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It's Chili by George!!

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2014
Fabulous, and oh so easy!! Disclaimer: I did substitute spicy bloody mary mix (as someone mentioned) just b/c I like things with extra kick (didn't use nearly as much liquid as called for) - other than that, followed to a T! Earned serious cool points with my dad-in-law who tapped into the chili before I got home...I actually think he has a new-found respect for me now! (it only took 20 years...??) Thanks, George! : )
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Loaded Baby Reds

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2014
YUM!!! This will be my go-to for cookout dishes from now on. I almost tripled the recipe, used 1.5 bricks of cream cheese, sour cream, real bacon, scallions and added salsa (which I add to my usual 'loaded baked potato) - didn't blend it entirely - left it chunky, and it got rave reviews.
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Asparagus Quiche

Reviewed: May 23, 2014
YUM!! And so easy! I have to confess to cheating - used 2 cans of drained asparagus (short on steaming time and I've not had much luck with fresh asparagus - comes out tough and chewy, despite extending the steaming time.) Not normally a fan of swiss cheese, but it goes great in this quiche. Did not do the egg white brush (again - short on time) but this was divine tasting!
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Fruit Dip

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2014
This was perfect! I hoped to take the easy way out and buy a pre-made fruit dip (time crunch!) but couldn't find any at the store I went to (??) Looked this up on my phone, knew I had the ingredients at home, and whipped it up, exactly as written - the teen girls I served it to LOVED it! Served with GS apples, red grapes, strawberries and pineapple chunks. Thanks so much!
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Manicotti Italian Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2014
This was great! I doubled it, making enough to fill an 11x7, two 8x8, and a round pie pan! I mixed the meat/spicy sausage in with the pasta, sliced the slices of pepperoni and layered on top with cheese over that. I DID end up adding more sauce to the batches I made with this the second day, as it was 'dryer' than the first batch I made for a friend, once it sat in the fridge (I like my Italian saucy!) I also used fresh mushrooms and added crushed red pepper flakes for added flavor. Crazy easy and very tasty - great option when you need a meal for someone who has given birth/lost a loved one, etc.
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Slow Cooker Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2013
This was great! I made it for a Thanksgiving Recipe Exchange, and love the slow cooker option, since everyone is so pressed for oven space on the holiday. I used almost 2 loaves of cubed French bread that I baked on 200 degrees to get crisp (like the bagged stuffing.) I followed the advice of others and ended up using just under a can of broth, as well as laid a dish towel between the crockpot and the lid, to soak up some of the condensation so it wouldn't become way soggy. The flavor was great, and I loved that I could do all the main prep work the day before, just tossing it all together the day of. I DID add sage sausage (that I browned ahead of time) and did cook for 4 hours maximum. Definitely a keeper!
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Green Monster Smoothie

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2013
Disclaimer: I tweaked a touch, only b/c of what I did/not have onhand. I used fresh spinach that I froze just for this recipe, did not have the yogurt, threw in a few strawberries and used Smart Balance pb. I always add cinnamon and vanilla to my smoothies. After blending, I took a spoonful, sampled it, pulled the spoon away to look at it and said (to no one in particular) - "No way...!" This is downright yummy! I was sad when I finished it (though a bit relieved, as I was quite full!) Intended to add protein powder to it, but I couldn't find where hubby put it - will add next time (ie - tomorrow!) for the protein punch. Spinach...who would have ever guessed...?
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Satiny Chocolate Glaze

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2013
This was fabulous on Black Magic Cake! I don't have a double boiler, so I just put all the ingredients in a small sauce pan and kept stirring until it because glossy - drizzled beautifully, and tastes divine! The recipe made more than I really needed, but I enjoyed licking it off the spoon : )
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Black Magic Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2013
Sinfully delicious! I needed simplicity, so I made this in a bundt pan, cooking for 40 min. I heeded the advice of others and spray/floured it generously - did coat the pan in cocoa, but go paranoid it would render the greasing null and void, so I sprayed it again. Froze it overnight once baked, as others suggested, had to let it sit out a while before it would pull away from the pan, but it turned out great. SOOO yummy! Used Satiny Chocolate Glaze on it, and filled the hole in the middle with strawberries - looked fabulous! Few girls passed on trying it, only b/c it seemed to be TOO much chocolate for their taste (is there such a thing?) so may want to try another glaze for fun next time (white choc or coffee?)
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Caroline's Firecrackers

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2013
So sorry - nothing personal, but no one who tried this liked it :(. I took on a trip with our neighbor friends, and it was not well-received at all. Too odd of a combination, or perhaps with bark/candy coating was overpoweringly sweet. I'm sure it's just personal preference and some have more adventurous tastebuds than others!
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Garlic Kale

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2013
SO happy I tried this simple alternative to 'something green' for New Year's : ) - I used the pre-washed, bagged kale, steamed it a bit first, then followed recipe (crushing the sliced garlic and letting it sit out for a bit first - read that is somehow the 'healthiest' way to cook with garlic?) I was fully prepared for bitterness, but this was excellent - just a simple garlic taste (with a touch of salt that I added at the end.) Given how healthy kale is, I can't wait to make more of this!
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Strawberry Pineapple Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2012
This is fantastic! I made 2 loaves for our teachers' bread exchange, and thankfully had enough batter leftover to make a few mini muffins (otherwise, I'd have no idea how this turned out.) I took a few sugg'ns - reduced the oil and sugar a bit and added a mashed banana as well as a dash of vanilla...took a while longer to bake (~ 65-70 min) but so yummy. Very quick to whip up, too! I diced some frozen strawberries up the other day, kept thawing them to bake, then re-freezing when I realized I didn't have time...happy to say it didn't mess with end result.
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Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2012
I made this for a faculty prayer breakfast. Definitely good - love the 'twang' of the dried cranberries - I just prefer a stronger pumpkin flavor, so I would likely do 1.5 tablespoons going forward. I add vanilla to all my breads, so I did that here...I have a problem with my breads being underbaked, no matter what kind of loaf pan I use - regular, disposable foil, PChef...I will often cover the bread so the top doesn't over brown, but I usually end up with a hard crust, undercooked middle. Inspired me to bake this in a 9x13 dish and it cooked MUCH more evenly throughout - took ~ 45 minutes, and it sliced into perfect bite-sized pieces for the group I made it for!
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Easy Bacon and Cheese Quiche

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2012
Holy cow, my husband INHALED this! Our 14 yr old daughter made this (w/my help : ) - we baked it on a Sat night and reheated slices Sun morning. When I came downstairs, 2 pieces (both, hubby's!) were already gone, and he ended up eating one more before I finally put it back into the fridge. Only thing I'd change is cooking time/temp - was a bit overdone for me. Just made another one, cooked it 45 min at 350 (added fresh spinach and a can of drained mushrooms that needed to be used up.) Thx for recipe! **Update: made again this weekend, trying to use up multiple cheeses, but out of half-and-half. Subbed evap milk for 1/2 and 1/2, and used up some cheddar, mont jack and blue cheese crumbles - RIDICULOUSLY good! My fave quiche!
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Jewel's Watermelon Margaritas

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2012
I loved this! Granted, I was that annoying person who did tweak just a bit...I did as others suggested, omitting the ice and freezing the watermelon. I also drastically cut back on the simple syrup (I made the amt called for, but only used about 1/4 c...didn't want to ingest all that sugar in a couple of drinks. Granted, my friend opted to stir more simple syrup into her drink as it was quite a bit more potent, but it suited me fine : ) I sliced more watermelon as we were sipping away, popped it into the freezer so I'll have it ready when the craving kicks in!
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Individual Lime Cheesecakes

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2012
Hubby loves cheesecake, but didn't want something too "decadent" for Father's Day meal. Stumbled upon this in my recipe box - so glad! My only changes next time - omit lime rind (couldn't grate it fine enough) and increase the lime juice a touch, to accentuate the flavor, and cool/chill the cakes on top of paper towels (in their wrappers/still in the tins to keep shape) as the bottom of the wrapper got moist. Really surprised at how smooth pureed cott cheese comes out - never would have guessed!
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Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Shoulder

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
This was great! I forgot the salt in the overnight brine (used mostly white vinegar with what little apple cider I had left.) Omitted onion (didn't have one) and cooked on high b/c of what time I started it. So yummy and moist - I always add bbq sauce to my bbq but this was so moist it didn't even need it.
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Southern as You Can Get Collard Greens

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
I've always avoided collard greens, thinking I wouldn't like them. Made this for our New Year's dinner and was pleasantly surprised that I actually ENJOYED them! I used one really big ham hock and cooked it in the broth in a crockpot for a few hours - then transferred to pot where I added/cooked the rest. Really glad I tried this!
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Pizza Shells

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2011
I loved this! Hubby did, too, though he would have preferred it without the green peppers (my fault - thought he liked them!) I tweaked it a bit - used mozzarella cheese and crushed red pepper instead of mont jack (what I had onhand) and I added cottage cheese for some protein. Combined all the filling ingredients (in my case - cott cheese, mushrooms, scallions, pepperoni, green pepper, real bacon, black olives, cheddar and mozz cheese, along with Italian seasoning) with part marinara/part pizza sauce (again - using up ingred I had onhand) - stuffed shells, topped w/more sauce, cheese and sprinkled w/parm cheese. So yummy and it made tons (plus was able to assemble it early in the day, bake later, serving alongside texas toast, salad and steamed asparagus - great meal!)
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Bella's Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2011
I am so proud of myself (and owe a huge "thank you" to my friend who made these for a Thanksgiving recipe exchange I hosted) - b sprouts were my #1 most hated food, stemming back to childhood. Out of politeness (and the need to not be hypocritical in telling my kids they "need to TRY new foods, otherwise how will you know if you like it or not??") I tried one of these, and it ended up being my favorite dish at the exchange! I made them last night for our first Advent dinner and was thrilled with the results. I omitted butter, used chicken broth, less b vinegar, scallions, did cook the bacon (in oven) until crispy (tossed with sprouts the last few min of cooking,) used more grease than suggested and forgot to halve the sprouts (next time need to - they will cook quicker - core stays hard longer otherwise.) So pleasantly surprised by this recipe!!
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