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Please recommend your fave Joy of Cooking recipes

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Hi all,

I have an old Joy of Cooking. I've heard that the recipes are inconsistent- some are great, others not so great. Just thought I'd see if I can get some recommendations for recipes that you all have tried and enjoyed enough to make again. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Banana Bread. Their recipe calls for lemon zest -- it's great, and do add some toasted walnuts or pecans.

    1. I've always been happy with the basic sauce recipes. Mostly simple and easy - good for a fondation in cooking, i think. Also, the cheese puffs never fail.

      The cocktail recipes are good if you don't know how to make an old-fasioned, etc.

      But some of the more complicated dishes can be frustrating. You have to refer back to a kazillion things. It can become annoying. Or a pleasure, depending on your level of commitment to a certain dish.

      1. Gingersnaps, though I add extra ginger.

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          parkslopemama

          Hello twinmommy,

          I still enjoy many recipes from my old Joy of Cooking, although some of them need a little extra flavor: Hungarian chicken paprikas (substituting hot paprika for regular), clam sauce for pasta (adding extra garlic), mashed sweet potatoes with ginger, quiche lorraine (with 1/2 the amount of milk), and basic roll-cookie dough for Christmas cookies.

          P.S. I don't know how old your twins are, but having them sprinkle colored sugar on the roll cookies can be really fun!

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          1. re: parkslopemama

            My little ones just turned 2 so I'm probably going to hold off on baking with them for a bit more time. But I've already been thinking about showing them how to make cookies, bread, etc. and I just bought some cookie cutters for the occasion!

            1. re: parkslopemama

              My little ones just turned 2 so I'm probably going to hold off on baking with them for a bit more time. But I've already been thinking about showing them how to make cookies, bread, etc. and I just bought some cookie cutters for the occasion!

            2. I learned how to make a quiche 25+ years ago using the "master" recipe from The Joy of Cooking. I don't need to use the recipe anymore but I found that it was an easy basis to start with when first learning. You can adapt the recipe easily to change the flavors.

              However, when my husband became enamored with Atkins I went back to Joy and sure enough they had a recipe for crust-less quiche. The small addition of flour is minimum so this recipe is great for the 2nd stage.