Best Recipes

I realized recently that I have over 400 recipes in my own “Tried and True” binder. But I wanted a more minimalist approach. Plus, I wanted a cookbook that wouldn’t cost a fortune to print out.

Here are the tried and true recipes that I return to again and again — the dishes I cook most often, the most requested recipes, what my family craves — in short, the best of the best.

Spice Blends

Apple Pie Spice
Chai Spice Mix
Faith’s Special Spice Mix
Italian Herb Mix
Mild Chili Spice Mix
Taco Seasoning Mix — in the “Turkey Taco Rice” recipe


Cranberry Chutney
Dark Chocolate Syrup
Spiced Honey (aka “Love Honey”)


Canned Tomato Salsa
Cranberry Salsa
Roasted Feta with Honey
Pimento Cheese Spread
Spinach Dip
Warm Italian Cherry Tomatoes


Time Chart for Toasting Nuts
Sweet Spiced Pecans
Maple-Ginger Glazed Nuts
Skillet Pecans: Sweet or Savory
White Chocolate Party Mix (Gluten Free)


Quick Breads

Big Buttermilk Biscuits
Double Corn Muffins
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Ginger Muffins
Quick Blueberry Scones
Quick Pumpkin Bread

Yeast Bread

Best-Ever Yeast Rolls
Basic Sweet Bread (from King Arthur Flour)
KitchenAid Batter Bread (follow the recipe from Linda Larsen, but reduce sugar to 2 Tbsp)
Simple Crusty Bread (follow the recipe in the NYTimes)

Salads and Dressings

Balsamic Vinaigrette
Curry Vinaigrette
Italian Dressing

Broccoli Slaw with Honey Peanuts
Caprese Salad on Toothpicks
Cashew and Mango Salad
Corn and Tortellini Salad
Creamy Coleslaw – no added sugar
Spinach Tortellini Salad
Ultimate Meal Salad


Bean Chili: Vegetarian Small Batch Bean Chili
Ginger and Garlic Chicken Noodle Soup
Roasted Vegetable Soup (with optional turkey)
Southwestern Chicken Soup (White Chili)
Turkey Chili with Beans

Main Dishes – Vegetarian

Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Enchiladas
Deluxe Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese (follow the recipe on by Adela Jung)
Easy Fried Rice

Southwest Dinner with Corn Muffins
Stuffed Pepper Boats
Sweet Potato Burritos

Main Dishes


Chicken Cutlets in Salsa
Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sauce
Dinner Rice Salad
Stovetop Chicken with Garlic Olives (or make the slow cooker version)
Teriyaki Chicken Bowl
Vertical Roasted Bundt Pan Chicken


Barbeque Turkey Tostados
Black Beans and Kielbasa
Cabbage-Kielbasa Supper
Sweet Potato Enchilada Pie
Turkey Meatloaf with Roasted Red Pepper


Skillet Salmon
Maple-Glazed Salmon

Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken Curry
Slow Cooker Chicken with Pineapple
Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs in Peanut Sauce
Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Beans and Rice

Barbeque Black-Eyed Peas
Black and White Beans
Black Bean and Corn Salad
Curry Wild Rice Salad
Easy Balsamic Black Beans
One Pot Black-Eyed Peas and Rice
Perfect Brown Rice (follow the technique listed on
Red Beans and Rice Bowl (match with cooked spinach and sweet potato for Vegetarian Comfort Food)


Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Balsamic Green Beans: Cook a 16-oz bag of frozen green beans according to package directions. Drain. Sprinkle with lemon balsamic vinegar.
Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes (link)
Faith’s Roasted Vegetables
Lemon Roasted Vegetables with Beans
Oven-roasted Broccoli for Two
Oven-roasted Vegetables (see the time chart)
Pickled Red Onions
Sicilian Spinach


Apple Zinger Punch
Lemonade made with 1/2 cup sugar in 2 quarts
Iced Tea and Lemonade Cooler (makes 1/2 gallon)
Mint Iced Tea made with with minimal sugar
Yogurt Smoothies



3C Cookies: Coconut, Cranberry, and Cashew (eggless)
Aphrodite Cakes (follow the recipe from Barbara; I usually make half the frosting)
Chai Spice Bar Cookies
Chewy Pumpkin-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies (perfect for friends with allergies: gluten-free, vegan, and no nuts)
M&M Coconut Macaroons (Flourless)
No-Chill Rollout Cookies (instant gratification buttery cookies)
Rolo Pretzel Cookies (Easy Turtle Candies)
Top Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies (follow the recipe here)


Chocolate Guinness Bundt Cake
Drambuie Gingerbread
French Apple Cake with Yogurt
Rum Bundt Cake (also works as mini-Bundt cakes)

Other Desserts

9 Apple Pie
Caramel-Pecan Apple Slices
Dark Cocoa Brownies
Midnight Almond Mousse (Dark Chocolate Almond Pudding)
Mini Apple Pie in Muffin Tins
One-Bowl Peach and Blueberry Cobbler
Pecan Rice Pudding (Easy and Eggless)
PEEPS Treats with Peep heads
Shaker-Style Lemon Pie