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Weekend Cooking: Taste of Home Baking

November 11, 2012

Given the choice between cooking and baking, I’ll take baking every time so I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy of Taste of Home Baking at BEA this year.  If you like to bake the way I do, you’ll want to get your hands on a copy of this cookbook.  Some of the highlights of it are:

  • It’s in a five ring binder with dividers marking off different sections.
  • It includes two plastic splatter guards to protect the pages when the cookbook is open.
  • Food equivalents and ingredient substitutions are easy to find on the inside of the front and back covers.
  • The first section of the cookbook is called “Baking Basics” and includes tips on bakeware, measuring, common ingredients, and common baking terms so even the novice baker can try recipes with confidence.
  • There are quite a few pictures and tips spread throughout the cookbook.
  • Each divider lists recipes in its section and there are alphabetical and general indices in the back.

Our neighborhood recently held its annual chili cook-off and I signed up to bring a side item.  I pulled out this cookbook to see what I could find and, let me tell you, there are oodles of recipes I’d like to try.  I settled on Fiesta Corn Bread and found it easy to make.  It was a hit too – someone else brought plain cornbread and it was ignored in favor of this tasty quick bread.

Fiesta Corn Bread

¾ cup butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
4 eggs
1 can (14¾ ounces) cream style corn
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
3 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
1 jar (4 ounces) diced pimientos, drained

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in the corn (mixture will appear curdled).  Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture just until moistened.  Fold in the cheeses, chilies and pimientos.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in x 9-in baking pan.  Bake at 350º for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Serve warm.  Refrigerate leftovers.

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39 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2012 5:30 am

    Yum, I can see why this recipe was a clear favorite!

  2. November 11, 2012 7:18 am

    I’m always a sucker for corn bread!

  3. November 11, 2012 8:41 am

    This recipe definitely sounds delish. Must try it!

  4. November 11, 2012 9:40 am

    Sounds good, especially with the addition of cheese! That must help keep the cornbread moist! My cornbread tends to be too dry and crumbly.

  5. November 11, 2012 9:45 am

    Looks quite yummy!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU.

    Elizabeth

  6. November 11, 2012 10:00 am

    This book sounds nice! And that Fiesta Corn Bread looks yummy :)

  7. November 11, 2012 10:53 am

    I love corn bread, and this recipe sounds fantastic.

  8. joyweesemoll permalink
    November 11, 2012 11:56 am

    Fiesta corn bread sounds like the perfect accompaniment to chili — great choice!

  9. November 11, 2012 11:56 am

    I think I’m going to have to give this book a try.

  10. November 11, 2012 12:18 pm

    I’m a baker too, all the way. AND I’m always looking for ways to jazz up traditional cornbread. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  11. rosecityreader permalink
    November 11, 2012 12:43 pm

    Yum! Looks great. I remember Fiesta Cornbread from my Nebraska childhood, but haven’t had it in decades. Time to bring it back to my kitchen!

    Are you going to host Mailbox Monday again this week? The whole month?

    • November 11, 2012 2:28 pm

      I’ll have a post with Mr Linky up in the morning.

      Kathy

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  12. Peggy@Peggy Ann's Post permalink
    November 11, 2012 1:22 pm

    Anything by Taste of Home is good! I have years of their magazine.

  13. sandynawrot permalink
    November 11, 2012 1:40 pm

    I like that it is spiral, and has a splash guard. See, it is the little things! Well, that and great recipes, but a lot of them have great recipes. This kinda sets it apart.

  14. November 11, 2012 2:23 pm

    I do like the way Taste of Home organizes their cookbooks. And my son loves corn bread, I’m pinning this one.

  15. November 11, 2012 2:59 pm

    I love the Taste of Home cookbooks. I wish I had all the ingredients on hand for this recipe because it sure looks like a winner!

  16. November 11, 2012 4:57 pm

    Oh that looks awesome – I think I missed out on that one!

  17. November 11, 2012 5:40 pm

    This would be great for me in many ways…the splatter covers and the substitute ingredients…cool…Thanks.

  18. November 11, 2012 6:10 pm

    love the addition of the green chilies. Have made all sorts of corn breads and the added corn kernals and chilies really makes it a hit. Now to spread with molasses, yummmmm

  19. November 11, 2012 7:36 pm

    Cornbread goes with chili perfectly. I’ll have to look for this cookbook.

  20. bookingmama permalink
    November 11, 2012 7:42 pm

    That cornbread sounds delicious!!! I’ll keep it in mind next time Matt makes chili! I really need to go through this cookbook because I am a huge fan of Taste of Home. I think my sister made a pumpkin praline cake from it and said it was amazing!

  21. November 11, 2012 8:09 pm

    All cookbooks should be spiral and have splatter guards! Love that kind of corn bread.

  22. November 11, 2012 8:22 pm

    Sounds like a recipe my daughter would love. I need to dig into my cookbooks for more new recipes.

  23. November 11, 2012 8:23 pm

    That corn bread looks delicious, and the recipe seems simple enough. I may need to try it!
    I used to get the Taste of Home magazine.

  24. therelentlessreader permalink
    November 11, 2012 11:10 pm

    Oh yummy! I’m a giant fan of Taste of Home magazine.

  25. November 12, 2012 1:56 am

    Not only does the recipe sound delicious but the book sounds like it was designed by someone who actually cooks! Nothing more frustrating than a cookbook that won’t stay open.

  26. Caite permalink
    November 12, 2012 2:33 am

    Plastic guards…that is a great idea for a cookbook!

  27. November 12, 2012 7:16 am

    Yum! Sounds like the perfect compliment to chili.

  28. November 12, 2012 9:07 am

    This sounds like a nice twist on plain cornbread.

  29. November 12, 2012 10:00 am

    I LOVE Taste of Home cookbooks. I have one of their general recipe collections in the spiral bound that I use all the time and I have many of their magazine versions. Their recipes are always so easy to make and rarely have I found one that wasn’t a hit at home. Thanks for pointing this one out, I will have to get my hands on it. Love the splatter guards! I created my own at home with a 8×11 sized piece of plexiglass so that I can place it over recipes.

  30. zibilee permalink
    November 12, 2012 10:35 am

    I would have totally chosen your fiesta bread over that plain cornbread too! This sounds like an amazing book that I NEED!!!

  31. November 12, 2012 7:58 pm

    Sounds like a fun cookbook!!!

  32. November 12, 2012 8:34 pm

    Yummm, I make a great basic cornbread, but some foods just call for a spiced up version. I’ll have to try this one!!

  33. November 13, 2012 1:21 am

    My husband and I love corn bread. This recipe is different from any I’ve tried before. I’ve copied it down and will give it a try.

  34. November 13, 2012 2:10 pm

    I tend to not bake too often but this time of year, I find myself doing lots. I am going to attempt to make gluten free rolls this year with the expensive flour I purchased from Williams Sonoma. I hope they turn out. It was terribly expensive flour!

  35. November 13, 2012 10:02 pm

    LOVE cornbread, fortunately (for my waistline) Jason doesn’t so I never make it. I’m a much better cook than I am a baker.

  36. November 16, 2012 10:51 am

    I love Taste of Home and I love baking. This one sounds really good.
    2 Kids and Tired Books

  37. boardinginmyforties permalink
    December 10, 2012 6:40 pm

    That recipe sounds delicious!

  38. February 17, 2013 10:09 pm

    My husband loves corn bread. Now I will have to put chili on my menu for this week just so we can try the corn bread. Thank you.

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