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Edweirdo's Cook Book - Fast And Easy Recipes Online

Updated on April 28, 2013

Learn To Cook Online - Fast And Easy Recipes!

Over the past months, I've published quite a few cooking and recipe hubs, and the time has come to gather them together.

So welcome to Edweirdo's Cook Book!

You'll find recipes here for Fast and Easy Recipes for everything from Simple Chicken with Rice and Beans to Decadent Cheesecake to an All-Out Thanksgiving Dinner Menu plan!

Each recipe contains easy to follow instructions, so even if you aren't a great cook, you just might learn how to cook online with these FREE recipes. I break down everything you need to know and do to ensure great results every time!

These recipes are all family favorites, and they never fail to satisfy the whole gang, from the finicky little kids to the more sophisticated adult palates!

Table Of Contents

Feel free to bookmark this hub and use this Table of Contents to jump to your favorite recipes!

New England Clam Chowder
New England Clam Chowder

Easy Recipe For The Best New England Clam Chowder

A traditional favorite in the Northeastern U.S., New England Clam Chowder is deceptively easy to make. It's a great comfort food - just the right thing for a chilly autumn evening. I make this recipe even easier by using canned minced clams and their juices. The recipe I give makes a sinfully rich chowder, but I also include some tips for making a lower fat, reduced calorie version that still delicious!

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Chili over rice
Chili over rice

Simple Slow Cooker Vegan Chili Recipe (With Meat-Lover Options)!

Whether your a vegan or a dedicated carnivore, this Slow Cooker Chili Recipe is so easy and tasty that you'll wonder how you ever made it this far in life without it! The ideal Slow Cooker recipe, you can prepare this one the night before and then let it simmer in the slow cooker for a few hours the next day. To make it truly simple, I use canned beans - if you can work a can opener, you can make this hearty family favorite!

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Easy 30-Minute Stove-Top Lasagna Recipe

Believe it or not, you can make an amazing homemade Lasagna in one pan on the stove-top! The secret to this recipe is in the layering - you start by sautéing the onions and bell peppers, then add the ground meat, then a layer of regular uncooked lasagna noodles. Top it off with canned tomatoes and cook covered on the stove. As the liquid from the canned tomatoes heats up, the steam it generates cooks the pasta perfectly in just 20 minutes! When it's all done top it with ricotta and mozzarella cheese and serve!

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Penne a la Vodka
Penne a la Vodka

How To Make The Best Penne A La Vodka!

This Italian restaurant favorite is actually not even an Italian dish - it was developed by a vodka company as a sales gimmick to sell more booze! Now you can make a Penne a la Vodka that's better than anything in any restaurant, and it only takes 30 minutes from start to serve! For even better results you can substitute quality pancetta for the sausage, but it's so good with sausage that you don't even need to spend the extra cash for pancetta...

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Roast Turkey
Roast Turkey

How To Make The Best Roast Turkey

If you've ever tried to cook the perfect thanksgiving turkey and it just wasn't that great, I can fix that! This recipe walks you through the greatest fear of every apprehensive or burgeoning home cook - the Turkey! The secret is in the brine, but the real key is to cook that bird hot and fast. No more waking up before the sun to start that Thanksgiving dinner - with this technique, a 14-16 pound turkey is cooked in about 3 hours...

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Fast and Easy Chicken With Rice And Beans

Chicken with Rice and Beans is about as basic a meal as you can find. This recipe uses skinless, boneless chicken breasts and whole grain white rice for a healthy weeknight meal that's ready in about 30 to 40 minutes. The rice is almost like a risotto - the recipe uses 4 parts liquid to 1 part rice for a creamier rice than the traditional equal parts of each method for rice preparation.

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Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese

How To Make The Best Homemade Macaroni And Cheese

One more great comfort food that is sure to become a family favorite! This one uses a simple bechamel sauce as the base for the cheese sauce - there's even a step-by-step video in case making a bechamel sauce is new to you. There's a crispy breadcrumb topping, and I use two different cheeses - and lots of each - the make a dangerously cheesey Homemade Macaroni and Cheese!

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Italian Meatballs
Italian Meatballs

How To Make The Best Italian Meatballs - Fast And Easy!

These incredible Italian Meatballs are made with three different meats for lots of flavor in a tiny package! A mixture of Beef, Pork and Veal (usually sold as "Meatloaf Mix") is used along with Fresh Parley, grated Parmesan Cheese and Homemade Breadcrumbs to create quick and easy meatballs. They can be made as big or as small as you like. I also show you how to par-cook them and freeze them for later - that way you can make several dozen all at once and have meatballs ready and waiting anytime!

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Watermelon For Fruit Salsa
Watermelon For Fruit Salsa

Easy, Healthy Recipes For Fruit Salsa!

Turn traditional salsa on its head and try some of these spicy-sweet Fruit Salsa Recipes at you next barbecue! These easy healthy recipes use a variety of fruits and chili peppers for some amazing sweet-and-spicy flavor combinations. Liven up your summer meals with these easy and healthy fresh fruit salsa recipes!

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Make Delicious Sage Sausage And Apple Stuffing

It's just not Thanksgiving without some stuffing! The excellent Sage Sausage and Apple Stuffing recipe is made outside the turkey for best results, so you could even make it in smaller quantities as an everyday addition to any meal. For special occasions, I use homemade bread crumbs, and I even threw in a Zucchini Bread Recipe that you can use for a great twist on this traditional side dish!

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Yukon Gold Potatoes
Yukon Gold Potatoes

How To Make Delicious Garlic Mashed Potatoes

The perfect side dish for any meat entrée, these creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes are sure to be a hit. Ideal for holiday dinners or everyday meals, this recipe uses Yukon Gold Potatoes for great results every time. I even give tips and techniques to ensure that your Mashed Potatoes are never gluey, and also teach you how to make your chunky "homestyle" Mashed Potatoes or smooth and creamy potatoes that will rival any restaurant version...

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Mmmm - Cookies !
Mmmm - Cookies !

How To Make The Best Homemade Cookies - Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Once a closely guarded secret, I recently decided to share this Chocolate Chunk Cookie recipe with the world for FREE! Actually, it's a recipe I found on a bag of chips, but with a few tweaks in both ingredients and preparation, I made it my own and improved the results dramatically! The secret to the success of these amazing cookies is the extra butter and letting the dough rest in the fridge before cooking - if you can resist the temptation of cooking them right away, these Chocolate Chunk Cookies will be sinfully delicious!

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Ooooh - Cheesecake!
Ooooh - Cheesecake!

The Best Cheesecake Recipe Ever!

This one is a family recipe, handed down from the days when no one knew what calories were and it was believed that fatty foods and lots of sugar were good for you! This Cheesecake is so rich and deliciously creamy that you should probably only prepare it once a year - and is you let it sit in the refrigerator for a couple of days before serving, it even better!

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Key lime
Key lime

How To Make The Most Delicious Key Lime Pie

Traditional Key Lime Pie just might be the simplest pie ever invented! With just 3 ingredients for the filling and a pre-baked graham cracker crust (homemade or store-bought), fabulous desserts don't get any simpler than this. If you want to make it harder on yourself, and a little bit tastier with the addition of fresh lime zest, then you can squeeze your own fresh Key limes. But some high quality authentic Key lime juice gives excellent results, too!

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Brownies - Yum!
Brownies - Yum!

How To Make The Best Delicious Chocolate Brownies Ever!

If you just can't get enough chocolate in your diet, then this Chocolate Brownie Recipe is right up your alley! With three different kinds of chocolate, plus extra chocolate chips, these are some seriously chocolaty Brownies. In not much longer than it takes to make them from a box mix, you can make the fugdiest, most choco-licious brownies EVER!

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Bananas! | Source

How To Make Delicious Banana Bread

If your tastes tilt more towards the healthy when it comes to dessert time, you should try making this fantastic banana bread! The trick is to use bananas that are very, very ripe - their naturally occurring sugars mean that you can add less sugar; this recipe uses just 1/2 a cup of brown sugar and some honey for sweetness.

If you want to go that extra mile, calories be damned, then there's also a great Streusel topping recipe included. The recipe can even be used to make Banana Bread Muffins!

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Fresh veggies!
Fresh veggies!

Why Should I Make My Own Home Made Vegetable Stock? It's Free Food!

How would you like to make one of the most basic and most useful main ingredients in any well-stocked kitchen for FREE? Well, that's just what I'll teach you how to do in this recipe for Homemade Vegetable Stock, using the vegetable trimmings and scraps that you'd normally throw away. And if you like to compost your veggie scraps, why not make good use of them first by cooking up a batch of stock and then composting! You can use Vegetable Stock in soups and stews, rice, risotto, chili, as a poaching liquid for meat, in gravy... The list goes on and on, and you can make your own for free!

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Turkey with Gravy
Turkey with Gravy

How To Make Quick and Easy Turkey Giblet Gravy

Making homemade gravy is easier than you might think! I tried unsuccessfully to make my own gravy, but it never came out right. Then I discovered the key to making Perfect Gravy every time - all you need is a good flavor base, like turkey giblets, and a roux. In this recipe I'll show you how to prepare those giblets from inside your Thanksgiving turkey to make perfect gravy every time. There's even a video that shows how to make a roux that even a novice cook will be able to follow along!

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Fresh Tomatoes
Fresh Tomatoes

Are Canned Tomatoes Good For Homemade Pasta Sauce?

For many years I was reluctant to make my own tomato sauce. I had seen my grandmother spend days peeling and seeding and crushing garden-grown tomatoes every summer, and then spending the whole day turning them into sauce. That was just too much effort, and the end result wasn't always good enough to justify all that work! Then I saw a cooking show on TV that said Canned Tomatoes could be just as good - and even better - than fresh. That blew my mind - I had always thought of canned vegetables as inferior to fresh, but if you choose the right ones they can provide as-good-as-fresh results year-round...

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Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

If you're looking to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving Dinner Menu, then look no further! Here are some quick links to the components of an easy, no-fail Turkey Dinner!

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Cooking Tips!

Here are some videos that cover some of the basic kitchen skills that every good cook should learn...

How To Cook Pasta The Right Way!

How to make a Roux

How to make a Bechamel Sauce


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  • tonymac04 profile image

    Tony McGregor 

    8 years ago from South Africa

    Upped and bookmarked! I just loved it. Thanks so much for simplifying my recipe search.

    Love and peace


  • Edweirdo profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from United States

    Thanks everyone for the kind words!

    And Steve - I revealed my layout "secrets" in this hub:

    Thanks :D

  • SteveoMc profile image


    8 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

    Wow, what a hub. It is really interesting for the varied interesting way it is presented. Loved the hub and amazed at the work done to complete it.

    I see some of the tricks you used, I will work on a hub to bring appliances together. Thanks for your amazing work.

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    8 years ago from Ohio

    Wow I feel like cooking up some food! Nice hub.

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    8 years ago

    wow, what an impressive hub. LOVE it! good job.

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    8 years ago from New York, NY

    loved this Hub and the layout is beyond outstanding!!!! Big thumbs up and of course I rated it to the sky!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    You have really set this hub up well and there are so many great recipes. Great hub.

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    Jule Romans 

    8 years ago from United States

    I liked the layout a lot. It must have taken hours. It's like a whole cookbook online!

  • Edweirdo profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from United States

    Thanks, sunforged! It was a LOT of work (both on the layout and the hat), but I hope it will be worth it in the long run :D

    And that Lasagna is super tasty and ridiculously easy! Let me know how it turns out for you!

  • sunforged profile image


    8 years ago from

    WOW! What an amazing and innovative layout! Love the new chef hat. Im going to try that stovetop lasagna method very soon.

  • Edweirdo profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from United States

    @rugsdynamic - Those meatballs are so good - we had them earlier tonight for dinner! I make a big batch on Sunday night, bake them in the oven and then freeze them! Then we have meatballs ready to go for weeks ;D

  • rugsdynamic profile image


    8 years ago

    What a large recipe collection you have! I am planning to try your easy-to-make Italian Meatball recipe. The kids just love meatballs and I don't have the time - it's just too tedious!

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    8 years ago from Marietta , Ohio USA

    I can't wait to try these they look great .

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    8 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.


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    8 years ago from UK - England

    Very good hub!

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    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Awwww Ed... you can cook for me anytime! yum yum :)

  • Edweirdo profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from United States

    Thanks so much, Sage! It was a lot of work, but I'm sure it will be worthwhile as I expand my recipe collection on HubPages!

    Let me know how your results turn out!

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    Sage Williams 

    8 years ago

    what an awesome job you have done on this hub. Not to mention the terrific looking recipes. I can't wait to try some of these. I am bookmarking and will be back when I need a great recipe. Thanks so much,


  • Edweirdo profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from United States

    Thanks everyone for the positive feedback :D

    Keep in mind that this will be updated as I write more recipe hubs!!

    You might want to bookmark it ;D

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    8 years ago from Nairobi

    Great recipe, and I like the fast and easy chicken with rice and beans

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    8 years ago from Canada

    This is great! I am always looking for recipes. I have bookmarked and stumbled this one.

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    8 years ago

    This very comprehensive hubpage. You are using many techniques that make the hubpage interesting.


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