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Garden Green Beans

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2008
These were simple and delicious. Steamed the green beans instead of boiling, and skipped the water chestnuts (didn't have any on hand). I also forgot to put on the parmesan cheese. All in all, I think this would have been even better with the chestnuts and cheese. Yum!
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Rich and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2009
Really delicious. I had to add about a tablespoon of sugar to tone down the acidity of the tomatoes (which were probably not as yummy because they're out of season). Also followed other people's advice and sauteed two cloves garlic, 1 shallot, 1/4 c white wine, and 1 T butter until wine was reduced, then added to the simmering tomato mixture. I used fat free half n half in place of the whipping cream; and 1/3 c of butter instead of the 1/2 cup.
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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2013
I have made these three times. The flavor is good, but you HAVE to chill the dough for a hour or two before working with it. Even if you were to do what others suggest and just drop the sticky dough into the sugar before balling it, the rest is much flatter and crispy. If you chill, form a ball, and THEN roll in sugar, you get the soft chewy cookie intended.
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2013
These were pretty good; raised well, decent flavor, moist, etc. However, I thought they were too sweet AND I left off the crumb topping. I couldn't even imagine how sweet and rich they would have been with that addition. They were also a tad greasy on the bottom of the muffin liners. So if you're looking for a rich, very sweet muffin, definitely make these. If not, you may have to adjust a bit or look elsewhere.
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Magical Egg Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2012
This was really delicious! Left out the cayenne and subbed dill pickle (since we didn't have relish), but the steak sauce and dijon make it delish! I believe I cut back a bit on the mayo as well and it was still very creamy.
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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Reviewed: May 27, 2010
So yummy! The only thing I change is to bake at 350, but that could just be my oven. Takes about 25-30 minutes at that temp. And for those who are confused by the multiple pans, you can always just take a medium sized bowl, melt the butter in it, and start adding ingredients before you dump the finished batter into the greased square pan. Oh, and I tried reducing the sugar and it's not as good, so I'd recommend keeping it as is. This is my go to recipe!
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Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2008
Future in laws, fiance, and I all LOVED this cobbler! I would probably add more cornstarch next time since mine didn't thicken quite as much as I would have liked. I also did 1/2 teaspoon lime juice in addition to the teaspoon of lemon juice and it added a nice little tart at the end of every bite. Oh, and cinnamon and nutmeg in everything - the peach mixture, the batter mixture, and the topping. Yum!
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Best Ever Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2008
Loved this recipe. I've been searching for one that wasn't overly sweet - I don't like Costco muffins, for example - and this was perfect! I made some changes, but I'm sure they'd be just as good per the recipe: - Sugar - I did 1/2 white, 1/2 brown - Milk - 3/4 cup, and 1/4 cup applesauce (for some apple flavor since I didn't have apples) - Added some cinnamon and nutmeg - Added about 3/4 cup frozen blueberries - sprinkled an oatmeal/brown sugar mixture on top before baking - Baked for 19 minutes at 350 degrees They turned out delicious AND pretty!
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Dreamy Nighttime Drink

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2008
I love this, but it really is just flavored milk in the end. I doubled the honey, added extra vanilla, and put in pumpkin spice instead of cinnamon. Delicious!
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Whole Grain Pancakes

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2013
I liked this recipe with tweaks, but without and as the recipe is written, the batter would have been too thin and bland. After finding the batter too thin (even after letting sit for a while, which is not what the recipe calls for), I added more oatmeal and flour. I also tasted the batter, then made a pancake as a tester, and realized it also needed salt to bring out the flavors. Therefore, as written, the recipe is a three, but if you add extra dry ingredients, salt, and let sit for a bit, it would be a five. Easy changes, but misleading to say it's a five star recipe.
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Mediterranean Kale

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2012
I don't know what it was, but this was awful tasting to me. Too bitter and too garlicky??? I don't know, but I only finished it because I didn't want to waste the health benefits of the kale. My husband wouldn't eat more than a couple of bites. :(
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Fluffy Biscuits

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2010
Delish! I've always struggled with biscuits and pie crusts, and this is the first time I've ever had the former turn out! Followed instructions exactly except subbed butter instead of shortening (didn't have any). It made slightly less than the amount stated, but maybe I didn't roll them out enough. I rarely rate things, but I just wanted to let other beginners out there know that it IS possible. :)
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Sesame Green Beans

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2009
Soooo yummy, and so simple! The only change I made was to add a little soy sauce to the broth. I'm pretty sure they would have been just as delicious without it. Will definitely be making these again!
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Baked French Fries I

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2009
These turned out great, but I had to give four stars instead of five because of the changes I had to make. Added pepper and seasoning salt, and baked for 35 minutes at 400 degrees.
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Dill Vegetable Dip

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2009
This turned out great! I used fresh parsley, but that's pretty much the only changes I made. I think it would taste better if it sat for awhile, but it was still delicious. Dipped veggies in it, but also dipped the Baked French Fries from this site.
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Pork Chops with Raspberry Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2008
Delish! I served with Garden Green Beans and mashed potatoes. Substitutions: balsamic vinegar instead of white wine vinegar, and added 2 t soy sauce per another reviewer's recommendation. I think it would be 5 stars originally.
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