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Bacon Chicken Livers

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2008
Simple, but a great place to start for one who didn't know where to begin. As someone recommended, I cooked the bacon ahead of time, about 3/4 of the way, so the livers wouldn't get too done. Thanks for sharing.
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Simple Chicken Gravy

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2008
I really really liked my gravy, for the first time! Because the seasoning from my chicken (just salt and poultry seasoning) had already flavored the drippings, I didn't have to add much -- just a little more salt and some pepper. Making the gravy in the roasting pan worked great, and if I can make gravy that's good absolutely anyone can. Thanks!
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Noodles

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2008
Simple and tasty. An easy recipe to experiment with (like adding peas or serving over rice instead of noodels). Thanks.
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2007
Really really good. As with most cookie recipes, the results depend a lot upon how long you bake these. We like our cookies as soft as possible without being raw, so I always cook until just the edges are brown(ish) and the center still looks undone (they continue cooking a bit longer once their out of the oven as well). I also use baking parchment instead of greasing the sheet, and that helps them keep from overcooking on the bottom. Might try adding some nutmeg next time. Thanks.
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Scalloped Potatoes and Onions

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2007
Scalloped potatoes without milk?? Yep, and the best I've had so far. For the last half hour, I sprinkled grated chedder on top while letting it finish uncovered. Thanks for the recipe.
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Broiled Pork Chops

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2007
My husband said, "Wonderful dinner," and that's good enough for me. He also recommended we try this sauce on chicken, too. I made some changes based on others' suggestions (basically just altered according to taste). I also used thinner pork chops, so had to cut broiling time to 3 minutes per side and really keep and eye on them. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
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French Fried Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2007
I don't have a deep-fryer, but using a medium-sized pot with oil heated on medium high worked perfectly. I fried mine until they were turning golden brown; they were only slightly crispy, but we like them better soft so they were perfect. Can't wait to try this recipe with sweet potatoes! Thanks.
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Cube Steak Parmesan

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2007
Wow! Great dish that even my daughter (who does not like anything to do with tomatoes) loved. I would suggest being ready to use more breading ingredients than called for, especially if you have almost 2 lbs. of steaks like I did! Jarred marinara worked just fine, and I also followed others' advice, baking for 15 minutes first, then another 20 after adding the sauce and cheese. We'll be trying this again soon using chicken breasts. Thanks!
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Great-Grandmother Steinbeck's Johnnycake (Cornbread)

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2007
This is an easy recipe that results in really great cornbread. Like others, I used yellow cornmeal, vegetable oil, and regular milk mixed with 1 T of lemon juice. I also had to use a metal pan, and found it was done in about 20 minutes. Thanks!
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Sweet and Sour Chicken II

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2007
Simply wonderful! Finally, a recipe that makes anything we can get at a restaurant pale in comparison. I followed several hints from other people: ommitted celery (we don't like it), used 1/4 cup of soy suace, 1/4 cup of vinager, & 1/4 cup of ketchup; also would suggest taking about 1/2 cup of the hot liquid out, mixing it with the flour and then returning it to the rest of the mixture to avoid lumps. Took this to a pot-luck, served over white rice, and it was all but licked clean. The best part: my family loves it. Thanks!
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Orange Chicken Stir Fry

Reviewed: May 29, 2007
Especially good the 2nd day. I like the sauce a little thicker, so used about half flour/half corn starch to thicken. Also marinated the meat in soy sauce for a while before cooking and used only 1/4t of salt. Didn't have orange zest or fresh juice, but it turned out fine with partially-diluted orange juice concentrate. Thanks!
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Blackberry Pie IV

Reviewed: May 29, 2007
Wonderful! Finally, a fruit pie filling that doesn't all run out of the crust after you cut the first slice! My family, including in-laws, raved about this pie -- so you know I'll be making it again. Thanks!
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Hanky Pankies

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2007
When the recipe calls for serving warm, they aren't kidding! Perhaps I made an error while making this, but the result was a suspicious-looking mass that quickly congealed into something the consistency of a candle. Only one person at the party I brought this to even went near it -- and only once. I think I'll stay clear of "fake" cheese in the future.
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Gingerbread Men

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2006
Perfect! The dough was a little stiff when first removed from the fridge, but rolled out just fine as it warmed. My husband loves regular sugar cookies but said these are even better, and none of us like the average gingerbread cookie but can't stop grabbing these to nibble as we go by the kitchen. For those who, like myself and my family, don't like icing or don't want to bother, I decorated the cookies prior to cooking by pricking designs into them with a toothpick. They are gorgeous and delicious! Thanks!!
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Peach Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2006
We enjoyed this cake very much. I also found that it was still gooey in the center after 45 minutes, but I just let it cook for 10 more minutes and then turned off the oven and let it sit for another 15 and it was perfect. I also used a 25 oz. jar of peaches, so found that the volume was just right and didn't overflow the pan. I look forward to trying this recipe again with other fruit! Thanks!
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Basic Flaky Pie Crust

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2006
Finally, I'm able to make my own crust! And it comes out great every time, though I also find I need a little more cold water than called for. I had some trouble last time because the weather was very humid and the dough became sticky! Great, overall. Thanks!
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Lisa's Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2006
I love this recipe! It's so easy and, with a devil's food cake mix, just perfect. I use any flavored chips I have on hand: chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch. Our household is united against frosting, so we love it as is with a cup of milk on the side. Thanks!
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Peanut Butter Cookies VII

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2006
I had no problem with the dough being dry, possibly because the eggs I used were extra large. I've also learned to take cookies like these out of the oven a bit earlier than called for if I want them to be soft when cool. I had some giant chocolate chips on hand and pressed a couple into the centers instead of flattening with a fork, and my family loved that! Excellent recipe. Thanks!
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Chicken Fried Steak III

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2006
I used this recipe on pork chops, and it worked great! I didn't have beef bouillon on hand, so I used chicken stock for the gravy and it was still a huge hit with my family. Thanks!
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Chicken Pot Pie IX

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2006
Wonderful! It took me a couple of tries to get this just right, but now my family absolutely loves this pot pie. Since cooked carrots aren't popular in our household, I substitute any other frozen vegetable (especially corn) we have on hand. A half dozen dried shiitake mushrooms add incredible flavor, and the leftovers are very popular for lunch the next day. Thanks!
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