Frieda Loves Bread

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I love bread and any comfort food. It's these foods that bring the family together and invoke memories for years to come! Baking and cooking is not just following a recipe, it's learning the tips and tricks of putting amazing dishes together....

What's the one food you could never live without?

What's a treat your kids love that's actually healthy?

What's your best tip for feeding a picky eater?

What's your favorite easy casserole?

Frieda Franchina

Hands down, our family favorite is tater tot casserole. It's basically a meatloaf pressed into an 8x8 pan, covered with your favorite cream of ______ soup straight from the can, and topped with tater tots. Our kids request this comfort food several times per month!
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What's your favorite recipe for a dish that can be made ahead and frozen?

Frieda Franchina

Chicken tacquitos. Kids love 'em and I love them, because they are soooooo easy to make ahead of time and that they are baked, not fried. You fill, roll, put the tacquitos in a pan and spray with a little bit of oil. Freeze and bag them for up to 3 months. When ready, bake and 20 minutes later, your tacquitos are ready to dip into sour cream, salsa or guacamole!
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What is your favorite quick breakfast recipe?

Frieda Franchina

Pancakes are always quick and easy ~ Want something different? if your kids love popcorn or corn muffins, they will love these Corn Muffin Pancakes. You can adjust the level of sweetness of the pancake depending on the toppings you choose. Try mixing in bacon bits for an added layer of flavor. These pancakes are light, fluffy, and will be gobbled up by anyone in your family!
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What's your family's favorite easy crock pot recipe?

Frieda Franchina

Mexican Chicken. Fast prep? Yes. Easy? Oh, yes. Boneless skinless chicken, a can of tomato sauce, a can of diced green chilies, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder (my kids like it mild) and just a touch of brown sugar for sweetness. No need to stir it up; just dump, dump, dump the ingredients into a crock pot on low for 10-12 hours and the chicken will shred easily with a quick stir. Serve on warm tortillas and all of your favorite toppings.... chopped onion, tomato, sour cream, shredded cheese, avacados, etc.
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What's your family's favorite recipe for weekend breakfasts?

Frieda Franchina

Sunday mornings, my hubby makes Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake. It's a peanut butter lover's delight filled with chocolate chips and a crunchy PB topping. It's a great smell to wake up to on a Sunday morning! http://www.friedalovesbread.com/2008/11/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-coffee.html
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What's a great treat for spring or Easter? (Please include a link!)

Frieda Franchina

Have your kids shape dinner rolls (frozen or homemade) into bunny backsides or bunny "butts" for Easter dinner. They will giggle at the name and have so much fun making them! http://www.friedalovesbread.com/2011/04/basketful-of-bunny-backsides.html
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What's your favorite easy recipe for an Easter or Passover meal?

Frieda Franchina

I love the elegance of a simple quiche Lorraine for an Easter brunch. You can easily use a store bought pie crust, bake it ahead of time and warm up individual slices at brunch time. Have picky eaters? Consider making this recipe in mini pie tins or in muffin tins and individualize. http://www.friedalovesbread.com/2011/12/sherries-quiche-lorraine.html
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What's your advice on setting a food budget?

Frieda Franchina

I agree with the previous bloggers to plan your meals with the weekly ads. The best deals are usually on the front page. Stocking up when items are on sale is a great idea. Write a shopping list, and try not to shop with your children. Remember that eating out is part of your food budget. We only eat out if we have a coupon and always bring leftovers for a meal for the next day. If you don't have any idea of how much you are spending on food, keep track of your receipts and purchases for 2 weeks or even better, a month. If you do this, you will have a more realistic idea of how much you are spending and what your family needs.
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What's your favorite muffin recipe?

Frieda Franchina

Chocolate chocolate chip muffins! So much better than the Costco ones; smaller, not too sweet, and are great for a weekend breakfast treat or afternoon snack. The recipe is so easy, even my teenage boys make them! http://www.friedalovesbread.com/2008/11/my-budding-baker.html
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What's a delicious meal you can make using your microwave? Please share a link to the recipe on your blog.

Frieda Franchina

When my family needs a QUICK dinner, I always make Easy Cheesy Enchiladas in the microwave. Three simple ingredients: White corn tortillas, enchilada sauce (I make a mild version to suit the kiddos), and cheese. In less than 5 minutes, dinner is hot and ready. http://www.friedalovesbread.com/2009/06/easy-cheese-enchiladas.html
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What's your favorite salad recipe that's perfect for Spring or Summer?

Frieda Franchina

I love this fresh Southwest couscous salad made with ripe tomatoes, black beans, sweet roasted corn tossed in a lime - cumin infused dressing and topped with avocados. It's bright, colorful and kids love to eat it with crispy white tortilla chips. Makes a great crowd-pleaser potluck dish! http://www.friedalovesbread.com/2012/03/springtime-southwest-couscous-salad.html
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What's a great recipe using ground beef?

Frieda Franchina

BBQ Sloppy Joes. A nice switch from traditional sloppy joes, this tangy, beefy meal is very quick and easy to make and serve on a dinner roll or hamburger bun. No chopping or dicing is involved; simply use a small can of tomato sauce, some dried seasonings along with your cooked hamburger, and you are done! http://www.friedalovesbread.com/2008/12/as-i-was-looking-through-recipes-that-i.html
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What's a great spring or summer recipe that uses corn?

Frieda Franchina

I love soaking corn on the cob with the husks on and throwing them into the fire. This gives it a sweet and smokey flavor. It works wonderfully in a Southwest couscous salad: a light, and fluffy miniature pasta, mixed in with my favorite springtime flavors: ripe tomatoes, black beans, sweet roasted corn, and tossed in a lime - cumin infused vinaigrette and topped with creamy diced avocados. This tastes great alone or served as a dip with corn tortilla chips. It is such a versatile recipe; start off with you can add whatever ingredients you like! http://www.friedalovesbread.com/2012/03/springtime-southwest-couscous-salad.html
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Please share a link to a photo of a great birthday cake you made or bought.

Frieda Franchina

My uber talented neighbor has a knack for making cakes to fit the recipient: A piano cake for a concert pianist, a wind-up chattering teeth for her dentist, sushi cake for her Japanese friend, etc. I've showcased some of her cakes here:http://www.friedalovesbread.com/2011/06/sharlas-cakes.html She recently made my husband a cake for his birthday as he helps cut wood for all of her cake projects. Everything is edible, from the tools to the saw blade and saw dust! http://www.friedalovesbread.com/2012/05/my-husband-is-wonder-with-tools-and.html
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From peach pies and berry cobbler to lemon shortcake and watermelon popsicles, fruity desserts are perfect for summer. Please share your favorite fruit-based dessert, and include a link to the recipe and photo.

Frieda Franchina

Raspberry and lemonade are meant to go together for summer! I came up with Raspberry Lemonade cupcakes, a moist, pink raspberry cake with a sweet/tart lemon butter cream frosting, a perfect cake for summer ~ http://www.friedalovesbread.com/2012/06/raspberry-lemonade-cupcake-experiment.html
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What's a great finger food that your kids love? Please include a link.

Frieda Franchina

My kids have always love quesadillas ~ you can make them even more fun to eat by cutting smiley faces into the top tortilla. For July celebrations, use a small star shaped cookie cutter. Serve the quesadillas with another ultimate fun finger food: black olives! What child can resist putting an olive on each finger and eating them off their fingers, one by one? http://www.friedalovesbread.com/2011/10/halloween-cheese-dillas.html
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What's your favorite pie recipe for fall? Please share a link to a photo!

Frieda Franchina

If you are pie crust challenged, this is an EASY recipe! It combines the best of Caramel Apples, Apple Crisp and Apple Pie all in one pan. Top it with ice cream and drizzle with caramel and you have a real Fall treat!
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What's a great recipe that uses cranberries?

Frieda Franchina

I love making no knead bread...it only takes two minutes to mix the dough by hand the night before. The next day, all you do is shape, rise and bake the dough. I added orange juice, dried cranberries and walnuts to the dough and it turned out SO good! This bread is fabulous as a turkey sandwich!
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