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Light Wheat Rolls

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2011
Holy Cow these are the BEST bread I have ever made! I halved the recipe but still used 1 full egg. I was out of butter so I used my last bits of SmartBalance margarine...still short but you can't tell anything is wrong! Used my lazy no-dishes method: I mixed in the KitchenAid with the hook and didn't mix anything or beat egg 1st, etc.. just dumped it in and let it knead for a good long time. Once it pulls away I flour one hand and pull the dough out for a second. With the other hand I Misto olive oil right in the bowl... dough back in and cover with towel. Leave it right there to "punch down" with the mixer hook just a few secs and rest again. I made 12 balls and nested in a 10in circle silicone cake pan. AMAZING pull apart bread with just some honey on top. I didn't butter them before or after baking. They are so good you don't need it!
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Black Bean and Couscous Salad

Reviewed: May 27, 2011
Great idea! I changed it up to suit what I had as I'm trying to use up everything in the fridge/pantry right now for a big cleaning. For add-ins I used 2 whole tomato, 8 tri color mini bell peppers, & chopped almonds to add crunch. I was going to use dark kidney beans but I was in a rush and forgot them! For the dressing I used mostly lime but a little squeezed lemon too and I skipped the cumin because my kids don't like it. I just sprinkled a few dashes of dried dill, parsley, garlic salt, and a grind of pepper. Awesome recipe to inspire a personalized meal!
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Shrimp Lemon Pepper Linguini

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2011
One of my favorite meals. I make it with whole wheat spaghetti because that is what I always have. I also use extra chicken broth instead of the wine because I don't keep wine here. I didn't think I would like that much pepper so I just added pepper to taste. I used dried parsley since it's all I had, and no basil around but I'm sure it would be awesome. Also I started with quite a bit more olive oil because I like my sauces to taste a bit more like the oil than the butter. Goes perfectly with steamed broccoli!
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Easy Batter Fruit Cobbler

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2011
So simple and delicious! I made this the first time with guests for dinner. I was nervous when I assembled the dish but as it baked I was watching and drooling through the oven door. My only points would be that there seemed to be a bit too much butter. My cobbler filled my baking dish to the top and the only thing that overflowed was butter. The cobbler certainly didn't taste like it was missing butter, so I'll try it with less next time. The sugar will definitely depend on your fruit, but even a sugar addict like me thought it would be fine with a bit less (and I had even bathed my fruit in lemon juice as I chopped it a couple hours before our guest arrived so it would be ready to put together and pop right in the over when I pulled our main dish out). Next time I'll try adding a good dose a cinnamon, a splash of vanilla, and cut back the butter and sugar. A great recipe as is though - thank you!
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Best Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Corn Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2009
Love it! I love to see a real Pennsylvania dutch recipe posted somewhere other than a local paper! I just wish people wouldn't review it if you don't follow thru with the rivels and boiling chicken with bones - that's the whole point!
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Hearty Ham Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2011
We all had the same initial reaction, "Phew! It tastes better than it looks!" I doubled the potatoes and corn (used frozen) but not the ham, to stretch the meat to more servings. I liked that ratio quite well. I didn't realize I was totally out of cheddar cheese until I was already cooking so I used a block of cream cheese. It was pretty yummy! I added some Mrs Dash to make up for the lost salt of the missing cheddar and reduced amount of ham. Nice way to use up some leftover ham!
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Exquisite Pizza Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2011
I made this 2 ways at once: as written, and in a different pot, following my instincts with some changes. (neither used the optional anchovy paste, and both started with 2 fresh roma tomatoes cooked down and added a can of organic tomato sauce instead of the paste & water). After making both and comparing tastes - I compromised to these changes: double the garlic, and saute it in olive oil to remove bitterness. omit honey, but add it in at the end if your sauce needs some sweetness as that will depend on your tomatoes and will be different each batch. omit the marjoram and use a splash of lemon juice instead. omit cayenne. no salt unless you use all fresh or no-salt-added tomatoes. omit cheese and use it on top of pizza so you can appreciate that flavor. if time allows, fresh grated onion makes a big difference over the onion powder.
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Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: May 1, 2009
I use this recipe all the time - it's the exact recipe on the back of the chocolate chips bag. I make mine in 2 8in pie pans, and I do that probably 3 times a month. My husband loves to take them to work to share with his co-workers. I have a really hard time knowing when they're done and they end up overcooked. But that's on me. Only suggestion is to sift the flour/bs/salt mixture - it does make a difference. Actually sometimes I don't use the salt either which works fine, and sometimes I use peanut butter or reese pieces instead of chips yum!
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Italian Style Pot Roast

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2012
I thought this was awesome. I double the mushrooms and will look forward to making it again with some bell pepper in there, too. Great as is but I'm thinking about changing it up a little next time - maybe less liquid and served over rice with lots of peppers. Yum
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Jenn's Out Of This World Spaghetti and Meatballs

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2011
my rating is sauce only as i didn't make the meatballs either time - but i did split the batch following exactly, and following my instincts. i do agree with other posters who reduced the tomato paste, and consequently the sugar. i used a 30oz can crushed tomato, a squirt from concentrated paste in a tube, and a 15oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes (i then put a stick blender in to get rid of all tomato/onion/garlic chunks which DH doesn't like) because i used my last can of sauce on the 'to a T' version. i used 2T sugar and added approx 1.5 cans water to taste. Here is the kicker: the next time I made it I started off with a HOT salted cast iron dutch oven. i quickly browned 1 lb stew beef. remove the beef, cool the pan, then proceed with the sauce recipe, pulling up the brown bits. add the meat back in to simmer. HOLY COW that is perfect with this sauce! I think fresh oregano is the key. I also used a tiny bit of fresh rosemary and added ground black pepper. awesome recipe!
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Crumb-Coated Chicken Thighs

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2010
Giving 5 stars because my 3 & 5 year olds are in love with it! Normally they won't eat any chicken but ground. I cut 3 large boneless breasts into tenders and doubled the recipe - kept all proportions the same. Next time I will probably cut the cumin some and add more chili and curry. I didn't find it spicy at all so maybe a little red pepper in there too.
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Taco Casserole

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2010
I would have only given a 3 but my kids loved it so I bumped it to 4. I found it quite bland, especially considering the sodium level. I guess I'm just not sure that macaroni goes with taco seasoning. I added a green bell pepper to get a little more nutrition in it. Make sure to drain your beef (pour boiling water over it if it's high fat) so you don't have lots of grease in the bottom. Overall it's a nice easy meal but I wouldn't serve it to guests or anything.
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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2009
Really good soft cookies! I just ate 3 right out of the oven - yum! I had trouble even getting them into balls, even after chilling them, so I just took spoonfuls and pushed them off onto the pan, then sprinkled with sugar and slightly flattened them with the back of the spoon. I'll try rolling again next time because they could have used the sugar all around - still excellent the way they came out!
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Empanadas

Reviewed: May 4, 2009
I love this recipe, although the ones with the fruit preserves were not my favorite. My best so far was one with Tastefully simple dutch apple topping, and one that I put in a dab of cream cheese with Craisins and raw almonds. Yum!
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Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2009
Awesome cake! Made it once just to try it and took it to my husband's work where is disappeared fast. Then I made it for my sons 2nd birthday party - it was a big hit! It might be my stove but both times I had to cook it much longer than stated. Delicious recipe!
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