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How to Make a Perfect Roast Chicken Every Time

You can make a perfect roast chicken. Roasting a whole chicken at home is easy. Follow a few basic steps and you'll know how to roast a perfect chicken every time.      If you are a regular reader here at Just One Donna, you know I'm all about food that is delicious, easy to prepare, and good for you.  A roasted chicken fits all of those requirements.  What's more, the leftovers will be great for additional meals during the week. Easy Oven-Roasted Chicken We use affiliate links and receive a small compensation to support publishing this blog when you shop. Donna's Easy Roasted Chicken Getting into the habit of roasting a chicken every weekend is just good meal management for busy people.  Having a roasted chicken in your fridge means you'll always have the start of a delicious meal ready to go.  Leftovers are easily turned into a delicious chicken salad, chicken soup, chicken tacos, chicken pot pie, and more. Those grocery store rotisserie chickens a

Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping

Just as soon as the calendar flipped to October I predictably started craving all things pumpkin.  Today's recipe is a twofer because this one recipe makes either pumpkin bread, muffins, or both.  Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Muffins This post includes affiliate links for your shopping convenience. Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping Choose whichever form of baked good you prefer and this one recipe will be all that you need.  If you are like me, you'll choose to make a loaf of pumpkin bread  and  a dozen streusel-topped muffins and get the best of both worlds.

One-Pot American Chop Suey

Whether you call it American Chop Suey or Goulash, this dish is sure to please both the kids and adults at your dinner table. You'll be happy because this is truly a one-pot recipe that is ready to serve in about 40 minutes. How great is that? You'll also love that this recipe makes enough to feed at least eight people.  That makes it perfect for a family dinner or to eat now and freeze for later. American Chop Suey   When you shop using the affiliate links we receive compensation. You'll love that you can make American Chop Suey in one pot on top of your stove, or like me in a Ninja Cooking System using the stovetop setting.  I like using the Ninja Cooking System because I often make this for family dinners and switch to the buffet setting on the Ninja after it is done cooking to keep it warm for seconds helpings.  When making this dish in a pot on your stovetop, choose a heavy pot, like a Dutch oven. That will all

Zucchini Gratin Casserole

I look forward to the abundant supply of fresh produce that summer brings.  I also plant a small vegetable garden to ensure I will have plenty of my favorites like peas, beets, string beans, tomatoes, and zucchini. The trouble with zucchini is that there can be too much of a good thing.  What do you make when you have too much zucchini? That's when recipes like this Zucchini Gratin Casserole come in very handy.  You can use up a lot of zucchini with this recipe.  A Summer Squash Casserole  This is a versatile vegetable casserole that is oh, so easy to make.  I love the leftovers for lunch the following day.  I think you will, too. Use medium-sized squash for consistent results.  You can make it with all zucchini squash, all yellow squash, or a mixture of the two.   Don't be afraid to use the squash that has gotten too big in the garden.  Just cut the pieces smaller and remove the seeds if they are large. I use heavy cream to make the sauce

Cinnamon Quick Bread

This recipe for cinnamon quick bread is a keeper.  You are going to love it for the easy preparation, simple ingredients, and tasty flavor.   It makes a perfect pairing with your morning coffee or a tasty snack cake.  I'm confident once you make it you'll bake it over and over again. Cinnamon Quick Bread When I tell you this is simple and easy, I mean it.  I made this bread with my three-year-old granddaughter with success.  She loved eating it, too! It will take you about ten minutes to mix the ingredients by hand and fifty minutes to bake in the oven.  If you want to make it as a fresh breakfast treat, assemble the ingredients the night before, have the pan greased and ready to go, and you'll be able to serve the warm bread in about 90 minutes. I like to let this bread cool completely before cutting because it holds together best when cool.  The cinnamon bread is also delicious the next day so don't be afraid to bake it i

A Tasty Summer Pasta Salad

The heat of summer and the increased opportunity for casual outdoor eating begs for a pasta salad. Most people I know have their go-to favorite. Mine is this Italian Pasta Salad made with tri-color pasta. I love how colorful this pasta salad is to start. It is a feast for the eyes. Taste it and you'll realize your eyes did not deceive you. The flavors in this salad are a feast for your taste buds.  No boring salads are allowed on my table! My Italian Pasta Salad with Tri-Color Rotini This post contains affiliate links.  When you purchase through these links you help support the costs of publishing this blog. A Summer Pasta Salad Packed with Flavor I always make this Italian Pasta Salad with tri-color pasta because it adds to the visual appeal. You don't have to choose tri-color, but choose a pasta with some substance. I like rotini or bowtie pasta . You want a pasta with a surface that will absorb the flavor of the dressing. Choose colorful vegetables.  For tod

How to Doctor Up Store-Bought Potato Salad

Here's a potato salad time-saver for you just in time for summer cookouts. You'll love how you can transform grocery store potato salad so easily no matter whether you are hosting a BBQ or bringing a side dish for a summer barbecue. When you need a quick potato salad, and no time to make one from scratch, that ordinary store-bought potato salad you have in your refrigerator can go from blah to amazing in just a few minutes with just a few ingredients. There's no judgment here. We don't always have the time to make a potato salad from scratch. Sometimes it is just easier to stop by your local grocery store to pick up a container of the store-made potato salad. It's good. It's predictable.  It will do.  All it needs is a little doctoring. How to Make Store-Bought Potato Salad Better Take Your Potato Salad from Blah to AH-Mazing! How to Doctor Up Potato Salad to have a little more flavor? You're going to a potluck picnic or you are having p