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Oven Roasted Red Potatoes

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2014
OK, so I made a mistake by not reading other reviews before making this. I was in a hurry and popped it into the oven as written. BIG mistake, the onions burned to a crisp and they tasted terrible. It's a good thing that I tasted them prior to company coming. I was able to salvage them by spraying with olive oil and coating with a garlic/herb seasoning. Then covered with foil and put back in the oven for a while. The onion soup mix alone is pretty bad. The only thing in this recipe that is right is time & temperature.
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Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2013
Just made this for a Christmas gathering. It is great, but I made some changes to the original recipe so I only rated 4 stars as written. I did add some cheese cracker crumbs to top, as suggested by others, which was great. I didn't add chestnuts or almonds. I don't understand why the instructions are so complex on how to cook broccoli. Just steam for 10 minutes and drain. What I didn't understand was reviews that said "dry". I can imagine the one review that said "mushy mess" though. I only used 1 can soup (instead of 2) and a jar of con queso cheese sauce (the kind for dipping nacho chips). It was great this way. Very tasty and creamy enough to keep moist even as left overs. I will definitely make again.
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Best Spanish Rice

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2013
Dry and flavorless. Made exactly as written, but found it to be lacking. Guests were adding extra salsa and cheese. If I make it again I'll make changes.
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Zesty Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2013
Easy to make, but too sweet. I added a little vinegar to the leftovers and it made a big difference.
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World's Best Potato Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2012
Fast & yummy is always a winner with me. Very good and filling too. Some changes, saute' the onion in the bacon pan, along with a little fresh garlic. Also, whenever I make a cream soup instead of cream, half & half, or whatever the recipe dictates I use canned milk. I suggest mixing the milk in a bowl with the canned soup before adding to the hot water so it wouldn't have lumps. Didn't have any celery, didn't even miss it. Also, I didn't add the cheese to the pot. Instead I prefer to add the cheese like a garnish on top of the soup in the bowl. I also added a dab of sour cream to my bowl before pouring the soup in. The soup was a little thinner than I prefer, so I mixed a little corn starch with a small amount of milk and added that at the end. This is a great recipe, a real keeper.
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Baby Blue Punch

Reviewed: May 13, 2012
Made this for my second grandsons baby shower (made it for the first one to). Both times it came out great. VERY EASY...takes about 2 minutes (someone else said it was complicated...huh?) Anyway, I couldn't find Hawaiian punch blue so I got one of the gallon jugs of flavored water (the cheap stuff) it was a berry blue. Put in the ice cream (which makes it look very pretty) 1/2 of the blue stuff, 1/2 bottle 7-up and was going to add the white grape juice I bought and found out I left it in my daughters 'frig...AHHHHHH!!! Well, we tasted it with just the 3 ingredients and found out it tasted fine just that way. This is a VERY easy recipe...can't go wrong.
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The Best Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Reviewed: May 13, 2012
OK, so I'm giving this 5 stars, but that's with a lot of changes. I made them as appetizers for a shower, kept them small and put toothpicks in them for easy pick up from a baking pan. I made the recipe with 3# turkey meat (increasing all the other ingredients X3 of course) and made about 55 meatballs. I spent a lot of time reading MANY of the reviews and this is what I came up with. PEOPLE SAID: Add onion soup mix to meat--did that Bake instead of fry the meat--did that Cut sugar in 1/2--did that Cut soy sauce in 1/2--did that Use cornstarch instead of flour--did that Add pineapple to sauce--did that (1/2 can fruit) with all the juice added to the water Add red pepper to sauce--did that Add ketchup--Used General Tsao Sauce instead of ketchup. They turned out great. Made them a day ahead and put them in the oven to warm before serving. The only thing that I think I'll do different (even though people disagreed) is to add some General Tsao's right into the meat as well as to the sauce. I think it would add to the flavor. Hope this condensed version of comments will help keep you from spending a lot of time searching.
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Banana Muffins II

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2012
fantastic...I have an old banana bread recipe that is very close to this only this one had a few twists that I liked. This recipe uses less flour, less eggs and more bananas. Someone said they only used 1/2 cup sugar so I did too. I had some walnuts leftover from a Christmas recipe that were already chopped up, so I threw those in. (They had a little cinnamon in them.) The only thing that I really changed was the butter. My old recipe calls for 1/3 cup cooking oil, so I used that instead of the butter. (figured it'd be healthier) I only had enough baking cups for 6 of the muffins, so I made the other half using a little Pam instead. Both ways turned out great. I'll be making these again.
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Leftover Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2012
Don't know how this recipe would taste as written, but with my changes I'd say it's 5 stars. First of all I used left over pork roast. Don't know how my changes would work with ham, but chicken I'm sure would be just as good. I saute'ed some onion, green pepper, mushroom and garlic. I cut the milk in half and substitued sour cream for the other half. DEFINITELY cook the noodles in water until tender. I didn't use canned vegetables, but had some frozen peas and beans. I put some of these in with the noodles as they were cooking (for about 5 minutes). I used cream of mushroom soup instead of the chicken. And lastly I didn't put cheese into the noodles, but used some cheddar cheese as a topping. I cooked the casserole covered with foil (do not grease pan) for about 25 minutes. Remove the foil and topped with some cheese. Turn the oven onto broil and let the cheese brown. I also used a little steak/chop seasoning to the mix. You'll love it.
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Cheesecake Brownies

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2012
A+ on presentation. B- on taste. Not worth the extra work as written. Everyone agreed that they just tasted like regular brownies. Next time I think I'll increase the cream cheese mixture.
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Chicken Alfredo

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2011
Fast and fantastic. I never made an Alfredo sauce before and was very pleased with the results. A word of warning, do not let the pan you're using to melt the cream cheese get too hot. The cheese will imediately stick to the pan and turn into a paper like product. A note to Suzie who said she couldn't get the sauce to become smooth, I don't know why not. Once the milk is added to the cheese/butter it instantly smooths out. Just remember to keep stirring. This is a great recipe to experiment with. I didn't have any zuccini, but added some mushroom, onion and tomato to the sauce. I left out a small amount of the cream cheese and threw in a scoop of sour cream instead. It did need a lot more milk than called for. I just kept adding until I felt it was the right texture. Have fun with this you won't be dissapointed.
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Roast Pork with Onion Stuffing

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2011
This is the second time I've made this and it is a fabulous recipe. Very moist and tasty. I did however make a couple changes. 4 large onions? I don't know what anyones idea of large is, but I buy red onions which are LARGE! One onion fills the cavities well and covers the entire roast too. I left out the nutmeg since I associate that spice with pumpkin pie, not a pork roast. I also added a couple cloves of garlic and about 1/4 green pepper to the stuffing. One additional change. When I buy a pork roast I marinate it in a plastic bag with Caesar dressing. So instead of the oil and thyme I put the roast in the oven along with the Caesar dressing. (Probably about 1/4 - 1/2 cup) The tase is great, everyone fights for the stuffing.
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Cheese Ball I

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2011
I can't believe that people actually like this recipe. I usually make mine with just the cream cheese, onion, worsh. sauce and some chopped dried beef, but I thought I'd try something different. The addition of herbs sounded good, but it's not enough. I used fresh chives from my garden, about 1/8 cup, but it didn't give it much flavor so I added a slice of diced onion to it too. 1/2 tsp worsh. sauce? I put in a full tsp and still added more after that. I took it that way and got complaints from the family asking why I didn't put any beef in it. This is a very bland cheese ball.
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Cauliflower-Cheese Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2011
Made this soup as directed with only 2 alterations. After reading other reviews I added about 1/2 Tablespoon chicken boulion for extra flavor. Being the only person in my household I never have milk in the 'frig, but I always have canned milk in the cupboard which I use primarily for soups. Instead of 3 cups milk I used a 12 oz can of evaporated milk and 1 1/2 cups water. I also didn't stir cheese into the soup in the pot, but chose to sprinkle it over the soup in my bowl. I added some crackers and had a very satisfying meal.
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Powdered Sugar Cookies III

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2010
Dough too sticky, even after refrigerating. Finished product too cake like, fall apart easily. Not a keeper.
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Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2010
FANTASTIC!!! Read a lot of other reviews, and from those came up with this. Made it in a 8X8 glass baking dish so it looked more like a cheesecake instead of pie. Used 1 1/2 cups crushed cinnamon grahams, 3 Tab cinnamon sugar, 7 Tab melted margarine for the crust pressing it in the bottom and up the sides. I spread about 1/2 of the cheese mix into the crust instead of only a cup. This made the appearance of the cheese balance better with the pumpkin. I increased the spices in the pumpkin mix to 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cloves and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. I also mixed 2 Tab sugar into these spices before adding to the pumpkin to help the spices blend better with the wet mix. This avoids lumping of spices. I had a major oopsie and this still came out beautifully. I forgot to turn the oven back on after baking pies. After 35 minutes in a cooling oven I discovered my mistake. I left it in the oven and turned the oven back on. Came back 20 minutes later and the cake was done perfectly. What more can you ask for in a recipe? :o)
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Ricotta Gnocchi

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2010
Unbelievably easy to make and delicious. The only other time I attempted to make gnocchi as described on a TV show it turned out to be a sloppy gooey mess. But after reading the other reviews I decided to try it. I read other comments about no liquid coming out of their cheese. I had to measure 1 cup from the large container I had and when I drained it about 2 Tab. water was in the bowl. Probably because I packed it into the cup. The 1 cup flour was perfect for making a nice consistency dough. I also followed the advise of another person that said she used a tabelspoon measure instead of cutting pieces off of ropes. This was so easy...very little clean up. I scooped a spoonfull and used my finger to drop onto a cookie sheet that I had lightly floured. I then shaped them into little logs as I rolled them in the flour. I had a second sheet lined with wax paper. I put them onto the paper and then pressed the point of a fork into them. I didn't put into the 'frig. Instead I put the pan directly into the freezer. After a couple hours they just lifted right off the wax paper. I then put them into plastic bags until I was ready to cook. I always feel the worst part of making any dough recipe is the cleaning of the counter afterwards. This way there was only the one pan to clean when I was done. I didn't have the ingredients to make the sauce, so I just opened a can of Dei Fratelli All Purpose Italian Sauce. It was great. My daughter couldn't believe I made the gnocchi myself.
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Banana Cake II

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2010
Made 1/2 of this recipe in mini muffin pan. Baked for 15 minutes. They came out great. Made the other 1/2 in a 9X9 pan and it took so long to bake in the center that it came out dry at the edges. My advise is not to make this in a small pan. I had this recipe a long time back from a neighbor, was glad to find it again.
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Macaroni and Cheese III

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2010
I never thought of putting tomatoes into mac and cheese, but loved it. My grandson loves noodles, so I came on line to find a recipe and glad I tried it out. He loved it too. I made a couple changes though because I didn't have some ingredients. I used milk instead of yogurt and sauted some onion and celery in the butter instead of celery seed and basil. I also used fresh cherry tomatoes from the garden. I blanched them first and squeezed out the pulp then threw out the skins. I just guessed on the quantity and it turned out a little runny so I added a small amount of corn starch that I mixed with a touch of milk before adding to the noodle mix. This is a great recipe.
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Seven Layer Gelatin Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2010
Great recipe without a single change or addition of my own. Have made it for several parties and have come home with an empty bown each time. Have given out the recipe at each function because people loved it.
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