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Tell VT: What did you learn from mom about cooking?

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What’s the best thing your mom taught you about cooking? Share your answer below and see what others have to say. Our favorite responses will be published in the next issue of VT.

April/May 2012

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That homemade always tastes better than store-bought. (Thanks Mom!)

Emily - 2016-04-25 20:43:02

I just received the May 2016 issue and the mail and noticed that the magazine is now about 5% bigger in width and height. It seems like a waste of resources. More paper, more ink, higher fuel cost for transportation, etc. We all have to do our part to be sustainable and I believe VT went in the wrong direction with the size change.

Maja Toft - 2016-04-23 18:01:39

I would like to give my input about the what seems to be new decision to have all of the photos taken by the same person. First of all they are all over lit and have a yellow cast which makes them very unappealing, and second of all they have a sameness about them they makes it difficult to distinguish one dish from the next. They are hard to look at and really difficult to be excited about making or eating anything that is presented. They are also indistinguishable from the ads. I urge you to go back to the creative and varied format.

Linda Rosier - 2016-04-16 15:04:22


Enya Coleman - 2016-03-12 18:59:13

My mom taught me to have fun while you cook. Listen to music, dance , sing to make food with joy and love.

Celia - 2016-02-01 08:17:06

I had trouble with the Wild Rice and Sage Stuffing with Crunchy Croutons on page 50 of the Thanksgiving special issue. First of all, there's no sage in the ingredients, and it didn't really fit in an 8 X 8" pan. Were the 8 slices of toasted bread supposed to be croutons? That's a lot of croutons!

Irene Gibson - 2015-11-28 21:03:33

My mom taught me that being organized in the kitchen saves a lot of hassles and frustrations. Because of her training, I always have all the ingredients lined up before starting to cook, and I clean up as I go, so I never suddenly discover that I'm missing an ingredient or a clean utensil right when I need it.

Roberta - 2015-08-04 02:50:24

Because my mom is from Trinidad, she's not afraid of mixing flavours, spices, or even fruits and vegetables in a dish. She taught me to try new combinations, which I do a lot in my own cooking and baking. It made becoming a vegetarian that much easier for me back when I was 13, and has help to ensure that my own tiny vegheads love a variety of flavours.

Candice - 2015-01-25 17:38:26

I consider myself to be a good cook. That being said, I am having a hard time cooking vegetarian. I have tried many recipes and had to discard the dish. Part of the problem maybe that I am also learning to cook on a electric stove. Any help that VT may throw my way to help with cooking vegetarian will be appreciated.

Raene Dell - 2015-01-20 17:17:56

I subscribe to VT and I have the app, but there is no way to use it with my current subscription. This is very frustrating. Please advise.

Jan Miller - 2014-12-30 15:38:18

Try a bite

pam rank - 2014-08-17 02:15:22

I can"t believe that you recommend Weetabix as a cereal for kids. I lived overseas as a kid, and OMG, Weetabix is absolutely the most unappetizing and tasteless cereal ever. I would not give it to my kids because it would make them hate anything I ever offered them afterwards in the name of healthy, vegetarian eating. Has anyone on your staff eaten Weetabix?

Elena Larsen - 2014-08-12 01:07:52