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Grab-and-Go Oatmeal Chia Cups

Grab-and-Go Oatmeal Chia Cups

I work from home, but even though I may not be actually going anywhere, I still appreciate a quick breakfast that I can grab from the fridge.

I tend to procrastinate this most important meal of the day, sipping my coffee and checking email before plunging into work. Before long, it’s ten o’clock and hunger pangs have set in.

I love opening my fridge to see these oatmeal and chia cups waiting for me.

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Chicken Minestrone with Basil Pesto

Chicken Minestrone with Basil Pesto

You don’t really need a recipe for minestrone, so think of this recipe as more of a guideline.

The key ingredients to this ubiquitous Italian soup are beans, pasta, and tomatoes. Beyond that, you can add whatever vegetables are in season, leftover chicken from another meal, or any number of things.

What’s fresh and in season? What do you have in your crisper drawer or pantry already? Take this recipe and make it your own!

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Dump Cake from Scratch

How to Make Dump Cake from Scratch

I was first introduced to the concept of a dump cake when I was in high school. It quickly became a favorite of my mom’s because it was so easy and convenient – and, of course, everyone loved eating it!

Classic dump cakes, my mom’s included, were made with canned pie filling, a box of dry cake mix, and melted butter. The ingredients were dumped into the pan — fruit first, then cake mix, followed by the melted butter. No mixing; just layer and bake.

The whole thing came out of the oven resembling something between a cobbler and streusel.

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How to Make Easy Refrigerator Pickles

Refrigerator Pickles

Pickle chips are essential for hamburgers and sandwiches. Did you know that you can easily make them yourself at home?

With this method for refrigerator pickles, you don’t need to get out the canning equipment or have any special pickling know-how.

They’re made with a simple brine and pickle in just 24 hours right in the fridge. They’ll keep for up to a month — if they last that long!

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Chocolate Cranberry Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Cranberry Muffins

These absolutely gorgeous Chocolate Cranberry Zucchini Muffins are from a new cookbook that I’m really enjoying right now. It’s called The Cranberry Cookbook, and it’s by none other than Sally Vargas, one of our Simply Recipes contributors!

The pages of this cookbook are full of ideas for incorporating cranberries into every meal of the day.

Didn’t think you needed that many cranberry recipes? Think again! As usual, Sally has hit it out of the park and given us a collection of recipes that are sure to become favorites.

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Bakery-Style Cinnamon Rolls

Bakery Style Cinnamon Roll

My mom lives in a small mining town nestled among the mountains of rural Nevada, and in that town is a gem of a deli-cafe run by a Mennonite family. This family makes the most enormous, fluffy cinnamon rolls slathered in sticky cream cheese frosting that I have ever seen.

Those cinnamon rolls were exactly what I channeled while working on this recipe. I wanted to deliver a recipe for big, puffy, bakery-style cinnamon rolls that anyone can make at home.

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4 Tips for Making the Best Cinnamon Rolls Ever

Cinnamon Rolls

In the Midwest where I live, we like to eat cinnamon rolls for dinner alongside a steaming bowl of chili. The combination of sweet and savory satisfy our comfort food requirements for long cold winters.

That being said, we also like cinnamon rolls for breakfast, brunch, bake sales, and other special occasions. When you eat them as often as we do, baking the perfect roll is practically a household requirement.

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