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Great-Grandmother Steinbeck's Johnnycake (Cornbread)

Reviewed: May 6, 2009
If you're looking for a light textured, slightly sweet cornbread......This is for you. My husband doesn't even like sugar in his cornbread and we finished off the whole batch of them last night with our Gumbo!! As he is stuffing his face he's reminding me "I don't like sugar in my cornbread!" Guess that isn't true anymore. It only took 20 minutes to bake. 30 would have been too long. Also, didn't have buttermilk---substituted 1 TBsp. vinegar in 1 c. milk (let it sit for 5 minutes first). I'll be making this again for sure!! EDIT: Just made this again so I could submit a photo of it.I used yellow cornmeal. I had maybe 2 tsp. of baking powder left (much less than called for) and my cornbread came out great again! Second EDIT: I realized that I left out the fact that when making cornbread I always place my greased pan IN the preheated oven til it gets hot...that way, when you pour your cornbread batter in, it forms a really nice 'crust' on the bottom of the cornbread.
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Mom's Buttermilk Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2009
The whole family loved these. I doubled the recipe. I was almost out of milk, so I used evaporated milk. Putting 2 Tbsp. of vinegar in it for 10 minutes to make my own buttermilk. Definitely a keeper! I served these with the Absolute Best Pancake Syrup. Thanks for the recipe.
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Haunting Hot Chocolate

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2009
I tripled this recipe because I wanted to make enough to use in individual servings. I found that for 8 oz of hot water you'll need 5 level Tablespoons of the hot chocolate mix. This is not too sweet and not too chocolaty, with a hint of cinnamon. Very tasty served with some marshmallows on top. Thanks for the recipe.
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Peasant Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2009
Very easy to make! I even messed up and put the melted margarine IN the bread instead of brushing it on the top. Mine only took 35 minutes to bake. This made two free form loaves, one round and one long. Not sweet at all and the texture was chewy. This bread sliced very well and would make a great sandwich bread (no crumbs!). A big hit with the family, too. EDIT: I just made this again yesterday. This time I baked them in bread pans and brushed the butter on the tops before baking.....Made a more crunchy crust and I had crumbs this time. I think I prefer the free form loaves with no butter on top.Thanks for the recipe!
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Blueberry Snack Bars

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2010
Holy Blueberry Hill!! These are awesome! I did have to use some substitutions based on what I had (or didn't have is more like it). No canned blueberry pie filling. I made my own with 1 and a half cups frozen blueberries. Bring half a cup of water, the blueberries and 1/3 cup white sugar to a boil. In small bowl wisk 1/4 cup cornstarch in 1/2 cup cold water. Very gently wisk this mixture into the bluberries. Boil about 5 minutes. Wisking gently and often. Set aside and let cool completely. I also didn't have a boxed cake mix so I used an AR recipe (Cake Mixes from Scratch)for yellow cake. I used the entire (dry ingredients only) cake mix (with complete disregard to the blueberry recipe calling for 18oz. of cake mix.) Turned out great! Made a thick crust that was just right. I baked this in a 9x13in. metal pan at 325 degrees for 55 minutes. Let it cool on the counter then it went in the fridge for a few hours prior to slicing it up into squares. I can't say enough how good this is. Looks kinda fancy, too. Thanks for this recipe!!
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Honey-Garlic Glazed Meatballs

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2009
I've never been much for meatballs. THESE CHANGED MY MIND! Excellent flavor. Followed the recipe as written. The flavor of the sauce reminds me of General Tsao's chicken in the Wal-Mart deli that you can buy by the pound. In fact, my husband requests that I make my chicken strips and put the sauce from THIS recipe on them. This will be something I make regularly. I served it over a bed of egg noodles and a side of carrots.
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Caramelized Bacon

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2009
I just know this bacon would have been delicious ..... if I had not BURNED it. MY bad.... After 8 minutes and still not crispy enough for my liking, I decided to turn on the broiler "for just a minute" Next thing you know the house is filled with smoke! I will make this again and pay closer attention. ;)
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Southern Style Honey Butter

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2009
For me, this didn't have enough honey. I ended up using over half the honey in one of those 'honeybear' bottles. About 7 oz. of honey. I was trying to recreate the honey butter from back in the day (jr. high and high school, they used to have bottles of it at every table for the dinner rolls!). This didn't do it for me. Too much butter-not enough honey.
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Homemade Cream-Style Soup Mix

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2009
What an excellent way to free yourself from the canned stuff! I made up a batch of this months ago and just never gave my review. I followed the recipe except for the vegetable flakes, I couldn't find anything that said 'vegetable flakes' in the spice isle! . I used some dried celery and dried green and red bell peppper in its place. This is so easy and convenient to use in any recipe that calls for those "Cream of____Soups".....I'll never go back to the cans!! Thanks for the recipe.
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Red Skinned Potato Salad

Reviewed: May 3, 2011
My first time making potato salad with red skinned taters and after the 2 thumbs up I got from the husband, I'll be using red skinned taters from now on. I had no bacon in the house ( the world is surely ending soon) so had to leave it out and I had to add a giant squirt of mustard. Old habits die hard. This is a simple, tasty recipe. I might also add that after the taters have boiled long enough, I submerse them in cold water to stop the cooking process. This recipe is a keeper. Sorry, there's no photo. The husband inhaled the tater salad before I could get a good one.
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Baked Meaty Beans

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2010
If my husband hadn't liked these beans SO much I would not be leaving a review because I left so many things out....no onion, used onion powder, no real maple syrup, no chipotle sauce used hot sauce, no cannellini OR great Northern beans. I also make my own brown sugar using white sugar and molasses (so easy and cheaper than buying brown sugar!) I added about 2 Tbsp. of chili powder and a Tbsp. of Cumin. I cut the recipe in half also since I'm not feeding an army. Cooked this in my electric skillet instead of baking it. I also had to add about a cup and a half of water as it was cooking because it was very thick and we like our beans a little looser. Great recipe! Sorry I didn't follow it exactly but it still came out yummy.
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Mom's Best Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2009
I baked this the day before we actually ate it. I added some minced garlic and a tsp. of Mrs.Dash 'original blend'. It could have used 'a little something' for more flavor (I would have put in some chopped celery if I'd had it.) Also, maybe next time I'll use 2 eggs, as it didn't hold together well once I reheated it. I will use this recipe again.
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T's Sweet Potato Fries

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2011
The family thought these were fantastic. Following others suggestions, I did not cook in the microwave prior to baking. I simply sliced mine real thin and they cooked up in 30 minutes and the edges of most of them were crispy. The thinner you slice, the better I think they crisp up, if that's what you're looking for. Keeping this recipe. Thanks!
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Peach Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2010
Excellent!! I had some fresh peaches to use up before they went completely bad on me. These were a big hit with the family! We could not stay out of them. I followed the recipe with one exception (if you count the nuts, then it's two)...Instead of using the full amount of oil called for,I used 1/2 c. of oil and used applesauce for the remaining oil. This is a keeper! Thanks.
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Dill Pickle Meatloaf

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2010
PICKLES!! I would have never thought to use pickles and pickle juice in a meatloaf. This made the house smell like a McDonald's hamburger as it was baking!!LOL I don't know if it is the ratio of fat to meat in our beef, or what, but I always have to use 2 eggs in my meatloaf. So, I did in this recipe, too. Also used 2 slices of bread. I kept everything else the same and it held together very well. I bake meatloaf on a wire rack wrapped in tin foil (poked full of holes with a toothpick for easy drainage of any grease) instead of a baking dish. I free formed the loaf. Baked for 1 hr and 10 minutes. The whole family loved this and said they'd definitely eat it again. Thanks for a great meatloaf!!
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Slow Cooker German-Style Pork Roast with Sauerkraut and Potatoes

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2010
I opted to leave the potatoes out and just do mashed taters on the side. I also doubled the amount of meat and sauerkraut. Even though I browned the pork on all sides in a skillet before placing it in the crock pot, it still was really dry. There was plenty of liquid in the pot from the kraut. I also had to chop my whole caraway seeds with a sharp knife (the whole seeds get into my hubby's teeth). It works, but be careful of flying bits of caraway seed! I will make this recipe again because even though my meat came out dry it is worth another shot. Thanks for the recipe.
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Easy Lemonade

Reviewed: May 23, 2009
This was really good. I'd never made lemonade before. I recommend using more sugar than it calls for. Next time, maybe I'll add a little OJ to change it up.
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Cajun Seafood Pasta

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2011
Wonderful dish!! As I ate I thought it reminded me of something I've eaten at Red Lobster....it was that good. I did have to do some things different based on what I had on hand. I didn't have enough heavy cream so I made a slurry of a cup of whole milk and 3 tsp. cornstarch. Added this in as the heavy cream started to bubble just a little. Substituted crab leg meat for the scallops. No Swiss cheese either and my pasta on hand was a spaghetti noodle. Even with what I had to change, this was a most wonderful meal. Thanks for this recipe!
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Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2010
The sauce had a pretty good flavor, but the flavor only coated the outside of the chops. I'm thinking if I marinated them IN that sauce it would have helped. I let my meat rest for about 30 minutes prior to grilling. You want to get the chill off the meat first. Then let the meat rest AFTER grilling for 10 minutes or so, giving the juices time to reincorporate back into the meat. Makes for juicy pork chops for sure. The grilling time was right on for the chops I used. They were on the thin side and had bones. Thanks for the recipe. This is the first thing I have EVER grilled.
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Thai Shrimp and Noodles

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2010
Usually I make a recipe as close to 'as written' to give a review of the actual recipe. However, so many reviewers suggested not marinating the shrimp in the dressing. So I skipped the dressing part and also doubled the sauce with the exception of the red pepper. Only used 1/2 tsp. because my daughter had to eat it, too. Got lazy and shredded the carrot instead of julienne. Added in some broccoli for color and served over a multigrain thin pasta. Very tasty!! Will be making this again. Thanks for the recipe.
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