America’s Test Kitchen Tour & a GIVEAWAY!



Thanks to Jaime’s Awesomeness, I was invited to take a tour of the America’s Test Kitchen headquarters while I was in New England last week. As a long-time fan of everything this company does, it was pretty amazing to see where the magic happens. And what is this magic I speak of? Well, among other things, they produce America’s Test Kitchen which airs on PBS, Cook’s Illustrated Magazine (to which both Jaime and I have both been long-time subscribers) and publish, like, dozens of actually useful cookbooks each year. The day was extra special because they don’t typically offer tours. Lucky me! And lucky us, because they let me take a bunch of photos, ask a bunch of questions and they also gave us a great gift for one lucky, lucky Prudent Baby reader.

Thanks Emily and Bailey (and everyone in the kitchen who smiled when we totally got in the way.) It was a great day! And thanks to my fabulous sister Amanda for coming along, and for suggesting that I pose for a second photo after this one:

Really, is there anything less cute than a pregnant lady eating a plate of kim chi?

Click here to check out the tour and the rad GIVEAWAY!

 

Don’t you love the understated entrance and winding ancient staircase? I miss New England so much. And across the street? A gorgeous yarn shop and a Japanese market where I stocked up on candy for the flight home.

But back to the tour, I’m so easily distracted.

These are bins of table linens for photo shoots. Yum, right? But the best part? Employees can sign them out. They may also borrow any of the thousands of cookbooks that line the walls and any kitchen supplies from industrial mixers to party platters. Now that’s a job perk!


One of my favorite features in Cook’s Illustrated is their product taste tests. Here they were setting up for a red wine vinegar feature. In the October Issue they have a great one comparing the top-selling brands of beef broth. I’ll say it again, I love this magazine.

Here is a bank of DCS ovens, one of their few sponsors. Oooh, Ahhh. As a rule, ATK doesn’t accept any freebies and there are no ads in their magazines!. You can rest-assured that if they are reviewing frying pans or mustards, they paid for them. In fact, they spend over $500,000 per year on groceries alone. Since they don’t review heavenly commercial-grade ovens, they are free game.

Some tasty looking little pot-pies, perfect for Fall. Yum.

Will this be the moment that I give in to Crocs? The chefs made them look so cool and comfy. Perhaps if they matched my perfectly seasoned Le Creuset dutch oven.


Here is a set up for a new recipe that a chef was trying that day. I asked who prepared all of the ingredient in such an organized and dreamy fashion (fantasizing about having my own kitchen intern at home) but alas each chef sees their recipe through from start to finish. So if they can do it, so can I, I suppose.

Some serious taste testing. Rumor has it that the freshman 15 has nothing on your first year at ATK.

One of the kitchens was hard at work on holiday treats. You can imagine how heavenly it smelled in there, right? Feast your eyes…



The entire neighborhood of Brookline Village, MA is a lovely place to spend the day. Tons of little shops and restaurants. If you make it there, head to Cutty’s, a sandwich shop owned by former ATK chefs, for the Eggplant Spuckie. Almost definitely the best sandwich I have ever had. EVER! And I’ve eaten many, many sandwiches.

And now for the best part!

ATK would like to give one lucky USA-based Prudent Baby reader a full one-year subscription to Cook’s Illustrated Magazine. You are going to love this magazine. Your husband will love this magazine. Each issue contains a wealth of cooking knowledge. You will be smarter. Not at all kidding.
 



So if you want to be a culinary genius, leave us a comment right here. Tell us what you plan to whip up in the kitchen this week. It doesn’t have to be fancy. I’m making a beef roast and chicken enchiladas, and probably some meatballs. The girls and I have been loving spaghetti and meatballs since our trip to Rhode Island. And if you don’t know what to make, sign up for a free 14-day Cook’s Illustrated online membership for access to their 17 years of “Recipes that work.”  You’re bound to find some inspiration! A winner will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday August 31st.

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185 Comments

Caitlin Weaver

I'm hoping to finally get back into my routine of baking something new each week, by making some interesting brownies whose main ingredient is graham cracker crumbs!

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Stephanie

well i tried bread yesterday and it was a flop. now that it is much cooler i will try again. or maybe just bake cookies instead!

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lizibeth

Drooling …….. and trying really hard not to be jealous of your trip!!
Whipping up this week: I have a chicken in the freezer that I need to use and really want to do something more interesting than a roast, but we'll see. Might resort to that.
And maybe a coffee cake or cheesecake.
I really need to get back to filling out my little "menu planner" note pad!

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Hilary Ann

this week's menu includes homemade spaghetti sauce, roasted chicken and the old we're in a hurry stand by, refried bean burritos

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beth lehman

I can NEVER decide what to cook – I spend so much time thinking "what the heck do we ever eat?" I did baked chicken and have tortilla cassarole on the menu…. and a roast – but I am never satisfied with my roasts. I have looked at this magazine before at my MIL's – it is great!

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Anne

I am going to make an old family favorite for the freezer – kielbasa bean soup.
I start back to work in the school system after a long maternity leave and I'm suddenly realizing how not prepared I am! We have no food in the freezer for lunches or nights when we are exhausted coming home from work. Ack! I'd better get cooking! πŸ™‚

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Bree

Wow- I would love to win! Their magazine looks great! We just have veggies calzones and lasagna on the menu for this week!

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randomcreativity

I love watching the test kitchen on PBS – the tour must have been absolutely amazing πŸ™‚ I enjoy cooking and trying out new foods, it would be cool to win a subscription. I make everything from scratch due to allergies; this week we're having fajitas, black bean soup, fish sticks, pizza, and leftovers.

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Stephie80

I plan on making a peanut butter pie for my father-in-laws birthday. He is a PB fanatic! And so am I. Love the stuff any way it is served.

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Jill

I'm going to warm up whatever our dear friends have been bringing us to eat since we just welcomed baby #3 to our family. πŸ™‚
Thanks for the super amazing giveaway!

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Shanna

I helped a friend pack her house and was given a hand me down Vegetarian cookbook that the family hadn't been using for a while. I am pregnant and trying to add more fresh veggies to my diet so I will be scouring the book for the perfect blend of vegitables and cheese to get me through the next week.

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Caroline

I'll make white BBQ chicken, and got the recipe from their show Cook's Country. I absolutely love America's Test Kitchen and I'm already looking forward to their holiday shows / issues.

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Jessica@SewHomegrown

This week my mom is visiting, so we got to go to the super fancy organic market (which I can rarely afford) and we are making meatloaf using half ground BISON and half ground beef – it should be yummy!

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Katie

I am planning on making banana bread from the two brown bananas I have. And coincidentally, I am using the recipe from Americas Test Kitchen recipe book for baking. I love it.

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~Heather

Made granola last night and now I have to make more yogurt to go with it! And lots and lots of pico de gallo to use up our farm share and garden's worth of tomatoes, cilantro and hot peppers.

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Olivia

I love America's Test Kitchen and have found some great recipes from them! Their Homemade Beef Tacos is an A+ dinner in our house and can be found online!

This week I plan on making Bean Soup with some artisian bread. It's also our annual Muffin Week. Yesterday was Blueberry Crumb! Yum!

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Preppy Mama

Oh my I am so jealous of your tour!! I am making comfort food this week because the weather has been dreary. Homemade mac & cheese, sliders and white chili! Thanks!

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Suzanne

I love America's Test Kitchen! Lucky you! I made carnitas this week from Matthew Amster-Burton's Spilled Milk podcast (and book, Hungry Monkey). They are SO easy–pork shoulder, chicken broth, tequila, onion, lime juice: cook forever on top of the stove–and they taste like so much more than what they are made of. Tonight I'm going to turn the leftovers into layered enchiladas. I love a cooking session that yields two dinners (plus some leftovers for lunch)!

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Lindsay @ 402CenterStreet.blogspot.com

Wow, well tonight it's hot dogs. Ha! But I've got a ton of tomatoes to use up so I'm thinking I might try my hand a making my own tomato sauce sometime this week.

I LOVE Cook's Illustrated and would really like to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

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Sandy

Wow, how fun!You are so lucky to have gone on that tour!I would love a subscription to this magazine.I plan on making a peach cobbler for hubby later today.Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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Sew on and Sew on

I'm not even sure what I'm making tonight, let alone the rest of the week! But I will be making some granola bars … maybe some meatballs in yogurt sauce, too!

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Madison

We have a simple menu planned this week: gazpacho from the farmer's market bounty, a simple pasta dish with tomatoes and mozzarella and an ambitious attempt to re-create Dos Amigos' sweet potato burrito bowl.

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Melanie

I love those magazines and stopped subscribing to save money but I'd love to get them again! I do have a subscription the website though and love that.

This week we are trying to just use up what is in the fridge so leftovers and eggs for us πŸ™‚ I did all my fancy cooking last week.

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Becky

Im attemting to prefect the perfect Italian Beef. My husband loves dipped Italian Beef sandwiches.
:crosses fingers:

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Jennifer

I made Moussaka on Sunday night, which turned out AMAZINGLY well. We had eggplants from our CSA and I was tired of eggplant parmesan.

Next up? Homemade bagels! Something I've always wanted to try…

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EG

Wow, I'm so jealous.

Not much cooking in our house this week 'cause we're getting ready to go on vacation. Leftovers!

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Jade

I am new at cooking, and so far I'm following the KISS method. Tonight is probably spaghetti night. Would LOVE to win this though, because it sounds like it would help me out a ton!

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MN2NM

Some shredded buffalo chicken sandwiches with blue cheese slaw and the last of the summer pesto and lots of cake balls for a birthday party!

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Anita

Summer has finally arrived in Northern California, so I'll probably be using our bbq grill this week. That looks like such a fun trip. We visited Cape Cod this summer, I'll have to add a trip to the test kitchen on our next trip back east. thank you!

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Sara

Thanks for the tip on Cutty's and their Eggplant Spuckie!!! I just moved down the road from Brookline Village and will have to test it out! I am not sure what I will be making for the rest of the week yet, last night was chili and corn bread.

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Jenn

So the one totally fool-proof recipe that i'm whipping up this week (that my husband drools over) is black bean soup w/ shredded chicken, cheese, etc.
I highly recommend "Amy's Organic Black Bean Vegetable Soup". It is delish! I like to add some shredded chicken, grated cheese, and top it with chopped tomatoes and red onion (finely chopped). The mixture of flavors is seriously to die for! Yumm πŸ™‚

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Jocelyn

I LOVE America's Test Kitchen. I have one of their GIANT cook books and watch the show. I am sure the tour was amazing. I need to make some banana bread with our very ripe bananas. We'll probably be eating some enchiladas and baked chicken this week. Unfortunately I am not as good as I need to be about planning out a menu.

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Lisa

So cool to be able to tour there – I just love the show! As for me, I have plans for some chicken marsala and a beef stew, but the final decisions get made tonight after my produce delivery arrives – I never know what I'll have for the week until it gets here LOL – frankly that's half the fun πŸ™‚

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Meghan

I have very high aspirations of cooking meals at home every night this week. I am most looking forward to making fish tacos – they seriously knock my socks off! Yum!

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Shannon

Yay, how exciting!

We have 3 boys under the age of 4 and I'm constantly looking for new recipes and suggestions. This week I know I'll be making Chicken Fried Rice and then a huge vat of homemade Chicken Noodle Soup to stock up the freezer (using leftover chicken and carrots from the Fried Rice ingredients). I'm 32 weeks pregnant and starting to stock our freezer to make it easier on the hubs after I have the baby. I've also been dreaming about cupcakes so the kids and I might make those today!

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Maggie

Oh I love this magazine, one of my absolute favs!! I've got lasagna, italian beef and vegetarian sloppy joes on the menu!

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Callie

Eggplant Parm, Chicken Salad with Orzo and fresh King Fish my dad caught! I LOVE cooking for my family and really hope my 13 month old keeps his adventurous taste buds.

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Natalia

Oh I am jealous! πŸ™‚

And about our dinners. I have been working on using-the-same-ingridents-and-making-something-different thing, to be a good wife so I can get a new sewing machine (MUAHAHA). So here it is.

1. Grilled haddock marinated in balsamic vinegar with ginger, garlic and a tiny bit of brown sugar. Served on top of the salad (carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumber with a tiny bit of mint, marinated in lemon juice). And no potatoes or pasta! Hope my husband doesn't mind that πŸ™‚

2. Saturday dinner – red lentils and chickpeas soup, partially purιed, served with toasted hazelnuts and homemade pita.

The rest of the week is somewhat boring – but I will boast that we make our own pasta and it is the most deliciousest awesomeness!

*copied from the comment I left on facebook*

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Amy

My in-laws are coming later this week, so I'll be busy trying to feed them things they love. So far on the menu… sangrias. Priorities, you know?

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JodiW

Wow! That looks like such a fun day!! This week I'm working on homemade yogurt, sushi, and some gluten free muffins. yum! I'd love to win a sub to Cooks. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Bernice

I think I'm going to beat the heat of the hottest day we've had here in a long time and break out the crockpot for some meatballs in peanut chili sauce.

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Sarah

My 7 year-old daughter and I were hard at work last night making cupcakes with red frosting that look like apples to give to her teacher on the first day of school! And tonight I plan to make a diet friendly (not!) casserole made with ham, potatoes, and lots of Gruyere cheese.

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Michelle S

We'll definitely be grilling burgers, brauts, and chicken in these last few weeks of summer. Inside I'll be making caramel rolls, pumpkin cream sandwiches and grape salad.

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Nikki

What a fun trip! This post is inspiring me to really get my cooking on this week. I'm thinking some homemade pasta and sauce would be a great way to use some summer tomatoes and basil.

Thanks for the chance to win a subscription.

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Kelly

This was so interesting. The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook is my absolute favorite cookbook ever…I use it almost every time I cook and have always wondered what it would be like to work there. As for cooking, this week I am baking muffins for a neighbor who cut our grass for us this week, and dessert for a dinner party we're going to, and probably some pulled pork in our slow cooker, too.

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shelly

I've never actually read the magazine, but I love their show! No advertising? That's so fab! I would love to see all the great stuff they put in print!

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GirlHouse

It's pantry/freezer week over here. Last night we had breakfast for dinner. Tonight we're having baked pasta from the freezer.
shawnnahouseholder/gmail

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Alsacianne

With all the roma tomatoes from our garden, I'll definitively make some home-made marinara sauce πŸ™‚

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.micki.

wow! Great giveaway! I love that magazine and always get it from the library….it would be nice to get a copy that doesn't already have mysterious food stains πŸ™‚

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Lara

Great giveaway – I love ATK! We have roasted chicken, risotto, calzones and chili on our menu this week as well as lots of fresh veggies from the garden.
lara3400 at sbcglobal dot net

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Unknown

I love Cooks Illustrated Mag! This week, I'll try to recreate a Bourbon Molasses Cedar Plank Salmon that we had on vacation in Alaska. Hopefully I won't set the plank of fire….again.

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Susan

I wish I knew how to cook. Last night I made some soft tacos with yellow rice, black beans, and chicken inside. It was kind of pathetic.

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jesshawbaker

Ok – I have to comment on this one because the very fact that I can cook anything at all is completely due to the existence of The New Best Recipe Cookbook by ATK. Buy it. Now. It taught be how to cook and I give it as a wedding gift all the time. It's the best.

I can't really boast any bold cooking plans this week. I'm pregnant and my husband and I are packing up our rented townhome the week in preparation for Friday's closing of our first home! So exciting!!

Still, because of what I've learned from ATK, I feel fully confident to go into the kitchen with nothing but beans, rice, an onion and some garlic and the dinner will be simple but delicious.

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Liz

My hubby is out of town so my meals are a bit simplier this week, sandwhiches galore. I did bake a cake last night though.

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RoseMamie

BBQ Chicken tonight, Island chicken with israeli couscous tomorrow (new recipe, wish me luck!) Would LOVE to check out Cook's Illustrated Magazine!

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Lynne

This week we have veggie fajitas and lasagna. Nothing too exotic, though we do have leftover blueberry pie in the fridge!

Please tell me…where is that Japanese market? I live in New England and would love to go. I lived in Japan years ago and miss some of my favorite treats!

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Melissa

I am SO jealous that you got to visit ATK!! I am sure I will be making peanut butter sandwhiches by the handfuls this week:) They are my daughter's fav!

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Stephanie

I want to be a culinary genius!! I would LOVE a year's subscription, it looks amazing! I am trying so hard to be a good cook for my new family (since I grew up eating doritos for dinner), to feed them quality, healthy food and show them my love. But its hard when you were never taught how to cook!

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Stevee

I made chicken and guacamole tostadas last night with homemade roasted chicken, guacamole, and salsa. They were delicious if I do say so myself… my husband ate 6. Tonight I am making Quinoa with roasted garlic, tomato, and spinach. Then on Wednesday I am making whole wheat pasta with edamame, arugula and herbs…

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Jaime

J E A L O U S
i am making summer pasta salad from the healthy family cookbook and something with my green beans

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Happy Homemaker

Let's see: last night was beef fried rice & edamame, the rest of the week will consist of chicken pot pie, spaghetti & meatballs, hobo dinners, enchiladas, and bean burritos. We do easy things. With a newborn, there isn't much choice. πŸ™‚

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Crystal

Last night was probably my only actually cooked meal, since I am slowly packing the apartment to move on Monday. I made tacos, with tortillas that didn't turn out as well as usual, and fried rice that was amazing as usual. I would love to get this magazine! I'm always looking for new ideas and techniques.

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Lisa

Ohhh great give-a-way! On the menu this week: Pork chops with baked potatoes, baked potato soup, and potato skins. Hooray for using up all the potatoes in my pantry before they go south – there should be some kind of adult merit badge for that kind of thing.

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dear-liza.com

My husband and I LOVE both the show and the magazine. Their blueberry scone recipe is the best! And their Beef in Barolo recipe is just to die for (this is here so I don't end a sentence in a preposition).

If I didn't enjoy this blog so much, I'd hate you for getting to go to ATK! πŸ˜‰

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Elisabeth

What a cool tour–I'd LOVE a subscription! My culinary goal for the week is to make homemade marshmallows. I've had the ingredients sitting around for ever, but just finally bought a candy thermometer. We'll see what happens…could be VERY messy. And VERY yummy:)

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Olya

Oh, it would be so cool to win a subscription! This week I'm making Russian Cheesecakes, Eggplant Parmesan and Roast Chicken. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

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Sara Delia

I'm breastfeeding, which means I'm forced to think about what I'm cooking and eating. It also means that I'm typing this with one hand. I've been trying my darndest to cook hormone/antibiotic/pesticide free locally sourced foods. This week's menu includes spaghetti, Thai curry to use up the bounty of squash, and oatmeal bread (since it is FINALLY cool enough bake in TN). All delicious and healthy and good for the bambina and me.

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Shauna

That tour sounds amazing!
I plan on doing halibut with sundried tomato pesto and crumbled feta. So delicious. Although, that grilled sandwich you posted is definitely making my mouth water!

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Firesong

wow, I love this show and have not had the opportunity to view the magazine. My husband would love it too as he does most of the cooking at our house. Thanks for the behind the scenes and the giveaway.

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E2

I love Cook's Illustrated! I'm always tempted in the checkout line…. but winning a subscription would be divine! This week I am making Chicken Parmesan and Nectarine/Blueberry cobbler, as well as some homemade tortillas for tacos.

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Sneeka

Loving the tour! Everything looks delish! This week I'm actually going to try something new for my blog. Lasagna Roll ups. Layer one sheet of Lasagna noodle with the filling ingredients – roll it and cover with sauce and cheese and bake! Should be just as amazing as the original.

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Amy L

I love their cookbooks, and now I think I NEED a subscription to Cook's Illustrated! I'm jealous of your tour – what an interesting place to see behind the scenes!

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VickiT

Oh I am SO jealous you got to tour through their kitchens. I have always loved cooking and dreamed of opening my own restaurant too which many friends have always told me I should do. Sadly, my legs had other ideas and decided to barely allow me to get around much less spending 80 hrs a week in a restaurant of my own. Oh well. I still cook just a bit slower now. I LOVE Cook's Illustrated. It's wonderful.

What am I making this week? Nothing spectacular, that much I do know as I'm taking it easy and making quick dinners. I'm trying something new and am going to create my own Lobster Roll sandwhich on the cheap with imitation lobster, Hashbrown casserole one night, and another night Cheesy Chicken Skillet using a box shells and Cheese dinner to make it. I just found a new Gingersnap recipe today that I want to try too. I've been dying for my 'famous' brownies too so I might make some of those.

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Morgan

I would LOVE a subscription to this magazine! Your trip looked like so much fun!

Tonight we're making homemade pizza. And, for tomorrow, I might have to make some meatballs. That sounds delicious!

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Laura

I made homemade sloppy joes last night, which were SO much better than the canned kind!
LauraL444 at yahoo dot com

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Sharon (mama to Adam)

My goal for this week is to make a chocolate zucchini bundt cake. Wonderful with or without the icing it suggests. Along with my usual tostadas and veggie (everything that needs to be eaten) chili I made last night. I am still amazed it comes out so great every time I make it because it is never the same. This magazine looks fascinating, I would love to learn some new tricks and some why's for how things work. Thank you for sharing your fun adventure!

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umommy

I never knew America's Test Kitchen was located in MA – and I live in MA. Sausage and pepper quesadillas and baked penne with spinach are some kid-friendly recipes I'll be testing my kitchen this week.

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kristi

Last night we had lasagna that I had made and frozen last month, and tonight we are having Japanese chicken with rice, made from one of the Wms-Sonoma jar sauces. LOVE America's Test Kitchen!

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leaner

Lovely giveaway! This week I am hoping to actually start cooking/baking again after a nearly 6 week hiatus during the worst part of my first trimester. I have no idea what to cook, but mostly I hope to be able to eat it when I'm done.

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Marci

I made Shepard's pie potatoes last night…tonight creamed corn (not from a can!)wih spinach and some grilled chicken breaasts. yum yum!

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Alexandra

This week is a bit scattered when it comes to dinners. I think we'll end up having pasta of some sort and I also have some yummy sweat and sour meatballs on the menu for sometime this week.

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Jennifer Marie Land

This week I'm whipping up red lentil & chickpea curry. Not to spicy though otherwise my 3 year old won't touch it. I might also try roasted chicken with whatever's fresh at the farmers market.

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Leslie

how cool! My husband would be over the hills thrilled with this!!
we'll be making some picadillo tonight.

I could totally use some more recipe/ coking inspiration!

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Laura

I love this magazine! I also own many of their cookbooks. I love reading the stories of how they got the end result of the best recipe ever! Thanks for the chance to win!

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CollegeSAHM

I am not making anything special as I just have to stay on top of the morning sickness so I make whatever Baby Pepper fancies πŸ˜‰ Lots of pasta, chicken, sweets and what not.

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CharityMay

i'll be mixing up a batch of cookie dough for the freezer. my oldest child starts kindergarten on monday (*sniff*) and i want to be ready with fresh cookies for his first after-school snack.

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Suzy

What lovely photos!

Tonight we made some fajitas with grilled chicken, red peppers and onions. It was simple, but tasty. I am trying to expand our menu since we get stuck in a rut quite often.

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Genevieve

Ooooh! I just made a Peach Almond Buckle today and have been staring at it longingly on the counter (it's for a co-worker's birthday tomorrow). Lemon chicken in the crockpot is on the menu later in the week. And lots of PB&J; because school started today!

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Haley

My 10 year-old niece, who is visiting this week, is a baking fiend! On our list to make: scones, cookies, bread and more!

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Candice

Back to school week means back to work for my husband and myself too. This week will be family favorites- shrimp pasta and broiled fish. I love a culinary challenge and am self taught. This would be such a fun giveaway to win!

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pieface

This week my goal was to make your apple fritters, and mission WAY accomplished. Doubled the batch for my amazing neighbors. It's a new fave.

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Jenann B.

I am also a HUGE fan of the test kitchen. Thank you for sharing the pics from the tour! It looks amazing…but now I'm hungry…

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iamsolost

My brother got me their Family Baking Book last Christmas, such a great gift. This week's menu:

1. Whole wheat pasta with sprouts & shrooms
2. Breakfast sandwiches
3. Honey mustard chicken w/ asparagus
4. Basil tomato chicken skillet

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kekubski

That book just makes me hungry thinking about all the stuff to cook! I think that tomorrow for dinner Hawaiian chicken is on the menu with white rice and pineapple! I'm not giving up on summer just yet!
kekubski@eiu.edu

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Paisley

This week I'm making teriyaki pork tenderloin, some steaks on the grill, spaghetti with meatballs, and a big batch of "Sneaky Chef" chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

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Macki West

I really need to be smarter and I think this mag is just the thing.
Baby daddy is out of town this week, so it's all about simplicity with two kiddos. Tonight was roasted veggies with rainbow tortellini and grilled chicken, it was goood. Over the next few days we will be having home made pizza – with veggie faces made by my daughter. CWMK rainbow broccoli and cous cous cakes with kid fave, 'chicken bones' in other words, drumsticks. After the kids go down, I break out my secret chocolate stash and some vino.

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Kuky

I am already subscribed with them so I don't need a subscription. But I wanted to say go for the Crocs. They have so many different styles. I particularly love my ballet flat looking Crocs.

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Brooke

I love to cook and bake, but I don't like to clean up. Maybe instead of a subscription, they could send me a dishwasher?! Ha! It would be awesome to win a subscription because my cookbook drawers in my kitchen still have space (even though my shelves are full).

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Danielle

This week I'll be making beef stroganoff, spinach gnocchi for the wee ones (and adults), and some grilled indian spiced chicken breasts.

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Kelly H.

we're trying to cram in a little more summer this week–grilled chicken, greek pasta salad, fresh marinara from garden tomotoes. yum!

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Jamie

I'm thinking chili, brownies, homemade bread (in the breadmaker, or course I do have 3 small children) and maybe some rice pudding. I also saw a recipe for homemade yogurt in the crock pot that I've been wanting to try. We'll see.

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Kimberly

I have been going through a list of new recipes this week, but am looking forward to trying out some sort of new "salad" for a gathering Friday night…also ready to get out the breadmaker and give it a try from scratch. πŸ™‚

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Lindsey

What a great giveaway! I would greatly benefit from this subscription. πŸ˜‰ I'm making homemade chicken pot pie and a quiche later this week, yummy!

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Miss Jillian

i would so love to set foot in that test kitchen. it would be magical. this week…or more specifically today…i plan on baking cinnamon quick bread and making almond chicken for dinner.

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jessincincy

Confusion on whether to post here or on facespace. So I copy and paste. Ooooh! A rhyme!

The rest of my cooking this week will be dedicated to my Ruby SweetPea's first birthday party…and the food that my family will gorge themselves on. There will be a Boston pork butt on the smoker (thanks to my husband) and my homemade bourbon BBQ sauce. This evening, its off to the market for asparagus and kalamata olives to make antipasto salad. And if I didn't make baked potato salad for my grandpa, he would write me out of the will. Most of which, my darling daughter will eat up like the little piglet that she is!

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Kaesmene

I'm making corn chowder, a sesame chile chicken with watermelon salsa, and I'll probably get my toddler into the kitchen to make sugar cookies.

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Manda

Awesome giveaway! There's lots of "putting up" to be done around here this week–tomatoes galore from the garden! I've got spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce and stewed tomatoes to can. I also have some grapes to make grape jelly with. Regular cooking: zucchini and couscous, spaghetti, soy meatballs and baked potatoes are on the menu!

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vaog7

I love that magazine! I bought one at the store one time and would love to have more! I think I will make one of my favorites from it, Chichen with 40 cloves of garlic! YUM!

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Christine

I'm looking to grill some pizza! I've never done it before, but after the most depressing 6+ months of having a broken oven I finally realized recently that I could still make pizza, just stove-top. I hope it works!

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SolDucky

Oh, I loved seeing these photos! Thanks for sharing them.

I am making homemade spaghetti and meatballs tonight, pork chops with mushroom sauce, chicken stir fry, and a garlic rosemarry crusted pork roast later this week.

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decadent cookie

I love the magazine but cant always afford to buy it so this is such an amazing opportunity!
I'd love to make something new with all the eggpants my kids just picked.

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Delia

I have the Family Test Kitchen cook book so I am already a huge fan! I actually just made their chewy chocolate chip cookies yesterday- the best recipe hands down- and I love their Black Bean Soup. Delish! I will likely make that this or next week!

What a dream to do the tour. Wow.

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Jmom

I made mint fudge and marshmallow fudge this week for a women's salad and chocolate night at our church. I'm a little sick of chocolate after this, there was so many delicious desserts!

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ebrussell

When I was 8 months pregnant, I used their 'Best Make-Ahead Recipes' to stock the freezer with oven-ready meals. Now, with a 1-month old baby, those meals are invaluable! Everything I've made from these guys has been top-notch.

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Erin

I really don't do too much cooking late in the summer. There are a lot of garden produce to use in salads and sandwiches. I LOVE ATK, though and have their Family cookbook.

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khbnelson

I'm looking forward to two meals this week: Red kidney bean curry from Smitten Kitchen and Thai Curry with japanese eggplants.

Also, SO jealous of your tour of the ATK. I have adored their magazine for years and flip through their cookbooks almost nightly. Would love to be able to have a subscription again!

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babytabler

I whipped up some yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies last night and will be grilling my farm fresh corn and roasting tomatoes/tomatillos this weekend.

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Ganner

Alllllll sooooo yummy. Tonight I made chicken kebabs – using, of course, the recipe from The Best Recipe book. Yay for America's Test Kitchen. Love them.

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Louisa

I just finished making banana chocolate chip cookies and banana blackberry muffins. I had a lot of bananas to use up.

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Erin

I will be whipping up some homemade soup (hoping it works better this time than last), some roast chicken and grilling steaks.

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Rachel

As much as I would love to bake me some ATK chocolate chip cookies, my oven is on the fritz and I will have to settle for some homemade mac & cheese (baked on the grill outside) to feed my comfort food cravings.

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Liz

This week for breakfast I am making breakfast burritos, waffles, pancakes, & smoothies. All the other meals I have no idea what to make. I obviously need a subscription to Cooks' Illustrated for dinner ideas!

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mshaf23

i LOVE Cooks Illustrated! Everything always makes sense and turns out delicious. This week I'll be making a few zucchini recipes (frittatas, muffins, and who knows what else) as our garden has finally given us some giant zucchini!

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Megan @ Meanwhile...

Love that magazine! I had a subscription once upon a time…I miss it! Hmm, it's chilly here this week, so I'm making warm things. Maybe some italian sausage soup tonight.

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simplylanie

I think cooking can really be enjoyable and an art, I love getting in the kitchen with my husband or kids and cooking up a meal or treat we all enjoy. Always love to find and discover something new to add to our family recipes.

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Mama Lusco

Tonight was pork roast with fresh picked green beans & roasted red potatoes, peppers & onions. I'm still canning green beans & corn from my garden. Love their PBS show and hope to win!

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Hanaβ

How fun. I was there last year summer and was very impressed. The place is huge and the people so friendly. Did you get to see Chris' bike? Pretty cool.
Yesterday was spicy tuna casserole night and tonight my hubby's chicken fajitas. Yum! Thanks for doing the giveaway.

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So-Sew Me

Sunday was rib-eyes, mashed potatoes, and beans. Tonight will be baked rigatoni and meatballs. I love to cook a little bit of everything.

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