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Amish Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2007
Per previous poster's suggestion, I added 1 chopped red pepper and some shredded cheese and increased the cracker crumbs by 1/2 cup. I also used 2 1/4 lbs. of ground beef and decreased the brown sugar in the sauce on top to 1/4 cup. Filled my meatloaf pan and is now cooking in the oven. I use a Williams-Sonoma meatloaf pan with removable insert. This keeps the meatloaf moist, but seperate from the oil. Totally worth the money that I put into it. Moist, looser meatloaf than prior recipes, but I expect it to firm upon standing or refrigeration. My son ate 4 servings and both guys want it included in the regular rotation. Will make great meatloaf sandwiches tomorrow.
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Macaroni Egg Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2007
Nice little salad that you can whip up in no time. I made it following the recipe, which is totally unlike me to do! :) Looks runny when you first make it, but when it sits the pasta absorbs the dressing. Packed it for lunch for my husband and the kids and they all loved it. I might jazz it up next time with a little more seasoning like celery seed and some more vegetables for color.
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Deviled Ham Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2007
Great recipe! I decided to make a few less muffins and make them bigger. Next time I will make them as instructed and I might put half the muffin mix in, deviled ham filling, and then the rest of the muffin mix on top so that the meat is sealed inside. I ended up putting a little provolone on top just before pulling it out of the oven to keep the filling somewhat inside the muffin. I was making them for tomorrow morning's breakfast when my husband came home and stole 2 of them! He said he loved the combination of the carrots and the deviled ham and said that they would be good for dinner or breakfast. I will post another review and a new picture when I make them again.
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Smooth Sweet Tea

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2007
Super easy, tastes great. Only change is that I increased sugar to 1 cup as per previous reviewer. If you are looking for sweet tea from the South, this is not as sweet, but still is very good.
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Tuna Salad with Cranberries

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2007
Great twist on an old recipe. The tuna, of course, is soft and I knew my family wouldn't like it that way so I added about 2 T. sliced almonds and omitted the dill. Great lunch box addition for my husband and the kids. Instead of the same old, same old carrots or celery, the cranberries add an unexpected twist. My husband called me from work to tell me that he LOVED the tuna -- thank you for getting my husband to eat his lunch!
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California Grilled Veggie Sandwich

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2007
Incredibly good! I added 1 eggplant and 1 zucchini when grilling for a little more variety. Be careful with the bread because I took my eyes off of it for one second and they burned. Regardless, the were so good and everyone loved them.
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Bean Relish

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2007
Scaled it down to 3 servings and used 2 cans of beans. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I only had 1 can of kidney beans and 1 can of garbanzo beans. Let it sit overnight and had some as a salad for lunch. Fantastic! I will try it with crackers as an appetizer, but it was real yummy!
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Banana Muffins with a Crunch

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2007
Love this easy banana muffin recipe. I did make a few changes. I used 1 1/2 sticks of butter instead of 2 and increased the milk slightly to compensate for the reduced liquid. Next time I might use 1 stick of butter and applesauce to reduce the fat content. I didn't have coconut, which would have been fantastic and instead I used 1/2 cup peanut butter chips and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. I used my Bear Naked granola that I loved and the results speak for themselves. This is a muffin that everyone will love because it is so different. The granola adds a surprisingly good texture and unexpected taste that I just love!
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Thai Curry Tofu

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2007
FANTASTIC! Granted, I made several modifications, but this was an easy dinner recipe that looks like it takes far longer to prepare. I used Nasoya extra firm tofu cubes, which I drained in a towel inside a colander for about 2 hours to make sure that the tofu was dry before frying. I had some shallots that I substituted for the onion and used extra garlic. Then I added the curry powder (3 tsp.) and 1 1/2 heaping tsp. of green curry paste and let it cook for about a minute on the stove before adding the coconut milk and stirring before adding the tofu, one head of cauliflower cut into florets, and a package of cut butternut squash from the produce section. Lastly, I added 2 pieces of lemongrass that I bruised first and then cut into about 4 inch sections. I put the cover on it and let it cook until the squash and cauliflower were cooked, but not mushy and then added the cilantro -- an entire bunch of cilantro chopped. Served over white rice and my house smelled super fantastic. Definitely a keeper and I will make it again.
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Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2007
Really good! I took my steak out of the freezer only about 1 hour before using, which made it easier to cut into cubes. I didn't brown the meat as mentioned by a few other reviewers and it was fine. I used baby carrots that I sliced and added fresh sliced mushrooms. Basically, I threw everything into the crockpot all at once and let it cook all day. It tasted good as is, but one reviewer suggested adding a can of cream of mushroom soup and that cranked the taste way up. I used a can of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup with roasted garlic and it thickened it up and rounded out the taste. Served it with white rice. Easily would have been a 5 star without the modifications, but really a great recipe overall.
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Basic Ham and Bean Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2007
I was short on carrots so I used what little I had and added 1 chopped red pepper. I, too, used 1/2 chicken bouillon and 1/2 water. I followed the recipe, but instead of letting it cook on the stove after adding the ham hock, I threw everything in the crock pot and let it cook all day. Beans weren't mushy and the house smelled like heaven.
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Belgian Molasses Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2007
Fantastically yummy! I will definitely use more molasses next time because my husband adores molasses, but this was just great. Thank you for a wonderful bread recipe.
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Ham and Bean Soup

Reviewed: May 17, 2007
Awesome recipe with a few minor changes. I used a bag of 16 bean soup and followed the directions for cooking the beans. I didn't have onions or green peppers, used 8 oz. cubed ham and 4 bratwursts and instead of the canned tomatoes, I used salsa which has the onions and peppers in it. When I added the salsa with 30 minutes left on the clock, I also added a bag of Trader Joe's roasted sweet corn and about 3/4 cups of cooked Lunenburg rice (wild and brown mix). My family devoured this quickly and my husband said on a scale of 1 to 10, he would give it an 8.5 - great for someone who usually isn't a big soup person. It was thick and more like a stew, but well received.
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Peanut Butter and Banana French Toast

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2007
Super easy and my kids loved it! I made breakfast for dinner tonight and this was easy and fast. I used crunchy peanut butter, and 1 1/2 bananas sliced thin. I also drizzled a little honey before closing the sandwich and pressed down on the bread slightly before dipping it in the egg. I used two eggs, a little milk, and some vanilla for 3 sandwiches. Served it with maple syrup and the kids had milk to go along with it. Great!
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Sweet 'N' Sour Meat Loaf

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2007
This is a recipe that both my husband and son have asked that I keep in regular rotation, at least every 2 to 3 weeks. To hear that -- I have to believe it is a good recipe! Tonight was also the first time that my 12 year old son (soon to be 13) ate more than my husband and couldn't get enough of this meatloaf. I wish I had his metabolism. I followed the recipe to the letter although I had about 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef. However, that didn't seem to matter. The meatloaves were moist and juicy and just the way anyone would like them.
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Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2007
Really easy and quite good! I, too, added vanilla extract and put the chocolate chips on while they were cooking instead of mixing them into the batter. I fed my husband, myself, and two kids without doubling the recipe and had one extra pancake that no one could eat because they were full. These are light and fluffy and filling. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Super Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2007
This is a great soup, but I did make some minor changes. I had 2 frozen turkey legs that I partially cooked on the stove with the 4 cups of water and some chicken bouillon. While that was cooking, I chopped the carrots, celery, and onion and put them in a crockpot. I added the turkey legs (whole) and the broth and let that cook on high for a few hours. I then cut the meat off the bone and added it back to the crockpot along with frozen corn and a bag of frozen broccoli and cauliflower and some rice. Just before serving, I added the can of cream of chicken soup, but no cheese. My kids loved it and it is definitely a comfort food type of soup that I will make again.
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Easy Cheap and Yummy Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2007
Fantastic and super easy! I made two different pans of this: One with beef hot dogs and regular baked beans and a smaller one with vegetarian hot dogs and vegetarian baked beans. I used a homemade cornbread recipe to which I added one can of creamed corn and a little asiago cheese and provolone cheese. I covered the bean and hot dogs with the cornbread mixture and sprinkled over the top some sharp cheddar -- not too much, but enough to make it crisp up and give a little more texture. Served it with asparagus and both my kids asked for seconds. This is a rarity with a picky eater in the house so this will definitely on our recipe list. Thanks!
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Bar Harbor Cranberry Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2007
My husband has been on a big cranberry kick lately so I made this at Thanksgiving and I thought he was going to eat the whole thing. Definitely put a pan under the pie pan as it will bubble over and mess up your stove, but it is so worth it.
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Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2007
I made this at Thanksgiving and the adults liked it, but the kids -- not so much. I let the pineapple drain while making other things, combined everything together and scooped everything together in a bowl lined with plastic wrap. Shaped into a ball and let it sit overnight in the fridge. When it came time to roll it in the nuts -- no problem. Easy recipe, great with crackers and makes a lot. I might try adding some different seasonings to it in the future and update this review at that time.
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