Taste of Home October-November 2007 Issue



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A winner from the October/November national recipe contest to appear on "The Early Show" on CBS

On newsstands October 2, 2007; Greendale, WITaste of Home, the world’s number one cooking magazine, is back in kitchens this fall to help whip up flavorful holiday cuisine. The October/November 2007 issue serves up everything from Thanksgiving meal ideas to "Spooky Halloween Goodies." Enjoy 78 enticing recipes plus 12 "Holiday Baking Bonanza" contest winners—all with full-color photos!

One of the "Holiday Baking Bonanza" contest winners will appear on "The Early Show" on CBS November 6, 2007. The contest brought in a plethora of tasty creations covering everything from decadent desserts to breakfast delights. Grand prize winner Lois Gallup Edwards of Citrus Heights, Calif. impressed judges with her Elegant Chocolate Torte. Not only does the cake taste delicious, it also freezes well so not one bite will go to waste! To enter current Taste of Home contests log on to our Contests page or pick up the October/November issue.

Thanksgiving Your Way

The search for the perfect Thanksgiving Day meal stops here with three full menu options for "Traditional," "Make-Ahead" and "Easy" dinner menus. Prepare one of these featured meals or mix and match choosing favorite recipes from each category. Bring traditional flavors to your table with Turkey with Sausage-Corn Bread Stuffing submitted by June Kathrein of Delta, Colo. Or for less stress on the big day, take advantage of a "Make-Ahead" menu with Apple Pumpkin Soup and Freezer Crescent Rolls. With recipes this good, no one will leave the table hungry!

Frighteningly Good Food

Hosting a Halloween gathering? Ghosts and goblins alike will gobble up these "Spine-tingling Treats." Satisfy that sweet-tooth with Trick-or-Treat Turnovers, Wicked Witch Cupcakes and Boneyard Cookies. Of course, nothing says spooky like Goblin Gorp submitted by Taste of Home Field Editor Renae Moncur of Burley, Idaho. It features a spooktacular combination of popcorn, pumpkin seeds and corn chips with some zesty Mexican seasoning!

Cooks Who Care

Taste of Home takes time to recognize readers who are giving back to their community. In the very first "Cooks Who Care" feature, a group of women who really love to cook thought it was time to channel their passion in a way that would make a difference in the lives of others. "Apples of Gold" is a program for young women in West Bend, Wis., led by Diane Fechter and RuthAnn Phaneuf. "The older women teach the younger women life skills, including how to prepare home-cooked meals," says Diane. The group uses primarily Taste of Home recipes to demonstrate how cooking and entertaining can be fun, not difficult!

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Click here to see the recipe for Lois Gallup Edwards’ Elegant Chocolate Torte
PREP: 50 min.
BAKE: 30 min. + cooling

When I want to serve a really special dessert, I turn to this recipe. The tender, four-layer chocolate cake has a yummy, pudding-like filling. Instead of the whipped cream frosting, you could use chocolate-flavored whipped topping. —Lois Gallup Edwards, Citrus Heights, California

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 cups milk
  • 1 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

For filling, in a small saucepan, combine flour, sugar and salt. Stir in milk and syrup until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.

Remove from heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool to room temperature, stirring often.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Stir in vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with syrup and water. Beat just until combined.

Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Cut each cake in half horizontally. Place one bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with a third of the filling. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cake. In a mixing bowl, beat frosting ingredients until stiff peaks form; spread or pipe over top and sides of cake. Yield: 16 servings.

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