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Ahhh... those carefree days of summer. Didn't it seem like they went on for years rather than months? I loved every second and remember them so clearly. I have LOTS of great recipes for you! Scroll down to see them right now.


And isn't it great that they're more popular than ever! The message to "buy local produce for optimum health" is really taking hold. And local produce is good for everybody - not just you and your family, but for all of our local economies! 

Hello all my wonderful foodies! I'm Patti Saunders Mays in SUNNY Boise, and I'm so glad you're here! My Great Cooking Ideas website has been up and running for 5 whole years already. I can't believe it myself. And still - every single day I get so many visitors! Not just from Idaho and not just the US, but from all over the world! It still baffles me. How do people in China, France and India know about my website? I don't remember putting up billboards over there. . .

But no matter where you're from, I appreciate each and every one of you more than I can say. As you know, I'm the one responsible for how often you visit and whether you tell your friends. And I take that responsibility seriously!

I'm all about easy, affordable recipes that are family friendly and extra tasty, so those are what I try to feature most. And the  RECIPE SECTION keeps getting bigger and better, so take your time and explore. Have fun!  - Patti

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              Summers in Idaho.What's not to love? 

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              NEW RECIPES . . .                         
  I just LOVE fresh pineapple!
And it's inexpensive right now, too, so we have it quite often. To serve, I like to cut it into big chunks, and then put out a big bowl of sour cream and another one of brown sugar. Stab the pineapple chunk with a fork, then dip in sour cream, then in brown sugar. It is OUT OF THIS WORLD GOOD, and so easy for summer! This also works wonderfully with fresh strawberries! Try it! Everybody loves it!!

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         (which is really a super-easy "poke" cake)

One of my favorite recipes is this one, from my friends at THE POST-IT PLACE. All you do is make a vanilla cake (from a mix), poke holes in it (I use the end of a wooden spoon), pour a can of condensed milk (not canned milk), and then add the strawberries, which you've cooked a bit and mixed with a little sugar. This is SO GOOD. Here are step-by-step pictures and great directions:

       Good! Easy
1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice, 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes), 1 cup triple sec orange liqueur, 3 cups ice, 1 cup silver tequila, 1 lime cut in wedges, optional Kosher salt (for rim).
Mix it all up in a blender and serve to very happy guests Mmmm!! So Yummy! 
    Really pretty, too.


Here's something you ALL need a recipe for: GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES! :)

But I'll tell you what - my friend Ria let me in on her secret for the best gourmet grilled cheesies known to man.

The first time we had these I served with just a big tossed salad. OMGOSH IT WAS DELICIOUS! What you do is - get a special bread that you really like (regular bread works too, but we love San Francisco Sourdough) and use JARLSBERG CHEESE instead of cheddar or Swiss. But the secret is to sprinkle a little (not much!) CELERY SALT on each buttered side as they're cooking. Man, oh man... I want to eat these every single day!

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OUT OF THIS WORLD GUACAMOLE  I've tried so many recipes for guacamole and in my opinion this one tops 'em all. Easy, too!  Click here


 BUT WAIT! There's more. . . 
CUKES & ONIONS  This is another super easy recipe with just 5 ingredients. It's always popular and sure hits the spot on a hot day. Try it alone or spoon some on top of a green salad. I don't know - it's just extra delicious. Kind of old-fashioned, or grandma-ish.

How about PULLED PORK!? It's so versatile and everybody loves it. Serve with TOMATOES & MOZZARELLA 


 For dessert, by far my two most popular recipes are moist and delicious CHOCOLATE CHUNK CAKE  (above) and my MOM'S POPPY SEED CAKE which gets raves every time. And the best part - THEY BOTH START W A MIX! Yess!.

Also big on the request list is my SUPER SIMPLE LEMON PIE.  Or try this dessert just made for a special get-together: ROOT BEER FLOAT CAKE.  soooo good.
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