A Father’s Secrets to Great Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve learned from the stories of the past and traditions of my father to make the best chocolate chip cookies, and now I’m going to share those secrets and lessons with you. Here you will find: Four secrets from my father’s best chocolate chip cookies Five of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes Finding a Reason to Bake My parents are gone now, but I think of them every day.  They lived high on a ridge overlooking the Tanana Valley and the town of Fairbanks, Alaska. On a clear day, from their porch, you could see across the mountain ranges …

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Golden Citrus No-Bake Cookies

These golden citrus no-bake cookies are made with crispy rice cereal, pecan pieces, orange zest, and golden raisins to give them the citrus punch that we’ve come to love. All you have to do is boil the wet ingredients, add the dry, and form the cookies into balls to set. “These are so good.” That was the word around the test kitchen. The orange zest adds just enough zip to make them sweetly refreshing. Golden Citrus No-Bake Cookie Recipe Ingredients 1 cup crispy rice cereal 1 cup pecan pieces zest from one large orange 1/2 cup butter 1 cup golden …

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Chocolate Rice Krispies® Treats Recipe

Rice Krispies Treats are the king of no-bakes, in my book. These are simply Rice Krispies Treats with added chocolate. They’re nearly as simple as the original recipe, but the chocolate melts into the hot marshmallow. Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats Recipe Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 4 cups miniature marshmallows 1 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal or equal Directions Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. In a large pan on the stovetop, melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows. Stir until the mixture is hot, melted, and smooth. Add the chocolate chips …

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How to Design Your Own Whole Grain Bread Recipes

You can make great whole grain breads! Often it’s as simple as substituting a whole grain blend for part of the flour in your favorite bread recipe. You may need to adjust the liquid a little, but other than that, it can be a straight substitution. If you want a 100% whole grain bread, start with your favorite whole wheat bread recipe. You can make great whole grain breads by starting with a white bread flour recipe and substituting the whole grains for part of the white flour. The result will be a lighter bread, sometimes an almost white bread, …

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Cranberry White Chocolate Rice Krispies® Treats Recipe

These are simply Rice Krispies Treats with added white chocolate chips and dry cranberries. The white chocolate melts into the marshmallow mixture and makes for a much richer and very attractive bar. This is very suitable for guests. It is nearly as simple as the original recipe. Look for white chocolate chips made with cocoa butter instead of vegetable or coconut oil for a better taste. Cranberry White Chocolate Rice Krispies Treat Recipe Ingredients 4 tablespoons butter 4 cups miniature marshmallows 1/2 tablespoon good quality vanilla 1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal or equal …

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Festive Fruit and Oat Refrigerator Cookies

These festive fruit and oat refrigerator cookies are the perfect semblance of a fruit cake wrapped into a tasty cookie, and they’re perfect for the holidays because you can make the dough ahead of time and leave it in the fridge until you need it. This cookie is a winner. A Refrigerator Cookie that Doesn’t Spread We wanted a cookie that wouldn’t spread too much so that we could decorate the edges of the cookies. We used oatmeal and confectioners’ sugar for that. (We love oats in cookies anyway and the cornstarch in the confectioners’ sugar reduces spread.) The granulated …

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Favorite Peach Cobbler with Canned Peaches

This peach cobbler is a nod to the old fashioned peach cobblers my mother would make. My mother made the best peach cobblers. She used the peaches that we canned in the summertime, a quart to a cobbler. They were easy to put together and so good. We liked our cobblers warm. Often we would pour milk over our bowl of warm peach cobbler like you would hot cereal or maybe we would load it with a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream. My father poured canned milk over his. I’ve long since lost Mother’s recipe for peach cobbler. Our …

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How to Create Recipes

How would you like to be able to create hundreds of new recipes, recipes that are your own and fit your tastes perfectly? You can. One of the joys of baking is creating your own recipes, making something truly scrumptious that is uniquely yours. While baking is precise and requires a knowledge of baking science and formulation to create recipes from scratch, it’s very practical to modify existing recipes. Understanding Before Creating and Customizing Recipes A recipe can be broken down into two parts: the basic ingredients and the inclusions. The basic ingredients include flour, butter, sugar, eggs, water, salt, …

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How to Bake, Cook, and Live Better with Oats

What if there was a breakfast food that was readily available, very nutritious, and inexpensive? What if you could eat it plain or use it a hundred different ways? What if it was great for your health, lowered your blood sugar and cholesterol? There is such a food.  It’s oats–like in oatmeal, muffins, or bread. I eat oatmeal several times a week.  I cook a big pan of oatmeal and usually add nuts or dried fruit.  I eat what I want and store the rest in the refrigerator for up to a week. We add rolled oats to many of …

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Beyond the Bone Store

Quiet Country Drives The Bone Store sits in Bone, Idaho, 17 miles down the Bone Road.  (Yes, there was a Mr. Bone, Mr. Orion Bone the town founder in the early 1900’s.) Bone is in the boonies. It was the last town in Idaho to receive telephone service.  In 2006, it had a year around population of 2.  It has probably doubled in population since then. I hear the Bone Store serves dinner weekend evenings. We had never been to Gray’s Lake.  There is a national wildlife refuge there and it’s not too far from where we live so we …

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Mini Meat Loaf Recipes

Pizzeria Meatloaf Ingredients 1 ½ pounds of lean ground beef 2 large eggs 1 small can tomato paste ½ cup bread crumbs 1 can olives, chopped ¾ cup chopped red pepper 1 teaspoon Zesty Pizza and Pasta Spice ½ cup grated parmesan cheese ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese 4-6 slices or chopped cherry tomatoes ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper Directions Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix ground beef with eggs, tomato paste and bread crumbs.  Add the peppers to the mixture, reserving 3 Tablespoons for the topping.  Reserve 1 Tablespoon olives for topping and add the remaining olives to …

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Six Things You Can do with Fresh Peaches

I look forward to the peach season all year. There is not anything much better than a chilled, luscious peach. While they’re in season, enjoy them every way you can. 1. Peaches and Cream (Milk) I like to eat peaches (and strawberries) in a bowl like you would with cold cereal. I sweeten them slightly with a drizzle of honey. I like flavored honey. (There is a dazzling array of flavored honey available.) Try Raspberry Honey or Strawberry Rhubarb Honey on your peaches with ice cold milk. (Drop a cube of ice in your milk to keep it cold.) 2. Peaches …

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Granola Bars

Since this is a cousin to Rice Krispies® Treats, this is an easy recipe. Instead of melted marshmallows, you will cook a syrup with brown sugar and corn syrup but the concept is the same. To make this recipe, you can use commercial granola or make your own granola from a recipe. Ingredients 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup light corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5-6 cups of granola Visit The Cookie Center Free articles and recipes | Free E-books | Tips | Tools | Ingredients Directions Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Preheat the …

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Great Granola Muffin Recipe

This is a great muffin recipe–not sweet and cake-like—and just right for breakfast. We wondered what the granola would be like laced through this muffin. It reminds us of the bran cereal in a bran muffin—though it’s lighter in texture. It’s a hearty, wholesome, muffin your whole family will enjoy. This is another easy recipe to make. This recipe uses the “muffin method” for mixing. Visit The Scone and Muffin Center Free articles and recipes | Free E-books | Tips | Tools | Ingredients Ingredients 1 1/3 cup flour 2 cups granola 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda …

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Granola and Raisin Muffins

A tender, nearly cake-like muffin made sweet with raisins. The buttery crumb loaded with granola is just right. Even though this is tender and rich, it has more granola than flour so you know it’s better for you. This recipe uses the “creaming method” for mixing. Ingredients 1 1/4 cup flour 1 3/4 cups granola 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoon butter 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup buttermilk 3/4 cup raisins Directions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare the muffin tins by greasing them well. …

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Kids’ Party Munch

This works as an after-school snack, as trail mix, or as an after-lunch dessert.  Collaborate with your child to use the ingredients that he or she likes best. 2 cups Chex-type cereal 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries 1/2 cup M&M’s 1/2 cup roasted peanuts Options: Any of the following may be added or substituted in the recipe—other nuts, coconut, miniature marshmallows, peanut M&M’s, dried fruit, or miniature pretzels. Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl.  Store in a tightly covered container. Printable Version

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How to Make The Best Refrigerator Bran Muffins

With five growing boys and a caboose of a daughter, my mother made prodigious amounts of food.  And she was a great baker.  One of my fond memories is that of her refrigerator bran muffins. She would make a huge bowl of bran muffin batter.  I suspect it was a Farmer’s Home Journal recipe though I can only recall it as a hand-written recipe on a batter-stained index card. She would keep that batter in the refrigerator for up to three weeks, breaking it out of the refrigerator two or three times a week and making a batch until it …

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Maple and Apricot Granola Recipe

Ingredients 4 cups rolled oats, wheat, or barley (any combination) 3/4 finely diced dried apricots1/2 cup maple syrup1/4 cup canola oil 1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon maple flavor 3/4 cup sunflower seeds or walnuts Directions 1. Place the rolled grains in a large bowl. Finely dice the dried apricots and set them aside.2. In another bowl mix the syrup, oil, salt, and flavor together.3. Add the liquid to the grains and mix thoroughly. The liquids will be absorbed and the granola will become darker and shinier. Add the nuts or seeds.4. Spread the granola in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 …

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How to Make Homemade Granola with Recipe

Homemade granola is much better. It’s great for camping. Mix it with some M&M’s and make great trail mix for that energetic Boy Scout. We like it as cereal with either hot or cold milk. And homemade granola is so much fresher—and we think better—than what you buy in the stores. Let your imagination run wild when you make granola. The basic ingredients are cereal, oil, and a sweetener. Then add anything that you like to give it the character, taste, and nutrition that you want. Remember that kids’ tastes are different than yours so make two batches—granola is easy to make. How to Make Homemade …

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Apricot-Orange Nut Quick Bread

We love moist, fruity quick breads–and this is one of our favorites.  It’s nutty, flavorful, and full of wholesome ingredients.  We would like to share this recipe with you and demonstrate the baking principles for wonderful quick breads. The definition of quick breads is imprecise.  Often cookbooks classify muffins, coffeecakes, and biscuits as quick breads–not just those moist loaf breads made without yeast–breads like banana nut bread and date nut bread.  And there is a thin line between quick breads and cakes.  Quick breads contain less sugar and fat than cakes.  They usually, but not always, contain fruits or nuts …

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