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Shop for cookbooks, order cooking magazines and find recipes. Do you like to cook or bake? I love experimenting with new recipes. First thing I did after getting my computer was search to find recipes. I especially love to make Christmas cookies as gifts for loved ones. Starting the week before Christmas I make them pretty much around the clock but it's all worth it when my nieces and nephews make a big fuss over them. I just have a few of my favorite recipes below but will be including more in the future. I've included some sites where you can find recipes, too. If you have a recipe you're trying to find just let me know and I will try to find it for you.

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A few of my favorite recipes.
Lemon pudding cookies
Nutty-noodly clusters
Pineapple muffins

Lemon pudding cookies (Is from Best of Bisquick from Betty Crocker)

1 cup Bisquick baking mix
1 package (3 3/4 ounces) lemon instant pudding and pie filling (dry)
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/4 cup vegetable oil (or canola oil if your prefer)
1 egg
Sugar (granulated)

Heat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until dough forms a ball. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each to 1/4 inch thickness with bottom of glass that's been dipped in sugar. Bake til edges are delicate brown, about 8 minutes; cool. Frost with lemon frosting (below) Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

Lemon butter frosting

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons margarine or butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 to 2 drops yellow food color (if desired)

Mix powdered sugar and margarine or butter. Stir in lemon peel, lemon juice and food color; beat until frosting is of spreading consistency.

I always line cookie sheets with parchment paper so they don't darken on the bottom and I don't bake for quite the amount of time it says. (remove before the edges brown) I substitute with canola oil, also. You can experiment with the amount of lemon juice peel to suit your tastes, after grating I slice the peel with a knife to make smaller pieces. I don't use any food coloring but that's your decision. I usually make a double recipe as well since these are really popular.

Nutty-noodly clusters
I honestly don't know where this recipe came from. Just remember my Mom making it when I was a child. Is super, super easy to make.

2 (6 ounce) packages of semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 (6 ounce) packages of butterscotch chips
2 (3 ounce) cans of chow mein noodles
1/2 cup of peanuts or cashews

Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and quickly stir in noodles and nuts so that they are evenly coated. Dip out by teaspoonful onto wax paper. Chill and refrigerate.

Pineapple muffins
This recipe is one of my absolute favorites. Not sure who to credit for it, though. I think my Mom got it from a Military wives cookbook. the person who had the original recipe...Thank you!!

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1/4 cup shortening (or butter)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup crushed pineapple
1/2 cup milk (we always substituted using pineapple juice left in the can and then fill with milk to equal the 1/2 cup)

Sift flour. Mix with baking soda, baking powder and salt. Sift again. In separate bowl cream shortening or butter; add sugar (gradually) vanilla and well-beaten egg. Beat til fluffy. Beat in flour mixture alternately with pineapple juice/milk mixture. Fold in crushed pineapple. Bake in greased and floured muffin tins or muffin cups for about 20 to 25 minutes at 350. Cool (Or they're yummy warm)

For any of you who may have dietary issues with milk, I've substituted soy milk and it tastes great that way, too. You can freeze them and pop them into the microwave whenever you want. Last tip is... I love pineapple, so I add more than what the recipe says. Hope you enjoy them. I really love them.

Sites where you can find recipes

Would you like to learn different cooking methods? Just what is deglazing? Which apples are the best to use for different recipes? Ever wonder which ingredients can be substituted for others? How about quick fixes to cooking problems? You can learn the answers to these questions and learn about food safety, selecting the right cuts of meat and how to choose your favorite fruit or vegetable. Below are a few sites where you can find a variety of recipes.

Domino Sugar
Very Best Baking (By Nestle)
WAC (apples)