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Fix-It and Enjoy-It! Cookbook: All-Purpose, Welcome-Home Recipes
by Phyllis Pellman Good
284 pages; Black and White Sketches, Soft cover;
Good Books, Intercourse, PA 2006
Reviewed by, (Katie) Chutima Pruangmethangkul for Good Cooking, December 2006

This two hundred and eighty-four page cookbook is packed with recipes, several to a page in a wide range of categories. The recipes, simple and for any purpose, can be created in some cases quickly but in all cases easily with clear, to the point instructions from recipes ranging from traditional foods like Baked French Toast, a Ten Minute Meat Loaf, and Creamy Cole Slaw to new twists on traditional foods such as Grits Casserole and a Peanut Butter Banana Roll-Up.

Unique features of the cookbook include the fact that all of the recipes have been sent in from people around the nation. From Iowa to Illinois, from Boston to Broadway, many have sent in what appear to be home tested and family recipes. Moreover, many of the recipes come with tips straight from the chefs, from advice to use light brown sugar for a caramel flavor or dark brown sugar when one prefers a molasses color and flavor, to steps in safely thawing meat. The advice not only enhances the cooking for the reader but also considers food preparation safety

One recipe tried from the cookbook, chicken cacciatore, provided by Linda Thomas of Sayner, WI on page 100, was delicious and tasty, scoring points with the family. Also, the recipe was true to the estimated time listed for preparation steps. Another recipe made was Cloud Cookies (page 220), provided by Esther J. Mast of Lancaster, PA whose unique and unusual recipe satisfied my sweet tooth. The cooking tip that the amount of flour is key in the recipe was crucial to the cookies' success.

Overall, a great cookbook with wonderful features including the cooking time and preparation time, tips, and of course its homemade feel with many diverse, simple to prepare and delicious recipes.

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Chicken Cacciatore
Linda Thomas, Sayner, WI

Makes 4-5 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking/Baking Time: 70 minutes

1 whole chicken, cut up
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup water
10.5-oz. can tomato soup
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 green pepper, sliced, optional

1. Heat oil in large skillet. Brown chicken pieces in batches, placing them in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish as they finish browning.

2. In a small mixing bowl, combine water, soup, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well; then spoon one third of sauce over chicken pieces. Bake uncovered at 350 for 15 minutes.

3. Remove from oven and spoon another one-third of the sauce over the chicken. Bake uncovered for another 20 minutes.

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Cloud Cookies
Esther J. Mast
Lancaster, PA

Makes 6 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 9-10 minutes per sheet

4 cups flour, slightly heaping
1 tsp. baking soda
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup buttermilk

1. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

2. In an electric mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.

3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well each time. Add vanilla and mix well.

4. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk.

5. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Make the cookies as large or small as you wish.

6. Bake at 350 F for 9-10 minutes, until the tops are slightly firm.

Tips:

1. The amount of flour is the key in this recipe. Too little makes them flat; too much gives them a biscuit texture.

2. Don't over-bake. When the tops are just firm enough not to indent, the cookies are perfect!

I received this recipe from Harvella Stutzman, my son's mother-in-law now my friend. These have become my 10 grandchildren's favorite cookie!