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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pancakes

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2014
Sarah Jo brought these to my attention and I'm so glad she did; they are delicious! I halved the recipe (though I still used an entire egg) and used Sarah's tip to add a splash of vanilla extract. I did not use nutmeg and used all 1% milk as we didn't have buttermilk. I did need to add a bit more flour as the batter seemed a tad runny to me. We didn't have raisins (which was fine by me :) ), but Mr. LTH would enjoy them even more with raisins next time, I'm sure. I also chose to leave the oatmeal unground, as I like that added texture. Great pancakes; thanks for the recipe!
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Swiss Cheese Scramble

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2014
Do, I'm torn on how to rate this. I think it was "ok", but Mr. LTH deemed it "gross" and didn't even finish his (and I don't think that's ever happened before with anything I've ever made). The bread gives it a bit of a weird texture and it's underwhelming in flavor. I'm perplexed, though, because the reviews are glowing; I can't think of anything I did/didn't do that would change/alter the flavor. Different strokes for different folks, I guess, so perhaps this will work for YOU. THANKS for the recipe!
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Muffin Tin Potatoes Gratin

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2014
We found these delightful! I followed the recipe as written, with the exception of subbing white potatoes for russets and crushed red for black pepper. We found this style led us to eat fewer potatoes, which is a good thing! The leftovers heated up well for lunch the next day. THANKS for the recipe!
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Hawaiian Marinated Ham Steak

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2014
We both really enjoyed this, though I did cut the ginger in 1/2 to 1 TBSP (and feel the full amount may have been a but overpowering). My only real "issue" with the recipe is I feel like it's a bit too much marinade/waste of ingredients as written. My 1+ lb ham steak was positively swimming in the marinade and I didn't detect much/any flavor from the bells/onion. I didn't have mango juice and my pineapple juice can was 6 oz, so I used that full can. THANKS for the recipe!
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Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheese Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2014
While this was good, I didn't find it had that rich decadent flavor to make it worth the high calorie vs low nutrient investment. I'm lazy, so I used steam in the bag broccoli and cauliflower and nuked for only 2:40 to keep them al dente (from this point, I followed directions). I had a hunk of fresh Romano, so I used them in place of parmesan. There was also no baking time (that I could find), so i baked at 400 because that's what I was baking another side dish at. I baked for about 30 minutes and broiled at the end to brown the bread crumbs/cheese. THANKS for the recipe!
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Greek Spaghetti I

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2014
Mr. LTH enjoyed this and was surprised when I told him we'd never be having it again... We'll never have it again because I CAN'T STOP EATING IT and there's zero nutritional value to the dish. It's tastes decadent (how can you go wrong w/butter, cheese, and pasta...?) and I had a hard time stopping myself from finishing the pan. That being said, I can't imagine using margarine and garlic salt (unless I was in a pinch; they'd they'd work, for sure). I used butter (and only 1/2 the amount called) and minced garlic (nuked together to melt the butter; it'd be every better sautéing together) instead. My shredded cheese was a mix of mozzarella and provolone, so I used 2 total cups and 1/2 C of fresh grated Romano. I also added a pinch of crushed red pepper to the cheese mixture (and would add more I it had been just me eating). The only other small issue I had was the "medium" baking dish; I've no clue what that means. I used an 8X8 square glass dish and it fit perfectly. THANKS for the recipe (not from my hips...)!
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Buffalo Chicken Chili by PAM®

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2014
I thought this was a great jumping off point to customize this recipe to meet your needs. As written (with the substitution of onion for celery because I hate it and the addition of carrots for some added veg), it was ok. Perfectly serviceable, but a bit on the bland side. After tasting as is, I added 1/2 tsp of chili powder and 1/2 tsp garlic salt and I preferred that version. I tried a few bites with a variety of cheeses (blue, parm, and cheddar) and found I preferred the blue, with cheddar a close second. THANKS for the recipe, PAM!
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Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2014
This looked like something right up Mr. LTH's alley, and it needed a "face", so I decided to give it a whirl. It came together easily, but it was quite bland. I was REALLY hungry and ended up heating up leftovers to eat after trying a serving of this. It was just ok; quite bland for my tastes, but Mr. LTH deemed it "fine". THANKS for the recipe!
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Potato, Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2014
This was an easy to throw together Sunday morning breakfast. I like that it makes only an 8X8 pan, as opposed to a 9 X 13. It's also easily customizable; I used ham in place of sausage and 8 eggs in place of Egg Beaters (R). I think some onion would be a nice addition, too. It won't become my go to breakfast casserole, but we both enjoyed it. THANKS for the recipe, PAM.
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Simply Mashed Potato Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2014
This had an interesting taste I kept going back for (I couldn't decide if I loved, or hated, the basil), but the consistency is a bit gluey and it's not visually appealing. You may have a hard time convincing picky eaters to give this one a try. It was super simple to throw together, though I do NOT recommend my tweaks (which I'll share to save others: I increased the salt to TWO tsps....way too much and I subbed 1/2 tsp white pepper and 1/4ish+ tsp crushed red for the black because I hate black pepper...a bit too much heat)...fear not, my review is NOT based on my tweaks. It's definitely worth giving a try for a quick weeknight dinner on a chilly fall day. THANKS for the recipe!
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Caramelized Onion and Jalapeno Quesadillas

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2014
I was *starving* when I made these and really looking forward to them. That being said, they were just ok. They lacked flavor. I'd even added some sliced baby bellas to make them a bit heartier and they were still fairly bland. I love how quick and easy there were, but if I made them again I'd definitely add a bit something else (though I don't know what that is yet). I also find it easier to flip to use one tortilla (and fold it in half/flip). THANKS for the recipe!
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French Toast Pancakes

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2014
I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical as I read this recipe as to how it would taste like french toast with a "dash' of cinnamon and vanilla. While it's a bit of a stretch, there were definitely bites reminiscent of french toast (though, I did add a health "dash" of both cinnamon and vanilla and skipped the nutmeg). They had a nice cinnamon-y taste. This made 2 large pancakes and 2 medium sized pancakes. For my second pancake, I added some chocolate chips as I'm a big cinnamon/chocolate fan. That was nice, too. THANKS for the recipe!
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Tomato-Cream (Vodka) Sauce for Pasta

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2014
Disclaimer: I've never had a vodka sauce, so I've nothing to compare this to. That being said, I didn't really find this any different than a pomodoro-type sauce, which doesn't have the added calories from butter/milk. I enjoyed this, but I can't see making it again, simply because the butter/milk didn't convey any additional richness to make it worth the extra calories. I added some onion to the garlic and uses a heaping tsp of garlic, as opposed to "3/4 of clove". I, too, added a pinch of crushed red pepper for a little heat. THANKS for the recipe!
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Awesome Smashed Red Potatoes

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2014
Mr. LTH, the potato connoisseur at our house, deemed these "delicious", without prompting. I'd prefer them with a little roasted garlic and a good amount of sea salt, but enjoyed them, too. I just can't make myself use Velveeta, so I used real shredded cheddar in its place. THANKS for the recipe!
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Sweet Glazed Salmon

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2014
This was good! It was easy to prep (I even prepped the marinade the day before so I could just douse the salmon when I got home to let it marinate while I worked out) and the 2-3 minutes per side cook time was spot on for me. I found myself preferring the heavily glazed bites, so I think I'd marinate longer and use even more whole cooking next time. THANKS for the recipe!
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Rich Vegetable Chowder

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2014
I followed this recipe, though since I was using more vegetables (broccoli and red bell peppers that needed used), I increased the chicken broth (and used stock) and used an entire carton. I subbed white pepper for black. Upon tasting, I found this to be a bit bland, so I added a good handful of shredded cheddar; this hit the mark. As written, "3" stars; with the addition of cheddar, "4". THANKS for the recipe!
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Baked Ham and Chile Sandwiches

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2014
I was REALLY hungry and REALLY looking forward to this sandwich. That being said, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. I was expecting a lot of flavor from the chile/mustard "sauce", but it didn't really shine through (and I halved the recipe for 2 sandwiches and used 1/2 of the sauce per sandwich, more than the recipe calls for). I really liked how easy it was to make AND the added instructions for freezing. THANKS for the recipe!
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Ham and Corn Chowder

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2014
I thought I would like this more than I did. It's good, but I feel like it's missing something. I did elect to use fat free 1/2 & 1/2 rather than whipping cream to save some calories (and that richness is not what I felt was missing). I also used chicken broth, rather than water + bullion. I used fresh garlic since I had some on hand (and meant to skip the garlic powder, but forgot and added it, too). After tasting, I added a dash of white pepper and a dash of cayenne pepper for a bit of a bite. After eating my first small serving, I decided to use my immersion blender to see if that would help. It did; it helped get a little more potato in each bite. This is good, and I'm sure my gram who prefers foods on the blander side will love, and worth making if you're looking to use some leftover ham. THANKS for the recipe!
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Beefy Italian Ramen Skillet

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2014
This is a tough one to rate and I waver between 3-4 stars. I opted to go with 4, because we liked it, for what it was. It's not going to knock your socks off with flavor, or impress company, but it is a great budget friendly way to stretch a pound (or even half pound) of ground beef with pantry staples (if your pantry has Ramen) and an aging bell pepper. If you've got some Ramen you're looking to use, this is definitely worth a try. THANKS for the recipe!
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Swiss Cheese and Bacon Scalloped Potatoes

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2014
These were good, and easy enough to toss together on a weeknight, but I was hoping for a little more of a rich/cheesy flavor. I really enjoyed the onion and left out the bacon when I realized we were out as I was prepping dinner. THANKS for the recipe!
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