NOV
18

Taste of Home Online Cooking School

Kitchen Tips & Tricks, Product Reviews, Quick Meals | no comments

I recently had the opportunity to test out the new Taste of Home Online Cooking School.

There were a lot of options to choose from in the course catalog, and many new ones that are coming soon. One class that I would be interested in going through at a later date is Chicken 360.

We eat a lot of chicken because Logan’s favorite meat is chicken and Madeline usually likes it too. It would be great to learn some new ways to cook that for our family.

There are some great seasonal courses listed as well, such as Ultimate Chilis, Soups & Stews (Madeline LOVES chili), Comfort Food Classics, and Holidays Made Easy.

The course that I ended up taking was Weeknight Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less. I can never have too many easy, delicious weeknight dinner recipes. I thought it would be great to get some new recipes and learn some new tips and cooking techniques to making dinner on school nights a little bit faster and easier in our house.

Weeknight Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less Featured:

  • How to stock your pantry and fridge with the ingredients and food that will help you simplify meal planning and preparation.
  • The easiest way to chop onions, mince garlic and fresh parsley, and measure all sorts of ingredients like a pro.
  • How to cook up convenient, full-plate dinners in one handy pan.
  • How to make recipes such as Sausage & Vegetable Skillet and Honey Chicken Stir Fry.

The course is really organized well. At the start I found out exactly what ingredients and tools I would need for use during the course and to make the recipes as well as a video and step-by-step images to follow along with. My instructor was animated and spoke clearly which made the lessons easy to listen to.

Before the instruction on recipes started there was an overview of tips to get dinner on the table fast. One that I loved was:

“Encourage kids to help with age-appropriate tasks like setting the table, measuring ingredients or preparing simple recipes.”

I think it is great to encourage users to utilize the extra hands they have in their own home to assist with the task of making dinner. Starting kids in the kitchen young gives them the tools they will need later in life when they are responsible for feeding themselves.

Growing up we always helped out in the kitchen, whether it was setting the table, unloading or loading the dishwasher, making a salad, or (when I was older) preparing the whole meal to give mom a break.

The “10 Kitchen Staples You Should Always Have on Hand” were a good reminder of what I can do to make dinner easier to get ready as well as make shopping trips faster because I won’t have to shop every week for basic items.

Tip: Tailor your pantry and fridge items to those ingredients and foods you know you’ll put to good use during the week. Look at your recipe “likes” and build your shopping list from them.

Another good reminder was to do prep work ahead of time, even earlier in the afternoon when the kids are at school. When my kids were younger I used to do the prep work of chopping, slicing, dicing, etc. during naptime.

I’ve kind of gotten out of the habit of that as they’ve gotten older which doesn’t make a lot of sense because I can do that during the day when they are at school if I really want to. I just need to be a little more organized about my day because I am busier now when they are at school than I used to be when they were babies.

The Taste of Home Online Cooking School courses are easy to run through from the beginning to the end and you have the ability to go back through the lessons and recipes at a later date to refresh on the content or to access the recipes when you’re ready to make them at home. One feature I really liked was the ability to print out recipes and create shopping lists.

Because I have been cooking so much of my life, I didn’t find that there was much “new to me” information in the course. There were a lot of good refreshers, reminders, and some fresh new recipes to add to my kitchen rotation.

Taste of Home Online Cooking School is perfect if you are a beginning home cook looking to add some new skills, tips, and recipes to your cooking repertoire or if you are a more seasoned home cook looking for a refresher course and some new recipes. For a $10 discount off of a class use the coupon code TENOFF.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Taste of Home. The opinions and text are all mine.

NOV
12

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Pasta | 1 comment

Asparagus Mac N Cheese 6

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10

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Dessert, Fall Recipes, Holiday Recipes, Pies and Tarts, Seasonal Recipes, Thanksgiving Recipes | 4 comments

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06

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Breakfast and Brunch, Eggs | 3 comments

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29

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24

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