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Apr 4, 2020

Your Photo Of The Week

Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

I am thrilled every time someone sends a photo of one of my recipes. My favorite this week is from Valerie, who staged a beautiful table to show off her quick & easy chocolate cake. Actually she made two, one with sugar and one with splenda and she noted that they, “seemed the same in texture and flavor.” Good to know. Thank you, Valerie.

To see more photos sent by home cooks all over the world, click here.

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Apr 4, 2020

Your Quarantine Photos (April 4-6)

The whole world is home and cooking and I love seeing photos of my recipes from all over the world, so please say where you’re from. (I post them manually so you won’t see it right away.) Use this link to send your photo: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

DOMINIQUE MADE MY CABBAGE ROLLS

“Dear Jenny, These were AMAZING!  I used cabbage from my husband’s garden and fresh tomatoes as well.  My family loved it.  The pic is taken before they were baked in the oven.  Love the tip for placing cabbage leaves on top before baking.  They were so moist and yummy. Thanks for the great recipe. ~ Dominique. Btw, I am half Polish. ?”

~ I can only imagine how great these would be with fresh garden cabbage. Thank you very much. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Cabbage Rolls

JOAN MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

“This is the bread, just out of the oven.  I have had so many failures with bread baking that I gave up for years.  And then I saw your recipe.  It came out beautifully, but I would like it a little browned on top.  I will not tent it with foil until maybe the last five minutes.  I also split the top and drizzled a little butter, resulting in a moist, flavorful bread.  Thank you, thank you!”

~ Thank you for your photo and I’m glad you got your bread mojo back! ? ~ jennyEasy Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

KATHY MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD ROLLS

“Hello Jenny, It is my honor to find you and use your recipes.The very first time I cooked bread , was your recipe . I always thought it’s very hard to make a bread but you are making everything absolutely easy and FUN ? Thank you so much . Look sooo good and was so delicious ? Best regards, ~Kathy Alimi.”

~ Your rolls turned out perfect and I like the sesame seeds on top. Thank you for the photo. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Bread Recipe

CYNTHIA MADE MY EASY CRISPY FOCACCIA BREAD

“Cynthia made this delicious bread from Jenny’s recipe!  Thank you.”

~ Thank you so much! I love this recipe and now I have to make some tonight!  ~ jennyFocaccia Recipe Jenny Can Cook

ANH (from California) MADE MY SOFT & CHEWY OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES

“Hi Jenny, We live in the South Bay  area of Los Angeles.  I had finally got a hold of 2 bags of unbleached flour after 3 weeks of searching high and low for them.  With the quarantine order, baking saves my sanity, not to mention my family’s. Here are my first try at your Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  Thank you for sharing.”

~ They look perfect and I think chewy cookies are comforting. Thank you for your photo. ~ jennySoft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

GRACE (from New Zealand) MADE MY PIZZA DOUGH & CHOCOLATE CAKE

“Hi Jenny , So thrilled my husband discovered your easy, simple and most of all delicious recipes.I made your egg free dairy free chocolate cake and I tell you it was a hit! ( have sneaked a bit of Baileys on the icing ??) It was yum) And also tried your pizza dough couple of times and it was the perfect homemade pizza dough I’ve ever tried. You’ve made our lockdown a not so gloomy place. Thanks  More power to you and keep safe.  Cheers from New Zealand ~ Grace. ❤”

~ My pizza dough is in New Zealand! That’s a tasty looking pizza and luscious looking cake. Thanks for sending your photos. Stay well. ❤️ ~ jennyEasy Homemade PizzaQuarantine Cake

CINDY (from Trinidad) MADE MY CINNAMON ROLLS & OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES

“Hi Jenny ..I’m from Trinidad..made these…didn’t have a round pan…but it turned out great..thank you. Thank you for the recipes. ~ Cindy.”

~ Thanks for the great photos. They both look really yummy! ~ jennyBest Homemade Cinnamon RollsJenny Can Cook Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

NANA (from Canada) MADE MY QUICK & EASY SPROUTED WHEAT BREAD

“Hi Jenny, I made your Q & E sprouted wheat bread recipe, using Anita’s sprouted spelt flour (from Costco.)  It turned out great thanks for sharing the recipe! ~ Nana from Manitoba Canada.”

~ Your bread is so beautifully tall. And thanks for the Costco tip. (I’m from Ontario ??)~ jennyEasy Sprouted Wheat Bread

HOLLY MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS INTO HOT DOG BUNS

“Made a batch of your No Knead 2 Hour Crusty Rolls into hot dog buns for dinner tonight, they were so good! When this time of social distancing and self-quarantine is over, I will make these to contribute to the many cookouts we will go to ?”

~ I love this! Thanks very much for sharing your photo and this great idea. ~ jennyNo Knead Hot Dog Buns

NICOLE MADE MY FASTER NO KNEAD BREAD

“My first time making bread! We’re so excited to have this with our Zuppa Toscana tonight. Thank you for the Faster no knead bread recipe and great video! ~ Nicole. ?”

~ I’m glad to hear it and Zuppa Toscana sounds so good with this bread! ~ jennyFaster No Knead Bread

THERESA MADE MY QUICK & EASY CHOCOLATE CAKE AND CINNAMON ROLLS

“I don’t know how I found your website  but I am so glad I did.  I made your chocolate cake 2 days ago and your cinnamon rolls today.  They are the best ever….thank you so much for making your recipes so easy to follow.”

~ Thank you for the photos. I’m glad you found me too. ? ~ jennyquarantine chocolate cakebest cinnamon rolls recipe
Feb 12, 2020

I’m Always Learning

Jenny Can Cook Best RecipesThese are just some of the recipes that I have either improved or simplified since they were originally posted. I’m always learning and improving my skills so if anyone is using a recipe that was posted a while ago or if you printed it some time ago, please check the “Recipe Changes/Fixes” category in my blog.

So far I have made changes to about 100 recipes but many of the changes are minor, like increasing salt or reducing sugar but others, like my 15-Minute Veggie Pasta, now use an easier, faster, all-in-one-pan method. I’m always looking for ways to make something healthier or faster or to simplify the process so every time I cook, if I try a better way and it works, I adjust the recipe and share the exact changes I made in the blog.

I encourage all of my regular cooks to occasionally check the “Recipe Changes” category here in my blog to make sure you are using the newest and best version of each recipe. As I evolve as a better (& simpler) cook, I will continue to occasionally update my recipes. To see if any changes were made to your favorite recipes, click here.

Jan 4, 2020

Your Photos/My Recipes (January)

How exciting to see that my recipes are being made all over the world! I appreciate it when someone takes the time to send a photo and I love knowing where you are from. Please send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

“ANONYMOUS” MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Wholesome goodness from your easiest bread recipe.”

~ That loaf looks great. Thank you for your terrific photo. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook No Knead Bread

KARYN (from Arizona) MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS

 “Hi Jenny, This is not the greatest photo, but I had to get a photo of the rolls right when I took them out of the oven…. just in case I had messed something up and they deflated or exploded or something lol. They are perfect, well they were perfect. They are all gone now and my poor hubby who has to deal with my baking disasters is actually all smiles now. I just wanted to say Hi and Thank you from Prescott, Arizona. We are up in the mountains and are high elevation, but I didn’t make any changes to your recipe and the rolls were perfect. I am going to tackle a few more recipes this week and I am totally confident they will be amazing.  Warmly, Karyn.”

~ Your photo is great. That’s exactly how mine look when they’re done. I’m so glad they were a hit. ~ jennyNo Knead Crusty Rolls Jenny Can Cook

RYAN MADE MY BUTTERMILK BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

 “Hi Jenny, Found you the other day and have made 4 recipes so far: No Knead Bread (stayed a bit dense) Mac & Cheese (burnt the milk a bit) Lemon Brownies (excellent results) and these wonderful pancakes. I did triple the recipe for my big family and they were a huge hit!! I look forward to making many additional meals from your site and channel. Thanks, Ryan.”

~ Thank you for the photo. They look perfect and it’s good to know you can triple the recipe.~ jennyBlueberry Pancakes Jenny Can Cook

MJ MADE MY MARBLE LOAF CAKE

 “Jenny, I just had to let your fans know what an amazing cake this is! I used a 7” angel food cake pan (odd size I know but perfect for loaf cakes!). I made the cake exactly as instructed with the addition of orange zest as you suggested. I covered it with chocolate ganache made with chocolate chips and evaporated milk instead of cream – oh – ONE CHANGE – the chocolate swirl was 1/3 cup melted chocolate chips + batter. The cake rose beautifully and it is so tender and moist with a delicate crumb. THANK YOU!”

~ I agree that orange zest is a great addition to this cake and that ganache topping looks yummy.~ jennyJenny Can Cook Marble Loaf

MICHELLE (from Virginia) MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

 “Jenny, Thank you so much for all your recipes on Youtube- I made this bread tonight and it was a hit with me and my husband. Gonna make your cinnamon rolls this weekend. Thank you for making it not so scary to bake! I usually burn rolls – so it was a double celebration when I didn’t burn this bread! PS- you might want to do a quick video on YouTube and just direct everyone to your website, I thought you had stopped doing videos and was so sad- but saw someone else say they wished you would start your channel back up and another commented that you had your website! So glad I re-found you!! ? thank you again- from Virginia- Michelle.”

~ Thanks so much for your photos. I can almost taste that slice with the butter! ?~ jennyFast No Knead Bread Jenny JonesFaster No Knead Bread Jenny Can Cook

LARRY (from Illinois) MADE MY CARROT CAKE

 “Greetings from (K) Larry in Illinois. First cake I’ve ever made and it came out great! I’ve made quite a few of your recipes now and was getting a little over confidant. I tried a few from other sites and failed! Thank You ……..yours are well thought out, clearly explained and proven. This has been a fun journey for an old guy! Yours have only failed because of me having a “senior moment” !!!! ~ Larry.”

~ Your cake looks great. Thank you for the photo. “Senior moment” huh? I know all about those. ?~ jennyJenny Can Cook Carrot Cake

JERI MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD & CINNAMON ROLLS

 “Love your recipes. I made both your No Knead bread and your Cinnamon Roll recipes. They are both wonderful thank you. I love your cheerful videos for them also. So upbeat. Thank you. ~ Jeri.”

~ Thank you so much for you photos. They will surely inspire many more bakers. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook No Knead BreadJenny Can Cook Cinnamon Rolls

KRISTI MADE MY DARK CHOCOLATE FUDGE BROWNIES

 “Jenny another marvelous recipe ‼️ ?Kristi Ham ?”

~ They look really good! Thank you for the photo. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Fudge Brownies

LOANNE MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

~ Thank you for the great photos. ~ jennyFaster No Knead Bread Recipe

Best No Knead Bread

LARRY (from Illinois) MADE MY APPLE PIE BARS & PACZKI

 “Greetings from Illinois. Made the apple pie bars the other day. Tasted great! and only have 1 piece left. …….used a round pan and mine looked more like a pie.  Thanks for the recipe! and I got 2 thumbs up from 2 really good cooks! ~ Larry”

~ Thank you for your photos and I’m glad you’re having fun. Thumbs up from me, too – I love these bars (aka pie!). ~ jenny

Jenny Can Cook Apple Pie Bars

“Greetings from Illinois! Just finished another batch of PP. Turned out great again. And I am really having FUN! I over filled  one of the doughnut molds (on purpose) with the Pączki dough and it looked almost like a muffin with a small hole on top. Filled a silicone sphere ice cube mold with the dough (just a little too much) and apple butter…….it was almost round. It started to push the 2 molds apart and come out the top. These shot glass molds were frozen/ a mix of oats and ground coffee. Tried to bake them later but they slumped. (but didn’t blow up) Haven’t tried the PP dough in the shot glass molds yet,but I did try the red velvet cup cakes (tasted great!) but couldn’t get them out of the mold in one piece. ~ (K) Larry

Jenny Can Cook Polish Paczki

KRISTI MADE MY BUTTERMILK BISCUITS

 “Loved these biscuits… Jenny can I cut them and freeze the dough ? ?Kristi Ham ?”

~ They look perfect. I have only frozen mine after baking but you could look online for a better answer. Thank you for the great photo. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Buttermilk Biscuits

IAN (from Canada) MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

 “Great bread, even better with homemade strawberry jam. Even we older men (76) can make this. Ottawa, Canada.”

~ Now that is a handsome loaf of bread right there. Thanks from a fellow Canuck (73). ??  ~ jennyJenny Can Cook No Knead Bread

JAMIE (from Texas) MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

 “No Knead Bread … that I really need. ? Thank you, Jenny, for this recipe! This is my second loaf, and I have the dough for a third one sitting in a bowl on my counter. It seems to be becoming part of my nightly routine to take 5 minutes, if that, to prep the dough for dinner the next day. It’s so easy; I’m almost embarrassed for myself that I was hesitant and uncertain about whether I could make a delicious loaf of bread or not. I don’t have a Dutch oven, so I cook mine in one of my metal pots that can go into the oven as well, and with fantastic results. So yummy!” All the best, Jamie from Texas.”

~ Thanks for the photo and especially for the helpful detail about your pot. ~ jennyFaster No Knead Bread

PATTY MADE MY MEATLOAF

“Absolutely the best ever. Will be making this monthly. So moist and melts in your mouth. Thanks Jenny!”

~ I’m glad you like it and thank you for your terrific photo. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Meatloaf

LARRY (from Illinois) MADE MY POLISH PACZKI INTO DOUGHNUTS

“Greetings from Illinois! Just finished my second batch of PP. Turned out great again. The dough is very forgiving…..they looked  “rough” going into the oven. I just got my silicone doughnut molds a couple days  ago and put some dough in one to try them out. I only filled it with apple butter on one side. It was a little thick, but I have been using a heat lamp with the fast rise yeast and getting  good results. Just did the deep dish pizza (12 hour)  start to finish in 3 hours. ~ Larry.”

~ It’s great for everyone to know that this dough works in a mold as well. Thank you for sharing this. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Polish Donuts

LARRY (from Illinois) MADE MY POLISH PACZKI

“Greetings from Il! This was my first attempt at Pączki. Turned out great! Good enough to give away a few. ~ Larry”

~ They look fantastic. Thank you very much for your photo. ~ jenny

Jenny Can Cook Paczki

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TABITHA (from North Carolina) MADE MY GRANOLA

“Happy New Year Jenny, I just made your granola recipe to bag up to take to work for snacking. ❤️ Tabitha from NC.”

~ Happy New Year back to you and thanks so much for starting it of with a great photo. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Homemade Granola

Jun 12, 2019

Easy Cucumber Salad

Simple Cucumber SaladThis is such a refreshing salad to serve in the summer and now is the best time to get crisp, fresh Persian cucumbers. If you can find organic cucumbers, you can just scrub them and leave the peel on. If they’re not organic, it’s best to peel them for this salad.

I slice the cucumbers very thinly, no more than 1/8 of an inch thick, and for the onion, the thinner the better as well. The dressing uses a good amount of sugar but remember that most of the dressing is not eaten. You serve this salad with a slotted spoon and leave the liquid behind so don’t fret about using a tablespoon of sugar.

If you serve this cucumber salad right away it will be quite crisp, and if you refrigerate it for an hour or more, the cucumber slices will soften and absorb a little more dressing. They are good either way but it’s best to serve this salad on the same day.

I wish everyone a fun summer with lots of good, healthy, homemade food, including this cool and crisp, cucumber salad. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Jun 1, 2019

No Dutch Oven / No Knead Bread

No Dutch Oven No Knead BreadFor anyone who does not have a Dutch oven but wants an easy way to make crusty homemade bread with no kneading and almost no work at all, look what I just made on a baking sheet! It was so easy and the loaf was crusty and delicious.

A Dutch oven with a lid creates steam inside the pot, which produces that crispy crust so I create steam inside the oven by placing a small 5 by 9-inch pan in the oven while it’s preheating. Then when I place the bread in to bake, I pour some boiling water into the little hot pan and whoosh – steam goes all over the place. I close the oven door right away to keep the steam inside and let it bake.

Anyone can make this easy no knead bread on a baking sheet. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Apr 1, 2019

My Go-To Dinner

Easy Veggie Fried RiceI’ve been busy the past month and when there’s not much time to cook, I still cook. And tonight I made my veggie fried rice. It’s my go-to dinner when I want a quick and healthy meal. I always have broccoli and peppers on hand I always keep frozen peas in the freezer.

It’s a light meal with protein from the eggs and a bounty of nutrients from the vegetables. This time I used broccoli, spinach, peppers, and peas. We had my peanut butter cookies for dessert.

If you want to try this quick and easy vegetarian fried rice, click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Feb 20, 2019

Whole Wheat No Knead Bread (updated)

100% Whole Wheat No Knead BreadI found a better way to make my 100% whole wheat no knead bread. I’m using the same ingredients but I recently found that you don’t always need the resting period for no knead breads while the oven heats up so I tried it with this whole wheat version and it turned out great. And it saves time. I plan to experiment with all my other no knead breads and will report back on each one if they are just as good without the resting time.

I get the best result in my 3 1/2-quart Dutch oven so the bread can not spread too much. Keep in mind that this is a heavier, more dense loaf than the original white flour version but if you want an easy, healthy, high fiber bread recipe, this is it. The only difference between this recipe and the old one is that the old one had a 2-hour resting period before baking. So the total time for this recipe just went from 13 hours to 11 (but you’re sleeping most of this time anyway).

For my new and improved, faster 100% whole wheat no knead bread, click here for the recipe.

Feb 18, 2019

Homemade Pierogi

Homemade Pierogi

Quick & easy pierogi? There is no such thing. But if ever a  recipe was worth the time, it’s homemade pierogi. I only make potato & cheese pierogi because that’s what I grew up on. My dad taught me how to make them and I’m so glad I shared the recipe because I wasn’t sure if anyone would want to put in the effort. It turns out a lot of people do. There are hundreds of comments and over a million people have watched the video.

There are two things to make: the dough and the filling. The mashed potato filling is easy to make but the dough takes more time and it’s important that the filling stays inside the dough when they are boiled. Before boiling, the pierogi must be kept apart on a floured towel because if they touch each other they will likely stick and create an opening in the dough. That would result in them breaking apart when they’re boiled. I line a baking sheet with a dish towel and sprinkle it with flour and place them on the towel, not touching.

How To Make PierogiI boil mine in a medium saucepan so I only boil 4 or 5 at a time, making sure at first that they don’t touch each other in the water. Pierogi take about 3-4 minutes to cook and when they’re done I remove them to an oiled baking sheet and put the next few in the boiling water. (By the way, “pierogi” is plural – one is called a “pierog” but people often use “pierogies” as the plural).

Best Polish PierogiOnce they’re cooked I still keep them mostly separated. There are two ways to enjoy these Polish treasures. One is to eat them right after boiling when they are soft and tender, served with sour cream and bacon bits. I rarely eat bacon but that rule goes out the window when I make homemade pierogi.

The other way is to pan fry them in a little oil or butter until they’re lightly browned and serve them with (big surprise…) sour cream and bacon bits. They are also often served with fried onions. Well I have to go now. We have leftovers. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Nov 12, 2018

I Made Ribs

Best Baby Back Oven RibsI made ribs this weekend with my own rub and sauce and I can see why the video has 5 million views and 35,000 comments on youtube and why my recipe has garnered over 800 comments here on this website. They are fantastic! I always make them in the oven now because I don’t like cleaning the grill. And this time I couldn’t find the silver skin on the back to remove and they were still just as tender as ever.

In case anyone has not tried this easy, foolproof way to make the most delicious fall-off-the-bone-ribs, try this recipe. Use my rub and sauce and you won’t be disappointed.

I went to bed early last night, planning to have the leftovers for dinner tonight but this morning, two of the ribs are missing. Apparently, my husband decided he needed a midnight snack. ? Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones