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  1. #1
    Catmandy (Sheryl) Guest

    Default Cooking Club of America?

    Anyone here a member of "Cooking Club of America"? I got mail from
    them today.
    My first thought was "Sounds like a scam". But it's "only" $1 a month.
    Of course, I'd want to pay that all in one lump sum, last thing I need
    to have to do is remember to pay another monthly bill! $12/year, you
    get a monthly magazine, $100 worth of coupons for groceries, and if
    you test any of their products, you get to keep them and just send
    back a survey. I know someone who claims she got a set of pots for
    free, and a few other items, from them.

    At any rate, part of me is wondering "If it sounds too good to be
    true, it probably is" and part of me is thinking "maybe it's not a
    scam. Free stuff is free stuff".

    The mailing they sent is high on hype--lots of great buzz words they
    hope will hook you but there's not a lot of detail and I know that's
    intentional.

    So if anyone has any experience with this "club", would like to hear
    about it.
    Thanks

  2. #2
    Virginia Tadrzynski Guest

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    "Catmandy (Sheryl)" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > Anyone here a member of "Cooking Club of America"? I got mail from
    > them today.
    > My first thought was "Sounds like a scam". But it's "only" $1 a month.
    > Of course, I'd want to pay that all in one lump sum, last thing I need
    > to have to do is remember to pay another monthly bill! $12/year, you
    > get a monthly magazine, $100 worth of coupons for groceries, and if
    > you test any of their products, you get to keep them and just send
    > back a survey. I know someone who claims she got a set of pots for
    > free, and a few other items, from them.
    >
    > At any rate, part of me is wondering "If it sounds too good to be
    > true, it probably is" and part of me is thinking "maybe it's not a
    > scam. Free stuff is free stuff".
    >
    > The mailing they sent is high on hype--lots of great buzz words they
    > hope will hook you but there's not a lot of detail and I know that's
    > intentional.
    >
    > So if anyone has any experience with this "club", would like to hear
    > about it.
    > Thanks


    I bit a couple of years ago. The mag is bi-monthly, 6 a year, and they tell
    you you can try things for them. I've done a few....they send coupons for
    food items free, you make them and rate them. So far I haven't been asked
    about any of the 'good' things.....mixers, bowls, ovens, etc. It's so-so on
    the recipes. Similar in type to Taste of Home, which in my opinion, is
    superior to CCA. Also, if you take one of those, you get ads to 'join' all
    their 'sister' clubs, Hunting, Handyman, etc.
    -ginny



  3. #3
    Catmandy (Sheryl) Guest

    Default Re: Cooking Club of America?

    On Jul 16, 10:46*pm, "Virginia Tadrzynski" <ta...@ptd.net> wrote:
    > "Catmandy (Sheryl)" <catma...@optonline.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]...
    >
    >
    >
    > > Anyone here a member of "Cooking Club of America"? I got mail from
    > > them today.
    > > My first thought was "Sounds like a scam". But it's "only" $1 a month.
    > > Of course, I'd want to pay that all in one lump sum, last thing I need
    > > to have to do is remember to pay another monthly bill! $12/year, you
    > > get a monthly magazine, $100 worth of coupons for groceries, and if
    > > you test any of their products, you get to keep them and just send
    > > back a survey. *I know someone who claims she got a set of pots for
    > > free, and a few other items, from them.

    >
    > > At any rate, part of me is wondering "If it sounds too good to be
    > > true, it probably is" and part of me is thinking "maybe it's not a
    > > scam. Free stuff is free stuff".

    >
    > > The mailing they sent is high on hype--lots of great buzz words they
    > > hope will hook you but there's not a lot of detail and I know that's
    > > intentional.

    >
    > > So if anyone has any experience with this "club", would like to hear
    > > about it.
    > > Thanks

    >
    > I bit a couple of years ago. *The mag is bi-monthly, 6 a year, and theytell
    > you you can try things for them. *I've done a few....they send coupons for
    > food items free, you make them and rate them. *So far I haven't been asked
    > about any of the 'good' things.....mixers, bowls, ovens, etc. *It's so-so on
    > the recipes. *Similar in type to Taste of Home, which in my opinion, is
    > superior to CCA. *Also, if you take one of those, you get ads to 'join'all
    > their 'sister' clubs, Hunting, Handyman, etc.
    > -ginny


    Hmm.. that's what I thought. Not that great. I searched about them on
    Chowhound and there some very unkind things said about it. I'm going
    to pass. I hate Taste of Home magazine. So if that's better than
    Cooking Club's magazine, it would be a waste of time and $12. Thanks,
    Ginny

  4. #4
    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Cooking Club of America?


    "Catmandy (Sheryl)" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > Anyone here a member of "Cooking Club of America"? I got mail from
    > them today.
    > My first thought was "Sounds like a scam". But it's "only" $1 a month.



    Their other company is Handyman Club. It is quite the joke for any serious
    DIYer or real handyman. Save your buck a month.


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    Lionel Hutz Guest

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    "Ed Pawlowski" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] ...
    >
    > "Catmandy (Sheryl)" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    >> Anyone here a member of "Cooking Club of America"? I got mail from
    >> them today.
    >> My first thought was "Sounds like a scam". But it's "only" $1 a month.

    >
    >
    > Their other company is Handyman Club. It is quite the joke for any
    > serious DIYer or real handyman. Save your buck a month.


    And The Fishing Club of America and The Hunting Club of America and probably
    a host of other "Clubs of America".


  6. #6
    Sky Guest

    Default Re: Cooking Club of America?

    Catmandy (Sheryl) wrote:
    >
    > Anyone here a member of "Cooking Club of America"? ....


    I've never done CCA, but I have subscribed to Taste Of Home. It did not
    take me very long (knock on wood) to realize that ToH is not really a
    'cuisine' magazine than it is a collection of ..... sorry, I'm not sure
    how to describe what I mean to imply!!!!!! Anywho, if it matters much,
    I think I received the same "invitation" also, and I immediately placed
    it in the 'round file'

    Sky

    --
    Ultra Ultimate Kitchen Rule - Use the Timer!
    Ultimate Kitchen Rule -- Cook's Choice!!

  7. #7
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Cooking Club of America?

    On 7/16/2010 8:57 PM, Catmandy (Sheryl) wrote:
    > Anyone here a member of "Cooking Club of America"? I got mail from
    > them today.
    > My first thought was "Sounds like a scam". But it's "only" $1 a month.
    > Of course, I'd want to pay that all in one lump sum, last thing I need
    > to have to do is remember to pay another monthly bill! $12/year, you
    > get a monthly magazine, $100 worth of coupons for groceries, and if
    > you test any of their products, you get to keep them and just send
    > back a survey. I know someone who claims she got a set of pots for
    > free, and a few other items, from them.
    >
    > At any rate, part of me is wondering "If it sounds too good to be
    > true, it probably is" and part of me is thinking "maybe it's not a
    > scam. Free stuff is free stuff".
    >
    > The mailing they sent is high on hype--lots of great buzz words they
    > hope will hook you but there's not a lot of detail and I know that's
    > intentional.
    >
    > So if anyone has any experience with this "club", would like to hear
    > about it.
    > Thanks


    No experience with it but if you do a simple Google search on the name
    you will find a zillion reviews, nearly all bad. It's listed as a scam
    in many places.

  8. #8
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Cooking Club of America?

    On 7/16/2010 9:46 PM, Virginia Tadrzynski wrote:
    > "Catmandy (Sheryl)"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    >> Anyone here a member of "Cooking Club of America"? I got mail from
    >> them today.
    >> My first thought was "Sounds like a scam". But it's "only" $1 a month.
    >> Of course, I'd want to pay that all in one lump sum, last thing I need
    >> to have to do is remember to pay another monthly bill! $12/year, you
    >> get a monthly magazine, $100 worth of coupons for groceries, and if
    >> you test any of their products, you get to keep them and just send
    >> back a survey. I know someone who claims she got a set of pots for
    >> free, and a few other items, from them.
    >>
    >> At any rate, part of me is wondering "If it sounds too good to be
    >> true, it probably is" and part of me is thinking "maybe it's not a
    >> scam. Free stuff is free stuff".
    >>
    >> The mailing they sent is high on hype--lots of great buzz words they
    >> hope will hook you but there's not a lot of detail and I know that's
    >> intentional.
    >>
    >> So if anyone has any experience with this "club", would like to hear
    >> about it.
    >> Thanks

    >
    > I bit a couple of years ago. The mag is bi-monthly, 6 a year, and they tell
    > you you can try things for them. I've done a few....they send coupons for
    > food items free, you make them and rate them. So far I haven't been asked
    > about any of the 'good' things.....mixers, bowls, ovens, etc. It's so-so on
    > the recipes. Similar in type to Taste of Home, which in my opinion, is
    > superior to CCA. Also, if you take one of those, you get ads to 'join' all
    > their 'sister' clubs, Hunting, Handyman, etc.
    > -ginny
    >
    >

    Yeah, my experience was with Handyman, one of the grandkids gave me a
    subscription several years ago. I was bombarded with "free" and "low
    cost" offers every time the mail came. In addition they sell your
    address and info to every scam artist in the world. I would stay away
    from anything to do with them myself.

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    sf Guest

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    On Sat, 17 Jul 2010 03:20:04 -0500, Sky <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > I've never done CCA, but I have subscribed to Taste Of Home. It did not
    > take me very long (knock on wood) to realize that ToH is not really a
    > 'cuisine' magazine than it is a collection of ..... sorry, I'm not sure
    > how to describe what I mean to imply!!!!!!


    Collection of recipes? Not a bad thing, IMO. I don't read cuisine
    magazines for the ads and articles, I read them for the recipes.

    I signed up for Taste of Home recipes by email; which are not any
    better or worse than my other recipe email.

    Example:
    <http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Mexican-Shrimp-Salad?pmcode=IKEDV04T&_mid=586200&_rid=586200.2883 00.11857>

    Mexican Shrimp Salad

    4 Servings
    Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.

    Ingredients

    * 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
    * 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
    * 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
    * 2 tablespoons canola oil
    * 2 teaspoons chili powder
    * 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    * 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    * 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    * 1/4 teaspoon salt
    * 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
    * 6 cups torn leaf lettuce
    * 1/2 cup fat-free ranch salad dressing

    Directions

    * In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first nine
    ingredients; add shrimp. Seal bag and turn to coat. Cover and
    refrigerate for 30 minutes.

    * Thread shrimp onto four metal or soaked wooden skewers; discard
    onion mixture. Using long-handled tongs, dip a paper towel in cooking
    oil and lightly coat the grill rack.

    * Grill shrimp, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat
    for 3-4 minutes on each side or until shrimp turn pink.

    * Divide lettuce among four plates; top with shrimp. Serve immediately
    with dressing. Yield: 4 servings.

    Editor's Note: When cutting hot peppers, disposable gloves are
    recommended. Avoid touching your face.

    Nutrition Facts: 1 serving equals 218 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated
    fat), 168 mg cholesterol, 716 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber,
    20 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 very lean meat, 1-1/2 fat, 1
    vegetable, 1/2 starch.

    Mexican Shrimp Salad published in Healthy Cooking June/July 2008, p19


    --

    Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.

  10. #10
    Janet Wilder Guest

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    sf wrote:
    > On Sat, 17 Jul 2010 03:20:04 -0500, Sky <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> I've never done CCA, but I have subscribed to Taste Of Home. It did not
    >> take me very long (knock on wood) to realize that ToH is not really a
    >> 'cuisine' magazine than it is a collection of ..... sorry, I'm not sure
    >> how to describe what I mean to imply!!!!!!

    >
    > Collection of recipes? Not a bad thing, IMO. I don't read cuisine
    > magazines for the ads and articles, I read them for the recipes.
    >
    > I signed up for Taste of Home recipes by email; which are not any
    > better or worse than my other recipe email.
    >
    > Example:
    > <http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Mexican-Shrimp-Salad?pmcode=IKEDV04T&_mid=586200&_rid=586200.2883 00.11857>
    >
    > Mexican Shrimp Salad
    >
    > 4 Servings
    > Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.



    I used to get their "Light" magazine. Their idea of "diabetic" recipes
    was to take out sugar and insert artificial sweetener. No regard
    whatsoever for total carbohydrate or fat contents. After writing to
    their editor twice and being ignored, I canceled.

    Reiman Publications did have some nice magazines. We especially liked
    Country Discoveries. I actually got paid for several submissions even
    though I was a subscriber.
    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

  11. #11
    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Sat, 17 Jul 2010 00:18:29 -0400, Lionel Hutz wrote:

    > And The Fishing Club of America and The Hunting Club of America and probably
    > a host of other "Clubs of America".


    North American Hunting Club
    North American Fishing Club
    Handyman Club of America
    National Home Gardening Club
    Cooking Club of America
    National Health & Wellness Club
    Creative Home Arts Club
    The History Channel Club
    National Street Machine Club
    Motorcycle Riders Club of America
    Major League Baseball Insiders Club


    -sw

  12. #12
    Ranee at Arabian Knits Guest

    Default Re: Cooking Club of America?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Mexican Shrimp Salad


    That looks pretty good to me, actually. Thanks for sharing it.

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

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