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Gourmet Sweet Potato Classic

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2009
Followed exactly and it was awesome! My "blunder" was not baking my sweet potatoes long enough, so they weren't totally soft when I went to mash them. I did my best, and after the dish was baked, there were some nice, soft chunks that I thought added a nice texture to the dish.
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Spicy Pumpkin Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2011
My entire family loves chili (we make it at least 1x per wk), & this was exceptional! I left out ground beef, for the vegan family members, but even my meat-loving brothers (16 & 24) raved about it! I used black beans seasoned with chilies, so the chili had a little heat. Other than that, followed recipe exactly. Will make again.
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Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2011
Made few subs to be a vegan meal (soy milk & veggie parmesan for mashed potatoes). Stirred veggie-parm into mashed potatoes. Took some of the review suggestions and added a chopped carrot, little less curry, and few extra spices. The veggie part of the pie was amazing - and totally rocked as leftovers the next few days! My kids wouldn't touch it, but I think that was due to onions chopped too big. Husband, who prefers meat in everything, said it was good. My vegan Dad raved about it. Definitely good meal for vegans/vegetarians who don't miss the meat. ;)
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Brussels Sprouts in a Sherry Bacon Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2010
I'd give this recipe a million stars! It is FANTASTIC! Made it for Thanksgiving dinner. EVERYONE raved about it. Made a double batch & followed the recipe ingredients exactly as stated (added 1 lb bacon for a double recipe - who could go wrong with more bacon?). Used the cheapest bottle of cream sherry from the liquor store (only $6). This is, obviously, not low in fat, but it's totally worth the splurge!
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Barbecued Round Steak

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2010
This was a fabulous way to cook a really cheap cut of beef that is usually tough to eat. I doubled the sauce amount, and it was perfect to use as a "gravy" for the rice I served it over. I didn't have tomato juice, and I subbed a double amount of tomato sauce (to make the sauce go farther). Also subbed garlic salt for the regular salt (didn't use minced garlic). In general, the sauce was very salty, but I think that was due to the salt it called for, and the salt content in worcestershire, ketchup and tomato sauce. It wasn't too salty; everyone said it was great! I pounded my beef and cut it into bite size pieces (I have 4 small kids who don't always chew well :), and the meat was so tender! I cooked it at 325 for 2 hours in a covered baking dish. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Easy Cheese Ball II

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2010
Followed the recipe exactly as stated. This was fantastic! Made a couple cheese balls for my sister's baby shower. Everyone thought they were the Hickory Farms cheese balls (for taste & appearance). Will be using this recipe a lot!
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BREAKSTONE'S Triple Chocolate Bliss Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2010
This is the best chocolate cake recipe I've ever made, and my family said it was the BEST cake they'd ever had! (And my sister wants to be a chef, and my aunt prides herself - appropriately - on making gourmet desserts!) The ONLY thing I would change for the next time I make the cake is to add 1/4 cup less sour cream; I thought I could taste a hint of sour cream, so I think lessening the amount by a tad would eliminate that flavor, but keep the rich, moist texture. In stead of a bundt, I made 2 9-in rounds and used the topping in the center and on top as an icing. Oh my goodness - the icing was like a truffle!!!!! I probably ate a quarter of the cake myself. I can't say enough about this....it was so easy and tasted like it came from a bakery.
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Grilled Tilapia with Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2010
For the tilapia: I used Aldi frozen tilapia, seasoned as directions stated and baked in the oven at 350 for about 45 minutes. Turned out moist, flakey and delicious! For the salsa: I doubled the mango amount and used cilantro paste in place of fresh cilantro. The salsa was to die for!!!! I can't wait to try this recipe again with some of the suggested variations (like strawberries in place of the mango).
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Delicious Ham and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2010
Fabulous! I boiled ham hocks and stripped the meat from them for the broth and the ham (will either use more ham hocks or purchase extra ham for next time, just to make meatier - flavor didn't suffer, though). Followed the recipe the rest of the way. Tripled it for a family dinner; everyone loved it!
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No Time to Cook Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2010
This recipe gets 5 stars because it is so easy and tastes great! You don't usually get both ease and flavor in a main dish (in my opinion). My boneless chicken breasts were still mostly frozen, so I cut them in half. I used a large chafing dish and cooked them in the oven at 300 degrees for 2 hours and 350 degrees for the last hour. The chicken was falling a part and very moist. I doubled the recipe (which is why I didn't use my crock pot) and made the following modifications/additions: sliced an onion and laid on the bottom of my baking pan; put chicken on top of onions; sprinkled paprika, garlic salt, onion powder and fresh ground black pepper; covered with sauce (2 cans light cream of chicken, 1 light cream of mushroom, 1 reg cream of celery, 1 cup light mayo). Served over egg noodles. Family raved it was delicious! (Note: wished I had added at least 1 can of milk to make the sauce go farther). This one's a keeper!
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Easiest Pot Roast Ever

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
This recipe gets five stars for truly being easy - easy to prepare, easy ingredients, easy to cook and serve. It is very good for the little amount of time/attention given. Like some other reviewers, I also added a few extra spices (garlic powder, salt & white pepper) and one can of cream of mushroom soup. Mine only took about 5 hours cooked on low setting. Very good!
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Simple Caesar Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2010
I give it 5 stars with my minor changes: omitted vinegar altogether, used garlic salt in place of powder and ground white pepper instead of black, used half amount of water called for and sub'd EVOO. Definitely NOT like bottled Caesar, but an awesome dressing in place of traditional Caesar. I think the keys to making this dressing taste great is using fresh grated Parmesan and refrigerating for a couple of hours to let the flavors infuse.
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Sugar Cookie Slices

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2009
I'm not a huge "rolled out" sugar cookie girl (don't like the work involved), but I love sugar cookies. Even using half sugar/half Splenda, these were FABULOUS! They taste very close to store bought sugar cookie dough. This is my new "standard" for Christmas sugar cookies. Simple, extremely easy and very delicious!
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Catherine's Spicy Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2011
One of the best meals I've ever made! Served it for a family dinner and everyone raved & raved about how good it was. The only thing I changed was to use some "salsa style fire roasted tomatoes" in place of the salsa (we have a ton of stock, thanks to an obsessed family member ;). The soup got better and better each day we had it for leftovers, too.
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Mrs. Sigg's Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2009
Not sure what a "sugar pumpkin" is, so we used our fall pumpkin. I didn't have pumpkin pie spice, but used a little mix of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. This was delicious and super easy!
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Baked Ziti I

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2009
I LOVE baked ziti! This was a nice, easy version for me to adapt to my family's preferences, and was also inexpensive to make. I used rotini noodles (easier for my little ones to get on a fork), omitted meat & provolone (for cost), and mixed noodles & sauce together prior to baking, as others suggested. I also covered the pan with foil up to the last 10 minutes, and it wasn't dry. I'll be making this often. I was leery since there were no added spices, but it was still very flavorful. I'll try it with provolone next time.
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Almost Eggless Egg Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2011
I'm not a vegetarian, but I have vegan family members, which is why I made this. The vegans loved it, and some of the non-vegans, too. They didn't know it wasn't "real" egg salad until I told them. I thought it was "ok," but I was little apprehensive making it (I don't often like what I make). Good alternative to the real thing, though.
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Spring Asparagus Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2010
I give 5 stars b/c of my DH's delight - he said it was AWESOME! I didn't have peanut oil, but used all other ingredients as written. Instead of making a cold "salad," I used the dressing as a sauce poured over warm, cooked asparagus. It was really good. A nice way to cook asparagus.
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Mexican Chocolate Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2009
I love this recipe! I've made it a couple times. I don't change things because there's anything wrong with the original; it's great exactly as listed. A couple things I've done based on my supplies/people's preferences that have worked are: omitted corn once and tasted fine; usually add more chili powder (at least double the amount) b/c I like chili flavor, and I halve cumin b/c I think it's a strong flavor. Add closer to 1/2 cup chocolate chips; it is still subtle, but I just LOVE chocolate in anything. This is a great chili when you want a change of pace from regular chili. I made it today for a baby shower (double batch) and it was almost completely gone!
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Baked Buffalo Wings

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2010
Great, great recipe. Made it so easy to make delicious wings at home. I think flouring the wings and then refrigerating them was the key to their success. I've made them 2x, once with frozen wings and once with fresh. They both were good. I used a baking pan (the double kind) with the bottom lined with foil; made clean-up super easy. The first time I followed the recipe (minus the cayenne since I was serving it to my kids), but the second time I didn't dip them in the butter mix before baking. they were still great and not as greasy. I've used extra garlic - delicious! - and Old Bay seasoning - the BEST! This recipe is a keeper!
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