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Cheesecake

Classic Cheesecake

Serves: 6-8

Time: 1.5 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Stirring filling

This is my take on classic cheesecake, every rich decadent mouthful. I make this roughly once per year because it is so rich and decadent. Often it is my husband’s birthday cake and works particularly well for his Christmas birthday because it isn’t holiday themed. I also use it as a base layer for whatever “flavored” cheesecake you want, strawberry topped, add a swirl of homemade caramel, top with banana slices, chocolate curls, a sprinkle of pie spice. It makes the perfect palette.

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Roasted Veggies

Roasted Veggies

Serves: 4

Time: 30 min

Kid Friendly Tasks: Washing Veggies

This is going to be one of those no brainer recipes that almost doesn’t seem worth posting but I’m going to do it anyway. I love roasted veggies as a side dish to any meal, especially Mediterranean. They are quick to prepare and will happily cook while you make the main course of something else. You can adjust the seasonings to match whatever your central dish is. Personally, I like to roast veggies in just a bit of flavorless vegetable oil, just enough that they don’t stick and then toss with butter, salt and pepper.

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Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Serves: 4

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Ingredients Scatterer

I don’t know if with spring coming up it counts as pot pie season, but then again, is there ever really a bad time of year for chicken pot pie? I personally don’t think so. I like to make this recipe after I’ve made a roast chicken and have leftovers.

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Okra with Veggies

Okra and Veggies or Southern Style Johnnie Marzetti

Serves: 4

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Picking Veggies

If you’re from Columbus you will instantly know this dish. It is served in school cafeterias here and came from the area. If you’re not, you’re probably like what the heck. Basically Johnnie Marzetti is ground beef, tomatoes, maybe peppers and celery, plus elbow macaroni. You might melt some cheddar cheese on that too depending on where you’re from. It’s really good in a pasta-a-roni sort of way. I imagine it’s quite common as a dish everywhere, just with a different name. Anyway, my version, since I love okra, is standard Johnnie Marzetti, but with okra added as one of the veggies. It thickens up the sauce really nicely and is just amazing over cornbread. Even my children will eat it.

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Chocolate Potica

Chocolate Potica

Serves: 6-8

Time: 2 hrs +rising

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Spreading filling

I will start off by saying that you will probably only like this recipe if you like the taste of dark chocolate because it features bittersweet chocolate. However, if you do like dark chocolate you will LOVE it as it tastes rich like a candy bar or nutella. It’s a love it or hate it sort of thing. If you tend to like eastern European sweets that have that dark chocolate bite to them you will totally love this recipe. You’ve been warned. Now the back story. I have a lovely friend who is Slovenian, living in Slovenia, and she mentioned that she makes walnut (the most traditional flavor) potica every year for Christmas and Easter.

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