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Cheddar Baked Chicken

Reviewed: May 1, 2007
Wonderful! I did make a couple of changes to the original recipe though - 1)I used shredded asiago cheese instead of cheddar 2)I baked it for 45 minutes as suggested by others 3) I used Crispix cereal since that was all I had 4) I dredged the raw chicken thru sour cream before the flour mix 5) I didn't use butter on the bottom of the pan, but did over the tops and then added a little more topping. Turned out amazing... my whole family loved it. I served it with noodles and alfredo sauce, but it would be excellent with spaghetti and marinara too. We'll be having this one again!!
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Royal Icing II

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2010
The way I made this icing I'd give it 5 stars - the way it was written I can only give it a 4. The thing I was MOST disappointed about was the fact that the actual directions are so vague. I have never made royal icing before and I just dumped all the ingredients in a bowl on my first try. The meringue powder clumped up and the icing was horrible to use because clumps of solidified powder kept getting stuck in my tips. I tried it again today and sifted all dry ingredients first into the bowl. Then I measured water into a measuring cup and added 1 tsp. of almond extract - it needed the flavor. I added just a small bit of liquid and started mixing right away and slowly added the rest. It worked out perfectly this time. I just wish more detail had been added to directions for us newbies. The ingredients and amounts themselves were great, with the exception of needing some flavor, but the extract took care of it. Now that I figured it out I will continue to use this recipe. It dries fast - but not so fast that I couldn't add spinkles, etc. Thanks for a great basic recipe...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sour Cream Refrigerator Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2010
Great! Got rave reviews at Thanksgiving from the whole family!
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Paul's Pumpkin Bars

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2010
Awesome! Made them at mom's house and everyone loved them!
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Chocolate Pretzel Rings

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2010
Love 'em! We are sending a big tin of these across the country to family for Christmas time cuz they are simple and I think they will ship well. We used the candy cane kisses (white with red stripes) and they melted perfectly at 2 minutes. FYI for everyone making them the first time - just because they don't LOOK melted doesn't mean they aren't. Stick your finger in there at 2 minutes and check - mine were still standing tall but they were melted through already. I plan to try these with a bunch of other flavors and with Reeses Pieces instead of m&ms also. I can't speak for all the kiss flavors but the candy cane ones took a full 20 minutes to cool in the fridge. Fun little project to do with my daughter. Thanks! Oh - almost forgot - we found a big bag of round pretzels for cheap at Aldi.
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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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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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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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Gingerbread Biscotti

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2010
I thought this recipe was good, but not all that flavorful. Maybe it was missing vanilla or something. I did follow all directions exactly, but I've had better and made better. Sometimes things like this taste better after a day or two so if I like it better I will come back and change the rating. It was easy to make though, which was nice.
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Special Irish Beef Stew

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2010
I would give my final stew a 5, but the recipe only a 4 because I think it would have really been lacking flavor without some of my changes. I didn't use mushrooms (don't like them) but I did add turnips. I did as someone else suggested and I did potato wedges instead of cubes - not sure it mattered at all. I used Guinness Draught and only used about 10 oz as some people said the flavor was too much - next time I'll add the whole can (mine was a tall can that was 14.9 ounces) cuz the flavor was great from the beer. I added about 1.5 tsp of thyme and 3 bay leaves and kept adding salt and pepper to my liking. I think next time I won't saute the onions with the meat cuz they basically disintigrated in the crockpot. I did cook it on high for about 5.5 hours - next time I'll turn it down to low after a couple hours or cook on low for 7-8 but the meat was perfectly tender. I also meant to add peas at the end but forgot. I will definitely make this again with my adjustments. Family all loved it.
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