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Those of us who cook often are usually on the lookout for new recipes or ideas. Face it, the same stuff over and over gets boring. It's always good to have a few back up dishes in mind, you know, good stand by things that you can do in a pinch, but it's nice to try something new.
One of the places I often get ideas is on the "back of the box," whether it be a baking mix box, soup can label, or pasta box. There are all kinds of ideas out there if you keep your eyes open. One of the best places for ideas is on the back of the Bisquick box. There are dishes for all categories there, pancakes (breakfast), biscuits, shortcakes (dessert) and even main dishes. One of my favorites was the Cheeseburger Pie. It was real simple and yet good. The crew loved it.
My Black Forest Pie was once a "back of the box" recipe. I just can't remember where I found it. It could have been a Cool Whip label or it could have been a Jell-O Box, both have ideas, but it's been so long ago I don't know. I just make it.
Despite the origin, this is how I make one of the family's favorite holiday recipes. It's often requested at birthdays, but is always a staple on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Black Forest Pie
1 Oreo pie crust
1 can cherry pie filling
1 pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix
1-3/4 cup milk
1 pkg. Cool Whip
Make pudding according to directions for pie. Spread half of chocolate pudding on bottom of pie crust. Mix remaining pudding with 1-1/2 cups Cool Whip, folding in gently to make a light chocolate. Spread on top of dark chocolate layer. (You may need to let set in fridge to chill awhile for firmness.) Top with layer of whipped topping making slight indention in center. Spoon cherries into center and chill at least 4 hours before serving. Serves 6-8.