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Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: May 23, 2008
Simple, quick and tasty!!!! I sauteed bacon, fresh garlic, 1/2 bag of frozen peppers and onions in EVOO. Removed from pan and made this sauce. Cooked a bag of cheese tortellini and steamed some garlic broccoli. Added tortellini and veggies into sauce and topped with additional Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper flakes.
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Sesame Chicken Strips with Sweet Sauce

Reviewed: May 21, 2008
I thought this recipe sounded tasty but kids said it was bland. I even tried to step it up a bit by using crushed french fried onions in with the cracker crumbs. I found the dipping of the chicken in the mayo mixture messy because it was so thick. That didn't make it any easier for the breading to stick. I used all the mayo in my dipping mixture so I didn't make the sauce. Our dipping sauce was ranch dressing and bbq/ranch combo sauce.
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Strawberry Freezer Jam

Reviewed: May 21, 2008
I've made this once before and it turned out on the runny side. This time I drained my crushed strawberries slightly and cut back on the water by a few tablespoons. While filling the jars it was already beginning to "set up". This recipe filled 11 four ounces jars. Nice way to have strawberries the entire year!
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Carrie's Garlic Pesto Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Reviewed: May 21, 2008
Great twist on a tuna sandich! I used roasted red pepper in place of the tomato and garlic powder instead of minced garlic. The flavors of the mustard and pesto didn't overpower the tuna. It was a nice blend.
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Bow Tie Pasta with Sausage and Sweet Peppers

Reviewed: May 19, 2008
Good but with some additions. Veggies, veggies, veggies....minced onion and garlic sauteed with the sausage. Added chopped red roasted pepper and sun dried tomatoes. Instead of cutting up fresh peppers I added a half bag of frozen peppers and onion. Topped with asiago and parmesan cheese.
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Smooth Sweet Tea

Reviewed: May 19, 2008
Very good tea with no bitter aftertaste! I only let mine steep 10 minutes. I subbed 1/4 cup of organic agave in place of the sugar. I will be making this again soon.
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Perfect Berry Shortcakes

Reviewed: May 18, 2008
ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS with the strawberry supreme topping recipe from this site!! These were quick and easy with a few simple ingredients. I did not use frozen butter, just refrigerated. I also used half heavy cream and half of the half-n-half for the milk portion. I had a little trouble with the dough not sticking together but handling a little more and 1 additional teaspoon of heavy cream and it worked. This shortcake is not too dense or too sweet. You could easy get 8 biscuits out of this recipe. Six makes them large sized biscuits so we cut them in half. Will make again every strawberry season.
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Spring Sweet Pea Pasta Salad

Reviewed: May 18, 2008
I had to make substitutions due to ingredients on hand. I used mini sea shells in place of the bow tie pasta. Subbed chopped pepperoni for the diced ham. I had to use plain low fat yogurt because I was out of sour cream. I did as the original poster stated and cubed the cheddar cheese. Even with the substitutions, the lemon flavor really adds a nice light taste to this salad. It's a nice change from all those sweet pasta salads. I think it will taste even better after being refrigerated for a few hours.
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Chocolate Date Loaf I

Reviewed: May 18, 2008
I had a few problems with this recipe. The first is the fact there were too many "bowls" to get this together. Next time, I will melt the butter and the chocolate together in the microwave. I also sifted my flour before adding to the batter. I *always* use 2 mini loaf pans instead of 1 regular size pan when making any quick bread recipe from this site (even if I have to scale it down). This in part because the outside get browned too fast and the center is not completely done. That being said...I think the cooking time is way off. Using the 2 mini loaf pans, at 32 minutes the loaves had burnt edges. As the recipe submitter stated, this bread crumbles when cut, even when totally cooled. Since I made 2 loaves I will cut the other one tomorrow to see if there is better results. I will try this recipe again using a standard sized pan but will NOT cook for an hour. Since my bread was over cooked it was dry, but had a nice flavor.
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Better Than Best Fried Chicken

Reviewed: May 15, 2008
Let me first say I'm going to try this recipe again soon because I was not completely happy with the results. I followed the recipe *exactly* without reading the views. I figured with the title and all those high star ratings it would be okay....not! My chicken breasts lost most of the bottom breading stuck to the plate *before* frying! Also, my chicken did not cook in the time stated..they took longer and really needed to be pounded thinner to meet the required cooking time. I will say the chicken was moist, the remaining batter was crispy but not flavorful. I will add dried herbs, garlic and onion powder next time. I think this has potential to meet my *better than the best* with some minor adjustments. I may try use chicken tenders and/or chicken legs when I make this again.
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Five Minute Ice Cream

Reviewed: May 15, 2008
WOW!!! This is my new favorite recipe right now coming upon summer!! I don't own an ice cream maker and saw a question posted on the AR exchange for this recipe. It really only takes 5 MINUTES to make this! I made two different flavors...strawberry and peach. I have a mini 3 cup kitchen aid food processor and was concerned it might not work, but it did! I had recently froze large fresh picked strawberries in the last 2 weeks. My machine did chop the fruit fairly well...and the taste was soooo goood! Some of my fruit was a bit icy. You may want to blend longer if you want a smoother fruit texture. It has a very cold, thick pudding-like consistency once blended.. After reading some other reviewers suggestions, I also froze for 30 minutes and even liked the texture of the ice cream more than after first blended. NEXT time I will cut back on the sugar when I use really sweet strawberries. My kids were fighting over the last bites!!
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The Best Garlic Bread

Reviewed: May 15, 2008
I needed to use up a half loaf of french bread made this recipe. I had to scale back to four servings and added a bit of softened butter to the mayo mixture. Kids were fighting over the last piece!
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Fabulous Football Dip

Reviewed: May 14, 2008
I used a mild sausage in this recipe because I made it for the kids after school snack. I halved the recipe, pureed the tomatoes (no chunks) and had to add some dried seasonings for flavor. I added garlic and onion powder and chili powder. This is a great tasting dip..don't think *fabulous*, but it's definitely does not look tasty. Thankfully, I was able to talk my kids into tasting it after seeing it. They did fight over the last bit! I served with corn tortilla chips (recipe from this site) and pita triangles. Will make again with the seasonings.
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Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Reviewed: May 14, 2008
Okay, had this in my recipe box for a few months waiting for strawberry season. Glad I did! I halved the recipe, used chopped mandarin oranges in place of raspberries. I guess since my fresh strawberries were sweet I should have cut back on the sugar but I didn't. Next time I make this I will. I did not like the look of the kiwi in this recipe (may be in part that mine was slightly overripe). I served small portions in dessert cups with the cinnamon chips (recipe from this site) crushed on the top. It's a keeper!
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Award Winning Chili Con Carne

Reviewed: May 13, 2008
This is the first recipe my family has truly disliked. They ask me not to "ever" make it again. They said all you could taste was tomato paste and tomatoes. There was NO cumin in this recipe. Most chili recipes call for cumin. No beer either. Guess that's what happens when you follow the recipe EXACTLY and not make any adjustments from reviewers (minor adjustment was to only add 5 drops of tabasco instead of 10). I figured since it said "Award Winning" that meant something. I guess not everyone has the same tastes when it comes to chili's. I have made SEVERAL chili recipes from this site and they have enjoyed all of them on star level of 4 or 5.
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: May 13, 2008
This recipe was fantastic! I followed the recipe as stated except for scaling down to four servings. I used frozen whole chicken breasts put directly into the crockpot. After cooking on high for 1 1/2 hours, I added the additional can of soup to make more gravy, and continued to cook 1 1/2 more hours. Cut my generic biscuits into 6 triangular pieces and dropped into crock pot the last 30 minutes of cooking. Served over egg noodles. Will make again.
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Puff Balls

Reviewed: May 13, 2008
A quick and easy treat to use up biscuits! I cut mine into 4 triangler pieces and dropped into oil...they cooked very fast...you cannot leave the pan or they will be too brown. I even used a generic butter type biscuit and they puffed up nicely. I immediately coated in cinnamon sugar. The family inhaled them all within 15 minutes.
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Fully Loaded Cookies

Reviewed: May 11, 2008
Very rich and sweet. I like these shaped closer to 2" cause my cookies did not spread. The most important thing to do is to let these cookies sit a full 2 - 3 minutes before removing from the baking pan. I tried to remove to soon and my cookie fell apart. Kids loved them. Next time I will try without the semi sweet and replace with chopped pecans or walnuts.
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Owen's BBQ Chicken

Reviewed: May 11, 2008
VERY good bbq chicken recipe!!! I only used 1/2 of a minced yellow vidalia onion in place of a whole onion. Only marinated for 2 hours before grilling and it smelled wonderful. I had no leftovers. Next time I will try this recipe on skinless boneless chicken breasts.
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Strawberries and Cream Bread Pudding

Reviewed: May 11, 2008
WOW!! This a great dish using day old bakery french bread cubes!!! I halved the recipe and used a regular sized loaf pan. I let the bread sit with the berries about 20 minutes before combining with other ingredients. As per another reviewer's suggestion I added some ground cinnamon and a dash of ground cloves. I think this really gave added flavor to this dish. Sooo goood!!!! After baking, I had no soggy spots are crusty edges. I've never like bread pudding before because of the raisins and the eggy taste. But, this recipe is very tasty! I will be making this again since it is strawberry season now.
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