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My Best-Ever Recipes Collection

French Style

French Style

Treasured by Brenda's Best-Ever Recipes

Collected over the last twenty years, my best-ever recipes are from various sources and include recipes for special occasions and for everyday meals. You'll find some extraordinary baking ideas, like carrot cake and banana bread, and some holiday favorites like glazed baked ham, and scalloped potatoes, as well as a meal as basic as sloppy joes and a delicious breakfast recipe for pancakes. You will also find my Easter dinner menu which discusses an entire Easter or springtime menu, my complete summer dinner menu and my fall dinner menu.

While enjoying the privilege of being a stay-at-home Mom, I invested my time in caring for my children to the best of my ability and in running our home. Naturally, that meant that one of my jobs was cooking meals almost every single day. Instead of drudgery, that 'job' became a passion and I voraciously read magazines, cookbooks and local newspapers looking for new ideas to test on my family and friends.

I also tuned into a few television-cooking shows on a regular basis. Including and perhaps most notably, the Martha Stewart Living show. Many of her recipes were fancier than I wanted or needed to be but over the years, more than a few of our favorites started from an idea or a recipe that I saw on her show. There is also one dish that I would love to be able to prepare but it is a family joke that I cannot make Martha's Mile-High Lemon Meringue pie. (Mine is like soup.) Whatever it is that I do wrong with this pie recipe, I do so consistently! (Please don't say easy-as-pie in my presence!) Recently, however, I wrote my story about Martha's lemon meringue pie and the >lemon cupcakes from her new cupcake cookbook. It is a humorous adventure story!

This page is meant to be a gathering point or a jumping off point to my best-ever recipes series with a bit of my personality and family life thrown in. I hope you enjoy it and find a recipe that inspires you in the kitchen! And, oh yes, that's not my home in the photo but rather someone elses' historic home in Quebec City!

Do You Have A Beautiful Whistling Tea Kettle?

I love bolder blues now, like the blue of this Le Creuset tea kettle, even cobalt blue, and warm yellows. Le Creuset kettles are available in a host of colors to suit your kitchen but this Le Creuset Enameled Steel Whistling Tea Kettle is a beauty in this blue color!

What Style Would You Call Your Kitchen? Traditional? Modern? Country?

I'd have to say I like a casual, French Country look but I have not quite achieved it, yet.

My kitchen style used to be country with lots of wedgwood blue. I still use the same dishes because they are a plain blue and I believe they are somewhat timeless but my style has evolved a bit and now I would like to think of it more as a relaxed, sunny French country style. My blue plates still work but I also love bolder blues now, like cobalt, and warm yellows.

My lifestyle is very casual. Two teenage boys and many hours spent at the computer selling on eBay, writing lenses on Squidoo and a husband who is determined to recreate every part of the house mean that any sense of formality (if there ever was one) is out the window. The formal china, well, I guess I should be selling it on eBay!

If I had it to do over, I would turn in my 'good' Royal Doulton china for something that would do double duty -- simple enough to be used every day but also beautiful enough that when you wanted the table to look lovely it could. In the end, of course, it does not matter what you serve your food on. Just that it be nutritious and delicious and that is what I usually seek in recipes. The best-ever recipes featured here are often (but not always) special occasion ones, the ones that we look forward to at special times like Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

How About Some Fun Glassware?

Buzz, buzzity, buzz! I absolutely love my bumble bee glasses. You can buy them through Amazon at the following link. They make even a tall, cold glass of water taste soecial!

Best-Ever Beverages

  • How To Make Coffee With A French Press
    It really is easy! We recently purchased a small to medium-sized Bodum Chambord French Press and quickly mastered how to make a good cup of coffee. It is a simple device that still produces a good cup. Both my husband AND my house guests were...
  • The Best-Ever Hawaiian Punch Recipe
    Yes. We love it. Hawaii AND this Hawaiian punch recipe. You will, too.

Best-Ever Breakfast Recipes

  • The Best-Ever Banana Bread Recipe
    Looking for the best banana bread recipe? You've found it!
  • Polly's Pancake Parlor
    Polly's Pancake Parlor has been in the pancake business since 1938 when the owners opened a 24-seat tearoom and served pancakes in an attempt to boost maple syrup sales. In 1938, the pancakes, waffles and French toast were "All you can eat for 50...
  • The Best-Ever Buttermilk Pancake Recipe
    We've been eating these buttermilk pancakes for a couple of decades. No other pancake recipe has compared!

Best-Ever Lunch Recipes

  • The Best-Ever Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe
    We've been eating this super delicious egg salad sandwich for almost twenty years. It is without question the best sandwich that we make and it is most definitely a family favorite. The recipe makes enough egg salad for two or three sandwiches but...
  • The Best-Ever Country Seed Bread Recipe
    The Best-Ever Country Seed Bread Recipe is a delight to throw together using your bread machine. Most recipes for your bread maker are easy, but not all are as delicious as this one is. It always receives rave reviews and is a staple at our house....

Do You Have a GREAT Salad Spinner? The OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner Is The Best!

We absolutely love our salad spinner and wouldn't be without it! It makes throwing a salad together a breeze. You can read all about it at The Best Salad Spinner or you can click here to buy it from Amazon:

Best-Ever Salad Recipes

  • The Best-Ever Summer Salad Recipe Collection
    There is nothing quite like a crisp and crunchy salad in the summertime...or a potato salad or a macaroni salad for that matter. On this page, please join us in our celebration of the magnificent summer salad. Here you will find links to a...
  • The Best-Ever Marinated Snow Peas and Tomatoes Salad...
    If you are looking for a very fresh, wonderfully nutritious, extremely delicious and boldly colorful salad, The Best-Ever Marinated Snow Peas and Tomatoes salad is the one for you. It is a simple salad or side dish, consisting of just eight...
  • The Best-Ever Looneyspoons Garden Salad Recipe
    Looking for a yummy low-fat salad recipe? This Looneyspoons recipe is nutritious and delicious!
  • The Best-Ever Molded Rice Salad Recipe
    If you are looking for a tasty, cold rice side dish, The Best-Ever Molded Rice Salad With Vegetables is ideal. It is a simple and satisfying make-ahead side dish, consisting of just seven ingredients -- including one and a half cups of your favorite.
  • The Best-Ever Hawaiian Potato Salad Recipe
    Potato salad, made with this recipe, is one of my favorite things to eat in the summer.
Cold Bowl on Ice

Cold Bowl on Ice

Do You Have A Serving Bowl That Will Keep Your Best-Ever Salad Cold?

We all know how critical it is to keep salads, especially mayonnaise-based ones, cold. I saw this bowl and fell in love with it. You fill The Cold Bowl on Ice with ice and the cold travels upwards and into the food. It is acrylic so that means it is great for summertime living and it is break-resistant and dishwasher safe. What more could you ask?

Do You Have A Great Cast Iron Skillet Like Le Creuset's Iron Handle Skillet?

I have two, one that is perfect for poaching two eggs, one that is perfect for poaching four. They also do a beautiful job of frying ground beef, too!

Best-Ever Main Course Ideas

Best-Ever Desserts

Pie Bakers Everywhere Need A Few Basic Tools...Plus A Pie Bird

A pie bird, vent or chimney is a unique and unexpected gift for the pie baker in your family. I do not have one of these handy little guys yet but I fell in love with them as so many people do and created a page about them that you can visit by clicking right here. If you've never heard of a pie bird before, you'll learn something. If you know what a pie bird is, you might just be impressed with the assortment of pie birds that is available in traditional and non-traditional forms.

Best-Ever Cookies

© 2009 Treasures By Brenda

What is your best-ever recipe?

Charlieee LM on September 15, 2013:

My Purple Space Mash is awesomeeee ! ; http://www.squidoo.com/making-vegetables-exciting

bjslapidary on November 26, 2011:

Need to come back to this lens. Lots of good info here.

Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on September 21, 2011:

Wow, this is indeed a great collection of recipes you have here. Blessings! :)

Barbara Isbill from New Market Tn 37820 on December 24, 2010:

Looks good. Just included yourlens on my "buttermilk pie" lens. Hope this is OK!

anonymous on December 12, 2010:

For two weeks now I've been craving a curried type egg sandwich and haven't gotten around to making it. I'm pretty sure your best ever egg salad sandwich recipe just saved my life :o)

asiliveandbreathe on November 17, 2010:

Lots of great recipes and ideas here. I must come back and add one of my own recipe lenses to your list.

Tamara14 on November 12, 2010:

I really enjoyed reading this lens. Thanks for creating such a valuable content:-)

anonymous on September 10, 2010:

Blessed by a Bullet * chuckle * couldn't resist, I think it's been a long day! - Kathy

Beth Webster-Duerr from Henrietta, New York on January 20, 2010:

Fabulous comfort food lensography. Salivating just thinking about them. :D Thanks so much for the link add. 5 stars and lensrolling to my recipe lenses.

Patricia on January 12, 2010:

What a great collection! Good to have all in one place. Blessed!

Artemus-Gordon on November 05, 2009:

This is a great list of some of the best comfort food out there. Thanks for sharing your cooking skills with us.

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on October 22, 2009:

I love your lenses and this is one of my faves. ~Blessed~

rubyandmahoney on September 17, 2009:

Yummy looking lens! Thanks for including all these great recipes.

tandemonimom lm on September 07, 2009:

I think I put on 4 or 5 pounds just reading this scrumptious lens!

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on August 07, 2009:

Love these recipes. I can't wait to start cooking.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on July 24, 2009:

I really like the way you have a featured product for each lens. Your chosen products look great as do your lenses.

religions7 on July 22, 2009:

:) great lens. Blessed.

squid-janices7 on June 02, 2009:

Love all your best recipe lenses and it is great that you've put them all in one easy to find place! And thanks for featuring my Best Waffles Ever lens on your blog....much appreciated.

julieannbrady on May 26, 2009:

Brenda, a delectable collection of best ever recipes -- I opted for my eight layer salad as it is like a work of art and is quite a personal recipe -- although you know I do have others! ;)

Joan4 on May 20, 2009:

Wonderful recipes! Now going to see the chocolate fondue recipe - I have a chocolate fondue pot I am giving to a friend - will add your recipe to the gift!

Nan from London, UK on May 14, 2009:

I've added my British roast beef dinner lens. It's a family fave.

anonymous on May 14, 2009:

I love this lens because it is so personal and helps me get to know YOU even better and because it is so well written. So for that Blessings from someone who is priviledged to be sharing so much of her Squidoo journey with you.I have added my gravy lens - yep, I made a lens about gravy, ha ha!

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on May 07, 2009:

What a wonderful lensography! I added my Dump Cake recipe lens to your plexo because it is a favorite, but also because I’ve received so many comments about the title. (I though everyone knew what dump cake was, but was I every wrong!) Thanks for adding this to the plexo on my recipe lensography!

Kate Loving Shenk from Lancaster PA on May 07, 2009:

Wonderful!! and added at the end of my newly created lensography!!

KimGiancaterino on May 05, 2009:

I love the way you designed this lens with surprises throughout. The intro photograph is really beautiful too. Squid Angel Blessed!

Andy-Po on May 01, 2009:

Excellent selection of recipes

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on April 30, 2009:

Love this lens! and the recipes sound scrumptous too! 5*

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on April 26, 2009:

Congratulations on becoming a Giant Squid and also a Squid Angel. Thank you for stopping by and blessing my 'Corner Gas' lens. I am always on the lookout for a good recipe .. you've got some really fabulous ones here! Thanks again.

Jack on April 16, 2009:

This is a great lens, so many good recipes. The Hawaiin potato salad sounds great. I will have to try it.

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on April 09, 2009:

Nice way of collecting your recipe lenses together, much better than a traditional lensography! By the way, the pancake recipe sounds incredible, I'll have to try it out soon.

Dianne Loomos on April 05, 2009:

Brenda, I love this beautiful lens! Welcome to the Hungry Squidz Choice Group. Please stop by the group and grab the blue ribbon for your lens!

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