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Neat Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2011
This was just ok (it was eaten by all but nobody LOVED it), I hate to admit it but I prefer the "Campbells Souper Sloppy Joes". I think that recipe has a bit more flavor and it is much simpler to prepare (I love to cook, but sometimes simple is better).
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Authentic Cincinnati Chili

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2011
I'm sorry, I don't usually give negative reviews but we just didn't care for this. I guess I'm used to the spicy chili with beans we make here in the mid-west. The cinnamon especially tasted strange to us in a chili. I liked the method for cooking the beef and skimming the fat and I plan to use that in my chili recipe from now on.
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Green Chicken Enchilada

Reviewed: May 18, 2011
Loved it! Used the Las Palmas brand sauce and thought it was wonderful. Going to use this recipe for all my enchilada attempts!
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2011
I made these with my 8 year old daughter and they were AMAZING! Simple, easy to follow recipe that yields a crisp yet soft cookie that was the perfect thickness. Mixed per recipe instructions in my KitchenAid and it was so easy! This batter is very stiff, but that is what gives you the nice thickness and keeps it from spreading too much. Loved it!
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The Perfect Cinnamon Roll Icing

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2011
This is my recipe - just a note, it will cover 24 tiny rolls or 12 large (like the ones frome the mall). I guess that got left out of the description! Thanks for all who try this - it took a lot of trial and error before I came up with this one. My family loves it and I hope your's will too!
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Italian Bread Using a Bread Machine

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2010
Loved it! I'm a fairly experienced baker and found this to be an awesome dough to work with. I used a tad more water - it's very dry here with the heat on. Use the full amount of salt - I reduced it per other reviewers suggestion and wished I hadn't. No need to go to the store when perfectly awesome bread can be made at home!
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Chocolate Crinkles II

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2010
These were so beautiful and easy to make. The best part - they tase AWESOME!
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Ham and Noodle Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2010
This wasn't bad, but nobody said it was great either. We all felt that the onions were way too raw (and I minced them really small!). I think this would be much better if the onions were sauteed a bit in some butter and then added to the sauce. I think that even if the onions were softer I'd probably skip making this again.
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Linda's Lasagna

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2010
I really liked this recipe - this is my first attempt at a "from scratch" lasagna - I usually use bottled sauce. I did feel that it was a bit salty. Next time, I'm going to cut the salt way back - maybe only 1/2-3/4 tsp.
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Salsa Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2010
Like other reviewers have said, this really is surprisingly delicious. I used Tyson frozen boneless breasts - I did not thaw them. I used home-made taco seasoning (so much better than the store bought!). I baked it at 375 for 50 min (since my chicken was still frozen) and then sprinkeled the cheese on and put it back in the oven for a couple of minutes while I finished my sides (white rice and peas). Served with sour cream on top and it was amazingly tender and so good!
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Slow Cooker Italian Beef for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2009
This was so good! I suggest using a chuck roast if you want to shred your meat. If you have a meat slicer then go with the rump - otherwise don't bother with that cut because it doesn't shread as well and Italian beef needs to be sliced thin! (shredded is next best option IMO) I used 2 packets of the Italian dressing mix and I used one can of beef broth and then added water to it to make 3 cups total. Served on french rolls (with lots of the juices) with sliced provelone and giardinera. Reminded me of growing up in Chicago!
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J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2009
These tasted great with blueberry jam but they really didn't rise much (could have been my fault). They looked like the little buttermilk biscuits that come out of the can. Overall a disappointment.
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Adrienne's Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2009
I just now noticed that you're supposed to heat the dressing! OOPS! Well, it comes out wonderful even if you skip that step. I'd also suggest to decrease the dill by half. AND I really suggest peeling your cucumbers and they really soak up the dressing better!
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Hamburger Spanish Rice

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2009
This was so tasty! I followed the recipe exactly, except used long grain rice instead of instant. I found that with this change, I needed about a total of 1.5 cups of water (I gradually added more water as it needed it). I would suggest using a lean ground beef for this recipe because you don't drain off the fat because you brown the rice with the meat. A new family favorite!
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BBQ Pork for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2009
This was great! Please take the time to put the pork in the oven with the sauce as this allows the sauce to almost caramelize and really soak into the meat. I found that my meat needed 10 hours in the crock pot (I used a 4lb shoulder roast) but I didn't have 10 hours so when I found it wasn't done at 8 hours I simmered it on the stove top for about 40 min and it was perfectly tender but not mushy. Something to add: I put a layer of thickly sliced onions on the bottom of the crock just for flavor and to keep the meat from sticking to the bottom. I also think I will leave out the broth next time and just use water and season my meat! So good and cheap!
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E-Z Drop Biscuits

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2009
These were SO YUMMY! I served them with butter and honey and I can't stress how much we liked them! I think next time I'll make them a little bigger - maybe a 2 TBS size. A hint - spray your scoop (whatever you use to scoop out the biscuits) with non-stick spray and they'll fall right out without a sticky mess.
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Soft Sugar Cookies IV

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2009
These were good. I made half of the recipe and still came out with 20+ cookies that were a good size. I had to bake mine about 14 min and still weren't brown on bottom. I also would suggest spraying your pan with a non-stick spray. I thought there was a bit too much salt, will reduce next time. These don't spread much, you can place them fairly close.
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Tomato-Cream Sauce for Pasta

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2009
This was really easy and so cheap to make! One recipe makes enough for 8 oz dry pasta, double it for a whole lb. Like others, I pureed my sauce to make it smooth, but is also really good "chunky". I used half and half instead of cream (because that's what I had). This sauce is also awesome as a base for a baked ziti - just sub ricotta for the cream, top with cheese and bake! Here's a tip: if you want to skip the pureeing step but like a smooth sauce, start out with a can of crushed tomatoes instead of diced.
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Molten Chocolate Cakes With Sugar-Coated Raspberries

Reviewed: May 25, 2009
For me, these were just "OK". I made in a muffin tin (standard size, made 12) and some had the molten center and some did not but all tasted very eggy and spongy and also lacking in flavor (and I used good chocolate). My 6 year old DD loved them though and DH said they were good - but not as good as the ones we get out. I think I'll save this dessert for an occasional treat when we eat out. Was worth a try though!
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Kid-Friendly Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2009
This was very good and easy to make - I used half AP flour and half wheat. I used my bread machine to mix the dough and then let it rise in a warm oven (pre-heat to 200 degrees then turn OFF!) with a damp towel over bowl for an hour. Shaped loaves (you don't need to roll out, just shape into a rectangle and plop in buttered pan) and baked as directed. I really enjoyed the end result and this really is kid (baby) friendly as many wheat bread recipes contain honey and children under 1 year are not supposed to eat honey. These make great toast sticks for my little guy to enjoy. Thanks!
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