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Tomato Pie II

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2009
I doubled this recipe and made two pies. I read all the reviews and made adjustments accordingly. I used 3/4 cup of sour cream and 3/4 of cup of mayo for my two pies. I was afraid of the overwhelming taste of mayo that some people experienced and I'm glad I replaced some of it with sour cream. Everyone that ate this really enjoyed it but I was not exceptionally thrilled with it. The mayo with the mozzarella cheese was odd to me. I really tasted the mayo even though I replaced some of it with sour cream. I used fresh basil leaves which I left whole. I added some minced fresh garlic. I didn't peel the tomatoes. I sliced them thin and layed them on a cooling rack and sprinkled both sides with salt so that they could drain. I then patted them with a lot of paper towels. I used probably half a roll of paper towels. I had no problems at all with the pie being runny. Before layering the tomatoes in the pie crust I brushed the bottoms of the pie crust with egg whites and cooked the pie crusts for about 10 minutes. I then sprinkled some mozzarella cheese at the bottom before I started layering the tomatoes, basil, garlic and so on. Topped with the mayo/sour cream/ mozzarella and baked for about 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Waited about 30 minutes before I sliced into it. This pie was not runny or soggy in the least. I will probably make again but might leave out the mayo completely. Thanks for sharing !
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Cheese and Olive Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2009
Super simple to make. You can even prepare it ahead of time. Throw it in the fridge and then pop it in the oven when you are ready. I personally hate black olives from a can so I was almost tempted to use green olives but I'm glad I stayed true to the recipe. It was delicious. It's just a few ingredients but they compliment each other nicely. It's a very nice looking appetizer if you slice it on the diagonal. Will make again. It's a great compliment to soup or even a salad if you're looking for a lite supper. Thanks. Update 12/2010. Made this again and used some red,green & yellow peppers and it was delicious !! I also used lite mayo and butter alternative to cut back on the grams of fat. Didn't miss the fat one bit. It was great !
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Crispy Fried Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2009
This is a fabulous easy recipe. I didn't have buttermilk so I put 2tblspn of white vinegar in a pyrex measuring cup and then added milk until it got to the 2 cup line. Let sit for 5 minutes. Voila ! You have buttermilk. I added the tiny chicken bites into the buttermilk and then threw them in a ziploc bag with the flour and spices. Shook. I then put them on a tray. To hasten the pasty like consistency that you need in order for them to crisp nicely, I wet about 2 clean paper towels wrung them and laid them on top on the chicken. I then laid a clean kitchen cloth on top of that. It took about 10-15 minutes for the chicken to be ready to be fried. I made sure my oil was nice and hot. I fried about half the batch. On the remaining batch I sprinkled cayenne pepper. I had regular popcorn chicken for the kids and buffalo ones for the adults. I love this recipe. The chicken always comes out juicy and delicious and it's white meat ! I can't even imagine how good it would be with chicken on the bone. I will always be using this recipe to fry my chicken. My kids love it cut into small pieces. I also may try leaving the chicken in the buttermilk overnight. I heard it's suppose to make it even juicier ! Thanks for sharing !
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Baked Pork Chops I

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2009
Absolutely sensational. I added 2 tablespoons of onion soup mix to the bread crumbs. I had no cream of mushroom soup so I had to used cream of celery. It worked out fine. I used one can of cream of celery and then doubled the milk and wine measurements. I had no pork chops just a tenderloin. So I cut the tenderlion to resemble chops. I didn't have to cook it as long since it was boneless. So yummy. I also added one 14 ounce can of mushrooms on top of the chops before I threw on the soup/milk/wine mixture. Covered and cooked for about 45 minutes. I made sure I sauteed the chops until crispy before putting in the oven. I COVERED my chops. I think that keeps it from drying out. Thanks.
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Swanson® Ultimate Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2009
These mashed potatoes were delicious. I was afraid that the potatoes might come out salty but they didn't at all. I also didn't add any bacon because we were having these with baked pork chops. Very delicious. Will definetely use this recipe again. Thanks.
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Lemon Drop

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2009
I'm sorry to say that I had to add a whole lot of sugar to this one. I've had many lemon drop martinis. Probably more than I should admit to. This was very sour. I recently had a really decent one at our local restaurant and they used Snapple Lemonade. I've made lemon drop martinis before and this one is by far the worst I've tried. I'm so sorry. I hate giving bad reviews but this one was yucky
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B.L.A.T. Wraps

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2009
Delicious. I didn't feel like making these in a wrap so I used seeded italian Bread. I also used Hidden Valley's spicy ranch. Hidden Valley's Spicy Ranch is my new favorite dressing !! I can't say enough good things about this. I plan on using this dressing for taco salad. Thanks for sharing
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Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2009
I've made this a few times. Each time adding a little bit of chicken broth right before I toss with the pasta. My family likes their pasta soupier as opposed to dry. This way it's a definite 4 stars. Tonight I decided to experiment with this recipe. I cooked the bacon until crispy. Drained and set aside. I used the bacon drippings to cook an onion along with about 4 cloves of garlic. I added about 10 ounces of mushrooms and 3 roasted red peppers. Added 1/2 cup of white wine and 1 cup of heavy cream. Threw the bacon back in. Threw in the spinach at the very end and tossed altogether with the pasta. Wow, this brought it to a whole new level. The original recipe is light and fast and delicious. My tweaking made it a 5 Star but also increased fat and calories. Will make again both ways BUT will make it more the way that it is written. P.S. I had fresh spinach earlier in the week but was afraid it was going to spoil, so I washed it...DRIED it very well and then froze it in a ziploc baggie. I was able to use my fresh/frozen spinach without a problem. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful dish !
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Banana Praline Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2009
I followed this recipe exactly as it is written. I used mini mini muffin tins. I baked the first batch at 350 degrees because I was afraid my oven would burn them but they didn't rise as nicely as the second batch that I baked at 400 degrees. Very easy to make. My 8 year old helped me put them in the tins and add the praline topping. Delicious. I was hesitant about the 1 tblspn of sour cream but it worked out fine in the end. Thanks for sharing
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Cake Balls

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2009
I know that I am in the minority here but I thought these were not worth it in my opinion. I will not make again. They did look beautiful though. Thanks anyway. UPDATE ~ 4/11/09.. I wound up trying these again b/c I was sooo frustrated they didn't work out the first time. This time I did devils food cake with choc. frosting. This consistency was so much better than the yellow cake with choc. frosting I had previously tried. I dipped this batch in milk chocolate mixed with about 1/4 cup of melted peanut butter. The end result tasted like a Reese's peanut butter cup ball. Much better. I will continue to experiment and next time I will only use 1/2- 3/4 of the frosting. If this recipe has failed for you.... don't give up. Keep trying.
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Garlic Cauliflower

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2009
The best. Hard to believe such an easy recipe can yield such a wonderful dish. I added broccoli as well b/c I didn't have a whole lot of cauliflower. I accidentally overcooked my cauliflower and brocolli and it stil turned out wonderful. I will definetely be making this again and again. Next time I will keep a better eye on the steamer. I also may sprinkle some bread crumbs next time and throw it in the broiler for a little crunch. Thanks for sharing !
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Beef Barley Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2009
Love this soup. I used my leftover beef from Marie's Easy Slow cooker pot roast from AR website. I shredded about 2 cups and followed this recipe to an almost T. I used 3/4 of a cup of barley. Not the quick cooking kind. I couldn't find that one. I think I could have gotten away with doing the whole cup of barley but per previous reviewers I was nervous to use the whole cup. Very tasty soup. My Mom who HATES soups ate this. Do not add any additional salt. The beef broth has enough salt. My beef had bits of mushroom in it from the pot roast recipe but it all worked out in the end. You won't be disappointed. Thanks for sharing.
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Creamy Coleslaw

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2009
Good recipe. You can really alter it to your taste. I didn't add the raisin because my kids wouldn't let me. LOL. I also did not have any carrots. I used a green pepper instead of a red b/c that is all I had. I also added a pinch of sugar in place of the raisins. After it was all said and done it was good but not great. I added about 1tblspn of horseradish to it. I like it with a little bite. That brought the cole slaw to life. I also used lite mayo and low fat sour cream. Those are staples in our home. Thanks for sharing. I will make this again but with the horseradish and I won't forget the carrots next time. Thanks.
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Easy Vodka Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2009
I follow this recipe to a T and I have made it countless times. There is no recipe out there that is better than this one. This one is restaurant quality. You could bottle this stuff and give it out as gifts, it's that Good ! Thanks.
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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2009
I've made this soup about 5 times and each time except for once I doubled the cheese amount. The one time I forgot to put 2 lbs of cheese the soup turned out awful. I'll never forget to double the cheese again. This is such a great soup. I love the broccoli cheese soup from Panera Bread and this one is just as good if not better. Thanks for sharing
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Slow Cooked Corned Beef for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2009
I thought this recipe was just okay. I wasn't as crazy about it as everyone else is. I really prefer pastrami to corned beef but bought corned beef to have around St. Patty's day. I added the entire bulb of garlic and I'm not sure that it added any additional flavor, I could have just used 7 cloves and I think it would have imparted the same amount of flavor. I'll probably try a different recipe next time. Thanks for sharing !
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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2009
I Doubled the recipe and served the sandwiches with bleu cheese dressing. I used to make sandwich similar to this only I didn't make it in a slow cooker or shred them. This version is much easier. The best part was throwing the chicken in frozen. No need to defrost the breasts. I used a 3lb package which gave me 8 breasts. Thanks Made this again recently. With the leftover I used it to make Buffalo Chicken Dip from this recipe. Thanks again for the recipe !
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Monkey Bread I

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2009
Delicious and very easy. It's nice enough to bring to a potluck or dinner as dessert. It serves up very pretty.
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Crunchy Berry Parfaits

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2009
These were so good. I made my own granola. My kids helped put the parfaits together and they loved it. There's no need to add any sugar to the berries. These can be assembled and hold up pretty well in the fridge for a couple of hours in the event you are doing a brunch and need to make other things. Will make again !
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Pecan Pie V

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2009
This is the first time I've made a pecan pie that didn't require Karo syrup. Guess what? This one is waaaaay better ! Easy and delicious. It reminds me of a pecan pie that my husband and I had many years ago at a restaurant and I could never duplicate it. Until now! Thanks.
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