Please, Don’t Fail Me Now!

If you’ve been in the kitchen to cook then you’ve experienced a juncture that usually comes along when trying a new recipe – the pass or fail moment. I’ve been in the kitchen for the better part of 25 years and let me tell you, I still have these moments more often than I’d like. Luckily we have resources at the tips of our fingers nowadays and can do a quick, somewhat frantic, search to see if there’s a way to rescue our mishap or if you’re amazingly lucky (I am not) it’ll turn into an accidental masterpiece.

Of course at that point you won’t remember what went wrong to begin with and future replication of your product is impossible. Murphy’s Law and all.

Since I am home and attached to my laptop for long periods of time, I do a lot of searching on Pinterest for recipes, tips, tricks, how-to’s, how-not-to’s…what to do when your how-to turns into an I-forgot-to, and so on. I am also blessed to have the time to try various recipes that strike my fancy and my family, they’re fortunate enough to be my guinea pigs. 🙂

I’ve compiled a list of recipes I cannot do without or simply refuse to try another because these are working for me right now – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. These recipes have been made countless times in my home and have saved me money. I really want to bring everyone to the dark side of scratch making and if I can do it and save some people cash, then it’ll be all the more rewarding! Another perk – if you’re like me, you already have most of the ingredients on hand.

Here is a list of my go-to recipes:

TortillasDon’t be afraid of making these babies – A Genius Blog has an amazingly easy recipe and the hardest part? Waiting for them to be done so you can have your way with them…

Dinner RollsBecause who doesn’t love bread? If you don’t love bread, well, I’m sorry. Rolls that will be on your table, from start to finish, in under one hour? Yes.

CornbreadIf you want the most perfect, flavor packed, tender cornbread then Ree Drummond’s is a must.

Chicken Tortilla Soup: I can’t even tell you how good this soup is. Top it with shredded Fontina cheese and it’s out of the park. (Note – you may find the tomato and pepper skins unpleasant in the finished soup. You can spoon them out if you please; I leave them for the flavor.)

Puff PastryYes, you heard me – PUFF PASTRY from home, from scratch and in about 15 minutes.

PancakesI wish I could take full credit for this method; fluffy, moist, tender, drool worthy, and perfect.

Pizza SauceOr spaghetti sauce, or marinara sauce, or sauce that you just want to eat with a spoon.

Cinnamon RollsBecause again, who doesn’t like bread! This recipe is super simple and so delicious.

Macaroni & CheeseAnne Burrell is my hero if for no other reason than her macaroni and cheese.

Snappy GingersnapsIf you want a fast, chewy, sweet, impressive treat then look no further.

Chili Mac with JackLooking for an easy, one pot dinner that’s healthy and your family will like? Here it is.

Green Gobbler Lasagna: I enjoy lasagna a great deal; the heavy rock in my stomach that it can leave… not so much. This is light, healthy and easy peasy.

I would take the time to make all of these, take nice photos, write up the recipe tweaking it so I could call it my own and allow you to think I’m a culinary goddess. But these recipes are too perfect the way they are and I could never tamper with them.

Good luck!

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