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Nana's Small Fried Apple Pies are the perfect summertime treat, because they are incredibly easy to make and they a...

  • PIES:
  • 2 Pillsbury pie crusts
  • 2 apples
  • 1/4 cup sugar optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • ICING:
  • 1 teaspoon softened butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons milk
4.4/5 (27 Votes)

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Perfect for an evening spent out in the backyard with friends and family, make this recipe anytime you need to feed...

  • 1 chicken, whole
  • Olive oil to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Barbecue sauce to taste
4.4/5 (17 Votes)

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These chicken teriyaki burgers are low in fat and a great alternative to ground beef burgers

  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup low sodium tamari sauce, or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced.
  • BURGERS:
  • 2 packages of ground chicken (almost 2 pounds)
  • 1/2 red onion, finely minced
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (I used stale bread in my food processor)
  • Tamari-Teriyaki Sauce, reserving about 1/2 of the sauce for basting
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro, optional
4.6/5 (8 Votes)

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Any fish that can stand up to the grill will work for this recipe

  • TOPPING:
  • 1 pound firm white fish, skinned
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • Pinch ground red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 fresh lemon, or lime
  • 8 (10-inch) soft tortillas
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Black olives
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Thinly sliced onions
  • Chopped avocado
  • Salsa
4.7/5 (3 Votes)

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Classic potato salad recipe that is perfect for picnics, barbecues or any time!

  • 3 1/2 pounds potatoes, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup cooked crispy thick cut, bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped, or 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground mustard
4.6/5 (9 Votes)

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Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa is a moist and flavorful way to get your omega-3s at home

  • AVOCADO SALSA:
  • 2 pounds salmon, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced
  • juice from 2 limes
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro, optional
  • salt to taste
4.6/5 (7 Votes)

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Right out the gate, I'm going to say that this recipe (Cook's Illustrated July 2011) is one of the least fussy ways...

  • BRINE:
  • 1 1 1 cup salt
  • 1 1 1 cup sugar
  • CHICKEN:
  • 6 6 6 pounds* bone-in chicken parts (breasts, thighs, and drumsticks), trimmed
  • 3 3 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Pepper
  • GRILL:
  • 1 1 1 Large disposable Aluminum roasting pan (if using charcoal) or disposable aluminum pie plate (if using gas)
  • 2 2 30 3 30 soaked in water for 30 minutes and drained (if using charcoal) or 3 cups wood chips, half of chips soaked in water for 30 minutes and drained (if using gas)
  • 5 5 17 quarts briquettes (approximately 17 briquettes per quart)
4.4/5 (19 Votes)

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These Fabulous Barbecue Chicken Kabobs are so good! Seriously, they are packed with a great smoky, bacon-y flavor, ...

  • 10 to 12 wooden shish-kabob skewers
  • 3 to 4 chicken breasts, about 2.5-pounds
  • 2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 strips raw bacon
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 5 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce
4.4/5 (24 Votes)

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While I keep canned beans in my pantry for emergencies, I much prefer to soak and cook my own beans

  • 4 cups pinto beans (soaked in water, overnight)
  • 4 slices of thick cut bacon (or ham hock, or salt pork or ham)
  • 1 hamhock, optional (I had one in the freezer, so I added with bacon...we love the flavor)
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, finely minced (this is my own personal touch)
  • 1 to 2 onions, finely chopped (I love them, so in they went)
  • Seasonings (after beans cooked, and to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of ground black pepper
  • Dash of hot sauce (we love it)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin, optional (I love it, so I added that)
4.4/5 (17 Votes)

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From "Cuisine At Home Magazine" With smoky bacon, sweet root beer, and a buttery bread crumb topping, everyone’s ...

  • BEANS:
  • 4 strips thick-sliced bacon, diced
  • SWEAT:
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
  • DEGLAZE:
  • 2 cups root beer
  • 2 cans pinto beans (15-ounces each), drained and rinsed
  • 1 can tomato purée (10.75-ounces)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons each, Worcestershire sauce and cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon each, Tabasco sauce, root beer extract, and kosher salt
  • TOPPING, PULSE:
  • 3 slices white bread, buttered
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
4.5/5 (13 Votes)

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This low-fat recipe for Mexibbean Grilled Pork Tenderloin has a Mexican flavor made from a rub with a blend of chil...

  • MEXICAN SPICE BLEND:
  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Juice from 1 to 2 fresh limes
  • Lime zest, optional
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne
4.5/5 (8 Votes)

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Yes, you read that right. You can make your own homemade hamburger buns, in an hour

  • OPTIONAL:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (King Arthur Flour recommended)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour* (or bread flour. King Arthur Flour recommended)
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package instant yeast (I used Fleischmann's Rapid Rise Yeast)
  • 2 tablepoons white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons poppy or sesame seeds
4.4/5 (16 Votes)

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