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Merlin's BBQ sauce

Sauce
Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Simmer. Adjust until you're happy with it.
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Prep time: 30-120 minutes

Chewy Sugar Cookies

Dessert
I like my sugar cookies to be moist and chewy so that they melt in your mouth. This turned out to be basically the perfect sugar cookie for me. Covered with cinnamon sugar it's a marvelous snickerdoodle.
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Prep time: 15 minutes

Brine jerk

This should be enough to brine about a dozen chicken breasts. Mix well, making sure salt is dissolved. Flatten the chicken breasts. Put the chicken in and put something heavy on it to make sure it stays submerged. Brine overnight.
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Prep time: 45 minutes

Skaarup's Chocolate fudge

Dessert
Line a 9x9 pan with aluminum foil and set aside. Place chocolate chips, vanilla, and marshmallow creme into a 3 quart saucepan (or pyrex bowl) and set aside. Chop walnuts and set aside. Heat milk at medium setting until warm and add sugar. Bring to a rolling boil (medium-high), stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Continue to boil for about 8 minutes (if using a candy thermometer, continue boiling until temperature reaches 235 F), but do not exceed 9 minutes rolling boil total. Remove from heat and add butter. Stir until dissolved, but no more than 30 seconds.
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Prep time: 60 minutes

Turkey Shepherd's Pie (Merlin's Modifications)

Main Dish, Turkey
Prepared mashed potatoes by first boiling the potatoes, then mashing them together with the sour cream, margarine, buttermilk and salt. Set aside. In a pan, saute the onion, carrot and mushroom in the olive oil until everything is soft, and the mushrooms are cooked down a bit. Then add the turkey, and cook until it's brown. Add the thyem, rosemary, flour and salt; stir until the flour is fairly uniformly distributed into the mess. Add the broth, simmer until thickened.
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Prep time: 15 minutes

Herbed Bread

Bread
Goes in the bread machine on basic settings.
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Creamy Spinach Parmesan

Side Dish, Vegetable
Heat large skillet to medium-high (350 F for an electric skillet). Add butter and melt, quickly adding garlic and allow to brown for 1 minute. Add the spinach, reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, until it wilts and much of the juices evaporate. Depending on the moisture of the spinach, it may exude quite a bit of liquid. Cook until there is 3-4 tbs of liquid left. Add the cream and cook for 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle in parmesan and mix - it may be a bit thin, give it a minute in the pan.
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Prep time: 15 minutes

Clam Chowder

Shellfish, Soup
Immerse the carrots, potatoes and onion in the juice from the canned clams--this should come out to around 4 cups of liquid. If it's less, supplement with a little water. Add a bay leaf and the salt, and gently boil until the potatoes and carrots are tender. Remove the bay leaf when done. Meanwhile, chop the bacon into very small bits, and fry over medium heat. You're looking to get the fat out of the bacon, but you'll be keeping this.
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Prep time: 30 minutes

Lemon Curd

Snack, Fruit, Sauce, Dessert
In a stainless steel bowl over a saucepan of simemring water, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and lemon juice until blended. Cook, stirring constantly to prevent curdling, until the mixture becomes thick (160 F or 71 C). This will take about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately pour through a strainer to remove lumps. Cut the butter into small pieces and whisk into the mixture until the butter is melted. Add the zest and let cool. The curd will continue to thicken as it cools. Cover immediately and refrigerate up to two weeks. Makes 1 1/2 cups
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Almost Irish Creme

Dessert
Mix in a saucepan and warm a bit until the ingredients are well mixed.
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