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No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2013
I added an extra cup of coconut for these and used butter instead of margarine... Turned out just like Mom's! Without the extra coconut these would have been too runny, I think. Also, a tip... It's VITAL that you let the butter, sugar & coconut cook together until totally smooth. If you rush it, your cookies will turn out grainy & crumbly. They need cook cook together at a BOIL for at least 2 min. You'll know its ready when the mixture is completely, silky smooth. Also-- stir constantly. The sugar will burn if you stop stirring while cooking, giving your cookies a burnt, icky taste. DON'T STOP STIRRING!
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Strawberries 'n' Cream Trifle

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2009
This is OUT OF THIS WORLD DELICIOUS! Made it for a back yard BBQ.. and... wow. Super easy to make, and a big crowd pleaser. I imagine you could really get creative with it too, using all sorts of different berries/fruit... or maybe even find a way to toss in a little rum to make it a little more 'fun' (haha). Or, you can just not change a darn thing and follow this recipe to a T-- because it's just perfect as it is! Love this!
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Chocolate Eclair Squares

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2009
Very yummy. Easy, quick, unique and tasty tasty tasty. Love how few ingredients it has-- makes this basically the ideal dessert to toss together for a BBQ or picnic. I made a few revisions-- used mini nilla wafters and they softened pretty quickly. I sampled the dish after only an hour of it sitting in the fridge, and the mini nilla's were almost entirely saturated by then. Also, I did a crushed graham crack base. That really helped to be able to easily slice and dish up. And boy did the graham crackers crumbs taste good with the filling! Next time I make it, I'll forgo the nilla wafers on top.. and in their place put some fresh berries.. I think fresh fruit would help lighten this up a bit and give it at least a shred of nutritional value :) Will definitely make again! Looking forward to playing with the recipe and toppings!
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Seasoned Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2010
Incredible, packed with flavor and DELICIOUS! I used extra lean ground (Jennie-O) turkey, and cooked on my Foreman grill for 5 minutes. They turned out very moist. So, so good.
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Soft Christmas Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2013
The first time I made this recipe, I was not blown away. I would have given it a 3 star review… However, I followed the suggestions of a few other reviewers, make a few tweaks and tried it again… VOILA! 5 stars! 1- melt the butter before mixing with the sugar. 2- 3 cups of flour only. 3- bake for exactly 9 minutes. This results in a cookie that doesn't expand/puff up too much while baking, and retains the shape of your cookie cutter. The cookies, even 3 days later are firm.. yet soft & chewy and not at all crunchy or brittle. LOVE.
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Gumbo Style Chicken Creole

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2013
Really, really enjoyed this Gumbo! I think that this recipe is likely best used as a 'base' recipe, to be modified a little bit depending on the tastes of the cook. Personally, I followed the advice of others and made a few alterations/additions: 1. Added one, chopped, smoked sausage coil. 2. Used Cayenne pepper in place of hot sauce. 3. Omitted mushrooms.. but doubled bell peppers. 4. Used 1 can of chicken stock. 5. 20 minutes is not NEARLY enough cook time. I simmered this for 2 hours before serving. It gave the flavours a chance to really develop and deepen. Absolutely divine! I am looking desperately forward to lunch today when I'll get to have it as leftovers… I imagine it'll only be tastier!
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Tasty Buns

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2010
Amazingly easy and amazingly good! I followed one reviewers tips, and made sure to beat the 'dough' for a SOLID 3 minutes (I used my stand-up mixer). I also let these rise for a total of about 45minutes. They came out SUPER fluffy and light. Really really perfect.
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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2009
I don't even generally LIKE meatloaf. Just listen to the name of it 'meat-loaf'. Loaf of MEAT. Ugh. Nothing about that sounds appealing in the slightest.. I tried this recipe only because it had such great reviews and because my fiance is a meatloaf-enthusiast. Well-- let's just say that I am SO GLAD that I did! It was absolutely the best meatloaf I have ever had. I did like many other reviewers, and made 'mini-loaves' in a cupcake tin. Baked at 350 for about 25 minutes. I also put the brown sugar/ketchup mixture on TOP, rather than on bottom. These were moist, FULL of flavor and so so filling. My fiance brought the leftovers for work, and sent me a text message at noon expressing how glorious this meal was the second time around. Well done!
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew IV

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2009
I have never in my life made beef stew before.. I am just not a big beef fan.. but I decided to give this a whirl to please my boyfriend.. and, I can't lie-- it was YUMMY. We used just super cheap 'Beef Stew' Beef Chunks, and the meat came out *so* tender and delicious. Packed the pot full of veggies as well. Super yummy! My boyfriend enjoyed it even better the next day for lunch! Used white wine instead of red.. because that's all we had around... but it came out fantastically. Adding this to me ever-growing rolodex of awesome CrockPot recipes!
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Easy Morning Glory Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2014
My husband has been asking me to make 'Morning Glory' muffins for some time now… Confession:: I had never even heard of them prior to meeting my guy! Finally I decided to try them out. Over all, a very good recipe. Easy & full of fairly healthy ingredients. A great hearty 'breakfast muffin'. One star deducted because I found that the amount of sugar that this recipe calls for it a bit excessive. I reduced to 1 cup.. but could have easily gone down to 3/4 a cup without missing any sweetness. Also, 2 tsp of cinnamon is just not early enough for a muffin that is this hearty. I brought mine up to 3 tsp, and added 1/2 tsp of all spice as well. With those few, basic modifications though, this recipe was a hit. Will definitely make again.
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Chicken Tikka Masala

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2014
I have always been intimidated by Indian recipes (even though I love indian food). Tonight I was brave and tried out this recipe and was REALLY impressed. It's super easy, and the results were VERY good. Not as good as some of the better indian restaurants that I have been to…. but waaay better than any of the indian sauces that I've tried out of a jar over the years. I marinated my chicken for a few hours… and also cut WAY back on the salt. 7 teaspoons of salt in this recipe is WAY too much salt!! I used maybe 2 teaspoons altogether and honestly, it was even that a bit too salty! A fabulous recipe. Will definitely made again.
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Baked Teriyaki Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2013
Really, really great recipe. SO much better than anything I've ever had out of a bottle. A VERY easy dinner, but packed with flavour. My husband who doesn't typically like 'sweet' sauces on meats really enjoyed this, too. I used boneless chicken breasts which I cut into several large chunks.. Covered with tin foil while baking for 35 minutes at 425 degrees. Also added a squeeze of siraccha to my sauce to give it a bit of spice. Was perfect!
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Juicy Peach Crisp

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2013
A very good recipe! My husband and I ate this entire tray to ourselves in one day. WOW! I did make a few alterations... I was using very ripe peaches from my own tree, so I halved the amount of white sugar. I figured the peaches would be sweet enough on their own (and I was right). I like quite a bit of crumbly topping, so used 1/2 cup white flour and 1 full cup oatmeal. Fabulous, simple recipe! Will definitely be making this again. Next time I'll probably double (or triple!) it so that it'll last more than 12 hours in our house. DEEEELICIOUS!
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Sarah's Banana Bread Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2010
I followed the recipe almost exactly to a tee-- except I added some chocolate chips at the end (what can I say, Momma needs her chocolate). The muffins were good.. but not GREAT. They weren't the moistest or most flavorful muffins ever. I don't know if it was due to the white sugar (instead of brown) or lack of vanilla/cinnamon.. but they came out being pretty.. well, average. With that said- I think they'd be a great recipe if making with children. The limited ingredients and straight forward directions make it perfect for beginner bakers!
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Insanely Amazing Jalapeno Cheese Dip

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2009
Made this for a potluck and it got RAVE reviews... and disappeared in less than 15 minutes. Huge hit. I followed the advice of some of the other reviews and did 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 mayo. Turned out well! And it's SUPER easy to make. Definitely a crowd pleaser! However, due to it's extreeeeemely unhealthy properties, I'll be saving this only for special occasions :)
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Cranberry Sauce I

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2007
I am a young woman and this year was the first year that I cooked thanksgiving dinner on my own. It was really important to me that I do as much of the meal "from scratch" as possible. I had a guest list of about 10 people and all eyes were on me. I am happy to say that the meal turned out FABULOUSLY.. and this cranberry sauce was no exception. Everyone was *amazed* that I made it from scratch. Of course, I didnt tell just just how easy it was. This is *the* perfect cranberry sauce recipe.. very few ingredients, super simple to do, quick to cook, and so *so* tasty. I will definitely be using this one again and again! Thanks!!
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Chocolate Eclair Dessert

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2014
This was alright, but not great. I made it thinking that my husband would love it (he loves 'creamy' desserts) but amazingly, it's one that didn't get finished. After a week of it sitting in the fridge, half eaten, it had to be thrown out. My husband and I didn't love the use of canned icing. The top layer became quite sticky & thick after being in the fridge for a day or two. Also, the filling mixture REALLY overpowered the graham crackers. It was all just too sweet, too soggy, and too artificial. Probably won't make it again.
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Salisbury Steak

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2014
Wow. YUM!! My husband had been requesting 'Salisbury Steak' for a while, but honestly, I didn't really know what it was and it sounded intimidating! Little did I know, it's essentially just a meat-loaf patty smothered in delicious gravy. I followed this recipe, and the few listed changes mentioned by other reviewers, and was really impressed. A VERY yummy dish, and super easy to make. Used ground sirloin, & served with parmesan mashed potatoes & steamed broccoli. Will absolutely be making this again.
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Juicy Peach Crisp

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2013
A very good recipe! My husband and I ate this entire tray to ourselves in one day. WOW! I did make a few alterations... I was using very ripe peaches from my own tree, so I halved the amount of white sugar. I figured the peaches would be sweet enough on their own (and I was right). I like quite a bit of crumbly topping, so used 1/2 cup white flour and 1 full cup oatmeal. Fabulous, simple recipe! Will definitely be making this again. Next time I'll probably double (or triple!) it so that it'll last more than 12 hours in our house. DEEEELICIOUS!
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Simple Scones

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2012
Very easy recipe with fabulous results!
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