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What's one of the first recipes you taught your kids to make?

What's a delicious no cook recipe?

What's a great breakfast for a special occasion?

What's your favorite easy casserole?

Robin Sue

A favorite casserole of mine is Italian Pot Pie. There are nights when I need a quicky (behave!) and this dish really hits the spot. Enjoy! Robin Sue http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2008/05/italian-pot-pie.html
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What's your favorite recipe for a dish that can be made ahead and frozen?

Robin Sue

One of my favorite things to make ahead and freeze is Chili. I like to freeze it in portions that would feed 2, and portions that would feed 4. This way I can pull out what I need, and serve it over pasta- for Chili Mac, or over a baked potato, over nachos, over rice, on hot dogs or burgers- great with coleslaw and cheese for Carolina Style, or as a simple bowl of chili. Chili is a great way to hide veggies;-) http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2008/02/mangia-chili-mack.html
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What's your family's favorite easy crock pot recipe?

Robin Sue

We like Happy Family Cacciatore. A crock pot filled with chicken, meatballs, and sausage to be served over rice or pasta, or even served up with rolls with mozzarella cheese- think Meatball or Sausage Subs! Serve with a large salad and fresh fruit and everyone is happy. http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2009/10/happy-family-cacciatore.html
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If you had to get dinner for your family at a fast food restaurant tonight, which would you choose and what would you order?

Robin Sue

I am not going to lie here, I have been in the "we need to get dinner on the go tonight" situation, and have driven through any drive-thru that is closest to where we need to be. Be it McDonald's, Chick-fil-A, or a Taco Bell, we have done it. I do order waters all around, no Happy Meals, and then let the kids choose what they want with some guidance. It doesn't happen often, so I am not going to beat myself up in these situations. Smile.
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What's a great treat for spring or Easter? (Please include a link!)

Robin Sue

One thing I have done through the years with my family as soon as Spring hits and the markets are full of strawberries, I make Strawberry Shortcakes for dinner. You heard me! Dinner. The sun lingers longer on our days, the breezes turn sweet, and the crisp in the air gently turns to warmth. The scone-like cakes bake away in the oven while fresh juicy berries are cleaned and sliced, and fresh cream is whipped up. Everyone will love you for it.
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What's your favorite salad recipe that's perfect for Spring or Summer?

Robin Sue

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Pink Lady Poppy Seed Dressing is one of my favorite springtime salads. The strawberries are so big and juicy right now! This dressing is a huge hit at any affair. http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2008/02/strawberry-salad-with-pink-lady-poppy-seed-dressing/
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Can you recommend a great summer snack to feed kids on break or to pack for days at camp? (Please include a link to the recipe.)

Robin Sue

Frozen red grapes are a summer favorite here in Big Red Kitchen. Sometimes for fun we "dust" them. Stay Cool. http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2008/06/frozen-red-grapes-dusty-grapes/ To pack for camp, your kids will vote you parent of the year for Non-melting Brownie Sundaes in tiny mason jars. No freezer required, just an ice pack, but get ready for requests from your kids' fellow campers! http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2012/05/non-melting-mason-jar-brownie-sundaes/
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What's a family-friendly recipe that would be perfect for a summer or Fourth of July gathering -- whether it's a grilled dish, a simple side or festive treat? (Please share a link to a photo)

Robin Sue

Over a backyard firepit, grill, or bonfire, these roasted rice crispy treats are sure to please kids and adults alike. Crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside! http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2012/02/roasted-marshmallow-crispy-treats/
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Help us create the ultimate Western-themed birthday party! Please share an idea for a game, recipe, party favor, decoration, etc. that's perfect for a Cowboy/Cowgirl party. Include a link to a photo if you have one!

Robin Sue

Now here is an oldie but a goodie done way back in my first year of blogging. Ours is an adult Western Party that could easily be transformed into a kiddie rodeo minus the ax tossing of course. My favorite decoration was cutting the back pockets out of my boys' very old, torn, ripped up jeans and using them for the flatware and napkins. I got this idea from a western shop in Wyoming. We had steak and taters, salad with cowboy croutons, and some nice peach cobbler for dessert with ice cream. Kids always love a good Western Party. As an aside- if you click on the link to Wyoming Home from my post, you will see the store front and in the upper window that juts out you will see the room where my great, great, great, great Uncle Tom Horn was framed for the murder of a young boy. Tom Horn's a famous western outlaw. http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2008/09/supper-club-western-style-plus-video/
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