My Best-Ever Recipes Collection
Treasured by Brenda's Best-Ever Recipes
Collected over the last twenty years, my best-ever recipes are from various sources and include recipes for special occasions and for everyday meals. You'll find some extraordinary baking ideas, like carrot cake and banana bread, and some holiday favorites like glazed baked ham, and scalloped potatoes, as well as a meal as basic as sloppy joes and a delicious breakfast recipe for pancakes. You will also find my Easter dinner menu which discusses an entire Easter or springtime menu, my complete summer dinner menu and my fall dinner menu.
While enjoying the privilege of being a stay-at-home Mom, I invested my time in caring for my children to the best of my ability and in running our home. Naturally, that meant that one of my jobs was cooking meals almost every single day. Instead of drudgery, that 'job' became a passion and I voraciously read magazines, cookbooks and local newspapers looking for new ideas to test on my family and friends.
I also tuned into a few television-cooking shows on a regular basis. Including and perhaps most notably, the Martha Stewart Living show. Many of her recipes were fancier than I wanted or needed to be but over the years, more than a few of our favorites started from an idea or a recipe that I saw on her show. There is also one dish that I would love to be able to prepare but it is a family joke that I cannot make Martha's Mile-High Lemon Meringue pie. (Mine is like soup.) Whatever it is that I do wrong with this pie recipe, I do so consistently! (Please don't say easy-as-pie in my presence!) Recently, however, I wrote my story about Martha's lemon meringue pie and the >lemon cupcakes from her new cupcake cookbook. It is a humorous adventure story!
This page is meant to be a gathering point or a jumping off point to my best-ever recipes series with a bit of my personality and family life thrown in. I hope you enjoy it and find a recipe that inspires you in the kitchen! And, oh yes, that's not my home in the photo but rather someone elses' historic home in Quebec City!
Do You Have A Beautiful Whistling Tea Kettle?
I love bolder blues now, like the blue of this Le Creuset tea kettle, even cobalt blue, and warm yellows. Le Creuset kettles are available in a host of colors to suit your kitchen but this Le Creuset Enameled Steel Whistling Tea Kettle is a beauty in this blue color!
What Style Would You Call Your Kitchen? Traditional? Modern? Country?
I'd have to say I like a casual, French Country look but I have not quite achieved it, yet.
My kitchen style used to be country with lots of wedgwood blue. I still use the same dishes because they are a plain blue and I believe they are somewhat timeless but my style has evolved a bit and now I would like to think of it more as a relaxed, sunny French country style. My blue plates still work but I also love bolder blues now, like cobalt, and warm yellows.
My lifestyle is very casual. Two teenage boys and many hours spent at the computer selling on eBay, writing lenses on Squidoo and a husband who is determined to recreate every part of the house mean that any sense of formality (if there ever was one) is out the window. The formal china, well, I guess I should be selling it on eBay!
If I had it to do over, I would turn in my 'good' Royal Doulton china for something that would do double duty -- simple enough to be used every day but also beautiful enough that when you wanted the table to look lovely it could. In the end, of course, it does not matter what you serve your food on. Just that it be nutritious and delicious and that is what I usually seek in recipes. The best-ever recipes featured here are often (but not always) special occasion ones, the ones that we look forward to at special times like Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Best-Ever Breakfast & Beverage Ideas
How About Some Fun Glassware?
Buzz, buzzity, buzz! I absolutely love my bumble bee glasses. You can buy them through Amazon at the following link. They make even a tall, cold glass of water taste soecial!
- How To Make Coffee With A French Press
It really is easy! We recently purchased a small to medium-sized Bodum Chambord French Press and quickly mastered how to make a good cup of coffee. It is a simple device that still produces a good cup. Both my husband AND my house guests were...
- The Best-Ever Hawaiian Punch Recipe
Yes. We love it. Hawaii AND this Hawaiian punch recipe. You will, too.
Best-Ever Breakfast Recipes
- The Best-Ever Banana Bread Recipe
Looking for the best banana bread recipe? You've found it!
- Polly's Pancake Parlor
Polly's Pancake Parlor has been in the pancake business since 1938 when the owners opened a 24-seat tearoom and served pancakes in an attempt to boost maple syrup sales. In 1938, the pancakes, waffles and French toast were "All you can eat for 50...
- The Best-Ever Buttermilk Pancake Recipe
We've been eating these buttermilk pancakes for a couple of decades. No other pancake recipe has compared!
Best-Ever Lunch & Salad Recipes
Best-Ever Lunch Recipes
- The Best-Ever Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe
We've been eating this super delicious egg salad sandwich for almost twenty years. It is without question the best sandwich that we make and it is most definitely a family favorite. The recipe makes enough egg salad for two or three sandwiches but...
- The Best-Ever Country Seed Bread Recipe
The Best-Ever Country Seed Bread Recipe is a delight to throw together using your bread machine. Most recipes for your bread maker are easy, but not all are as delicious as this one is. It always receives rave reviews and is a staple at our house....
Do You Have a GREAT Salad Spinner? The OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner Is The Best!
We absolutely love our salad spinner and wouldn't be without it! It makes throwing a salad together a breeze. You can read all about it at The Best Salad Spinner or you can click here to buy it from Amazon:
Best-Ever Salad Recipes
- The Best-Ever Summer Salad Recipe Collection
There is nothing quite like a crisp and crunchy salad in the summertime...or a potato salad or a macaroni salad for that matter. On this page, please join us in our celebration of the magnificent summer salad. Here you will find links to a...
- The Best-Ever Marinated Snow Peas and Tomatoes Salad...
If you are looking for a very fresh, wonderfully nutritious, extremely delicious and boldly colorful salad, The Best-Ever Marinated Snow Peas and Tomatoes salad is the one for you. It is a simple salad or side dish, consisting of just eight...
- The Best-Ever Looneyspoons Garden Salad Recipe
Looking for a yummy low-fat salad recipe? This Looneyspoons recipe is nutritious and delicious!
- The Best-Ever Molded Rice Salad Recipe
If you are looking for a tasty, cold rice side dish, The Best-Ever Molded Rice Salad With Vegetables is ideal. It is a simple and satisfying make-ahead side dish, consisting of just seven ingredients -- including one and a half cups of your favorite.
- The Best-Ever Hawaiian Potato Salad Recipe
Potato salad, made with this recipe, is one of my favorite things to eat in the summer.
Do You Have A Serving Bowl That Will Keep Your Best-Ever Salad Cold?
We all know how critical it is to keep salads, especially mayonnaise-based ones, cold. I saw this bowl and fell in love with it. You fill The Cold Bowl on Ice with ice and the cold travels upwards and into the food. It is acrylic so that means it is great for summertime living and it is break-resistant and dishwasher safe. What more could you ask?
Best-Ever Main Course Ideas
Do You Have A Great Cast Iron Skillet Like Le Creuset's Iron Handle Skillet?
I have two, one that is perfect for poaching two eggs, one that is perfect for poaching four. They also do a beautiful job of frying ground beef, too!
Best-Ever Main Course Ideas
- The Best-Ever Sloppy Joes Recipe
Yummy. That's the only word to describe this sloppy joes recipe! Can't wait to have it again.
- The Best-Ever Creamy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Yummy. Just thinking about this recipe for scalloped potatoes brings on the heavenly aroma that they create as they bake and makes me hungry.
- The Best-Ever Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
Just the thought of the best-ever homemade chicken pot pie makes me drool...
- The Best-Ever Glazed Baked Ham Recipe
If you're looking for an easy to put together meal, consider a baked ham.
- The Best-Ever Carrot Cake Recipe
My friends tell me that this is the best carrot cake that they have ever eaten. I agree.
- Buy Harry Potter's Chocolate Frogs Or Make Your Own!
Whether you want to make your own chocolate frogs or you want to buy them, you will find what you need on this page.
- The Best-Ever Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe
The Best-Ever Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe - An easy family dessert idea.
- The Best-Ever Chocolate Fondue Recipe
Looking for an easy and delicious chocolate fondue recipe? You've found one right here!
Pie Bakers Everywhere Need A Few Basic Tools...Plus A Pie Bird
A pie bird, vent or chimney is a unique and unexpected gift for the pie baker in your family. I do not have one of these handy little guys yet but I fell in love with them as so many people do and created a page about them that you can visit by clicking right here. If you've never heard of a pie bird before, you'll learn something. If you know what a pie bird is, you might just be impressed with the assortment of pie birds that is available in traditional and non-traditional forms.
- The Best-Ever Lemon Cupcakes Recipe Adventure Story
The Lemon Cupcake recipe from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes cookbook is absolutely amazing. On this page, you will find the lemon cupcake recipe and my story. My story actually starts with Martha Stewart's Mile High Lemon Meringue Pie. I have made...
- The Best-Ever Maple Cupcakes, A Maple Syrup Recipe
Yummy! That's the only word for these Canadian maple syrup cupcakes!
- The Best-Ever Ginger Crinkles Molasses Cookie Recipe
We love these ginger crinkle cookies. There's nothing like their slightly crispy exterior and chewy interior with a cold glass of milk!
- The Best-Ever M&M Cookies Recipe
This best-ever M&M cookie recipe makes irresistible cookies. Don't bake them unless you are prepared to eat them...LOL!
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