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Becki's Oven Barbecue Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2007
Thanks for this recipe. It's a keeper! I made it for "girls night" this past Tuesday and everyone loved it. I sprayed the pan before putting everything in it and it was easy to clean afterward despite all the sauce.
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Shrimp Quinoa

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2011
I'm on the hunt lately for quinoa recipes and since I have about 5 bags of shrimp from a recent sale I thought I'd give this one a try. Verdict: yummy! I made it exactly as written except for omitting the raisins because I don't like them. Very easy to make, healthy and delicious. Next time I'll add an extra tablespoon of lemon juice to brighten the flavours up even more. My husband suggested adding a bit of chopped jalapeno (he loves the Szechwan Shrimp from this site) but he likes a lot of heat in his food. Thanks for a great recipe I'll make often!
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Rich and Simple French Onion Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2011
Delicious soup which I'll be making again. Unfortunately I didn't have large bread slices so I just used a couple of small slices from a baguette and broiled some shredded cheese on top but it wasn't nearly as yummy as putting the whole thing under the broiler with lots of cheese on it but I've given it a top rating because the onion broth was so tasty. I have to buy some onion soup bowls and will try it again when I've done that.
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Lobster Dip

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2010
Be sure to make this a day ahead so the flavours can intensify. I used 11 oz. of lobster since that's what came in the can of frozen lobster I bought from Costco. I squeezed the water out of each piece with paper towels since it was a bit wet. Next time I'd like to try this with fresh lobster. Also, I'd cut the lobster pieces slightly larger (more recognizable) and add them to the cream cheese mixture after it's mixed. Less breakage that way. This dip was a hit and I'll make it again.
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Shrimp Bisque

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2007
I made this recipe last night when I had a couple of friends over for dinner. Fantastic! They both want the recipe. It was super easy to make and was great with the French Bread Rolls to Die For from this site. I used a bit more of the chili oil - maybe it wasn't hot enough because I could only find Thai Sweet Chili Oil. I also couldn't find no fat half and half in my regular grocery store so I used some no fat evaporated milk along with the regular half and half (equal quantities of both). Instead of topping it with parmesan, I put a single whole shrimp and sprig of parsley on top. I'll be making this again. Thanks for a keeper!
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Perfect Baked Potato

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2011
The title of this recipe is perfect - it IS the perfect baked potato, especially when you do what the top reviewer suggested and nuke it first for 5 minutes, then bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Perfect, creamy consistency. No other way to bake a potato for me in future!
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Oven Roasted Red Potatoes and Asparagus

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2011
Excellent recipe I'll use again - but I'll definitely cut back to 2 tsp. rosemary and thyme and 4 cloves of garlic, and only cook the asparagus for 10 to 12 minutes total since mine was overcooked. It's a great recipe since you can put it in the oven and basically forget about it when you're having company and your potatoes and veggies are all done together.
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Asparagus Chicken Crepes

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2011
Fantastic. Loved everything about this recipe and will be making it often. I've made it twice so far - once with ham and once with just the chicken and asparagus - both are delicious. Many thanks for a great crepe recipe.
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World's Best Lasagna

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2011
This is a delicious lasagna which I've now made at least 5 times. Make sure you use a large enough baking dish to hold everything. When I've used a smaller baking dish than I should, I've used the leftover sauce for spaghetti. Delicious either way!
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Scones

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2011
Yum! Made these this afternoon so we can have them with a pot of tea while we're watching the Royal Wedding tomorrow morning at 5 a.m. I made the recipe exactly as written and the only change I'd make in future is to reduce the amount of sugar by a couple of tablespoons. Thanks for a great scone recipe! (Oops, forgot to note in my review that I also made the scones half the size so the recipe made twice as many - wouldn't want them any larger - and I cut them into circles instead of wedges.)
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Burgundy Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2011
I really wanted to give this one 5 stars but we loved the Kalamata Pork Tenderloin recipe even more. This is a simple, quick, tasty recipe. I did have to cook it for about 10 minutes longer than called for - might be my oven. I found the onions baked up a bit crunchy, being on top of the pork tenderloin, so next time I would just lay them beside the meat and this way they would soak up some of the liquid. I only used one pound so halved everything, including using half a package of gravy mix. Would work well for company.
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Cake Balls

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2011
I made a batch of these for New Year's Eve. They're easy to do but quite time-consuming and I have a feeling they could be fabulous or horrible, depending on the combination of cake and icing and the proportion of cake to icing. I wouldn't have wanted them any gloppier than the ones I made so I think I'd err on less frosting than more. I made a Betty Crocker chocolate cake and a homemade chocolate frosting to mix in. I froze the mix for about 20 minutes, then made little balls by rolling them by hand, putting the bowl back in the freezer after making about a dozen of them. I found the melon scooper suggested by others didn't work as well. I melted Merckens milk chocolate wafers from the Bulk Barn in a double boiler and used a plastic fork with the two middle tines broken off to scoop them up and dip them in the chocolate before setting them down on wax paper. I found that suggestion on another website and it worked great. These are very pretty and impressive when put into individual wrappers.
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Cream Cheese Penguins

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2008
Wow! This was so much fun to put together. I thought it would take longer to do but it was surprisingly quick. I found that the "bodies" stood up much better when I sliced a tiny bit off the bottom of the olive so it was completely flat against the carrot feet. I bought a cheese ball since time was tight and frosted it with whipped cream cheese to make the igloo. Next time I won't use the whipped kind since it was hard to draw lines through it. I covered a pizza pan with tin foil, lay a piece of blue construction paper over top and then covered it again with saran so the "water" would look icy. Then I covered the base with slabs of cream cheese and they made a great bank of snow against the water. I also used a piece of styrofoam which was in a box with an appliance and I roughed up the surface so it resembled a snowy hill and I stood 2 penguins on the ledges. The penguins stood in place well since they were set into the cream cheese. The whole thing turned out well and it was pretty tasty since I followed others' advice and used a flavoured cream cheese instead of plain. Thanks so much for this recipe and for all the photos I used as a guide. I'll definitely be making this again!
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Peach Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2011
Just had to try this one after moving to Niagara in peach season. Delicious, moist muffin. I cut back sugar by 1/2 cup and also used 3/4 c. apple sauce in place of 3/4 c. of the vegetable oil (still used 1/2 c. vegetable oil). I'll make this one again next year.
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Chicken Pot Pie IX

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2011
I've made this twice now, with fantastic results both times. I usually make my own crust but read a recent ready-made pie crust comparison test and decided to try the winner, the Pillsbury crust that you just roll out. It tasted homemade. I used corn instead of peas (since I hate peas) and didn't use celery seed since I didn't have any. I also cooked the chicken and veggies in chicken broth instead of water as others had suggested. Cooked it at 375 for 45 minutes, shielding the edges with tin foil for the first 25 minutes. Thanks so much for this great recipe!
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Pumpkin Bread IV

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2011
Fantastic! I made a half recipe and ended up with one full loaf and 14 mini muffins. I used egg substitute for 1 of the eggs and used a half and half combo of applesauce and canola oil. Next time I'll reduce the sugar by about 1/2 cup and will increase the spices a little bit. The texture was perfect. I baked the loaf for 1 hour and the mini muffins for 20 minutes. I'll make this again but also want to try the Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread recipe on this site to compare it - don't see how it could be better though!
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Baked Scallops

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2011
One of the best scallop recipes I've seen. I used panko bread crumbs and used ocean scallops instead of bay since that's what I had on hand. Delicious, quick recipe that's impressive for guests. Thanks, John!
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Melt-In-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2011
I tried another meatloaf on this website - Turkey and Quinoa - and we actually preferred it to this one, although both are very good. This one was a bit drier than the other one. I did cut back on the brown sugar as others suggested and it was sweet enough with half the amount. June 6/12 - Made again tonight. Didn't use any topping, just drizzled ketchup on top before putting the lid on the slow cooker. Added a couple of drops of liquid smoke to the top as well. Also, I laid the meat loaf on top of 2 carrots to drain away the fat. Liked it better this time.
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Special Turkey Gravy

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2010
Delicious and easy. I made exactly as written, except that I used Campbell's low sodium chicken stock instead of turkey stock and didn't add any water. I might try to make it slightly thicker next time by adding a bit less stock.
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Banana Cake VI

Reviewed: May 9, 2011
I'd give this one a 6 if I could. Perfection. I followed the instructions to the letter (but just made a half recipe so I used an 8 x 8 pan) except I didn't have any lemons on hand so I used 2 tsp. key lime juice from a bottle instead. If there was a difference I couldn't taste it since there was no lime flavour at all. I also added vinegar to milk in place of the buttermilk. Thanks so much for this recipe - it's absolutely delicious.
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