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Christmas Brunch Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2013
This is the second year I've made this for Christmas. It was a hit both years (with all ages...even my picky 3 year old daughter). While this did NOT change my rating (this recipe is good, we just found this year with my changes they work better for our family), we added spring onions to add color (and my oldest loves them) I also used 6 eggs. I put the cheese on the last 15 min of cooking. That way the cheese was nice and bubbly rather than too crusty.
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Make Ahead French Toast

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2013
This was fantastic this morning! The kids loved it and my husband love! I really liked it as well! The real challenges are the fact the egg dip is a lot. So I had leftover bread and made another small batch with French toast sticks. I'm not quite sure why people have soggy issues? Don't pour the egg dip over the bread. Just dip well and then cover over night. Next day I put in the oven for 40 min at the regular temp, 5 min broiled and the key is making sure you do that 5 min waiting before serving! Enjoy!
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Quick and Easy Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2012
I have tried this recipe twice and both times we really want to like it. The first time we made it just like it was written. The second time we made it with a few alterations suggested by others. Frustratingly, it just doesn't work for us.
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Baked Chicken Nuggets

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2012
I'm not quite sure if I missed something, but I followed the recipe exactly and my family thought it was okay. I make a recipe just using the seasoned bread crumbs and my family didn't taste a difference?
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Sloppy Joes II

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2012
I followed this recipe exactly as written and was rather disappointed. I had great expectations for it given the great reviews. I don't make adjustments to a recipe when I rate it, that's not fair to the recipe in my opinion. Right before serving it, my husband tried it and said something has to be done to this before eating this...it tastes bland and is very dry (I had not simmered it for more than 20 minutes). I added more ketchup and more mustard. I finally got it to be "more sloppy" but I will say that I was still disappointed. I'm either sticking with Manwich or looking for another recipe...bummer!
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Apple Ladybug Treats

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2011
My 5 & 4 year old boys enjoyed making them. I used a long two pronged fork to make the holes for the antennas. It was perfect bc they were the right distance apart and even level. The boys liked filling the belly with peanut butter as well! My only down fall was trying to use a different type of pretzel for the antenna (not a good idea) you just need to get sticks! I will admit both of my boys love apples, so i wasnt worried about the apples going to waste...but my 4 year old refuses to eat the peal! For the record...he has eaten one full half and one almost done with the second one as I type. Thanks for the fun afternoon snack idea!
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Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2011
I am different than most...I love this recipe for the sauce. Even though this sauce is amazing, we don’t like the meatballs, hence my 4 star rating. Trust me though, the sauce really is great and since I can't cook to save my life (really I can't), I look like a chef with this one...you can't go wrong. I pull this one out now when I want to impress people because I want people to think what a great cook I am. Thanks! UPDATE: I've been making/canning this for at least nine months, maybe more. This is a HIT everywhere I go and people beg me for a jar (or 2). People swear my sauce is absolutely the best sauce ever made. I will admit, over time I've made a few adjustments (don't we all). I rarely make just one batch of this at a time. I almost always make at least 2 or 3. And when I'm canning it I make 6. I use A LOT more garlic. The recipe calls for 5 cloves, but with that amount, we couldn't taste the flavor. So I use a large bulb per 2 batches. I know it sounds like a lot, but it really isn't (especially if you like garlic). I used at least 1 large sweet onion per 2 batches. I also now make it so the spices at the end are 1t basil, 1t oregano and 1/2t pepper (per batch). I read somewhere (maybe here) that if your sauce is bitter it could be from the paste and you just need to simmer it longer. I cook mine for 90 min before adding the paste/spices and then at least 90 min if not more before serving. HTH someone!
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Garlic Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2011
I have no idea what I did wrong. I followed this to the 't' and it ame out soggy. What we were able scrap off was yummy. But the chicken itself was soggy with the breading not really on there. I was quite disappointed. Who knows? Maybe I did something really wrong. We will try it again since the flavor was there and were are hoping it was a fluke. But given dinner last time...I can only give it a three. Sorry! We had such high hopes.
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Garlic Cheddar Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2011
This is my second time making this. First time was a disaster b/c It came out very soggy and I over did the garlic. This time I made two adjustments. 1. I didn't pour the remaining butter and garlic on the chicken. I separated the garlic from the butter and just drizzled the butter over the chicken. 2) I broiled the chicken for at least almost 10 minutes to make it crispy. Before then the chicken was cooked but the breading was very soggy. I did both times what others suggested and put the breading on the bottom of the pan, but it still was soggy until I broiled it. I have been told by my 3 & 5 year old as well as DH that it can be "added to the recipe book" a huge deal in our world. Once it is there the dish is always fair game and can appear at any time. Everyone (kids and DH) have to give it a thumbs up before putting it in the book. I will say that I ranked it only four stars though b/c in my world five stars has to go to something that is out of this world. And while this is great...I wouldn't say it was out of this world. But it is definitely something we will add to our chicken options! Thanks for the recipe! UPDATE: This still is a HUGE hit in my household. I probably make it twice a month. My 4 year old actually asks for seconds! I've found a trick...if you put a cookie cooling rack inside a cookie pan (jelly roll pan) and then put your chicken on top of the cooling rack, the chicken doesn't get mushy on either side!
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Guacamole

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2010
Very good. My son who is the guacamole fan in the whole bunch didn't really care for it. But other than him, people seemed rather happy with it. My biggest issue was balancing the flavors. I used three avocados...but with the whole lime it was way too "limey" So I ended up adding a little bit more of everything including another avocado (but salt) and after sitting for about an hour in the frige, I think it turned out okay. DH will be home tonight to give it the finally thumbs up or down!
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Salsafied Chicken and Rice

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
We weren't huge fans of this. But...I'm willing to say that some of it could have been the salsa we used. I think it I had made it with pace rather than the salsa I did, it might have turned out much better. I will probably give it one more shot to just see. Keeping my fingers crossed b/c it was really easy to make!
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Caramelized Baked Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Great chicken! I made it with boneless/skinless chicken tenders so I made only minor adjustments to the ingredient proportions and I added a little bit of hot sauce to give it a zip. But overall it was fantastic. I need to figure out the right combination of ingredients to get the chicken just right. Honestly, I cooked it a bit too long trying to get the chicken to caramelize. DH suggested I just take most of the sauce out for the last 10 minutes. Not sure if that will work, but will be trying it next time. It isn't often that both DH and I like a recipe enough that we are willing to try it again immediately (I think we'll be trying this out again during the weekend!) Thanks for a great recipe! I can't wait to try it just as it is written for chicken wings!
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Mozzarella Parmesan Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2010
Our biggest issue with this was the fact that the chicken was tough and dried out. DH really liked the sauce. My two boys (2 & 4) picked out the chicken and ate the rice and sauce. I thought the dish was a bit too strong on the celery side. I followed the directions exactly. Maybe I messed something up and didn't realize it? We might try something along the same lines, but I don't think I'll be making this exact recipe again.
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Angel's Chunky Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2010
First DH and both boys (2.5 and 4 year old) liked this...always a HUGE plus. Since I didn't make this exactly, I didn't feel right giving it 5 stars. This is definitely a great starting point. I didn't have the right amount of chicken, so I used the ingredients mention in the recipe, but just not the exact quantity. I didn't have dill pickles, so I used dill relish. Worked out just fine. Also, DH and I couldn't figure out what was wrong with the flavor until I added the salt and pepper. Not sure why, but that made a huge difference. Thanks for a great recipe. Added to the list!
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Passover Chocolate Chip Meringues

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2008
After looking at the reviews, I made a few adjustments. I used a pinch of salt (about 1/8 t), 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 bag of the mini semi-sweet morsels. I cooked them in my over at 300 for about 20 minutes and then turned the oven off and left them there for about an hour. I also realized that when you make them in the summer they are mushier than if you make them in the winter.
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Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2008
I really love this recipe. It is so easy! I made a few changes based on previous reviewers. First I changed butter to olive oil, Second I added 3-4 cloves of garlic (minced), Third I sauteed all the veggies together with the garlic, Fourth I added a bay leaf. Fifth I usually make it a few hours early and let it simmer some. I added the noodles about 20 minutes before serving.
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Kona Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2008
I have made this quite a few times over the past year. I have made just a few minor adjustments. 1) I use 2lbs of chicken breast 2) to deal with the dryness -> I cook the meal for about 5-6 hours on low rather than high. The chicken is cooked through, but it isn't dry. 3) To give it a little more flavor -> I add at least 3 garlic cloves, although usually 5 or 6 b/c my family really loves garlic. 4) To decrease the salt -> I use 1/3 c low salt soy sauce to avoid the really salty flavor. It wasn't too salty for me, but my husband said the first time I made it that it was too salty. 5) To thicken some sauce -> I take most of the sauce out of the crock pot and put it in a skillet. I add about 1-2 teaspoons (slowly) of corn starch to thicken the sauce. This has really made the difference in my opinion. We take the sauce and put it over the chicken and rice. With all of these additions, this recipe's really good.
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Banana Pudding IV

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2007
We got rave reviews from husbands and kids alike. I think this is a huge hit...at least in my household!
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Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2007
We absolutely loved this. I made it for the first time a little over a week ago and it has already been requested again. I HIGHLY recommend at least doubling the marinade. I did a few things different from the base recipe. I marinated everything overnight and put the veggies and chicken in separate containers. As for ingredient changes, I used olive oil (b/c I didn't have veg oil on hand). Second, I added about 1/4 c or so of pineapple juice (b/c a pp recommended it and I had just a little bit to get rid of; honestly though, I didn’t taste it at all, so I probably won’t add it this time b/c I don’t have any sitting around). Also I used a little less soy sauce (but again I don't think that mattered one bit) and finally I added a more garlic b/c my husband and I love garlic. This time around I plan to add some shrimp and mushrooms. My husband said it is one of the best things I've ever gotten off this site. Thanks!!
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Flourless Chocolate Cake I

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2007
I try to save 5 stars for extra awesome dishes. This was FABULOUS! I didn't have any bittersweet chocolate, so I used 4 squares of unsweetened chocolate and a bag a semi-sweet morsels. I also followed two pieces of GUYCHEF's advice...I used 3 eggs and 3 egg whites and I nuked each piece in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Everyone loved it at our Passover Seder. My husband's biggest complaint...there were only 2 mini pieces to bring home (and that's because I made sure we had some leftovers, so I hid two small pieces). He loved it with cherry pie toping and I loved it with vanilla ice cream (you definitely need something to cut into the sweetness a little). Keep in mind that this is flourless, so it isn’t really fluffy…much more like a gooey brownie (PERFECT in my opinion). Next time I make this I want to try making this cake with less butter…maybe substitute some margarine…I’m exactly not sure. But I’ll probably try something. I promise if you make this you and your guests won’t be disappointed!
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