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It's JULY!

Summer is here!!

I'm Patti Saunders Mays in Boise, Idaho, and I'm so glad you're here! As the owner of Great Cooking, I'm the one responsible for how often you visit and whether you tell your friends. And I take that responsibility very seriously!

This site is all about casual, easy, affordable recipes that are family friendly and VERY good. I have a robust sense of humor too, so there's lots of that here as well. Enjoy! And please come back often! I update and change things all the time; nothing around here gets stale! (ha! no pun...)                                                                               - Patti

  For yummy summer recipes      using fresh produce from    farmers markets CLICK HERE
              MORE RECIPES BELOW. Keep scrolling!

PS:  Have you heard about my eBook? It's called "Was It Something I Said? Things We All Do That Drive Others Away Without Knowing It (And What To Do Instead)"  Most helpful little eBook ever, and it's only $4.99!  Want to know more?    CLICK HERE

               Ahhh. . . summers in Idaho!

                                    Who says cows don't know
                     how to have a good time?

 (click on links for more info and full recipes)

   How fun is this for the 4th of July!?
  Adults like these just as much as kids!
    3 scoops vanilla ice cream

    1 envelope Pop Rocks candy
       (flavor of your choice)
    1 cup chilled lemon-lime soda
Directions. . . 
Place a scoop of ice cream in a tall glass; sprinkle with one-third of the Pop Rocks. Repeat layers twice. Top with soda. Serve immediately. 


   Kid's Extra-Yummy     Bubbly Summer Drink
                          Prep: 5 minutes
                      Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Ingredients. . . 
1 (12-ounce) can pink lemonade concentrate
4 cups raspberry sherbet
1 (12-ounce) can of lemon/lime soda* (I used Sprite)
Directions. . . 
1. In a pitcher, mix the lemonade concentrate with the recommended amount of water.

2. In a blender, combine the sherbet with 4 cups of the lemonade mixture; mix until combined. Pour into individual glasses. Add the soda, stir gently and serve.
* If this recipe is a bit too sweet for your tastes, substitute club soda for the Sprite. It makes it more "adult-like."

                PERFECT for summer dinners

                                           Black Bean Salad With Lime  (click)
BANG BANG SHRIMP!  Oh boy, oh boy! This recipe is even better than the Bang Bang Shrimp served at Bonefish Grille. Perfect for easy, delicious appetizers on the patio.    Click Here

 Other ideas for hot day eats . . .  hearty Chicken Schnitzel with Artichokes; out-of-this-world Spinach Salad w/Apples & Brie; (BE STILL MY HEART!)     Flank Steak Teriyaki  (fab-o for grilling, and just 5 ingredients); Easy, delicious, no-gimmick  POTATO SALAD  Mmm! This recipe gets RAVES!
For an extra-special summery side dish, use those delectable garden tomatoes for my tomatoes and mozzarrella!  OK - THIS RECIPE IS TO DIE FOR!
And for a breakfast you'll never forget - this is the best French Toast I've EVER had... French Toast Casserole.  It'll knock your sox off. And you make it the night before, so it saves time in the morning. Yessss! (kids and husbands LOVE this!)

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Keep brownies,cakes,cookies, etc. soft by placing a piece of fresh soft bread in with the baked item and then covering with plastic wrap. Baked items absorb moisture from the bread and don't dry out. Works like a charm! If the bread gets hard before you've eaten all the goodies, toss it out and put in a fresh piece.  VOY-OLA! Fresh all over again.


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       Did you know. . .
Peanuts are SUPER 
It's true! They're bulging with nutrients! They're loaded with resveratrol (the whopper antioxidant found in RED WINE and GRAPES). They're also a terrific source of protein and contain ALL amino acids. And they cost - peanuts! (Sorry for the pun. Couldn't stop myself.)

So indulge! Nutritionists say that just a handful of peanuts a day
provides enough antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and protein to meet recommended daily requirements. These little gems are right up there with the big boys! WHO KNEW??

                  Good grief. . . Peanuts!

Peanuts gang cook healthy recipes and chicken recipes - usually 5 ingredients or less


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