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Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2011
AMAZING DISH! My kids HATE veggies but they ate every bite. I was even able to sneak in some sundried tomatoes and a handful of pinenuts. I did use turkey bacon instead of regular so I had to use a little more olive oil. I also used frozen spinach instead of fresh.
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Squirrel Legs

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2010
I love squirrel. Great recipe. My ultimate favorite will always be with biscuits & gravy.
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Cowboy Meatloaf (Turkey)

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2010
All three kids ate MEAT in silence....can I tell you how that NEVER happens!!!!
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Pizzadillas

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2010
These are a HUGE hit with my kids and my husband. You can also enhance these by adding sauteed (before adding them to the tortillas) peppers, onions, mushrooms, precooked sausage or bacon, several types of cheeses, and even use a pesto dipping sauce, nacho cheese dipping, or your traditional tomato.
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Grandma's Meat Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2010
Awesome recipe. I substituted 1lb ground turkey and 1lb ground steak. I also sauted onion when I browned my meat then added that to my sauce. I also added mushroom. I did a red wine reduction after I finshed cooking my meat and mushrooms. I like my spices so I added a few more: I added 1 tsp thyme, 2 tbsp freshly minced basil, 1 tbsp parsley.
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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake II

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2010
OMG this cake was AMAZING. I did use freshly brewed coffee instead of water and added a dash of cayenne to bring out the chocolate. My children are the pickiest eaters on the planet. They cleaned their plates without complaint to get some of this cake. My husband was in heaven. I will definately make this again!
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Morning Glory Muffins I

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2010
These muffins are awesome as is. I made a minor alteration to make pumpkin muffins and wanted to share. I substituted 15 oz of pureed canned pumpkin for shredded carrots and substituted pumpkin butter for apple butter. Then I reduced the sugar from 1 and 1/4 cups to just 1 cup. I did have to increase the cooking time. But they were the best pumpkin muffins I ever tasted. By far the most moist; almost sponge cake like. I also added ground nutmeg and clove. I love these two spices so I probably added more than what most people would.
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Asparagus Guacamole

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2010
I just made this and thought it was wonderful. I did make a few adjustments. I add a good tablespoon of freshly chopped cilantra. I added atleast a cup of salsa. I pureed my asparagus to get more of a guacamole texture. I also added about a tsp of scorned woman (super hot, hot sauce). To give it a little bite. Normally, I only use a drop of that stuff. I got my husband and kids to eat this. NO ONE could guess what the main ingredient was so I DIDNT tell them!!!
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Baked Teriyaki Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2010
Just made this this evening. It was not to my liking. The apple cider vinegar was just aweful - you need rice vinegar.
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Creamy Rice Pudding

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2010
I made this for a party, so I made this x6. It was a HUGE hit. People that "hated" rice pudding loved this. Everyone ate it. There was nothing left. Thank you for a great recipe. I will never buy boxed rice pudding again.
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Hearty Breakfast Cookies

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2010
I just made these. These are great! The kids loved them and I love that they are quick and easy to make. I only had 1/2 of the brown sugar so I added 1/2 a cup of butterscotch chips to the batter. YUM!!!
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The Best Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2010
I followed the suggestions below and made a few of my own minor changes. 1. I used peanut butter M&Ms instead of chocolate chips. That was a HUGE hit with the kids. 2. I NEVER use margarine. BUTTER, BUTTER, BUTTER!!! The secret is to allow it to SOFTEN. DONT MELT IT IN THE MICROWAVE! Then you cream you butter and sugar well. Add one egg at a time then your batter will be very light anf fluffy. You cant go wrong here. 3. I always throw in an extra teaspoon of vanilla. One tsp of vanilla is good. Two is GREAT! 4. I increased the cocoa powdered to 1/2 cup. 5. I added a pinch of cayenne. ( does that enhance the chocolate flavor! It does not make it spicy. My kids dont like anything spicy.) 6. I added a rounded tsp of baking soda. (My cookies were small but nice and thick (and soft!) 7. I baked my cookies for 9 min. Then left them on the cookie rack to cool. 8. I put my batter in the fridge for 45 minute (I had to take a break to make dinner) until it was nice and firm. Then I kept it in the fridge in while the cookies baked. I only put the batter on cooled cookie sheets.
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Spaghetti Carbonara II

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2010
This has become a staple in our family dinners. The kids will beg for it and my husband and I thoroughly enjoy it. Im from the south, so I do things a little differently. I skip the the olive oil and use the bacon grease that frying 8 slices of bacon provides. I sautee the onion and garlic in the bacon grease. Once the pasta is al denta, I drain it and lightly coat my pasta in a few TBSP of the bacon grease so my pasta wont stick together. Then I add my wine to my grease, onion, garlic and saute for a few minutes and follow the rest of the directions verbatim. Granted my directions kill the healthiness but its worth the compromise for the amazing taste. PS: Dont skip the wine. I have made it with and without the wine. This recipe really does need the wine.
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Sauteed Apples

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2010
You can also add a little bit a clove and/or nutmeg. These are great over pancakes, waffles, and french toast. My kids like these served over (Pancakes, waffles, or french toast) then a layer of peanut butter, then the sauteed apples. These are also great to eat plain with a little whipped cream on top.
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Belgian Waffles

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2010
These turned out wonderful. The kids liked them so much that they ate their breakfast in absolute silence (I have a 1 year old, a 2 year old, and a 9 year old). So I am sure you can imagine just how frequently that happens!
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Bread Machine Calzone

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2010
This made a great calzone or pizza bread. I added basil, minced garlic, and oregeno for a more flavorful crust. Its a great basic crust and there is really a lot you can do with it. I think I will add sun dried tomatoes in addition to herbs as well.
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Cream of Spinach Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2010
Following the recipe as is I would only rate this 3 out of 5 stars. Do the following and its definately a 5 star recipe. I thought it was too plain. Take out the water and bouilloon; use chicken broth instead (better & fuller flavor) Use 2 cups of half & half and 1 cup of milk. Substitute 1/4 cup fresh minced onion instead of dried. Add 2 cup of shredded swiss cheese. 1. Saute onion in butter in large saucepan until onion is soft. 2. Add 1/4 c flour, wisk with butter and onion until well mixed. Pour in chicken broth, wisking rapidly to ensure everything mixes well. 3. Add spinach. Bring to a boil. 4. Add cream & milk. 5. Add cheese, stirring constantly until all cheese is melted. 6. Season to taste. (I also added two drops of roasted habinaro sauce which has a really nice flavor without making it spicy. I hate black pepper so I use other peppers) This soup was very filling and delicious.
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Oatmeal and Applesauce Pancakes

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
These are wonderful pancakes. Very filling, nutritious, and flavorful. Thank you, thank you, thank you! They were a huge hit with the kids. This morning I ran out of applesauce so I use apple butter for 1/2 c. WOW - did that go over well. Im sure that killed some of the nutritional value but that was YUMMY! I also used stone cut oats instead of quick cooking oaks and they were still soft and amazing.
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Ruth's Grandma's Pie Crust

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2010
I use this crust for everything: pies, potpies, strudels, etc. It works with every pie you can imagine. It compliments everything it touches. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.
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Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2010
I loved how easy it was to make but the flavor was not what I was looking for. The texture was all wrong for a buttercream. I ended up having to add a total of 2 CUPS of powdered suger. Next time I will use 1/4 c hot heavy whipping cream and exclude the rum. That suits my tastes a little better.
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