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April Freeman

April Freeman enjoys creating all kinds of recipes for her friends and family from her country kitchen in Middle Tennessee. She and her family raise beef cattle, chickens, and all sorts of fruits and veggies on their farm, and she specializes in featuring farm-fresh foods in the recipes that she creates and serves. April says that her slogan is "Are you hungry?" and she feels that one way of showing love and connecting with others is to serve delicious favorite foods to others. Her favorite thing to cook is pies of all kinds.

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe – How to Make it in 15 Simple Steps

When you’re not feeling great or if the weather outside is a little wet, raw, and unpleasant, there’s not much that sounds better than a delicious bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup. Long recommended as a treatment for colds and flu, Chicken Noodle Soup is one recipe that everyone should know how to cook. There are …

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My Perfect Gingerbread Cookies Recipe – How to Make it in 22 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins Gingerbread cookies and cinnamon candies? This puzzled reaction is typical of those who try this recipe. However, once they try it, they’re hooked. This unconventional pairing makes for a spicy, delicious, fall, and winter treat that everyone will enjoy. Kids love …

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Baked Apples with Cinnamon Recipe – How to Make it in 11 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins Apples are a favorite fruit for many people. Our recipe for Baked Apples will be one that the whole family will love. The house will smell absolutely delicious while they’re baking as well. Serve the baked apples as a side dish …

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Apple Cobbler with Crumb Topping Recipe – How to Make it in 21 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins Currently, when most people picture cobbler, they think of a dish that has sweetened fruit at the bottom of a deep-dish pie pan or a casserole dish. The fruit is topped with a sweetened biscuit-style dough or a mixture that is …

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My Tasty Creamy Potato Soup Recipe – How to Make it in 12 Simple Steps

Thick, creamy, and full of savory flavors, our recipe for Potato Soup ticks all the boxes for comfort food. Every home chef should have a foolproof recipe for potato soup, and ours is one that pretty much anyone can prepare with success. This weekend, whether you are cooking for yourself, for your family, or for …

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Southern Style Cornbread Recipe – How to Make it in 17 Simple Steps

Cornbread has been cooked on the North American continent for centuries since the Native Americans who originally lived here based most of their bread recipes on corn. Basic Native American cornbread consisted of coarsely ground cornmeal that was created when the Indian women crushed the grains of dried corn between two large, flat rocks. This …

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Cuban Bread Authentic Pan Cubano Recipe – How to Make it in 29 Simple Steps

While both Miami and Tampa, Florida both claim to be the city of origin for the first loaf of Cuban bread in the United States, the first commercially baked Cuban loaves were made in a bakery in Ybor City, Florida.  In the late 1890s, the bread originally sold for three to five cents in Ybor …

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Scrumptious Hash Brown Casserole Recipe (Comfort Food)

Preparation time: 10 minutes Baking time: 25 to 30 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 servings Whether you want a tasty side item for a traditional dinner or you want to try something new for a big, country-style breakfast, this recipe for Hash Brown Casserole has everything you need to treat your family to a delicious potato …

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Zesty Italian Casserole Recipe – How to Make it in 20 Simple Steps

Most people want to serve their families meals that are created from scratch, as well as nutritious and tasty. But, sometimes real life gets in the way. Picky kids, events that run late, and homework can make even the most dedicated parent contemplate running through a fast-food drive-through for dinner. This recipe is a great …

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Rich and Decadent Millionaire Bars Dessert Recipe – How to Make it in 24 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins This recipe of crisp shortbread topped with a layer of caramel was likey invented not long after the Second World War. The first reference to this recipe being called Millionaire Bars or Millionaire Shortbread came about during the 1970s. The term …

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My Delicious Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe – How to Make it in 22 Simple Steps

While the sweet potato most people are familiar with has bright orange flesh, did you know that hundreds of other varieties exist across the world, many with the flesh of other colors? Sweet potatoes can have yellow, white, cream, or even purple flesh. A root vegetable that is a member of the morning glory family, …

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My Zesty Taco Lasagna Recipe – How to Make it in 18 Simple Steps

It is hard to imagine a life in the United States without Mexican food and things like Taco Tuesday, but the popularity of Mexican food is a relatively new concept in the American diet. Of course, what we consider Mexican food (tortillas, beans, tomatoes, and specialty spices) has been available on the North American continent …

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My Amazing German Apple Pancake Recipe – How to Make it in 18 Simple Steps

When most Americans think of pancakes, they picture stacks of hot, steamy cakes, dripping with butter, maple syrup, or fruit. American pancakes are cooked on a hot griddle or in a frying pan. They’re formed from a runny batter that’s poured into rounds. The cakes are flipped once during cooking before being removed to a …

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Delicious Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Recipe – How to Make it in 14 Simple Steps

Most people are aware that yeast is the magical microorganism that makes bread rise, but to make a quick bread rise you have to use baking powder. The way that baking powder works is a very basic chemical reaction. Baking powder works through an acid-base reaction in the batter of your baked goods. We all …

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Perfectly Seasoned Roast Chicken Recipe – How to Make it in 28 Simple Steps

In years past, almost every mother or housewife knew how to create a delicious, perfectly baked roast chicken. And yet, in modern times, efforts often end with a dry, drab piece of meat that sticks in everyone’s throat and is, frankly, forgettable. Many people prefer to purchase rotisserie-cooked chicken from their local supermarkets for this …

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Spectacular Blueberry Muffin Recipe – How to Make it in 19 Simple Steps

Sold as a tea time snack by the “muffin men” in London, blueberry muffins were introduced in Great Britain in the nineteenth century. Blueberries are one berry that is native to North America. For centuries before Europeans came to the New World, North American natives used wild-grown blueberries as an essential part of their diets. …

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Key Lime Pie Bars Recipe – How to Make it in 19 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins Key lime pie was created in the early 1900s. While some Floridians say that this dessert was made in the state of Florida in the 1920s, others believe that this popular kind of pie was invented by chefs in the Borden …

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Yummy Homemade Baked Meatballs Recipe – How to Make it in 19 Simple Steps

Meatballs are made in a variety of different cultures and locations across the world. However, when most people think about meatballs they picture ground beef or lamb seasoned with Italian flavors like basil and oregano, topped with a tomato-based sauce and mildly flavored cheeses like Parmesan and mozzarella. Our recipe for Baked Meatballs continues in …

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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake Recipe – How to Make it in 15 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins Most people enjoy chocolate, but then there are those who just can’t get enough of the dark, rich, and flavorful treat. If you know someone like this, you may want to create this recipe just for them. This recipe is chocolatey …

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Greek Gyro Skillet Dinner Recipe – How to Make it in 16 Simple Steps

Zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes are summer vegetables that are incredibly easy to grow, even for novice gardeners. However, these are also veggies that produce more than anyone’s family can ever consume. One nice thing about this recipe is that it uses three popular summer vegetables in ways that many people have never considered. This recipe …

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Lemon Zucchini Bread Recipe – How to Make it in 18 Simple Steps

This bread is loaded with the flavor of lemons, and any experienced baker knows that the trick to getting lots of lemon flavor into your baked goods doesn’t lie in using lemon juice or even lemon extract. Rather, the lemon flavor comes from the peel of the lemon. A prolific summer vegetable, zucchini plants often …

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Sausage Pancake Breakfast Casserole Recipe – How to Make it in 23 Simple Steps

There is absolutely nothing like an old fashioned breakfast of pancakes and sausage. However, not everyone enjoys getting up early to create a delicious breakfast for the whole family. If you are more of a night owl, this recipe for Sausage Pancake Breakfast Casserole may be right up your alley. You cook the sausage, prepare …

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Chicken Jambalaya Recipe – How to Make it in 17 Simple Steps

A New Orleans favorite that features several different kinds of meat, delicious seasonings, and tangy tomatoes, Jambalaya is a meal that visitors to this city must try. While this dish may seem as if it will take plenty of time and effort, it is surprisingly simple to make. In fact, most of the preparation time will …

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First Class Cookie Bars Recipe – How to Make it in 18 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins First Class Cookie Bars can satisfy your home-baked cookie craving without forcing you to spend an hour spooning cookie dough onto a pan. Baked in a bar pan, you will simply need to slice the bars into squares when you are …

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Spinach and Three Cheese Stuffed Shells Recipe – How to Make it in 20 Simple Steps

There is absolutely nothing like a fancy Italian dinner at your favorite restaurant, with the flavors of savory herbs, rich cheeses, and tangy tomatoes. However, for many people on tight budgets or for those who are just saving their pennies for a rainy day, dining out isn’t something that can happen very often. But, did …

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Homemade White Sandwich Bread Recipe – How to Make it in 17 Simple Steps

A simple combination of flour, yeast, and water, bread has sustained mankind for thousands of years. Despite the simplicity of a loaf of bread, the vast majority of families purchase their bread from grocery stores and bakeries. With this basic recipe, you can create basic white sandwich bread for your family. Even if it isn’t …

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Savory Tuscan Tortellini Soup Recipe – How to Make it in 12 Simple Steps

Tortellini is an Italian style of pasta that is folded in a sort of ring shape. Some people say the tortellini pasta resembles a navel. Most versions of tortellini are filled with some sort of delicious filling. Some are filled with cheeses, while others are filled with meat or herbs and veggies. You can find …

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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls Recipe – How to Make it in 25 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins Everyone knows that cinnamon rolls are far from the healthiest version of breakfast food. However, nobody denies that cinnamon rolls topped with piles of cream cheese icing are a fabulously delicious way to start the day. Most people, when they think …

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Mexican Cornbread Casserole Recipe – How to Make it in 13 Simple Steps

Kids who won’t eat anything different or new can be incredibly frustrating for parents. Everyone knows that kids need to eat a varied diet and learn to try new things, but children are smart and can be incredibly stubborn about what they do and do not want to eat. Smart parents know that you have …

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Individual Berry Cobblers Recipe – How to Make it in 9 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins Summer berries are delicious, whether you prefer strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries. Almost all berries are loaded with antioxidants, those cancer-fighting nutrients that are present in almost all fruits and veggies with bright colors. Most berries are high in Vitamin C …

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Basic Banana Bread Recipe – How to Make it in 17 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins When you’re trying to make the most of your grocery budget, wasting any food is a big no-no. This recipe for banana bread can make good use of those bananas that are a bit too far gone for eating fresh as …

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Molasses Cookies Recipe – How to Make it in 15 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins Baking molasses cookies is like serving up a bite of history. These cookies were one of the first kinds of cookies created in the United States. These tasty treats were made way back in the early 1800s, and molasses was used …

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Parmesan Bow-Tie Pasta Salad Recipe – How to Make it in 6 Simple Steps

Myth says that Marco Polo brought pasta back to Europe after his famed trip to China, but that is actually untrue. Pasta was already becoming popular in Europe hundreds of years before Marco Polo was born. In fact, dyes for creating colored pasta have been discovered in Sicily, and they date back 3000 years! Whether …

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30-Minute Garlic and Cheese Dinner Rolls Recipe – How to Make it in 20 Simple Steps

While many people love to eat bread and rolls and will buy these things at a bakery, many people are intimidated by the thought of making bread or dinner rolls themselves at home in their own kitchens. For whatever reason, the idea of using yeast, kneading dough, and shaping the bread just seems too complicated …

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Four Cheese Hot Spinach Dip Recipe – How to Make it in 16 Simple Steps

Many dip recipes feature mayonnaise as a key ingredient. And that is fine unless you happen to be (or you’re hosting) one of those people who just can’t stand mayonnaise. They’re out there. Some people are just disgusted by mayo in any shape or form and no matter what you do the mayo in a …

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Chocolate and Strawberry Fudge Trifle Recipe – How to Make it in 17 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins This is one of those recipes that looks as good as it tastes. Layers of whipped cream, fudgy pudding, chocolate cake, and sweet strawberries all come together to make a divinely delicious dessert. Those who are uninformed may not know what …

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Rich and Delicious Chocolate Eclair Cake Recipe – How to Make it in 17 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins Cake is a wonderful treat sometimes used to celebrate special occasions in a family. Often consisting of a sweet, spongy bread covered in a rich sugary frosting, cake is popular for birthday and anniversary celebrations. However, this recipe for cake will …

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Braised Slow Cooker Short Ribs Recipe – How to Make it in 10 Simple Steps

While many people prefer to stick to tried and true cuts of meat found in the supermarket’s butcher’s case, every now and then the more adventurous among us will see a package of meat on sale at a great price and think, “Why not give it a try?” That is how this recipe for Braised …

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Savory Oven-Baked Loaded Potato Wedges Recipe – How to Make it in 19 Simple Steps

In the summertime, grilling is the perfect solution for dinner. Everyone loves grilled hamburgers, steaks, chicken, and veggies. But, when you cook on the grill, you still have to figure out the side items to round out the meal. Nobody wants to spend tons of time in the kitchen on a night when you’re grilling. …

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Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake Recipe – How to Make it in 16 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins Have you ever picked up a treat from your childhood, tasted it and then thought, I remembered that as tasting a lot better than it did? Perhaps the taste buds of adults change as they have matured, but it happens all …

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My Angel Food Cake Recipe – How to Make it in 21 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins Many people believe that angel food cake is complicated to make. They may wrongly think this because rather than using the chemical magic of baking soda and baking powder to rise, an angel food cake uses whipped egg whites to incorporate …

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Crock Pot Fajitas Recipe – How to Make it in 14 Simple Steps

The wonderful thing about slow cookers is that you can have a meal ready as soon as you walk in the door on a busy night. If you took a few minutes to prepare the meal in the morning, you won’t have to tolerate the question of “How much longer till dinner’s ready?” multiple times. …

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Decadent Strawberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Crepes Recipe – How to Make it in 28 Simple Steps

Everyone knows of the importance of a healthy, well-balanced nutritious breakfast. And 95 percent of the time, that is exactly what people should plan to eat first thing in the morning. However, there are those occasions when something indulgent and special should be offered, especially for days like birthdays, anniversaries, or holidays. This recipe is …

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Tasty Soft Garlic and Herb Bread Sticks Recipe – How to Make it in 23 Simple Steps

Bread is a perfect accompaniment for so many meals. Whether one is having a delicious soup on a chilly day in winter, a classic Italian meal like lasagna or spaghetti, or a pot roast for Sunday dinner, bread can be the final finishing touch that will make a meal complete. Often one of the favorite …

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Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe – How to Make it in 22 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins Cake is a wonderful thing–soft, sweet, and tender. As hard as it is to believe, though, there really are some people who are not big fans of eating cake. Often, these people are not into sweet treats and the sugary sweetness …

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Healthy and Delicious Chicken Salad Recipe – How to Make it in 13 Simple Steps

What does chicken salad bring to mind for you? If you think of little plastic tubs full of nondescript, slimy chicken-based sandwich spread from the grocery store, you are probably not alone. Chicken salad often brings to mind a luncheon in a musty church basement or something that smells funny, smeared between two slices of …

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Chicken Stir Fry Recipe – How to Make it in 15 Simple Steps

One skillet meals can save you time and dirty dishes on busy nights. This recipe for Chicken Stir Fry includes your protein, piles of veggies, and loads of delicious Chinese flavor in every single bite. If you work ahead by pre-cooking the rice and chopping the veggies ahead of time, you can really save some …

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Coconut Pecan Pie Recipe – How to Make it in 18 Simple Steps

All Deserts | Pies | Cookies | Cakes | Cheesecakes | Scones | Muffins Pecan pie is a favorite kind of dessert, typically served at fall and winter holiday meals like Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. And yet, there are many people who just love the flavor and texture of pecan pie, no matter the time …

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My Awesome Twice-Baked Potatoes Recipe – How to Make it in 20 Simple Steps

Most people come to a cookout for hamburgers, steak, grilled chicken–you know–things that are cooked on the grill. Often the side dishes are just an afterthought. Some consider the sides to just be filler or an accompaniment to the meat. If you want a side dish that is just as popular as the meat, we …

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Red Beans and Rice Recipe – How to Make it in 17 Simple Steps

Historically, red beans and rice are served on Mondays in New Orleans and southern Louisiana. It may seem like an odd tradition, but when you consider the history of this Southern town, the tradition seems to make more sense. In centuries past, homemakers did particular types of work on certain days of the week. Everyone …

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