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Ham Bone Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2011
I made this with a bone from a ham that my husband smoked. I made a few substitutions based on what I had - minced carrots for the peppers, pinto beans for kidney beans. Also added - 2 bay leaves, minced garlic, a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, & extra pieces of leftover ham. I was not immediately impressed when it was time to eat (it seemed too watery), but my husband dove in & he enjoyed it. I left the lid off the crock pot & let it cook it down a little, & found that I liked the texture much better. It's more like stew now. For us, adding the extra ham was essential. We'll freeze some now & I'm sure we'll have it again (we've always got a ham bone). Thanks for the recipe!
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Round Steak and Gravy II

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2011
I followed another reviewer's suggestion, searing the round steak pieces in a cast iron skillet & then cooking them in the crock pot for about 6-7 hours on high. I used about half a soup can of white wine to deglaze the skillet & then added that to the crock pot along with the two soups. Since I added the wine, I decreased the water to about half a soup can. The meat turned out very tender & the gravy was thick enough without adding flour (but I admit I'm not a fan of thick gravy). We had it over rice. I will probably think about ways to add a little more flavor, but as is, it is a good solid meal & perfectly edible.
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Peach Cobbler II

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2010
Super tasty. I made a half recipe & cooked it in a glass loaf pan. I followed other reviewer's suggestions & used less sugar with the peaches - only 1/4 cup for the half recipe. I used some sliced peaches I froze a couple of weeks ago... I'm not sure how many there were. Probably 2 or 3. Also used half the water it calls for in the last step. Will make again & again!
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Great Green Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2010
I made this over the weekend for a family get together. I had to make a few small changes based on what I had on hand. I did not have an avocado, but I wish I did - it would have been very good with it. I added cubed pears & substituted toasted pecans for the almonds. Also threw in some homemade baguette croutons. Other than that I followed the directions exactly. It got rave reviews from my family & it was all eaten quickly. Personally, I found the dressing to be a little more bitter than I like. Next time I will make sure I have avocado, & add a tiny bit more sugar to the dressing.
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Mom's Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2010
This was very good. I did make some additions/substitutions based on what I had on hand & what we like. I added: a couple cloves of garlic & half a can of tomato paste (based on another review I read). For the seasoning mix, salt, pepper, & chili powder, I substituted a heaping tablespoon of "Chili Seasoning Mix II" from this site. I've never made chili before but this turned out so well that I'll think we'll keep it in the rotation. Thanks Bailey.
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Robbi's M&M Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2010
I've made this recipe many times now & my family loves it. I substitute half the shortening with butter, & use mini M&M baking pieces. Thanks for the recipe!
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Ham Fried Rice

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2008
This turned out very well. I cooked rice specifically for this recipe, so I threw some dried chopped onion in with the rice while it cooked. The ginger seemed too strong when I first added it, but after adding the soy sauce (which I doubled), the ginger taste toned down and turned out to be a good ratio. We ate this with fried egg rolls. Next time I will probably add some peas and carrots to the rice.
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Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2007
Because I failed to read the recipe thoroughly before shopping, I ended up making this without all the proper ingredients. However, it still turned out great, and I'll definitely make it again. I didn't have fresh garlic or fresh rosemary. Instead, I combined minced garlic (from a jar) and dried rosemary and placed about a tablespoon of the mixture in the cavity of each hen. Then I added the lemon as specified in the recipe. I used butter in place of olive oil, and seasoned the birds with salt and pepper as the recipe stated. I used apple juice in place of the wine. I was worried that the juice would be a problem, but it added nice flavor without making the meat taste like apples. Because I didn't follow the recipe properly for the birds, I didn't try the sauce. But even with all the changes I made, the hens came out great. I had company for Christmas dinner and they loved it. The carcasses are now simmering down for stock and smell great.
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Autumn Apple Salad II

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2007
Very good salad. I used two Granny Smith apples and two Gala apples, and I tossed them with some lemon juice before adding the other ingredients. I used pecans in addition to the almonds, and did not have cherries so only used dried cranberries. Will definitely make again.
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Super Easy Fruit Dip

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2007
This is the standard fruit dip for our family get-togethers. We usually make it with Raspberry White Chocolate yogurt (by Yoplait). It is light and delicious. It tastes great the same day, but doesn't keep very well.
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Feta Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2007
Easy and delicious recipe. The flavored feta and chicken are a great-tasting combo. I made this recipe the first time exactly as it's written, but I think it's better without the Italian breadcrumbs. If you really want some kind of coating, I would use homemade breadcrumbs, maybe combined with some seasoning of your choice.
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Easy Cheese Ball II

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2007
This is very popular each time I make it. Like other reviewers said, make it in advance to allow the seasoning mix to really seep into the cheese. Otherwise, it will be too salty. Also, all ranch seasoning mixes are not the same. I recommend Hidden Valley Ranch. I like to add crisp, crumbled bacon (NOT bacon bits!) if I have time. It's great with sharp cheddar, too.
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Bodacious Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2007
My friend makes this and everyone loves it. She makes hers with halved red grapes (instead of raisins) and honey-roasted peanuts (instead of sunflower seeds).
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Mock Champagne

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2007
I chose to make this for a bridal shower. I wanted a non-staining punch that was different than the standard slush/punch served at showers. I also made an ice ring of ginger ale with frozen strawberries. Everyone loved it. My best friend and I like it so much that we figured out how to make a pitcher-sized amount for home consumption: 1 litre ginger ale + two 6-oz cans pineapple juice + 1/3 can frozen white grape juice concentrate + 12 oz water.
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