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Slow-Cooked Steak Fajitas

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2007
Great recipe. The only change I made was adding the juice of one lime. Our family ate the whole crockpot full. No leftovers. This is going in my current rotation! EDITED 08/18/08: I made this again today filling the whole crockpot. I added an extra onion and and extra pepper. (And those peppers were HUGE. I remember last time that I doubled the spices, I just might do that again. I also used garlic powder and worchestershire sauce. My house smells SO good. I plan on shredding some pepperjack to go with it and making homemade refried beans.
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Never Fail Biscuits

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2012
I followed the recipe exact. Instead of cutting the biscuits with a glass, I rolled into a 3/4 inch thick circle, then used a pizza cutter to cut the circle into eighths (they looked like scones, little triangles). I brushed them with butter before baking. I did not try them myself but the boys raved about them. My husband said they're one of the best biscuits he's ever had.
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Banana, Chocolate, and Almond Breakfast Oatmeal

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2012
Instead of turbanado sugar, I used honey in it's place. I also used old fashioned oats only because that was what I had on hand. I shared this with my oldest son--we both thought this was very good. My banana was quite ripe so the honey might not even be necessary next time I make this.
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Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2011
I make this every Thanksgiving and Christmas. EVERY year. There was a time that I got phone calls to make sure I was bringing this to the family holiday dinners. Ever since I saw Paula Deen make it, I knew this was for us. It's like pumpkin pie but......naughtier. I like to serve this with homemade sweetened whipped cream. Always disappears over any other dessert.
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Brown Sugar - Cinnamon Butter

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2012
I cut all the ingredients for this recipe in half EXCEPT for the cinnamon. I made cinnamon toast with this spread for the kids this morning. They absolutely loved it. I can't wait to try this on french toast!
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Easy Sausage, Peppers and Onions with Elbows

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2011
This is a favorite in our house because not only does it double well (so you can freeze half for another meal or feed a large group) but it's quick to assemble before a busy day. I like to use Uncle Charley's sausages (which is a really good Pennsylvania sausage company), organic pasta sauce and sometimes, I'll throw in a couple drained cans of fire roasted tomatoes. You might want to taste your sauce before you serve it just in case it needs seasonings. Usually, the sausage (and the sauce--so use a good one!) gives the sauce all the flavor it needs. Great goulash. This also is a good sauce for lasagna.
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Salami Lover's Italian Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2011
I don't use "creamy salad dressing" so I just used a mix of mayonnaise and sour cream. To make it a little more hearty, I threw in some halved cherry tomatoes and one large cucumber that I cut into fourths. This was yummy. This serves four, not six. There was enough for my boys and I for dinner with a portion leftover for lunch tomorrow.
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Blueberry Spread

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2011
I followed the recipe exact BUT I did let the jam-filled jars cool on the kitchen counter overnight before refrigerating. I made eggs and jelly toast for breakfast this morning--we all liked this spread. I loved the textures in this jam and the thickness was spot on. My littlest especially loved this spread. I loved how the recipe submitter sweetened it just enough to bring out the natural sweetness of the berries.
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The Southwestern Bagel Thins

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2012
I made this for one, but I only used one half of a Bagel Thins because I'm watching my carbs which made it an open faced sandwich. I chose to use green salsa and I omitted the avocado because I do not like it. Excellent sandwich--very flavorful and it was just enough to make me feel full without going overboard. Next time, I might add a layer of tomato and fresh spinach. NOTE: I got my roasted red pepper at the Dollar Tree, if anyone else wonders where they can get them without paying an arm and a leg.
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Lemon Yogurt Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2012
I used nonfat greek yogurt in this recipe. I always bake my muffins at 350*, mine were done at 22 minutes. My family ate these muffins, I had one bite (I'm watching my sugar/carb intake). They turned out better than I thought they would. Moist, fluffy and honestly, one of the best muffins we've ever had. EDITED: I made these muffins again and added fresh blueberries the second time--holy frijoles, they turned out wonderful! Either way, excellent muffin recipe!
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Rachel's Tomato Basil Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2011
I sauteed some finely chopped fresh garlic and onion (with some fresh ground pepper and salt) in the butter, then added the rest of the ingredients. I did not use the full amount of cream, just a quarter cup was just right for us. We really liked this soup, especially my youngest boy. Watching him eat this soup with grilled cheese was the highlight of my day.
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Cornflake Bacon Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2011
The combination sounds really odd and you're thinking "This cannot be good" but really, this recipe is freaking AWESOME. I made one small adjustment and that was adding 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla flavoring and 1/2 teaspoon of maple flavoring. That's all. Oh, wait. I also smushed my cornflakes a bit into smaller pieces. We can't stop eating them--they're so good! The one issue I have with them is the caloric content. That's not a deal breaker and it does not make it a bad recipe, it's just hard when a recipe is so good and you feel bad for having more than you should. I'd like to play with the recipe a little and see if I can't make it lighter (maybe use applesauce for half the butter, use turkey bacon and incorporate whole wheat flour some how). As is, REALLY yummy.
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2011
I just made the brownie part, not the frosting. This made just enough to fit into my Perfect Brownie Pan. 350* for thirty minutes was just right. Perfectly fudgy and absolutely what a brownie should taste like. I didn't have the ingredients to make the frosting this time, but next time, I'll try these with the frosting and re-review.
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Pumpkin Pie for Dieters

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2012
I like to use fat free evaporated milk and sugar free CHEESECAKE pudding. For low carbers like me, this can be served in dessert dishes like mousse. I just spoon the mix into a large ziploc bag, snip off the corner and pipe into the dessert dishes, polishing off with a dollop of whipped topping. My family loves this dessert.
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Creamy Chili Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2012
I used this as a dip for homemade chicken nuggets. I made a half batch of this and to make it a little lighter, I used equal amounts reduced fat mayonnaise, reduced fat sour cream and nonfat green yogurt. The kids thought this was a great. Next time, I think I'll increase the chili sauce and cayenne pepper for a half batch but that's purely personal taste.
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Strawberry-Melon Summer Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2011
I threw in some fresh blueberries. This was HEAVEN. We absolutely loved it. NO leftovers.
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Absolutely the BEST Rich and Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing Ever!

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2012
I made "wedge" salads last night and made this dressing to go with. I did use reduced fat mayonnaise and reduced fat sour cream but other than that I made no other adjustments. Quite good--the kids even liked it which surprized me! Next time, I'd increase the garlic powder but that's purely personal preferance. I'll use this recipe again.
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Kristin's Fudgy Brownies

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2011
Absolutely TO DIE FOR. I used extra-dark chocolate chips. We loved them. Very easy for my oldest boy to pretty much make solo, with me looking over his shoulder. He had a lot of fun making this and the look on his face when he added the Hershey's syrup? Priceless. NOTE: Baking time is a little off on this recipe. Ours were done at just under thirty minutes. I think had I not paid attention and just told my son to go the full amount, we would have had burned brownies.
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Peach Blossom Fuzz

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2012
I doubled this recipe to four servings. Because my peaches were frozen, I skipped the ice. I also used nonfat plain greek yogurt and chose to use vanilla extract in this drink. This is one of the best smoothies we've had in a long time. Both my kids asked me to make this again tomorrow. VERY good.
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Cinnamon-Sugar Popcorn

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2011
I cheated and used two bags of Homestyle microwave popcorn. I took other reviewer's advice and cooked the butter low and with the sugar while wisking it constantly until it thickened, then took it off the heat and added the cinnamon, salt and vanilla. After that step, I drizzled it over the popcorn that I spread on a baking sheet and baked it. GREAT movie snack and using the Homestyle popcorn mixed with the sweet vanilla glaze is just the end all of sweet/salty combinations. We LOVE it.
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