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Baklava

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2007
WoW what a great recipe! This is going to be a favorite to bring to family gatherings or to make at Christmas. I read the reviews and made half more extra sauce and there was plenty. Also added the lemon zest to the sauce. The only thing I have to say surprised me about this other than the amazing simplicity for the finished product, which looks and tastes like a top chef made it, was that it was time consuming. So I'm glad I had help. Well worth the effort though, I'm a beginner in the baking area and have never worked with phyllo before but this dessert turned out perfect. However I can't stop eating this! Hubby is a chocoholic, so Chocolate Baklava is next! This is an additional note a year after I did this review... I brought some to work and now have people begging and willing to pay anything I ask to make them pans of this stuff. They say they want an invite to my house for dinner because I must be a fabulous cook : )
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Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2009
I just made this recipe and I really like it. I took some tips and added the cheese to the sauce then sprinkled this with bread crumbs. The lemon and spices (garlic and pepper) I used to toss the chicken with really went along way to adding the necessary Zing to this dish. Next time though I will omit the bread crumbs and thicken the sauce a bit . There was the correct amount of sauce but I found it sort of soupy. This is a great recipe for leftover pasta with items I always have on hand. I will definitely be making this tasty dish again and again. Thanks!
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Simple Country Ribs

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2009
Easy and awesome! My tip would be to preboil the ribs in water just a bit first to get the initial fat off. I did this and also cooked them in the oven as per the suggestion of another reviewer. Fantastic! I will definitely use this recipe again. Thanks
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French Toast Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2009
This was great for Xmas morning. This is what my gang likes. Just assemble bake and go about your business. I only gave this 3 stars because the recipe has a misprint which caused me some grief. It says 1/4 cup of sugar but asks for tablespoons in and on. How can 4 tablespoons be 1/4 cup. Also I really thought this could use some confectioners sugar for on top, Who knows maybe that is what was meant by white sugar. In any case it was good and I will make it again for sure.
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Crustless Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2009
This is a very nice recipe. I made this for Christmas breakfast with French Toast (baked). The colors were very pretty and festive plus the taste was great. I will make this again. Thanks
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Slow Cooker Sausage with Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2009
I gave this 5 stars for the idea. I make a very similar recipe with 3 packages pork Italian meatballs, a can of tomato juice, Parmesan cheese and some blended Italian spices (all to taste). I serve this on hoagie buns and top with mozzarella cheese. This is awesome and tastes just like our famous Italian take out place. Even better because you can make them the way you want them. Slurp!
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Cranberry Brownie Torte

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2010
I made this for New Years dinner. I do not make fancy deserts so I was a bit intimidated. I had been promising this desert to my family all Christmas so I figured I had better deliver. I did go out and buy the spring pan and I am glad I did. I also followed the advice of some reviewers and used 2 pkgs of cream cheese. This tastes like cheese cake and brownies with cranberry topping and is delicious. I was so proud of myself I took a photo and added it to my review. My family though it was like something from a professional bakery. We all agreed that the brownies were a tiny bit thin so next time I will use a larger mix. There definitely will be a nextime for this recipe for my family. This was awesome. I give this a big 5 stars.
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Gramma Bertha's Banana Cake

Reviewed: May 9, 2010
I have made this cake several times and my family does love it. The first time I made it I had to substitute some pancake mix for regular flour. I have found than as little as half a cup of pancake mix produces a larger fluffier cake. I have also been using chocolate chips with the recipe which my family loves. This cake is usually polished off fast at my house. I have taught my daughter-in-law to make it because my son loves it so much. I give it four stars becuase I personally find it a bit flat without the pancake mix. However it is an easy recipe that is delicious.
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Gourmet Chicken Pizza

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2010
I already make this however we barbeque ours. You can buy special pans (i bought mine at Walmart) with little round holes in the bottom for this purpose. You could probably make your own with cheap tin pans from the dollar store by making some holes in the bottom. We try all kinds of variations. A couple of hits are mixing some Rene's Ceasar dressing or Spicy Thialand (M&M's) with tomatoe sauce on the crust. This makes a Chicken Ceasar Pizza or a Spicy Chicken Thai Pizza. Be careful if you do make it on the BBQ as it takes less than 13 minutes. Try to keep your heat to under 400 as well. We use any crust and have used the refridgerator dough as suggested here with great results. Even on the BBQ. This the best tasteing pizza ever (double delish on the BBQ) and is always a hit at my house.
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Spaghetti Pie II

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2010
This looked pretty interesting so I thought I would give it a go. I fiqured I would go for a lasagna type dish so I kept to layering this dish as opposed to mixing the sauce with the pasta as some reviewers suggest. To keep the pasta from being dry I added some V-8 and clamato I had on hand to at the bottom of the dish and tossed. This kept the pasta flavorful and juicy. I used ricotta and mixed in some sour cream (I needed to stretch the recipe) and frozen chopped spinach for color and vitamins. I put spinach in everything :) I made one pie in a 9-13 pan and one in a deep dish pie pan for a friend who is just coming out of the hospital. I honestly did not see a difference. My son and his GF said it was fantastic and liked it better than my lasagna. My son said he liked it way better than he even thought he would. My hubby liked it too and had 2 plates. I think the eggs and parm with the pasta really seals the deal here. One thing though... I don't know how often I will be making this as this one was a lot of work. More pots and dishes than making a lasagna as I buy the premade fresh italian or ready to cook pasta and can skip the noodle boiling step altogether. Because of the prep I only gave 4 stars. Glad I tried it.
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Mid-Eastern Chicken Thighs

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2010
Great simple recipe I will add to my list of foreign dishes. If you like these spices this is pretty hard to mess up. Frankly I used freshie instead of wine and added waaaaay more spices and just loved it. So simple and tastey. I made lots more sauce as you can see in my photo #2 as we have a big family that like rice and sauce. Thanks for this. Excellent!
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White Cheese Chicken Lasagna

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2011
I thought I had rated this before, perhaps I have but this is a good recipe. I make this once a month and it is a keeper at my house. A few tips I use for this are using oven ready lasagna noodles. making and chopping extra chicken when I am making something else with chicken during the month (you can always freeze and use when ready) . Also I freeze my white cheese so it breaks up when thawed without having to grate, It goes in the sauce anyway so why go to the bother of meticulously grating the cheese. I also buy frozen chopped spinach which I thaw and put in ice cube trays to refreeze in cubes and then a big zip lock freezer bag. I put spinach in just about everything. All you have to do is throw as many or little cubes as you need in your recipe... easy peasy. These short cuts make this dish pretty quick to make with results that look like you slaved all day. As for taste I always add a little half and half and a can of mushroom soup with a can of mushrooms and extra Basil. This is not to change the original recipe it's just personal preference after having made this as the original many times. This dish is supper tasty as well as attractive. Highly recommended!!!!!
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Cheesy Pork and Rice Cassarole

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2011
I rate this recipe as excellent! I am a fly by the seat of my pants cook so have fun with this recipe. This recipe also coverts easily to a vegitarian dish by replacing the meat with black beans, You can also use just about any meat in this with the exception of fish. Basil garlic rice recipe is mine and available on this site as well. So easy. Bon Appettite ; ) Screaming-wallflower
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Garlic Basil Rice

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2011
My daughter loves this rice and tried this on the slowcooker that I handed down to her. It was a mess. If your cooker gives you grief, do this on the stovetop.
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BBQ Chicken Pizza II

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2011
I make this actually on the BBQ. I mix Thai sauce with some tomato sauce instead of BBQ sauce which gives it a kind of sweetish tang. The pizza cooks very fast on th BBQ. We really love it.
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Blueberry Upside-Down Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2011
I had some frozen berries I needed to use up and wanted to make a upsidedown cake which lead me here. Normally I do not find it worth the effort to make cake from scatch but this was truely amazing. I had to double this recipe as I found there did not look to be enough for a good size cake. I used self rising cake flour and OMG! The best, moistest cake I ecer made. I used sweetener ( both brown and white) and my husband and brother went back for seconds and thirds and didn't even know the difference. This was increduble served hot with PC Vanilla Bourbon ice cream. Blueberry season is upon us here in the north and I will be making many more of these cakes. I think I will even try this as individual muffins. Yumm Yumm
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Blueberry Upside-Down Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2011
I just realized I rated the wrong recipe oops! THIS is the amazing delicious cake I made. The first batch of cake batter I made did not rise as I did not ad the baking powder to the flour as I was supposed to. I got very little batter so I made a second batter adding the baking powder to the flour then mixing with milk alternately as the recipe says and you could see the difference immediately. I substituted sweetner (beown and white) for the sugars and my husband and brother could not tell the difference. They both went for seconds and thirds. This would probably make nice muffins. I used frozen berries but since it is blueberry season I will definayely be making this again with fresh. I think part of the reason mine4 turned out so well was because I used real self rising cake flour and added the baking powder. I usually just use all purpose flour in my cakes. This made such a difference. This was without a doubt the moistest cake I have ever made. This was delicious served warm with PC Vanilla Bourbon ice cream. $hanks for a very very good recipe
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Red Enchilada Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2011
I obly had half the ingrediants (spices) for this and we still loved it. However I have never eaten a real enchilada. I literally made up my pwn recipe with ground mear, rice,beans. onions. peppers and cheese sause rolled in tortillas with this sauce on top and a good helping of grated mixed blend cheese on top. You don't have to be a chef in the kitchen to make something good, You just have to know what your doing. I rated this 4 simply because I am sure there must be something more like from the old country out there but I personally will use this again soon,
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Spicy Lime Grilled Shrimp

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2011
Fab!!!! Easy and tasty. Low carb, low fat, low calorie and tasty!!!!!! One thing though. I don't know what kind of plastic bags y'all are usin but my shrimp poked little holes in the bag (tails) If the tails are still on , use a plastic container. TX for the great recipe. Will make again and again!
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Amazing 'Pizza' Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2011
My family raved! I usually don't but I added a bit. I added a teaspoon of pizza sause to each chop, sliced olives onuons and mushrooms (sauteed). Treat this one as if it's a pizza and it will be amazing. I never penalize recipes because I added. Everone is different and likes different things. The basic recipe is what is meant to be enjoyed. If you add the sauce don't skimp on the tomato as it adds a touch of summery freshness. This was easy peasy. Absoloutely DELISH! TX
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