Taste of Home Table Talk

Behind the scenes at Taste of Home

cookies package photoThose of us who have a relative or friend in the military know how much they appreciate homemade treats. Among this caring group are Taste of Home food editor Pat Schmeling and our Test Kitchen staff, who regularly send off goodies they bake (along with any cookies left over from recipe testing) to one of their sons and a chaplain-friend.

So a suggestion from Jane Baker of Long Beach, California struck a chord. Jane writes, "It would be great for TOH readers to share recipes for long-lasting cookies, candy and other goodies to mail to our soldiers. A lot of mothers, wives and friends send boxes frequently and could use some new ideas."

Share Recipes for Treats That Go the Distance

If you have recipes that travel well (and any packaging hints), please send them to us. Read over our Contributor Guidelines. Our food editors will chip in some ideas, too, as we gather recipes and tips.

Co-Workers Team Up for a Feast

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Part of our friendly TOH community is the nursing home staff at Heritage Manor in Normal, Illinois. "We brought in a sampling of items from Taste of Home, Simple & Delicious and Cooking for 2 magazines for a special get-together," writes Brandi Elkin. "Our daily routine is busy, and to be able to take the time to share good recipes and fellowship with co-workers helped to further build our team spirit we have here."

Co-Workers Team Up for a Feast Kids' Kitchen "Textbook"

Taste of Home is not only for experienced cooks, as Theresa Schaad of Manteca, California confirms.

kids cookbook photo"We home-school our children and noticed they enjoyed helping in the kitchen," she says. "So as part of our nutrition class, I assigned them to plan and prepare a meal once a week. Excited, they took out all my Taste of Home magazines and began.

"The results have been wonderfully delicious. Both Nathan and Josselyn are now skilled at a variety of cooking techniques—and I get a day off once a week. Thank you for a truly family publication!"

New Baking Book Is Our Best Ever!

Looking for a fabulous addition to your cookbook library—or a great gift? Pick up a copy of The Taste of Home Baking Book. With over 675 color photos and more than 150 tips, this fantastic new collection features over 725 of our readers' prized recipes for cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, quick breads and more. The Taste of Home Baking Book is available wherever books are sold or at

Have a fun-filled Halloween and a delicious Thanksgiving. Let us hear from you! —The Taste of Home Staff,