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Ground Beef Wellington

Reviewed: May 2, 2008
Because we don't eat mushrooms (allergy), I had to change this up a little bit. I sweated finely chopped onions, green chili and garlic, and then added a can of beef gravy. I thought it was a nice, different way to use some ground beef, and the flavor was really good, but my husband said it was just meatloaf in a biscuit. Ah, well, the finer things are often lost on him...
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Pear Bread I

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2008
Taking suggestions, I used all applesauce (no oil) and rather than decreasing the sugar, I used 1/2 white, 1/2 brown. I also chopped/diced the pears. This just cooled off enough for a taste--and it's just right--not too sweet, perfect amount of moistness/firmness. Others said this was too "light" for a bread, but I think it came out perfect. I mixed this by hand, so maybe that's why? The cinnamon is the main flavor, so next time, I think I'll use more pears (maybe 1/2 again as much). Thanks for a new and easy way to use pears!
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Meatloaf with Italian Sausage

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2008
Great flavor! I love the idea of using cream of wheat--I never would've thought of that on my own :-) I used one lg green chili instead of bell pepper, added 2 cloves of garlic and I didn't have Italian sausage on hand, so I used regular ol Farmer John (8 oz pkg--NOT maple flavored). I always "sweat" the onion/garlic/pepper in a little olive oil before adding to any recipe, to soften them up first--I hate the texture but love the taste of real onion, etc. My husband put in his request to have this as a sandwich for lunch, tomorrow, before we were even half-way done eating dinner. This is a keeper!
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Oven Chicken Fingers

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2008
Delicious! I, too, totally changed how I did these, based on suggestions, etc. I cooked them at 425 for about 12 min total, lined a cookie sheet w/foil, sprayed it with oil, and turned once half way thru. I used ritz crackers (crushed very fine) with blk pepper, garlic, onion and chili powders, and added some cumin. We got a "taco" taste that was VERY yummy. I dipped these in egg first, then the crumbs and drizzled some melted butter on top. They came out crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside and the crumbs stuck really well. My 4-yr-old ate these faster than I've ever seen him eat anything before! I will DEFINITELY make these again and again. We used ranch and bbq sauce (hubby used Frank's red hot) because I didn't have the ingredients for the orange sauce, but will try that in the future. Thanks for the suggestions!
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Chocolate Coconut Bars

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2008
These really hit the spot when looking to feed the sweet tooth. Surprisingly, they are not ovely sweet, just very, very yummy! Super easy to make and they keep very well. I also melted about 1/2 c. of choc chips with 1/4 c. peanut butter and frosted them after they had cooled. I'm going to make some (w/out the topping) to take camping this weekend as they will make an excellent "on the go" snack for hiking.
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Restaurant-Style Coleslaw II

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2008
This almost hits the mark of the resaurant taste I was looking for. It has a good flavor and was super easy to make (my 1st time making cole slaw). I also opted to not buy buttermilk and I only marinaded it for the 2 hours. Maybe that's why it missed the mark? Anyway, I'm making it again for a camping trip and will make it the day before to get a fuller taste. Thanks to all for the help I got to find this recipe :-) UPDATE: took this camping, and it was very much more like the KFC flavor after marinading for a day and a half, I will continue to make this often, planning ahead to give it a day or so to "stew"
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Spicy Apricot Chicken Stir-Fry

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2008
This is my recipe, so of course, I love it! Spiciness can be increased by adding more crushed red pepper and the chicken should be cut into about 1-1/2" x 1/2" strips (chunks). You can also use fresh veggies or pork for this recipe. Have fun!
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Cinnamon Coffee Cake I

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2008
I made this as a half-batch and baked in a loaf pan for about 35 min. I used the butter/applesauce option and also traded the sour cream for vanilla yogurt, and used the 1/2 white, 1/2 brown sugar combo. I really liked the way this turned out--really good flavor and a moist, spongy texture. I'm not a fan of crumbly, dry coffee cake, so I will keep making it this way. Next time I think I'll add a drizzled icing. Thanks for all of the suggestions--you all are helping me become a better baker!
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Orange Soya Sauce Marinated Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2008
This chicken had terrific flavor. I added a little fresh grated ginger (maybe 1/4 tsp?), blk pepper and about 1 tsp garlic powder (didn't have fresh). I don't measure seasonings very well, just sorta eyeball it. I marinaded this for about four hours, using boneless, skinless breasts. I put this in a glass dish with about 1/2 the marinade sauce and baked at 400 deg F for about 30 min (int temp 180 deg). This came out SUPER tender and juicy. I will definitely make this again, and probably try it with pork chops or tenderloin. The ginger really added a nice flavor. Thanks for the suggestions!
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Peanut Butter Bars I

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2008
Woo-Hoo! Not only was this super quick and easy to make, but these were oh-so-tasty, too! I made a half-batch, cut them into small squares (thinking they would last longer-ha!) and the entire pan was gone in a day and a half. The only downside to this yummy recipe is that I ate about 1/2 the pan myself! I also melted the peanut butter with the choc chips and used boxed graham crumbs, so this was not gritty at all--tasted just like my favorite candy. Thanks :-)
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Bacon-Cheddar Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2008
This was the first time that I've ever made the deviled eggs--usually it's mom. These tasted great and the kids loved 'em. I don't know that deviled eggs are really worth the trouble, but what else are you gonna do with Easter eggs?? Anyway, I used ranch dressing and colby/jack cheese with honey mustard, garlic, onion & chili powders. They really were yummy!
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Bacon Baked Beans

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2008
These came out good, but a little bit tangier than I prefer my baked beans. Next time I'll use less apple. I used onion soup mix instead of fresh onions and added a little bit of garlic powder. When these came out of the oven, I removed the bacon and stirred the beans, as there was a good amount of fat sitting on top. Maybe I didn't pre-cook the bacon long enough to remove enough of the fat? I'll try these again, but probably cook the bacon completely and crumble into the mix.
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Baked Potato Salad II

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2008
This got great reviews from the family at Easter dinner. I wanted something different than mashed potatoes and I definitely found it! I used cubes of mozzarella cheese (hubby doesn't like cheddar or american), ranch dressing instead of mayo, and 9 good-sized potatoes. This was more than enough to feed 12 people. I will definitely make this again, even for everyday meals. It would probably even be good served cold.
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Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2008
This gets 5 stars because it was delicious and EASY!! What a perfect holiday side-dish and a great change from the regular ole green beans. As suggested, I switched the quantities of soy & vinegar and added just a bit of lemon juice (about 1 tsp to the doubled recipe), and omitted salt. I also pre-steamed the asparagus in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Since I doubled the recipe, I cooked it for about 15 min in a glass 10x15 dish. The asparagus came out tender-crisp and the sauce was flavorful and mild. Another 4-yr-old approved recipe--my kiddo actually tried asparagus for the first time!
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Baked Ham with Maple Glaze

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2008
We smoked our Easter ham, so putting the glaze on during cooking was a bit difficult. After trying (without much success) I decided to just save the glaze to serve with the ham at the table. Yummy! I doubled the recipe for an 8-1/2 lb ham and added 3 Tbsp of fresh squeezed orange juice and about 2 Tbsp of honey. This was an easy and delicious glaze.
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Sam's Famous Carrot Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2008
Wow! This cake came out fabulous (see the photo, when published). I am not well-known for my baking abilities, but man this cake must be fool-proof! I soaked the raisins in 1 c. hot water + 2 Tbsp. fresh-squeezed orange juice; omitted the nuts; and I used 3-9" cake pans for a wonderfully tall layered cake. I was worried about the cake splitting when removing from pans, but these even withstood me handling them! I used orange food coloring in the cream cheese frosting between the layers and green food coloring for the shredded cocnut on the outside. Can't wait to eat it tomorrow! I'll update after tasting it--I have no doubts that it'll be delicious. UPDATE: What a hit! I'm glad I printed out this recipe, as I was asked for it by family members. Next time, I might try just two larger layers, or keep the cake refrigerated for a few hours before serving, as it got a little bit messy cutting 3 layers. Of course, it was 80+ degrees on Easter in Escondido. Kinda like Christmas weather around here :-)
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Creamy Kielbasa and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2008
This came out great, using some of the suggetions from others, I added sliced carrots w/the potatoes, froz corn & peas at the end, used cream of celery soup (w/milk, not water) and I also added crumbled bacon and shredded colby cheese at the end. I "sweated" the celery, onion and minced garlic (with a little oregano and basil) in a combo of olive & chili oils at the beginning, before adding the potatoes & broth. Great flavor and a nice change from the way I always make kielbasa.
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Raisin Bread I

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2008
This is a super quick & easy recipe that smells great while cooking. It came out VERY dense and a little bit dry. Next time, I'll take the suggetion to add applesauce to the wet ingredients. I upped the cinnamon to 1-1/4 tsp, next time I'll try about 2 tsp, to try to get an actual cinnamon taste. This bread does toast well, though. I will make it again and hope for slightly different results.
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Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2008
SOOO tasty! My husband (Mr. Don't Try Anything New) said this is a keeper--make it again. I served this last week for company and got a rave review from all. Changes: no spinach, more garlic (always!), onions, crushed red pepper (spiced it up!), small shell pasta at the end, extra zucchini & carrots. I used sweet Italian turkey sausage and added an additional can of chicken broth (1-1/2 recipe) and served it with garlic/cheese bread. This is one of the most flavorful soups I've ever had. We ate it again last night as left-overs and I think it might have even been better than the first time! Thanks for the recipe AND the suggestions :-)
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Championship Chocolate Chip Bars

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2008
These little guys are so rich and delicious! I am not a notoriously great baker (it's usually box mix all the way for me), but these came out so good! I didn't have 2 full cups of chips, so for the topping I added about 2 Tbsp of choc syrup to the mixture. Next time (and there WILL be a next time!) I'm going to try some peanut butter chips or the swirled chips. This is so much easier than making cookies and the yield is still about the same.
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