I love the extra bonus packet of recipes that magazines sometimes include in monthly issues, or they offer a free bonus booklet if you renew your subscription. I have saved these two from the late ’60’s and they are still favorites that I browse through every Thanksgiving and Christmas. The eggnog in the Reader’s Digest issue is hands down, the best I have ever tasted. It is massively decadent, but with one sip, you are hooked. I would gladly skip all the appetizers and dessert just to drink this eggnog. There are two of my must-make cookies in this booklet. One is an orange-scented cut-out sugar cookie, which is then brushed with an egg yolk wash and sprinkled with a sugar-orange rind-chopped pistachio mixture. The other is an interesting version of the classic no-bake rum balls with crushed vanilla wafers, which instead uses shortbread crumbs and tangerine juice.
The 16-page Redbook booklet says that it was written especially for the “18 to 34-year old married woman, because they believe in us.” I am now well over that age group and I still love the recipes. Most of the recipes are classic fare such as an excellent French Onion soup that I have made many times; a roasted chicken with a marinade of herbs and dry sherry; a wonderful turkey hash using leftover Thanksgiving turkey; and a decadent yule log with mocha buttercream. There is a special section of 25 family favorite holiday recipes from food editors across the country.
So speaking of these great magazines and bonus cook booklets, I am giving similar ones away this week! Read the next blog below and see what you could win. And you don’t have to be 18-34!