29 June 2019

Weekend Cooking: The Magazine Edition

cooking from Cook's Illustrated magazineIn the dark ages of the pre-Internet world I subscribed to just about every single food and cooking magazine that was available in the States. I also bought cookbooks like a maniac.

After I joined (and in fact helped moderate) a UseNet group (!!!), I started relying more and more on the web for finding new recipes. As we entered the modern era of blogs, websites, and Pinterest, I stepped back from magazines.

Then, early in my blogging career, I won a subscription to a digital magazine service. I forget what it was originally called, but it became Texture. For a small monthly fee, I had access to hundreds of magazines, though I primarily read the food and cooking titles. Tons of my more recent favorite recipes came from this service.

Well, all things have their end, I guess, and Texture sold out to Apple News+. For a slightly lower fee, I could continue my magazine subscriptions. I was willing and signed up for a trial month. I don't have too many gripes about Apple, but the interface for reading magazines in Apple News+ is the worst. Food magazines are missing the recipe indexes, there is no quick navigation or slider get to where you want to be, and finding recipes became totally frustrating. I canceled my subscription.

cooking from Rachael Ray Every Day magazineI didn't think I'd miss my magazines, but I really, really do. Enter RBG Digital, Flipster, and my libraries. Thank you, thank you. I can now read most of the magazines I'm used to: Cooks Illustrated, Eating Well, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, the Food Network, and many more. Only one of my favorites is missing from the several libraries I belong to.

That magazine is Rachael Ray Every Day. Frankly, I'm not at all a fan of her show (is it still on???), but I always find at least one great recipe in her magazine every month. Why isn't she hooked up with the library? Fortunately, I found another workaround. For only $5 a year I bought a digital access only subscription. Even if I find only a single recipe in each issue, it's well worth the price, but my experience with Ray's magazine tells me I'll get my money's worth and more.

This week's hit recipe is a funny one: it's the overhauled sloppy Joe recipe from the May/June issue of Cook's Illustrated, which I checked out of the library. This recipe is so darn easy and quick and was truly delicious. Sometimes you just want to have comfort food, and this week called for it. I served our sloppy Joes in brioche buns from Wegman's (I was too lazy to bake my own), but it'd be fine on regular hamburger buns or even over rice, pasta, or a gluten-free alternative.

Sloppy Joes from Cook's IllustratedAdd some fresh veggies from the farmer's market, pickles, and a summer salad and you're good to go. We drank wine, but I think beer would have been a better choice.  The photo shows my meal prep and I forgot to record the finished product. Ooops!

I was unable to find an online source for the original recipe, but I did find a version in which the ingredients have been cut in half to make a meal for two. If you want to make the same recipe I did, simply double the ingredients for 1 pound of meat, which makes enough filling for four sandwiches.

I checked the linked recipe against the one in the magazine, and it's exactly the same. Note too that this is one of those rare occasions when I actually followed the directions step by step. Shocking, right? That proves how much I trust America's Test Kitchen.

Go forth and be sloppy . . . you won't be sorry you gave these Classic Sloppy Joes a try.

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Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 6/29/19, 6:28 AM  

I'd forgotten that magazines are at our libraries online now. Thank you for this reminder. It's wonderful to know that I can read a magazine this easily.

Karen 6/29/19, 7:25 AM  

I am in total agreement—Texture was awesome (in fact, I might have first heard of it from you!), but I canceled Apple News+ almost immediately because of the interface. One can only hope that they'll get lots of negative feedback and do something about it! I'm annoyed that I have to find workarounds for all my favorite cooking mags. I know you won't think I'm weird to say that I like to just plain read them even when I don't "clip" a single recipe! Texture also introduced me to a couple of Canadian cooking mags that I really enjoyed. Sigh.

Karen 6/29/19, 7:30 AM  

P.S. I just went to take a look at Flipster and RBdigital, and I see Rachael Ray Every Day there!

Mae Travels 6/29/19, 7:46 AM  

The assortment of choices for online food reading already overwhelms me! But the idea of reading the print magazines online is appealing, in addition to Taste, Epicurious, Cuisine Et Vins de France, Food 52 and more.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Jackie McGuinness 6/29/19, 7:56 AM  

Haven't bought a magazine in at least 10+ years! I also use the library and Bloglovin'.
I notice Rachael in the TV guide everyday, but don't watch her. I do agree that she does have good recipes. I have several go-to from her.

bermudaonion 6/29/19, 8:02 AM  

I can't remember the last time we had sloppy joes but they might be perfect to make this week. We'll have company and sometimes it's hard to think of something quick to fix after a busy day.

rhapsodyinbooks 6/29/19, 8:42 AM  

We still subscribe to as many (paper) magazines as we can. I can't imagine how we could eat meals without being able to read them at the same time! :--)

Deb in Hawaii 6/29/19, 10:56 AM  

I have to admit, although I love my Kindle for portable reading of books & my tablet for watching movies and listening to audio books, I still have not fully embraced digital magazines--I just miss turning the pages and feeling the texture of the pages but I have cut down to just a few print subscriptions and rely on magazine web pages for recipes.

Your sloppy joes sound delicious--it takes me back to childhood. ;-)

sherry fundin 6/29/19, 11:57 AM  

oooo sloppy joes. love 'em
sherry @ fundinmental

Les in Oregon 6/29/19, 8:52 PM  

I've never been a big fan of sloppy joes until we started traveling in our RV. I make a big batch and freeze two servings so I can quickly have a meal when we're on the road. I'm super happy with my recipe, but I'm going to give yours a try. There's always room for improvement, right?

(Diane) bookchickdi 6/30/19, 1:54 PM  

I'm so glad you posted this- my husband loves Sloppy Joes!

Heidenkind 6/30/19, 10:26 PM  

Have you tried Rachel Ray’s email newsletter? I’ve found some really good recipes from there and it’s free

Greg 7/1/19, 7:22 PM  

I love America's Test Kitchen. And that sloppy joe recipe sounds wonderful. Comfort food indeed. :)

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