Apple of my eye

No sooner does Shavuot end then it’s time to beginning preparing for Shabbat.

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No sooner does Shavuot end then it’s time to beginning preparing for Shabbat, especially if you live in the Diaspora and have a two-day chag. On those occasions, it’s good to have some easy (but delicious) recipes in your back pocket. Here are a few that I think will fit the bill:
Chicken with Duck Sauce
Even though I make many gourmet recipes, this simple one is the biggest hit, with guests always helping themselves to seconds and asking for the recipe!
2 chickens, cut into 1/8ths
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1 teaspoon pepper
4 teaspoons paprika
1 jar (40 oz.) duck sauce (Cantonese or Szechuan, depending on your tastes)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Sprinkle chickens with the spices. Bake for half an hour.  Remove from oven and cover with entire jar of duck sauce.  Bake for 2 more hours, basting half-way through.  
Apple Kugel
5 apples, sliced
1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine, cut into pieces
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Line a 9-inch pan with apples. Pulse together margarine, sugar and flour in a food processor to make the streusel topping and crumble on top of the apples.  Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for one hour at 350 degrees. (I also make up separate batches of the streusel topping and frequently put it on top of my challah before I bake it.)
Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies
My mother gave me this recipe, and I always keep a yellow cake mix in the house so I can whip these up at the last minute or on request. The truth is that my kids make them now.
1 box Duncan Hines classic yellow cake mix 
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
1 cup coconut
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients together, either with an electric mixer or by hand. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for about 10 minutes – until top is no longer shiny. Let sit on cookie sheets for a few minute; then remove to wire racks to finish cooling. Eat one now or there won’t be any left for you to try later! 
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