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April's Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Ball

Reviewed: May 20, 2008
This was my first attempt at a cheeseball and it turned out great!...with a few modifications... I tasted it as I mixed and did add at least 50% more of each of the seasonings. I wish I had seen the previous review about dijon mustard, I'm sure that would have added a lot and if I make this again, I will try it. I froze these in a shaped mini-bundt pan that looked like a rosette lined with plastic wrap, then thawed before serving and sprinkled with dried parsley - lovely presentation!
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Banana Oat Muffins

Reviewed: May 20, 2008
I can't believe I've failed to rate this recipe before now - I've made these muffins dozens of times and I don't even really like bananas! Even my extremely picky 2 year-old likes these! Adaptations I've made over time - substitute pecans for walnuts (personal preference), omit the cinnamon, add 2 tblsp lemon juice, and 2 tblsp meyer's rum (it isn't a strong/recognizable taste but really adds something). I also tend to add a bit more banana than recommended because that makes the bananas more moist. I also don't add the topping, I don't think the muffins need it. As another reviewer advised, don't forget the baking soda because the recipe doesn't actually call for it. Amazing - worth trying at least once!
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Brown Sugar Smokies

Reviewed: May 20, 2008
These were great, especially for a football game or other man event. It definitely takes about twice as much brown sugar as you would imagine looking at it.
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Jalapeno Popper Spread

Reviewed: May 20, 2008
I love jalapeno poppers and this dip was very good, but I made the recipe as written with toasted baguettes for a party and it was not the biggest hit, probably not even the top 3. I would make it again but would try more peppers and breadcrumbs next time as recommended.
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Delicious Ham and Potato Soup

Reviewed: May 20, 2008
I love baked potato soups in restaurants and this turned out better than any I've ever tasted! Top it with a little shredded sharp cheddar and crumbled bacon (fresh cooked is better than packaged bacon bits) for the true restaurant presentation. I also used chicken broth instead of the bouillion and water. You can add a little more flour (and even corn starch if you need it) to the separate white sauce if you want it thicker. I also found adding butter powder substitute and Ranch dressing powder makes it more rich/hearty if you're serving as an appetizer or just like it that way. I have made this for company many times and everyone raves about it - my dad ate 3 bowls and made himself uncomfortable... ;)
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Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Fried Rice

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2007
I am a connoisseur of Thai Basil Chicken dishes, and this recipe is my favorite with a few modifications. I added 2 tblsp soy sauce to the oil/pepper/garlic after frying a bit. You should also add the fish/oyster sauce at this point before adding the other ingredients or it won't absorb evenly into the food - you'll probably get some bites that taste fishy. I also halved the oyster and fish sauce since the smell was...well..terrifying. With that amount it added perfectly to the flavor but wasn't a noticeable/dominant taste at all (no one would know it is in there). It's important to use fresh garlic. I also prefer to chop the chicken after slicing (or use ground chicken) so it absorbs more of the flavor. The hardest thing about this recipe is finding the Thai basil (different from Italian), I found it in an Asian market. You can substitute stir fry or wide rice noodles for the rice if you prefer. If you use wide rice noodles, it's best to chop them up a bit so they absorb the flavor. Wonderful recipe - I'm so excited I found it! This will be a weekly recipe in my house!
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Granny Mabel's Best Bar Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2007
I just realized I've never rated this, although I've made at least 50 batches! These are so wonderful, I found them on this site after tasting the same recipe at a popular sandwich chain, called "Sheila's Dream Bars" there. This is the exact same recipe, and it is buttery, but wonderful. You can omit 1 stick of butter without impacting the recipe too much if needed, I also often cut back on the sugar just 3-4 tblsp or so since the filling is so sweet. It definitely helps to refrigerate the dough for the top layer before adding and try to smoosh it flat and piece together as much as possible. And definitely keep the filling at least half an inch from the edges, I also press the dough down all around the edges to keep the caramel from leaking to the edge and burning. I have also started making different variations of these bars with different fillings - strawberry preserves and cheesecake filling, leftover apple pie filling and pecans, leftover bananas foster filling...all wonderful. They look nice when you wrap them in plastic wrap in squares and are very easy to make - thanks so much for ending my search!!
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Bananas Foster II

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2007
Wow, this was amazing! My husband turned up his nose at first watching me make it, saying "what are you making? Have you had that before?" But when we tasted it, it was absolutely heavenly. I added about 1 tblsp lemon juice and cut the Meyer's Dark Rum back to 2 tblsp per another reviewer. I don't even like bananas very much but this was wonderful. I also saved the leftovers (there barely were any between 2 of us although we ate way too much) and cooked them in a mini muffin pan lined with lite crescent roll dough for about 11 minutes on 350 (per crescent roll instructions - spray the pan with cooking spray first). Wonderful and easy, with a good "wow" factor! Thanks so much for sharing!!!
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Walnut Maple Fudge

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2007
I have never made fudge before but my husband requested this, I didn't think I would eat any but it is sublime! I used toasted pecans instead of walnuts which were wonderful, next time I'll use about 50% more than the recipe calls for because I like the crunch they add. Next time I'll add a pinch of salt or perhaps salt the pecans while toasting them. The texture of this was really perfect, smooth and creamy instead of dry and grainy like a lot of fudge is. I also agree the presentation was lovely. Thanks for the recipe, I will use it as is and try many modifications in the future!
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2007
I have never made a pie before, and this was amazing! I like my apple pies tart and have always found the cinnamon overwhelming, so I added just two dashes each cinnamon, allspice, and ground cloves for spice. I also added 1 tsp vanilla extract as others suggested and 4 tblsp lemon juice. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly, except I cheated and used prepared deep dish Mrs. Smith's pie crust. It was actually wonderful, quite similar to the crust in their frozen pies. I thought I made the apple slices very thin but the pie took 50 minutes to cook until they were done, and I like them a little crisp still. I even mixed them with the warm syrup as others suggested, maybe next time I would cook them on low in the syrup about 15 minutes to cut back on baking time (and because I don't like my crust to be very brown). I also could only fit 7 sliced apples in the deep dish pie. The presentation after brushing the top with leftover glaze was lovely, it looked like one of the fake pies they show you on restaurant dessert carts. My husband and I both agreed it was the best apple pie we ever had, and I thought it was very easy (maybe 15 minutes of real work on top of preparing a regular frozen pie...?). I love Mrs. Smith's version but will find it hard to settle over this more fresh delicious version in the future. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!!!
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Sausage Crescent Rolls

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2007
I make these as "Sausage Puffs" in mini-muffin cups with chunks of the crescent rolls (reduced fat) on the bottom as others suggested, and they are wonderful for appetizers! They would be specially for a brunch or super bowl-type event. Now I make these with 2 tblsp onion and 1 tblsp garlic added while cooking the sausage (you could add other veggies like diced green pepper, mushrooms...), then mix with 1 pkg lite cream cheese, 1 beaten egg and 1/2 cup stove top mix (I like the Savory Herbs variety). After covering the bottom of the cups with red. fat crescent rolls, spoon a 1-2 inch scoop of sausage/cheese mixture on top, then bake 12 minutes (don't forget the cooking spray!). You can try different kinds of sausage or flavored cream cheese for different spins as well. I usually use the reduced fat sausage as well, and I'm sure it would work with ground turkey sausage. I love these so will try the actual rolls as the recipe describes soon - I know the taste is great but will be curious to try it in a different format! Thanks for the great recipe!
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Italian Sausage Lasagna

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2007
This was wonderful and a regular in our house, I even make just the sauce for regular pasta because it has such a great garlic/tomato taste! I guess this is intended to make a small lasagna - I made w/ 1 lb. sausage and double sauce, and it was barely enough for 2 small lasagnas. Now I make 4x the amount of sauce and reserve some to have on the side, because even double it was all absorbed by the noodles (which I like but my husband likes more sauce). I also like my lasagna spicier so I double all the herbs/spices. Options for variations: You can make with no-boil noodles but need to bake 1 hourb at 350 covered instead of 30, plus I'd make sure the edges are submerged in sauce (and maybe add 1/4 c water around edges) or the noodles won't cook all the way through. I have also used diced tomatoes w/ jalapenos for a medium amount of spice, or hot sausage. You can also add spinach and/or other vegetables to the cheese mixture if you like, or add other diced vegetables (red and green peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, squash, olives, etc.) when cooking the sausage. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Marshmallow Treats

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2007
I think it is better with 6 cups cereal, but maybe that's just me! I couldn't make marshmallow creme work as a substitute but the marshmallows work great. A classic!
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Mini Cheesecakes

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2007
These are amazing with endless potential for creative versions! I followed the recipe exactly but added an extra 1/2 tblsp lemon juice and maybe 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. I also found the nilla wafer too small to use as crust and opted for crushed graham crackers and oreos. I also found strawberry pie topping and made a turtle version as another reader suggests, both were wonderful!
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Baked Ham Sandwiches

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2007
These have become a regular in my house! They have a wonderful deli-style steamed sandwich taste. They're great to make for football games or other big gatherings, and making them on small dinner rolls is great for classier appetizers. Different kinds of cheeses work great (pepper jack, provolone, etc.) I started adding 1/2 tsp ranch seasoning to the mix - delicious! My only tip is to wrap them tightly before putting in the oven, "squish" them with your hands afterward or all the cheese/sauce will run off the bun.
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Bacon Quiche Tarts

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2007
These are phenomenal! For just a little effort they taste amazing and look beautiful. I make these in a mini muffin tin (12 min. cook time) for brunches, I also make batches to be re-heated for breakfast at home, they re-heat very well after 15-25 sec.s at 50% power in the microwave. The original recipe is a little bland for me, so I added about a 1/4 tsp each salt, pepper, and garlic powder to the egg mix. I also drop cubed cheese in the bottom with the meat so you can taste it and use less. I usually use egg whites, red fat crescents, and lite cream cheese but you can't tell. I've made a variety of mixes of meats and veggies and they all work, you can decorate the top with small pieces of the filling ingredients. Delicious!
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Salmon and Shrimp Cakes from Chef Bubba

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2007
Phenomenal, I will make it a regular meal at my house! I once had some Crab Jalapeno Bites at Phillips Seafood that were phenomenal and I've thought of them ever since - these were just like them! I followed the recipe exactly (even measured) but didn't have whole wheat bread crumbs or chives so I used italian crumbs and red onion. I baked at 400 for 30-35 min based on other reviews which seemed perfect. Next time I would chop the shrimp to marble-size chunks (bigger than I did) to add variety to the texture. I like making this with leftover salmon and frozen cocktail/salad shrimp as a shortcut. A nice chopper (like Pampered Chef) also makes this very quick and easy.
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Creamy Mocha Frozen Dessert

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2007
The flavor of this was great. I read the reviews about doubling the crust and was glad I did. The only problem I had is that the cream cheese didn't mix that well with everything else, it was pretty clumpy. I used a nice mixer and ran the cream cheese for a while by itself, but it didn't get fluffy, so maybe it's the kind I used. Next time I might use whipped cream cheese to avoid that problem, it would be better if the final texture was lighter. Overall very good and easy though, I'll make it again!
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Green Pepper Meat Loaf

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2007
This was pretty good but definitely needed some kind of sweet flavor to off-set the salty meat mixture. I glazed with BBQ and ketchup during the last 15 min. of baking, which helped but next time I would also add maybe 1/4 cup BBQ sauce to the meat mixture. I also reduced the green pepper to one, which was good. I would leave off the bacon next time, I don't think it added much.
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Chicken Tikka Masala

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2007
I've tried a few different recipes and prepackaged mixes/sauces for this dish but so far this one's the best! It was pretty heavy so next time I'd try half and half, but with heavy cream it is similar to tikka masala I've had in restaurants. I thought it needed the sauce doubled as others did. I used about twice as much garlic and also added about 3 tblsp tomato paste because it didn't taste tomato-ish at all to me. And I added about 1 tsp garam masala as others suggested. I'll definitely be making this again!
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