Cheese Straws

cheese straws #1Cheese Straws are a satisfyingly-cheesy cracker that can be made using a variety of cheeses, but traditionally with a sharp cheddar. Add just a sprinkle of cayenne to give them a touch of heat, and they’re perfect.  Cayenne and real Cheddar sets these crackers apart — far apart — from any store-bought crackers in a box. Cheese Straws are remarkably light yet crunchy, and quite addicting for cheese lovers of all types.

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Soft Beef Burrito

soft-beef-burritoBurritos are delicious, filling, and oh! so adaptable. You can literally put anything inside a tortilla, roll it up, and have a great, satisfying meal. They are wonderful for meals on the run, too, since they come in their own handy, edible wrapper! Just don’t put too much salsa inside, however, or…, well…, trust me on that!

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Pizza, Homestyle

Sausage, mushroom, green pepper pizza, simplygoodcooking.com


Pizza is one of those satisfying meals that’s gotten lost or obscured in the blur of fast food restaurants and frozen aisle entrees. Many of us have become accustomed to the taste of those assembly line pizzas, the drive-thru Take & Bakes, or the frozen pies wrapped in plastic and cardboard.  Not a bad choice in a pinch, but nothing remotely resembling the deliciousness of a home baked pizza.  Once you’ve had one, you realize that nothing else compares.

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Chocolate-Filled Cookies

These cookies are super fun!  They look like a plain vanilla cookie, but when you bite into one there’s a soft chocolate center.  Yum!  They’re simple to make and convey a definite playfulness, suitable for holiday cookie exchange or gift giving.

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Chocolate Oat Bars

Chocolate and oats are an almost irrestible combination.  Put them into a bar cookie and you’ve made something that will appeal to all ages and tastes. This is another quick recipe to add to your cookie recipe shelf, one you can whip up in no time and have on hand when friends drop by.

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Sloppy Joes

sloppy joesThese beauties are a simply-fixed meal for any night of the week — a childhood favorite, even for those of us who only dreamed of them as a kid.  When I was young my family fell back on canned chili or take-out for nights when no one wanted to cook.  These days I prefer my own cooking, and this recipe for lip-smacking Sloppy Joes hits the spot perfectly. What wonderful comfort food!

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