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    Sometimes something easy is just too good to be believed. Looking for recipes that are stupidly simple to make but will wow you with the results? Check these out!
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    We always called this "Salisbury Steak", but it does not have tomatoes. Comfort food at it's best...

    Recipe #98844

    A hearty dish with a flavor reminiscent of Pasta Carbonara. It will make your family happy for breakfast, for a weekend brunch, or as breakfast-for-dinner some night when you're too busy for real cooking.

    Recipe #319898

    This is my sister's #1 holiday recipe. It always gets compliments at parties and yet its stupidly simple to make. Its a delicious spread for crackers and equally good stuffed into celery or used as a veggie dip. Note: A new jar of horseradish can be VERY strong while a while one that's been open a while can be badly faded. Don't be afraid to adjust the amount so that the mix has a pleasant bite but isn't overwhelming. Note #2: The dried beef is not jerky. it is the same sort used in creamed chipped beef. Note #3: Cooking time is chilling time

    Recipe #340172

    Another stupidly simple recipe, this time from my Mom. Like most of the other dips/spreads in my cookbook, this is good on either crackers or vegetables. Since its made from ingredients most people have on hand its a nice option if you have a last-minute need for something festive.

    Recipe #340174

    I have been making this so long, I don't remember where I got it from. Be careful of the Almond Extract - too much will make it bitter

    Recipe #291550

    I was in the nursing profession many, many, years ago. When the nursing staff was allowed to take a lunch break, I would meander down to our hospital cafeteria and order up one of these sandwiches. Of course, the cafeteria chefs had a special "seasoned grill" that punctuated years and years of cooking delectable delights, the way it used to be cooked, without the use of microwaves, and or already prepared, “boiled - in - the - bag” foods that came from “Sysco”. These amazing chefs even had special spatulas that you could easily imagine the pounding and flipping going on, being delicately tossed in the air, as somehow this made the food taste even more spectacular. After paying for the sandwich, I would sit down, and carefully open the wrapper, and inhale the aroma of freshly cut ham, the sweetest, most soft bread that I have ever known, and the mixture of ham juice and a bit of butter that warmed the ham prior to marrying with the bread. Needless to say, I always looked forward to this break, and on the occasion of visiting this hospital even today, I reflect back on those days of good ol’ cooking as it used to be, and the delights these very special chefs produced. To this day I still make these at home, occasionally for lunch or a quick dinner. After the cafeteria chefs put this yummy sandwich together they would wrap it in (1) wax paper (2) then aluminum foil. By the time you got to your table, the tastes had developed and probably steamed in the combination of wax paper and foil. Either way, I guess these magical chefs will never be forgotten as this made my day complete, every single day. I hope you enjoy this sandwich as much as I. Try the wax paper and foil too, [if you have time] will see what I'm talking about.

    Recipe #272233

    I can't make decent pie crust. So I make my pies crustless in a casserole dish instead. When I lived in Massachusetts, where apples are in great abundance every fall, I'd take this to church potlucks where half a dozen heart patients would see to it that I took home an empty, washed plate. They'd missed pie on their low-fat, low-sugar diets. A very controlled portion of real butter, and the natural sweetness of a good apple, make this dessert rich enough to satisfy.

    Recipe #203125

    I was asked to post this relic from my college days when the only cooking items we were allowed to have in our dorm rooms was a hotpot and a popcorn popper. Its about as non-gourmet as non-gourmet gets, but its cheap, easy, filling, and suprizingly tasty. Its tastier than it sounds and it still shows up on my table from time to time, much to my kids' delight.

    Recipe #203126

    When I was first married we used to go to a Chinese restaurant that had the tastiest chicken -- spoiled by a greasy breading. After some trial and error I duplicated the flavor in this easy, economical dish. The long cooking that would dry out white meat gets the grease out of this dark meat and gives the skin a delicious crunch. It's quick to make, converts to any quantity, and is a great favorite with kids and adults both. It also holds well and the leftovers are good cold. Note: I've noticed in the last couple years that if you're not VERY CAREFUL about reading the fine print you'll end up with chicken pieces that have been "enhanced" by injecting it with some kind of "flavoring solution." Not only does this injected chicken make my DH ill from a reaction to the "flavoring solution," but it also seems to make it impossible for the chicken to pick up the flavorings you add. No matter what I do to it, "enhanced" chicken always tastes the same. So beware what you're buying. :)

    Recipe #199636

    We love boiled ham. Sometimes I boil the traditional potatoes and cabbage with it. Other times I make this delicious, simple side dish. Its as easy as making plain rice but much tastier. When you're not making boiled ham you can do the same with chicken or beef stock as well.

    Recipe #205233

    This is the first thing I'll make when our remodel is over and I have an oven again. So easy, so healthy, so inexpensive, and such a favorite with kids and adults alike. Pretty enough on the plate for a dinner party, but hearty enough to feed the guys on game day. You can substitute hot or mild salsa to suit your individual tastes.

    Recipe #210528

    A taste match made in heaven -- and easy on the budget as well. Easy to double or halve according to your family size. Sometimes we put it over pasta or rice, sometimes we put it in a bowl to dip our bread. Adding some cooked chicken or Italian sausage turns it into a full meal. You could even use it as pizza topping.

    Recipe #209952

    A beginner-easy recipe that tastes harder to make than it is. This is one of my fallback, "I don't know what to make for dinner tonight," standards and the family never gets tire of it. The meat just falls off the bones! Its also a flavorful way to prepare chicken for use in the hundreds of recipes that call for pre-cooked chicken. With a family of 6 including low-carbers and hungry teens I usually double it in my 6qt oval but I wrote it the way I learned it 20 years ago.

    Recipe #207277

    My young son invented this when he was in kindergarten. He loves Ants on a Log, but we were out of celery. A reasonably dexterous 5yo can make his/her own snack with a little supervision. This serves one young child.

    Recipe #215284

    When I got out of college I bussed tables at a wonderful, little restaurant. "Diet Chicken" wasn't on the menu, but customers knew to ask when they wanted it. The olive oil in the dressing keeps these simple, grilled chicken breasts moist. Its absurdly simple and completely delicious. Eat as is or cut in strips to top a salad or fill a wrap.

    Recipe #213437

    I make this as a topping for sweetpotatoes or winter squash but you could spread it on muffins or cornbread if you wanted to.

    Recipe #215285

    A farm-food classic, but low in fat and perfectly suited to today's lighter diets. Not a soup, not a stew, but a one-pot meal that stays good on those busy days when everyone has to eat on a different schedule.

    Recipe #221330

    This country classic presentation for vine-ripened tomatoes is stupidly simple to make. But many of the best recipes are. The creamy richness of a good mayonnaise is the perfectly complement to the edible sunshine that is a perfect, summer tomato.

    Recipe #237133

    Whether you choose the elegant presentation or the family presentation this salad brings out the best in your summer-fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes (the pink rocks from the grocery store in winter just won't cut it). Use it as a side dish with something off the grill or cut into a slice of crusty, artisan bread and make it a cool, light, meal for hot weather. I'll confess -- I drink the juice from the bottom of the bowl ... if the kids don't beat me to it. ;) LOL

    Recipe #237163

    I like breakfast food. But I HATE cooking before breakfast. This egg sandwich is easy enough for a half-asleep cook on his/her first cup of coffee to make and tasty enough to be worth cooking before breakfast. Note -- Because this is so simple the choice of bread will make a big difference. I suggest a good rye, an Italian, an artisan or homemade white, an artisan or homemade wheat, or other preferred, flavorful variety rather then ordinary, sandwich white. Kids love this. Diabetics love this if you use low-carb bread.

    Recipe #248994

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