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Herman Reunion Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2011
This was good with a little bit of changing around! I added a little bit more garlic, some onion powder, and some seasoning salt (the initial recipe was a little bland!), and I also rolled it in chipped beef instead of almonds, but in the end it was delicious!
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Saltine Toffee Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2010
Okay, big warning (not the recipes fault, but my understocked grocery store's) : Do NOT use salted butter for the toffee or else you'll be accosted by the salty taste! But again, not the recipes fault. Otherwise this was DELICIOUS. You'd never know these were saltines! The second time I made these I used unsalted butter and it was FANTASTIC. Also, I like toffee more than I like chocolate (I know, I'm bizarre), so I doubled the toffee recipe and followed another reviewers advice and poured half the toffee over a layer, then put a second layer of crackers on top, and put the next layer of toffee. Mmmmm. You literally couldn't tell these were saltines! A friend of mine suggests using matzo instead of saltines because that's how he makes his :)
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Kyle's Favorite Beef Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2011
The house smelled HEAVENLY while this was cooking. I did things a little differently -- one of my older friends (I'm in college) suggested I marinade the cubed beef stew meat before hand, so I mixed some of the wine with some onion soup mix and then put the meat in it to marinade over night. I also just made this with 2 pounds of meat because I didn't have a 5qt crockpot so I figured reducing to 7 servings would be good. Also, I couldn't find any of the appropriate wine, and my friend suggested caubernet sauvignon so I used some of that! I also added celery. Upon eating it, I discovered that the recipe was a little bit too sweet for me, which might have been the caubernet -- I'm not certain -- but other than that this was delicious. Next time I'll try it with the real wine and try to figure out how to not make it so sweet!
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Aunt Gail's Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Reviewed: May 15, 2010
These are superb. I love oatmeal lace cookies and was looking for an easy recipe -- and this is it! I didn't have any almond extract to use so I just used all vanilla, but will definitely do the almond next time I make them. They came out light, slightly buttery. The only problem: they look so much healthier than they are and you can just eat and eat them! Mmmmm!
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French Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2013
I've made this bread about fifty times, the first time as is and the second time following several reviews. It's the latter which always hits the mark, every time. Basically, first I proof my yeast --using the two cups of warm water, 5 tsps of yeast, and then throwing in about 2-3 tsps of sugar. Then I add the flour, salt plus an extra teaspoon, a tablespoon of melted butter, and I follow the rest of the directions exactly. Turns out great every time!
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Tara's Sweet and Chunky Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2010
This was fantastic. I'm not a big fan of chunks of onions (weird, I know) so I used a little bit of ground onion seasoning instead and, like another reviewer suggested, added some sliced celery. It turned out -delicious-.
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Indian Curried Barley Pilaf

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2013
I was looking for something my roommate could eat easily during Lent (he's Orthodox, so he has to go vegan, no olive oil, nothing like that during Lent) and I found this. Figured I might as well try it. I was wary, mostly because my roommate and his fiancee (who's my other roommate) both HATE most Indian foods, but I figured, hey, might as well try it. Add in the fact that the two of them are really picky and I was worried. I used fake-Butter instead of Butter, low sodium veggie broth instead of chicken brother, added carrots and peas, and doubled the various spices per someone else's review, and it was AMAZING. Everyone loved it. I think when I remake this during lent, I might even fry up some seitan or tofu to toss in it. :)
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Ham and Beans

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2011
This is a really good base recipe! I'm not sure what people were talking about with it being too sweet/too spicy, but then again we all have different tastes. This tastes like what my Mom always makes out of the jar (only about 20 times better), and was SUPER cheap to make, especially considering I'm a poor just graduated college student who really can't afford too much. Only problem I had and isn't the recipes fault is that the dry beans I had were a bit old so the 8 hour soak + cooking them for -3- hours still left them a bit stale, but again, not the recipes fault. I know I personally added a bit more cayenne and some beef boullion to enhance the flavor a little bit, but again, this recipe is good for alterations for your tastes!
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Peanut Butter Cornflake Crunch Bars

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2011
My grandma made these all the time when I was little and would form them into haystacks and call them "Witch's Haystacks" :) She still makes me them now and again for treats around birthdays/holidays, but now I can make 'em myself! I, after reading the reviews, made sure to put only 7 cups of cornflakes in -- worked perfectly!
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Brazilian Lemonade

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2010
After seeing some other reviewers suggest switching out the limes for lemons -- and highly preferring anything lemon to anything lime -- I tried that and found it waaaay too bitter. As I changed the recipe I'm not going to yet review it until I give the actual recipe a fair shake, but to even remotely get it to something drinkable I added an extra cup and a half of water, just threw the whole sweetened condensed milk in, and added an extra half a cup of sugar -- and then poured it over more ice to thin it out more. Again, my fault for using two big lemons. (oh, apparently I have to rate it -- putting a 3/5 until I manage to go to the store and get some actual limes)
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Bob's Awesome Lasagna

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2009
Very very good lasagna. I, like many others, tweaked it a bit -- I used twice the sauce, twice the cottage cheese, and along with one pound of hamburger I used one pound of Italian sausage. I also chopped some veggies up (spinach and peppers) to throw in it. My friends loved it!
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Traditional Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2011
This is an awesome mashed potato recipe! My russet potatoes were really small so I upped it to 9 of them and then I worried about the mix. I used evaporated milk like several suggested--this is SOOOO CREAMY. I made them a second time and added some garlic and parsley and cheddar--delicious!
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Carrot Burgers

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2011
As is, this recipe didn't hold together at all. I squished, I squashed, I let it sit in the fridge for a bit -- nothing held it together. It TASTED good, though, and I finally just ended up dumping it and cooking it thoroughly and eating it that way, but I couldn't form it into burgers. Perhaps grating it like other reviewers suggested will do better.
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Four Cheese Macaroni

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2010
I guess I shouldn't technically review this since I didn't really follow the recipe at all barring using butter and four random kinds of cheese (Haha--I did use the processed cheese food and two cheddars, but I otherwise used this...french kind of cheese, I can't remember the name, and some mozzerella because I had it in my fridge). I also used skim milk and kept the eggs in. It turned out good, though, so hey!
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew I

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2013
This is my favorite ever beef stew, and one I have made repeatedly. In fact, I've made it so often that friends will request it. I have got this down to a science: 1) I always just buy the cheapest meat at the cheapest store. This adds some more prep work, as I cover it with tenderizer and flour and then brown it, but I'm okay with that because it means I save money and the meat is still deliciously tender. 2) I like to add a few more spices (generally just some basil/oregano) 3) Also, this is the perfect place to use your left over veggies. My fave is to add zucchini or yellow squash when it's available and I got some left. I cut 'em into crescents. So good!
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Easy Paella

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2013
So, I made this worried my roommates would hate it (they're totally picky). I did leave out the crushed red pepper flakes because one roommate can barely even handle black pepper and I thought with the chorizo I might already be pushing it. Turns out this was a good choice, because I made it and he said it was PERFECT, and it tasted SO GOOD. Every bite was gone. Otherwise, I followed the instructions exactly.
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Eclair Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2012
Fabulous as is! I was worried it'd be gross and smooshy, but it wasn't.
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Butterscotch Berry Tart

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2012
I used blueberries and blackberries in mine, and honestly, I completely skipped the making the tarts bit. I just used a pie crust I got from the store. Totally admit it. If you want to make this a lot easier, I suggest doing that. The raspberry jam + the butterscotch and berries mix, though? I'd recommend it. But it's ONE HUNDRED PERCENT GOOD. Perfectly sweet, and according to my app, surprisingly healthy.
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World's Best Lasagna

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
I've made this before as written and loved it -- seriously, the recipe as is is fabulous. I've since started following the basic changes, aka throw in a bit of nutmeg, just soak the noodles in hot tap water, etc. I was going to make it for a small gathering of friends for a New Years Party. Problem was one of the friends refuses to eat red meat and as a rule can't stand sausage. So I traded out the sausage for some ground turkey and the ground beef for about 15oz of spinach (added it to the sauce later after frying the turkey though) and instead of crushed tomatoes used dice tomatoes: delicious. It worked out wonderfully, and everyone was still raving about it!
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: May 28, 2011
As is, for my personal tastes, this recipe is 1) too bland and 2) I can taste the baking powder with each bite. After I made one pancake to see how the original tasted, I decided to add some vanilla and some extra sugar (and threw in some smashed bananas and cinnamon) and whew, I could finally eat them without syrup! But as is, they're very flour-y/baking powder-y tasting.
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