Flaky Pastry Recipe-Confident in the Kitchen-Jean Miller

Flaky Pastry

This Flaky Pastry has been my “no-fail” recipe since 1998. It is easy to handle, has exceptional flavor, and is incredibly flaky. If the idea of making pastry is a bit intimidating, just start with pastry cookies. Preheat oven to 400°F while making a half recipe of Flaky Pastry. After rolling, shape with 3-inch cookie cutters, or use a pizza wheel to cut into squares or triangles. Transfer to a sheet pan, and lightly brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until puffed and golden (9-10 minutes). When cookies emerge as layers of flaky goodness, you will know that you have mastered the technique.

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Turkey Dressing Recipe-Confident in the Kitchen-Jean Miller

Turkey Dressing

My mom used to make this Turkey Dressing every Thanksgiving for my dad. As a child, I peeled the crusts from Wonder Bread, buttered each slice, sprinkled seasonings on top, and then helped tear up the pieces. When Dane and Jessi were little, I had them do the same. Over the years my method evolved. I began using my homemade Bread from Heaven, and inevitably variations emerged. There is just one constant. Thanksgiving is absolutely not Thanksgiving until this dressing is on the table. Miss you, Mom and Dad. Always.

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Autumn Leaf Pumpkin Pie Recipe-Confident in the Kitchen-Jean Miller

Autumn Leaf Pumpkin Pie

Autumn Leaf Pumpkin Pie has enriched our Thanksgiving celebrations for years. It all goes back to 1996, which was the year of pumpkin pie tests. After each, Mark asked for more spices and a deeper dish. After this version, there were no more requests other than I make it more often! It is especially delicious when topped with homemade whipped cream. Growing up, we lived in a world where Cool Whip was all the rage. No one in our family was making whipped cream the old-fashioned way. Then one year, Mark’s mom started serving it at family gatherings, which was the end of the tub.

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Herbed Mashed Potatoes Recipe-Confident in the Kitchen-Jean Miller

Herbed Whipped Potatoes

Herbed Whipped Potatoes is a labor of love. Our daughter, Jessi, absolutely loves mashed potatoes, and so in June of 2006, she and I set out to create the mashed potatoes of our dreams. She wanted rich, flavorful, indulgent potatoes… I wanted potatoes that managed to taste indulgent without all the remorse. We must have succeeded because after we whipped them up for my mother-in-law, she exclaimed… “Oh Jean, these are decadent!”

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Coconut Bars Recipe-Confident in the Kitchen-Jean Miller

Coconut Bars

Grandma Dorothy used to bake these Coconut Bars for Mark’s dad every year for his birthday. Now that Grandma is no longer with us, Mark has taken over the tradition. It’s no wonder that they are his dad’s favorite, the topping separates into two layers during baking, creating a delightfully gooey center. They remind us of pecan pie, but without all the work!

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