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Pumpkin Scones

Are you ready for another pumpkin recipe?  After all, it is pumpkin month, right?  Isn't October pumpkin month?  Well, it is at my house.  As a result, I've had pumpkin on my mind. I recently caught a glimpse of some pumpkin scones at one of my favorite local coffee shops.  I looked but didn't sample the day I saw them.  That's always dangerous because the thought of those scones got stuck in my brain in the same way the song, Mama Mia, just won't leave me after I hear it.  You know what I mean, don't you? Scones are a funny baked good.  They seem like a cross between a biscuit and a muffin.  At their best, scones have a crisp exterior with a soft, tender crumb.  Scones are lovely with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Making scones is surprisingly easy.  The one key to successful scones is not to overwork your batter.  Just stir until the mixture just comes together. Freezing unbaked scones makes it possible to have a warm scone with your morning coffee any time

How to Make a Perfect Roasted Chicken Every Time

Roasting a whole chicken at home is easy.  That's why when you open my refrigerator, any day and any time of year, you are likely to find a roasted chicken there.   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 Roasted Chicken This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.  I receive a small compensation when you shop with these links that support publishing this blog. 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

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.  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. Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Muffins Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping The recipe below provides enough streusel topping to top two loaves of bread, twenty-four muffins or one loaf of bread, and one dozen muffins.  The topping is not required but the sweet crunch is a very nice addition.  The bread and muffins will be delicious if you choose not to use the topping. I chose to make my pumpkin bread without the streusel topping and the muffins with the streusel topping. That's because this recipe started as my mom's recipe

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 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 This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  When you shop with these kinks we receive compensation. American Chop Suey is a bowl of comfort brought to you by the tasty combination of ground beef, elbow macaroni. tomato sauce and Italian seasoning.   The only thing in this recipe that links this dish to chop suey is a few tablespoons of soy sauce for depth of flavor. I make my American Chop Suey in my Ninja Cooking System using the stovetop setting, but it can easily be made in a large

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