Recommended: Turkey Sloppy Joes

Cook's notes: It's too hot here in the Southwest to have the traditional "hot dog and hamburger" cook out for Independence Day (also, I never eat red meat). Instead, I made these delightful Turkey Sloppy Joes from Ambitious Kitchen. I might reduce the ketchup next time to bring down the sweetness. Menu: Served on whole …

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Buttermilk Biscuits for Two

Cook's notes: These biscuits have become a household favorite, and we make them often. Because they have butter in them, you don't need to add more butter when they are baked. They are decadent with jam (shown in the photo: a biscuit slathered in strawberry-Riesling jam from a friend). Makes: 4 biscuits   1.5 cups …

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Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes Redux

Cook's notes: I keep reworking my recipe for small batch pancakes. This simple recipe makes 8 pancakes. If you don't eat eggs, it should work just fine without the egg (or try one of these substitutes). Dry ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 Tablespoon sugar 1 Tablespoon double-acting baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1.5 teaspoons Pie Spice (Penzeys brand) Wet …

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Chicken Casserole with Tortilla Chips

Cook's notes: My sweetheart made a huge batch of Mexican-style slow cooker stew with chicken, black beans, corn, red pepper, and cilantro. We had a 4-quart cooking pot full of delicious stew, but there are only two of us in the house. I turned the leftovers into a casserole for a potluck dinner with friends. Heat …

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