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Penny

 

about me:

In addition to my day job, I have a personal chef business, do some catering, and write food columns for two newspapers, websites BigOven.com, and Examiner.com as well as Half Hour Meals. My user name on Twitter is inmimiskitchen.

favorite foods:

Anything Italian!

Meatball and Vegetable Soup

Meatball and Vegetable Soup

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One of my favorite supermarket shortcuts, pre-cooked frozen meatballs, make a star appearance in this super-easy and savory soup. Kids love meatballs, so I bet this will be a new favorite at your house. While this recipe does not cook in 30 minutes or less, I think it still qualifies as quick-n-easy because there is almost no prep time and your slow cooker does all the work.

Beer and Cheese Dip

Beer and Cheese Dip

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This recipe came from an old community cookbook that was my mother’s. I remember she used to serve it when she and my dad had friends over to play cards, and it was a favorite at potlucks and super-bowl parties too. It's tangy with a little bit of a "kick" from the cayenne.

Mock Chop Suey

Mock Chop Suey

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In spite of the fact that legend says this recipe was created by Chinese immigrants in San Fransisco, it is not truly Chinese. Rather I think it is a great example of the good 'ole American standby skillet supper or casserole. It's tasty and super-easy to make. I like to serve it with a simple garden salad with creamy Italian dressing (something about that flavor combination!).

Southwest Beef and Noodles

Southwest Beef and Noodles

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I came up with this skillet supper when my children were a bit older and had suddenly become picky eaters. They really liked the southwestern flavors and I liked the short ingredients list and cooking time!

Parmesan Potatoes

Parmesan Potatoes

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These tasty, cheesy potatoes are lightning fast and your family will love them! To make them even faster, use a package of "Simply Potatoes" (slices, wedges or diced) and eliminate the slicing and dicing. These terrific supermarket shortcuts are usually in the meat or dairy case of your store.

Catholic Fundraiser Pickles

Catholic Fundraiser Pickles

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This recipe was given to me by a co-worker who tells me that a Catholic church in Florence, South Carolina makes them as a fundraiser. She brought a jar to a party at work and they were a big hit...surprisingly yummy.

Corn Chowder with Potatoes and Ham

Corn Chowder with Potatoes and Ham

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If you love thick potato chowder that is chock full of corn and ham, then this is the recipe for you. Perfect for a cold winter’s day, all you need to make this meal complete is some fresh, hot rolls and perhaps a fruit salad. When you can make something this delicious so quickly, you will never have to worry about what to serve for supper on a blustery evening again.

Gravy-Baked Pork Chops

Gravy-Baked Pork Chops

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I love anything with gravy and the mushroom gravy in this recipe is soooooo good! This is another favorite from my childhood and one that my mother made for us frequently because we asked for it so often. I like it served with buttered egg noodles or rice and green beans or mixed vegetables.

Hot Crabmeat Spread

Hot Crabmeat Spread

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Of all the hot crabmeat dips and spreads I have tried over the years, this one is always at the top of the list. I made this for a company Christmas party years ago and it has been a favorite ever since. Be warned: this is so delicious you will want to make a double batch as it will disappear FAST!

Ranch Chicken

Ranch Chicken

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Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, your family will ask for this tasty chicken again and again. My daughter (who hates to cook) makes this often and my son-in-law and grandsons love it (there are never leftovers!). She likes to serve it with oven-roasted potatoes and a salad or green beans

Hamburger Stew

Hamburger Stew

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My mother made this often when I was growing up and it was a staple in my house when my children were young. With just 3 ingredients, it's easy to see why this super-simple recipe would be popular with busy moms! I like to serve this with garlic toast and a side salad. It's also delicious served over rice.

Chicken a l'orange

Chicken a l'orange

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I am always looking for new chicken recipes, especially if they are uncomplicated and fast. This is a favorite recipe from an old family friend that is quick, easy, and delicious!

Taco Chicken

Taco Chicken

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This easy chicken dish gets its "zip" from a delicious combination of taco seasoning, tomatoes and honey. Your kids will love it!

Five Can Casserole

Five Can Casserole

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Another of my mother's standby meals on a busy night, this recipe has been around for years under a variety of names. Once you try it, you'll see why it has remained popular: it has 5 ingredients, it's fast and it's easy! The best part is that your family will love it!

Zucchini Soup

Zucchini Soup

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This is the time of year when you start looking for ways to use the over-abundance of zucchini that comes your way. I don’t know how it is that just a couple of zucchini plants can produce so many zucchinis, but mine always do! This year I decided to “outsmart” the zucchini and not plant any, and wouldn’t you know that my well-meaning neighbor saw I didn’t have any and kept sharing his! Anyway, I love zucchini, but let’s face it, you can only eat or give away so much zucchini bread before you just can’t stand anymore! And, in these tough economic times, you really hate to waste anything right? So what to do with all that darn zucchini? I recently found this delicious zucchini soup recipe in a cookbook I found at an antique store and think it’s terrific…I hope you do too.

Lazy Way Vegetable Soup

Lazy Way Vegetable Soup

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This super-fast, delicious vegetable soup is a snap to make even after a long day at work, chasing after your kids, errands, etc. Serve it with rolls or crusty bread, butter and fruit preserves and dinner is done!

Skillet Chicken Cacciatore

Skillet Chicken Cacciatore

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This super-fast skillet meal has all the flavor of slow-simmered chicken cacciatore in less than half the time. Italian dressing is the secret to tender, flavorful chicken that may just be better than the original.

Mimi's Sloppy Joes

Mimi's Sloppy Joes

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A friend of mine gave me the original recipe for this a few years ago and they were the best sloppy joes I have ever had. I have adapted the recipe a bit over time, but they are still as delicious as when I first tried them. My family is so crazy about them that my son, who is grown and on his own, asks me to make and freeze them for him to take home on his next visit.

Sweet-n-Sour Lil' Smokies

Sweet-n-Sour Lil' Smokies

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These fantastic sweet and sour little sausages are a tradition in our family and no holiday is complete without them. They are also great for potlucks and office parties...take them and watch them disappear! I guarantee you will get asked for this recipe!

Egg Casserole

Egg Casserole

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This deliciously different casserole is perfect for weekday breakfast or Sunday brunch, and it’s so easy to put together. You can assemble it ahead and bake it the “day of”, or you can bake and freeze it, then reheat when you want to serve (please thaw overnight in the fridge).

Simple Skillet Supper

Simple Skillet Supper

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This simple and inexpensive dish is a stove-top dream for busy cooks. With almost no prep and a cook-time of just 20 minutes, this simple skillet supper is the perfect way to get a hot meal on the table for your family on even the busiest night.

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