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Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2007
I made this despite the fact that most of my family either dislikes any kind of sauce or likes the canned jellied sauce-- but my mother, who is getting senile, always liked home-made, and I wanted to make something special. Turns out, everyone who confessed a dislike for cranberry sauce in general had seconds, and my mother had thirds. And my sisters who like the canned stuff said it was pretty tasty. What little was left over was spread on turkey and stuffing sandwiches that evening.
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Apple Chicken Stew

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2008
I didn't have time to use the crock pot, so I added 4 cups of chicken broth and made soup instead for a lunch meeting. It was a huge hit! My kids were salivating all morning while I was making it, and very disappointed that I didn't leave some at home for them. I'll try it as a stew sometime when I'm not rushed, but the recipe works really well as a soup, too.
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Apple Cheddar Scones

Reviewed: May 30, 2008
I had trouble with this recipe, which I followed to the letter. The dough was too sticky to pat out, and they took twice as long to bake. While they were still warm, they tasted doughy, although they were better cold. I love scones, but these were disappointing. I'll try again, in case variables like humid weather make a dif, but overall I was sad.
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Spaghetti Carbonara II

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2008
I decided to try this recipe simply because my husband was bored with the standard tomato-based sauces with ground beef. And one of the few foods my entire family (me, Mrs. Don't Like Change, Mr. Adventure-eater plus three picky teens) agree on is bacon. What a wonderful surprise! Everyone liked it! Picky Teen #3 only *likes* it, but everyone else loves it. Picky Teen #2 chose it as one of the meals she was responsible to cook, this past week, and it was a bit of a dare since there were two kid-friends over for dinner, but it was an even bigger hit than the first time we tried it--no leftovers. We use less than a pound of pasta when we make it because we prefer more sauce and less noodle, but it suffers nothing from the lack.
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Roasted Vegetable Orzo

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2008
I tried this because someone gave me zucchini, and because I like fresh asparagus, and because I'm always trying to find ways to get my picky kids to eat more vegetables. I made it as an entree, so they HAD to eat it or fend for themselves. They were all very surprised, and this recipe has become a staple in our menu rotations. We often add grilled chicken breasts, either sliced and mixed in or whole on a bed of orzo and drizzled with chicken gravy.
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California Smoothie

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2008
I tried this recipe originally because I'm allergic to bananas and this one doesn't have any. Now I keep using it because it's GOOD!
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Bacon Cheddar Quiche

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2008
Made this for dinner last night, and four out of five diners loved it. (My husband would have liked more cayenne, and wished that I had not left out the mushrooms, which I did so that the kids would eat it.) Excellent no-crust option! I did leave out the mushrooms, but it was tasty anyway. I didn't get a chance to stir it in the middle of the 6-minute cooking, but it didn't suffer much from the lack (microwave turntables are Good Things). I will make it again, probably sauteing fresh onions while frying the bacon, and maybe dicing the mushrooms extra-fine so the kids don't notice. Thanks for the recipe!
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Easy Stovetop Peach Cobbler

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2008
We really liked it. Really. I used brown sugar instead of white, because I like the hint of caramel with peaches (and apples too, but if I was using cherries I'd go with white). It turned out splendidly. Even my kid who doesn't think it's dessert unless it's chocolate thought it was delicious. I am working on a way to make it for a cycling group of about forty-five under camping conditions, and I'll let you know how that turns out if I have any success. To those who said it's too dry, check the size of your cake mix. You need to use a single-layer size, not a double-layer. In my part of the country, Jiffy is about the only brand available in that size.
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Lazy Katie's Taco Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2008
I really liked it--made it when I was craving taco salad, which is hard to find nowadays. My kids thought it was a weird idea, and my husband wasn't interested in salad, but I thought it was delicious. Thanks!
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Slow Cooker Cranberry Roast

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2008
This is pretty good, and very easy. My fifteen year old made it for the family and the sitter when my husband and I were out of town, and it was a big hit with them. My husband thinks it's too sweet, but it's tender and juicy, and we'll make it again and again. I've used it with pork roast, but the kids made it with stew beef and served it over noodles.
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2008
This was a huge hit with my entire family, especially my children (who hate fish). I had to make some substitutions (I used lime juice because I didn't have lemons, and I used garlic salt in place of the celery salt), and I also used low-fat mayo. It was delicious!
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Autumn Spice Ham Steak

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2008
Really, really good. I have some picky eaters, and this was a favorite across the board. The first time I made it, I didn't have maple syrup, so I did what my mom used to do: I used brown sugar and a little water (mom hated maple flavor, having made herself sick as a kid on maple candy, so we always had brown-sugar syrup on pancakes). It was fabulous, even without the maple. Next time I made it, I laid out the cash for the maple syrup, and it was worth it. Raves from all family members.
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Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2008
WOW! Even without the Hawaiian sea salt (could not find it, so I used Mediterranean) it was fabulous! I've made it twice, and it's been a huge hit with even the most finicky eaters in the house.
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Pebber Nodder (Danish Christmas Cookies)

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2008
My older daughter and I made these together. We were amazed at how simply they came together, and how the rest of the family loved them! We rolled half the cooling cookies in powdered sugar for variety, but both versions were gobbled up. A winner!
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Scottish Shortbread IV

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2008
Yum! I only made half a batch because I was low on butter, but I'm so glad I tried them. (I used half salted butter and half unsalted, and also used self-rising flour, forgot to put vanilla in at the beginning so I put a little in at the end, during the kneading.) I used my cookie scoop and flattened them with a sugar-coated cookie press. We never got to give them away, because we ate them!
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Out of this World Turkey Brine

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2008
A great, simple brine, nothing I didn't have on hand (I used tap water because our tap water is pretty good). The turkey came out fabulously! It was supposed to cook 4 hours, and I put it in breast-down to make sure the white meat was juicy. When I pulled it out after 3 1/2 hours to flip it and brown the skin, it was too done to put back in. It fell off the bone, it was so tender, and perfectly seasoned, perfectly juicy, excellent all-round. (Which really saved my reputation, because I had been late getting it in the oven!) Thanks for sharing a good recipe!
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Savory Crescent Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2008
I too have been making this recipe for years. My mother found it about 25 years ago (maybe more) in the city newspaper. I even made it for my bridesmaids' luncheon, chiefly to impress my mother in law to be with my cooking skills. Generally I only do the crushed croutons if it's a fancy dinner. The family is too impatient to bother with the extra step. This past week, I made it with leftover Christmas turkey meat, and it was excellent!
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Turkey Brine

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2008
I used this brine two years ago for Thanksgiving, and everyone raved about how great the turkey was. This year, I couldn't find where I stashed the print-out I used, and ended up using another brine--different ingredients. It was good, too, but this is the stand-out recipe, the one everyone talks about. I'm using it tonight on a pair of chickens for my son's birthday (by his request). Thank you! I have it marked, now, so I won't lose it again!
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Mozechilli Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2009
I thought I made this up, just using stuff I had on hand when I hadn't made it to the grocery in three weeks, but I found this when I searched the ingredients. We were really surprised at how well this turned out, all things considered, and even the leftovers were eaten (which rarely happens in our house). This dish definitely goes into the rotation!
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Chicken Rotini Stovetop Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2009
Pretty good! I didn't have peppers, so I used onions and frozen broccoli/ cauliflower, sauteing the onions with the chicken and then tossing in the frozen vegetables at the end (put a lid on it, they steamed nicely and even caramelized a little--and they could also be added to the pasta at the end of the boiling, two birds with one stone). My half-and-half separated as soon as it heated, so I ended up thickening the sauce with a little flour/water before pouring it over. Though it wasn't creamy, it tasted fine. I added minced garlic in with the herbs, and the sauce didn't look pretty but it smelled heavenly. Then our dinner guest was a little late, so I put it in the oven topped with mozzarella to stay hot. Everyone liked it, most people had seconds, though if I make it again I'm going to add a lot more seasoning.
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