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Thin Mint Crackers

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2010
The only thing better than a delicious recipe is an easy one, and this is the best of both worlds! I melted my chocolate in the microwave so I didn't have to fuss with a double boiler. I also used vanilla wafers instead of crackers. The easiest way for me to dip them was to drop a wafer into the chocolate, coat it, then fish it out with a fork and gently shake the extra chocolate off before slipping it onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. I popped the sheet of cookies into the freezer for approximately 3 minutes and they were completely set. I got so many compliments on these treats that I was embarrassed to reveal how easy they were to make!
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Classic Waffles

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2010
These were the BEST waffles I've ever made and so easy too! The only thing I did differently was to whip the egg whites and sugar together separately, then folded it into the batter last. That is really the key to light, fluffy results!
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Creamy Rice Pudding

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2010
I am eating a bowl of this right now - WOW, so good! I am having a rough time sleeping tonight and needed some comfort food. I had one cup of leftover jasmine rice in my fridge and used it in this recipe with excellent results. It's unbelievably delicious. I have bookmarked the recipe and will undoubtedly use it again.
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Best Spanish Rice

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2010
Doesn't get much easier than this - and it was great! I threw this together to go with some baked fish and it totally impressed my dinner guest - she even asked for the recipe and I had to fess up to how easy it was!
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Whole Wheat Snickerdoodles I

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2010
I was craving a good snickerdoodle and these hit the spot - bonus points for being whole wheat! I used whole wheat pastry flour and got a nice, smooth texture. I did not have cream of tartar so I substituted the cream of tartar/baking soda combo with 1 tsp. baking powder - did an excellent job! I also recommend chilling the dough for a few hours - it will be much easier to roll. And definitely flatten the cookies. I flattened most of mine and got cute, perfect rounds. The last pan in the oven, I forgot to flatten. The result was not-so-cute dome shaped cookies. :\ Hubby loved them, I loved them. A KEEPER!
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Sweet and Sour Chicken III

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2010
For being so good, this was so EASY! It took me very little time to throw this together for dinner. My husband and I were both impressed by the flavor and I took leftovers for lunch the next day. Will definitely make this again!
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Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2010
This was my first time making lemon meringue pie and it was not as complicated as I thought it would be. I 'cheated' and used lemon juice and rehydrated lemon zest because I didn't have time to go to the store for real lemons. The pie was a big hit at Easter dinner. Thanks for the recipe!
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Chicken Pot Pie IX

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2010
This is the best pot pie I've ever made and it was not too complicated to make either! I omitted the peas and celery and used some corn and diced potatoes instead. I doubled the sauce, as suggested by previous reviews, but found that it made too much. Next time I will just make the regular amount and add more broth if necessary. A suggestion I have is to boil the onion with the other veggies instead of frying them and making the sauce in the same pan. It is much easier to make a smooth roux with the butter, flour and liquids if you do not have onions in there to create lumps. I also added some garlic powder and baked at 375 for 40 minutes. Fantastic!
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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2010
These have been my husband's favorite cookie since the first time I made them, and he isn't even a fan of baked goods! I make a batch, roll them into balls and freeze them so I can make a few at a time for his lunches. I freeze them on a pan lined with wax paper, then once they are set I put them all in a large ziploc bag. GREAT cookies!
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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2009
A great way to cook a turkey breast! My husband said he didn't like turkey because he's eaten too many dried out, stringy turkeys. But I made this and the meat was so moist and tender it was falling off the bone! He enjoyed this and I shredded the leftovers for a hotdish. The juices were not very flavorful even with the packet of onion mix so the gravy needed a lot of seasoning help. I will make this again but will add some more spices to flavor it.
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Quick and Easy Sauteed Spinach

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2009
Fast and easy. I did not have to cook it quite as long as the recipe stated. I sprinkled mine with some crumbled feta cheese instead of parmesean. Yum!
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Quick Gnocchi

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2009
These are an ok substitute but if you are a real gnocchi fan I would go for the real thing. Here's my theory as to why these don't make good gnocchi: when you make traditional gnocchi, you don't want to process the potatoes too much - don't mash them up, just add your egg and flour and then combine. When you use instant mashed potatoes, they get too moist and you will need A LOT of flour to make the dough workable. I will not make these again.
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Salmon with Lemon and Dill

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2009
Very easy to prepare and delicious as well. I also added some chopped green onion to mine. Make sure you keep an eye on the fish as it bakes so it doesn't overcook.
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Baked Beef Stew

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2009
Amazing - everyone took seconds! I dredged the meat in flour as suggested and also used cornstarch instead of tapioca. Instead of heating up the oven, I cooked it in the slow cooker on low for about 6 1/2 hours. This was delicious and I will definitely make it again!
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All American Apple Pie

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2009
To be fair, I did not make the crust or topping - I had my own pie crust I wanted to use. However, the filling from this recipe was very easy to put together and delicious! Next time I will try the crust and topping too :-)
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Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Beer

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2009
I followed the basic recipe, using a bottle of Newcastle as my beer, and added some chopped onions and minced garlic. It wasn't bad, but something was definitely lacking in the flavor department. It needed something more. If I make this again I will try adding apples or raisins and mustard.
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Playgroup Granola Bars

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2009
Great recipe! I have made this several times now, each successfully! I would like to note that I get the best results when I bake these in a glass (Pyrex) pan. I have also varied the recipe by substituting the 1/2 c. honey with 1/2 c. peanut butter and adding chocolate chips. The mixture will seem dry and you will have to mix it with your hands until it's all uniform, but once you bake it, it will turn out beautifully! I have also made the basic recipe with ground almonds and raisins.
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Lemon Garlic Tilapia

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2009
Great recipe! I made it just as the directions called for and my husband and I were treated to some very yummy tilapia! Next time I might spice it up a little more - garlic cloves and italian seasoning for sure.
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Ranch Pretzels and Goldfish

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
I brought this to a 4th of July picnic. Everybody loved it and I passed the recipe along as well. Will definitely make this again!
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