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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...

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Easy Overnight Granola

Easy Overnight Granola Healthy, with oats, fruits and nuts, and no preservatives or ingredients you can’t pronounce. Prepare in the evening and it’s ready to eat the next morning.  Easy to vary by changing the type of nuts and fruits...

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Giant Yorkshire Puddings

  Giant Yorkshire Puddings Make up the batter just before your roast of beef is ready to take out of the oven.  Then crank up the heat in the oven, and cook up these little beauties! Ingredients 3 eggs 1...

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Low’n Slow Method for Roast Beef

This method gives you tender, fall-apart roast beef every time.  It was cold here over the weekend.  Saturday was one of those damp, cold, windy days when you want something cooking for a long time in the oven to warm...

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Peach Bellini

Peach Bellini This is the essential late summer drink.  I always have this when peaches are ripe.  I recommend making a blender full when you are preparing the rest of your late summer peaches for the freezer.  (I bribe my...

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Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs These are very easy to make, freeze well, and go in anything from spaghetti sauce to soup to sub sandwiches.  Or you can just have them plain as your main dish.  Beef and pork is traditional, but I...

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Dilled Salmon

Dilled Salmon Easy, simple, and yummy. Ingredients mayo or ranch dressing dill pepper thinly sliced lemon boneless, skinless salmon fillet Directions Preheat oven and baking sheet to 375 degrees F.  (that way, you don’t lose time while your baking pan...

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Dilly Beloved

The days are getting shorter, and definitely cooler.  This is the time of year where I start deciding how to preserve my garden produce before it gets killed by the frost.  I have had to cover my tomatoes a few...

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Peanut Butter Chip Brownie Cookies

Peanut Butter Chip Brownie Cookies Chocolate brownie cookies with peanut butter flavored chips. These were my oldest daughter’s favorite as a child, now they are her son’s favorite. Who can resist? Makes about 36 cookies Ingredients 1 cup butter or...

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Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

Cheddar Garlic Biscuits These are a copycat of Red Lobster’s delicious Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Crispy on the outside, tender and flakey on the inside, and topped with garlic butter, they are unbelievably yummy. So quick to mix up, and just...

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Spinach and Feta Cheese Pizza

Spinach and Feta Cheese Pizza Makes one 12-inch pizza Ingredients 1 12-inch pizza shell (see pizza dough recipe) 3 Tbsps olive oil 2 or 3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tsp dried, or 2 tsp fresh dill (chopped if...

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Crispy Fried Basa

Crispy Fried Basa You will be amazed what a crispy crust this produces without any oil.  Basa has a mild flavor and a delicate texture, with no “fishy” taste or smell.  Use this method with any mild flavored white fish...

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Thick and Fluffy Pancakes

Thick and Fluffy Pancakes This recipe is so easy to make that I don’t bother buying pancake mix. I like to add bananas or blueberries for a change. This recipe is for four people but it can easily be halved...

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Waffles

Waffles Serve these tender crispy waffles with butter and hot maple syrup for breakfast, or top with sliced strawberries in syrup and whipped cream for a special treat. servings: Serves 3 – 4 people Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour...

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Homemade Maple Syrup

Homemade Maple Syrup Ingredients 1 cup white sugar 2 cups water 1/2 cup corn syrup 1 Tbsp maple flavoring Directions 1)       Combine water and sugar in medium saucepan. Stir over med-high heat to dissolve sugar. Once it starts to boil,...

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Pizza Dough Recipe

Pizza Dough Makes the perfect not-too-thick, not-too-thin pizza crust for your favorite pizza.  If you like a thinner crust, divide the dough into three.  If you prefer a thicker crust, divide the dough into two.  You can freeze the dough...

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Peach Jam and Freezing Peaches

Peach Jam If your peaches are clings, then use the lower amount of Certo.  If your peaches are very juicy freestones, then use the larger amount of Certo and add the peach flavoring.  Make sure to wash and sterilize your...

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Granny’s Zucchini Bread

Granny’s Zucchini Bread One of my Mom’s standby recipes, flavored with cinnamon and nuts.  Moist texture and good flavor.  Most everyone likes this one.  Freezes well. Ingredients 3 cups flour 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking...

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Margarita Pizza

Margarita Pizza Tomato, garlic, fresh basil, and mozzarella. Sometimes the simplest is the best. servings: Makes one 12-inch pizza Ingredients 1 12-inch pizza shell (see dough recipe) 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 or 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 3 ripe...

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Chocolate Zucchini Loaf

Chocolate Zucchini Loaf This is rich, moist, not too sweet, and a great way to use up zucchini. This recipe makes 2 loaves or one 9×12 cake. Ingredients 4 cups grated zucchini 2 ½ cups flour 2 Tbsp cornstarch 2/3...