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Chicken Tikka Masala

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2009
I introduced the man to Indian food, and now he craves tikka masala all the time. Thought we would try making our own and this was amazingly delicious. Made it on a weekend day when the kids weren't here. A little work, but worth it. Heed the salt warnings, though! I used 1t salt in the marinade, and none in the sauce, and reduced the cumin just a bit because it can overwhelm other flavors so easily. The man did the grilling while I made the sauce on the stovetop, some rice, and peas. Earlier, when making the marinade, i made cucumber raita from this site-- a must!! Oh, I also reduced the cayenne by half. Next time I will double this recipe by the man's request. Next time we have guests, we will serve this!
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Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2009
So good! I did as others suggested, and browned the butter first. Don't miss out on that- it smells incredible. I doubled the recipe, using 4 T butter, still only 1 T soy, and 2 T balsamic. I did not use salt and pepper. I served this at a week night dinner party, and everyone had seconds. Really delicious and very little effort. I also used frozen asparagus for convenience. Just lay them out on baking sheets while you are preparing the rest of dinner so they can thaw a little before they go into the oven. I served this with the crock pot turkey breast from this site, mixing some of the turkey juice with a jar of good quality turkey gravy (read the labels- some have lots of filler and chemicals). I also cooked a bag of white and a bag of brown frozen rice from Trader Joes. I arrived home from work 10 minutes before my guests arrived for dinner, and this was an impressive meal to present. Everything was delicious, but the asparagus added real class and a gourmet touch. Thanks!!
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Pretty Chicken Marinade

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2009
This is now my go-to recipe for grilled chicken. It is a must try--don't change a thing. We marinated thin cut chicken breasts and it grilled so quickly! It was the hit of our Mothers' Day party. We served this with a green salad, corn on the cob, chili beans, hot dogs for the kids, and a homemade fresh fruit shortcake dessert. This recipe allowed my sister and me to serve a large group a really spectacular meal on a budget. And I have made it a few times since just for the family. Add this one to your permanent collection!
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Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2009
Followed recipe exactly. WOW!! We served this at our New Year's party. My man had won a 19 lb turkey in a turkey shoot, and it was taking up space in the freezer so I planned the party menu around it. (If you've never been to a turkey shoot, you fire at targets, not turkeys. They give frozen ones as prizes.)Did not have to baste at all, and guests all said it was the best turkey they had ever had! Thanks so much!
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Aunt Teen's Creamy Chocolate Fudge

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2013
The creamiest, most delicious fudge. Made this as one of my Christmas goodies, and am so pleased with the results. I did make changes because there was soooo much sugar-- in the marshmallow, in the chocolate chips, plus an entire cup of white sugar. First, you can skip the milk chocolate chips for convenience-- it turns out great with all semi-sweet. Next, decrease sugar to 1/2 cup. Last, I used 2 1/2 cups semi sweet chips, and one square of unsweetened chocolate to keep the chocolate flavor strong without it being too sweet. Delicious!! Mine came out dark and creamy. Heaven!
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Pork Chops with Raspberry Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2009
Wow! We had this for our special Valentine's meal, and I thought I would have to coax the man and kids into eating it because of the pretty red sauce. Not so. They devoured this, and it was gorgeous. I used balsamic vinegar after reading the reviews, and it was great, though I bet the white vinegar makes an even prettier sauce. Maybe next time I will try white balsamic vinegar- I have seen it at Trader Joes. Now, take my advice and double the sauce. If you don't, you will wish you had! My only complaint is that I could not find a seedless raspberry jam made without high fructose corn syrup. Oh well. Can't be perfect all the time! Thanks for this recipe. Incredibly good!
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Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2011
This has become one of my go-to recipes. So fast, delicious, and nutritious!! I did make some changes to up the nutritional value, and keep it easy. First, I don't use 2 types of bell pepper. I just chop up one orange bell pepper and use the whole thing. I also add one can of black beans, rinsed and drained, and frozen corn. The combo of colors alone in this chili makes it appetizing, and then you taste it. Yum! I use the recipe seasonings, but I add a little cumin, and a little coriander, and sometimes a little cayenne for heat. Play with the spices, but I highly recommend using cumin. With all the veggies added in, I just serve this with cornbread. Makes a great weeknight dinner, or weekend lunch. Double the recipe and freeze some, too! I even served this to a crowd at our pumpkin carving party. Everyone raved, and then I told them it was made with pumpkin!!
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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2011
I don't make this often, because I prefer not to cook with packaged stuff like soup mix, but I have made this a few times, and it is just delicious. And just simply easy. Buy turkey breast on sale, throw it in the slow cooker with seasoning and hit the button. Served this to company after working all day, and went over very well. I keep this recipe for exactly those times when I want to feed and entertain my loved ones, but don't have a lot of time or energy to invest. Perfect.
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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2011
I haven't bought taco seasoning in years thanks to this recipe! Amazing! I play with the heat factor, keeping it pretty mild for the kids. This is fantastic and economical, with no chemicals or preservatives. Read the label sometime on a packet of taco seasoning. Scary.
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Salmon in Lemon-Dill Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2009
One of the kids does not like salmon, so I made this when she was at camp for the rest of us. After the first mouthful, I got a big thumbs up from the 7yr old. The recipe looks complicated, but it goes pretty quickly. Absolutely delicous!
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Jerk Seasoning

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2009
So good! Try this: Thaw one bag of frozen shrimp, then saute them in a little bit of oil and a generous sprinkling of this seasoning. Mix 3 cups shredded cabbage with 3Tblsps mayo, and the juice and zest of one lime. Throw in some onion or cilantro if you like it and let sit while cooking shrimp. Serve in warmed corn tortillas for the best shrimp tacos you ever tasted!! Thanks for sharing.
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Colcannon

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2009
The kids loved this! I am making it again tonight by request for my stepdaughter's b-day dinner. So good!
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Ranch Dressing II

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2008
I reviewed this recipe a few years ago, and wanted to re-review. I took a hint from another reviewer, and now use equal parts mayo, sour cream, and buttermilk. I also use only sea salt, and I double the amount in the recipe. If this is too thick, add more buttermilk to keep from diluting the taste. I was never a ranch fan, and made this for my stepkids, but now I love it!! Original review: The kids could not believe this wasn't from the package. I was thrilled that it had the great taste of Ranch with none of the chemicals in the packet. I diluted it quite a bit because I like thin dressing. I mixed it according to the recipe, then added plain milk til it was the consistency I wanted. Thanks!
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2008
My friend's husband who does not eat sweets asked for a second piece! I mixed 2/3 of the syrup with the apples, then did the lattice top, then poured remainder over. Gorgeous! I also added 1 tsp of cinnamon and a scant Tblsp of vanilla to the syrup. This is now my apple pie recipe!
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2008
You must try this!! It is so tasty, and so unbelievably easy. You will make it again and again. I use frozen chicken breasts, frozen chopped onion, one can crm of chicken, one can crm of mushroom, skip the butter, and I use water instead of reviewer recommended broth to cut the salt. Let this cook all day, then break up the chicken, add frozen peas, and turn to high. Stir peas in, and let cook while you cut up one can of biscuits. Put biscuits, pushing them down into soup-- they'll pop back up when they're done-- and cook for another hour or until biscuits are done. This is rich, so I serve it in a bowl with a salad on the side. I have also added corn. Celery and carrots would be good but the kids do not like them. I would use fresh and add at the beginning. Always a hit!
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Spinach Salad with Pepper Jelly Dressing

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2008
Really different! I made this for our lunch today, and since the kids weren't here, used hot pepper jelly. Delicious!! The goat cheese cancels the heat and tastes great. Also makes an impressive presentation. I served this with canned soup, and lunch came together in less than 10 minutes. In the South, we always had pepper jelly poured over a brick of cream cheese to eat on crackers at holiday parties. I was excited to try this because pepper jelly reminds me of Christmas! Will make again and again!
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Overnight Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2008
If you need something special to serve with breakfast, make this! Not the most amazing coffee cake ever, but the fact that you can do all the work the night before makes it five star. The house smelled incredible! I used 1/2 white and 1/2 whole wheat flour,and the kids gobbled it up!
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Best Beef Dip Ever

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2008
I am always suspicious of a recipe title like this, but I gotta say, it really was the best ever. Cheap cut of meat, stupid easy, and really delicious! My man loved loved loved it. The kids were not into the au jus, but loved the meat. Served on soft brioche buns from Trader Joe's-- yum!
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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2008
This was my first pumpkin pie attempt-- I have always opted to make something fancier-- so I was nervous about being the sole supplier of pumpkin pie at our Thanksgiving dinner. I needn't have worried. These pies (I made 2) were delicious and beautiful. And easy! Perfect!
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Aunt Teen's Creamy Chocolate Fudge

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2008
The creamiest, most delicious fudge. Made this as one of my Christmas goodies, and am so pleased with the results. I did make changes because there was soooo much sugar-- in the marshmallow, in the chocolate chips, plus an entire cup of white sugar. First, you can skip the milk chocolate chips for convenience-- it turns out great with all semi-sweet. Next, decrease sugar to 1/2 cup. Last, I used 2 1/2 cups semi sweet chips, and one square of unsweetened chocolate to keep the chocolate flavor strong without it being too sweet. Delicious!! Mine came out dark and creamy. Heaven!
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