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At Taste of Home, we believe home cooks are the best cooks, and our Community Cooks are simply the best of the best. The members of this vibrant community have created many of the inspired recipes at the heart of Taste of Home, treasured by cooks across the globe.

These talented home cooks are always whipping up fresh, exciting flavors, sharing their best cooking tips, and posting pictures and videos of their latest kitchen triumphs. Get to know Community Cooks from across the U.S. and Canada!

Community Cook of the Month

community cook of the month april wiencek and her burger sliders and secret sauce recipeTMB Studio, Courtesy April Wiencek

April Wiencek from Chicago, Illinois

Before becoming the Tipsy Housewife, April worked various roles in the food industry for more than 20 years. She later turned her love of cooking and the occasional cocktail (or two) into a dedicated blog where she showcases her easy, affordable and accessible recipes. When “Tipsy” is not cooking for her friends and family, she is busy being a pet mom to her dog, Bailey, and visiting her mother’s home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

April’s recipe for Burger Sliders with Secret Sauce was a 2021 Recipe of the Year finalist. You’ve gotta try them. Then check her out representing TOH on WGN News in Chicago!

Taste of Home: How long have you been a TOH fan?

April Wiencek: My grandma got me a subscription to TOH magazine when I got my first apartment in 1996. I immediately fell in love with the easy, accessible recipes. I have been a fan ever since, and literally have hundreds of copies of my favorite issues.

TOH: How did you learn to cook?

AW: My family was in the restaurant business. For us, food is love, and everyone has at least one dish they are famous for. When we get together, we look forward to sharing our favorite foods that others make.

TOH: What are your favorite TOH recipes?

AW: There are too many to mention, but one recipe I love was for a Catalina Chicken—that is absolutely delicious. I love Catalina dressing, so it was definitely a hit for me.

TOH: Who do you love to cook for most?

AW: I am old fashioned in the sense that I like to make sure I have dinner on the table every night for Mr. Tipsy. He works second shift, so he doesn’t often get home from work until 11 p.m. I love knowing that he is looking forward to his dinner when he gets home. The way to a person’s heart is definitely through their stomach.

TOH: What types of recipes are you known for?

AW: Classic comfort food with accessible ingredients for all. Most of my recipes come from inspiration from my collected cookbooks, family recipes and recipes from friends’ dishes that I have had at potlucks.

TOH: What’s the next cooking skill you want to master?

AW: I have had a sous vide in the box for two years. This winter, I am going to learn how to use it.

TOH: What made you want to start blogging?

AW: I have worked in food for my whole life. I got tired of the typical 9-to-5, so I nannied. I cooked all their meals and did their shopping. They called me their “housewife.” I was putting the pictures of the food I cooked on social media, and at the time, I was also helping the mom run her social media for her craft business. I decided to create an account for the fun of it and as a creative outlet, and it blew up!

Our Whole Team

Cc Map No.2

Community Cooks come from neighborhoods across the U.S. and Canada. Find one in your neck of the woods.

Alabama
Lisa Allen, Joppa, Alabama

Alaska

Cindi DeClue, Anchorage, Alaska

Arizona
Jessica Burke,
Chandler, Arizona
Cathy Orban, Chandler, Arizona
Robert J. Johnson,
Chino Valley, Arizona
Cori Cooper,
 Flagstaff, Arizona
Paul Williams, Fort Mohave, Arizona
Lee Mason, Gilbert, Arizona
Belqui Ortiz-Millili, Mesa, Arizona
Karen Keefe, Phoenix, Arizona

Arkansas

Debbie Glasscock, Conway, Arkansas

California

Helen Nelander, Boulder Creek, California
Marina Castle-Kelley, Canyon Country, California
Kallee Krong-Mccreery, Escondido, California
Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
Rosie Godycki, Los Angeles, California
Dorothy Kern, Rocklin, California

Colorado

Ann Bush, Colorado City, Colorado
Crystal Jo Bruns, Iliff, Colorado
Rebecca Wilson, Longmont, Colorado

Connecticut

Anna Gass, New Canaan, Connecticut
Lynn Faria,
Southington, Connecticut
Janet Turner, Southington, Connecticut
Diane Morrisey, Trumbull, Connecticut
Ruth Hartunian-Alumbaugh, Willimantic, Connecticut

Florida

Janie Ganyard, Jacksonville, Florida
Kathleen Criddle, Lake Worth, Florida
Heather Chambers, Largo, Florida
Pam Brooks, Micco, Florida
Nancy Murphy, Mount Dora, Florida
Cyndy Gerken, Naples, Florida
Kailey Thompson, Palm Bay, Florida
Shawn Barto, Palmetto, Florida
Jane Whittaker, Pensacola, Florida
Norlene Trice, Weeki Wachee, Florida
Danielle Lee, West Palm Beach, Florida

Georgia

Lynne German, Buford, Georgia
Rosey Sumrall, Kennesaw, Georgia

Hawaii

Rachel Garcia, Honolulu, Hawaii

Idaho

Glenna Tooman, Boise, Idaho
Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
Cindy Worth, Lapwai, Idaho

Illinois

April Lee Wiencek, Chicago, Illinois
Dixie Terry, Goreville, Illinois
Deborah L. Staley, Mount Vernon, Illinois
Erin Raatjes, New Lenox, Illinois
Renee Page, Rochelle, Illinois
Michele Tungett, Rochester, Illinois
Brigette Schroeder, Yorkville, Illinois

Indiana

Kizmet Byrd, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Rena McCalment,
Sharpsville, Indiana
Kathy Renee, Terre Haute, Indiana
Jill Thomas, Washington, Indiana

Iowa

Anna Miller, Churdan, Iowa
Lonnie Hartstack, Clarinda, Iowa
Jennifer Stowell, Deep River, Iowa
Stephanie Gates, Waterloo, Iowa

Kansas

Gina Dolieslager, Conway Springs, Kansas
Allison Ochoa, Hays, Kansas
Erin Wright, Wallace, Kansas
Courtney Stultz, Weir, KansasKentucky
Donna Gribbins, Shelbyville, Kentucky

Louisiana

Laura Herbage, Covington, Louisiana
Amy Gattuso, Denham Springs, Louisiana

Maryland

Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland
Nikki Haddad, Germantown, Maryland

Massachusetts

Ann Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts
Molly Winsten, Medford, Massachusetts
Lindsey Centrella, Uxbridge, Massachusetts

Michigan

Jennifer Gilbert, Brighton, Michigan
Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan
Lorraine Hickman, Lansing, Michigan
Sue Evans, Marquette, Michigan
Sue Falk, Sterling Heights, Michigan
Rebecca Jennex, Warren, Michigan

Minnesota

Pauline Custer, Duluth, Minnesota
Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota
Julie Herrera-Lemler, Rochester, Minnesota

Missouri

Debbie Johnson, Centertown, Missouri

Montana

Amanda Monroe, Manhattan, Montana

Nebraska

Tami Kuehl, Loup City, Nebraska

New Hampshire

Anne Ormond, Dover, New Hampshire
Jolene Martinelli, Fremont, New Hampshire
Pattie Prescott, Manchester, New Hampshire
Margaret Drye, Plainfield, New Hampshire
Grace Vallo, Salem, New Hampshire
Linda Harrington, Windham, New Hampshire

New Jersey

Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Janie Zirbser, Mullica Hill, New Jersey
Kim Spaccarotella, South Plainfield, New Jersey

New York

Rose Rodwell, Bergen, New York
Aleni Salcedo, East Elmhurst, New York
Luanne Asta, Hampton Bays, New York
Holly Balzer-Harz, Malone, New York
Marisel Salazar, New York, New York
Kimberly Ludvick, Newburgh, New York
Rita Sumers, Niagara Falls, New York
Melissa Obernesser, Oriskany, New York
Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York
Susan Seymour, Valatie, New York
Andrea Rivera, Westbury, New York

North Carolina

Stacey White, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
Stacy Corday, Waxhaw, North Carolina

North Dakota

Amy Lents, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Diane Randle, Maddock, North Dakota

Ohio

Christina Addison, Blanchester, Ohio
Gina Fensler, Cincinnati, Ohio
Kimberly Wallace, Dennison, Ohio
Angela Robinson, Findlay, Ohio
Kristyne McDougle Walter, Lorain, Ohio
Theresa Ravencraft, Marysville, Ohio
Diane Shipley,
 Mentor, Ohio
Becky Carver, North Royalton, Ohio
Michele Salazar, Plain City, Ohio
Shannon Copley, Upper Arlington, Ohio

Oklahoma

Nancy Johnson, Laverne, Oklahoma
Shawna Welsh-Garrison, Owasso, Oklahoma

Oregon

Mary Anne Thygesen, Portland, Oregon
Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

Pennsylvania

Diann Hammel, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Dawn Lowenstein, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
Tina Mirilovich, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Teena Petrus, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Susan Bickta, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Cindy Reams, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
Patty Crouse, Warren, Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Renee Murby, Johnston, Rhode Island

South Dakota

Joan Antonen, Arlington, South Dakota
Karen Stucky, Freeman, South Dakota

Tennessee

Margaret McNeil, Germantown, Tennessee
Kim Powell, Knoxville, Tennessee
Dianna Smith, Newport, Tennessee

Texas

Darla Andrews, Boerne, Texas
Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas
Allison Ulrich, Frisco, Texas
Corinna Nguyen, Hutto, Texas
Marietta Slater, Justin, Texas
Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
Denise Browning, San Antonio, Texas
Sherri Jerzyk, Somerville, Texas
Leah Hebert, Tomball, Texas

Utah

Courtney Rich, Highland, Utah
Elisabeth Larsen,
 Pleasant Grove, Utah
Gaylene Anderson, Sandy, Utah

Vermont

Nancy Mock, Colchester, Vermont
Hannah Lenehan-Emmons, Williston, Vermont

Virginia

Soniya Saluja, Chantilly, Virginia
Rachel Lewis, Danville, Virginia
Rebecca Yankovich, Springfield, Virginia
Kelly Shoemaker, Stafford, Virginia

Washington

Tara Huntley, Colfax, Washington
Ann Marie Eberhart, Gig Harbor, Washington

West Virginia

Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia
Lorri Burns, Keyser, West Virginia

Wisconsin

Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Heather Karow, Burnett, Wisconsin
Darlis Wilfer, West Bend, Wisconsin

Alberta

Shannon Dobos, Calgary, Alberta
Lori Stefanishion, Drumheller, Alberta

Ontario

J. Fleming, Almonte, Ontario
Susan Kieboam, Amherstburg, Ontario
Janet Tigchelaar, Ancaster, Ontario
Wendy Masters, East Garafraxa, Ontario
Raymonde Bourgeois, Swastika, Ontario
Pat Roberts, Thornton, Ontario

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