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Calico Beans Recipe

This Calico Beans recipe is perfect for juggling all your other to-dos. Your oven takes care of cooking a hearty, flavor-packed meal while you tackle that neglected pile of laundry (or dive into your DVR queue). If you’ve ever seen a calico cat or wrapped up in a calico quilt, you know exactly what’s coming when I say “Calico Beans.” This is my grandma’s Calico Beans recipe, one she used to make when she needed a hearty, easy supper that’s straight up good, old-fashioned comfort food. A little cornbread on the side, and we’d all go to bed in...

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Sopes

Make it better with masa this Cinco de Mayo, and try your hand at Sopes. They’re a traditional snack or street food in Mexico, loaded with tasty toppings that will leave you yearning for some mariachi music and a margarita! As someone who’s obsessed with food and loves to experiment with different flavor combinations, I’m a big fan of restaurants’ “build-your-own” concept:  your own pizza, your own stir fry, or your own ice cream sundae. It’s also something you can easily replicate at home (like one of my favorites, taco night :-)) and satisfy the different tastes of family...

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Beefaroni

There’s a lot to be said for hearty family dishes. And growing up, Chef Boyardee was the king of hearty family dishes. I loved his canned concoctions of pastas and soups and, one of my childhood favorites, beefaroni. Now that I’m all grown up, I serve my kids beefaroni too. They love it, and are constantly clamoring about getting it for dinner. And it’s true that, as a kid, Chef Boyardee was the king of beefaroni. (Even today, a Google search for beefaroni – something like “beefaroni wiki” – will usually put Chef Boyardee at the top of the...

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Kentucky Butter Cake

This unique Kentucky Butter Cake is tender, moist and deliciously unique. The cake is soaked with a wonderful Butter Sauce then topped in an amazing Butter Glaze. I love baking cakes, and I love sharing my cakes with friends and relatives and, sometimes, total strangers. But not everyone feels the same way I do about heating up the oven and whipping up a yummy, homemade cake from scratch. I know lots of folks who cook all the time, but tend to shy away from baking cakes from scratch because they do not feel they can do better than a...

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Coconut Sheet Cake

Incredibly delicious, super moist, Coconut Sheet Cake topped with a perfect Coconut frosting. As any good potlucker knows, you can’t just bring any dessert to a potluck. There’s a trick finding the right recipe, a balance that has to be just right. You want something that can easily be made into a large batch. But you also want something that will be popular enough (read: delicious enough) that you don’t take a bunch home. (The last thing I need in my life is to bring home two pans of brownies.) Today’s recipe is a perfect fit. This coconut sheet...

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