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We're busy planning upcoming issues of Country Woman and want you to be a part of it. What food topics are you most interested in reading about (along with related recipes)?
Maybe it's something to do with healthy cooking, quick and easy recipes, budget meals or seasonal food subjects. Is there a cooking technique you've always wondered about? You tell us. We want a smorgasbord of ideas!
Hi, Sharon ~ that's nice to want the opinions of your readers. This is the one thing that I most admire about the Taste of Home and her sister magazines - they are all reader-driven.
To begin with, let's not reinvent the wheel. We have HEALTHY COOKING, and SIMPLE & DELICIOUS, so we really don't need to concentrate on those subjects, but certainly we would want the healthy aspect and/or the quick and easy aspect mentioned as a part of the recipe.
I think we are all of the same mind in that we want REAL FOODS BY REAL COOKS. So many of the other cooking magazines are trying to outdo one another with one more crazy, wild concoction, that we don't need to compete with the esoteric cooks.
New ideas, tho. are always a good thing. For one, I'd like to see some tutorials on cooking with wine, or feature some of the ethnic foods, such as curry, or cajun, and other regional or international foods.
Many of your readers do not currently live in the wide open spaces, but have country in their souls, so keep the country theme, but spreas it out a bit to include those of us who now live in the urban communites. Maybe look at some of the urban food processors - Florida cheesemakers (a real new thing) or shrimping in the Gulf of Mexico.
And, here's something I have never seen in a cooking magazine: making your own baby foods and pet foods.
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I don't think it hurts to borrow certain themes or contest ideas that have been used in your other publications once i n a while, like S&D. Not everyone gets all the magazines. I think a "Fixes with Mixes" or something now and again would be fine. Just don't get too exotic with the recipes and ingredients--stay true to the "country woman' moniker.
I can understand the difficulty in "reinventing the wheel" at this stage of the game--seems like every recipe out there has been used, tweaked, and re-run almost constantly by every publication out there.
Besides looking at new feature ideas, we are also coming up with contest themes for the following year. You'll be happy to know we have borrowed the Simple & Delicious contest theme "Beat the Heat" for our June/July 2013 contest. It will feature quick and easy recipes that won't heat up your kitchen. Our goal is to deliver comforting familiar recipes that feel fresh and new again and hopefully not just "reinventing the wheel".
I adore Country Woman! I'm a true country girl at heart.
I'd love to see more canning and preserving recipes PLUS recipes to use the things I've worked hard to put up!
Fun sauces, camping recipes, food gifts - all great!
Things for potlucks, things I can throw together when all of a sudden I have a crew to feed because extra help arrived to throw hay into the barn. My dinner plans can flop from dinner for two to dinner for 12 in the blink of an eye. A way to accommodate those situations would be great.
I wouldn't consider healthy, simple meals reinventing any wheel. Country woman is a unique publication. It's long history of country lifestyle and great food is long standing. I'm sure your readers would love ways to improve their diets and their budgets with recipes tailored to suit.
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Guess I am a true "country woman" I live in the country, farm in the country, plus was one of the original subscribers when this magazine was Farm Wife. I no longer subscribe to it, but do have ideas on what it would include to be of interest to me. I want to see recipes that are simple, but not all about a purchased mix. I want recipe that include items that I keep in my pantry, that does not include wine, or curry, or international spices and ingredients. Most of us that live in rural America don't have grocery stores that carry a lot of uncommon ingredients. Would also like recipes that use all the bounty of a garden or farmers market. Potluck recipes would be great. I feed 5 hired men for lunch each day, They would not be happy if I put something strange in front of them. Also quick things to take to the field would be great.
I always love reading different food preservation recipes. I also love new crockpot recipes. When I have spent a hot day working in the garden, the last thing I want to do is cook...if I can come inside to a meal that has been made in the crockpot, without heating up the house, I am thrilled!
I would love to see a feature about dinner from the garden...with lots of different recipes that get most of their ingredients from my yard.
Summer for me means cooking with the kids. They are home and we have the time, so it is a perfect opportunity to pass on family recipes to the next generation. My 7 year old is looking forward to learning how to make strawberry jam and homemade salsa this summer. My 4 year old son wants me to teach him how to make blueberry muffins. (his favorite)
Debb that's a great point! I'm 20 minutes to the closest grocery store, last time I was there I couldn't even get fresh basil for petesake! I wouldn't consider basil an uncommon ingredient, LOL. Thank goodness garden season has arrived and I can finally get some herbs planted!
ClancysMom I'm with you - there's nights I walk in from outside & flop thinking UGH I do not want to cook! Those are the nights I find myself ordering a pizza if I didn't prep a meal early on.
Kid friendly is great too! My house seems to be a beacon for "the gang" and they're always hungry! They want grab & go though - they can't be bothered to slow down for food
Since the name is Country Woman , I would like to see plain ole common country recipes. Crockpot recipes that you can throw together in the mornings before work, food preservation recipes, both canning and freezer, Right now I have cabbage galore and I am looking for recipes, casseroles that freeze well, freezer slaws etc.Would love for that to be Country Woman, where I could go to a certain month and find out everything I need to know about putting up what is in season and easy recipes for putting up my excess. Give me recipes that use tomatoes, rice, beans, pasta, things that are everyday staples. Holiday time could be used for cookies and other homemade treats that could be made in advance and frozen or that ship well.Fall could have a wild game feature, or recipes that use a variety of end of the garden recipes. Please don't take the country out of Country Woman!
BeemaI'd like to see some tutorials on cooking with wine, or feature some of the ethnic foods, such as curry, or cajun, and other regional or international foods.
While all of that sounds very nice, I do not see wine, curry, international foods, etc fitting in with the "country" theme of the magazine for the "in general cook". These are not items in my pantry. They would have to be special purchased and, probably, not used much. A waste on a limited income like mine..My personal opinion is baby food making belongs in a magazine for new mothers and I do not care much to open a magazine I have spent money on to find recipes for the family dog instead of my family. (Hm, on the other hand - maybe one page devoted to Fido or some other pet might be interesting)
Good 'ol down home cooking, with easy to obtain ingredients for recipes that do not keep me glued to the kitchen stove all day, taste great and has "kid appeal" are more up my alley.
Totally agree with your comments. I have no interest in seeing dog treat recipes as a feature. One could be thrown in alongside an article about a lady with a pet business (for example) or something of that nature--but not an actual recipe feature about it or baby food--same thing.
Just keep it true to the moniker of "country woman". ! I hate to see my favorite magazine stray from its roots too far. There are definitely still readers out there (even in their 20s and 30s) who like down-home wholesome reading. If we wanted all that fancy, fluffy stuff we wouldn't be here begging for the magazine to remain true to its name.
I agree.Please do NOT take the country out of Country Woman!
Just give us good ol' country food! (not that fancy Martha Stewart type stuff)
I would love to see some regional recipes that have ingredients you can find anywhere though,btw.
blessedhomemakerI would love to see some regional recipes that have ingredients you can find anywhere though,btw.
Can you explain that a little? I'm thinking you mean things like - Here in Buffalo we're known for Beef on Weck, which is a beef sandwich on a salted roll or Buffalo Chicken Wings? Kansas BBQ or things like that?
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