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    This is the best Italian bread ever! The secret is in the biga, which you start the day before. It adds all the flavor. It's time consuming, but overall easy and definitely worth the trouble! I make it using a stand mixer, and an upside down cast iron skillet as a baking stone. I originally found this recipe on

    Recipe #448602

    This is a delicious recipe that I originally got from my friend, Julie. I adapted it to use the ingredients I like, which are dried cherries and chocolate. You can substitute cranberries for the cherries, or not dip them in chocolate at all. The base recipe is just really good on it's own. On the optional ingredients: the pistachios are really great in it, but I usually don't use them because my bro has a peanut allergy and I make these for the holidays. I've also made it with or without the vanilla/almond extract, and it's great either way. It just adds a little more sweetness/nuttiness to them. Customize it to be whatever you want!

    Recipe #444634

    We moved to a street that apparently has an annual chili cook-off, and this was the recipe I came up with for our first submission! I studied recipes for hours before creating this recipe and wrote down exactly how and when we added them. It turned out absolutely delicious, and had a really complex flavor. Alas, there ultimately was no voting or prizes handed out, but we really think that this was one of the best. We only used one (albeit giant) jalapeno, but would probably add one or two more next time to make it spicier. I am also adding a couple topping recipes that our neighbor served with his chili, that were so good they should just be served with every chili!

    Recipe #439898

    A veggie pizza appetizer, served cold. Toppings can be substituted to include a variety of veggies. This is my mom's recipe, and we are unsure of the origins. One of my favorite hors d'oeuvres for the holidays!

    Recipe #401400

    A creamy style cheesecake, originally from Santa Fe's Three Cities of Spain coffee house. Everything about this recipe is the same, except for the topping which I made sweeter and the baking instructions are a bit different. I made this for my brother's birthday this year and it was devoured. Very light, yet decadent.

    Recipe #384958

    A slightly healthier version of the classic recipe, with a little bit of zip added.

    Recipe #371763

    This is a Detroit-area favorite. I recently made this for my mom's birthday, since it was always her favorite cake, and it turned out delicious! The icing is the actual Sanders recipe that was printed in the Detroit News in 1973, and will frost a two-layer 9" cake. The cake recipe is from Gourmet, Jan. 2008 and will only make a 1-layer cake, so double the recipe if you would like 2 layers. Enjoy!

    Recipe #371613

    I got this recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens "Appetizers" magazine. It is my absolute favorite hors d'oeurve. The smoked salmon goes perfect with this spicy/tangy sauce, and it is sure to impress guests. Also, I think it's surprisingly easy to make. My advice is to prepare the sauce ahead of time, then assemble just before serving so the chips don't get soggy. Also, kettle chips are highly recommended for their sturdiness. Enjoy!

    Recipe #345202

    Orange roughy tastes really good with just butter and garlic. This is a very basic and flavorful recipe. It goes really well with grilled asparagus and pine nuts.

    Recipe #319422

    This bruschetta has a great garlic-tomato flavor with a zing of balsamic vinegar in the mix. I settled on this ratio of ingredients after trial and error with a few other recipes. This is a really great appetizer to make ahead, which makes the flavors much more intense. (Then you just have to toast the bread.) I give instructions on blanching the tomatoes to remove the skin, but if you're short on time you can just dice them.

    Recipe #319370

    This is the first thing I ever made that helped me truly appreciate the flavor of tarragon. Who knew that it would go so great with peas! It's a savory and deliciously nutritious green pea soup. Great for lunch.

    Recipe #319273

    This is a one-dish meal with great flavors that you eat, and eat, and then eat again later. It makes a large amount, but never lasted more than a few days in my family. My dad got this recipe from my Aunt Barb when he found out he had celiac disease (allergic to wheat). It's the first thing I remember my dad cooking on a regular basis, and when I asked him what it was he entitled it, "Quick Skillet."

    Recipe #319259

    This is my mom's recipe and the ultimate comfort food for me if it's a gray fall day. It's also about a thousand times better the next day. (Reheat in a pan for best results.) If you're feeling adventurous, try adding cayenne pepper to make it a little spicy.

    Recipe #319242

    Fast and delicious. An under 5 minute meal.

    Recipe #319223

    This is my favorite shrimp recipe that my family makes, and I think it may have originally been from Rachael Ray. You can have it over noodles, over rice or as a side dish to a steak. I usually cook it in a pan, but you can also put it on skewers and grill it. It's just a really good way to have shrimp!

    Recipe #319217

    A great twist on traditional banana bread. The chocolate chips make it extra irresistible. Just make sure to bake it until it's done, no matter what the timer says. I use wooden skewers to check instead of toothpicks, since I never have any of those around. Enjoy!

    Recipe #319180

    A super delicious summer pasta that is healthy and keeps you full. It's also very simple to make, but impressive on a plate. The lemon adds a nice zest to the zucchini and white beans. Really good and fresh tasting. If you're into spicy foods, I've also made this with some cayenne pepper added.

    Recipe #319170

    This bread dip is like Carrabba's. As for the recipe, just think of it as a teaspoon of every spice in your pantry, plus fresh garlic. Best with a loaf of fresh bread. My husband makes this all the time.

    Recipe #319152

    The best apple crisp I've ever had. Simple and delish. I adapted this recipe from my mom's. It's very easy to make- the hardest part is peeling the apples.

    Recipe #319151

    I got this recipe from a Sicilian girl I used to work with. She brought in left-overs one day for lunch and the aroma was making my mouth water. It's a really good fall or winter meal, very rich and savory. Plus, it's completely delicious.

    Recipe #319137

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