TOH Simple & Delicious Release

*UPDATED 7/21/15: The giveaway has ended. Congrats to Kathy F., Teresa K., and Karla M. who were randomly chosen as winners! Stay tuned for more giveaways and events!*


In case you missed it – I am officially a Taste of Home Field Editor! Whoop! What’s that mean? Basically, I get to do more of what I love and share it all with you! More recipes, more reviews, more food talk, more giveaways, etc!


Some of you may ask, but Taste of Home isn’t allergy friendly or Paleo? First – I’m not a huge fan of labels. I eat to be healthy and to feel good on a budget with my family. I grew up reading Taste of Home and Reader’s Digest at my grandmother’s house or with my mom. There are a few old magazines from my granny’s in my collection of her old cookbooks. Since going gluten-free, TOH is still one of my favorites because they feature simple recipes using common ingredients. Often times, I’ll find a recipe I want to try and just tweak it a little to fit my needs. Recipe calls for flour? I use a Paleo Flour Blend or a gluten-free mix. Recipe calls for eggs? If possible, I swap in a substitute (chia, flax, etc). Recipe calls for ground beef? I use grass-fed. Just because a recipe isn’t labeled “Paleo” doesn’t mean you can’t make it. Plus, I have had several recipes featured in TOH magazines and guess what? They were allergy-friendly recipes so I KNOW they are in there! πŸ™‚

In addition, Taste of Home is affordable and can be found practically anywhere! Taste of Home also publishes several other types of books and magazines. Today, the new TOH Simple & Delicious magazine was released! It is a small grab & go book that is still full of recipes. And even better? I’m featured in it as well! My Spiced Carrots & Butternut Squash (pg. 66) was chosen as a contest runner-up!


As a field editor, I was invited to host my own Simple & Delicious Release Party and choose a few items from the magazine to make and review. In addition, I was given products to give away!! See below for those details!

For our release party dinner, I chose to prepare the Peachy Pork with Rice and Garlic-Herb Patty Pan Squash. I also picked the Tiramisu Cheesecake but I didn’t prepare properly and it needs to refrigerate overnight – we’ll enjoy it tomorrow πŸ™‚


Instead of serving the pork with rice, we used cooked quinoa. Other than that, I prepared the recipe exactly using a homemade salsa and peach preserves. It was delish – so much so that the kids even loved it. I expected the sauce to be a little spicer but it was still good. You could always use a hotter salsa if you want a little more of a kick to the dish. The patty pan squash was EASY and delicious. I love recipes that feature fresh, garden produce and this was a simple winner. I’m excited about the Tiramisu Cheesecake BUT I made it with dairy so I’ll have to trust the judgment of my crew. Although it smells and looks amazing! There are so many other great recipes to try in this new magazine issue – in stores now!

How about that giveaway??

Thanks to Taste of Home, I’ll be able to give a lucky winner a copy of the new Simple & Delicious Magazine, a cute, reusable TOH tote bag and the Taste of Home Simple, Easy, Fast Kitchen book that features over 400 recipes! IMG_0436

To enter,simply leave me a comment here or on my Facebook page answering this question: what is your favorite cooking memory??

*Giveaway is open to US Residents only (18 years or older). Winner will be chosen at random and emailed for shipment address. Contest closes on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 11:00 am CST. Β Taste of Home provided the giveaway materials. Facebook or any other social media outlet is in no way affiliated with this giveaway. Any questions, please contact me.*

20 thoughts on “TOH Simple & Delicious Release

  1. Kandis Poovey says:

    Making homemade cinnamon rolls with my grandma and cousins. Such fun memories with family that I will always treasure. πŸ™‚

  2. Wendy R. says:

    Some of my favorite cooking memories involve my grandma. She taught me how to make homemade bread when I was about 11. She also made homemade yogurt and I loved that because it was so good!

    • crstultz says:

      Thanks for sharing Wendy! Homemade bread is my absolute favorite to make! I just got started making my own yogurt and while it can be a little tricky, it is delicious!

  3. Kelly says:

    My favorite memory is making Christmas candy with my mom each year. We go to the store together and buy all the ingredients, then spend the rest of the day making bread and candy for our family. It’s a great time with my mom!

    • crstultz says:

      Kelly – How fun! Making Christmas goodies is one of my favorites too! We always made SO much and took sweets around to loved ones.

  4. Kathy Farrell says:

    My favorite cooking memory is about home cooking definitely making an impression on my young daughter! When she was in 2nd grade her class went to a local children’s museum for a Christmas tour. The guide asked the children for examples of holiday traditions, meaning christmas cards, decorating trees etc. My daughter raised her hand first and answered ” mommy’s cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning! “. It got a good laugh from the parents and her teacher, who walked over to me and said “I’m coming to your house! ” πŸ™‚

    • crstultz says:

      Kathy – sounds like you are making the perfect kitchen impression on her. If she’s anything like us, I bet she will cherish those memories for life! Plus, Christmas traditions in the kitchen are some of the best kind! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  5. Teresa K says:

    My favorite cooking memory is of my great grandma coming to our house to teach Mom to make the candy everyone loved. There was a recipe, but you really had to see it made in order to do it right. Just so much beating by hand after it cooks. I loved when they did that!

    • crstultz says:

      Teresa – it takes a great deal of patience and skill to make homemade candy. I haven’t quite mastered that yet πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your memories with us!

  6. Rebecca Wilson says:

    My favorite cooking memory … baking with my mom. I never needed an Easy Bake oven because my mom had tiny little pans for me to do “real” baking in. Whatever she made she would give me a little to bake in my own little pans. It was awesome. But the best memory is “chocolate chip cookie days” anytime it was rainy or overcast = cookie baking day. Always homemade, always chocolate chip, always awesome!

    • crstultz says:

      Rebecca – how cool is that? Sounds like you’ve got a pretty sweet mom! I’ll be honest, I’m jealous of your little pans πŸ™‚ My 2 yo daughter is insisting on choc. chip cookies tonight… even though it’s almost 100F outside πŸ™‚ We may have to designate rainy day as cookie day too! Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Michelle says:

    Your article was taking the words right out of my mouth. I love to cook healthy for my family but also don’t want to label. I also grew up reading the same magazines growing up. My favorite memory is when my Mom baked a pie she would Always make me my own tiny crust of my own with butter cinnamon and sugar toasted on it. I couldn’t wait for her to bake and her to show her love to me with my own special treat. I carry on that tradition a little different but every Valentine’s Day I make all my family (3 daughters and my husband) their favorite treat πŸ™‚

    • crstultz says:

      Michelle – sounds like we have a few things in common! My mother did the same and honestly, those little cinnamon sugar bites were the best part! Thanks for sharing and I hope your family memories carry through to your girls!

  8. EJohnston says:

    My favorite cooking memories are the ones I am making now with my children! My three year old son loves to help me in the kitchen. He’ll gather the ingredients, stir, pour, taste test…
    And when he smells our food he’ll come up to me and day, “I smell something good!” and run to the kitchen where he let’s me know he’s waiting by tapping his foot and pretending to whistle until I get there to check on it.
    I love having my little helpers!

    • crstultz says:

      Thanks so much for sharing! I love having my kids in the kitchen also. I’m glad you get to enjoy those memories with your kids! My oldest (7 yo) has the hardest time with our “healthier life”. He learned to eat on very different foods…. I’m still working on those meals that actually get his approval! πŸ™‚

    • crstultz says:

      Thanks for sharing April. Canning or any type of preserving can be quite a chore but we love having garden pasta sauce or salsa all year round so it’s totally worth it! My mom taught me how to can (and all I know about cooking) so it’s a great memory to have!

    • crstultz says:

      Heather – fried zucchini will ALWAYS be one of my favorite dishes. That and fried okra. Honestly, for a long time I didn’t know there was any other way to eat okra! πŸ˜‰ Sometimes, you just need a good, comforting dish. Food has a great emotional connection as well as physical. It’s okay to indulge a little πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

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