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Herman Reunion Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2014
I've never reviewed this, but have made it time and time again. I reduce the recipe by 1/3 to create 1 cheese ball using only 1 package of cream cheese. I always like to add my own touches, but made as written, this cheese ball is great! Some touches I like are: garlic powder, onion powder, a bit of liquid smoke and have used some dry parsley instead of fresh, although fresh is best! One 1/3 the recipe makes a ball the size of a softball and I feel is enough to server at any gathering.
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Cinnamon Pumpkin Waffles

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2014
I guess I just don't like the taste when whole wheat flour is using in things that are supposed to be sweet. I love whole wheat bread, just don't like that grainy taste in my waffles. I even used 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white flour. I can't imagine how "wheaty" it would have tasted if I'd used the entire cup of whole wheat flour as directed. This was made on Christmas day and we were under impressed. My adult son came over for Christmas and was disappointed that it wasn't the regular waffles we usually have. The only substitution I made was to use apple butter instead of applesauce. The batter tasted bland, so I added more pumpkin to help it out and cut the grainy taste of the whole wheat flour. Still, no great. My last time making these.
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Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2014
I liked this quiche overall, the next time I would reduce the salt. There's salt in the crust, salt in the preparation of the spinach/vegetables and more salt in the egg mixture. Too much. Otherwise, I liked the texture and the flavor, etc. Used fresh spinach, fresh mushrooms and added spices to regular feta cheese to make it "herb/garlic". Took to a Christmas potluck and everyone loved it.
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Grandma's Secret Pie Crust

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2014
I give this 5 stars for taste, and 3 stars for texture. Yes, it was flaky...in fact, it was too flaky. I've never had a crust crumble so severely! If you even touched the crust lightly, it falls apart. Even the plastic wrap (I put over the quiche I made) caused the crust to fall off! I was embarrassed by the mess it made at the hostess' home when I went to a Christmas potluck today. It has too much shortening...maybe substituting some butter would help?
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Italian Breaded Pork Chops

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2014
They were good, but nothing spectacular. Even though our family is not Italian, we had food prepared this way often growing up. I was hoping for a recipe that would produce moist, flavorful meat. But I followed the instructions and the meat was still a bit dry.
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Best Cherry Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2014
I made this for my brother-in-law's birthday...his favorite pie. He reported that it was very good, not too sweet, not too tart. I used Michigan tart pie cherries that I had frozen when I pitted them back during cherry season in July. I used a quart, which also measured out to a little over 5 cups. To get some juice, I pulverized about 3/4 cup of the cherries and they yielded quite a bit of juice, then made up the difference with water. I used 3 T. tapioca instead of flour because that's what I usually use in fruit pies. I took another reviewers suggestion and also pulverized the tapioca. I found it took longer than 5 minutes to make the filling as I cooked it slowly. Made a homemade crust and created a lattice top for that wow factor! He loved it!
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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread II

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2014
I made this as a thank you gift for someone, so I didn't taste it myself. However, he reported that it was very good, so I feel confident giving it a 5-star rating. The loaf seemed to be very moist, I tasted a crumb chunk that was left in the pan after I inverted it and it did taste good. Now I will have to make a loaf for us.
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Quick and Easy Chicken Spaghetti

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2014
I knew I wasn't going to like this, but I tried it anyway. Anything that uses cream of "anything" soup and Velveeta is going to be awful in my opinion. I'm just not that kind of cook. But I had some Velveeta that I needed to get out of the house, so I thought I'd give it a try. Never again. Even my husband who will eat almost anything and try to give a compliment, couldn't eat all of what was on his plate. He said, "It's heavy, isn't it?" Now we have large pot of this goo to give away...if I can find someone to take it. I added a few things to make it tastier, but they didn't help. Chopped onion, some green pepper, used fresh mushrooms, not canned and a splash or two of milk to thin it out. Like I said...never again. What a waste of good ingredients. :0(
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Pumpkin Pie Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2014
I should have known better...as soon as I saw that wheat flour was one of the ingredients. All I could taste was wheat. I was so disappointed as I made these at the last minute to take to an elderly lady who was shut-in after having foot surgery. I can only hope that her taste buds are dulled with age, or that she will drink lots of coffee with the muffins to get them down. Yuck! Thank goodness I scaled the recipe down to only make 6 muffins. Never again.
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Cranberry Orange Loaf

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2014
I cut the cranberries in half and they got even more chopped up when I used the mixer. I know I wouldn't have liked the strong bitter bite if I'd left the cranberries whole. Made the glaze to put over the warm bread and left it in the pan. Confectioner's sugar, orange juice and zest and a drop of vanilla...yummy orange flavor that balanced out the bite of the cranberries. I will make this one again and again.
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Baker's Secret Pie Crust

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2014
Sorry to be one of the reviewers who "poo poo" this recipe, but it's wrought with problems. I should have listened to the other negative reviews, because they were right. Too much fat + not enough flour = a shrinking and difficult to handle crust. Like another reviewer said this is a shortbread, not a crust. I was able to get it to roll out and into the pie pan, but it shrunk when baking even though I followed the tips to refrigerate it before and after getting it into the pie pan. After baking, it crumbled terribly, falling off of the pie with even the slightest contact. Most of my pie crust was on the table, the countertop and the portable pie taker I transported it in. Yes, I took this to a Thanksgiving dinner and had to make many apologies for the crust. The taste...was like a shortbread cookie with too much shortening. I avoided the "wet" crust everyone complained about by only putting in 3 T. of the mixed liquid. The mixed liquid was a joke with all of the unnecessary ingredients...I could have used water instead. I won't ever make this one again. You have been forewarned....beware of this one.
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Chicken Jalfrezi

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2014
We've never had Pakistani food before, so maybe I don't know what it should taste like. But, we didn't like the flavor of this dish. It was very heavy with spice, but not hot. The first few bites were ok...but with each subsequent bite, I disliked it more and more. Overall, I wish I'd done something different with the chicken thighs I had bought...there are so many other recipes that would have utilized them better. I won't be making this one again.
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Black Bottom Cupcakes I

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2014
My husband requested cupcakes and I had all of the ingredients for this recipe so I gave it a whirl. He loved them, so I'll be making them again. I substituted 1/2 of the water for a blend of milk and coffee in the batter. Coffee always compliments chocolate flavor. I was forced to used regular sized chocolate chips, didn't have the mini ones, but they turned out great. In fact, I liked the larger burst of chocolate in the filling. Reduced the recipe serving size to "18" and got a perfect 12 cupcakes...I like to fill my muffin pans enough to get a healthy sized cupcake.
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Pomegranate Guacamole

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2014
We enjoyed this twist on our usual guacamole. The crunch and the sweetness of the pomegranate arils provided a nice change. Good with tortilla chips.
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The Best Chicken Soup Ever

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2014
Very good recipe for basic chicken noodle soup. I added my own extra touches (spices and vegetables on hand) to customize it. Didn't use the chicken noodle soup mix (yuck) as I wanted to keep it as healthy as possible. Also didn't use canned chicken broth, but my own homemade chicken stock to add more volume. You can experiment with this recipe to make it your own...use what you have on hand and it will be great! Cooked it for many hours to develop the flavors and added the pasta during the last 10 minutes before serving.
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Elegant Beef Stroganoff

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2014
I have another beef stroganoff recipe that I have used for years, and I like this one just as well. We didn't find it to be too spicy as others reported...the cream cheese and sour cream tend to mellow it out. But there was a subtle spiciness which was nice. Marinated the beef for approx. 1 hour in the wine before browning. Very good.
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Peanut Butter Cookies IV

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2014
These were very good, soft and well received by my brother who loves peanut butter cookies! My only observation was the peanut butter flavor could be stronger. My next time making these, I will add more peanut butter and adjust the other ingredients accordingly.
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Citrus-Ginger Roasted Beets and Carrots

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2014
4 1/2 stars. I used orange juice instead of grapefruit juice, lime instead of lemon. Roasted vegetables until almost tender and then made the puree in the blender and added to the lot. Took this to an Open House and everyone said they loved it. Because I have so many roasted beets in the freezer from this Fall, I'm sure to make this one again.
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Italian Style Turkey Meatloaf

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2014
We enjoyed this twist on the classic meatloaf. To make sure it tasted "Italian", I increased the spices and added": garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil and a shake or two of parmesan cheese along with the spices listed. To make it more tasty, I added onion and green pepper and a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce. To avoid the small/short appearance that many reported, I shaped it like a small football and placed in a glass pie pan for baking and made it taller. For the sauce, I used ketchup and added a bit of sugar, and a few sprinkles of the spices I listed and the ones in the meatloaf. Very tasty! The recipe yielded just enough for the two of us having two slices with our dinner. There were two slices left for a sandwich the next day.
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The Real Mojito

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2014
4 1/2 stars. I made the simple syrup that other suggested, so I varied from the recipe a bit. After having 3 strong mojitos...I'm writing this review. Maybe it's the drink talking, but I liked it! :0)
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