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Don't Drool on the Keyboard - FFR XVII* 
Aug. 21, 2010 5:28 pm 
Updated: Aug. 24, 2010 7:21 pm
Slightly smaller than usual, this edition of Formerly Faceless Recipes is packed with delicious recipes that use common ingredients. I love recipes that call for things I always have on hand, don't you?

 Creamy Peppercorn Dressing
 Review: I halved the recipe, but otherwise followed it exactly. Well, okay, I might have had a heavy hand with the Parmesan. I grated a little too much and threw all of it into the dressing. This reminds me of a favorite bottled dressing from the past. I haven't been able to find it around here for several years. I loved this and will definitely be making it again and again! Thanks for a great recipe!
Cheesy Zucchini Rounds
Review: These are very tasty. Do NOT add salt; there is plenty in the parmesan cheese and bacon. The recipe did NOT state how thick to slice the zucchini. I noticed that the thicker ones stayed crisp, which I liked. The few that were sliced thinner became soft. I didn't actually measure the ingredients - just tossed the cheese on top. I added the bacon after melting the cheese. My bacon didn't need the extra time in the microwave. I might add a little garlic powder the next time. Thanks for a tasty recipe!
Shells With Bacon and Beef Sauce
 Review: This was a good, hearty meal. The sauce is four stars as written. After tasting it, I added freshly ground black pepper, and fresh parsley, oregano, and basil. Though the directions don't say to, I drained most of the grease from the bacon mixture before adding it back into the sauce. I served this with a green salad and Mushroom and Cheddar Batter Bread by Cat Lady Cyndi. Thanks for a tasty recipe!
Rice With Lemon and Spinach
 Review: My husband didn't like this, but I loved it! The lemon, spinach, and feta reminded me of dishes served a a local Greek festival each year. I was a little skeptical and thought this might need some sort of sauce, but it really doesn't. This is a lighter, refreshing side dish.
 Nutty Crispy Sugar Cookies
 Review: These are addictive. I halved the recipe and followed it exactly. I was a little worried at first, as the dough is very oily before baking. The final product, though, is crispy outside, chewy inside. I chopped my walnuts very finely. I also made some as drop cookies and others rolled in sugar (colored) as stated in the description. This worked very well without chilling the dough. I used my smallest cookie scoop which holds about a heaping teaspoon. My half batch of dough made 72 cookies that baked in 12 minutes. I was expecting 30. Thanks for a keeper!
Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting
 Review: This couldn't be simpler. I even screwed up and added the pineapple juice last (rushing) and it still turned out great. I did NOT add lemon extract as suggested in the reviews. The pineapple flavor came through nicely without it. I halved the recipe and used this on Zucchini Cake II by Joan. Thanks for a simply delicious recipe!
 Zucchini Cake II
 Review:  This is moist and delicious. I used some Splenda in place of sugar and used 1/2 cup applesauce in place of half the oil. I left out the nuts as I was taking this to a potluck and was unsure of preferences. I will put them in the next time. I frosted with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting by Candy Lady (1/2 recipe). Thanks for a great way to use up some zucchini!
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As I've done before, I'm including this recipe to let people know how good it is even though AR hasn't published it, YET.
Yummy Steel Cut Oatmeal
Personal recipe by lovecakes
 Review:  This is a delicious, hearty breakfast! I halved the recipe, but followed it almost exactly otherwise. I added a little less milk and a little more cranberries. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I'm sure I will make this again and again!
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Yummy Steel Cut Oatmeal - Personal recipe by lovecakes
Thanks for dropping by!
*Okay, I'm really NOT that conceited. I was searching for a title, besides just FFR XVII, and
realized that I was getting hungry just looking back over these pictures.
 Except the shells picture. Hard to make that look pretty, lol.  :)
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Aug. 21, 2010 5:34 pm
oh my as always...great pics a few of the recipes...take care of u...oh tho i was thinking...u really do cook alot...:) ♥
Aug. 21, 2010 5:53 pm
I'm so impressed with your cooking and photography skills. You always have a way of making everything look so appetizing. The pineapple cream cheese, sounds very good, and I bet it was really good on that zucchini cake. The shells look fabulous too. And I'm sooooo trying those sugar cookies. If you are looking for another use to use some of the steel cut oats, look in my recipe box for a personal recipe for my peach coffee cake. Pam, that has your name written all over it.
Aug. 21, 2010 5:54 pm
As always great pics and great reviews - Love it! Thank you.
Aug. 21, 2010 6:12 pm
Avon - I'm making that coffee cake tomorrow morning! I just happen to have two peaches (I hope it's enough) and ripe bananas on hand. That sounds delicious!
Aug. 21, 2010 6:38 pm
Nice job! Your photos are lovely and you always give such informative reviews!
Aug. 21, 2010 6:47 pm
I'll admit, it was VERYYYY hard NOT to "drool on the keyboard" : ) Delicious looking! I think I know what I'm going to make tommorow!!!
Aug. 21, 2010 6:49 pm
Love the pics and reviews. Saved several, thank you for sharing.
Aug. 21, 2010 7:03 pm
Everything looks great! wow~
Aug. 21, 2010 7:05 pm
Oh they all really look delicious, but I would like a slice of the cake please. Never tried pineapple cheese frosting, it looks heavenly...
Aug. 21, 2010 7:07 pm
apple.strudel - that frosting is delicious and goes beautifully with that cake. The combo, by the way, keeps very well in the fridge. I just had a piece tonight - one week after baking - and it's still moist and tasty. :)
Aug. 22, 2010 4:50 am
Those Cheesy Zucchini Rounds look so cute. Everything looks amazing!
Aug. 22, 2010 6:29 am
Can I hire you to come and photo all the stuff I cook (Ok, maybe not the beans on toast!)? Another breath-stopping episode!
Aug. 22, 2010 6:34 am
Phil, I'm there! lol
Aug. 22, 2010 6:56 am
Great job! Everything looks amazing!
Aug. 22, 2010 2:31 pm
Your pictures are so beautiful!
Aug. 24, 2010 7:21 pm
Ok, your blog always has me thinking of at least 2 recipes ALL week long! You're inspiring me to make more things at home even on the days I don't want to.
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I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
My cooking triumphs
I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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