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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2007
Wow! This was so easy and a favorite for everybody in the family- even the babysitter! I added a bit too much water, so I just an extra can of soup and a spare boullion cube. I used 2 cans cream of mushroom and 1 cream of chicken, which I found was a good combo and added some flavour depth. I also added an extra touch of poultry seasoning. The dumplings were "melt in your mouth" delicious! I rounded out the meal with cheese, pickles and slaw. I will be making this frequently in fall and winter!
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Slow Cooker Cranberry Roast

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2007
I'm currently on a slow cooker kick (too hot to bake!) and this is recipe number 2 for me. This recipe is just too easy and absolute delicious!!! Went together in just seconds. The whole family loved it, including the finicky 11 year old. We had it over egg noodles, which was great. Next time it'll be garlic mashed potatoes, which I know will be awesome. If you're a busy mum looking for a quick, mouthwatering meal for your family- this is it!!!
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Slow Cooker Sausage with Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2007
This was slow cooker night #3 for us...DH and I been working nights and having a meal cook itself while we sleep is wonderful. This recipe was yummy, quick and flexible! We ate it with sour dough bread, but it would be lovely with pasta, potato or even cooked greens. I made a few slight alterations- I used sweet italian sausage and added a cup of pepperoni slices, extra oregano and chopped garlic. To offset the spiciness from the pepperoni, I added a bit of sugar. I garnished each plate with a dollop of sour cream. The flavor was so savory. I was especially impressed by the smooth texture of the sausage- not grainy or chewy like typical fried sausage. My finicky son ate two bowls! We will be having this again for sure. I'm a fan of sweet & spicy combinations, so I'm going to try this recipe with apple sausages...I can't imagine it would be anything short of fantastic!
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Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2007
This was wonderful! Super easy, too. I used boneless pork loin chops, as it is what was to hand. Don't be put off by the cranberry jelly- it makes a lovely gravy! It was hard to resist the urge to add water at the outset, but I'm glad I did. I did thicken the liquid with a touch of instant flour, but won't do that next time round- I think I prefer a thinner boullion type gravy. We had this with egg noodles, but it would be divine with garlic mashed potatoes. This has been added to my recipe queue for fall and winter meals. Great nosh!
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Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2007
This was fabulous! I cooked twice the amount of meat used in the recipe (big crowd) so I needed twice as much sauce. I used two different BBQ sauces, both really good quality. I didn't have quite enough ranch dressing, so I substituted some parmesan peppercorn. I cooked it on high just until it was good and hot, then pushed it back to low for several hours. At the end of cooking I pulled the chicken out and shredded it, putting it back into the sauce to moisten and absorb more tangy goodness for about 30 minutes. We had it with slow cooker mac & cheese. Deeeelish! We had it another night with garlic mashed potatoes- ooooohhhhh so gooood! The left overs that I froze will be enjoyed with corn bread and green beans- which I'm sure will be to die for. This is something that will be gracing our table several times this winter, as well as next summer when I'm craving moist, tangy BBQ without all the work! A winner that should be in everyone's recipe box!
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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese II

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2007
Very good! A note- If you are going to make this recipe you should know it's more of a custardy M&C. This was a hit with the adults, but the "Blue Box" lovers weren't thrilled with it. It was veeeery easy to make, but I did make a few alterations...I added some sliced Velveeta to help add some creaminess, a touch more canned milk than called for, a touch of honey, a little extra pepper. I also precooked my pasta, but only until it was just softened, still quite firm- this prevents a mushy texture. I stirred this a couple of times, cooking it on low. I don't think this is something I would cook all day, as it was actually ready to enjoy within a couple of hours. This would be a great addition to grilled chicken and cole slaw when you don't want to heat up the kitchen with your oven. Yum!
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Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2007
If you are a new cook or just looking for an amazing turkey recipe, look no further! So easy and my bird was so moist, with crisp and yummy skin, falling off the bones! It was a HUUUUGE hit with EVERYONE! Even the children! I have struggled with cooking a decent bird for so long that I finally gave up and started making lasagna for the holidays. Not anymore! This is the 1 and only recipe I will ever use! One recommendation- if you use a "pop up thermometer bird", follow the temp and time directions provided on the packaging of your bird and you will have an amazing meal. This recipe takes the anxiety out of cooking a turkey. I'm actually looking forward to cooking my next holiday meal!
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Summer Squash Bake

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2007
What a yummy and easy recipe for summer squash! I did make a couple of changes...I didn't have bread crumbs on hand, so I used some dry stove top stuffing crumbs, which made it savory and delightfully seasoned! I also sauteed the squash and onion in a touch of butter and oil, instead of boiling it in water. I added a bit of water to the egg. Husband loved it and asked for seconds!
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2007
This is VERY GOOD!!! Everyone liked it, even the daughter. I made a couple of changes- Since it's what I had to hand, I used Diet Pepsi. I also used Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce and a sprinkle of garlic powder and a touch of brown sugar. We had this with summer squash bake and biscuits, which was a great combo. I can't wait to try it with fiddle heads and small red potatoes in spring!!! I will be making this again for sure!
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Bavarian Style Meatballs

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2007
Absolutely wonderful!!! A breeze to throw together. I used cranberry jelly (as opposed to the whole berries) as it's what I had to hand, and I really liked the texture. The sweetness was just right. The kiddos didn't care for the texture of the sauerkraut, so I plucked out a few meatballs...they liked the flavor and ate several. I served this with the easy corn casserole and garlic mashed potatoes, which was a PERFECT combination. The "gravy" was sweet (but not too sweet) and thick enough to cover the potatoes. I highly recommend this recipe- it would be great for a potluck at the office, a shower, holiday event, etc. This will get rave reviews from everyone! As another poster said, don't be put off by the ingredients- the blend of flavors is amazing! Try it!
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Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2007
You just can't go wrong with this recipe! Here's why... I actually doubled the recipe because I wanted it for a big crowd, but didn't have the second can of creamed corn that was needed, so I added an extra 1/2 cup of sour cream and 1 TBSP. of sugar instead. The mixture was very creamy and I was concerned about it being too moist---It was wonderful! After reading from others here that it needs a little more time in the oven, I baked it for 55 minutes. It was a lovely golden brown and mildly sweet. The inside was moist yet almost cake-like. Despite altering this recipe, it came out delicious- I don't think you could mess it up! It was a perfect accompaniament for the Bavarian Meatballs recipe from this site; It would go well with a multitude of dishes. It got a big thumbs up from the family- I will definitely be making this again!
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Pizza Dough I

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2007
So easy and absolutely wonderful! My family loves it. I've made it once a week ever since I found the recipe. We've stopped ordering out and I feel so good about giving the family something homemade! Two extra things I do- I add pizza spices to the flour and mix it right into the dough. I also cook the undressed crusts for 5 minutes, then top them and pop them back into the oven. This doesn't take away from the ease of the recipe, which by the way, is very appreciated by this busy mum! Delicioso!!!
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Easy Pizza Sauce III

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2007
Wow do I love this sauce!!! I did juice it a up a tad, with a bit more spice, some sugar, salt and red pepper flakes, which added to the already wonderful flavor and perfect texture of this sauce! Thanks for sharing this recipe- I am forever grateful!
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Jay's Signature Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2007
This pizza crust rocks!!! It is so much like the local pizzaria crust- soft and chewy with a crispy edge- absolutely wonderful- a hit with the whole family!!! This is a keeper!
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Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2007
Oh my gosh- these are divine!!! I added a bit of sugar and garlic powder to the potatoes before putting them to the crock. They are so wonderfully creamy and a perfect companian to Bavarian Meatballs (from this site). Keeping them warm in the slow cooker is a great idea, yet delicious right from the boiling pot. My next go round will include a packet of veggie soup mix added to the recipe. Highly recommended!!!
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Honey Of An Oatmeal Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2008
Yum yum yum! Very good indeed!
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Crab Rangoon III

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2008
Goodness me! These delightful little buggers are so addictive and suprisingly easy to make!
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Pizza Crust for the Bread Machine II

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2008
WOOOOOW! Out of the 5 pizza crust recipes I have tried in the past two months, this is the best one I have used! I added a bit of garlic powder and a sprinkle of oregano to the mixture, to add even more of that italian flavor we love so much. It was so good, even the boy that eats nothing but pb & fluff said "Mum, this is the best food you have ever cooked"! I used "Easy pizza sauce III" from this site (which I modify with a bit of sugar). I don't think I will need to try another recipe, as this one ROCKS!!! Thanks Jay!!!
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Red Pepper Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2008
This is delicious! Versatile! Impressive! Beautiful! I did change it a bit based on other reviews and my personal preferences, making it a bit simpler...I baked the peppers in the oven until the skins were black, let them cool, peeled the skins. Threw them in a pot with the broth, seasonings, simmered for 30 minutes. Let cool, whisked in blender. Returned to pot, added cream. I wanted a very simple, fresh taste, so I used garlic and onion powders. I also added a touch of ground CORIANDER and honey. This was divine and will definitely be served at my next summer party! The versatile part was the remainder of the soup, which I altered for husband-I added cooked ground apple sausage, sauteed with diced onions- equally wonderful! We had it with sourdough bread-woooooow! He loved it, which is a surprise b/c he is not a big fan of red peppers. This is not the quickest "slap something together" recipe, but if you're in the mood to make something rewarding, healthy, delicious and lovely, this is it. This is a soup that will stay in my recipe box ALWAYS!
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Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2008
This soup was really yummy! The lime-zested sour cream garnish really made all the difference-be sure to add it!
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