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Chicken Fried Steak

Chicken Fried Steak     This is a southern staple that I had never heard of until I met my husband Steve. He is from southern California, where chicken fried steak is served for breakfast with eggs and hash browns,...

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Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars This is like a little bite of tangy lemon pie on a shortbread crust – heavenly! Makes a 9 x 13 pan of squares Ingredients 2 1/3 cups all purpose flour, divided 1/2 cup icing sugar 1 cup...

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Everyday Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a familiar comfort breakfast food for most of us.  And, it’s good for you too, because the soluble fibre in oatmeal helps to lower cholesterol.  With the addition of raisins and nuts and served with a bit of milk,...

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Easter Bread

Rich and flakey from the eggs and butter, and flavored with brown sugar and orange, it is a traditional bread for Easter, but is good any time of the year. Delicious served with sweetened cream cheese (Pashka).

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Spice up your everyday Salad

Trying to eat right, I often include a salad in my dinner menu.  But don’t you get tired of the same old lettuce salad?  I do, and so we started adding different things to spice up a tired old plain salad...

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Easy White Pizza

Easy White Pizza This is an easy pizza recipe using pre-made ingredients. I have used chicken, jarred or canned artichokes, and fresh mushrooms, but you could put on any of your favorite delicate flavoured ingredients. I promise you will be...

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Overnight French Toast

Overnight French Toast  Just buy a loaf of thick cut Texas Toast bread, put it together the day before, and pop it into the fridge.  All you do is bake and serve the next morning.  Super easy to put together,...

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How To Roast Nuts

In all of my recipes, when nuts are called for, I always specify toasted nuts, or roasted nuts. They taste so much better than raw nuts with a deeper, richer, nuttier flavor.  I  buy the large bags of almonds and...

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Sticky Cinnamon Buns

Sticky Cinnamon Buns I made a version of these often when the kids were little, and everyone always loved them. I have gradually evolved the recipe over the years, always trying to get the perfect cinnamon bun. This recipe is...

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Every Day Coleslaw with Apples and Pecans

Coleslaw is one of the easiest salads to prepare. There are endless ways to prepare it, different dressings, and various additions to make it special. But there is one that we return to time after time: that’s this one. Fresh cabbage,...

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Easy Margherita Flatbread

Sorry for the lapse in posts!  I haven’t been feeling like cooking lately, so we have been having lots of quick and easy meals, and eating out.  Tonight we ate at a Tapas bar that has live jazz on Sundays....

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Oreo Turkey Cookies

I wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of the Americans who read my blog.  So, I dug into the archives of pictures and found these photos of friends and grandkids helping to make turkey cookies and paint mini pumpkins a...

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Time-Saver Baked Beans

Time-Saver Baked Beans A quick and easy way to turn a plain can of baked beans into something special.  Easy to double or triple the recipe for a crowd.  Serve with sliced wieners for a grown-up version of wieners and...

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Christmas Jingle Juice

Christmas Jingle Juice This cocktail is festive enough for Christmas, but fruity enough to be called an umbrella drink.  The smoothness of the Spiced Rum pulls all the fruity flavors together in this cranberry-orange-peach drink.  It reminds me of a...

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Mexican Cornbread

Mexican Cornbread This recipe is a cross between the southern (unsweetened) skillet cornbread, and the northern, sweeter cake-type style.  With the addition of the cheese and chopped peppers and onions, it is the perfect accompaniment to chili, beans, or any...

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Gooey Chocolate Puffed Wheat Squares

Chocolate Puffed Wheat Squares These are the gooiest most chocolaty puffed wheat squares I have ever had.  I didn’t used to be a big fan of puffed wheat squares- that is, until I tried these!  Now, everybody likes them.  They...

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Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

  Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake I got this recipe in the late 1970’s from a farm wife that we had gone to visit.  I never saw her again, but was lucky enough to score this recipe from her.  It’s easy,...

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Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies These cookies are the traditional soft drop cookie.  Moist, chewy and packed with raisins, and lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, everyone likes these.  Great for cookie exchanges, and make sure to keep some in...

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Broccoli Salad

This salad is the best way to eat your broccoli that I know of.  The earthy flavor of the broccoli marries up with the sweetness of raisins, the salty, smokiness of bacon, and the crunch of sunflower seeds, all brought...

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Peanut Butter Cookies – New & Improved

Peanut Butter Cookies – New & Improved These cookies are the classic peanut butter cookie. Crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle, it’s hard to eat just one.  I like using crunchy peanut butter so you have peanut...

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Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles These snickerdoodles are so delicious with the perfect texture: soft and chewy in the middle with a bit of crunch around the edges.  This is an old-fashioned recipe; tender butter cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar, that flatten and expand...

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Honey Buttermilk Bread and Buns

Honey Buttermilk Bread and Buns This makes a wonderful white bread with a tender crumb and a hint of sweetness.  The bread is best when it is hot from the oven.  You can also make it into buns, which can...

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Orange Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin-Orange Pie Filling This is the pumpkin pie that my Mom used to make. The orange perks up the pumpkin just enough to make it perfect.  This is the flavor that I remember from my childhood.  No Thanksgiving is complete...

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Brandy Spiked Whipped Cream

 Brandy Spiked Whipped Cream 1 cup whipping cream 1/4 cup powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1 Tbsp brandy or rum generous sprinkle of cinnamon

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Ginger Snaps

Ginger Snaps Spicy, dark and delicious. Add some bite by stirring in crystallized ginger. A traditional Christmas cookie. servings: Makes 30 – 40 cookies Ingredients 2 cups flour 1 Tbsp ground ginger 2 tsp baking soda 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4...

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Bread Pudding with a Crisp

Bread Pudding with a Crisp This bread pudding has a crisp streusel topping of butter, brown sugar and pecans on top, with a creamy and cinnaminny sweet bread custard underneath.  The raisins are optional, but I like them.  Same with...

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Dilled Zucchini Soup

Dilled Zucchini Soup Here is another good way to use up zucchini. This soup is light and creamy with a delicate hint of dill.  My whole family liked this soup.   This recipe makes 4 servings.  If you want enough to...

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Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Broccoli and Cheese Soup What a great way to get your family to eat broccoli. This soup is smooth, thick, filling and good for you.  Even the kids like it. Ingredients 6 cups (or so) broccoli, washed and coarsely cut...

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Cauliflower and Cheese Soup

Cauliflower and Cheese Soup Like cauliflower and cheese sauce?  This is just like that, but in a soup.  Smooth, thick, filling and good for you.  Even the kids like it. Ingredients 1 medium head of cauliflower (about 6 cups or...

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Cinnamon Bun Coffee Cake

  Cinnamon Bun Coffee Cake: 1 cup butter or margarine, softened 1 ½ cups milk 1 ½ cups sugar 2 tsp vanilla 1 tsp salt 3 eggs 3 cups flour 3 tsp baking powder Cinnamon Streusel: 1 cup butter or...