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Orange Slice Cake

When I found the hand-written recipe for Orange Slice Cake in my mom’s recipe box, I briefly thought it was for the orange cake that our neighbor, Gussie, frequently made and shared with us.  It was her favorite.  The thing is…no one in my family really liked orange cake. However, I knew not really enjoying it would never […]

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Amish Peanut Butter Spread

On the tables of a couple of my favorite Amish Country Ohio restaurants you will find a squeeze bottle labelled “peanut butter spread.”  You will also find this spread in bulk food stores , bakeries, and other shops.  Often referred to as Amish Peanut Butter Spread, this tasty, sweet spread seems to vary a lot depending […]

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Creamy Coconut Shrimp

My daughter kept asking me for coconut shrimp like she had eaten somewhere with her dad. She had raved about the coconut shrimp following a father/daughter dance, so I assumed that was what she was referring to and that it was fried coconut shrimp. Well, I found out that I was wrong after she ordered […]

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Easy Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Rice Skillet

The classic combination of chicken, broccoli, and a starch in a single dish has become something of a comfort food to me…it reminds me of my early adult years more than my childhood though.  I think the broccoli, chicken, and rice or noodles combination must have peaked in popularity in the early 1990’s, but I […]

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Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

It is a little ironic that I really dislike “baked” steak, but I love a tomato based Swiss steak.  They both are long cooking steaks, but usually differ in  texture and definitely differ in flavor. Baked steak to me was either a “cube steak” or its thicker and differently tattooed cousin, the “bake steak.”  Both of […]

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Kool-Aid Pickles

My husband came home from work one day going on about a pickle that he had from a mobile food vendor.  It was a dill pickle that had been soaked in Kool-aid…a Kool-aid pickle.  When I coordinated a fall fair at my church earlier this month, he was adamant that we make Kool-aid pickles to sell […]

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Stuffed Italian Meatloaf

When you think about Italian cuisine meatloaf probably does not come to your mind at all. However, the Romans are credited with being the first to mix chopped meat with filler (and wine) back in the 5th century. Thus, the argument could be made that they are responsible for the later development of meatloaf. The […]

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Barbecue Gravy

Why barbecue gravy?  Can’t use just use barbecue sauce?  Barbecue gravy has a rich and muted tanginess that still packs enough of a zing to liven up while complementing mashed potatoes, meat, and whatever else it is poured on.  On the other hand, barbecue sauce has a stronger, no-apologies profile and has its own role as a […]

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Smothered Barbecue Chicken

I don’t remember how our version of smothered chicken came to be, but it became a common occurance in my parents’ house…most often cooked by my sister. It was simple to make and easy to adapt to whatever was in the pantry and refrigerator. There were several variations that my sister commonly made. One of […]

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Crockpot Chicken Brocolli Noodles

My daughter became obsessed with this dish when she first ate it at my sister’s house.  It turns out that it was a variation of a Weight Watcher’s recipe that is usually served over noodles…a chicken stroganoff. My sister added a veggie and stirred the cooked noodles into the crockpot mixture. I found an original […]

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