Basic Timbale Custard, with variations

If you have never had a timbale, you’ll love this recipe.  It’s a great appetizer or side dish, and while it does take a bit of preparation, it bakes for nearly an hour, leaving the time just before eating clear so you can attend to the rest of the meal.  It’s really versatile and can be used with a variety of vegetables, or even plain.  Brunch, lunch, dinner, this dish can be used at any time that seems right for it.

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Apple Crisp

This is one of the first desserts I ever made.  It’s simple, fast to prepare, and oh so satisfying. Especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Among the countless apple crisp recipes, this one is the quickest, most simple combination, with a pure, decidedly apple flavor. Don’t even try to make a low-fat version of this treat, it’s perfect just as it is.

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Aloha Cookies

These are a big, chewy, delicious treat of a cookie.  The word ‘cookie’ doesn’t come close to what these are — filling, nourishing, and healthful in the way that few cookies can be, yet sweet and satisfying at the same time. Could be your new favorite snack.

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Cracked Wheat Bread

Cracked Wheat bread is one of the best tasting loaves around, and possibly one of the best kept secrets. Everyone seems to love white bread, or proclaim the health benefits of whole wheat, completely neglecting this classic. Like all bread, it’s easy to make and once you get into the habit of baking, it’s almost second nature. It’s a pleasure to put your hands to such easy work for such a superb return.

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Crunchy Hash Browns

A lovely cake of crunchy hash browns is possibly the closest things to ultimate satisfaction you can find on a breakfast plate. Or a dinner plate, for that matter. OK, it’s great at lunch, too. It’s just plain good. Good and crunchy, that is. If it’s done right, with flavor AND crunch, you will never again have to slog through mushy potatoes. Frankly, your morning meal deserves a solid crunch along with your cuppa. It’s just the right combination to make the day go well.

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