Your rating: None Average: 5 (2 votes)
Prep time: 60 minutes

Choco-pecan pie

Cake/Pie, Dessert
Melt chocolate and margarine over low heat. Stir in milk, water and eggs and mix well. Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients and pour into pastry shell. Bake 40-45 min or until center is set. Cool, then chill 3 hours.
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Prep time: 20-30 minutes

Dessert Crepes

Snack, Dessert
With a wire whisk, mix the milk, sugar and flour until very smooth. Then beat in the eggs and add the cooled butter and vanilla.
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Prep time: 15 minutes

Pesto Sauce

Puree ingredients together except for cheese and pine nuts. Add puree, pine nuts and cheese to saucepan and heat.
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Your rating: None Average: 5 (1 vote)
Prep time: 30 minutes

Pizza Sauce

A simple, basic pizza sauce with a lot of zest, and lighter than your average delivery pizza sauce.
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Your rating: None Average: 4.7 (3 votes)
Prep time: 10 minutes

Strawberry compote

Sauce, Dessert
In a small sauce pan, heat 1/2 cup water to a simmer. Add the sugar until it dissolves. Simmer and reduce until you have a nice, sticky syrup. Set aside to cool. Separate the strawberries in half. Puree the first half (I just used a masher) and slice the second half. Combine all three ingredients and refrigerate.
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Your rating: None Average: 4.6 (5 votes)
Prep time: 60 minutes

Fudge Float

Blend butter and sugar. Add flour, baking powder, and milk and pour into a 13x9 or 10x10 pan. Mix cocoa, salt, and packed brown sugar and sprinkle over cake mixture. Pour BOILING water over the top (this is easier if the cake is sitting in the oven on a rack that's been pulled out). Bake in preheated oven at 350 for about 40 minutes. Serve warm with lots of milk!
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Your rating: None Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
Prep time: 120 minutes

Merlin's Turkey Chili

Main Dish, Turkey
Rinse and pick over the beans. Cook them in 4 cups of water for 1-2 hours until beans are grown to their full size and tender. Combine the turkey, onions and garlic in a skillet and sear until the meat is lightly browned. Transfer this mixture to a large pot, add the remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour. I'm pretty sure sticking all this in a crockpot and cooking all day will net you a very nice chili.
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Your rating: None Average: 4.3 (6 votes)
Prep time: 60 minutes

Spaghetti Bolognese

Main Dish, Sauce
Combine the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, thyme, garlic, half the salt, and half the onion. Simmer over low heat for at least 30 minutes, but I find that the flavors are best if left to simmer for 3 hours. As near as I can tell you can let this simmer on the lowest heat you can give it all day and it will just get better and better.
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Your rating: None Average: 4.3 (3 votes)
Prep time: 15 minutes

Fettucine in Tomato Cream Sauce

Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Shellfish, Side Dish
Sprinkle the prawns with the mixed chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and kosher salt. I realize I have no actual amounts here, but it's pretty much 'until it looks right'. Oh, cumin and/or mexican oregano would be good in that combination too. Probably chili powder will be the heaviest, but don't skimp on the salt. Saute the prawns in 1/2 tbs butter, and be careful not to overcook them, lest they turn rubbery.
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Your rating: None Average: 4.2 (21 votes)
Prep time: 30-45 minutes

Merlin's Favorite Sloppy Joe

American, Main Dish
Sloppy joes are traditionally kind of cheap tasting and overly salty and overly sweet, and messier than necessary. These sloppy joes have a bit of a tex mex flavor to them from the chili powder, and everyone in the house has to remind themselves that they're full, lest they go back for more. They're savory enough to make the adults happy while still being a fun food with a good texture for children.
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