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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 […]

Asian Chicken and Noodle Salad

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This recipe is inspired by a similar salad from The Pioneer Woman. I’ve frugalized it and tweaked it so that it’s my very favorite salad – ever. 1 pound linguini, cooked according to package directions, rinsed and drained 4 grilled chicken breast halves, chopped 1/2 head green cabbage, shredded 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into […]

Peppery Brisket

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Holiday dinners are such a fun tradition in the life of our family. My own mother made a big to-do out of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. While we didn’t have much extended family who lived nearby, the second cousins once removed and all their kin that did were always included in the festivities. Sometimes Mom […]

Boules de Picolat, Catalan Meatballs

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Boules de Picolat, also known as Catalan Meatballs, are one of my favorite foods. They are easy to make and super freezer-friendly. There’s no question that not having to cook dinner is a good thing – any night of the week. And while take-out or eating out are certainly fun prospects, they’re not always doable. […]