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Simple Mexican Rice

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2006
Really good recipe. Just what I was looking for! I would have given it five stars, but I did make a couple of adjustments. Following the advice of a few other reviewers, I only used 1 tsp of cumin (I just knew 1 tbsp would be too much as my dh doesn't like cumin, plus it makes it easier to measure out--all the spices are 1 tsp!), and I added a 1/2 tsp or so of salt. I am always on the lookout for easy recipes that can replace the mixes available at the grocery store (too many chemicals and msg in most of them for me). This one fit the bill!
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Banana Nut Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2006
I don't know what went wrong, but I was not pleased with this recipe. The only changes I made were to omit the nuts and to bake as cupcakes, with paper liners. I baked for approximately 20 minutes at 350, and the cupcakes were very dark on the top and didn't rise very much. All of my ingredients were fresh (except for the slightly overripe bananas), so I know it wasn't that. I didn't overbeat, so it wasn't that either. The egg whites were folded in gently, so eliminate that as well. I do know that 1 1/2 cups of sugar to only 1/2 cup of butter is not the right ratio. The mixture didn't cream properly; it stayed somewhat dry and crumbly even after beating on high on my kitchenaid for about 5 minutes. The cupcakes weren't at all cakelike; they were chewy and greasy (it even soaked through the paper liners to the pans). Maybe this recipe is good when baked in a 9" round, but not as cupcakes. I'm really sorry, but I'll be sticking with my favorite banana nut muffin recipe when I have bananas "on the edge"!
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Tender Barbecued Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2004
If I could give this zero stars, I would. I think it's the lemon that gives this a bitter taste, or maybe it's the cola. The chicken was actually dried out! I started with good chicken too, so I know it wasn't that. Sorry, Taste of Home, your recipes always look so appealing, but this one didn't make the grade.
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Maria's Rice

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2004
I'm not sure I can fairly rate this recipe because I made changes, but here goes! First, I cooked this stovetop, instead of in the oven, because I was short on time. Second, I substituted water for the beef broth. And lastly, I only used about 1 TBSP of butter. But, it came out great! I have sometimes used chicken broth to cook rice, but never thought of using beef broth or any beef based soup. My husband said he really liked it, and I thought it had good flavor. My young kids even ate it! When I have more time, I will try making this according to the recipe! It's a keeper!
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Easy Dump Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2004
I thought this was just okay. Maybe it was just all the "build-up" from all the great reviews, but for all of the extra ingredients added, it just wasn't any better than just plain-old cake mix. The only thing I did differently was I used vanilla pudding and I baked it in 2 nine inch round pans. Don't get me wrong; it wasn't bad. It just wasn't worth all the extra "stuff", especially the chocolate chips (they overpowered the cake).
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Best Beef Dip Ever

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2004
The roast was good, but the au jus wasn't. The soy and rosemary were too strong for my taste.
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Pecan Pie Bars I

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2004
I would have given this five stars, but I did make a few revisions. I used salted butter instead of margarine, and substituted brown sugar for half of the white sugar (in the filling mixture). Also, I toasted the pecans at about 300 degrees for about 10 minutes or so to bring out the flavor (watch them close so they don't burn!), then tossed them with about 1/2 TBSP of salted butter before I added them to the filling mixture. I took these to a bake sale at my son's school and got rave reviews! I am a big pecan pie fan and I think I like these even better than the pie! I will be making these often!
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Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2004
I have made this numerous times, and I would have given it five stars, but I did make some of the changes other reviews suggested. Two cans of soup is a must. Also, I used crushed up crackers (Ritz-type) with a little melted butter mixed in for the topping instead of the bread. I added about 3/4 of the cheese in the mix, along with about 1 tsp of garlic powder. I have made it with cream of mushroom soup, too, and it is just as good. My whole family enjoys this, including my picky five year old. Overall, a good dish for a quick weeknight supper, especially if you have cooked rice and chicken on hand!
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Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2003
My whole family liked this a lot! I used beef broth instead of water, and I skimmed the fat off the gravy before serving it. I did not alter the recipe any other way, and it turned out great! The meat was tender and tasty, and the gravy was wonderful, just the right consistency and it didn't need any seasoning adjustments. This recipe will be added to the rotation!
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Banana Muffins II

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2003
These were very good, with just a few adjustments. As recommended by other reviewers, I added 1 tsp vanilla extract, used 1/2 cup light brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Tasted good both hot out of the oven and cool. Nice light texture and great flavor! The bananas I used were almost black, very ripe and soft. My husband, who loves banana nut muffins, thought these were good, and even my picky 4 year old ate one and liked it! I will make this whenever I have overripe bananas!! Thanks for the recipe Abi!
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Awesome Honey Pecan Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2003
Wow, these were great! I roasted the pecans in the oven first (at a low temp, maybe 250, just long enough to crisp them up a bit and bring out the flavor, maybe 5 to 10 minutes, watch them or they'll burn), and then mixed them with a teaspoon of butter and a dash of salt. Also, I took the pan off the heat while I added the honey. This way, it stayed "saucey", and didn't get thick. I will make this again, especially when I need a fancy dish for company. It looks and tastes like something you would get at a nice restaurant.
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Swedish Meatballs II

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2003
I gave this two stars only because the meatballs were okay, although they were a little "bready" for my taste. I made them with garlic and herb flavored bread crumbs; if I had used plain, I don't think they would have had much flavor. The sauce however, was pretty yucky; bland, overpowering evaporated milk flavor (considering that's really the main ingredient, I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was hoping for better considering all the good reviews). I ended up throwing it out and making a brown gravy from a packet to serve with the meatballs. Sorry, but this one won't be going in my recipe file.
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Bread Machine Bagels

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2003
I have made about 5 batches of these since I found the recipe about 2 weeks ago! They are so easy to make, and I think they have just as good a flavor and better texture than store bought. Made them as end-of-year teacher gifts, and everyone raved. They couldn't believe that I made my own bagels! I followed the recipe exactly.
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Bud's Potato Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2003
I like this recipe mainly for the marinade. I make my regular potato salad recipe and just marinate the potatoes first. It does make the potatoes softer, so if you like your potatoes a little firmer, maybe this recipe isn't for you. I really like the sweet and tangy flavor the marinade gives the potatoes. It really penetrates the potatoes, so that the flavor isn't all in the mayo mixture. I have made this for family gatherings and have received compliments on it.
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Tomato and Bacon Pasta Bake

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2003
I tried this because I had all the ingredients on hand and I was stuck for an idea for dinner. I wasn't impressed. For starters, DON'T cook the bacon and onions together. I had the feeling this was a bad idea, and I should have trusted my instincts. The bacon doesn't crisp up (because of the water that cooks out of the onions) and the onions burn. Better to render the bacon by itself, then use the bacon drippings to saute the onions. Plus, no need for the oil this way (which I didn't use anyway). Second, this makes way more than four servings! And it was a bit dry; maybe the pasta amount should be cut in half? The flavors were okay, but not great. My kids ate it, though, without complaint, maybe because it was so bland. I wasn't what I would call a "quick meal", and considering the flavor outcome, I would recommend a box of the "helper" stuff instead.
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Cheeseburger Soup I

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2003
I just made this last night and I liked it. The kids even ate it, and my husband said it was okay (he doesn't usually get excited about food, of any kind!). I used a whole pound of ground beef, and a garlic/herb seasoning mix instead of the basil. It's not a pretty dish, but it has good flavor (make sure you season the ground beef as it cooks). I even thought about adding some bacon bits as garnish (bacon cheeseburger soup)!
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Hamburger Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2003
This was pretty good! My husband thought it was a good weeknight meal. Now, if I can only adapt this to the slow cooker! I would go easy on the salt, as it was a little salty for my taste (and I like salt).
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Leftover Chicken Croquettes

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2002
I have to say I was excited about trying this recipe, but it came out so dry and yucky that I won't make it again.
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Best Lemonade Ever

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2002
Yum! Sweet and tasty! My 5 year old said, "It tastes so good!" If you like a more tart lemonade, I would use less sugar or more lemon, but I like it on the sweet side, and this was perfect in my opinion.
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Green Sauce Enchiladas

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2002
Yum, yum, yum!!! I used pepper jack cheese (which I love), and it turned out great! The filling freezes really well, and you will have a bunch left over, believe me! If you don't want leftovers, use about half the recipe! I even tried using the filling for taquitos; they tasted great, but you have to be really careful, because if the cheese leaks out, it splatters something awful. Plus, the corn has a tendency to fall out and "pop" in the oil, but if you're willing to risk it, taquitos are a fun way to use up all that leftover filling! I've made this more than once, and then I had to come back here to get the recipe again, because I lost it. Give this one a try!
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