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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2015
I cannot believe this is so highly rated! I left off the crumb topping because some of my family doesn't like crumb topping, they want just a nice, smooth, cakey muffin. I can't blame them, and we don't need the extra sugar and fat anyways. Well. as I've seen stated in other reviews, you can't really do that with this recipe. The muffin actually depends on the crumb topping for it's flavor. The muffin itself is quite bland. However, oddly enough, it was also too salty! I think 1/2 tsp salt for only 8 muffins is way too much. I cannot get the aftertaste out of my mouth and it's been an hour since I ate one. Oh, and the house smelled weird while baking. Not like I was baking a sweet treat at all.
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Almost No Fat Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2014
The end result was very rubbery. It is moist, but little flavor.
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Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2014
Fantastic! The only change I made was switching out the shortening for butter (used all butter). I don't use shortening, wont allow it in my kitchen, but I find butter always works just as well. I bake a lot and this recipe was up there with the best! The dough tastes amazing as well, my kids and I had a hard time not eating it all before baking them ;) I used a 1" scoop to make easy and even balls of dough. Mixed the cinnamon sugar to my liking. Making 1" balls, they baked to perfection in 7 minutes. The dough does spread a lot more than you'd expect, so leave extra room. Even though they spread a lot, they were still fluffy, not flat at all. They haven't even cooled yet, so I cannot say whether or not they'll be chewy cookies tomorrow, but I sure hope they will. I don't like crunchy cookies.
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E-Z Drop Biscuits

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2014
Incredibly easy and delicious! I use a large scoop to drop them onto my cookie sheet and keep them all the exact same size. I always have the ingredients on hand and can whip them up in no time. I refuse to buy store bought biscuits/rolls and these make life easy :) Thank you!
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Pasta with Peas and Sausage

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2013
This was very good! My young teenage kids liked it and so did my husband, so that itself gives it 5 stars in my book. It fed us for many days. I made exactly as is, but used whatever pasta shape I had on hand at the time.
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Parmesan Garlic Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2013
I looked up this recipe as a last minute thing, so was forced to use what I had on hand. I don't buy garlic salt, so I used garlic powder. My dried rosemary is like dried twigs, I need to see if they sell it in a more ground up form. I tried smooshing it with my fingers, which only broke them in half maybe. I'd like them more finely ground, but I liked the flavor. I happened to have a completely softened stick of butter on the counter, so I used that. At the last minute I realized it was my husband's no salt butter (I use salted butter for everything, he uses his own for buttering toast and such). So I did add salt to this mixture, but I don't think it was enough. Maybe had I used salted butter AND garlic salt, it would have had more flavor. I didn't melt the butter, didn't think it was necessary. I just mixed it all together and buttered slices of whole grain sandwich bread. I put it under the broiler until it was browned. It takes a thick layer of this butter mixture to make it moist and not too dry. I also want to try leaving out the cheese the next time. I don't think it really adds anything special, and have a feeling it just dries it out as well.
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Baked Chicken Nuggets

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2013
I made per directions, but I did turn them half way through. These never browned up, so they looked the same coming out as they did going into the oven. They weren't crispy. Just flavorless. The bread crumb texture wasn't pleasant in the mouth. I used chicken breasts, and I think they were too thick. My kids didn't feel like they were eating chicken nuggets, they felt like they were eating chunks of chicken breast. I baked for exactly 20 minutes and they ended up dry. Sorry, it was a bust for my 15yr old, my 12yr old, my husband and me.
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No Bake Granola Bars

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2013
One word...Amazing. So easy and fast to make. I made sure to mix the peanut butter, honey and flax really well before adding the other stuff. It's hard to mix, I had to use a large, metal spoon and really go at it. Bare hands would be easiest, like with meatloaf. I pressed the mixture into the 9x13 with my hands, it was easier. In case anyone is wondering, like I was, you don't need to spray/butter the dish or use wax/parchment. It will come out of the (glass) dish just fine. Most likely due to the oils in the peanut butter. The recipe says to cut into 12 bars. I cut mine into 20, and next time will make even smaller. These are SO filling. My bars are roughly 3" x 1 3/4". They are packed with flavor and goodness, so these WILL fill you up and the hunger stays away for a long time. Longer than with store bought bars. Great for an on-the-go breakfast or for your mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. I wrapped individually, put in a tupperware with no lid in the fridge, so they're easy to grab for everyone. You can use any combo of dried fruits and nuts! Oh, I let it sit in the fridge, covered, overnight before cutting (about 12 hours). They tasted best after all the flavors could meld together. Thank you!
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Beef Stew VI

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2013
I want to give this 10 stars, but it wont let me ;o) A-May-Zing! It was so good, I had to text my husband, who was on his way home from work, telling him that I made an amazing dinner for him. Don't change a thing, if you can help it.
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Pasta with Vegetables

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2013
This tastes great, I think I will be making it often! It was fast and easy. One thing I love is that I always have the ingredients on hand. I always have frozen broccoli florets and frozen chopped peppers in the freezer. I always have carrots and jarred garlic in the fridge. I always have some type of noodles (this time I used egg noodles), the herbs and the red wine vinegar in the pantry. So thankful for a recipe that doesn't require me to run to the store. I imagine that you could use any veggies you like, and any shaped pasta. Thank you!
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Baked Slow Cooker Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2013
Thanks for the know-how on how to cook a whole chicken in the crock-pot! I look at this recipe more as a guideline & how to do it in the crock-pot. The spices and other things can be changed up quite a bit. After reading many of the reviews, I just went at it and created my own meal. First of all, I used a solid FROZEN whole chicken! It was about 4lbs and didn't come with the neck/giblets inside, thankfully. It worked wonderfully, which means I can now always have a whole chicken on hand, in the freezer, whenever I need it. I quartered 2 onions, put 4 whole stalks of celery and 4 whole and peeled carrots in the bottom. I then put in 2 c. of chicken broth and about 1/2 c. red wine. Then sprinkled the entire thing w/ my seasonings of choice (McCormick Grill Mates: Montreal Chicken). I rinsed and patted dry my whole, frozen chicken and smeared it with olive oil and the same seasoning. Since it was frozen, I could not get to the inside of the chicken at all. I then put the chicken on top of the veggies in the crock-pot. Cooked on high for about 5 hours, then low for another 3 hours. The chicken fell apart when I tried lifting it, which was fine. The carrots were delicious to eat, I discarded the celery & onions. I strained the liquid into a sauce pan, added some flour and whisked until smooth and simmered for a bit to make an awesome gravy. My 15yr old boy and 12yr old girl and hubby all RAVED about the meal.
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Microwave Popcorn

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2013
I was so amazed by this idea that I had to show everyone in my family when they came home that day, lol. I'd never heard of this before and yet it makes sense! I even had to post it on Facebook, which I rarely do. Thanks for the wonderful idea!
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Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2013
I think this is very good! Creamy, and best of all, NO ICKY CANNED SOUP that is so bad for you. I left out the mushrooms because I don't like them. I didn't use celery or onion because of picky kids who wont eat those. I did, however, add onion powder in it's place. It needs a lot of salt and pepper, next time I'll add more.
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2013
These are good, but even though I make them exactly as the recipe says, I seem to still taste a little vinegar. My 15yr old son really likes these, so I have made them a few times, but I still make my own trusty recipe now and then for myself. I think I'd give this a 3, but since my son really likes them and the others in the family seem fine with them, I gave them a 4. Not for me though.
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Snickerdoodles III

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2013
I've made these twice now and my entire family loves them. My daughter requested them for her 12th birthday (we aren't cake people in this house, so we put a candle in whatever dessert we choose!). Mine turn out big and puffy every time. I use a 1" scoop for ALL my cookies, works wonderfully. Thanks!
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Tiramisu II

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2012
Yay, it worked! This was my first attempt at making Tiramisu, so I was worried about it's outcome. Especially since it was for my husband's birthday and his whole family would be eating it. When I found the recipe, I didn't have time to read through the reviews. Therefore, I didn't make the changes that many recommended. I made this recipe exactly as written....how could that be wrong with a 5 star rating and 617 reviews?! Well, I'm so glad I made it exactly as written. It actually DID have 24 hours in the fridge before we ate it, which according to reviews, is a good thing. I used the crunchy lady fingers, and they turned out perfectly soft by the time we ate it. The coffee/rum was the perfect amount for someone who doesn't like a strong coffee flavor. I can't say enough good things. It got rave reviews from everyone, and we all liked it better than restaurant Tiramisu.
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Cheese's Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2012
I'm giving this a 5 to be fair since I changed it right from the first time. I was in need of just a macaroni and cheese recipe (without the meat) and this I thought this one would be just as good even without the meat! Anyways, my changes are that I never do put it in the oven. We eat it straight from the stove top, just like boxed mac and cheese. I do not use the onion because my kids and I wouldn't eat it that way. I DO use onion powder though. I just don't want any other textures in my mac and cheese and either do the kids. I also add 1 1/4 tsp ground mustard. This is an awesome recipe and I'm sorry I tweaked it right from the get-go. I really KNOW it would be fabulous with the kielbasa and I do want to try that some time.
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Crunchy Walnut Coated Chicken Strips

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2012
Fantastic recipe! I used chicken tenders and didn't change a thing. My kids loved it, my husband and I loved it. We all went for seconds! It's already printed and in my personal "tried and true" recipe binder. Thanks so much :)
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Peanut Blossoms II

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2011
These are fabulous! Loved by all and fun to make too. I don't normally like to change recipes, but I don't use shortening. So I used butter in it's place. They are soft and chewy with just the right amount of crisp on the outside. They look exactly as pictured here. I got more like 100 cookies. Baked for 8 minutes, quickly put the Hershey kisses on, then baked for another minute to heat the kisses all the way through. When cooled thoroughly, the kisses remain so soft and the cookie the perfect mixture of chewy and crispy.
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Princess Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2011
These didn't disappoint! I made them pretty small, so I got twice the number indicated in the recipe. 95 little, bite sized cookies! I used fresh lemons and lots of zest and they are just lemony enough. My family and I love lemon, so I really wanted to make sure the flavor came through. They are soft and cakey, not chewy as some have said. I made the glaze for over top as indicated in the description, but also added zest to the glaze. Try them out!
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