Claire

I am married with a 17 year old son. He is a musician and keeps us very busy. My husband is a chef/pastry chef, but really loves my cooking - so I guess I'm doing something right. I love to be in the kitchen and make something from scratch. There's something so gratifying about seeing your work come to fruition and sharing it with others. Food is a celebration!
Red Enchilada Sauce
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I needed something quick and I only had shrimp, corn tortillas, and the ingredients to this fabulous enchilada sauce. I have never made homemade sauce before, but my hubby's a chef and he said this was one of the best enchilada sauces he has ever had! I added a little more salsa, and did not have tomato paste or plain sauce, but I did have a can of pizza sauce - :) Excellent recipe!!!!

Hot Sweet Onion Dip
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This recipe is so simple and it is wonderful! I used approx. 2 cups grated onion, 2 cups shredded swiss cheese and only 1 cup mayonnaise. It is excellent if served with fresh baguette slices. Always a crowd pleaser!!!

Grandma Johnson's Scones
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This is the first time I have ever made scones and this recipe is fabulous! My husband is a pastry chef and he has already scarfed down a few (they came out of the oven 20 minutes ago!) I made the basic recipe with cinnamon chips and they are awesome! I think next time I will take the sugar down to 3/4 cup, though - only because of the sweet chips. I did not have any cream of tartar, so I substituted 3/4 tsp. lemon juice and they turned out great! Thanks for the great recipe!

Slow Cooker Italian Beef
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This recipe is delicious! We used chuck roast because it was on sale and added two beef boullion cubes to the water. We seared the roast before we put it in the crock pot. We served it with sauteed onions & green peppers on fresh hoagie rolls from the famous Mancini's Bakery in Pittsburgh. Sargento makes a Bistro flavor of Mozzarella & Asiago with roasted garlic cheese that was fabulous. The beef was great by itself and the combination of everything made for a hot, satisfying meal. A definite keeper!

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Best Carrot Cake Ever
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This is a great recipe! I followed the recipe word for word and it turned out moist and delicious. I took it to work and people couldn't get enough - it was gone in two hours!

Basic Ham and Bean Soup
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This was a wonderful soup - excellent on cold winter evenings! I used a smoked ham shank which gave it a nice flavor. I did not have dry beans, so I added a couple cans of northern beans toward the end of cooking. Great with fresh italian bread!

Bodacious Broccoli Salad
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Excellent recipe! No changes necessary - the recipe is perfect the way it is. I made it for a party and there were no leftovers!

Too Much Chocolate Cake
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This cake is incredibly moist and truly satisfies those chocolate cravings! I only had mini chocolate chips and these worked out well - every bite had a bunch. I also lessened the oil to 1/2 cup and used 1/2 cup milk instead. Very easy to make with little clean up - makes the house smell devine! I think we just found a new family favorite!

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Best Italian Sausage Soup
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This soup was very tasty and my family enjoyed it. I did not have time to cook the soup all day, so instead of using the crock pot, I cooked the veggies in the pot until soft - I used a bit more beef broth because I simmered it on the stove and it cooked down fairly quickly - from start to finish in about two and one-half hours. We also used cheese tortellini instead of the spinach pasta. Very hearty and warmed the soul on a cool fall evening.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread I
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Awesome! I made it for the office and people could not get enough. I shredded the zucchini with the smallest holes on the grater. It was moist and delicious.

Four Cheese Macaroni
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Versatile recipe. I did not have muenster cheese, so I used some shredded mozzarella, but because I did not have much, I addes 1/3 of a block cream cheese. Doubled cheddar and velveeta. Rich and cheesy and extremely filling! Very good.

Strawberry/Rhubarb Crumb Pie
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Incredible pie! We bought our new home and inherited a ton of rhubarb in our garden. This was my first attempt baking with rhubarb and I am very pleased. I did make two minor additions. I added just a touch of almond extract to the filling and a bit of freshly grated nutmeg to the topping. I made two pies in the early afternoon and they were set perfectly by dessert! My dad paid the best compliment - he said my great grandma would really love this pie. She was very well known for her baking skill so this recipe is definitely a keeper! Thank you so much for sharing!

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