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Our Anniversary Dinner & a Potato Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: A Romantic Meal)

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Today FishPapa and I are celebrating our fifteenth wedding anniversary. It’s cliche, but true – the time has just flown by! We met when I was a sophomore in college. I was preparing for a year abroad and then I met the guy of my dreams. As the Lord would have it, we not only […]

Cheese Enchiladas

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Cheese Enchiladas are quick and easy to prepare, but they taste like something special. They are a delicious, meatless meal you can make in a snap. This week we’re swapping Main Dish recipes that don’t include meat. As I mentioned earlier this week, occasionally opting out of meat can be great for your budget as […]

Homemade Baguettes – One of the Finer Things in Life

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During my junior year in college, I lived and studied in Bordeaux, France. As a French Literature major, it was really necessary to know what I was talking about – literally. It was an experience of a lifetime. I rented a small studio apartment, cooked all my own meals, shopped daily in quaint little shops, […]

Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies (URS: The Cookie Throwdown)

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This week flour flew in my kitchen as the kids and I baked up a veritable storm. Wow! And we lived to tell about it. We also filled the freezer with calzone dough, apple pies, french bread, quick breads, chocolate-zucchini cake, and cookies. One of the highlights this week was a Chocolate Chip Cookie throwdown […]

Gramma John’s Pie Crust

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Making pie crust from scratch is like kid’s play when you use Gramma John’s Pie Crust recipe. It’s simple and delicious! Do you see how HAPPY that child is? He just made his first pie crust. You’ll be that happy, too, when you learn our family secret for easy, pat-in-pan pie crust. Gramma John’s Pie […]

Pizza (or Calzone) Dough

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I’ve been experimenting with this dough recipe over the past few months. It seems to be working well for us. Depending on how well I work it, it can make up to six large, thin-crust pizzas. Often it turns out to be six medium to individual. If you really want large size pizzas, I’d say […]

Ultimate Carrot Cake (URS: Easter Dessert)

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I must admit when I find a recipe I like, well, it’s a keeper. It eventually finds a place in our family traditions, and I’m hard pressed to move it. For instance, every Thanksgiving and Christmas I make Pretzel Berry Dessert. Every year. And only at the holidays. We don’t usually eat it any other […]

Pretzels

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The boys and I had a great time making these for breakfast a few weeks ago. I made the dough in my bread machine very early in the morning. It took about 1 1/2 hours until the dough was ready to be formed. Once they were baked, we brushed them with melted butter and sprinkled […]