7 Examples of Perfect Summer Peach Dishes

 

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Driving along the highway in south Texas, just the right time of year, the peach stands open up all over the place, with huge baskets of juicy, plump, fresh peaches that make your mouth water and your heart beat fast with anticipation of such delicious pleasure!

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A couple of times, we have even ventured out as a family, visiting peach orchards to pick our own baskets full of peaches for enjoying.  This is so much fun and elicited great family memories!

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So today we are presenting 7 examples of perfect summer peach dishes – whether you were able to run out and pick your own, pluck some juicy fresh ones from a local farmers market, order from your local Greenling, or simply bring some home from the grocery store.

(Clicking on the title of each of these dishes will take you to the detailed printable recipe, photo, and ability to save the recipe, add ingredients to your shopping list, or share the recipe with a friend.)  Here goes!

1. First, a delicious Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler – slow cooker desserts are nice for not heating up the kitchen, and mixing all the ingredients ahead, then cooking while you’re working on other dishes.  Peaches mixed with rolled oats, butter and spices – yum!

 

2. Peach Smoothies are a healthy and delicious way to enjoy fresh peaches (or frozen, if you’ve saved them for the rest of the year).

 

3. Roasted Peach and Cheddar Biscuit Sandwiches – macerated peaches and cheddar on a buttermilk biscuit; breakfast, lunch, snack … as you please.

 

4. Fresh Peach Lemonade is one of our favorite summer beverages – fresh, chopped peaches and fresh lemon juice make a winning combination.

 

 

5. Peaches and Cream Pockets – easy recipe using crescent roll dough for a crust wrapped around fresh peach slices and cream cheese filling, baked up for a sweet, tasty treat any time.

 

6. Gingered Peach Jam – only 5 simple ingredients and no canning knowledge required with this easy recipe for making your own jam!

 

 

7. Tomato and Peach Salad – fresh heirloom tomatoes, peaches, and corn topped off with a little feta and lightly seasoned bread crumbs.

 

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So, how do you like your fresh summer peaches?  Do you save them for the rest of the year by freezing, canning, preserving as jam or pie filling, or something else?

We would love to hear about your favorite summer peach dishes!

Remember you can keep track of all your favorite recipes right here in your own online cookbook account at Dish Dish – absolutely free!  (Share recipes, find your favorites, create shopping lists and menus, and access from around the world whenever you need them.)

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5 Gadgets for Organizing the Pantry

 

 

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Do you open your pantry door and cringe at the overload of items?  Does it ever seem like the “pile” may soon overwhelm you and is always making it difficult to find what you need?

Well, ditch the overwhelm by using these 5 gadgets to organize your pantry, making it easy to find what you need, and saving you time and money!  Save time when planning and prepping for meals, and save money by not buying more at the grocery store of what is already sitting in your pantry.

Before taking a look at gadgets, though, come up with a basic plan for organizing the pantry into sections of items for similar uses.  For example, perhaps your sections would be something like the following: Baking, Cereals & Breakfast, Canned Goods, Snacks, Seasonings & Cooking, Beverages & Supplies, Paper Goods.

1. Storage Containers and Labels
Consider using storage containers that are see-through for easy identification (and similar in design for an eye-pleasing view) and label them, if desired, with chalkboard labels and white chalk markers.  Get creative with containers and labels and have a good time with this part!

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2. Tall Wire or Chrome Shelves
If you have tall shelves, use a wire or chrome pantry-shelf  for double-stacking items and providing more space in any section where you need it.  (Consider your overall plan and sections to see which areas most need extra space).

 

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3. Door or Wall Rack
Use a door or wall wrap rack for storing and organizing all those boxes of saran wrap, aluminum foil, baggies, and other similar items in one place, easy to reach (without cutting yourself on the box).

 

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4. Under-shelf Racks
Another item that is helpful if you have tall shelves is an under-shelf wire rack basket, allowing you to add a little more space in sections as needed.  This could be a great way to store saran wrap and foil if a door or wall rack is less feasible in your pantry.

 

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5. Layered Can Racks
For canned goods, you could consider a can rack to store canned goods where they are easily visible, layered simply, and can be stored with extras in the back to keep the oldest ones in front and ready to use first.

 

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For a quick recap:

* plan your pantry sections first,
* clean out and discard old outdated items,
* ready yourself with appropriate containers, shelf helpers, and labels,
* and in no time at all you will have an organized, easy-to-use, visually pleasing pantry to enjoy!

What are your ideas for pantry organizing?  Do you have some tips to share with us that helped you get the kitchen organized?  We would love to hear them!  Just leave us a comment below.

Remember to organize your favorite recipes here at Dish Dish, so you can declutter your kitchen drawers and shelves and find the recipes you like when you need them – in the kitchen, while shopping, or for sharing with friends!

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7 Tips for Terrific Turkey

 

 

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This year and every year, especially if you are making a roasted turkey, these tips will prove useful.  Whether this is your first year to make the Thanksgiving turkey or if you just like cooking turkey any time of year to have fresh turkey meat (the leftovers always make great sandwiches and freeze well for soups later), these tips will come in handy. 
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1. Buying the Turkey

When buying your turkey, plan to purchase a little less than one pound of turkey per person (since you will be removing the weight of the bones and other inedible portions of the turkey).

2. Thawing the Turkey

If you purchase a frozen turkey, be sure to take it out of the freezer in plenty of time for thawing before the big day.  A 12-15 pound turkey will need 3-4 days thawing time in the fridge, and an 18-20 pound turkey could use between 4 and 5 days in the fridge to completely thaw.    If you forget to pull it out of the freezer that early, thaw it quickly by submerging the turkey (still in packaging) in cold water (breast side down) and change the water every hour until the turkey thaws.

3. Prepping the Turkey

For a simple roasted turkey, rub the inside of the turkey with salt, then stuff the turkey with a quartered onion, 2 (or more) cloves of smashed garlic, and 1 quartered lemon; rub the top with some butter or oil and salt and pepper before roasting.  Of course, you can always add some fresh herbs inside the turkey or sprinkle the outside with some sage and rosemary as well.

4. Roasting the Turkey

Roast the turkey upside down (breast side  down) so the juices will flow down into the bulk of the meat as it cooks.  Start with the oven at 400 degrees F for the first 20-30 minutes to brown the bird sufficiently, then reduce the heat to 325 degrees F for remainder of roasting time (about 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours, depending on the weight of your bird – and meat thermometer should read 165 degrees when inserted in the deepest part of thigh or breast).

5. Covering the Turkey

If the turkey begins to brown too quickly or you want to keep the moisture in and around the turkey well, loosely tent it over with aluminum foil; try to keep the foil from touching the skin of the turkey.

6. Letting the Turkey Sit

After removing the turkey from the oven, allow it to sit in the pan for 15-30 minutes before carving (it will continue to cook a little while in the pan); this makes it hold up better while carving.

7. Topping the Turkey with Gravy 

We think turkey is always best when served with gravy, so whip up a simple version with the pan drippings:

Stir 1/4 cup of pan drippings (or butter) with 1/4 cup flour until smooth in a saucepan over medium heat; gently whisk in 2 cups of hot broth, whisking constantly to avoid lumps.  Reduce the heat to low and continue to whisk / stir until thickened and ready to serve, about 5-8 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper, if needed.  Enjoy!

 

We hope these 7 Tips for Terrific Turkey are helpful.  Do you have some favorite tips to share with other Dish Dish members?  Leave us a comment with your suggestions and ideas, too. We love to hear from you!

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4 Types of Stuffed Peppers – Hot Stuff

 

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Do you love the flavor of peppers, all kinds of peppers, hot, mild, stuffed, roasted, sauteed – in soups, casseroles, or served with a main dish?  Soon we will be harvesting all kinds of fresh peppers!  So today we’re sharing 4 types of stuffed peppers for your summer dish repertoire, hot stuff and some not-so-hot, for whichever you prefer most.

When you are picking peppers for stuffing, or cooking with, there are so many varieties from which to choose.  The simple bell pepper variety (mild and sometimes sweet) includes Candy Bells, Cajun Belles, and the Islander – to name a few – and ranges in color from green to yellow, red, or purple.  If you are looking for some hot stuff, consider chile peppers, Poblano, Cayenne,  or Jalapeno.  Lots of colors and flavors as options!

Today we will look at 4 types of stuffed peppers to enjoy this summer.

1. Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers –  This is a delicious vegetarian dish.  Yellow and red bell peppers are stuffed with a mixture of quinoa, black beans, and vegetables along with a little cheese, then baked and topped with grated cheese before serving.  A filling and colorful stuffed pepper dish worthy of guests any day.

 

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2. Taco Filled Peppers – Fill some sweet green bell peppers with seasoned taco meat and kidney beans and top off with some cheese and tomatoes.  This dish is ready in just over half an hour, making it an easy week-night stuffed pepper dish.

 

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3. Stuffed Jalapeno Firecrackers – These stuffed peppers make a great appetizer for a party or special event.  Jalapenos filled with cream cheese, seasoned with garlic and cheddar cheese, and wrapped in bacon before being baked and broiled.  This recipe includes flavorful variations like pineapple cream cheese or jalapeno bacon, for a really unique and spicy twist to a stuffed pepper dish.

 

4. Guacamole Stuffed Poblano Peppers – Roasted poblano peppers stuffed with guacamole and shredded lettuce.  They make a wonderful light lunch or a unique side dish with tacos or enchiladas.

So, what is your favorite way to enjoy fresh peppers?  Which ones are your favorites to cook with and to stuff?  Please let us know in the comments below.

Remember you can keep all your favorite recipes along with photos and notes (either private or public) here at Dish Dish in your own online cookbook with your free account!  




5 Recipes for Grilling at a Memorial Day Cookout

 

 

Who is ready for a cookout this weekend?  We are!  We put together 5 recipes for grilling this Memorial Day weekend, as families across the country remember those who have given their lives for our country’s freedom and then gear up to kick off the summer grilling season.

1. First, we have Pineapple Marinated Baby Back Ribs topped with sweet, sliced pineapple – hot off the grill!  Just be sure to allow 8 hours or overnight time for these ribs to marinate before cooking.

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2. Next up are some Grilled Lemon and Herb Salmon Packs
 – the perfect choice for a seafood healthy dish for the family cookout.  The salmon is grilled with the seasoned rice and topped with lemon slices and fresh herbs; a light and refreshing blend of flavors.

 

3. Sweet BBQ Chicken Kabobs make an easy and quick cooking dish for a cookout, and it’s easy to incorporate colorful, tasty vegetable options as well.  Use the vegetables listed in the recipe or incorporate your own favorites.

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4. Let’s not forget some Grilled Corn, too!  
Cover it with a little seasoned butter before wrapping in foil or after cooking, giving an added twist to the flavor – perhaps some Tomato and Herb Butter, Caesar Butter or Roasted Jalapeno Butter.  Wow, that has my mouth watering already!

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5. And last but not least, the Black and Blue Burger with Bacon and Avocado
for if you just have to have a burger when you hold a cookout – an explosion of flavor, including a special sauce made with yellow mustard, mayonnaise and Worcestershire. (Photo by RAPHAEL MAKSIAN on Unsplash)

 

 

Lest we forget that there are other important dishes to include when having a cookout – here are a few sides and a dessert that would go great with any main cookout dish  – Potato salad, KFC Style Cole Slaw, Layered Salad, and Strawberry Trifle Dessert.

Long weekends and holidays are a great time to jot down and save favorite family recipes (before they are forgotten or lost), take pictures of dishes, and then digitize those recipes with photos in your own online cookbook at Dish Dish, to easily share with family and friends.   Grab some family members and enjoy a fun project with the holiday.

 

 

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5 Fiesta Dishes for Cinco de Mayo

 

 

 

Oh my goodness!   Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner – another reason to host a party.  We are sharing 5 Fiesta Dishes for Cinco de Mayo!  While it has become a larger celebration in the U.S. than in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo commemorates a significant victory of the Mexican Army over the French in 1862.  In the United States it is mostly a celebration of Mexican culture – marked with parades, mariachi music, parties, and of course lots of good food! (Above photo by Travis Yewell on Unsplash)

When I was growing up, we had some dear friends who owned and operated a couple of Mexican restaurants and made the best Mexican food I had ever tasted – tamales, enchiladas, guacamole, fresh tortillas, and one of my favorites – sweet empanadas!

While they shared techniques and helped us make some of these dishes for ourselves (my family still loves having home-made tortillas!), I always enjoyed when they would make empanadas for holidays or fiestas.  So I finally embarked on an adventure today to make some for myself and see if I could recreate the flavor and experience from so many years ago.

Start with the sweet pastry dough, which comes together in just moments with a food processor or stand mixer, and yet isn’t difficult with a hand mixer, either.  It does need time to chill for a couple of hours, though, before it’s ready to handle and turn into yummy sweet pastries.

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Today I used some cherry pie filling for mine.  But this recipe includes directions for both homemade cherry or apple filling.  And my friend used to fill hers with apricot preserves (or even pick a preserve based on its color to match a party theme) – making this dessert even easier to put together!

Empanadas are made by cutting the dough into circles, placing the filling in the middle, and then folding the circle in half (similar to a calzone – but much smaller) and crimping the edges.  This is not too difficult to do by hand – especially if you use a fork to crimp the edges after lightly wetting them with a bit of water.

However, easiest yet is to use an empanada press or hand pie press like the ones pictured below – use one side to cut out the circle, and the other side to fold and crimp it after filling (be sure to dip it in a light coating of flour first, so the dough doesn’t stick to it).

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Finally they are ready to go into the oven and bake for a few minutes; after baking, add a little extra sweetness by either drizzling with a light glaze or sprinkling powdered sugar over the tops before serving warm.

Mmm!  My mouth is watering already.  Not sure I’ll finish the article before scarfing one down – oh, wait, sticky fingers are bad for typing!

And if you’re trying to behave and not eat too much sugar, choose to make them a bit smaller and then just one won’t ruin your good efforts!

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Now, as promised, some other Fiesta Dishes for Cinco de Mayo:

          1.    Turkey Nachos Supreme

          2.    Guacamole

          3.    Baked Steak Burritos

          4.    Chicken, Avocado, and Queso Fresco Tostada

 

Do you have some favorite fiesta or Mexican dishes that you enjoy making (or just eating, or both) either for Cinco de Mayo or any day of the week?  Leave us a comment with some of your favorites and other ideas.

 

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And remember, with your Dish Dish recipe box account, you can start organizing all of your favorite recipes (whether from papers in a drawer or folder, torn-out magazine pages, Grandma’s recipe box, or your favorite foodie website) here at Dish Dish in one place in your own online cookbook; de-clutter the kitchen and find your recipes easily where you can edit them, add photos, create shopping lists, share with friends, and more.

We look forward to seeing your favorites on here soon!




Family Heritage – Saving Family Recipes

 

 

 

Do you remember watching grandma or an older aunt retrieving favorite recipes from her recipe box when you were young?  Maybe you have fond memories of large family meals, fun times anticipating the delicious food tempting your taste buds as the aromas wafted from the tiny kitchen?

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Have family members often lamented about how no one is exactly sure whatever happened to some or all of those recipes?  Or maybe one person was able to save most of them, but no one is sure of the best way to share them with everyone?

Preserving those famous favorite family recipes and passing them down to future generations is a beautiful way to continue a tradition of preserving family heritage and history through food and fond memories.  Dish Dish provides a way for families to do just that (especially made easy with our Digital Recipe Album package).

Members can set up an account and password, enter recipes themselves (or recruit other family members to help with the entering and typing process), complete with notes, references, and photos.  Then invite other family members to access and share the recipes with their own account on Dish Dish (this allows the option of saving the recipe to their own account and editing it a bit – if their family likes to make it just a little bit differently); or choose to keep the recipes private (and even with private recipes, members can choose to share a link to their “cookbook” – allowing only invited people to view those recipes).

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We are excited to offer such a wonderful tool for helping families preserve their heritage, traditions, and recipes in a way that is easy to share and enjoy with extended family around the world any time through the website and iPad/iPhone App.

So, don’t delay!  Set up your free account to get started digitizing those recipes into a digital cookbook and preserve family traditions before they are lost.  (And if the thought of all that typing scares you, set up a Pro Account and we’ll do the typing for you – simply take a picture or scan your recipes and fax, email, or mail to us; or take advantage of our Digital Recipe Album – we’ll send a postage paid envelope for you to mail your recipe collection to us and we’ll type them all in for you and then send them back with digital access and downloadable PDF).

Happy Dishin’!

How to Plan Meals

 

 

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Planning meals for the week does not have to be complicated.  This may seem unlikely when trying to concentrate, all the while hearing pets scurrying around the house or children asking for this and that or squabbling with each other.  Even if you only find a few minutes of calm, take a quick look over your week ahead before planning the trip to the grocery store and you’ll be glad you did.

Which nights will there be events — soccer practice, baseball practice, dance class, teacher meeting, birthday party, dinner with friends, and so forth?  This will help you decide which nights will have a little more time for preparing dinner and which ones will be the most harried and difficult to get dinner on the table.

For the nights with less time for preparing dinner, plan a meal you can put on in the crockpot that morning (after preparing ingredients the night before, if you’re headed to work that day); then quickly throw on some frozen veggies to cook with it or toss a salad together in time to serve everyone before heading off to that evening’s event.

Some great crockpot meals include the Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas, Beef with Broccoli, or Crockpot BBQ Chicken. Certain nights will work great for preparing something on the grill (such as this <strongGrilled Tilapia), while for others because of late arrivals for dinner or expecting to wait on someone’s work or school schedule, it would be easier to prepare something that can be held over and kept warm for a while to allow everyone the chance to eat a delicious home cooked meal – like Baked Ziti or Mostaccioli.

Also take a quick look at local grocery ads to see what types of meats and produce are on sale that week.  This is a terrific way to save money weekly, planning your meals around the foods that you can get fresh at the most reasonable price.

Plan one night a week, if possible, for a fun family meal everyone can help with — something like home made pizzas or fill-your-own burritos; this can be a fun evening of playing games or watching a movie and enjoying both preparing and eating dinner together.

Once your list of meals is in place for the week, putting together the grocery shopping list will be much simpler (and you will save time and money knowing what needs to be purchased without spending money on extras or food that will be wasted).

For the recipes here in your digital cookbook on Dish Dish, (with your free account) you can pull up the recipes for that week, one-click on the “Add to Shopping List” and pull that list together even more quickly; then simply pull up your shopping list page and add any other items you need to purchase that week.  Your shopping list will be with you on your mobile device whenever you are ready for your trip to the grocery store.

Remember to grab your coupons before you go, too, for even more money saving opportunities.  Or grab our app to keep track of your grocery list even more easily on your iPad or iPhone.




Saving Money while Shopping

 

 
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1. Make a Grocery List Keeeping true to a shopping list keeps us from picking up so many unnecessary items (those pesky impulse buys!).  Those impulse buys can often add as much as 20% to our grocery bill before we know it.  Avoiding those extras by sticking to the grocery list will save us money each and every week.  Try our shopping list and menu planner features to help with this money-saving tip.

2. Cut out Some Coupons— No, this doesn’t require being an extreme coupon person to save some money at the store each week.  Save money by clipping coupons, spending just a few minutes each week browsing through the local paper or weekly flyers to find coupons on items purchased most frequently.  Also take advantage of sites like Coupons.com and find savings for your family.  In the North Texas area, Coupon Crazy Mommy also sends out daily emails with tips on best savings offered in local grocery or drug stores.  Spending just a little bit of time on this task could save $15-20 or more a month for most families.

3. Think Generic — Give the store-brand generic versions of products a try.  Many of the store-brands have come a long way and may even be produced by brand-name manufacturers these  days.  Finding the generic items your family enjoys can help save as much as 20% on the cost of each item.  This could easily add up to $10-20 a month of savings for the average family.

4. Skip the Pre-prepped Items — Items that have already been prepped in some way, such as pre-cut fruit or pre-packaged greens, are always more expensive than purchasing the items and doing the prep yourself.  Of course, it may save you a few minutes, but the savings in money usually far outweigh the time it takes to chop your own salad, cut up fresh fruit or even mix your own spices.  The UCLA Center on the Everyday Lives of Families estimates doing these chores yourself in the kitchen adds only about 10 minutes to meal prep.  Following this simple guideline could save the average family of four $10-15 a month.

5. Avoid Items Pre-Packaged in Small Servings The cheapest way to have snacks in small packages is to buy the larger package and divvy the items up yourself into smaller groups.  As an example, buying the Mini Oreo cookie snack packs would cost roughly three times more per cookie than purchasing the Oreos in a family pack.  Avoiding that type of packaging can help save your family around $10 a month.

View your Friend’s Cookbook

 

 

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View Friends Cookbook in just 3 clicks:

1. When logged in to Dish Dish, click on “My Cookbook” in upper right corner.
2. Then select “Friends Cookbook” in the box of menu options below.
3. Click on any of your friends listed there, and instantly view their cookbook (except for their private recipes) and search by category, tag or cuisine.

 

Find Your Friends on Dish Dish in 4 clicks:

1. When logged in to Dish Dish, click on “My Account” in upper right corner.
2. Then select “Members” in the menu box of options below.
3. Enter your friend’s name or username in the “Search Members” box next to the words “Members Directory”
4. Click on “Add Friend” next to their name, which sends them a friend request, and when they accept, you will be able to view each other’s cookbooks!


Share Your Entire Cookbook

Lastly, we wanted to note that it is easy to share your entire online cookbook of recipes by sharing a link to your cookbook with friends and family, so they can easily see all the recipes you’ve added to your cookbook and search within them. Simply click “Share my Cookbook to a Friend” when in the “My Cookbook” view to generate a link you can share with anyone.  And, of course, individual recipes can be shared from the individual recipe’s page by clicking on any of the “Share” buttons below the recipe image.


All of this is made even easier with our Recipe App where you can click on the “Friends’ Cookbooks” tab to quickly see all of your friends and their cookbook recipes.

 

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Invite your friends to set up their free account with Dish Dish and get started having fun sharing and dishing with each other over favorite recipes.

Download our easy guide to show friends how to view your recipes on Dish Dish!

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