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Zucchini Pancakes

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2010
Substitute Ritz crackers for the flour and skip the mayo and these are just like my favorite zucchini pancakes from the Kraft food site! I always double this recipe and use less Parm cheese. One cup is a little excessive! I also add minced garlic and typically fry in a mixture of butter and oil for a more golden brown exterior. These are so good, I could eat them once a week all summer. Thanks Leann!
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Chicken Noodle Casserole I

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2010
Comfort food at it's best! I took this to a church potluck and received at least five compliments on it so I would consider it a success. I took other's advice and boiled celery leaves with the chicken for more flavor. I also added onion, celery and carrots to the noodles while boiling them to make this a one pot meal and to add more flavor. Because I added more filling, I mixed some milk with the soups to ensure it wouldn't be dry after cooking. I bet using the broth left over after boiling the noodles would be just as tasty. I didn't see any reason to add any more calories to this recipe so I crushed th Ritz crackers on top of the casserole then sprayed them with butter flavored cooking spray instead of mixing with a whole stick of butter! Great recipe, we will enjoy this one again.
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Cuban Black Beans I

Reviewed: May 21, 2010
I had to make some changes to this because I hate bell peppers. I used a can of green chili peppers instead. I also sauteed the onion before adding to the beans mixture and I highly recommend this to bring out the flavors. I used extra cumin and added some dried cilantro just because I had it in the pantry! I added creole seasoning for a little extra spice & also used red wine vinegar at the end instead of balsamic although I think either one would be great!! I truly believe that the vinegar is what makes this recipe authentic just like my favorite cuban restaurant. These beans taste even better the next day or even the day after! YUM! Oh yes, and soaking the beans for at least 8 hours is a must so they are tender when cooked.
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Sangria by the Pros

Reviewed: May 19, 2010
This was a very good recipe, but not as good as Classic Spanish Sangria from this site. I did not add apples because I've noticed in the past that they soak up too much of the liquor. I added frozen strawberries and blueberries instead. I followed everything else exactly except for using white rum instead of brandy since I don't keep brandy on hand. Even with the fruit and orange juice, I found that after letting it sit, it was very tart. Perhaps it was the type of dry red wine I used? I had to make a simple syrup to stir in to add some sweetness. All in all, a good recipe but I might just stick with the other one I've tried from allrecipes.com. I loved the idea of using pineapple chunks though and will continue to do that! FYI: I'm fairly certain that "the Pros" use cranberry juice in their sangria. I know for sure that Olive Garden does!
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Southern Fried Cabbage

Reviewed: May 3, 2010
So yummy. My hubby learned to make this as a kid. His family's housekeeper was very southern! We like to use 4 or 5 slices of bacon and little or no oil. It really doesn't need the extra oil. You can add a little chicken broth if it needs more moisture though!
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Butternut Squash Supreme

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2010
I cooked the butternut squash in the microwave for 20 minutes instead of worrying about peeling the skin off and boiling it. I think this made it a lot easier. Although we love onions, I actually think this dish would be better without them (or maybe just less of them?) I added garlic and onion powder and will try adding other spices along with those next time. This was my first time making butternut squash and I am really happy with how it turned out. I can't wait to try this again with more of my own alterations. Thanks for the post!
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Wisconsin Cheese Soup II

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2010
This recipe is great! I used swanson broth instead of the granules and also added extra toward the end of cooking time since the soup was so thick! I followed the recipe pretty closely adding only garlic salt and using less cheese than recommended (approximately 1 1/4 cup of SHARP cheddar) I enjoyed this so much and I'm really glad to have found a broccoli soup recipe that doesn't use nasty fake cheese. Thanks!!
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Blackened Tuna

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2010
I followed this recipe to a "T" and it was great. The equal parts olive oil and butter was just perfect! We do like heat and I was afraid of saltiness so next time I'll add some cayenne as some other reviewers mentioned. Squeeze a fresh lemon on this when done and serve with garlic cheese grits. YUM!!
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Basic Ham and Bean Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2010
This recipe is definitely basic just as described. I tried following it exactly with the exception of using a fifteen bean mix instead of just great northern beans and it was really plain tasting. I added a package of cajun seasoning that came with the fifteen bean mix, extra garlic and a can of diced tomatoes and this recipe became superb! It made our house smell wonderful & tastes exactly like I was hoping for. I'll use this often in the winter. Thanks!
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Cheese-Stuffed Jalapenos

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2009
I made half of this recipe to test it for a party and it was so yummy and easy!! My hubby helped me with this and we both were surprised at how easy and delicious this turned out to be. I boiled the peppers for seven minutes then baked them for eight. Some peppers were really hot and others were mild so you never know what you'll end up with! Next time I'll try more spices or maybe pepperjack cheese, but I really like this recipe a lot so I'll make this again for years to come!
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Cranberry Gelatin Salad I

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2009
I made half a recipe except for the can of cranberry sauce for a small family gathering and it was perfect. I used some of the pineapple juice along with the water and used whole berry cranberry sauce for the texture that the plain jellied sauce wouldn't offer. It took me five minutes to throw this together and it was perfect. thank you!
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Cranberry Oat Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2009
This is the same recipe that's on the back of the Ocean Spray Craisins bag, but with the addition of nuts and cinnamon. It's really good, but I definitely didn't use a whole cup of nuts. I don't think it needs that many. This is one of my favorite cookies ever!!
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Peanut Butter Haystacks

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2009
I love this recipe! It's such a yummy and traditional thing to make for Christmas and it's so easy too! I did everything as the recipe states except for adding mini marshmellows after the chow mein to stretch the recipe farther. There was plenty of the butterscotch/peanut butter mixture to cover everything completely. Delicious, easy and inexpensive, now that 's a good combination!!
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Lemonade Pie III

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2009
This is a wonderful and easy recipe for summertime dessert when you don't want to heat up the oven. It's a classic that will be used for many years to come.
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Robin's Quinoa with Mushrooms and Spinach

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2009
Hubby and I really enjoyed this recipe since we both like balsamic vinegar a lot! I don't think this is a recipe for everyone since the wine and balsamic flavors are pretty strong. I added a cut up chicken breast to make this a main dish and also used feta cheese since I didn't have any goat cheese. I'd love to try it again using goat cheese instead! Love that stuff :o) Next time, I will also add more minced garlic and a few other seasonings that compliment thyme to add more depth to the flavor. I liked this as a main dish, but for a side dish I prefer the lighter flavors of Cheesy Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach. I'm glad to have two great recipes for quinoa since it's such a healthy grain. Thanks!
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Basic Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2009
This is an excellent and easy recipe. I've always wondered what the "secret" ingredient of gourmet chicken salad is and I think this recipe made it clear...roasted almonds!! We all thought this was yummy with more lemon juice, salt and extra freshly ground black pepper. It's basic but delicious!! Next time I'll add diced onions and creole seasoning to add a little heat! Yummy to my tummy :o)
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Chunky Seafood Chowder

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2009
I've made this recipe twice. As written, it is four stars but with a few changes it easily becomes five stars! I added celery, used 1% milk and as surprising as this sounds 98% fat free soup! It didn't taste enough like seafood for our taste so I added a can of chopped clams with the juice and that made a big difference! I love that this recipe uses imitation crab meat since it's such a low calorie protein source. Since I cut way back on fat and calories in this recipe, I might add some bacon next time for more depth in the flavor. I'll make this often in the cold winter months since it's so easy and one of my hubby's favorite soups!
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Apple Pie Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2009
These muffins are definitely better the second day! I grated the apples just because it's faster & substituted applesauce for half of the butter. I decided not to add cinnamon so I could judge the recipe fairly, but next time I'll add it for sure! As for the topping, I tried it as the recipe stated, but next time I'll use the traditional method of mixing in cold butter with a pastry cutter instead since the melted butter caused a gooey mess that didn't spread well! These cooked for exactly 25 minutes and smelled wonderful! FYI: This recipe made 15 muffins for me and I filled every one to the top! Awesome :o)
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Chicago Dip

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2009
This was very good considering that it's all made with standard kitchen ingredients. I tried to follow the recipe, but it was definitely bland for our taste so I added a few extra spices (Garlic and onion powder, white pepper, cracked black pepper and most importantly Mrs. Dash!) I also followed other reviewers advice to use more lemon juice, increase sour cream to 1.5 cups and decrease mayo to 1/2 cup. I'll make this again in a pinch, but I'll probably spice it up a little more with a few shakes of hot sauce :o)
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Lower Fat Banana Bread I

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2009
Great low fat recipe. Nobody except my hubby realized that it was low fat :o) I used applesauce instead of margarine and milk instead of water. I added a tsp. of both vanilla & cinnamon also. This was perfectly brown in fifty minutes and made the house smell amazing! I might add a few chopped pecans next time since the calories are already reduced enough that I wouldn't feel guilty!
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