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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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Mexican-Style Goulash

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2007
Came home, had the stereotypical "blah" pound of ground beef in the fridge. Wanted something different for a change. Took a minute to search the site and found this! My only changes were: added minced garlic in w/the onions and ground beef while cooking, and also added 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/3 extra cup macaroni, 1/3 extra cup water. Next time I will use "petite diced" tomatoes instead due to my finicky husband. (His only complaint.)This was so good I'll never make "regular" goulash again!! Thanks for rescuing me from another boring ground beef dinner!
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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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Carrot Cake Bars

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2005
These are outstanding! I followed the recipe (ingredient-wise) exactly. I made these with the suggested cooking time the first time and they were way too moist, but very flavorful. I made them again 5 days later and increased the cooking time by 15 minutes and they were PERFECT. Man, these are good. Thanks!
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Tasty Spaghetti Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2008
Pretty good. Made as specified except cut down on all the spices by about 1/2, then adjusted at the end (also added 1 tsp or so of sugar at this point). This made a very thick sauce, needed a little more "sauce" in my opinion. Ended up adding about 1/2 cup of water or so before storing the leftover sauce. I would definitely make this again but would add some addt'l tomato sauce, water or wine to the sauce as it cooks. Thanks!
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Scalloped Corn III

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2007
Very good and easy. Doubled the recipe, baked in a 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkled some shredded cheddar on top for the last five minutes or so. Nice and moist without being the "gloppy" scalloped corn I remember from when I was a kid. I really liked the green onion as well. This will be put in my favorites.
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Dressing Patties

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2004
Just had to try this recipe as I have an aunt who does not care for extremely moist stuffing. These were great! Had a nice crispy exterior and moist interior. Best of both worlds for those people who really like the top of the stuffing (with the crust) but not the bottom (with the mush). People really seemed to enjoy them, even the teenagers. I made my biscuits and corn bread the night before, let them cool and crumbled them into a large bowl. Covered loosely with a tea towel and set on the counter to dry overnight. Then mixed everything up in the morning. This was a really easy recipe. I did increase the seasonings a bit as we like food with a little more flavor in our family. I would recommend this to anyone.
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3BC (Best Baked Bean Casserole)

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2011
Used this as a base recipe and really enjoyed it. I was asked to make 20 servings of baked beans for a child's party. I used 2 (55 oz each) cans and 1 (28 oz) can of Bush's Original baked beans, 4 packages of Oscar Meyer bacon crumbles (the ones in the bag near the croutons, salad dressing, etc.), 1 large onion (minced fine), 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar (which was plenty), 3 1/2 Tbsp of ketchup, 1 1/2 Tbsp of mustard, 1 3/4 Tbsp of Worcestershire and added 1 1/2 - 2 tsps. of Liquid Smoke along with 1 tsp of garlic powder and 1 tsp of black pepper. Cooked in the slow cooker on low for 4 1/2 hours then switched to warm to keep them hot for the party. Everyone loved them. I will definitely make these again for family gatherings!
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Skillet Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2007
I wasn't a huge fan of this. Missing something. I've never used tomato paste in chili before, usually petite diced tomatoes. Maybe I should've stuck with that. Also, I did use the garlic powder, per the recipe, and I normally use actual garilic. I probably would have given it a 3, but speed and ease of preparation made it worth 4. Also the fact that it didn't have any "unusual" ingredients, just items I already had on hand. Makes this a weeknight chili rather than a weekend chili and that's just what you need sometimes. Having said all this, I would try it again with a few changes. Thanks!
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Pork Chop Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2009
I made this on the spur of the moment and only had 2 pork chops in the fridge. I used the same amount of potatoes and a little less onion. I increased the Italian seasoning and black pepper to 1/8 tsp each (putting 1/4 tsp on each side of the chops) and added 1/4 tsp of garlic powder to the top of the chops. I added some broccoli and cauliflower florets and some baby carrots (precooked the carrots in microwave for a few minutes so they would be finished when everything else was). I increased the flour by about a 1/2 Tbsp due to the additional vegetables. I would definitely make this again. The pork chops were very moist and it was nice to not have a fried chop as I am on Weight Watchers. This did not make a gravy - I thought it would due to the flour, but the onions were cooked to a translucent golden and the broth and the onions on top of the pork was very good.
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Heartland Vegetable Bake

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2009
Made as directed. I am on Weight Watchers. My family is not. Took a 13 x 9 pan to a family gathering and this was the only casserole gone. I would make this again but would cook the potatoes a little less (about 5 minutes instead of nine) and would season the potato layer before adding the frozen vegetables on top of them -- it seemed like the frozen veggies got all the flavor from the sauce and the potatoes were a little bland. I would also add some additional spices to the sauce itself. Maybe garlic powder? Thanks for the recipe as it was good to find a casserole that didn't involve a heavy cheese or cream sauce. Would make again!
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Hamburger Supper

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2009
This was pretty good. Made exactly as written. I would make it again but would add a few more seasonings, a little less water and an extra carrot. Thanks!
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No-Fuss Lasagna

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2008
Gave it a try. Made as written. Not bad, just average. Will keep looking for "the" lasagna recipe. Thanks for posting, though!
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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-Herb Roast Pork

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2010
Used dried herbs as didn't have fresh. Just used less. Came out very moist and tender, could cut it with a fork. I made two loins, thinly sliced the leftover for sandwiches. I would like to try this again basted with barbecue or another sauce.
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Simple Country Ribs

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2007
I had about 4 lbs of beef boneless chuck "country style" ribs and didn't want to use the grill. Posted a recipe request on the site and at the suggestion of another member (for some reason I can't locate her recommendation now....maybe they delete them after a period??) I made a variation of this recipe using her directions. I boiled them for about 3 1/2 hrs or so on stovetop. (Used Kraft BBQ sauce for the boiling step.) Then pitched boiling liquid, onions, etc. Put ribs in a 13x9 foil-lined pan and poured on Sweet Baby Ray's sauce. Then baked at 350 for 30 mins covered and about 30 mins uncovered. I did baste a few times during the oven time. Fork-tender and delicious with a nice carmelization of the sauce. Thanks!
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Sonny's Tater Tot Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2010
We enjoyed this. We used about 4 loosely packed cups of fresh spinach (which we then rough chopped and didn't precook) instead of frozen and shredded mozzarella because we didn't have any swiss. Otherwise made as written. I would make it again, but with about 1/2 lb. to 1 lb. less beef and another cup of spinach.
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Deli-Style Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2007
This was o.k. Makes a lot, but doesn't keep that well...I think due to the cucumbers. I might make it again for a family reunion but would need to make a few changes. Thanks for the recipe.
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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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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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