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Apple Crisp II

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2012
I am giving this recipe a 4 WITH my changes. I saw a lot of reviewers say that granny smith works best here, but I already had Gala so I used those. The texture turned out great - the sweetness did not. And on top of that I used HALF of the sugar called for in the apples themselves - I cannot imagine what this would have tasted like with a whole cup! I did also add some nutmeg, which was a nice touch. I also didn't use the 1/2 cup of water, but instead a few tablespoons of orange juice to add tartness, but with all that sugar it still wasn't tart enough for me. As far as the topping - I doubled that and put part on the bottom, If I wanna make this 5 star, next time I will use Granny Smith, cut the sugar down to just a few tablespoons, use orange juice (a few Tbsp) instead of water, NOT double the topping (which I know was my fault, not the original poster's) and cook for an hour. I may also use less butter since it wasn't as crispy as I would have liked. Decent basic recipe, just needs a lot of tweaking and DEFINITELY the right apples.
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Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2011
These were delicious! I made a half recipe in an 8x8 pan since I was short on eggs and butter. I followed it almost exactly except for using 1 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown. They were the perfect consistancy. I didn't have chocolate chips but I will use them next time cuz I think they will taste delicious in this recipe. 25 minutes was not enough for this smaller pan but 30 minutes was PERFECT. Will make again and again (delicious with butter pecan ice cream).
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Frank's® Red Hot® Buffalo Chicken Dip

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2011
I followed this almost to a T. I used light cream cheese cuz it's what I had, I chose to use Franks's wing sauce and I used blue cheese. I also added a bit of extra sauce. I thought it was very delicious and I will make it again. The only thing I will do differently next time is use rotisserie chicken or maybe cook it in the crockpot. The canned chicken does have an odd stringy consistency, but still a good back up if you are in a hurry since the flavors make up for that. Yum!
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Asparagus Parmesan

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2011
Very yummy and so easy! I loved it. I added chopped fresh garlic and I used all butter and no oil. Will definitely make this again.
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Kettle Corn

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2011
Loved it! So easy and so yummy! Added salt. Delicious.
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Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2011
This recipe is delicious. I did only rate it 4 because I really needed to play around with the dressing. Way too much vinegar and sugar. But once I added more mayo and some salt it was much better. I also added sunflower seeds and some chopped chicken. Adding the chicken can help turn this from a side dish into a meal. I tripled the amounts and my kids and I had it for lunch. Very good recipe.
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Mom's Turkey Sausage Patties

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2011
Wow! Excellent. With a recipe this tasty and easy why should I ever buy premade breakfast sausage again? The only think I would do is cut the salt in half. I already cut down on it but they were still a bit to salty. Otherwise - great recipe!
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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: May 6, 2011
Yum! I really enjoyed these. My kids liked them too. I was way short on chili powder so I subbed curry for most of it. Otherwise I followed it close to exactly. I didn't dry off the beans as some suggested but I did "wring out" the onions and peppers and I used 3 eggs for my doubled recipe. I baked 4 and froze 4. I didn't have any chipotle mayo as some suggested using on top but I did put a little sour cream on it and I ate it bunless - it was a good low carb meal. Thanks!
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Baking Powder Drop Biscuits

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2011
Very good! Easy too. I made 12 large drop biscuits (about a heaping ice cream scoop size) and baked at 450 for 11 minutes. They were light and fluffy. My biggest suggestion - use a cheese grater and very cold butter if you want it to go fast! With grating the butter instead of using two knives I saved myself a lot of time. I made these with Sausage Gravy III recipe from here and it was an awesome meal. Thanks! Edit - I made these twice more. I added some garlic powder and shredded cheddar to them and brushed tops with melted garlic butter. Amazing. I was also able to make it into 15 biscuits and baked at 425 for 9 minutes.
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MMMMM... Brownies

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2011
Yummy! These brownies were so good and almost perfect. Mine had to cook for 35 minutes instead of 25-30. But the main thing - too much salt! And I did measure it out. I usually don't, but this time I did and made sure it was 1/2 tsp. Each bite I took it was like, "Wow this is good, but there is that hint of salt at the end". I didn't like that and I am suprised that it happened. Next time, if I am using salted butter, I will not use any salt. Otherwise - awesome brownies. This will definitely be my new "Go to" recipe. Thanks!
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Fish Tacos

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2011
I made the fish my own way - breaded with flour and cornmeal and broiled four minutes each side (used Tilapia). I made a double recipe of the sauce (nixed the cumin but only because I didn't have any) and mixed about half of it with a bag of shredded coleslaw blend (no regular coleslaw sauce of course). I put the rest of the sauce in a bowl incase anyone wanted more. I was a little skeptical about the sauce because I didn't really like it straight from the bowl as I was making it (did use sour cream not yogurt). But once I put it on the taco with the fish and the cabbage blend - wow! It was really good! Gave the tacos a great fresh taste. We also added slices of avocado. I forgot to put it out but next time we plan to sprinkle some cilantro on top of it also. Yum! Thanks for a great sauce! UPDATE - I added some fresh cilantro to the next tacos and some very thinly sliced onions as well - wow. Even better flavor...
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Sweetened Condensed Milk

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2011
I love it! Yummy and so easy! Worked perfectly in the granola bar recipe I use from allrecipes (Easy Granola Bars). I did as someone else suggested and changed the servings to 23 - it did turn out thicker than normal SCM so if you need it a bit thinner just add water a Tbsp at a time. Thanks for a great recipe.
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Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2011
Yummy! I have another soda bread recipe from here that I usually use but it takes 70 minutes and I only had 45 so I decided to try it. Turned out great! It was a tad dry on the edges (my fault cuz I left it in the oven about 5 minutes after the timer went off). I also forgot to add the butter/milk mixture on top and so I am sure it will be even better next time. I decided to go with a savory bread and so I cut back on the sugar and added a couple of tablespoons of dried dill. Very nice. probably would be great with crushed rosemary also. Still had a slight sweet taste - I maybe would cut the sugar all together unless I wanted to add raisins or something. I also learned my lesson about the "x" on the top - don't cut too deep! Mine seems about as split as most of the pics on here, but l would like it to look a bit less split. I would say cut down maybe only a half inch??? All in all, a great recipe that I will make again.
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Baked Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2011
These turned out just okay for me. My family all said they tasted good but I changed it up a bit. I cut them quite small but even then it took longer than an hour at 400! For the last 10 minutes I bumped it up to 450 but by then the rest of my food was sitting out and cold :( I took someone else's advice and kept the skins on - yuck. They did not get crispy and they were just tough. I added salt and cinnamon. I did like the flavor - that was the best thing I could say for these potatoes. I will keep playing with the recipe...
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Layered Mousse Bites

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2011
Love 'em! I am not a big fan of Jell-o but my grandma asked me to bring a Jell-o side dish for a family get together and I thought of these. They worked out great. I used lime and everyone loved them and they were so easy. I tried orange after that and those were yummy too.
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Easy Granola Bars

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2011
I followed this recipe pretty closely. I did take the advice of one person who said they added an egg. I had no problems at all with it crumbling - even just 10 minutes out of the oven - maybe it was the egg?? I also added vanilla and about 1/2 tsp of salt. We used dates (just a few), dried apricots, craisins, slivered almonds, sunflower seeds and about 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips. I didn't try them cuz of a restricted diet, but my kiddos and hubby loved them. Hubby said he liked them better than store bought. I think I will try them with PB instead of butter next time. Oh - and my 9x13 batch made 15 bars that were just the same size as store bought. Wrapped in plastic wrap and froze for future lunches. Thanks for a good recipe! UPDATE - I make these about twice a week now. I use 4 cups oatmeal, 3 cups other stuff (usually choc chips, dried fruit, nuts), plus one egg and omit butter and add 1/2 cup pb. Tastes awesome - never falls apart. Because of added oatmeal making them thicker I cut the pan into 20 bars. Store in snack baggies. Yum! They freeze well too. With 4 c. oatmeal, 3 cups other stuff, add one egg and 1/2 cup PB - cutting into 20 bars - I went to a calorie calculator and they are approx 300 per bar. Keep that in mind when you make yours! They might be healthier than some in the stores but they aren't low-cal!
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Tacos in Pasta Shells

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2011
This was a great jumping off point for me. I did make my own additions. I was making a double recipe so I used 2 lbs ground beef and 8 oz cream cheese. Then I drained a can of black beans and slightly mashed them (some were still whole). Then I added garlic powder, cumin and about 1/2 cup of taco sauce. With the remaining 1.5 cups of taco sauce I added a can of enchilada sauce. I dipped each shell in the sauce to give it flavor and keep it from getting too dry during cooking. I took others' advice and put some sauce on the bottom. Filled the already dipped shells, covered in cheese and then added black olives at the end. I meant to serve it with sour cream but forgot about it and they were still awesome. The only change I would make next time is maybe cooking some chopped onions with the beef or putting sliced green onions on top right out of the oven. Will use this one again! My family loved it and the other family I made it for also loved theirs.
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Baked Kale Chips

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2011
Made these probably 10 times now. It's official. I am addicted. My best tip - they dry out faster if you spread them out and give them space. Otherwise, it takes longer and then some get burned. I usually make a full bunch of kale in 3 batches. I make them basic but I also like them with a bit of garlic powder. Oh yeah - and if you put them in a plastic container - MAKE SURE they are 100% cool first or they will not be crunchy the next day.
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Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2011
Good basic recipe. I didn't quite follow the order, but mostly used all the same ingredients. I sauteed garlic, onion, carrots and celery in butter in pan. Removed to bowl. Added whole chicken breasts to pan and cooked in oil. Chopped up. Made the roux in my soup pot, and added crushed rosemary to that. Added 4 cups milk, added chicken and veggies. Cooked until veggies were almost soft. Added one more cup of milk. Added 3/4 cup uncooked white rice (wild would have been better but I didn't have any) and added salt, pepper, pinch of dill and a little extra garlic powder. Simmered for 20 minutes. My family could not stop saying how delicious it was. I know I strayed from the original recipe, but it was my inspiration. :)
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Chicken or Turkey Tetrazzini

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2011
I followed the basic ideas ideas of this recipe. I wanted to make it more low carb so I used about 4 large chicken breasts and cooked them in oil with the onions and red peppers. Only cooked up 8 oz of noodles to cut back carbs. Did most everything the same - used 1 cup parm, 2 cups mozz cuz that's what I had. Sprinkled some parm and just a small handful of FF onion rings on top. Very good. I would probably use a combo of red and green peppers next time cuz it didn't taste as bell pepper-y as I would have liked. Oh yeah, and I omitted the mushroom. Overall, good basic recipe. My fam liked it.
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