The Best Way to Use Up Extra Zucchini

The Best Way to Use Up Extra Zucchini - Create your own "Zucchini Swiss Army Knife" that makes a great addition to dozens of recipes.

This time of year, many gardens and kitchen counters are filled with extra zucchini.  I’m still short of rain, so my zucchini plants are only puttering along, but luckily my friends have been more than willing to share their bounty of overgrown zucchinis. Last week I processed a small mountain of large zucchini, and my Facebook friends were asking what the heck I was going to do with them. So here’s my not-so-secret method for using up large amounts of zucchini quickly and easily. [Read more…]

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5 Fun Twists on S’mores

5 Fun Twists on S'mores. S'mores are the "go to" dessert at many a summer camp out and cookout, but who says you can't mix them up a little just for fun?

S’mores are the “go to” dessert at many a summer camp out and cookout, but who says you can’t mix them up a little just for fun? These recipes can be cooked over a campfire or toasted under a broiler or in a toaster oven. Sometimes my boys simply toast marshmallows over the stove top burners, or hit them with the culinary torch that grandma bought for Christmas one year. Work with what you have, and enjoy a classic summer favorite. [Read more…]

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Mom’s Best Shortcake

Mom's Best Shortcake Recipe combines the not-too-sweet flavor of this tender, moist cake with the tart-sweet strawberry-raspberry blend and whipped cream.
Last night after supper, I overheard my youngest saying  to one of his online friends, “My mom makes the best shortcake ever!”  Since this recipe got such rave reviews from the family, I figured I’d share it here, too.

By my husband’s request (since it was Father’s Day), I whipped up some strawberry-raspberry shortcake with lightly sweetened whipped cream.  The old-fashioned, not-too-sweet flavor of this tender, moist cake pairs well with the tart-sweet strawberry-raspberry blend and rich whipped cream.  It’s an easy to make dessert that’s fancy enough for special occasions, but easy enough for an any time treat.  The recipe doubles well and also make great cupcakes. [Read more…]

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Old Fashioned Rhubarb Pudding Cake

This rhubarb pudding cake recipe is easy to make using fresh or frozen rhubarb. A simple hot water trick allows the cake to make its own sauce while baking.

I was looking for something a little different to do with the rhubarb bounty this year when I came across a fruited pudding cake recipe in the Favorite Recipes of America – Desserts cookbook from 1968.  The original recipe calls for “any fruit, fresh or canned”, so I figured “Why not rhubarb?”  As sweet as this is, I think you’d need to cut back on the sugar for a sweeter fruit.  Even with the rhubarb I will probably cut back a bit next time around. [Read more…]

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Broccoli, Bacon and Cheese Salad Recipe

Broccoli, bacon and cheese salad recipe with sunflower seeds. Quick and easy summertime recipe. Homemade tastes so much better than the deli.

Broccoli salad is one of the few salads I’d occasionally pick up at the deli, but it’s amazing how much better it tastes when you make it at home with really fresh ingredients.  I served some of this up for my extended family at Easter, and my brother said it was so good he wanted to eat the whole batch.

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