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Brisket with BBQ Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2001
I tried the recipe because I was "dying" for some good brisket. I used to live in the South (while in the military) and was married at one time to a guy from Oklahoma (where they LOVE their brisket). My ex had an EXCELLENT brisket recipe in a cookbook that belonged to him, so I didn't take it when we got divorced. I've been trying to duplicate it ever since. I thought this recipe sounded fairly close and would give it a try. There isn't enough seasoning in the recipe (and I even increased the liquid smoke to the full 4T recommended and increased the seasonings.) I added some hickory barbecue sauce, seasoned salt & hot sauce in an attempt to jazz it up. I must say that the meat was very tender, though. Thanks anyway!
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Slow Cooker Stuffing

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2001
My sister tried this on our family Thanksgiving at our Aunt's house. It was so delicious! We kept sampling it before we left the house for the hour drive over! We cut down on the chicken broth, used bagged bread cubes (didn't want to mess w/toasting bread) and added the sausage. We only cooked it about half the recommended time, and added some more bread cubes right before we left the house to give the stuffing a little firmer texture. It was a big hit. My sister (the one who cooked it) kept complimenting it so much my dad asked her if she was going to break her arm patting herself on the back! Great recipe!
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Hamburger Soup II

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2002
Overall a really tasty and easy soup. I did use corn instead of peas, 2 cans of tomato soup instead of 1, added Worcestershire and quite a bit of Tabasco sauce. I cooked it in on low in the crock pot for 6 hours, but had to finish it off on top of the stove (the potatoes were still a little raw). The family gobbled it up. Thanks for the recipe! Will cook it the full 8 hours next time.
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Praline Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2002
My recommendation - and I know the purists out there will shudder - use canned sweet potatoes. Will make it a lot faster to make this recipe. Also, it says this will make 6 servings...I feel it makes about 8-10 as a side dish. Especially if you don't have a lot of people who like sweet potatoes in your family. The flavor was great, especially reheated the next day. Great recipe!
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Chili I

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2002
Found this recipe a little time consuming. Flavor was pretty good, but not great. I read the previous reviews, and decreased the brown sugar to 1/4 cup, used 2 cans of beans, increased the meats by 1/2 lb each, used 2 cans of diced tomatoes w/green chilies, only 1 can of tomato paste & decreased the peppers to 2. My family said they preferred my mom's chili recipe, and we're known for trying new recipes (as many as 5 a week) so it can't be because we're close-minded. Thanks for the recipe, though. It was fun to try something new.
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Sausage Gravy I

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2002
Know I'll sound like a broken record...but this really is THE best! The only gravy I'll ever use from now on for biscuits n' gravy! Made this for my father's birthday brunch. After I prepared it put it in a crockpot to keep it warm and everyone just ladled it out onto hot biscuits. The bacon grease is the secret to the flavor of this gravy. My only change was to add quite a bit of salt and pepper. We love it so much we eat it for a quick supper all the time. We cook frozen biscuits in the oven and cook a bag of shredded hashbrowns while we're making the gravy. (We put the hashbrowns on top of the biscuits then ladle the gravy over all.) Mmmmm, mmmm!
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Alyson's Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2002
I have been making this for years, using slightly different amounts of the ingredients. (4 cups broccoli, 1 cup raisins, 1 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup sweet red onion & 8 slices bacon for the salad. For the dressing: 1 cup mayo, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 T. vinegar) My suggestion to those who say the broccoli is too "crunchy": I always mix up all of the salad ingredients the night before I serve this. The bacon "softens" the broccoli. I mix up the dressing ingredients separately, in another bowl, and add a couple of hours before serving to let the flavors blend. And I suggest using "real bacon", but I know we're all busy people. Always delicious...have had so many requests for this salad people pay me to make it for graduations, weddings, etc.
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Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2002
These were very tasty and a nice way to do the potatoes "ahead" and keep them warm for company. I think I added just a little too much of the potato water...they were just a tad on the runny side, but firmed up once on the plate (out of the pot). I will be making these for the holidays. Thanks!
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Apple Enchilada Dessert

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2002
Very lovely and easy recipe. I too halved the amounts of the sugars. I chopped up my apple pie filling and added extra cinnamon to it before filling the tortillas. The sauce is a little thin, but that's all right. Very nice recipe that went over well with people of all age groups and tastes.
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Broccoli Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2002
Good broccoli rice recipe. I used the Tex-Mex velveeta as suggested by others and cooked my rice with chicken bouillon (but still added the salt, which was a mistake as made it just a little too salty). I used 3 (10 oz) boxes of chopped broccoli which gave it just the right consistency. (Otherwise would have been too "soupy".) I only used about 5 stalks of celery, which was plenty in my opinion. The only thing I would do different next time would be to add some chopped up ham or maybe some extra shredded cheddar cheese on top. Thanks so much!
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Yum-Yum Corn

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2002
Unfortunately I did not really care for this recipe. Everyone at Thanksgiving said "it was o.k." I did use the full block of cream cheese and maybe should have used 1/2 as other reviewers suggested, although I did add an extra 16 oz bag of corn, which I had thought would cut it down. I think I would make this again but cut the cream cheese by a 1/3 and add some shredded cheddar cheese instead. Thanks anyway...it was worth a try and was something different for a change!
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Apple Crisp II

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2002
Delicious. I read the other reviewers suggestions and double the topping (putting cinnamon in the topping also), decreased the white sugar by 1/2 and used 1/2 Jonathan & 1/2 Granny Smith apples. Took about 4 Grannys & 5 Jonathans. The pan was FULL. (Probably because of doubled topping.) Most people at Thanksgiving chose this topped with ice cream.
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Jean's Marinated Mushrooms

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2002
Were o.k. Made for my Dad's 50th birthday. Had a lot of mushroom lovers there and I still took some home. Not a good sign. Thanks anyway.
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Garlic Pita Bread Bites

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2003
These were awesome. I used a pastry brush to put the butter mixture on the cut up pitas. I made these to go with a tzatziki recipe on this site and I have to say these saved the tzatziki (pretty bland) from being a disaster. The little kids loved these by themselves. Thanks!
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Pumpkin Fluff Dip

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2003
Mmmm. mmmm. mmmm. This stuff was awesome. I gotta tell ya, I was worried that it would like orange or even worse, brownish moosh. It was actually a very pale orange color and nice and fluffy. It really set up well thanks to the pudding. My only "complaint" is that it made a LOT (and that's an understatement). Unless you have a very, very large crowd I'd suggest cutting this in half. Otherwise it's awesome!
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Baby Shower Raspberry Dip

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2003
Delicious and creamy dip. Everyone kept asking me if it had strawberry (couldn't find raspberry extract) in it. Of course the 32 ladies in my section at work almost died when I told them it had not only cream cheese but sour cream in it. Oh well...you only live once! Thanks!
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Fruit Salad in Seconds

Reviewed: May 30, 2003
This was a nice and easy salad. Good side dish when having a barbecue.
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Chocolate Chip Bars

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2003
Was very disappointed with this recipe. Needed a quick dessert for a meal we were putting together for a co-worker recuperating from surgery. Needed something easy, which these were. But the grease! These are the greasiest bars I've ever made! I followed the recipe exactly, using butter flavored Crisco. I sampled one of the bars to see what it tasted like and you guessed it - grease. I'd make something else but it's 10:35 p.m. and the Scots in me won't allow me to throw them out. (Too cheap!) All I can say is I hope they don't make her feel even worse than she does. Thumbs down.
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Hoagie Dip

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2004
This was good stuff! Made it for "Friday Treats" at work. Used a food processor to cut everything fairly fine. Used packaged shredded lettuce. Added 1 1/2 T balsamic vinegar. Served it with sliced french bread. It went over better than the dessert I made. Makes a LOT. Thanks!
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Cheddar Ranch Dip

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2004
This was fast to make and my co-workers seemed to enjoy it. I think it could use a bit more flavor/spice - maybe some green onion? Honestly I would make it again just because it is so easy! Thanks so much!
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