (about 12 servings)

Microwave Directions:
Prepare as above. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 5 minutes until hot, stirring halfway through cooking.


For a party buffet table, keep this dip hot in a small crock-pot or fondue pot.

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Fourth of July Recipes!

July 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm , by

Fourth of July is days away, and I’ve got nothing prepped! I haven’t even decided on a menu yet. Luckily, I have LHJ’s massive archive to help me out. Here are some of the recipes that I’m mulling over for Sunday:

For Starters:

Zesty Guacamole – As far as I’m concerned, it’s not a barbecue without fresh avocado guac and crunchy, thick-cut tortilla chips.

Hot Wings with Celery Fennel Apple Slaw – I love a good hot wing. This recipes calls for broiling, but since the grill will already fired up, I’ll just toss ‘em on!

For the Grill:

Ribs with Kansas City Barbecue Sauce – Finger licking good! (Note to self: Stock up on paper towels!)

The Perfect Burger with Herb Butter – Can’t celebrate the 4th of July with burgers…it’s un-American!

Side Dishes:

Corn and Zucchini Pasta Salad – I love this salad, using two of my favorite summer staples.

Chopped Salad with Spiced Pecans – The spiced pecans give this salad a crunchy kick.

For Dessert:

Pound Cake with Fresh Berries and Whipped Cream – This cake is fresh, seasonal, AND patriotic. What more could you ask for on the 4th of July?

Lemon Curd Tarlets – Lemon tarts–hands down my fave dessert.

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Cookbook Round-Up: New Favorites

March 30, 2010 at 5:18 pm , by

cookbooksYou wouldn’t believe the number of cookbooks that cross my desk in a week. While most are forgettable, Tara and I have have been quite taken with a few recent offerings. Here are some of our new favorites:

  • For every kitchen, a great new reference - If you miss Sara Moulton on television as much as I do (former host of Cooking Live and Sara’s Secrets on Food Network and Sara’s Weeknight Meals on PBS) then you’ll really appreciate her new book, Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners. It’s full of classic (Chicken Cassoulet) and unique recipes (Fruit Dumplings), as well as useful kitchen tips and tricks.
  • For the glamorous “hostess-with-the-mostess” - New York City restauranteur Donatella Arpaia makes the simplest foods chic and fab in her new book Donatella Cooks. Her Mediterranean recipes could not be easier—many call for just a few ingredients! Come Summertime, I can’t wait to try her Zucchini Fritters and Bocconcini with Peaches.
  • For the advanced pastry cook who dreams about moving to Paris – If you aren’t reading famed pastry chef David Lebovitz’s blog then allow me to introduce you. He writes about 2 of my favorite things in life: baked goods and Paris, chronicling his sweet exploits along the way. Ready for Dessert, is a gorgeous new offering full of homey (Cherry-Almond Cobbler) and haute (Pistachio-Cardamom Cake) recipes.
  • For the young mom looking to add a bit zest to her meals - I love Daisy Martinez because she is a culinary school grad who uses her classical training to help the home cook. This FORR (Friend of Rachael Ray) is famous for her Latin cuisine. Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night, is full of fun recipes like Bacon and Shrimp Empanadas and Avocados stuffed with Crab-Mango Salsa.
  • For the sometimes baker – Do you love to bake treats for your office mates? Are cupcakes and cookies part of your baking repertoire? Then you’ll love Whoopie Pies by Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell. This homage to the famous Pennsylvanian treat features recipes for sweet and savory whoopies. We love the classic Chocolate, but can’t wait to try Chocolate Chip or Banana. You know, some say whoopie pies are the new cupcake!
  • For the home cook who’s tired of chicken for dinner…again! -Recipes for chicken are some of the most searched for on the web. Chicken is versatile and inexpensive, but it can get boring, so when chef John Torode’s new book Chicken & Other Fowl arrived I was intrigued. His take on the humble bird is truly inspiring and will definitely help you rethink this weeknight staple. Try one of his Curries or Roast Chicken with Tarragon Sauce.

Do you have a favorite cookbook? Share it with us!