(Closed) What’s your best secret recipe?

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
890 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

This is a good post, I wish more people would post. I also wish I had something to contributeFrown

Post # 4
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

  • I use yukon gold potatoes for EVERYTHING potato related. They are creamier and just much tastier. (I like all potatoes, but these are definately my favorite.)
  • When we make tomato soup, bean and bacon soup, etc. from a can. We use half water/half milk. Or all milk if we want it extra creamy. 
  • I use garlic powder, onion powder and pepper instead of salt to season most anything. Mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, frozen/fresh veggies, sauted veggies, grilled anything, all meats, pasta, rice, etc. 
  • I also put pepper into every soup we eat. Fiance has gotten used to it and actually requests more pepper now. We don’t miss the salt at all and it’s definately cut down on our salt intake. Pepper is also healthier for you. 
  • I used a basic cookie base recipe and add whatever we want to it. Chocolate chips, peanut butter chunks, cookie crumbs, M&Ms, nuts; whatever we’ve got laying around. 


Post # 5
1289 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Greek yogurt! My favorite brand is Fage.  I use it to replace mayo and heavy cream in recipes.  Its also great to use in salad dressings and its AWESOME on eggs! Just add a little salt, paprika, garlic, lemon juice and its delish!

Post # 6
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Pot roast with gravy

I make a pot roast that makes it’s own gravy.  I put all of my seasonings in the pan and then add a handful or so of flour.  Mix it up and then turn the roast until it is all coated.  Add potatoes and veggies and a cup or so of water to the bottom of the pan (not over the roast!) Cover with foil and bake at 275 for a minimum of 4 hours.  More for  bigger roasts.  Take out of the oven and let sit for a bit.  The roast should just about fall apart when you cut into it.  Stir the gravy and it’s done. 


Easiest chocolate chip cookies.

1 white cake mix

2 eggs

1 stick of butter

chocolate chips

Mix the first three with a mixer.  It will be thick.  Do not add any liquid.  If you do it by hand, it will take a long time.  Just be patient.  Add chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.  They won’t look fully done.  They will continue to cook after you take them out.  For some reason the first batch takes longer than the rest.


Easiest peanut butter cookies

1 cup of peanut butter

1 cup of sugar

2-3 eggs


Mix and drop by spoonfuls on cookie sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes.  These will also not look done.  Be very careful not to overbake these!

Post # 7
4038 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I haven’t tried it yet, but Gina from Skinny Taste adds a can of black beans to brownie mix instead of eggs/oil. 

Post # 8
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Add butter to your marinara.  Trust.  

Post # 9
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Not really a recipe, but I’ve recently discovered the wonders of cumin! My favorite so far is this salad dressing. It’s great on green salad, or pasta salad:

– 6 tablespoons olive oil

– 3 tablespoons lemon juice

– 1/2 teaspoon cumin (or to taste)

– dash of cayenne pepper


Post # 10
5667 posts
Bee Keeper

Cream cheese. I add it to macaroni and cheese, alfredo sauces, pretty much anything creamy and cheesy. It makes everything soooo much creamier and more delicious!

Post # 11
43 posts

@eimajleigh This would’ve been mine, too. Greek yogurt is a miracle! 

@Mrs Sarah McK: Ughhh stay away from black bean brownies! I’m a health food lover, but I’ve tried three different bbb recipes and none were worth eating. Yuck! 🙁

@Wigglewagon: Love those cake batter cookies! But peanut butter, sugar, and eggs = cookie? Sounds bizzare! 

Post # 13
2950 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Im known throught the entire family for making the absolute BEST MOST AMAZING homemade chicken noodle soup ever. No one has ever asked otherwise!


its already premade! I just add potatoes and carrots to mine, since the bag doesnt have many in it.

Post # 14
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011


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