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Make A Mix Cookbook

I recently purchased the Make A Mix Cookbook by Karine Eliason. I have read about this book in several places and have wanted to purchase it. I finally did and am excited to try many of the things in it. I really hope it will help me reduce the prepackaged items I have been purchasing.

I have tried one recipe so far. It was the snack cake mix. I used some of the mix to make an applesauce cake. We really liked it. I look forward to trying more if it to make different cakes.

I would like to try the quick bread mix and the brownie mix next. I will keep you updated as I try more of the recipes. I will be able to give a better review of the book once I have tried more of the recipes in it.

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  1. I have this book and I LOVE it. I use it all the time. The quick mix is fantastic! It makes the best drop biscuits when you’re in a hurry and need a bread. You can use it in any recipe calling for Bisquick. The snack cake mix is a good one too. I always have the pinto bean mix in my freezer in two cup baggies. I love this book and if it ever got lost I would go right straight to Amazon and buy another one!! You have made a very wise investment.

  2. I need to try the quick mix recipe. I did not notice the pinto bean mix. I will have to look at that one. I think I am going to end up with quite a list of things to try from it. Thanks for letting me know how much you like it.

  3. I forgot to add that I use half whole wheat in the Quick mix. Works great. The Italian cooking sauce is wonderful also. We like to use it as a pizza sauce. The slice and bake cookies work great too. I have the white sauce in my frig as I write. The french dressing mix, creamy crudite mix and the homestyle dressing mix are all wonderful. I never buy dressing anymore. The spaghetti, taco and chili seasoning mixes are all great as is the spanish rice. I make up 6 packets of each at a time and it sure does make dinner come together quicker. Anyway, I just pulled out my book and was looking through it so I thought I would let you know what all I like.

  4. Thanks Shannon for the tips!

  5. I checked out the Make a Mix book from the library a couple weeks ago and made up the Brownie mix. I didn’t write down the actual brownie recipe, as I expected to still have the book today when I needed to make the brownies for our VBS dinner that’s tonight.

    However, I found out this morning that my husband returned the book to the library, so I don’t have the actual recipe to make the brownies.


    Would you be able to email me the ingredients and the bake temp and time for the brownies from the Make a Mix book. Not the brownie mix (since I have it already made up), it’s the actual brownie recipe I’m looking for.

    (And as for copyright concerns, the ingredients list of recipes are not copyrighted, so it wouldn’t break copyright to send just the ingredients.)

    Thanks so much!


  6. Joy, I just emailed it. I hope they turn out.

  7. Lyona Thomas says

    I bought both Make-a-Mix Cookery and More Make-a-Mix Cookery when these books were published by HPBooks for Eliason, Harward, & Westover. Since then, I have fallen into the easy way out, i.e., purchasing ready-made mixes, but, your points are well taken. It’s time to re-acquaint myself with them!
    And, anyway, I remember how satisfying it was to see the containers of self-sufficiency on my shelves and to use my own homemade mixes. I loved knowing what was in them.

  8. I got these books a few years after they came out. I used to use them alot back. I have used them off and on over the years but I’m just getting back into them. The Cubed Pork Mix that then you can make wonton from is one of my favorite, along with the Mexican Meat Mix. The Braised Beef Mix is another favorite and work exellent with venison instead of beef. I just made the Chicken Mix in the slow cooker las week using a 10lb bag of leg quarters, it was a tight fit in my 6qrt slow cooker and I used alot less water, but it wrked great in the long run. Awesome books, the Oatmeal Mix make the best Crisp desert called Peach Blossom Delight, it can be to rich for some, but not for me. I have a recipe from a book called Make Your Own Groceries (I think, I’m not at home writing this to look), that takes canned peaches (or any canned fruit), and turn it into pie filling, this comes in handy.

    • Thank you for sharing your favorites! I haven’ tried the cubed pork mix, but that sounds really good. I need to go back and look at that recipe. And I agree I have made the oatmeal mix and it is really good.

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