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Slow Cooker Spicy Black-Eyed Peas

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2009
I was looking for something with a little more pizzaz than my usual black eyed peas. When I saw this one I knew it was too spicy for me; my body doesn't tolerate hot spicy well. I also don't own a crock pot, but know that black eyed peas don't really need to cook for hours. So I used this recipe and cut way back on the spices. The flavor was wonderful and my hubby loved it. He likes spicy so I'm sure he would have preferred the original recipe, but undersatnds I can't tolerate that. Thanks for a great new recipe I'll continue using. I don't wait until New years to cook black eyed peas. We have these at least once or twice a month in the winter. Of course must have Southern oven skillet cooked corn bread with it. Happy New Year, one last time. Linda
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Broccoli and Stuffing Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2008
After reading the reviews thought I'd add a few comments that might help.I also mix all ingredients together and use non fat sour cream. Some reviews said the top was too crusty. A little trick I learned a long time ago when topping any casserole. Instead of using boxed bread crumbs and melted butter, I butter a slice or two of whole wheat bread (depending on size of casserole)tear each piece of bread into approx. 4 pieces. Place in a small blender (a handy dandy little round blender I use for chopping onions, peppers etc. rather than getting out the large blender) Blend until the bread crumbs are small, then sprinkle on top of casserole. Sprinkle a small amount of paprika all over top. This gives it a nice golden brown color when baked. Easy and requires very little time. I always have guests ask me how I make my casseroles so pretty and just the right crispyness. I also add a bit of curry powder to the overall mix for this dish sometimes just for a different and yummy flavor. This also makes an easy Chicken Divan recipe by adding a little more curry powder and chopped chicken. I like anything that's easy !!
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Spiced Baked Apples

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2008
As usual I tweaked this recipe a bit and we loved it so I've made it often. I took it to a recent potluck of 10 people. It was going to either be a side dish or dessert. I decided it would make a great dessert served with a dallop of vanilla ice cream for anyone who wanted it. I prefer the flavor without the ice cream. I used golden delicious apples and cut them in half. Placed them in a casserole dish, mixed other ingredients and and spooned this mixture on each half. I used the Spiced Baked Apples recipe but changed it slightly for our tastes such as slightly less spices and a little more walnut pieces, raisins and added cranraisins. Of course I had to calculate for 6 apples rather than two and added a little more brown sugar and water so there would be plenty of liquid. Used 6 apples so had 12 halves. Baked covered for 30 minutes and uncovered for 30 minutes. An instant hit with this crowd of expert cooks. (all retired folks)Will make it again and again as we live in apple country and eat a lot of apples.
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Fall Harvest Baked Apples

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2008
We enjoyed these baked apples, but as usual I tweaked the recipe to suit our tastes. Rarely do I follow a recipe exactly. I cut the apples in half and cored. Put them in a dish. Followed the ingredients of the recipe, though I did carmalize the nuts first and adjusted the ingredient amounts to suit our tastes. Baked them covered for 30 minutes and uncovered for another 15 minutes. At first I thought I wasn't going to like them but after a couple of bites they really appealed to me and I will definitely make this recipe again. Since there are only two of us now I refrigerated the leftovers and reheated them later. They were still delicioius. Love recipes that I can use the leftovers. Cuts down on so much cooking every day. Linda
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Carrots with Dried Cherries

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2008
I tried this recipe before Christmas to see if I wanted to serve it with Christmas dinner. The carrots and flavor were delicious, but the dried cherries I bought turned out to be stale with a strange flavor. Ruined the dish. What a disappointment. No reflection on the recipe. Unfortunately good dried cherries are hard to find in small southern towns. The prepackaged ones have too much artificial junk in them and are too sweet. I bought enough to make this dish for Christmas and, sadly, had to throw them away. I hope to find some great cherries and try again. Anyone have any suggestions on how to be sure dried cherries are not too old? Thanks. Linda
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Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2008
I have never been able to recreate my mother's famous (in our family) candied sweet potatoes so I decided to try a sweet potato casserole this Christmas. This was a tasty dish, not too sweet but the suggested size of the casserole dish was too large so it turned out not to be deep enough. Especially for the amount of pecans called for. Will definitely use this recipe again but will make a couple of adjustments. I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. allrecipes has become my favorite recipe site because I've found that it has the best tried and true recipes from real home cooks like me. Thanks. Linda
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Easy Turkey Gravy

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2008
Making gravy is not one of my strong points as a cook. I searched allrecipes gravy recipes and decided to try this one. It was easy to make and turned out to be the best gravy I've ever made. Will definitely use it over and over again. Will actually experiment with this recipe to create gravy for other dishes that are good with gravy or sauces. I'm a southern girl so good gravy is a must. It can make or break things like cornbread dressing (stuffing to non-southerners). Thanks for sharing. Linda from Georgia
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