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Fran Fran was a 91 year old widow who had been cooking, baking and entertaining for over 70 years. She died quietly in her home on April 24, 2015.

The recipes in Fran's Kitchen™ are essentially homestyle American dishes, with a few Italian dishes thrown in for good measure.

Choose from any of Fran's 134 recipes, ranging from appetizer's and soups, to main dishes made with chicken, beef, veal, pork, and seafood. Don't forget to top off your meal with one of Fran's delicious desserts!

But there's more to cooking than mere recipes, and that's why her reference section is so important. For beginners, Fran shows you how to read a recipe, teaches you what cooking & baking definitions are, and has an extensive list of kitchen utensils needed in your kitchen.

For the everyday cook, and even for some of you seasoned pros out there, Fran's Kitchen™ has measurement conversion charts, a FAQ's section, food storage guides, kitchen tips, and a herbs & spices section.


Fran's Kitchen™ - From My Home To Yours.

Featured Recipe of the Month - Pork Tenderloin in Bourbon Sauce
Meat That Melts In Your Mouth
Recipe Serves: 4-5
Level of Complexity: Moderate
Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup Bourbon
  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 lbs Pork Tenderloin
Preparation:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350*F.
  2. Mix all ingredients in plastic bag and marinate overnight or for 6 hours.
  3. Place the meat in a baking dish.
  4. Bake at 350*F for 30 minutes.
  5. Let meat rest 8-10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Featured Recipe of the Month - Rolled Sugar Cookies
Delicious Cookies For The Holidays
Recipe Serves: 4 dozen
Level of Complexity: Moderate
Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup Butter
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs, Beaten
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 5 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
Preparation:
  1. Cream together the margarine and sugar, add eggs and sour cream. Beat well.
  2. Sift together the dry ingredients, and add to dough with vanilla.
  3. Set in refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
  4. Roll out dough, cut out shapes, place onto greased cookie sheet.
  5. Sprinkle top with granulated sugar. Bake at 370*F for 12-15 minutes.
  6. For holiday cookies you can ice with colored frosting.

Featured Recipe of the Month - Christmas Pin Wheels
Delicious Cookies Resembling Pin Wheels
Recipe Serves: 2 dozen
Level of Complexity: Moderate
Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Crisco shortening
  • 1/4 cup Margarine
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2-1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 cup Jam or Jelly
Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix shortening, margarine, eggs and sugar.
  3. Stir in flour, salt, baking powder.
  4. Chill at least 1 hour.
  5. Roll 1/3 dough at a time into a 10" square.
  6. Cut into 2-1/2" squares.
  7. Cut Square diagonally from each corner almost to the center.
  8. Place 1/2 tsp jam on each center square and fold ends towards the middle, resembling a pin wheel.
  9. Bake at 400°F for 6 minutes.

Featured Recipe of the Month - Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Give Your Family Peanut Butter Kisses!
Recipe Serves: 3 dozen
Level of Complexity: Moderate
Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Preparation:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Mix shortening, sugars and peanut butter together.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, mixing well.
  4. Form into 1" balls
  5. Roll balls into granulated sugar
  6. Place balls 2" apart on a greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 6 minutes.
  8. Remove cookie sheet from the oven and place an unwrapped Hershey Kiss® on top.
  9. Place cookie sheet back into the oven and bake an additional minute.

Featured Recipe of the Month - Frosty Mandarin Dessert
A Light, Delicious Dessert
Recipe Serves: 12
Level of Complexity: Easy
Ingredients: 

  • 1 (11oz) can Mandarin Orange Sections
  • 2 cups Boiling Water
  • 1 pint Orange Sherbet
  • 2 packages Orange Jello
Preparation:
  1. Drain oranges into a large measuring cup.
  2. Add water to syrup mixture to make 1 cup.
  3. Dissolve jello in boiling water.
  4. Add measured liquid.
  5. Add sherbet by spoonfuls. Stirring until melted.
  6. Chill in until thickened.
  7. Fold in the oranges, reserving some for decoration later.
  8. Pour mixture into individual serving dishes, chill until set.
  9. Add whipped cream to top and garnish with orange slices.
Featured Recipe of the Month - Christmas Cake
An Easy Holiday Dessert
Recipe Serves: 12
Level of Complexity: Moderate
Ingredients: 

  • 1 Pillsbury® White Cake Mix
  • Cool Whip® - or Equivalent Ready Made Whipped Cream
  • Miracle Icing (directions below)
  • Red Ready-To-Use Decorator Icing
  • Green Ready-To-Use Decorator Icing
Preparation:
Cake Directions

  1. Bake cake mix as directed on box.
  2. When cake is done baking let it cool in the pan for 5 mins.
  3. Remove the cake from the pan and place on a cake plate.
  4. Let cake sit for 30 mins, or until thoroughly cooled. Then using a large knife cut the cake in half.
  5. Remove top layer of cake and spread on the whipped cream.
  6. Replace top layer back on the cake.


Miracle Icing Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 cups 10x Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Crisco® Shortening


Miracle Icing Directions

  1. Blend water and sugar together in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil.
  2. Mix egg and 10x sugar well, add syrup mixture. Beat well.
  3. Add shortening. Continue beating until smooth and spreads consistently.


Finishing The Cake

  1. Ice the entire cake using the Miracle icing
  2. Make small leaves on top of the cake using the green ready-to-use icing
  3. Make red berries using the red ready-to-use icing
  4. Make a garnish around the base of the cake using the green ready-to-use icing



 

 

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