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Make Your Own Malts

For the last several years, my family has maintained a weekly tradition called "Ecletic Family Dinner" (EFD for short). This is a standing date for a home-cooked meal. No invite is necessary, just come when you can. The reason we call it "eclectic" is because a multitude of extended family members, roommates, friends and significant others have been included - at one time or another - when living in the area. The beauty of EFD is that we see lots of people we love. The challenge is in feeding so many people! That's why I recently offered to handle dessert - by preparing Ice Cream Parlor Malts. They are quick, delicious and (best of all) customizable! So everyone gets what they want.

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Eggs Perfect for any Occasion

EGGS...You can dress them up or dress them down.  You can eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  They're loaded with protein and are an important part of any diet.  Whether you eat them fried, scrambled, poached, or deviled...it makes no difference.  Eggs are awesome! For our annual camping trip to Lake Michigan (which is right around the corner), we always look for easy, delicious recipes to incorporate into our campfire cookouts.  See, the best part of camping for us is always THE FOOD! 

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Take Me Back to Italy with Tiramisu Torte

Visiting Italy has been on my "bucket list" since grade school. I've always wanted to experience the art, the beautiful landscapes, the history and the food. So, last fall when I had the opportunity to travel there with my whole family, I was thrilled! We saw the Mediterranean Sea, The David, real gondolas and more. Tiramisu quickly became our favorite Italian food (as you can see, we practically licked our plates clean). So, at each stop along the way we sampled the delicious tiramisu that region of the country had to offer.  

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Grilling Decadence -- Butter on a Steak

I love the simplicity of summer grilling. Throw some veggies in foil with butter and herbs, and salt some chicken, steak or fish and grill. So, as if that wasn't wonderful enough, I decided to take my grilling over the top -- by adding a pat of Caramelized Onion Butter to the top of my grilled steak. There's a restaurant in town known for serving their steak with a pat of butter -- you know, the kind of place that charges $35 or more for a steak. Well, I enjoyed this same decadence on my breezy deck, with a steak that cost less than half that amount, and, I dare to say, mine was even more amazing with onion butter!

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Banana - not Coconut! - Pie for Grandpa

Soon after my parents were first married, my mom set about to make pies for a Sunday dinner at her new mother-in-law's house. She had heard my dad rave about how much he loved coconut cream pie and wanted to surprise him! After dinner, she asked the group cheerily, "Who would like some coconut cream pie?" My dad blurted out, "No, thanks. I can't stand coconut cream pie!" Turned out banana cream pie was his favorite, but my mom was sure he'd said coconut. Not one to just let things go, she cut him a big slice and set it in front of him. He put a lot of effort into eating every last bite!

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By Liz
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Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen Experts

The Test Kitchen creates the Land O'Lakes recipes you trust. Take a look behind the scenes to learn how they do it.

Friends of the Test Kitchen

Get inspired by our favorite bloggers as they invite you in their kitchen to dish on recipes and feeding those they love.

Special Guest

• Ree Drummond •

As a busy mom who writes about food, family and living on her ranch in Oklahoma, the kitchen is Ree's frontier.

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• Sadie •

Sadie is a creative cook who looks for culinary inspiration everywhere. Her family's small dairy farm in Minnesota has been a part of the Land O'Lakes cooperative since 2005.

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