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Banana Sour Cream Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2014
This is delicious. This year we "made" Christmas. I made a loaf of this bread to add to every relative's gift basket and for each of my child's teachers (I did mini loaves for my son's teachers as he is in middle school and we had a LOT of teachers, assistant teachers and administrators) - we also made chocolate drizzled popcorn. Because we made SO much of this recipe, I froze the loaves until we were ready to make the baskets. They freeze/thaw out nicely. I will do this again next year. We got so many compliments on it. I did what the other reviewer suggested and added a topping: brown sugar (1/2 cup), flour (1/2 cup) and walnuts (1/3 cup), 3 tbsp butter and 1 tsp cinnamon mixed and crumbled over top of bread to bake. When I ran out of tins I had some pretty tulip shaped muffin tins and I made some of those, too... they puffed up beautifully. I am on my way to make more of this now for breakfast tomorrow. YUM!
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Cranberry Salad VII

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2013
Found it! My MIL makes this for holidays and I love it. I will not eat cranberries out of a can. This is so much healthier and tastes so fresh. I like adding a little orange zest. Any time we do holidays elsewhere I make this and I am so glad to have found the exact recipe on here because my MIL is out of town and I wasn't sure of the specific directions. THANKS!
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Shredded Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2012
Everyone loves this! I've tried many recipes, none of which are nearly as tasty. Brussel Sprouts are often bitter or not very flavorful. This recipe has fantastic texture and flavor. I made it for a teachers appreciation luncheon and the teachers all loved it and wanted the recipe. It's a pretty dish and I am actually making it this year for Thanksgiving in lieu of the high sodium, mushy canned green bean casserole which no one seems to be able to do without. This, to me, seems like a fabulous alternative, much tastier AND healthier.
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Honey Nut Granola

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2010
Perfect, exactly the basic recipe I was looking for. The oil/honey ratio is perfect, the granola is crispy and doesn't stick together. I might add a little brown sugar for extra sweetness next time. You can add any nut mixture you want, I used macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds and walnuts and I'll add dried fruit to the baked/cooled mixture. Thank you Karen for a basic and crunchy recipe. I'll use this over and over again.
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Whole Grain Banana Muffins

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2009
SO glad to find a healthy banana muffin recipe... and YUM… totally stuck to the muffin papers, but so delicious… I used oat/rye flakes in lieu of oat bran… shoulda added ground up flax seed, but didn’t remember to. Added some brown sugar and instead of raisins added cranberry/apple/carrot chutney. Used all yogurt instead of sour cream, made applesauce from scratch and one egg instead of egg whites. Came out fantastic! Might make a great bread... and would totally eliminate the sticky paper situation! I added a cream cheese icing (not healthy!) since they're a b day treat at my daughter's school... and sprinkles, of course... she's 3! :)
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Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2009
I am making this now and the broth tastes fantastic – I used the low sodium vegetable broth – it’s supposed to be ½ cube for every cup of water, I used 6 cubes for 8 cups of water. I also added extra garlic and used Italian Seasoning when sautéing the veggies (instead of the oregano, bay leaf and basil seperately). I added a lot of cumin and some smoked paprika, then I used an orange chiptle seasoning… both of which are smoky (since I’m not putting ham in these beans, it gives it a nice flavor). I used no salt added basil and oregano diced tomatoes. The beans are a mix of mung beans, lentils, black beans and adzuki beans. I think it’s going to come out really well… I put the soaked beans, sautéed veggies and extra Orange Chipotle and cumin in the crock pot for the next four hours. I think I’ll make some jalepeno cornbread to go with it. With the addition of my spices I did not add additional salt and pepper, nor did I add vinegar. OH, and I used leeks in lieu of onions and will add fresh chopped green onions and spinach to the beans before serving thereby eliminated the "yucky spinach for leftovers" some reviewers complained about -- also fresh veggies will give it nice flavor and texture.
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French Toast I

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2008
Last time I tried to make french toast I screwed it up royally... I think I let the bread soak up too much mix and I ended up with egg toast. The way to do it is just to dunk the bread in the mix and put it in the pan. After about 8 years and ready to try again this recipe was easy, tasty and a definite do again... and again... and again. It's my husband's favorite breakfast. I wish I'd tried again 8 years ago! It's super easy!
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Stovetop Granola

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2008
WOW! I just made granola! What a fantastic recipe, and a great way to save big bucks at the grocery store. I doubled the recipe and like other reviewers didn't change the amount of butter or sugar per extra 2 c oats. However, I thought it needed a little more sweet and added extra brown sugar at the end. I put about a cup of dried bananas, a cup and a half of cranberries, 4 tbsp honey, a cup of chopped walnuts and about a cup and a half of dried coconut. If you like your granola to stick together more, leave the recipe the way it is. I like using less butter and the granola came out fantastic! You could add just about anything you have on hand to this and make it great, cinnamon, almonds, raisins and a little allspice would make a really great fall mix. Tons of variations are possible and they'll all come out scrum-diddly-umptious I am sure! ENJOY! If you love granola, truly you cannot afford not to try this recipe. Literally -- this is going to save us SO much money :) And it's SO EASY! I just made this again and it's not as crispy as I'd like it, so I baked it for a while (on the cookie sheet) at 200 (about an hour - 1 1/2 hrs) and then let it cool on the countertop in the cookie sheet for the rest of the afternoon. It is crispy and perfect. Love making my own granola!
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Mother's Pasties

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2008
I've never had these, but they sounded fun so I made them for dinner tonight. I used 1/2 lb ground pork and 1/2 lb sausage. I browned the meat so it would be crumbly, mixed with cooked diced potatoes, cooke diced carrots and onion. I only used half of the mixture for filling the two refrigerated pie crusts I had. One crust I made 6 smaller circles with and filled (more empanada sized) and the other crust i just folded over for a larger "pie." They both came out really well. I brushed them with egg white and a little Italian seasoning and didn't cook them for a whole hour, just long enough to brown them up (as the filling was cooked already). Also, I don't like them to be too hard. Very tasty, but a little bland. Another similar recipe recommended using a little beef bouillon and garlic, and someone else recommended a little onion soup mix. I think I'll try one or both of those in the future... though it might not be the most authentic. I will definitely be making these again, thanks for the recipe AND the history lesson! :)
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Apple Crisp IV

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2008
This is tasty and super duper easy. It's not apple pie, of course, but pretty darn close and SO much easier. I make mine in an oven safe bowl and add extra apple filling. I like making it with oatmeal, it's a healthier alternative to other desserts :) Great recipe, definitely a fall/winter staple when you want something sweet.
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2007
This recipe is SO easy and offers so many simple variations! I usually make it with vegetables (more like a pot pie as per so many reviews). You can add fresh, frozen or canned. I tried a california veggie mix once though and it wasn't so good... the broccoli overpowered it. stick with carrots, mushrooms, any type of bean, potatoes, corn, celery, etc. i use one can of jumbo biscuits or two of the smaller biscuits. any variety works well. and like other reviewers, you have to add them at least two hours before you're finished (i usually add them 2-3 hrs before i'm ready to eat). i usually turn it back on high, too, to cook the dough. i usually add chicken buillon for flavor (other reviewers did broth in lieu of water, but i think the bouillon is easier since i never have broth on hand) and agree it gives great flavor. and any cream soup will work, but the cream of chicken does give it that great "chickeny" flavor! this is a super cold weather comfort food and many of my friends and family now make this due to my raves! a definite staple for any crockpot owner!
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Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2007
super easy. tastes just like my grandma's, but you don't have to make the gravy! I add carrots and mushrooms, sometimes potatoes. if you want the roast to look "pretty," coat it with a little salt, pepper and flour, then brown it in a little oil on the stove first. either way this comes out so incredibly tender -- even if your cut of roast is super lean. a MUST HAVE for anyone with a crock pot.
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