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Pork Chops Deluxe

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2009
This is SOOO GOOD! First let me say I don't use the "Cream of _____ soup", instead I use AR's Homemade Cream-style Soup Mix. I also used chicken broth to boil my rice. Other than that, I followed the recipe and this is now my favorite pork chop. The whole family loved it and we had no leftovers.
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Peasant Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2012
Easy bread to make. Great for introducing children to bread baking.
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Thick and Chunky Spaghetti

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2009
This is my personal recipe, so of course I had to have a review. Something that I neglected to say in my instruction is that I usually have to add about a 1/2 cup water to this sauce as it's simmering. I used to make this with the addition of green bell peppers but over the years my stomach didn't enjoy them as much. So I've left them out of the 'official' rendering. Hope you like it as much as my family does.
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Mike's Signature Pretzel Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2010
Awesome!! Awesome! Did I mention this bread is awesome? Followed the recipe exactly (and checked out Kathleen's blog about the bread for some tips). It is worth it to drive 15 miles to town for some bread flour for this one!! Really watch what you're doing when putting the baking soda in the boiling water....do it slowly! It foams WAY up at first. I made 4 little round loaves and covered them with a damp towel to keep the crust kinda soft. Now I wish I had doubled the recipe! Thanks Mike! and thank you Kathleen for sharing the recipe here with us all!
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Cottage Pudding - Upside Down Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2010
I loved it, my husband loved it, and my daughter, too. I used pineapples instead of apples. I added a couple TBsp. of apricot/pineapple preserves too, just because I love the stuff! Out of necessity I subbed half a cup of the AP flour with whole wheat flour. I prefer to eat my cake cold, so I chilled it in the fridge.Baked the full 50 minutes. This is a keeper for sure!
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Country Apple Dumplings

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2009
Normally with all my substitutions I wouldn't rate a recipe. This turned out so good, I just had to say what I did that worked out anyways. I calculated this for 24 servings. Which meant 1 1/2 c. butter. I had no butter. I subbed about 1/3 c. of shortening and the rest was orange juice. Needed 2 1/4 c. white sugar, only had 1 3/4 c. So I added about 1 TBsp. molasses and 2 tsp. vanilla extract. I was afraid of it not being flavorful enough without the butter. I also tossed my apple slices in cinnamon and sugar before wrapping them in the dough. And finally, I used almost a whole can of Sierra Mist because my hubby drank the last Mountain Dew. My daughter did most all the prep herself. These came out SO GOOD!! Even with all the subbing...so I had to review. I'd give it 10 stars if I could.
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Cabbage Roll Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2009
Just like cabbage rolls without all the work!I cut the recipe half but kept the amount of tomato sauce about the same (I used maybe 20-22 oz.)Also, I gave the rice a head start by bring a cup of beef broth to a boil and then adding the rice. Removed it from the heat.After sauteing the onion (I put some chopped garlic in as well,3 cloves) and browning the beef, I combined everything in a 9x13 in. pan. Covered and baked for 1 hour. We ate this 2 days in a row. Excellent recipe. Thanks!
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J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2010
Great biscuit and so easy! I soured my milk before using it (1 Tbsp. vinegar added to 1 c. milk, let sit for 5 minutes before using). This made 9 biscuits for me. My hubby said they needed more salt. I try and not use it where I can get away with it because it's not good for you. I would recommend NOT kneading the dough hardly at all. That way they're nice and light textured. Keeping this recipe!! Thanks Mr. Pickett!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Marble Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2010
Never had a peanut butter flavored cake before. This is excellent!! I used creamy peanut butter in place of peanut butter chips. It seemed to me that a cup and a half was too much batter to be adding in to the cocoa mixture because when I went to drop it over top by the spoonfuls it almost completely covered it. I thought there was no way to swirl it in without totally mixing the two batters and coming out with a light brown cake BUT it worked. The chocolate swirl looks AWESOME! I topped it with a simple icing of milk and confectioner's sugar. It took 40 minutes to bake. Definite Keeper!!!
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Sauteed Apples

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2010
Simple and delicious! We had them all eaten before I could use them for a topping on anything. I sliced mine pretty thin...quarter of an inch or less. Thanks for the recipe! It had been in my recipe box forever.....
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Monkey Bread I

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2009
Oh, the memories!! I hadn't had any monkey bread in years...my hubby and my daughter had never had it before. I was stoked to find this recipe because I had a can of butter flavored biscuits. I had to cut everything by a third on account of the one can. This was so good! Next time I'm thinking of putting some chopped up pitted prunes instead of raisins. I didn't do the nuts or raisins in this.
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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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Chicken Stew with Dumplings

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2009
I chose this recipe because I was out of Bisquick mix to make dumplings. I was very pleased with how these dumplings turned out. I made them teaspoon size. I also forgot to add the peas. I mixed up a cup of evaporated milk and 2 teaspoons cornstarch and added it during the last 10 minutes of cooking time. This gave it a very creamy texture, which I like. You can't go wrong with this recipe unless you don't like chicken and dumplings to begin with. A keeper!
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Crumb-Coated Chicken Thighs

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2009
My husband thought this was the best chicken he's ever had. I only had 5 chicken thighs. I made fresh bread crumbs from a loaf of Italian bread. On the advise of other reviewers, I upped the amount of crumbs to about half a cup. Baked for 45 minutes and did not turn the chicken over half way through. Great recipe. I will make this again for sure. Edit: I baked these again but this time placed them on a rack on the cookie sheet to drain all the fat and didn't turn them over during baking. Excellent.
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Diane's Colcannon

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2009
I would have never thought to mix cabbage and mashed taters. Really tasty dish! I didn't put my butter in at the end. I mixed it in with the milk when mashing the potatoes. We had no leftovers (my daughter went back for seconds!)This is a great way to change up your plain ol' mashed potatoes.
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Authentic Chinese Egg Rolls (from a Chinese person)

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2009
These being my first ever homemade egg rolls, I think they turned out great. I didn't have bamboo shoots, used bean sprouts instead. I also had fresh button mushrooms. By the time everything was ready to refrigerate I realized I forgot to shred my pork so I opened a can of precooked chicken and put that in instead. I added about 3 Tbsp. of Oyster sauce to the mix. The egg rolls were easy to assemble (my 8 year old helped me with everything). We only made half the batch. I planned on assembling the rest and freezing them the following day. If I could give just one tip...whatever type of tray or pan you have your cabbage mixture in, you need to prop it up on one end so all the oil/juice runs out. Otherwise the egg rolls are a bit soggy inside. I placed my leftover mix in a ziplock bag. So I'll be cutting the corner off and letting all the juice run out before making the rest of the egg rolls. Thanks so much for this recipe...it was a success for me!
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Pumpkin Roll I

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2010
This could not be easier to make. My 9 yr. old helped with everything! I didn't find out til it was too late that I was out of all purpose flour, so I used bread flour and it worked great. Also out of vanilla extract but with only 1/4 tsp. called for, I don't think anyone will miss it. I used real butter to grease the jelly roll pan. It baked in 15 minutes, not a minute longer. The filling was pretty sweet and the pumpkin flavor was mild. Nice presentation when you slice it up!! Thanks for this recipe. It will get a workout next Christmas, that is for sure.
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Apple Crisp II

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2009
Absolutely the best apple crisp! I've only tried one other apple crisp from this site....this one blows it away! I made some caramel sauce (from Sweetened Condensed Milk) and drizzled it over the top when the crisp had about 15 minutes left to bake. This is a keeper! Thanks, Cyndi Gephart for telling me I had to try this one.
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Italian Dressing Mix

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2009
Am I glad I found this one. I needed some Italian dressing and didn't have any. I followed the recipe with the exception of the salt. I didn't have any garlic salt and I only used 1 Tbsp. sea salt. The flavor was perfect. I poured this dressing over chicken thighs, potatoes and carrots before baking them in the oven. Thanks for this recipe.
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Chewy Brownies

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2009
AWESOME!!! To fully appreciate these, you should wait til they're cooled off. I put mine in the fridge, and let me tell ya'....it was hard to stay out of 'em!! I used a glass pan, greased with vegetable shortening. If you want a chewy brownie....this is your recipe.
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