The Perfect Recipe: Getting It Right Every Time: Making Our Favorite Dishes the Absolute Best They Can Be (Second Edition) by Pam Anderson

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  • NHNonni on November 29, 2011

    Pizza Dough recipe is very good and very useful (8 hour version; 1 hour version).

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  • Beef and broccoli with Szechwan chili sauce

    • sarahawker on January 16, 2017

      Quite good, simple but the elements took more time than expected to prep. Went together quickly afterward. Kids enjoyed but this is not the "sweet" sticky Beef and Broccoli that you get from take-out.

  • The best macaroni and cheese

    • Couture911 on September 20, 2010

      This is really, really good stuff. When I first discovered this recipe I made it over and over again because it was so good. But then everyone's pants started getting tight and I had to switch over to the low-fat version from the Moosewood low-fat cookbook. I still make this from time to time, when I want high-fat, high-carb comfort food.

  • Bacon-wrapped meat loaf with brown sugar-ketchup glaze

    • pvia on May 14, 2015

      My go to meatloaf for years,

    • sarahawker on November 17, 2020

      Solid meatloaf, not dry, plenty of flavor. Favorite of the boys for the bacon alone. I've used all beef, mix of beef and pork and beef and turkey. They all work.

    • louie734 on January 18, 2018

      Just what meatloaf should be. Used meatloaf mix in its equal proportions instead of the extra ground chuck. Seasonings are just right, oatmeal is a great binder, and the glaze is perfect. (Oh! and having no Worcestershire... but, inexplicably, Pickapeppa sauce ... it worked perfectly, and I'd use it again!) I separated this (giant) recipe into 2 smaller meatloaves, which each made 3-4 servings and cooked in slightly less time.

  • Hearty beef stew with green peas and carrots

    • sarahawker on November 17, 2020

      Basic Delicious Stew. It takes awhile, just browning the beef is time consuming, but a couple of times a year this is the recipe we follow.

  • Beef stew with root vegetables

    • sarahawker on November 17, 2020

      This is the recipe that got us eating those CSA turnips. I peel them every time, and a par-boil helps get them as tender as the family wants them.

  • Southern-style corn bread

    • MNR_T on October 02, 2020

      This is so good/easy/gluten-free!

  • Light and fluffy pancakes

  • Cornmeal-citrus cookies

    • KatieK1 on January 03, 2022

      Simply hand-press the dough balls onto the silicone covered cookie sheets. The author's method does not work. That said, the cookies are delicious.

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  • Simple chicken pot pie

    • Kate Cooks the Books

      Yum yum yum. I made this and had my mom and her boyfriend, Rudy (my photography life-coach) over for dinner and everyone loved this dish.

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  • Pizza dough

    • Kate Cooks the Books

      This recipe produces one of the easier crusts I’ve worked with and I hope it will be the same for you.

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  • ISBN 10 0618132694
  • ISBN 13 9780618132690
  • Published Jun 01 2001
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Houghton Mifflin
  • Imprint Houghton Mifflin (Trade)

Publishers Text

Now with a new jacket! A perennial best-seller and Julia Child Award winner by the new food editor of USA Weekend.

This cookbook has won the hearts of America. Pam Anderson meticulously tested classic favorites like fried chicken, hamburger, roast turkey, potato salad, corn bread, strawberry shortcake, apple pie, and brownies to come up with not only the best version but the most convenient one. Her detective work in the kitchen is as much fun to read about as the results are rewarding to cook from. Anderson's obsessive efforts ensure that other cooks will find perfection a breeze.

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