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Caramelized Bacon

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2011
Oh my goodness this is sooo good... I tried this several different ways,I love to experiment in the kitchen, so I tried about eight pieces all different. Four I used brown sugar and four I decided to try dipped in honey. I tried the same things for both the honey and brown sugar: on one piece the cinnamon, on the second piece was mustard powder as another reviewer suggested, third was hot pepper (going for the sweet and spicy idea) and then the fourth was just the sugar/honey, nothing else. The honey bacon was ok but not great, had kind of a burnt flavor, plus it didn't stick/caramelize as well as the brown sugar. The pieces that were plain, and the ones with mustard and with hot pepper were all good, but the cinnamon/brown sugar mixture was by far the best, with the hot pepper coming in second. But you have to make sure you add enough cinnamon, otherwise you won't taste it. You also have to cook the bacon long enough that the sugar starts to caramelize. One final note: I did mine with thick cut bacon. While this was good, it did take a while to cook and didn't get as crispy as I would have liked. I know a lot of people are having trouble getting their bacon to cook, because of the syrup consistency of the sugar...the cooling rack is a good idea as well as using a thinner cut bacon. Just make sure you cook it until dark brown. When you lift the bacon up you'll see strings where the sugar has almost hardened, DELICIOUS!
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Orange Soy Pork Loin

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2012
I doubled the orange juice, added honey and salt and pepper and simmered to make a thick sauce yummy! Great on salmon as well.
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Graham Cracker Crust I

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2012
The perfect graham cracker crust. I didn't change anything and didn't bake it, just used it for a cheesecake. But it was sweet, crumbly, yet stuck together like it was supposed to...it made enough for one pie for me, so if you are making two pies, double it! Oh and I forgot, I didn't use the cinnamon, but the crust is really good when you throw some nuts into your food processor and use that in replacement for half of the graham cracker crumbs. =)
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Sweet Simmered Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2012
I am rating this for the sauce. Pork chops are pork chops, but the sauce is soo good. Whenever I make my own sauce I put Dr. Pepper in it now. The sauce is so sweet but yummy. My boyfriend raved and raved over the sauce and how much he liked it.
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Rainbow Clown Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2012
Made this with my boyfriend's ten year old daughter, and she had sooo much fun making it. We used like four different colors and then colored the icing as well. It all got eaten, and everybody enjoyed it. We mixed whipped icing with marshmallow fluff, and put that in the middle of two layers. The easiest thing to do is make the cake accordingto the directions on the box, then follow directions in this recipe. We used gel food coloring and it worked fine, although it's hard to measure the colors. (We had a purple that was kind of muddied.) Other than that it was a great success. =)
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Traditional Italian Sausage Stuffing

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2012
In my personal recipe book, I labeled this as "Pizza Thanksgiving Stuffing" because it tastes exactly like sausage pizza! (And I made it for Thanksgiving.) It's got the bread, like pizza crust, cheese, tomatoes like sauce and sausage. All the makings of a pizza! And that's exactly what it tasted like, a pizza casserole. Here are my tips: Do not double the recipe. I did this because I was making for 13+ people, and didn't think one batch would be enough. Trust me. It is. Nearly everyone had some and some even had seconds. Some even took some home. There was more than enough. Probably because there were so many other dishes, everyone got filled up. I got a lot of rave reviews though, and one of the kids said they normally hated stuffing but liked mine. I omitted the olives, because I thought it sounded weird, and didn't want to offend picky eaters, however in retrospect, olives, especially black ones, would probably have worked. Sun dried tomatoes are delicious and a must, as are fresh basil. I used water, since I didn't have wine, but I am sure wine would be good too. Definitely do the shredded parmesan, because it melts much better than the grated kind. I could not find focaccia bread in my grocery store, so I had to sub with an everything loaf and a cheese focaccia bread. Were still phenomenal and I would highly recommend the everything loaf! I used 2 diff kinds of sausage and both were good! All in all, really good if you like pizza and especially for kids!
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Homemade Crispy Seasoned French Fries

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2011
Thse were just ok to me. The batter made nice texture, but I had to add a lot more seasoning before I really tasted anything. Maybe it's just me, and I like bolder flavors, or maybe I did something wrong. As for the batter and the technique, it's pretty good. To anyone wondering what these are like when they're finished: I would play around with the seasoning, but the batter is exactly like the beer batter they put on fish.
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Honey Butter

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2012
So simple, but soo good. I've heard/seen suggestions for adding vanilla extract and or cinnamon. Haven't tried either, but I am sure they would both be good. Just remember to start with a little and build your way up until you've added enough! I made this butter and it was gone soo quickly. It was probably gone faster than was healthy, actually...
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Exquisite Yeastless Focaccia

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2012
My only problem was that I undercooked it slightly (my fault, I was in a hurry and mistimed the meal) however, it is definitely soft and chewy, and like others have said, is pretty versatile as far as toppings are concerned. Keep in mind, my bread was undercooked and still delicious, so give it a try! My boyfriend and I enjoyed it dipped in oil with herbs.
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Easy Banana Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2012
I've been searching for the perfect banana bread...very flavorful, moist, banana-ey....and this is the best out of all the recipes I've tried. It's perfect. The only substitution I make is using yogurt instead of shortening. It's healthier...changes the texture to make it a little less crumbly and more chewy like bread, but in a good way. For variations try using cream cheese or sour cream or applesauce in place of oil or in this case shortening and if you wanna play around with the flavors try adding fresh/frozen fruit (strawberry banana bread is a good combination) or using peanut butter. This is my permanent base recipe for banana bread now and good by itself or with any of my tinkering when Im in the mood for something different! Happy baking! Yummy!! Ps: walnuts are sooo good in this. Makes about 24 muffins if any one is curious, although I guess it depends on your muffin size.
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Carrot Cake III

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2012
I know there are a million reviews for this cake, and I don't know if anyone will care to read mine but i do want to say it is delicious. I wouldn't really change anything. I've never made carrot cake before, so i made it exactly as instructed. And it was fine! You can substitute things to make it slightly healthier, as you can any other food, but don't feel like you need to go crazy. I used a slightly different icing recipe that called for a little less sugar ( i like my icing more cream cheesy) but there is one thing I did that set my boyfriend (who is carrot cake crazy) over the edge: I coated the iced cake with heath bar bits (which are just toffee bits) that you can buy in a bag in the grocery store by the chocolate chips. They add a pleasant crunch (which were missing in my cake because I didn't have any nuts =( and tasted really good! The only other thing I would add is maybe a pinch of nutmeg. Also would recommend grating the carrots in small slivers so there aren't necessarily big pieces of carrot. Really good recipe!!! Will make it again and again.
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Sweeter Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2012
I rated these four stars because while they are very plain (with a hint of sweetness) they are actually a nice bread addition to a meal without stealing the limelight. We spread honey butter on ours and enjoyed them with dinner. For those wondering what they taste like...they taste very similar to corn bread, but less corny. But they are simply and yummy!
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Steff's Shepherd Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2012
Yummy, but not much different from what I grew up eating. (this is a good thing!) when I was a kid my mom used creamed corn and no other veggies. but I like this, and so did my boyfriend!
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Baked Honey Nut Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2012
I'm rating this four stars only because my boyfriend didn't care for this as much as I did. I would rate it 4 1/2 if I could. I didn't want to spend the money on the nuts, so I bought a small bag of salad topping candied nuts instead, thinking they would add extra flavor, but they ended up over caremalizing and tasting almost burnt. I also had a little trouble getting the nuts to stick because I didn't crush/chop them enough. Next time I'll use my new food processor and it should turn out better. The chicken has a nice sweet taste and the crunch of the nuts was very pleasant. Maybe my boyfriend didn't like it as much because of the different nuts I used... Also some suggestions: I used panko bread crumbs which were very good, but I also wondered if any body has tried cornmeal? I think I will do that next time and update if it's any good! A little personal seasoning, like garlic powder/italian herbs might be good too, although I made it as is and it was good. =)
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Slow Cooker Chicken Parisienne

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2012
Made this for a friend and my boyfriend, both with very different tastes in food. They both loved it, raving with their mouths full etc. I was worried it would taste too 'cream of mushroom soupy'; as my Grandmother would over do the 'cream of' soups in her cooking. But it really turns into a nice creamy sauce. I made it exactly as written and honestly it does not need a thing, except maybe salt and pepper to taste once it hits the plate. I think next time I make it, I will throw extra mushrooms in because I love mushrooms, and maybe a pinch of garlic powder, but it's not bland, even though it sounds seasonless. Try it. =)
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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2011
This recipe isn't specific to whether or not they were country style ribs (boneless) or a whole rack. i used a rack, and I felt like it took forever for the meat to be "fall off the bone" and by the time it got that way, the meat had reduced too much. I don't think this is fault of the recipe so much as I wanted it to taste like restaurant quality. I am not sure you can get rich meaty ribs that fall off the bone without slow smoking them. But anyways, it was good, the sauce was yummy, the meat I had was tender. I just think next time I won't cook them quite as long. Also for any novice rib cookers out there, the white skin on the back of a rack of ribs is very thick and rubbery; inedible even after cooking for hours. Remove it if at all possible, or use country style ribs. =) I also browned the ribs after slow cooking them to give them a bit of bark.
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Maple-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2011
These were pretty good. I would give them 3 1/2 stars if I could. My boyfriend thought they were just OK, but don't listen to him, he's not a big fan of mustard. I didn't broil these, because I didn't have a broiling pan. I just pan fried them instead. And since I pan fried them I didn't make a glaze. I doubled the ingredients for the glaze, added a little brown sugar and simmered into a sauce I served on top. Was yummy! The rub was fairly basic, but not bad.
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Creamy Banana Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2012
This was very yummy. When I was making it, I kept thinking to myself: "what do they mean by creamy?" It's a really different texture, and it really is 'creamy' as weird as it sounds. I thought about it and then it hit me: it's the same texture as a rich pound cake! It's virtually banana pound cake. (but more banana-ey). The only thing I didnt like about it was that the brown sugar on the outside burned. It wasn't like a coffee cake where it's still sugary, I had to cut the crust completely off. However this isn't the first recipe I've had trouble with when it called for a sugared coating on bread, so it might be my oven.
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Amazing Crusted Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2012
Very yummy!!! Had a little trouble with the Breading, but I think that's because I didn't crush the cheezits enough. We like it though. Chicken was juicy and flavorful. :)
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Pork Roast With The World's Best Pork Loin Rub

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2012
Yummy! Sweet and Spicy and really good. I enjoyed it. Keep in mind that it makes a lot though. I had about the right amount of pork and I still had plenty left over! I tasted it before I put it on the meat and was pleasently surprised by the combination of flavors. Just right!
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