Nancy Towne McDonald

I'm married with two sons. I like to walk outside when the weather is nice. I enjoy traveling to cooler climates in the summer. I keep active with volunteering in my community and church. I also like to sew and knit. Baking is one of my favorite things to do when I have the time. This pastime was passed down from my mother who enjoyed baking and cooking for her six kids! She gave all of us a love for baking, too.
Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
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Delicious chewy oatmeal cookies. Next time, I will add the cloves to increase the flavor; I didn't have any when I made this. Important to chill the dough so they don't spread too much. Also, I will try these with real butter to make them even richer in taste. Great recipe, Beth!

Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Wonderful flavor! For the first time ever, I made chocolate chip cookies that are absolutely delicious. I added the extra vanilla, baking powder, and salt, plus I chilled the cookie dough before baking. I used a cookie scooper that measure out 1 Tbsp. of dough and came up with 131 cookies! Not sure what happened, but I do know that everyone loves these cookies. Thanks, Tegan!

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake Cookies
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Absolutely the best chocolate chip cookie that I've ever had! More like a very rich brownie than the traditional choc. chip cookie though. I used regular salt instead of kosher salt, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly as written. The guys in my husbands' fire station ate up all the cookies between breakfast and dinner!

Jo's Rosemary Bread
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You've got a terrific recipe here, Jo! I didn't change a thing except to increase the ingredients by 1/2 to make a larger loaf. I mixed it in my bread machine, then rolled out dough onto countertop dusted with cornmeal and rolled it into a rectangle. Starting with short end, roll up like a jelly roll. Brush exposed dough with more cornmeal, and place on cookie sheet, tucking both ends underneath. Cover with cloth, and let rise for 40-50 minutes in a warm room. In preheated oven (375 degrees), place pan of water on bottom rack. This will give you a crispy crust! Bake bread 15 - 20 minutes. Can be eaten plain or dipped in olive oil! I took it to my church, and it was eaten up right away with lots of compliments. Thanks again, Jo!

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Easy Devonshire Cream
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Delicious recipe! This is similar to a recipe for "French Cream" that was on a Paula Deen show. I mixed together 8 oz. softened cr. cheese with 1 c. powdered sugar till fluffy. Separately mix 1 c. whipping cream with 1/4 c. sugar till soft peaks form. Now mix the cr. cheese mixture with the whipping cream till blended. Optional: add juice of 1 lemon, plus lemon zest. I added about 2 tsp. of bottled lemon juice, and it was wonderful! In fact, I immediately gave the recipe to a couple of friends tonight after serving it over a fresh fruit salad. I will definitely make this again!

Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints
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Sinfully rich buttery cookies with just a hint of sweetness! I used my cookie scooper to form balls and came up with about two dozen cookies. I also used strawberry jam which is my favorite flavor. These were so good that my husband and I ate all of these cookies by ourselves. I will make some for the holidays; otherwise, they aren't safe around my house! Great recipe, Dee!

Ultimate Maple Snickerdoodles
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Delicious cookies with all the qualities of the perfect cookie--great flavor of cinnamon and maple syrup along with the perfect chewiness to them! I mixed maple syrup with sugar to roll the cookies in and they were very good, but the sugar and syrup tended to clump together making it harder to roll the dough in it. Next time, I'll use a cinnamon/sugar mixture, and I'm sure it'll be just as tasty. Thanks, Linda.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
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These were good cookies, but they didn't have quite the flavor I was looking for. Also, they tended to spread while baking.

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Fabulous French Loaves
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This is a terrific recipe and even easier when I mixed it in my bread machine. I followed the rolling out instructions on a cornmeal sprinkled baking sheet. Before baking, I misted the loaves with water for a crispy crust. I omitted the egg wash and sesame seeds. For an even crispier crust, when preheating the oven, I placed a cake pan half full of hot water on the bottom rack. When the oven was preheated, I popped in the bread and baked it normally. The crust was absolutely perfect if you like a soft center and a hard crust. Thanks!

Tomato Chicken Parmesan
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Delicious recipe, Alicia! I followed your recipe pretty closely, except at the end when I poured marinara sauce over the chicken and cheese slices. I would suggest using the whole jar of sauce since my husband wanted to mix the extra sauce with the fettucini that I also served. I only baked four chicken breasts, so I had plenty of sauce left over. Great served with steamed broccoli. This is a keeper!

Angel Chicken Pasta
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Terrific meal! I used plain cream cheese, added black olives, minced garlic, and mushrooms in addition to other ingredients. Softened cream cheese needs to be mixed well with melted butter or it tends to separate. I put chicken breasts in crockpot, covered with sauce, and it only took 2-3 hours on HIGH. The sauce was a little thin, so I may add more cream cheese next time. We ate it with fettucini and steamed broccoli. My husband and I both really enjoyed it. Thanks for the recipe!

Amish White Bread
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Terrific recipe, Peg! I mixed the bread dough in my bread machine and let it knead and rise and knead a second time. I then divided it into two loaf pans and let it rise again. My husband shared one loaf with his coworkers and they really enjoyed it. I really like the bread toasted, but you'll enjoy it however you choose to eat it!

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