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Baked Ziti I

Reviewed: May 31, 2010
My hubby made this recipe tonight. He made it as written but did mix the cooked ziti with the meat sauce and then layered as directed. Used the sharp provolone - Delish! Sour cream is lighter than ricotta cheese, I highly recommend this dish. PS - tired once with all mozzarella - it was not the same! Be sure to use the provolone as stated.
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Sweet and Spicy Almonds

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2010
I just finished this Great recipe, made as directed. Yum! Very addictive, keep "tasting" while they are cooling. So far it seems the sugar will stay on nicely when I jar them. Others I made a lot of sugar mix was at the bottom of the jar. I think the honey makes it stick well. I tried a few with some cinnamon they were super as well. Will add the cinnamon for the holidays. Recommend! UPD: sugar stayed on & didn't end up in the bottom of my jar....a winner!
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Oatmeal Pancakes II

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2010
Thanx for great recipe. I made these up for breakfast this morning and they were delish. My Husband really liked them too. Super quick and easy using the food processor, could use a blender if you don't own a food processor. I didn't have buttermilk so I used just under 3/4 cup milk added 1 T sour cream & 1 T vinegar and let sit 5 minutes. I used a ladle for uniform cakes. The recipe made 7 mediumish pancakes which the 2 of us finished with ease. So if you have kids &/or big eaters double the recipe. I may put together bags or jars of the dry ingredients to make them "quick as boxed" but SO much better and good ingredients = no trans fats!
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Tuna Patty Sandwiches

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2010
I just made these for dinner tonight. I did add some dried dill, onion powder & Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper and chopped, jarred garlic. I use 2 cans tuna, want leftovers, that were 7 oz so I added a tablespoon of mayo since it didn't seem moist enough. They were very tasty - you can season to taste. Didn't serve with rolls, served with couscous and steamed broccoli. Quick & easy!
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Mediterranean Chicken and Orzo Salad In Red Pepper Cups

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2010
Hi all, I just made this & it's in the fridge cooling. I didn't want the chicken, just wanted a nice side dish. I won't serve in the pepper cups though its a nice presentation for sure. I didnt have tomatoes so I used 1/2 can of diced with jalapenos instead but would be better with fresh I know. When I made the dressing I just added 3/4 tsp Italian seasoning instead of basil & oregano & a dash of lemon juice. My husband who didn't understand what a Orzo salad was just said mmmm, when I gave him a sample :-)
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Cauliflower-Cheese Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2010
I just made this, it's very good. Will have to come back once DH tries it for his comments. I did tweak it. Used small whole head cauliflower(approx 4 cups) kept all other measures the same & added 2 bouillon cubes to veggies as cooking and another when soup was done. Added a bit of Italian spice, garlic/onion powder & 1 t Worcester at the end.
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Simple Beef Stroganoff

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2011
This was great! I modified slightly. Used 1.5 lbs ground beef, browned and removed from pan. Added 1/2 cup chopped onion to some olive oil then added 4 oz sliced mushrooms (for me stroganoff needs shrooms) and fried for a few minutes then added 1T pre-minced garlic for 1 min then returned beef to pan. Added 1 can each cream of mushroom & chicken soup and 1 soup can of water. Seasoned to taste with a bit of garlic powder, onion powder and pepper. Simmered for 20-30 min to blend flavors. Removed from heat and stirred in the sour cream. Served over egg noodles. My DH loved it! Will make again!
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Spicy Bean Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2011
I made this for my nephews graduation party. That was in July and it was a warm day = not mayonnaise weather. I followed the recipe except that I used a can of diced tomatoes with jalapenos, as they are always in my pantry. Everyone loved it. My brother, who is not a mayo based salad person was able to eat it and loved it. I sent him the recipe and he has since made it a few times also. I served it with the tortilla chip cups, easier for dipping or filling with a spoon. I plan on making this for holiday gatherings, it's healthy and light.
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Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2012
I made this tonight & it was great. If you have cooked chicken on hand it would be a quick meal. I simmered 2 full chicken breasts in the broth from frozen about for 25 minutes and then used about 1 1/2 breasts for this soup. I didn't have fresh spinach so I used some mixed lettuce sliced into thin strips instead. I also added a bit of chicken bouillon and some additional granulated garlic and a couple of dashes of Italian seasoning. My DH asked if I kept the recipe, in other words it's a keeper. He just told his friend how good it was - that's a very nice compliment!
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Tortellini Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2012
I have been making this for a few years but forgot to leave a review. This could not be simpler, it's a super quick meal after a busy day. I use chicken broth and frozen chopped spinach directly from a bag which allows you to use a handful or two, whatever you need. It is not frozen into a block like the 10 oz packets are. I use whatever canned tomatoes I have on hand, chopped whatever. If you wish you can add some meat, perhaps sausage or leftover chicken. I add some garlic powder and Italian seasoning too, just bumps the flavor up a notch but many people would be happy just as it is. BTW I cook it all in one pot, gently simmer the tortellini in the broth with the tomatoes. I add the frozen spinach in the last 2 or 3 minutes turn off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes. Try it!
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Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2012
Ok, I hate to be a downer but we didn't care for this at all. All I can say is that the cheese did not adhere to the pasta at all. Oddly the cheese mixture was kind of custardy and was separate from the elbows. The cheese didn't soak into nor coat the pasta. I did blend up the cottage cheese a bit to removed the lumps from the cottage cheese, but I don't see how that would affect the end product.
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Split Pea Smoked Turkey Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2013
Loved this easy recipe. My DH prepared this with leftover ham bone instead of the turkey. Cooked on high for 4 hours. Blended 1/2 to make it creamy but still had some texture with the peas and veggies. Used 2 cans low sodium chicken broth = 4 C and then the rest water. We added a teaspoon of chicken bouillon, a couple more shakes of garlic powder and a pinch of oregano with a splash of red wine vinegar prior to serving, just our taste. Really enjoyed it! Try it!
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Ricotta Breakfast Pancakes

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2013
I made these this morning and loved them. I used Hungry Jack Extra Light & Fluffy mix. (BTW I use that for nice light crispy waffles in one of those Belgian waffle makers that flip). Really enjoyed the ease of this recipe: no fuss, no muss. I used 1/2 the recipe with 1 cup milk for the 2 of us. They kept the hunger at bay longer than regular pancakes due to the protein. I definitely recommend you try this easy-peasy recipe.
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Cream of Spinach Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2013
I had a BIG Costco bag of fresh spinach which I wanted to make a dent in so I chopped up about a pound or so. I did this in one pot. I sauteed 1/2 an onion in some EVOO until it began to brown & added 1 clove garlic & a dash of red pepper flakes,added butter to pot and about 3 T flour and cooked for about 2-3 minutes. Added 1 can chicken broth, spinach & cut back to 2 cups 1/2 n 1/2 so it would be thicker. Let is simmer a few minutes until the spinach was soft then went into pot with my immersion blender but left some of the texture...delish.
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Aunt Phyllis' Magnificent Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2013
I made this recipe some time back, it was delish. I used the dry cheese packet from a box of mac n cheese. Easy!
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Easy Quiche

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2013
I have made this quiche numerous times with great results. I use whatever cooked veggies I have on hand. I really like using oven roasted veggies. I typically roast a mix of: cauliflower/onion/zucchini/green pepper/eggplant tossed with EVOO a light dash of salt and sometimes a dash of Italian Seasoning @ 425 until soft/browned approx 30-45 min . I have also used fried bacon. I add some of the shredded cheese into the quiche filling and then more on top. I never use 1/4 stick butter..more like 1-2T, I'm not even sure if it's necessary. I love that this has no formal crust to get undercooked or soggy. This reheats well and I have literately eaten this for every meal of the day! Great way to use leftovers. Try this one!
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Tomato Bisque I

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2014
Ok so, I am trying to simulate a Campbell's Tomato-Basil Bisque that I purchased @ Costco. They rotate stock often and so there is none available. I only had 1 can of store brand stewed tomatoes (they were a little hard) but wanted to try this recipe out. I did need to tweak a bit but I think it's going to morph into a good substitute. I hydrated 1 teaspoon dried onions, added them to 1 pat butter and cooked for a minute or two, then added about 1/2 t dried basil. Added the tomatoes and cooked 5 minutes (as I mention hard tomatoes will up that time to 15-20 minutes)then pureed with immersion blender. Then I added some a shakes of garlic powder, couple grinds fresh black pepper, 1 t chicken bullion, 1/2 t sugar, more dried basil & used about 3/4 cup 1/2 & 1/2 as I didn't have heavy cream. Now I know that is a lot of tweaking but simple ones and as I said I already had a certain taste in mind. We sampled 1/2 of recipe and will refrigerate other half to see how the flavor develops.
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