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Hidden Treasures and Bell Pepper Ramblings 
Apr. 23, 2014 3:18 am 
Updated: May 7, 2014 8:57 am
Easter is over yet the kids are still home from school.  In the days prior to the Easter break, looking over the AR website, I attempted to find recipes that my kids (aged 11 to 15) can make on their own to keep them busy by letting them experiment in the kitchen.  It is easy for me to adapt and adjust recipes to our liking or health needs; just using some published recipes as a springboard of sorts.  However, for my kids, it isn't so easy.  They need recipes to follow to the "T" at first seeing that I am not always in the kitchen with them.  Either they want to do things on their own or I need to be in the other room for whatever reason.

The myriad recipes found through the search function however do not always meet my taste buds, dietary needs and/or products that are readily available to me.  There is a recipe for spring pasta (or the like) that is complicated, uses broth to cook vegetables and just doesn't make sense to me.  So, I began to think that it must be my taste buds that are malfunctioning.  

Trolling through the "buzz" though I have been introduced to many personal recipes simply by people posting them or by clicking on the cook's profile.  I have found that some of the people's personal recipes are very similar to, if not exact to the way I eat.  

For me, it is simple to adapt recipes,  not for my kids-the beginner cookers.  

Don has some great recipes on his profile page and I realise this must be because he and I live in Mediterranean countries and have exposure to these types of dishes.  I imagine that we have the same preferences too as his recipes mirror mine.  I was even able to get my family way across the pond in Dallas to make his tangy potato salad for Easter.  They loved it.  I got my own kids to eat raw onions, still haven't figured that out.  I used some sweet purple onions and that tangy dressing just clung on boasting their sweetness.  When I told them that they had just eaten raw onions they all made a face like "wow, who woulda known?"!

Sassyoldlady has some good ones too.  I've been forced to adapt a few of them due to availability of some of the products as well as for dietary issues, but she's got a simple muffin recipe that I made for Easter and everyone loved them-I even de-glutened them.

So, I'm requesting (as suggested by someone who I have sinceforgotten-I do apologise to them) that you post your personal favourites here.  Even if they are not your personal recipes, post them if you've tried them or you think they look good enough to try.  Let's get those hidden little gems out there.

I would still like to see a way to petition a personal recipe to be published.  When you do a search on the AR site these personal recipes just don't come up.  I know that the people who run this site do a great job.  No complaints over here, I just think there needs to be a community way to promote some recipes that seem to be buried or overlooked.  Granted, if I understand correctly, Don's recipes are just personal ones and he hasn't tried to get them kitchen approved, I still think his bolognese sauce and peperonata should be published.  That is real Italian cooking (except typically here in Northern Italy they add some ground pork to the bolognese sauce).  

I read on the AR site recently about a dish of "Italian sausage and peppers" being a "real" Italian treat.  I've been here for since 1996 and have yet to see anyone eat sausage, onions and peppers on one plate.  Maybe I'm wrong, but the peperonata on the other hand is on our tables at least once a week.  You make a crock pot full on Sunday and serve it as a side dish at almost every meal during the week until it is eaten up and then you start over again...that or just roasted peppers (either in the oven or flamed).  The peperonata gets tossed in a risotto or mixed with some pennette pasta if it starts to get neglected around Wednesday or Thursday, but on Sunday it just gets replaced with a new batch.  Italians, at least the ones I know, eat kilos and kilos of sweet peppers.  I imagine it is why they are so healthy.  Of course, in the winter they stuff the peppers with a meat, cheese, rice or bread crumb mixture...yummmmm.  

In fact I'll start off the personal recipe push with my favourite two recipes in my book:  stuffed bell peppers and polenta taragna with taleggio.  Easy but good!

Don and sassyoldlady:  could you put yours on here too so we can all enjoy your gems?  

Thanks to all of you in advance.

:-)  Melanie
Apr. 23, 2014 3:29 am
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Apr. 23, 2014 4:13 am
This is wonderful! I cant wait to see what all is posted here!
Apr. 23, 2014 4:32 am
great post-my Italian husband and me eat sausage and peppers at least once a week-one of our favorite meals.
Apr. 23, 2014 4:39 am
Wow. At the same time? Sausage and peppers actually cooked together? What part of Italy is he from? I've never met anyone who has combined the two. Thanks!!
Apr. 23, 2014 5:22 am
My MIL was from Abruzzo region. She frequently made sausage and peppers together. Onr of the first things she taught me to cook.
Apr. 23, 2014 5:25 am
Well, that is to say she would cook the sausages first then separately she would cook the peppers and then the onions. She would combine when finished. This was often a sandwich, a pasta topping or served with eggs for breakfast.
Apr. 23, 2014 7:16 am
that's what i do wfdm, serve the same way, however if i happen to have some leftover boiled potatoes leftover, i'll throw those in and dinner is served!
Apr. 23, 2014 7:16 am
Good morning Melanie, I was born I Treviso but live in Canada. I would be happy to post some of my recipes. Thank you.
Apr. 23, 2014 7:17 am
Should have said that Treviso is in northern Italy.
Apr. 23, 2014 7:18 am
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Apr. 23, 2014 7:22 am
I have more if you want. Thank you Melanie for doing this.
Apr. 23, 2014 12:26 pm
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Apr. 23, 2014 2:48 pm
Family from Sicily and serves with fresh lemon
Apr. 23, 2014 7:11 pm
SInce I am from Southwestern Colorado, a special recipe is green chili. I make chicken enchiladas with green chili that uses mira sol chilies. This is my family's favorite meal--http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/63787237/family-favorite-chicken-enchiladas/detail.aspx
Apr. 24, 2014 6:18 am
I made these for Easter, but I don't know if you can find candied ginger. http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/64039884/carrots-in-ginger-orange-sauce/detail.aspx
Apr. 24, 2014 11:22 am
Hey melanie..what is this?? Maybe I'm wrong, but the peperonata on the other hand is on our tables at least once a week. You make a crock pot full on Sunday and serve it as a side dish at almost every meal during the week until it is eaten up and then you start over again..
Apr. 24, 2014 11:34 am
Yep. There is some sort of cooked bell pepper on the table every day. Sometimes by way of the peperonata and sometimes just roasted. The only thing I meant was that it is a side dish, I've never seen it with sausage pieces in the peperonata. Thanks :-)
Apr. 24, 2014 11:36 am
Thanks Bren, that chico ricotta mouse worked well with the kids! Thanks to everyone for the recipes.
Apr. 27, 2014 9:58 am
I am also discovering some great personal recipes from the cooks at AR, in addition to searching out recipes to inspire young, beginner cooks. In my recipe box, I have begun to add some of these in my Kid Food folder. I am a kid at heart and loved the Marvel's Shark Bites. Happy Cooking and thanks for your blog!
Apr. 27, 2014 10:20 pm
Thanks MTCowgirl. I liked the looks of this one:http://allrecipes.com/customrecipe/64014745/montana-chili/detail.aspx I'll try it out! Thanks to everyone.
May 4, 2014 6:39 am
Here's one to try! http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/64048550/blueberry-cheesecake-muffins/detail.aspx
May 7, 2014 8:57 am
Don't miss this one: http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62628662/buttermilk-ranch/detail.aspx?prop31=2
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