Musical pairing – Recipe for Love by Harry Connick, Jr.

Is it a muffin or is it a cupcake? I don’t really know the answer other than to say that I’ve heard, ‘if the batter is baked in a liner, it’s a cupcake, if it’s baked directly in the tin without a liner, call it a muffin’ . . . I have no idea if it’s true and not that it really matters because as The Professor says, ‘I never met a sweet I didn’t like!’ . . . which explains the missing extra muffin from the tin . . .

Much to The Professor’s chagrin, we don’t bake every day here at Smith Bites . . . there are no kidlets running around to justify making an after school snack and honestly, my hips simply don’t want to think about anymore treadmill time . . . yes, I am lazy when it comes to exercise but that is a whole ‘nother post I’m saving for a whole ‘nother day . . .

Be that as it may, when Taste of Home contacted me about receiving a copy of their new Baking Cookbook, I couldn’t resist . . . I have a ‘thing’ for cookbooks and food magazines; in fact, during a recent impromptu dinner party, one guest looked around our kitchen and said, ‘Wow, you have A LOT of cookbooks!’ The Professor snorted . . . I took another sip of wine and kept stirring the gravy . . .

The Taste of Home Baking Cookbook is a beautiful volume of more than 700 recipes collected from home bakers all over North America – and all recipes have been tested in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen so you can be assured these recipes really work. And as I flipped through page after page of colorful photos, I also noticed that most of the ingredients listed in the recipes are items usually stocked in home pantries: flour, sugar, butter, lemons, chocolate, nuts, brown sugar, etc., so you can literally open the cookbook and choose from at least 10 different recipes to make at any given time.

Taste of Home also sent along an extra copy for me to pass along to one of you . . . and before you say, ‘I already have enough cookbooks!’ may I remind you that today is November 1st . . . and you know what comes next, right? Veteran’s Day!! (OK, I just put that in there to see if you were paying attention . . . ) Thanksgiving!! (I’m such a jokster!) Christmas!!! Ding, ding, ding!! This would make a terrific gift for anyone who loves to bake, a new bride – even someone just learning to bake or for someone like moi who is a collector of cookbooks; and there’s a bonus – it comes with a year’s subscription to Taste of Home Magazine – double score!

I chose to make these Lemon Yogurt Muffins because I know lemon is one of my mother-in-law’s favorite flavors and I’m planning to eat one . . . ok, two . . . and then pass the rest along to her . . . that is my plan and I’m stickin’ to it . . . I think . . .

Here’s how to enter – leave a comment for each if you’d like extra entries:

1. What dessert you’re planning to make for Thanksgiving
2. Like Taste of Home on Facebook
3. Follow @TasteofHome on Twitter
4. Subscribe to the RSS feed for Smith Bites
5. Like Smith Bites on Facebook
6. Follow me on Twitter

One winner will be chosen via random.org this coming Friday, November 5 at noon; winner will be contacted via email so please make sure you leave your email addy in your contact info – DO NOT put your email in the actual comment. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or we choose another; giveaway is open to anyone who has a US mailing address. Good Luck!





  1. I also already follow you on Twitter! @katyskitchen

  2. I follow Taste of Home on Twitter! @katyskitchen

  3. Sweet Potato Pie is an absolute must dessert for Thanksgiving at my house! 🙂

  4. Whatever they are…I love them. And I will probably be bringing a batch of muffins/cupcakes to my grandparents for Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing your recipe and this contest! I wish I could have some coffee and muffins with you! I hope you are having a wonderful week!

  5. i ‘liked’ taste of home on facebook.

  6. I follow @TasteofHome on Twitter (cmouse01)

  7. I follow Taste of Home on Fb

  8. We’re going to the in-laws for Thanksgiving so I probably won’t make anything on my own. I usually end up helping out quite a bit there. That said, if we were staying home, I’d make pumpkin and apple pies.

  9. Thanksgiving always calls for pies! Favorites in this family include: Pumpkin; Pecan; Apple and Blueberry. We usually buy pies from a local farm; however, this year, I’d love to make my own Apple Pie – and serve it up with a local sharp cheese.

  10. I subscribed to Rss feed.

  11. Each year I make a pumpkin crisp instead of pumpkin pie and it is always gone at the end of the day. So so good.

  12. I always say if it has frosting, it’s a cupcake. Nice giveaway and a lovely lemon yogurt recipe. Looks moist and yummy.
    Thanksgiving dinner dessert? My pumpkin flan!

  13. p.s. I’m already a fan of Taste of Home on fb! 🙂

  14. I love Taste of Home! I’ve literally spent hours pouring over their cookbooks & would relish the chance to win this!

  15. Following Taste of Home on Twitter

  16. Subscribed to Smith Bites email.

  17. Subscribed to Rss feed!

  18. Following Smith Bites on twitter