From Betty Crocker's Best Of Baking. For an equally good chocolate-orange version (if you don't like caramel and nuts), omit the caramel nut layer, and add a bit of orange extract to the cream cheese and chocolate layers (you may also want to add grated orange peel to the cream cheese layer). If you don't have a decorating bag and tip for the whipped cream, just spoon it on in dollops (the canned stuff just doesn't compare). Either way you make it, the taste definitely makes up for the effort.
My late Aunt Donna used to frequent farmer's markets during various local produce seasons, and she would find the best local recipes whenever she did. This one was on the table every Thanksgiving once she discovered it. My family normally prefers sweet potatoes unadulterated (wrapped in foil and simply baked), but we always empty the dish when this casserole is made. Prep and cook time do not reflect time for cooking sweet potatoes.
From "Carry-Out Cuisine" by Phyllis Meras. This recipe was given to me as part of a Christmas gift from my late Aunt Donna. She used to make this every year for our Christmas Eve open house. Wonderfully rich, not meant for those light dessert seekers.
Nice moist quick-bread, excellent for using up any papaya that is somewhat past it's prime for eating fresh. Like most quick-bread recipes, it's very adaptable. I've made equally yummy combinations of papaya-mango and papaya-banana breads when I didn't have the full amount of papaya available. Freezes well (cool completely, slice, then wrap loaf tightly in plastic wrap or foil.)
I took the best parts of a few different cornbread recipes, and this is the result. Wonderful and moist, it's a great complement to any chili or stew (such as my recipe for Green Chile Pork Stew). Sorry, not for the calorie counters among us (unless you gather a group and cut it into small slivers to serve).
This is one of those "stick-to-your-ribs" chilly-weather meals. I got this from a friend who is famous for her crockpot concoctions. Because of the nature of a crockpot, cooking time actually may range from 4 to 10 hours (depending on the cook's schedule).
I was looking for something different to serve with cheeseburgers one night, and this is what I found (it's a Tanya Holland recipe from foodtv.com). The spice blend counters the sweetness of the fries rather nicely, I think. Prep time is primarily time needed to heat the oil sufficiently.
I found this one on allrecipes and tweaked it a bit. It's a wonderful salad for a cookout or potluck, and leftovers keep well (it makes quite a large batch). Don't let the long ingredient list scare you off, it's actually very simple to make. For any ingredients with a range of amounts, the least amount is what I like to use, the greatest amount is what the original recipe calls for. This is a vegan-friendly recipe if veggie broth is substituted for chicken broth.
A pleasant, somewhat summery side dish from M.S. Milliken & S. Feniger. Especially good with flaky white fish or grilled chicken. I think that the salad and veggie seasoning adds a nice flavor, but omit it if you are avoiding MSG. The chayote is just fine without it.
This is a slight adaptation of a really good bread machine recipe that I found on allrecipes a while back. The vital wheat gluten isn't, well...vital, but I do find that it makes a nicer loaf when all-purpose flour is used (I can't vouch for bread flour, since I don't use it). Makes a 1-1/2 lb loaf
This is a yummy chicken casserole that a coworker brought to a holiday potluck. Nearly everyone (including me) requested the recipe - after we emptied the dish, mind you. Easy-to-transport comfort food at its finest, I think. Prep time does not reflect time to cook the chicken.
This is a nice pork recipe from Crisco. It's one of the few ways I'll eat pork, and the salsa is a great add-in to soup if you have any left over (I'm only cooking for two, so I usually reduce the amount of pork which leaves me with quite a bit of salsa). Good when served with refried beans, rice, and fresh corn tortillas. Note: When adding the salt, keep in mind that the corn and tomatoes will add more to the mixture!
I always keep an eye out for mussels to go on sale at the local fish counter, just so I can make this yummy recipe. It makes for a great quick light meal. Be warned, though: four pounds of well-prepared mussels can disappear much faster than you think. Also a great recipe to use with clams, if that's what you prefer. Prep time does not include time to clean the shellfish.
This is a cut-and-paste recipe from various other recipes I have. Since I work with a vegan, and I constantly bake for my coworkers, I'm always on the lookout for vegan-friendly recipes that don't require a special trip to the earthy-crunchy store. This one fits the bill, and it actually tastes good enough that non-vegans won't feel as though they're missing anything (which is marvelous when you don't feel like making two different recipes).
A great-tasting, easy recipe that I found in Martha Stewart's Real Simple magazine. The leftovers are good to reheat for lunch the next day, too. For those more careful eaters, use light cheese and turkey pepperoni. Unless you are a grease-fiend, the end result will taste just as good. Omit the pepperoni for a vegetarian meal.
On a mission to find recipes to use up the random tin of guava paste that I often have in the pantry, I came across this one online somewhere. The applesauce and glaze are my own doctorings, because the original recipe was good but quite dry. It's still a very dense butter cake, so those bakers desiring a lighter-textured cake may want to add more applesauce to the recipe.