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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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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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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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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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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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Inside-Out Chocolate Bundt Cake

“When I need a delicious, moist chocolate bundt cake, I go to this one often! It is so moist it is like the frosting is inside the cake! So delicious! This simple recipe came out in 1975 by JELLO! There are many variations of it out there. I make this bundt cake when I want “easy, fast, and great”! The BEST PART: it takes under…

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Impossible French Apple 10-Inch Pie

“ ’The pie that does the impossible by making its own crust’.  The Impossible Recipes by Bisquick became popular in the 1970’s and people love them.   This delicious French Apple Pie recipe is from 1983 and you don’t see it anymore. I think it’s because it uses a 10-inch pie plate and those are hard to find these days. I don’t think there’s an Impossible Pie…

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German Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Bars

Southern Living’s Dec. 2017 cover of Cookies and Bars featured this decadent and delicious bar that I knew the chocolate lovers in my family would appreciate!  This is a nice, rich Southern recipe, for sure!  They’re similar to Magic Cookie Bars but taken up a few notches!  It takes 2 steps to put it together, but they are easy to follow.  I have a little…

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Easy Fudge Pie á la Paula Deen

“The popular Paula Deen’s Fudge Pie is the inspiration for my take here and she uses ONLY 4 INGREDIENTS! Only 3 changes from her recipe are mine.  I melt the chocolate in the microwave, I use an 8-inch pie plate for a higher pie, and I reduce the sugar just a little bit, without sacrificing any “wow” factors from my chocoholic husband Bill.  He loves…

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Easy Double Peach Pound Cake

“A real nice peach pound cake that is so easy to make and it’s a real pretty cake too. I made a few variations to Del Monte’s original recipe for this by adding 2 peaches to the batter and using canned peaches in pear juice rather than the lite syrup. The rest is the same. It works better to coat the pan with non-stick cooking…

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Beef Stew and Dumplings

For me, making beef stew in a pressure cooker has always been the best method, beating out even the crock pot. The meat is so very tender and soft, and these simple ingredients are all you need for a great beef stew. I’ve made it this way for years in a pressure cooker. It only takes a few minutes to prep the ingredients and 11…

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Shrimp and Lobster New England Roll ~Low-Calorie

“A classic New England Lobster Roll is to die for, really, it is very special!  A famous upscale chain store advertised something new on their menu… a New England lobster roll, for mega bucks too.  Well, it looked so tempting and I was in the mood for it… but yuck, I said, this is not a New England Lobster roll! I couldn’t even finish it….

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