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All American Meatloaf

Reviewed: May 25, 2012
If you are looking for a striking, unique recipe for meatloaf, this isn't your answer. But if you are looking for a very nice meatloaf that everyone in the family will want seconds of, this is the one for you! I followed the recipe with the exception of using dried parsley rather than the fresh. I also added an extra minced garlic clove. With this basic recipe you can do whatever you want to meet your taste requirements, but this is a very wonderful place to start. I can tell you that this is very family friendly and will be made again in my kitchen!
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Baked Split Chicken Breast

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2013
We have a meal like this basically once every ten days using Trader Joe's kosher chicken. The difference with this one was the garlic and the herbs since I usually just use salt and pepper along with my lemon olive oil. This was very nice, and I'll change to this more savory style now. Very good! We loved it! Thanks!
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Milky Way® Cupcake Icing

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2010
You have to know going in to this recipe that it will be sweet. That's the point, isn't it! This recipe very nicely covered 35 of my Sweet Vanilla Cupcakes in mini size. I'm glad I followed MySweetCreations's advice and used a piping bag (well, a quart-sized Ziplock freezer bag) because it just made it easier to handle. I'll be glad when I get better at decorating so they look more professional! My granddaughters are going to LOVE these!
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Candied Bacon

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2012
Candied bacon is exactly right! It took an hour to get to the point of doneness in my photo, and that was turning it up for the last 15 minutes. I did everything that was listed in the recipe, and the results were worth it. Interesting. I had a package of bacon that weighed 1.25 pounds, and half I used for this and half I fried as usual. The ingredients for the candied part was just right for that amount of bacon. The saltiness of the regularly fried bacon was so pronounced after tasting the candied bacon! We had friends over for brunch, and the guys preferred the regular, but we gals loved the candied. We were thinking of cutting the bacon in half, skewering it on pretty little sticks, and serving it for a party. Trust me, it would be a hit! Thanks again, as usual, Chef John!
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Simple Carnitas

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2009
Ken, this is a winner, a five star! I bought that huge package from Costco that contains about 15 lbs of boneless pork shoulder. That meat is a pain in the neck to cook with because of all the fat, but it's the fat that makes it tasty, too, so I endure the misery of cutting it off. I actually cooked this according to directions in my Magnalite roaster on stovetop, and it took two batches to get the job done. For the first batch I used all the salt, and then the second batch I used half that amount. For my family, it will probably rest in between the two amounts. Otherwise, the ingredients are just perfect because one flavor doesn't outdo another, and the resulting meat is very yummy. I made a double batch of Mexican Rice II from this site to go with it, and I used the broth from the meat for half of the recipe. Next time I will use the broth for ALL of it because it makes a spectacular replacement for the chicken broth, adding a depth of flavor to the rice that can't be duplicated. Now I am glad that I saved the broth for my freezer for future uses. What a perfect recipe! Thank you!
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Chicken Piccata with Artichoke Hearts

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2009
We enjoyed this dish as specified in the recipe. It does need a little more flavor to it. I added the zest of the lemon, but it still needed a bit more. I would try this again but with only 1/2 c flour and more spices added to it, and I would try it with a teaspoonful of bouillon powder. Maybe a couple tablespoonfuls of red pepper bruschetta or sundried tomatoes would do the trick for me. But this recipe is a good start to a good dish!
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INCREDIBLE Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2011
Two days ago the raspberry tidbits came in the mail, and I set about making the cookies right away. They disappeared very quickly. I made the recipe just as directed, baking mine for 11 minutes, which left them golden brown on the bottom. The photo looks just how mine did. Don't overbake them. Bet you can't eat just one!
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Japanese Restaurant Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2012
This is a very good recipe--just like what you get in a restaurant! I had some Persian cucumbers that needed to get used up, and I was lucky to find this recipe! Thank you!
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No-Guilt Zesty Ranch Dip

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2009
KEEPER! I must admit that I made it without the low-fat mayo and sour cream but with the non-fat Greek-style yogurt, and I also left out the bacon bits (preference). Don't even think about leaving out the horseradish (I love the Inglehoffer brand)! I had to make it in the 10 minutes I had this afternoon, and it was ready tonight with full flavor. We started out dipping our carrots and broccoli in it--yum! Then we had it on our salads (mixed with a little Italian dressing). We are now thinking that it will be ever so yummy in something like gyros. And the mind keeps working on new ideas of how to use this new addition to our recipe box! Thanks, Tat2! PS: In reading my review, I wanted to make sure that you knew I used regular mayo and sour cream!
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Herbed Greek Roasted Potatoes with Feta Cheese

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2009
Very good recipe, Cyndi! I scaled it down quite a bit, but I wish I wouldn't have with the mint. My family discovered they liked feta, so thanks for that, too! I would recommend cooking this in foil that has been sprayed because it burned a little in my pan. I think next time I'll cut the potatoes in rounders rather than wedges, and I'll add the feta for the last minute or so of cooking time.
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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Vinegar

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2009
This was VERY tasty! I had half of a Costco tenderloin (so pretty big), and I marinated it as medallions (cut in 1 1/2" slices) for about two hours, using half the recipe for marinade. Grilling it on my gas grill on indirect heat took about 15 minutes, and I only wish I had the whole thing! It was very tasty. It was a perfect marinade for us! UPDATE: My recommendation would be to halve this marinade unless you are grilling a huge amount of tenderloin. Costco has cut down on the size of their tenderloins, so half did one package just fine!
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Creamy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2012
Jenkin, you are right about the getting requested part! Hubby will request this one again for sure! I followed the recipe exactly, but next time I'll do a couple of other things. First, I'll try very hard to get my chicken pounded out a little more---I have such a hard time with that without getting holes in it---but maybe I just need to pound it out and then roll it with a rolling pin after it gets looser. Second, I would use Papa's Seasoning Salt on the chicken before putting on the filling. It needed just a little more seasoning I thought. I wrapped one piece of bacon lengthwise because I was afraid of the filling coming out, and so I needed one more piece of bacon to wrap crosswise (in my opinion). Hubby thinks I'm too picky, but that's just what I'll do the next time I make it. Oh, one more important thing. I didn't think one hour at 400 was going to work for me, so I did the first half hour at 350 and then moved it up. That was perfect! Yum! Thanks for the recipe!
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Fast Salmon with a Ginger Glaze

Reviewed: May 25, 2012
OMG!!! Soooo yummy! I have to tell you that I did not use all the ginger or all the chile paste it called for---maybe only half of each---and even then I thought it was going to be so spicy that I couldn't serve it! And I even added a little bit more water to the pan before it was reduced. But I was so wrong! I kept going back to put a little bit more on my fish. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Costco just got in their Wild Fresh Copper River Salmon at a paltry $9.99 per pound! I grilled up a little less than a pound for the two of us, and we ate it all. I went easy on the sauce for my hubby, but I added a whole bunch more for myself--kept going back for more. I just may have to go get more salmon because I'm not done eating this stuff! EDIT: I sauteed pounded down boneless skinless breasts in olive oil with a little butter and made this sauce for it. At the very end of the sauce, I put in about a teaspoon of butter to swirl around. We literally licked our plates! So very very yummy! Talk about an easy meal to fix!
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Buttermilk Mango-Berry Crumb Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2010
This is definitely a five-star recipe! I hesitated because I am not totally enamored of mango, but my Recipe Exchange friends told me this would be a good way to give it a second chance. I followed the recipe exactly, christening my new springform pan! By the way, a cup of raspberries is about a 6-oz container. I wish you could have seen my seven-year-old granddaughter bite into this yummy cake! She closed her eyes, rolled her bite around as if she had tasted a little bite of heaven, and begged for more. Need I ever say anything more?? UPDATE 8/21/10 This freezes very well. I just took out the half I saved wrapped in foil and then freezer-bagged, and when I heated it in the microwave, my hubby kept saying, "Mmmmm!"
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Summer Sweet Smoothies

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2011
This is a lovely summery drink. I did leave out the figs (personal preference), so I upped the amount of banana. Thanks, Sue!
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Ex-Girlfriend's Mom's Salsa Fresca (Pico de Gallo)

Reviewed: May 4, 2012
I made this earlier today but waited to really eat it until tonight so the flavors would meld together. There will be none of this left after tonight! I made it exactly as the recipe stated, using a red jalapeno (which I prefer) and kosher salt. The measurements are right on the money. This is great by the spoonful or as an accompaniment to something else. For those who aren't used to using jalapenos, be sure to read how to handle them, and know that each jalapeno has its own level of heat even by the kind of variety. So you may want to tread carefully. Thanks for the recipe!
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Orzo and Wild Rice Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2010
My dilemma was whether to make this a four star or a five star rating, but I'm giving four stars because the dressing wasn't quite right for me. It was perfect until I added it to the salad, and then it got lost. I added at least another tablespoon of the white balsamic vinegar, and that seems to make a big difference. Next time I'll start out with a third of a cup of vinegar and just a little less oil and go from there. The directions for the rice and pasta were right on the mark. I used dried cranberries rather than currants just because that's what I had, and my corn was fresh. I used 1/4 cup of red onion, and I added a little more salt (I used kosher). An addition of about 1/3 cup of toasted slivered almonds is perfect with the rice. These are, for the most part, minor changes (though it sounds like more) for this gorgeous salad. I will definitely make this again! UPDATE: I made this again and upped the vinegar to 1/3 cup, the Dijon to 1 tablespoon, and the salt and pepper a lot! I added almost all the dressing to the warm rice and pasta for several hours before adding all the rest of the ingredients for the last several hours. I owe SUCCESS to my friends on the Recipe Exchange, who graciously aided me in my efforts! :)
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Crispy and Tender Baked Chicken Thighs

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2013
I have to admit to using boneless skinless thighs, but if I'd done it with skin I'd have had to taken it off anyway. So here you go. Wonderful way to season chicken and use a heavier side dish to make a really nice meal. We enjoyed our dinner a lot. We had the Foreplay Pasta with Brie, Basil, and Garlic from this site along with the chicken. Thanks a lot for our dinner, Nicole.
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Chicken Ranch Dijon

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2012
My hubby liked this a lot! I made it with the exact ingredients but in a little different proportion plus a little olive oil to mix with the butter when cooking the chicken.. I used a Costco packet of boneless skinless chicken breasts, a mix of 4 tablespoons of ranch dressing and 2 tablespoons of Dijon, and all the wine. It was very easy to put together and very easy to serve. He thanks you very much for the recipe!
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Perfect Roast Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2012
We thought this was delicious! I 3/4'd the recipe for an almost 5 pound chicken (Trader Joe's), and it was plenty! I did put most of the butter (not margarine) either under the skin or in the cavity, otherwise following the directions. You could add whatever you wanted to the cavity (onion? garlic?), but whatever, this is delicious. Most of the butter doesn't stick to the chicken, but it certainly makes a great chicken, let me tell you! And right now I've had the carcass and all the other bones, carrots, celery, and onion in a pot so that I will have the best broth in the world. We will have several meals from this chicken! Thanks so much for the recipe!
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