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Original Chex® Party Mix

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2008
This is in our house every holiday, by demand from the family. However, I double all the seasonings, but not the butter, and use whole grain Cheerios instead of the garlic bread things. I also add quite a bit of Tabasco and cayenne. Taste the seasonings mixed with the butter before you add the cereals and make sure it tastes spicy - it will be a lot milder once mixed and cooked. I also cook in the oven at 250 for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes, instead of cooking in the microwave. It is MUCH better after cooling on the newspaper covered with paper towels than fresh out of the oven.
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Easy Taco Casserole

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2012
I replaced the mayo with 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt; the chili power and cumin with canned taco seasoning, taco sauce for the salsa, 1/2 pound ground beef in place of a pound, and used a mix of shredded "Mexican" cheese. Slightly sauteed the onion when the beef was almost done, and added a can of nonfat refried beans to the sauce mixture. We ate with diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and sliced jalapeños on top. It was yummy and pretty healthy (tortilla chips aside). Thanks for sharing!
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Emily's Famous Hash Browns

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2011
Excellent! Just what I've been looking for. Halved the recipe (yes actually halved the beaten egg and should have saved the other half for the next day). Made two days in a row and did not have any eggs the second time, so subbed a tablespoon or so of plain yogurt (sour cream would do as well) for the binding agent, and hubby could not tell the difference, thank goodness! Did not use nearly that much oil; just drizzled olive oil in small frying pan to coat and it worked great. Thanks so much for sharing.
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French Baguettes

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2011
Cannot believe how easy this! Did not roll into rectangles; merely shaped into 2 loaves and they turned out perfect. Used a packet of regular yeast and made by hand from the start by mixing the warm water with the sugar and yeast and allowing to foam for about 20 minutes before mixing in the flour and salt. Thank you for sharing!
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Beef 'n' Eggplant Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2008
Turned out very tasty. I did not measure the onion or eggplant, just used a whole one of each, and peeled the eggplant in hopes that it would disguise it enough to fool picky hubby! Sauteed the onion, eggplant and garlic together, while browning the ground meat in another pan, in order to drain the fat from the meat. Then put all in pan together with tomato sauce and seasonings before placing in crust to bake. Yummy. Thanks for a sharing!
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Breakfast Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2007
Awesome! Love that it doesn't have bread in it and everyone thought it was the bomb. Had for Christmas morning and everyone raved. Just put 2 potatoes in the microwave until cooked and cut up for the hashbrown part, everything else as written. Perfect.
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Kale, Quinoa, and Avocado Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2013
Nice to see this healthy recipe here - so good. Really dislike seeing people rate a recipe even though they don't even like the main ingredient - and chose to make it even with that ingredient the lead in the title! Really a head scratcher. . .
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Baked Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Style

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2012
This was very good with the following changes: cooked the squash, removed the strands, drained in colander and refrigerated overnight wrapped in paper towels to absorb excess moisture; used my own spaghetti sauce; and, cooked in a casserole dish, layering in the same manner when cooking lasagna. Quite tasty (even hubby agreed). We frequently use spaghetti squash strands when having plain spaghetti with sauce, but this is the first time we've done so with a lasagna-type dish and will cook this frequently. Thanks for sharing!
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Eye of Round Steak and Ketchup

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2011
Hubby loves this!! It didn't really have time to cook enough to get tender and he still loved it. Rubbed the steak with Cavenders Greek Seasoning and then sprinkled with flour and rubbed it in while the olive oil was heating. Browned and removed and carmelized the onion before adding the ketchup and water to the pan. Poured all over steak in roaster and cooked, covered, at 250 for four hours. It needed more time but he couldn't wait, it smelled so good! Great gravy and served with smashed potatoes. Thanks for sharing!
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No More Salty Easter Ham

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2010
Great idea - thanks. Worked well for us.
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Kielbasa and Bow Ties

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2008
Sprayed pan with cooking spray and sauteed sausage; drained as much grease as possible. Put 1 large diced onion and one diced red bell pepper in pan with sausage and cooked until the tender; sprinkled with garlic powder. Used 1 can diced tomatoes and 15 oz can tomato sauce. Cooked whole grain penne separately and added in at end of cooking time. Hubby loved it.
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No Knead Beer Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2013
This is an easy (and would have been more so if not for the trip to the store for the beer needed here) and good tasting bread from a very reliable contributor to this site. We made this with more than half white-wheat flour, as that was what we have on hand. As instructed, did not place in loaf pan but cooked on baking sheet, and it held it's form well. The end result was a tasty loaf. I love to try this chef's recipes, as they are dependably and consistently scrumptious. Thanks for sharing.
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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2011
Stellar! Used 2 1/4 cups flour; 2 1/4 cups sugar; 4 tsp vanilla; and, buttermilk in place of whole milk as changes for the cupcakes and followed the icing faithfully. Made all up in the evening and covered the cakes with saran and a towel to keep moist (after cooling) and stored icing in the fridge until time to frost cakes just before serving. Thanks for sharing!
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Kids Favorite Meatloaf

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2010
Cannot believe I have not reviewed this - we've been using it for years! Only thing we change is oatmeal - about 1 cup ground in mini processor - in place of cereal. Tastes great and holds together well. Thanks so much for sharing
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Watermelon Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2010
Left out the bananas and made in large bowl to divide for DH to take to work. Wonderful hot weather treat to help keep him cool. Thanks!
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Beef and Tomato Pie

Reviewed: May 20, 2009
Used 1/2 cup milk and a can of fire-roasted tomatoes(instead of fresh)as the changes. Added a can of drained black beans and sauteed garlic with the onions. Pretty good - got to watch the crust at that temp so it doesn't burn. Hubby loved this with Old El Paso taco sauce over the top. Next time, will use thinner crust.
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Maple Bacon Pancake

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2010
We did not want cheese in ours so we did this a little differently, as this is a very adaptable recipe. Cooked 7 thick slices of bacon; mixed the baking mix with the remaining ingredients minus the cheese and minus 1/4 cup milk and plus a teaspoon of vanilla. Sprayed the pan with Pam and baked til toothpick came out clean. Yummy all around on Thanksgiving morning. May try with sausage next time and top off with blueberry sauce. Thanks for sharing.
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Breakfast Kolaches

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2010
This worked well with a few changes of convience. Do not have bread machine, so mixed the heated milk and sugar to about 115 degrees and added the yeast. Allowed that to foam about 10 minutes, then added the melted butter, egg, and combined dry ingredients by hand. Covered the whole thing and allowed to rise several hours then made a few with small sausages. Put the remaining dough in fridge, covered, overnight, and made some more for breakfast the following day. Put remaining dough back in fridge and will make some more and see how the freezing process comes out with these. Thanks for sharing a winning recipe for one of DH's favorite treats!
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Slow Cooker Lancaster County Pork and Sauerkraut

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2011
We loved this. So easy and tasty. I did add 3 regular sized granny smith's, about a cup of apple juice (had no beer as others had suggested), 2 tablespoons brown sugar, no caraway seeds, and used 32 ounces sauerkraut. Cooked at 300 several hours and reduced to 200 for about 3. Served over mashed potatoes.
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Boilermaker Tailgate Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2011
Followed the advice of Nhi and used 3 tbsp bacon bits, but should have used 2 at most. Also followed other advice therein with a few modifications. Smelled wonderful when cooking, but lost too much tomato flavor. Next time, will use less chili powder and cumin and add a can of tomato sauce (which I did this time after the first serving).
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