The Ultimate Back-to-School Time-Saver — Crescent Dough

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Easy Crescent Dough Lemon Bars

Tuesday, August, 19, 2014

I don’t know about you, but back-to-school time is always hectic in my house. These days, I’m running to my grandson’s functions. But, I still remember taking my son to football games, swim practice, a friend’s house, etc. I was always looking for recipes I could easily throw together.

One of the things I grew to love was crescent dough. You know … you find it in a tube at the grocery store? I was always figuring out ways to make something quick with it. After searching on Justapinch.com, it looks like members have found great uses too!

Lora D.’s Crescent Breakfast Cups are the perfect on-the-go breakfast. We loved the mix of flavors and ingredients in this recipe. Bacon, eggs and cheese in bite sized (and portable) form. What’s better than that?

Your taste buds will be woken up when you bite into Penny R.’s Sausage and Cheese Crescent Squares.”This can be used as a breakfast dish or an appetizer - we love it both ways,” says Penny. The heat of the pork sausage is a great way to start off your day. But, if you want something milder feel free to substitute. It’s whatever makes your taste buds happy. And with only 4 ingredients it really couldn’t get any easier.

Elaine Moretti’s Miniature Meat Turnovers are a great snack idea. “I’ve been making these for over 40 years,” shares Elaine. “They are really very easy to make.” Depending on how many you need, you can easily double or triple the recipe. I think everyone will scoop these up fast!

In a pinch, you can quickly put together Jennifer Tennyson’s Cheesy Spinach Pinwheels with items you probably have in your fridge. These are fast, easy and really tasty! They’d also be great to serve alongside a bowl of soup. Easy dinner in a flash.

"This is a wonderful vegetable dish," is how Shirley Schiavone describes her very savory Zucchini Crescent Casserole. This is a great way to use extra zucchini and sneak some veggies into dinner. The herb cheese spread, seasoning and vegetables combine together to give great flavor. The crescent rolls creates a nice crust and makes this recipe pretty easy to whip up!

Blue ribbon winner - and guaranteed to be a winner in your house too - is Gail Herbest’s Antipasto Squares. “A cross between antipasto and deep dish pizza,” explains Gail. “Cut into small squares for an appetizer or larger squares for a main dish.” This is the type of dish that’s so good it will haunt you … to the point where you find yourself having eaten the whole pan. A quick trip to the deli counter and you’ve got a great dinner.

And let’s not forget about something sweet! Amber Moon’s Easy Crescent Dough Lemon Bars are a recipe everyone will enjoy for breakfast, dessert or an after-school treat. “My mom now requires me to make these for her birthday while the kids ask for them all the time,” adds Amber. “The butter, lemon curd, juice and sugar can all be tweaked to your liking.” We loved the creamy filling in this dish. And the crunchy sugar topping is perfect and adds the right about of sweetness. Super and simple!

Have you noticed a theme with these recipes? They’re all easy! Which is exactly what we need on a busy day. Open the fridge and grab a tube of crescent dough. I’d love to hear what recipe you create.

Kernels of Goodness in these Summertime Recipes

Tue, Aug 12, 2014

To me, nothing epitomizes summer more than corn on the cob. I’m a fan of quickly boiling the cobs, adding a little butter, salt and I have an easy summer side dish. But you know me … I’m always looking for new ideas. These delicious recipes take corn to a new level!

Shannon Hinkle’s Roasted Corn with Garlic and Olive Oil is an easy way to prepare corn on the cob. “My husband is a corn lover and he LOVES it when I make him this,” shares Shannon. This is a great recipe if you’re serving a large crowd - have everything ready and then stick it in the oven at the last minute. Basic, simple ingredients (you probably have in your kitchen) create the tastiest corn.

Unusual ingredients make Lynn Socko’s quick and easy Corn Salad a very non-traditional recipe. Who would have thought to add rice, eggs and turkey to corn salad? But it works! Give this creative recipe a try. Your guests will love it!

"Summertime finds me with an overabundance of corn," says Christine Hadden. “This side dish is a refreshing change to the same old same.” Christine’s Summer Roasted Corn Salad is a little more on a traditional side and oh so good! I love the addition of zucchini to this salad. The balsamic vinegar and basil definitely add a punch of flavor.

Ashley Dawkins shared her creamy, kicky and fantastic recipe for corn on the cob. How could guests not love a recipe called Crazy Corn?! “I am not a fan of mayonnaise, but I could eat this corn ALL summer long,” says Ashley. If you’re not a fan of mayo, you can substitute more butter in this recipe. But give it a try with the mayo … I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Your dinner will be spiced up with this easy side dish.

"Every summer I look forward to the fresh vegetables, especially silver queen corn," says Cathy Tate. “But even with my beloved veggies, I do get bored eating them in the same old way.” To add a little variety, Cathy experimented and came up with her Falling in Love with Okra and Corn recipe. The okra gives this dish a slight crunch, while the fresh corn adds nice sweetness. A couple of the best veggies of the summer in one recipe - perfect!

Amazing fresh corn, bright peppers, ample seasoning and creamy butter are what make Diane Hopson Smith’s South of the Border Corn Pudding stellar. “Corn pudding has been a favorite side dish for me for as long time as I can remember,” says Diane. “In fact I love corn just about any way you fix it.” This may be one of the best corn puddings to ever cross your plate! The mix of flavors is fantastic. I think picky eaters will be asking for second helpings of this.

Farm stands seem to be overflowing with fresh ears of corn at this time of year. Take advantage of the summer bounty and chow down on one of these fantastic recipes. And make sure to have dental floss ready!

You’ll Be Just Peachy after Trying These Desserts

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Amaretto Cheesecake

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

There’s nothing better than whipping-up a fruit dessert with ingredients that are in season. When fruit is at its peak, it adds so much flavor.

Right now, my fruit bowl is overflowing with fresh peaches. There’s a truck near me that sells the juiciest peaches. I think I went a little overboard and bought a few too many of ‘em this week. But, now I have a reason to make one of these tasty recipes.

The combination of amaretto and peach in Karen Halstead’s Amaretto Cheesecake is simply divine. The first time Karen made this, the cake wouldn’t easily come out of the pan. But, even messy everyone ate it because it’s that good! Practice makes perfect and, after a few changes, Karen created a beautiful recipe.

The cheesecake itself is super creamy and flavorful. Placing fresh peaches on the top adds a nice sweetness. The almonds give each bite a crunch that tops off the cake perfectly.

"This is a recipe passed to me by my mother-in-law," says Annette Kisser about her Sour Cream Peach Pie. “As the youngest of eleven children she found her niche at age nine as the family pie baker.” With only four steps, this pie is super easy to make.

As the peaches bake, their wonderful juices combine with the cream and sugar to make a mouthwatering pie. Sweet and fruity, this pie is the perfect antidote to a steamy summer day. Especially topped with a bit of whipped cream!

Another wonderful recipe is Jacklyn Bertolini’s Blushing Peach Pie. “If you like strawberries and peaches, you will love this,” says Jacklyn. The mix of fruits in this recipe is so fabulously scrumptious. The pie is perfectly sweet and flaky. Ideal for a summer evening.

"When I was a little girl, my mom made desserts as cheap as she could, but were also delicious," shares Jeri Thomison. “She made this Peach Fluff - so simple, so good and so light for summer.” You’ll look like the hostess with the mostest without breaking a sweat when serving this tasty dessert. This recipe is proof positive that great-tasting food doesn’t have to be complicated.

Karen Rees’ Strawberry Peach Easy Pies are an easy dessert. Cute as a button, and tasty too! The perfect pick for the next time you’re wanting something sweet in a snap. “Everyone loves these,” says Karen. I recommend grilling the peach as Karen suggests. The grilling adds wonderful flavor. But, get extra creative and try your favorite fruit combo!

When you visit the grocery store or farmers market this week, throw a few extra peaches into the basket. Then, you can whip up one of these sweet treats!

Happy Halloween! Best way to use up leftover candy corn… make Easy Butterfinger Candy!
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/cookies/easy-butterfinger-candy.html

Happy Halloween! Best way to use up leftover candy corn… make Easy Butterfinger Candy!
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/cookies/easy-butterfinger-candy.html

Crockpot Apple Butter… Homemade is best!
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/sauce-spread/spread/homemade-apple-butter-6.html
Amazingly moist Yam Biscuits! They go great with apple butter or sliced pork. Yum!
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/bread/biscuits/yam-biscuits-2.html

Amazingly moist Yam Biscuits! They go great with apple butter or sliced pork. Yum!
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/bread/biscuits/yam-biscuits-2.html

Bean & Pea Slow Cooker Soup…. Cupboard cooking at its finest. 
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/soup/bean-soup/bean-pea-slow-cooker-soup.html

Bean & Pea Slow Cooker Soup…. Cupboard cooking at its finest.
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/soup/bean-soup/bean-pea-slow-cooker-soup.html

Trick Or Treat Trail Mix!
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/snack/nut-snack/trick-or-treat-trail-mix.html
Frosted Fudge Brownie Recipe. 
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/cookies/frosted-fudge-brownies.html
Gigantic Melt-In-Your-Mouth Peanut Butter Cookies…. Wow.
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/cookies/peggis-giagantic-melt-in-your-mouth-crispy.html