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Top "Make It Again" Recipes I Got from Pinterest

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Practically everything I know about cooking comes courtesy of the Food Network. I know I'm not alone. (We need a Food Network show about that!) I am 99% sure that I've been watching the Food Network since it premiered in 1991 when I was at the very conscious age of approximately two. Early shows like Two Fat Ladies and chefs like Sarah Moulton were part of my television line up, right along with Power Rangers and Sailor Moon. For a long time I aspired to be a famous chef and restaurant owner. When the Disney Channel Original Movie Eddie's Million Dollar Cook Off premiered with celebrity chef Bobby Flay I felt part of a special club because I knew who that was! You could find me in cooking clubs after school and baking competitions at my grandmother's church picnics. I almost opted for technical school to pursue culinary arts when I entered my junior year of high school. In the end I chose the business route, which didn't fair well. Still, I have always been interested in food.

Lately, though, there hasn't been as much time or my own space to make in. Living with my parents has its perks, but it can also be limiting when you have to share the kitchen with about six other people. Pinterest has now become a significant part of my culinary application, allowing me to simultaneously research and hoard my favorite recipes, even if I can't actually prepare them. Because of limited time and space, I have to make sure my recipes are picky-eater friendly and will always turn out right. Today I'm dishing out some of my favorite recipes from the internet that are on my menu's regular rotation.

Breakfast
This recipe makes my life. It's cake in the microwave! I have it for breakfast about 3 times a month. Not an applesauce fan? Swap it out for equal amounts (2 Tablespoons each) of your favorite instant oatmeal and hot water. From Heather Likes Food

Breakfast Enchiladas
Breakfast for dinner happens a lot when it is Spencer's and my turn to cook dinner because it's fun and ridiculously simple for those with a tight budget. Sadly, pancakes and bacon are only exciting so many times... After a while you need something interesting. Enter these breakfast enchiladas. Chances are you have everything you need already. The chefs recommend refrigerating overnight before baking, but you can totally cook day (or night) of. From Inspired Taste

Lunch
Hey this one is actually from Food Network! My mouth is watering right now just thinking about this. I prefer nuts (pecans, walnuts) to the veggies in this recipe, but to be honest all you really need is the fried chicken and cayenne. SO GOOD. Seriously. I love this recipe so much I've pinned it twice! From Damaris Phillips (Southern at Heart)

Dinner

Man Pleasin' Chicken
The appropriately named Man Pleasin' Chicken has a unique sauce that is out of this world! If you don't have fresh rosemary, no worries. Add a little less than the recipe calls for of crushed up dried rosemary and you're good to go. Also, make sure you're getting real maple syrup and not maple-flavored syrup. From Witty In the City

Fish & Chips
Beer-battered Fish & Chips without the beer!? Yes! Hashtag Mormon Life. This recipe offers the insanely helpful option of using soda water in place of the beer. The batter is perfect, leaving the fish crispy and just as tasty. Now that I know I will never EVER look back. From RockRecipes.com
Take out that random pasta maker and put some effort into Homemade Spinach Pasta. This recipe requires some muscle but is totally worth it. Reward your hard work with double topping of your favorite store-bought red AND white sauces. You'll have Italy in the palm of your hand. From Hubpages

Thoroughly diggin' on Asian-inspired food right now. Bonus if it's quick and simple. Enter this P.F. Chang's copycat recipe for Chicken Lettuce Wraps which uses ground chicken. It's a great quick recipe if you're at the grocery store for dinner but don't want frozen pizza (again). From Damn Delicious <<< P.S. I hang out on her site a lot.

Dessert

Nothing like the perfect dessert: classy, simple, and still looks like you slaved all day. These Cranberry Tea Cookies fit the bill perfectly. They are a perfect potluck or new neighbor gift. Or eat the whole batch yourself. I won't judge. From Lisa Is Bossy

Another perfect dessert recipe that meets my criteria is this one for Mini Cheesecake Cupcakes. I like to go the semi-homemade route (if you couldn't tell) by making the cheesecakes from a box recipe then topping with homemade caramel and, of course, sea salt. Or switch it up with homemade cheesecake and pre-made sauce. Either way they'll always be a hit. From Cooking Classy

Well, if I were clever there would have been pictures of me having actually made these. I was too busy eating them. Sorry not sorry. I guess you'll just have to go make them for yourself. Eat hearty, my friends!

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