Simple Recipes for the Good Enough Cook

Here you'll find easy to make recipes that Granny would have loved :-). Nothing too hard to make or too expensive either. Click on the links here if you're looking for something specific.

Three Spice Snickerdoodles

Thumbnail image for Three Spice Snickerdoodles This funny sounding cookie is believed to have originated in New England in the 1800’s. So not only did your grandma likely eat these cookies, but your great-great-great grandma may have had them too! Supposedly the older recipes used cream of tartar and baking soda to make the cookies rise, while the newer recipes just use baking powder. In keeping with tradition, these cookies use cream of tartar. Typically snickerdoodles are made with cinnamon, but this recipe also has ginger and nutmeg for an additional kick of fall spices. They’re soft and cakelike with a slight, buttery tang. These are perfect with a glass of cold milk.…
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Baked Butternut Squash

Thumbnail image for Baked Butternut Squash If you’ve been making most of your buttered vegetable side dishes on the stovetop according to The Granny Plan well, here’s a new twist for you in the side-dish department! If you have just a little more time at home and can wait for something to bake in the oven this kind of recipe will make meal prep just a little easier for you. And, this one is a great side dish for your Thanksgiving table. You can put it in the oven with your turkey just an hour or two before the turkey is done. Saves room on the stovetop for sure.…
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Two Meat Crockpot Chili

Thumbnail image for Two Meat Crockpot Chili This set-it-and-forget-it crockpot meal is sure to please the guys in particular this fall. But then who doesn’t enjoy a hot steaming bowl of comforting chili on a cool night! In a nutshell all you do here is brown the meat on the stove, add the remaining ingredients and pour into your slowcooker. Then turn it on and when you get back home you’ll have a hot meal at the ready. Just make a buttered veggie and add rice or a good bread on side and you’re done!…
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Crockpot Baked Apples

Thumbnail image for Crockpot Baked Apples Nothing says fall than the smell of apples and cinnamon. It makes the entire house smell warm and comforting. These ‘baked’ apples are simple, throw it all in the crock pot and have a fresh warm dessert ready at dinnertime. Served with vanilla ice cream, it’s like apple pie with out the crust. This recipe from Jessica at Simply Healthy Home show how just how simple and easy real food can be! Jessica’s family also loves these apples mixed into a bowl of oatmeal for a warm breakfast.…
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Creamy Potato Soup

Thumbnail image for Creamy Potato Soup I loves me some potato soup! This one from Jessica at Simply Healthy Home looks particularly good. Potato soup is always greeted with excitement in our house by one and all. Usually when I make potato soup I use a mix of broth and heavy whipping cream instead of milk, but I buy a ton of cream for cooking. You might not want to do that, or then again maybe you would ;-). Milk is more affordable than cream in general making this recipe more practical for more families.…
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Chicken Kale Soup

Thumbnail image for Chicken Kale Soup There is nothing like a good soup to kick off a meal.  I love soup all year round but it is most dear to me heading into the fall season. This soup is particularly easy to make. We’re boiling a chicken basically, then browning some onion and garlic. We add the chicken meat, kale and broth then cook the kale for a bit and Bam, we’re done! I’d recommend cooking the chicken ahead of time. I keep chicken broth and cooked chicken handy in the freezer as a shortcut to dishes like this one. Generally the longer greens cook the more easily they are digested so you could also extend the cooking time for the kale.…
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White Country Gravy

Thumbnail image for White Country Gravy This is the simplest gravy ever! Southern kitchens particulary here in Texas serve this white country gravy up with just about everything. Most commonly you'll see it served with Chicken Fried Steak, Chicken Fried Chicken, oh, er, or just about anything fried ;-). It's delicious on mashed potatoes or rice. Gives pretty much everything a little added kick.
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Chicken and Dumplings

Thumbnail image for Chicken and Dumplings This is some real old-fashioned Granny goodness here! Does it get more down-home than Chicken and Dumplings? I don't think so. Now, while this dish isn't a super quick meal it is super easy to make. No tricks here just follow the steps and you've got it.
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