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Cajun Barbecued Shrimp

Recipe: Cajun Barbecued Shrimp Summary: I first had this shrimp at a Christmas party, hosted by my boss. I went crazy for it and I wasn't even trying to kiss up to the boss. It quickly became another Decker boy fave and it's going to be a favorite at your house, too. Ingredients 1 cup vegetable oil 1 cup butter 1½ tablespoons pepper 2 teaspoons rosemary, crushed 3 Bay leaves 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon oregano ½ teaspoon basil 1 tablespoon hot Hungarian paprika ½ teaspoon salt 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons ketchup 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 3 lbs raw, tail-on shrimp (18-20 count) 2 loaves French bread Instructions Melt butter in heavy pan....

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Cinnamon Rolls

Recipe: Cinnamon Rolls Summary: If there is anything in this world that I’m known for, it’s these cinnamon rolls. When we lived in Chicago, I baked these every day, all day and sold them to coffee shops near the commuter rail stations. It’s not a good way to earn money. I got very little sleep and endless grief from my family. In their defense, they would wake up to the smell of fresh cinnamon rolls and come to the kitchen to find them all gone. I had to start leaving a few behind or face certain mutiny. Just by their very nature, cinnamon rolls are a pain. If I’ve ever baked you cinnamon rolls, I must really like you. A...

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I Have Skills in Other Areas!

I’d like to think that I’m pretty capable in the kitchen.  I’d like to think that I can even create delicious dishes that no one else has ever thought of.  I’d like to think my kitchen missteps might lead to tasty “mistakes”.  I’d like to think that I never mess up.  I’d like to think there’s a Fairy God Mother for me out there, I just haven’t needed her yet.  But, oh, reality can be a bitter pill.  Like every other time my self-esteem has been under attack, I fight back with my go-to positive affirmation, “I have skills in other areas!” I started with a recipe given to me by a trusted baking friend, Becky Player.  She rattled it...

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Kelly's Dinner Rolls

Recipe: Kelly's Dinner Rolls Summary: Kelly Corbridge might be the smartest person I know. She can retain and recall everything she’s ever read. It’s very intimidating. She would be completely off-putting if she wasn’t such a talented quilter, chocolate lover, and a little on the ornery side, which I completely respect. She has a wicked sense of humor, won't eat french toast, and has forgotten more about scriptures than I'll ever know. She’s also not too shabby in the kitchen, evidenced by this awesome recipe. Kelly stubbornly refuses to join the Facebook crowd, so she’ll never know of my homage. Can someone tell her, please? I've never tried to make this recipe without a bread machine.  If you try it...

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Peach Cobbler

Recipe: Peach Cobbler Summary: I’m a certified “Peach Freak”. I love all forms of peach anything; ice cream, shakes, pies, cobblers, tarts. So, it was with great sadness that I bought a small basket of the “Last Peaches” from the local orchard. *sigh* I still struggle with making a good crust, but Jeff is happily eating all my efforts. Ingredients Crust: 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons white sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup shortening 1 egg ¼ cup cold water Filling: 3 pounds fresh peaches - peeled, pitted and sliced ¼ cup lemon juice ⅓ cup orange juice ½ cup butter 2 cups white sugar ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon cornstarch Topping: 1...

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