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Herbed Potato Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2008
Very yummy! I love that it can be made with very little, its pretty healthy, and quick! I added some carrot, a minced clove of garlic, and a dash of red pepper flakes, and like a few others, used chicken broth in place of the water. I think the rosemary and thyme could be scaled back just a tad, but maybe that is just a personal preference. I also think it tastes better with half milk and half cream/half-and-half. With just milk, it lacks the creaminess. But regardless, the outcome is a quick, easy, tasty soup - just what I was looking for! Also, one time I tossed in about 2 cups of leek to make a potato-leek soup, and it turned out AMAZING!! So not only is this delicious on its own, its also great as a base for potato-leek soup - very versatile and essentially foolproof! Thanks for this recipe, its been added to our rotation.
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Amish Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2008
I have made this many times now, and haven't had a bad loaf yet. This is really good bread and quite versatile - it tastes great for sandwiches, toast, or just plain.
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Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2008
Yum, yum, yum!! This was a huge hit! It looked delicious and I needed to use up some bacon, so I gave it a try. Funny thing is, hubby was tired of me trying new recipes (I think I'm becoming an allrecipes addict!), so I had to talk him into it, but he was raving about it in the end. I LOVE that its so easy and only really required 5 ingredients - perfect "busy night" meal, and my family loved it! Everyone went back for at least seconds. Add a little "snow cheese" (my kids' term for parmesan cheese) to the top and its amazing! This one very may become a staple recipe in our house.
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Nana's Barbeque Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2008
The first time I tried this, I used it in a crockpot pork rib recipe (Honey Ribs here on this site), so I diluted it a bit (didn't need too....it turned out too runny that way), but I was pleasantly surprised at how flavorful the ribs still turned out! The 3rd time, I poured it directly over pork ribs abd baked them for about 1 1/2 hours, and ohhhh my goodness! Soooooo delicious!! These were the BEST ribs I have made in a long time, if ever! The flavor was AMAZING!! Very, very good! And I love that it was so easy to throw together. I am done buying BBQ sauce anymore, I'll just make it, because its so much better!
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Jam Filled Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2010
So easy and tasty! I made these for my daughter's tea party-themed birthday party, and the little girls gobbled them up....and so did all the moms. I only had one left at the end of the party!
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Black-Eyed Pea Salad II

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2011
This is SUPER delicious!!! I made this to go with our family New Year's Day brunch, and everyone was raving about it. I did have to make a few substitutions (out of necessity, not by choice), and it still turned out fantastic! I only had about half the sundried tomatoes the recipe calls for, I left out the bell pepper (a lot of relatives that HATE them), and I had to sub goat cheese for the feta because the store was out. I also used fresh beans that I soaked overnight, then simmered to al dente, and sprinkled with a liberal amount of kosher salt. Still, the final result was out of this world!! I would love to try it again with the feta and bells, but I can honestly say, this recipe is deserving of its 5 stars and I will most defiitely be making it again...often.
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Chicken Cordon Bleu II

Reviewed: May 7, 2008
I had given up on Chicken Cordon Bleu a few years ago. I hated the nightmare of the rolling and browning, and I found the results less than impressive. But, I was in a school-night dinner pinch and needed to use up some sliced ham, so I decided to give it a go. This turned out great!! I did change up the cooking method a bit - like I said, I hate the rolling. So instead, I coated the chicken with the flour and paprika and browned it in the skillet, then transfered to a baking dish, layered the ham and cheese on top, and baked at 375 for about 20 mins. Meanwhile, I made the sauce separately. Dinner was made - start to finish - in about 30 mins! This was so easy, fast (with my cooking method), and delicious! The sauce was out of this world! I'm making Cordon Bleu again!
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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: May 8, 2008
These are amazing in every way! They are soooo easy and fast to make, and are delicious! I made these for my daughter's preschool teacher who has Celiac disease as a present for Teacher Appreciation Week, and she, and the other parents she shared them with (including me), thought they were amazing. She even asked me for the recipe. :)
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Baked Potato Soup

Reviewed: May 14, 2008
This soup is sooooo good!! And its really easy to make (provided your potatoes are pre-baked). I went ahead and left the potato skins on, and subbed red pepper flakes for the hot pepper sauce, but otherwise followed the recipe and it turned out amazing. I am 7 months pregnant and had a major craving for potato soup today, and this totally hit the spot!! And, the icing on the cake - my kids loved it too! I'm making this one again, for sure!
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Mediterranean Turkey Pita Fold

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2009
I only loosely followed this recipe, but we really enjoyed it. I opted for a "real" tzaziki sauce, and seasoned my turkey with a a Greek seasoning recipe I found here on allrecipes. I did use the suggested fillings listed here though (except I forgot the feta...darn it!), and absolutely love the concept --totally low-fat and flavorful! We will be having it again because it was very tasty.
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Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: May 29, 2008
Wow, it stands up to its name! These really are "actually delicious turkey burgers"! I hadn't made turkey burgers in years, but was in the mood for burgers and our store had a ground turkey 2 for 1 sale, so I decided I would give it one more try. Glad I did because these were delicious!! Half the ingredients and prep of my old recipe, and MUCH tastier! I did leave out the parsley and onion (didn't have any), and had no egg (which I was a bit worried about), but they still held together great and had flavor. I broiled mine on a wire rack over a baking sheet to cut down on fat, and they turned out perfect! Pretty much fool-proof, I'd say. Thanks for this recipe - its easy and delicious!
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Tea Cookies I

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2010
Delicious!! I subbed pecans for the walnuts (not a big walnut fan) and doubled the nuts, and they were sooo good! I made these for my daughter's birthday tea party and there were very few left at the end.
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Chicken Fajita Marinade

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2010
I modified this a little by adding some chopped scallion and a dash of red pepper flakes, and didn't stick to the amounts given (I just eyeball and go by the amounts we like), but I have to say, it turned out excellent!! Hubby said we should start doing fajitas once a week!
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Rhubarb Strawberry Cobbler

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2008
This is reeeaaally good!! I didn't have quite enough strawberries (not even 1 whole cup - my daughter ate them), but even with mostly rhubarb, this was sweet and tasty. I love how easy the crust was too - I hate making crusts because they are usually so tedious. I did take another's suggestion and didn't use oil in the crust. Instead, I used 1/2 c melted butter and 1/2 c water. It made for very pliable, moist dough, so I didn't need to roll out or put the milk wash on the dough before baking; I just stretched the dough by hand and sprinkled the sugar directly on the dough. I was worried with my modifications and not having enough strawberries that it may not taste right, but it is delicious!! Definitely a great treat!
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Broccoli Beef Stir-Fry

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2010
This recipe is sooo easy and delicious! I sub mirin (rice wine) for the sherry, and think that gives it a much more Asian flavor. I also usually double the broccoli and up the garlic to 3 cloves, because otherwise I think its a little bland, and I garnish with toasted sesame seeds before serving. I have also found that the amount of sauce is too low, so I usually add a little extra soy sauce and mirin, and sometimes a little water, as it begins to cook down. I'm sure its just because of all the cornstarch, but for me, its not even close to enough sauce to cover all the veggies and meat. I also agree with another reviewer that some onion would be a good addition. (I haven't tried it that way yet though.) But this is really delicious, and there are never any leftovers at our house!
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Absolutely Fabulous Greek/House Dressing

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2008
YUM! I was pleasantly surprised by this dressing. I made a simple salad of baby mixed greens, black olives, tomato, and cucumber and wanted a complimentary dressing, and this was fabulous! I scaled the vinegar back a little, per hubby's request, but other than that, stuck to the recipe, and it was perfect - very flavorful and light. I will be making it again, for sure!
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Best Marinara Sauce Yet

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2008
This is a great sauce! Not only is it delicious, it is super easy and fast to make. I made this for my daughter's birthday, then again to top eggplant parmesan, and both times got good reviews. So no matter what you use the sauce for, it works great! Like others, I added some brown sugar to neutralize the acidity of all the tomato products, which I think is important. And I upped the amount of garlic to 2 cloves the second time because the first time it seemed just a hair bland. I will say though, this is the first, and only, sauce recipe I have ever made twice -- no others quite compare. Very yummy and worth making over and over again!
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Teriyaki Tuna Steaks

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2008
This is awesome!! We all were raving about it, and even my 4 and 6 1/2 year olds LOVED it! I didn't have pineapple juice, and we added about 1 tsp of wasabi (which I think was a good move - it gave it some extra spunk). Also, instead of grilling, we pan-seared then baked it, and it was amazingly good. Not one complaint out of us!
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Beer Batter Fish Made Great

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2008
YUM! These are great! I used fresh tuna my sister-in-law caught, and it was awesome! Very flavorful, and I didn't find it over-seasoned or too salty at all. I did follow others' advice and dipped in flour before putting in the hot oil, and it definitely helped because my batter was super runny for some reason. I try and stay away from fried food for the most part, but these are awesome and we'll be having them again!
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Peach Cobbler Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2008
This is SO GOOD!! I've made this about half a dozen times now, and it has always turned out superb! Like someone else suggested, I added a little cinnamon (1 tsp...maybe a little more? I didn't measure), and double the almond extract. Also, I had no pecans (don't really care for them anyway), so I left them out. I absolutely loved the flavor and it was so soft, moist, and sweet. The kids and hubby LOVE this, and I even took it to my daughter's preschool for snack and most of the kids loved it (and all their moms wanted the recipe)! Definitely a keeper!
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