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Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2013
I used a mix of cherries, cranberries, blueberries and golden raisins for the dried fruit, which was great. The blueberries added a nice bit of color. This was delicious, and even better the next day. I thought there was a bit too much cinnamon when I tried it before it had completely cooled, but by the next morning was perfectly spiced. I had it for breakfast! Update: Very adaptable to what you've got on hand. For my second batch, I was out of pears, so I used fresh pineapple and rather than peeling and processing an orange, I used mandarin oranges. Turned out great! I topped a bagel with cream cheese and this cranberry sauce, which made an incredibly good breakfast!
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Cream Cheese Squares

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2013
I was skeptical about these simple ingredients, particularly the store-bought crescent roll dough - I am admittedly a snob about such things - but this was terrific! The flaky pastry, rich, creamy filling, and crunchy sugary topping were a perfect combination. I was so skeptical, in fact that I halved the recipe; a decision I regretted with the first bite!
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Easy Corn Salsa

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2013
This recipe has just become part of a very tasty "accidental" meal. The story: It all started with some homemade coleslaw that I wanted to use up, so I planned to make pulled pork sandwiches. I put a boneless pork loin in the crock pot, sprinkled it with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper,doused it with a cup of red wine vinegar and cooked it for 6 hours on high. I made some homemade bbq sauce, but the pork was sooooooo good without it, I decided to go a different route. I tossed a little of the crock pot juices in with the pork which I had shredded. I served it on top of some super easy cilantro-lime rice. It was really good, but it needed something. This salsa was the something it needed. It was very easy to throw together with on-hand ingredients. I happened to have some fresh lemons and strawberries so I made lemonade with mottled strawberries, which complemented this meal perfectly. When summer corn appears, I will try this recipe with some fresh corn, but it is surprisingly good with the canned stuff. The only thing better about going to Chipotle is they don't make me clean the kitchen!
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Glazed Corned Beef

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2013
My rating is strictly for the glaze. I prepared my corned beef, carrots, cabbage, potatoes and onions the old-fashioned way on the stove top. Before adding the vegetables, I removed the brisket, placed it fat side up on a baking pan and smothered it in this glaze. While the vegetables were cooking in the liquid on the stove, the brisket baked in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes. Seriously tasty. I'm hoping for some leftovers, because I'm sure the beef would make a great sandwich.
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My Mother-in-Law's Plum Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2012
Quick, easy and delicious way to use up the plums my son wouldn't eat because they had softened. I, like others had to sub sour cream for the yogurt, because I didn't have any. I will make this again, possibly to "use up" other fruits that are past their prime. I wish I hadn't thrown away those golden cherries last week. Those, with a little almond extract would probably have been good.
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Fudge Brownies I

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2012
From memory, this looks like the recipe from an old Goodhousekeeping cookbook that I used for years. I haven't been able to locate my copy, so I appreciate finding it here. These brownies are rich and buttery and always get raves. Thanks!
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Easy Garlic Broiled Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2012
This was just okay. The flavor did not penetrate the meat.
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Alyson's Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2012
Really quick, easy and tasty. I didn't have any sunflower seeds, and I would have loved the additional crunch, but it was fine without them. A keeper. UPDATE: I have made this many more times and find I like it best when I blanch the broccoli, use red wine vinegar instead of white and add some sharp cheddar. If served to others, the recipe is usually requested.
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Mom's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2012
Thumbs up from everyone! This recipe produced two moist, tender, flavorful loaves. I did add an extra cup of zucchini and left out the nuts. I look forward to trying this with mini semi-sweet chips.***Update***This as become "my" zucchini bread recipe, and I have also made large muffins wit good results. Today, I made the batter before I realized I had used those last couple of zucchini that had been lingering in the fridge! An equal amount of grated carrots produced a tasty, moist, tender loaf!
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Candied Kielbasa

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2012
This was a tasty, simple solution for dinner on an extremely hot Sunday. I served it with garlic and butter egg noodles. Thumbs up from all.
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Cream Corn Like No Other

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2012
I'm not a creamed corn fan, but I had only tried the canned stuff. I needed creamed corn for Paula Deen's Corn Casserole, but I only had fresh on hand. This was delicious in the recipe and on its own. By the way, the Corn Casserole was really good with fresh corn; not sure I would have liked it with the canned it called for. Not sure I would have liked this recipe with frozen corn, as written. That said, it was quick, tasty and used on-hand ingredients, which is worth 5 stars to me.
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London Broil II

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2012
My 5 stars are strictly for the flavor of this marinade. It didn't do such a great job of tenderizing the meat, I suppose because of the absence of an acid. However, I would certainly use this to flavor more tender cuts of meat, and think it would be great to brush several coats on during grilling. I plan to play around with this a bit to recreate the flavor in a homemade steak sauce.
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Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2012
Quick and easy,. Don't be tempted to cut corners by using cheese that was purchased grated; it does not melt so well. At times, I have subbed half and half for the cream with good results, and have added the crushed garlic with the butter and then removed it before adding the cheese. Definitely a keeper, for a weeknight or more elaborate meal. I really love it with campanelle pasta.
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Incredible Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2012
For my family,this was just okay, but with so few ingredients, and such quick and easy preparation, I can't say I wouldn't make it again. I may try tossing some onions and green bell peppers in next time.
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Sloppy Joes II

Reviewed: May 14, 2012
I was skeptical of the use of ketchup rather than tomato paste, but this was pretty good. I did increase the ratio of veggies to meat, and minced the veggies super-fine, because my son doesn't care for them in "chunks".
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Fresh Pear Pie

Reviewed: May 2, 2012
This was disappointing, only because it was almost indistinguishable from apple pie. It probably could be improved with additional spices spices . The consistency of the cooled pie made for a nice, neat slice, but I don't think I'll make this again. Not bad, just lackluster, for me.
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Scalloped Tomatoes

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2012
When unpacking my groceries, I discovered that my plum tomatoes had been "roughed up" quite a bit in transit. They needed to be used quickly and in a way that would disguise their condition. On the advice of other reviewers, I toasted my bread cubes in the oven prior to mixing them in with the tomatoes, onions, and seasonings. Also, I had fresh basil on hand, so I tossed some in, along with the dried basil that is called for. I love the flavor, but I find the mushy bread cubes give this dish an unpleasant texture. My mother used to make a similar dish that called for garlic croutons and was cooked in the microwave. I will try this again, but topped with bread cubes or croutons, not mixed in.
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Stuffed Pepperoncini

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2012
This pepperoncini lover enjoyed this as a snack, but I will try this for a party because it can be made a day ahead. I pulsed my bacon, shallots and peppers in the food processor, and then just mixed the cream cheese and milk in as well. I think the texture would have been better if I had followed the original recipe instructions rather than the reviews. I do think the bacon, shallots and peppers should be finely minced, but not pulsed in the food processor.
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Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2012
I have been looking for a meatless stuffed mushroom, and tried these because of their popularity on this site. I'm sorry to report that I was disappointed. I didn't find them flavorful enough, and the filling lacked "substance". I may try them again, adding some bread crumbs and mozzarella to the filling. I confess that I did make a small change - I added a minced shallot with the garlic - but I don't think it detracted from the original recipe.
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Cheesy Zucchini Casserole I

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2012
I used day old Italian bread, and thought this had good flavor and a decent texture, right out of the oven. Reheated the next day, the texture was unpleasantly sponge-like. After thought - My zucchini and bread cubes were large, and I think this would have been much better if I had cubed them very small.
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