Becky W

My primary culinary interest is baking--someday, when my student loans are paid off (haha) I hope to open a bakey of my own. Aside from baking, though, I am interested in other cooking as well. I especially love holiday entertaining and my friends know me as the hostess who pulls out all the stops when it comes to holiday parties and menus. :-)
Creamy Rice Pudding
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rice pudding is a tradition in my family...the men especially love it. i'm in the 4th generation of the family and this was my first attempt at making it on my own. it turned out marvelous!!! beats KozyShack brand all to bits...I doubled the recipe, used one pot, and added the vanilla and some cinnamon during the second milk addition. turned out super creamy and just sweet enough! I left out the raisins simply cuz I don't have any right now, but I will make it again and put them in! definitely will add this recipe to my collection of favorites. thanks!!

Magic Cookie Bars
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these cookies were a favorite of mine growing up, so I decided to make them for a party my boyfriend was having with his friends. They were a hit, and gone within minutes! Now I am getting ready to make them again for another party, and I am making more just to be safe! This recipe is great, although I do not use the nuts...no need to guild the lily, in my opinion. ;-) A+++

Garlic Chicken Stir Fry
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I used sliced pork instead of the chicken since that is what I had on hand, and it turned out great....the basic sauce is very versatile and I use it for all sorts of stir-fry ingredients. This recipe forms the base for many meals in my house each month! :) Excellent!

Jet Swirl Pizza Appetizers
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I made this recipe for one of my boyfriend's movie nights...8 people showed up, and these didn't last long! I made two batches...one with just pepperoni and cheese, and one with just crumbled sausage and cheese. I also sprinkled a bit of garlic powder and oregano on the dough before layering on the toppings. I served them warm with heated pizza sauce. They turned out magnificent! I will definitely make these again...great party food!

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Blueberries n' Cheese Squares
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I made these for the Superbowl (yay New England!) and it turned out great. I didn't use the whipped cream layer, and I doubled the cream cheese layer to make up for it. Turned out great, very easy to prepare! Definitely keeping this recipe in my collection.

J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits
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This has become my standard biscuit recipe...it is fantastic! In addition to making the traditional plain biscuits, I have used this recipe to make cinnamon biscuits, as well as a crust for chicken pot pie. To make a crust for a 9x13 pan of pot pie filling, make one batch JP's biscuits and roll into a rectangle to cover top of filling in pan. No bottom crust needed, bake until golden! Turned out fabulous! I highly recommend this recipe. :-)

Soft Oatmeal Cookies
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I just pulled the last tray of these out of the oven, and I couldn't wait any longer to rate this recipe....FABULOUS! Soft and chewy in the center with just the right amount of crunch around the very outer edge. These are by far the best cookies I have tasted, better than gourmet bakery cookies or even those Otis Spunkmeyer cookies they sell in restaurants. I followed the recipe exactly, and added 1/2 cup raisins and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. A word of WARNING, though, this recipe takes some elbow grease!! I don't have an electric mixer (or even the hand-crank kind), so I mixed it by hand with a spoon. Quite a workout! The dough is very thick, but it is well worth the work. Also, mine were done at 8 minutes...don't overcook!! They will look raw when you take them out (browned only around the edges and soft/gooey in the center), but they continue to set as they cool. As my boyfriend (who grabbed two right off the first tray) said, "these are the PERFECT cookies!"

Best Barbequed Burgers
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This recipe turned out just all right for me. I followed the directions exactly but I found the texture to be a little too meatloaf-y, as another reviewer mentioned. I think that was probably the oats. The flavor was great....I just didn't care much for the meatloaf-like texture. I will make this again but I think next time I will leave out the oats to see if that makes a more firm, burger-like texture.

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Tangy Honey-Glazed Ham
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I made this for Easter, and it turned out great. My boyfriend raved over it! I didn't have the dijon mustard or the honey, so I added a little ketchup (to taste) and a handful of raisins. I also used a can of tidbit pineapple, juice and all. A very good recipe...easily adjustable to make it a little more sweet or a little more tangy, depending on your taste. Will definitely make again!

Lower Fat Banana Bread I
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Wonderful! I just made a load of this banana bread this afternoon, and it is all I can do to keep myself (and my husband) from finishing off the whole thing! Really moist and flavorful. I used very ripe bananas that I had stored in the fridge and only needed 2 of them to make 1 cup. I also used one whole egg and one egg white instead of 2 eggs. I used Land o' Lakes light butter, and 1/3 cup brown and 1/3 cup white sugar as other reviewers suggested. I also added 3/4 cup finely shredded carrot and 1/2 cup raisins. Turned out great! I plan on making a double batch of this once a week so that I have it on hand in the house for snacking or quick and healthy lunches. Definitely recommend!

Jay's Signature Pizza Crust
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Great pizza crust recipe...really easy to make, and the flavor is wonderful. This is a great basic recipe that can be easily tweaked to individual tastes. I sprinkled the crust with some Italian seasonings and prebaked a few minutes before putting the toppings on. Only one caution: be careful not to prebake too long! I did the first time I made this crust and the crust turned out VERY crunchy after the toppings finished baking. It was still delicious (we love crunchy pizza crust in my house), but for people who prefer more of a soft, thick crust that could be a problem. So if you prebake, keep a close eye on it! This made two large pizzas for me, and each had a nice crust thickness. This recipe has become a staple in my kitchen! My husband, who doesn't care much for pizza, loves it and asks me to make it all the time. I highly recommend it.

Chili con Carne II
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So yummy! I made a half batch and put it in my crockpot to simmer all day long. The only changes (other than halving all the ingredients) I made were the following: I left out the paprika and the cloves, because I didn't have any on hand. I used 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon in place of the cinnamon sticks, and I put in much less oregano than the recipe required...I'm not a huge fan of oregano. The really great thing about this recipe is that it is so versatile. You can control the heat by which chile pepper you use (i used poblano and the chili was only mildly spicy), and you can adjust the herbs and spices to your taste. It's a very forgiving recipe! The chili turned out wonderful, and the flavor from simmering all day was amazing. If you use a crockpot to make this recipe, put the beans in only for the last hour of cooking on low heat. That way they don't soften up too much.

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