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My Contest-Winning Apple Pie

This apple pie won me the $300 top prize in 2008 at my church fair! Over the years baking apple pies has been a passion of mine since apple is my favorite pie! I have several favorite apple pie recipes that I love all for different reasons and I use them all! You can find some of my other favorite apple pie recipes on my…

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Loaded Crispy Pumpkin Cookies

CRISPY OUTSIDES, CHEWY INSIDES…. success! I finally mastered the pumpkin cookie the way I wanted them to be! Most pumpkin cookie recipes I’ve tried are delicious, but their texture was soft and cake-like. Some people like them like that. Me, I am more for crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. The pumpkin puree has a lot of water in it so it tends…

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My Italian Meatballs-Soft and Tasty!

Since I started cooking, I always made meatballs by winging it from my head. I like them with a lot of flavor and SOFT, not hard! I know everyone has their own favorite version of Italian meatballs! ! Some people like to add onions, some people add raisins, which I like too. My way of doing them has evolved into this recipe that I use…

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Popovers-The BEST!

Chef John of Allrecipes has a foolproof technique for making the BEST, airy, spongy, yet delicate popovers ever! He puts them in a COLD OVEN first, then turns up the heat. I love it! It’s genius! They turn out perfectly every time! No more soggy doughy results! My husband is a big fan of popovers, and I love them too! A Little Popover History: The…

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Maple Pecan Refrigerator Cookies

My husband Bill really loves maple and these cookies are on the top of his “The Cookie Jar’s Empty and I’m Dying list.“ My 7th grade cooking class haunts me when I make any refrigerator cookie, also called a slice and bake cookie. Read on and I will tell you why! Mrs. Speakman, bless her soul, was my excellent home economics teacher in 7th grade….

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Date Nut Bars -Chef Maryann Esposito

Esteemed Chef Maryann Esposito of Ciao Italia! has the perfect Date Nut Bar recipe! They are nice and chewy like they are supposed to be, so delicious and just perfect! Not hard to make either! She writes: “No holiday visit to Mom’s was ever complete without her sending me home with a box of her famous Date Nut Bars. Of all her confections, this was…

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Patsy’s Pizza

My sister Patsy, or Pat, is the pizza queen of the family! She is famous for her pizza and makes it the best! Her technique never fails her and people go crazy for it! The crust is delicious and crunchy, and the sauce is simple and spiced just right! VIDEO:  Pat and I made a video of her making pizza because her technique is so unusual…

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Grilled Lemon-Herb Swordfish

SWORDFISH! It is a favorite fish of mine! Well, I like almost every fish! This is a simple Sicilian way to make it. No breading, no marinating, just a quick mixture of oil, butter, and herbs. You really can’t mess up swordfish! This takes just a few minutes to prepare, and only 6-10 minutes total to grill! Use an outdoor BBQ grill or an indoor…

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New York Crumb Cake

New York Crumb Cake is known for having more crumbs than cake! This is our family staple with crumbs like you’ve never tasted before….thanks to my mother-in-law, Ruth, who was famous for this crumb cake!  The crumbs are not overly sweet and there’s a lot of them piled high! You can use the crumb recipe on top of anything else…. muffins, cupcakes, breads, pies. To…

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Hungarian Goulash in the Crockpot

Paprika is the star in Hungarian Goulash! It is a delicious dish, traditionally served over spaetzle or flat noodles. There are many variations of Hungarian Goulash! You can vary this recipe by adding a little more or little less meat. I used stew meat since the crockpot makes meat so tender! This recipe has a yummy taste of sour cream stirred in at the last half…

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Fresh Sugar Pumpkin Pie

Canned pumpkin? No, not me. For decades now, I have opted out! Have you ever had pumpkin pie made from real pumpkins? Canned pumpkin filling is good, but using the real pumpkin tastes even better. If you never had fresh pumpkin pie, you are missing out on the real taste of pumpkin! You can use regular pumpkins, but the smaller sugar pumpkins are ideal for…

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Steak San Marco

“Steak San Marco is a simple steak stew recipe that goes back decades, and it needs no updating! It is so unbelievably tasty and tender, I don’t mind leftovers the very next day! There are not many ingredients to it so you might wonder how it gets so delicious! The spices are simple but tasty! I used to make it on top of the stove…

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Scalloped Scallops

Simple, easy, and tender Scalloped Scallops: a popular dish from New England. “Sea Scallops or Bay Scallops, it doesn’t matter which you use in this dish! My Aunt Gloria made this in a very similar way, so this famous New England recipe goes back decades! It is actually poached in the beginning of the baking time and then later the crumbs become crisp! You can…

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Turkey Soup

” Turkey or chicken soup? I’d choose Turkey! It has a bolder, poultry flavor that is so tasty and delicious! If you discard the Thanksgiving turkey carcass, you are losing out! I use it after every Thanksgiving, sometimes making the turkey soup right away, sometimes freezing the carcass to make it later, or sometimes making the turkey broth with the vegetables and seasonings and freezing…

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Chili, Like Wendy’s – For Real!

“Everyone has a favorite chili recipe, I am sure! Wendy’s Chili is our favorite, and I finally found a way to make it as good as theirs, even after trying so many of the copycat Wendy’s out there. Not one hit it right…except this one! Sometimes I change the type beans, depending on what I have, or I use 2 different kinds of beans, but…

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