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    Everything's better with bacon - and that includes apple crisp! The combination of smoky, salty bacon and tart, sweet apples works surprisingly well. This works out to be mainly sweet but with some lovely savory/salty undertones. I've tried this only with regular bacon, but I'm planning to experiment with hickory smoked. Prep time does not include cooking the bacon or peeling, coring and slicing the apples.

    Recipe #447679

    Creamy, silky smooth mascarpone cheese that you can make at home instead of paying an arm and a leg for store-bought! This is the perfect introduction to cheesemaking for the beginner, no hard-to-find ingredients, super easy to make, and very rewarding! Use this in tiramisu or other Italian desserts.

    Recipe #446790

    Don't throw out your broken or stale tortilla chips - use them to make cornbread! I love this with honey butter (try Recipe #131054). NOTE: this recipe uses salted chips. If you are using unsalted chips, you will need to add 1/2 tsp. salt to your dry ingredients.

    Recipe #432073

    Great use for those extra little pieces at the bottom of the bag, or chips that are going slightly stale. It's extremely easy, made with the same method as a graham cracker crust. I find that a blender or food processor works best for getting these crushed finely enough - roughly the same as graham cracker crumbs. If you're using salted chips, be sure to omit or adjust any salt in your recipe.

    Recipe #416530

    Did you know that you can make from-scratch soft custard, pudding or cooked eggnog without having to deal with all that stirring in a pot on the stovetop, trying not to burn the milk or curdle the eggs? Not to mention those annoying bits of cooked egg no matter how hard you try? Well, in my quest for lazy (but still tasty!) recipes, I've stumbled across this method that's about as easy as you can get, short of buying a box of instant pudding. And no little egg bits! This is a basic recipe, but at the bottom I'll tell you how to customize it.

    Recipe #416281

    Decadent enough for dessert, but surprisingly low in calories and easy to make with a raspberry jam sauce! This wrap is warm and gooey and features reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel). Totally customizable based on your tastes - sometimes I make this with banana, Nutella and peanut butter, or you can use a different flavor of jam. This recipe makes one wrap - make one per person if using as a dessert or side, or (my preference) eat two for a full breakfast or lunch. If you use thin tortillas, these are reminiscent of filled crepes.

    Recipe #414915

    A non-breaded but super tasty spin on chicken parmesan. This is a recipe I just threw together one day when I was trying to think of something to do with chicken breasts and a little leftover pasta sauce. It's EASY and takes no time at all to prep if you have pre-made sauce and pesto. I make this with Kittencal's Perfect Pesto (#144195) and my own Magic Fresh Tomato Sauce (#388224). I never bother measuring myself, so you might have to adjust the amount of tomato sauce so it's close to but not covering the top of the chicken. Serve this with angel hair pasta if desired. Once again, I will beg you to use real shredded parmesan cheese and not the powdered stuff in a can. This makes a huge difference, and you don't even have to shred it yourself if you don't want to - just pick up a bag of pre-shredded. Any Italian blend cheese works great too.

    Recipe #388285

    Vegetarians and carnivores unite! This side-by-side creamy buffalo and blue cheese dip is perfect for crackers, chips, pretzels, fresh veggies, and more. My sister cooked up some skewers of shrimp, chicken and onions over the weekend, and we found this to be a wonderful dipping sauce for them. If you like it hot, try the spicy buffalo side, or cool off with the blue cheese side. My personal preference is to dip a pretzel right in the middle for some of each. Or you can mix the two dips completely together. If you like, use light sour cream and dressing for a healthier dip. This recipe was inspired by a Wind & Willow dip mix. Makes 2 cups.

    Recipe #388283

    Check out this trick - a whole, unpeeled tomato goes in the pot, and a tasty, seed-free, peel-free tomato sauce comes out! Okay, well, maybe it's not really magic, but it's a great trick to save you from having to peel, chop, and de-seed all those tomatoes (which is the reason I almost never made sauce from my garden tomatoes until now). We'll take care of the peels and seeds with a blender/food processor and a fine mesh strainer. Yes, a couple of extra things to clean, but it's still faster than all that peeling and chopping! Also, because the peels are cooked in the sauce, you preserve more of the nutrients in them. This is a highly customizable recipe (really more a framework than anything else) - make it smooth or chunky, with meat or vegetarian, regular or low-sodium, or even use it to hide a few extra veggies (a tip for you parents of picky children - you can make them completely undetectable). The quantities are inexact because there's so much variation in the size, taste and texture of fresh tomatoes, and anything else you add will change the flavor. So you really have to adjust the seasonings and other ingredients to compensate. This is part of the art of making tomato sauce, but don't be intimidated! Just add a little bit at a time until it tastes right to you, remembering the axiom: "You can always put more in, but you can't take it back out." Unless you have a real magic wand, of course. :) NOTE: The quality of tomatoes will make or break this sauce; you MUST use fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes from your garden or a local farmer's market, not the variety you find in the grocery store that's been shipped in from another state.

    Recipe #388224

    This one's for the "undercooked cookies are the best" crowd. Well, I suppose I'll allow you to cook them all the way if you like. :) I've tweaked this recipe a bit to get it to the point that it's no fuss, and can even be done in one bowl. No messy scooping around in the peanut butter jar; this one uses peanut butter chips instead. You can substitute other types of chips if you like - chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch, etc.

    Recipe #377529

    This is actual pudding, not a bread pudding or cake. It's super easy to make and tastes fabulous! It's also adaptable based on how much time you have - make the pudding from scratch or use instant, low-fat, sugar-free or regular . . . whatever floats your boat. Use store-bought or instant pudding and canned fried apples for the ultimate super-quick dessert without turning on the stove. Nutritional information and prep time is based on the recipe as written (homemade apples and regular instant vanilla pudding).

    Recipe #375725

    I wasn't in a salty mood this Halloween, so I whipped up a batch of these sweet, cinnamony pumpkin seeds. They're super easy and quick to make. Adjust recipe to fit the quantity of pumpkin seeds you have available. You can replace some or all of the cinnamon with other spices, like nutmeg or allspice, but I like cinnamon the best. Beware - these are addictive!

    Recipe #334378

    Thick, rich, and creamy, and with a texture to rival (or even surpass) homemade ice cream from a machine. Seriously. My machine-made ice cream often turns out a little icy, but this doesn't. Just dense creaminess. And it's super simple to make. If you can operate a hand mixer, you can make this. "Cooking" time is freezing time.

    Recipe #245438

    This is a variation on the fabulous recipe in Williams-Sonoma's Holiday Celebrations cookbook. I made it a bit simpler by substituting cheddar for the fontina (not a really close substitution, I know, but I'm so much more likely to have it on hand, and it still tastes great!), replacing the fresh thyme with dried, and adding a French-fried onion topping instead of breadcrumbs, which adds a lovely flavor. I prefer goat cheese to the feta myself, but feta works just fine if you can't find the goat cheese. By the way, as an Italian, I am pleading with you NOT to use the canned powder masquerading as Parmesan cheese! The bagged, pre-shredded cheese I'll allow, however! :)

    Recipe #218980

    This is my secret weapon for getting veggies into a picky toddler (or older child)! Actually, I really like it myself too. It's a breeze to make and freezes well. Usually I double the batch and make two loaves, then slice, bag, and freeze the leftovers. Just pop in the microwave for a few seconds to defrost. Great served with preserves, cream cheese, peanut butter, or other spreads. And did I mention that my kids love this stuff? (By the way, this is excellent finger food for babies, but be sure to substitute 2 egg yolks for the whole egg if your child is under 12 months old and cannot have egg whites, and omit the nuts.)

    Recipe #218978

    This is a super-rich, restaurant-style dessert brownie recipe that I found on the back of a box of Hershey's cocoa. It's the kind of brownie that you eat on a plate with a fork or spoon. Absolutely wonderful served warm with a scoop of good ice cream. This is one of my favorite special-occasion desserts, and a very easy way to make a great impression on your guests. NOTE: PLEASE do not let the first bad review prevent you from trying this!!! I have wowed many guests with this one. In fact, every single person I have ever made this for has raved about it, and I've had numerous requests for the recipe. Yes, this is rich - not something you make if you're looking for a regular pan of brownies. It's kind of a cross between a brownie and a souffle, very much like those molten chocolate brownies you get in restaurants. In fact, you could probably bake these in individual ramekins, although I'm not sure about the bake time because I haven't tried it.

    Recipe #211769

    This version of the easy-to-make mini pastries has a spicy-sweet filling inspired by dried chili-mangoes (the recipe uses easier-to-find plain dried mangoes). You can easily adjust the spice level by increasing or reducing the amount of cayenne; at the stated level, the heat is relatively subtle. This recipe took 2nd place in The Indianapolis Star's 2006 Holiday Cookie Contest.

    Recipe #199770

    Fresh strawberries, smooth chocolate, and cream cheese combine to form a rich pie that tastes something like a chocolate-covered strawberry--only better! Save time by using pre-made strawberry glaze and omitting the last three ingredients. Perfect for a summer party!

    Recipe #133732

    Peaches, lemony custard, cottage cheese, and a fluffy light "cake" topping give this dessert a wonderful blend of textures and flavors. Not too tart and not too sweet, it's also a great dish for a brunch. Low-fat and packed with calcium and protein, it's healthy too, although you'd never know it from its richness. This is one of my mother's recipes--my absolute favorite growing up--but I don't know where it came from originally. Note that this is primarily a custard dish - the top is very light and fluffy, like a cross between a sponge cake and a meringue.

    Recipe #120669

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