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Carrot Souffle

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2013
I soft cooked 2 lbs of carrots I was meaning to par-boil. Then I found this recipe to use them fully cooked. What a pleasant surprise and a keeper. My family was pleasantly surprised by this casserole. The powdered sugar on the top is a very nice touch. I followed the advice of 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup Splenda and added a teaspoon of cinnamon. Perfect.
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Buddy's and Bubba's Homemade Dog Food

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2012
Mine is a 7 year-old, 20 lb. Japanese Chin/Papillion mix. She's been eating canned Wellness with a few pieces of chicken mixed in for years. She won't eat dry, crunchy food. While it took me hours to prepare this (triple batch), I have a great supply in quart size ziplock bags in the freezer. I omitted the cottage cheese, subbed canned pumpkin for the carrots, added flax seeds and, when serving, add yogurt. I did run the green veggies through the food processor. She's been on this new food plan for a week and loves it. I've been watching her for differences and what I've noted is that she is more perky and happy, and she now walks me instead of vice-versa. I wondered if it was my imagination until my neighbors pointed out the same changes. Her bm's are unchanged, but kind of green. Overall, I'm delighted with the results thus far and wish I had fed her this way from the beginning. Know in advance though, if you triple the batch as I did, you'll need some really big cookware and a free afternoon. The next time, I'll do a double batch and it will go a lot quicker. Good luck!
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Winter Squash Rolls

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2012
I made these today using butternut squash. I used half the recipe but wish I hadn't! These looked beautiful. I substituted butter for the shortening, too.
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Sloppy Joes II

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2012
I've made these twice. The first time I tinkered too much with this great basic recipe. The next I made only 2 changes. I added minced, fresh garlic and took another reviewer's suggestion to use 1/2 of catsup and 1/4 cup barbeque sauce. Mine was hickory flavored, I still added the mustard but not the garlic powder or brown sugar. These sloppy joes satisfy my occasional cravings for 'kid's' food. Thanks!
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies IV

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2012
I dislike it when a reviewer changes a recipe then rates it poorly. I would not rate this recipe poorly with or without my changes. I adopted all of Marilee's tips - 4 eggs, 1 tsp. each, baking powder/soda, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and I added a quarter teaspoon allspice. These cookies have put a delectable aroma in my home and taste just as good. I also omitted the pecans because of nut issues (they're all nuts) and will use more raisins the next time. I subbed the white sugar for Splenda and did half white, half whole wheat flour. I have to please the diabetics. Really nice result. Warning: If you soak the raisins in the eggs, make sure you're good to go in an hour. I wasn't ready yesterday and the raisins turned into a gloppy mess overnight. I discarded them and started fresh today. Thanks Gerirein. These are excellent even when you cheat.
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Eggplant Parmesan II

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
I made this today for 6 adults. I used 3 eggplants for a total of about 3.5 pounds, unpeeled, and ended with 3 layers in a 9 x 13 glass dish - perfect. I prepared the eggplant slices last night for quick and easy assembly in the morning, and it really was quick and easy. I did the salt, rinse and dry, too. The only thing I will do differently the next time is to raise the oven temperature to 475 to "toast" the slices better as a previous reviewer suggested, and for 7 minutes per side. Crispier pieces would have defined the layers better and improved the overall texture. Also, I slice the eggplant at better than a quarter of an inch. All that said, this recipe is wonderful and my guests really enjoyed it. Served with ziti and salad (wine and Italian bread). No one had dessert - too full. Thanks!
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2011
I found this recipe only a couple of weeks ago afterI became really frustrated with my previous resules. I have made it several times since. They always have consistently come out excellent, but today's were the best. I used just a wee bit less milk and when mixing the dry with wet, I took the advice of one reviewer and left the batter lumpy. These babies were so tall and flufy, I couldn't believe it. Kris, thanks for the winning recipe and thanks to reviewers for the tips.
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Restaurant-Style Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2011
Love this recipe. I always sub light sour cream for half the mayonnaise. Whenever I make this for a crowd, I go "full dress". Today, I was only preparing half the recipe for 3 and I needed to go shopping. I made it without carrots, celery, and pimento. Other than sprinkling a touch of celery salt (instead of salt and I know they're the same), I made do. I also made the mistake of tasting it after it had been refrigerated for a few hours. What makes this special for me is the combination of mayo, sour cream, mustard, and white wine vinegar, sprinkled with parsley. Keep your potato chunks fairly large (boil them, but cool them in the fridge, covered, at least overnight), and what a treat. The only thing is, I have to come up with more potato salad in the morning for my few guests.
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Mulligatawny Soup I

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2011
I've been making this soup for two years and just realized I've never rated it. This is hands down my family's favorite soup. I make huge batches and freeze it in six-serving containers. I substitute brown rice for white, triple the apples and shred them to make a fabulous broth. I do not add the cream, but I add a touch of half and half at the end. Thanks for sharing, Lise.
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Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2010
I use to prepare the same wonderful oyster stuffing every year calling it "tradition". So, about five years ago, when I realized how predictable my special dinner had become, I started using a different recipe every year. Today, I used this one. I have to tell you, it went over so well, we could hardly wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow (I always cook more than needed, just in case). I followed the recipe exactly except for the following changes as recommended by reviewers. I chose to go with the Pepperidge Farm, Country-Style mix of white and wheat cubes, and I'm so glad I did. I also added one-fourth cup of Madeira wine and, because I did not stuff the bird with this, I used the whole can of turkey broth. I just went for it. Again, thank you to reviewers. I used Jimmy Dean's sage-flavored sausage. Three last tips if you want the same rave reviews. First, dig that grose liver out of the turkey, saute it until browned, but still pink in the middle, then pulvarize it in the food chopper, just get it all in. It's the magic ingredient! (Sometimes we have to look the other way). Second, use real fresh or frozen cranberries. It makes a world of difference. They gently pop in your mouth and add a surprise to every bite. Third, use fresh herbs whenever possible. (I use a little coffee bean grinder to get them down to size). This recipe is an abosolute winner, and a keeper. Thanks Stacy.
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2010
These are very delicious. Unfortunately, I took the advice of one (or more) reviewers to let them bake for a while and add the topping in the last minutes. I baked them for 10 minutes, took them out and tried to top them - none of the topping would stick. I doubled this recipe. For the second batch, I sprinkled right onto the batter and then came out perfect, looking just like the picture, and taste wonderful. I had to discard the first batch because without the topping, they were tasteless. If you follow the recipe, you will love these.
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Corn Pudding V

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2009
I have to give 5 stars to any recipe that draws as many raves as this simple side dish. I doubled the recipe nd used a 9 x 12 baking dish. I added 2, not 4 eggs, and a minced onion. I baked it for a little over an hour, until the knife came out clean (because it was deeper than a single recipe). The outer edges overcooked a little, but no one minded. I served this as a perfect compliment to a spiral ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans and the garlicky butternut squash (on this site). All they talked about was this cord "pudding". One last note: Once we were finished with dinner, I had a few "squares" left over. When I moved them to a container, the texture was quite a bit more firm, if that's how you like it. I will let it cool for at least 45 minutes the next time I make it, and I will make it again for sure. Thanks Becky!
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Raisin-Studded Apple Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2009
Every year at Thanksgiving, I try a new recipe for stuffing/dressing to prevent predictability. They are always labor intensive, time-consuming and well worth it. I haven't picked a loser yet. This year, I chose this recipe. I followed the recipe exactly and made it as a dressing. If you like a mushy dressing, it will need more moisture. This did not turn out dry but I added two extra ounces of broth and kept it covered until the last minutes. The apples and plumped raisins really stood out, but the overall flavor made everyone pause after the first bite and their complements made this positively deserving of five stars. Thank you Teri!
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Special Occasion Stuffed Crown Pork Roast

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2006
I'm rating this mostly for the stuffing. It was beautiful and tasted wonderful. I used about 3 cups of whole fresh cranberries. My 9.5 lb. crown's center was not open enough to stuff so I made it as a dressing. This was my first crown pork. I decided to roast it under a foil tent, crown down at 325. After 3 hours, I turned it crown side up and covered the bone ends with foil. I had to kick the heat up to 350 and it had to continue cooking for two more hours to reach 160 (before resting). The next time, I will begin it at 350, then down to 325. This is not your ordinary pork chop dinner. The meat was succulent and the stuffing festive and delicious. Thanks for all the raves this fabulous meal got for me. As for cooking temps, I always have success with a slower roast.
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Spanish Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2006
This was just okay. I wished I had pounded and marinated the chicken and if I ever make this again, I will add a ton more chopped green pepper and onions to the rice mixture. I used a mild salsa to top the chicken, but I would prefer medium. It was just kind of bland.
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Cranberry Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2006
I was frantic for a quick and easy recipe as my other cranberry did not turn out as expected. I chose this one. As most of the reviewers pointed out, this was runny, but the flavor was great and the color was beautiful. Adding a touch of grand marnier is ingenious. If you want a more gelled sauce, simply cut the OJ to 1/2 cup! Once they start popping mash them with the back of a spoon. This will gel in just a few hours in the fridge. As it is, it is more of a delicious cranberry preserve - very spreadable for sandwiches!
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Scalloped Potatoes and Onions

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2006
I'm giving this 5 stars because it enlightened me. I never thought you could prepare scalloped potatoes without tons of milk, cream and/or butter. I made this yesterday for a test drive. I used light margerine, and I took all of Shauna's suggestions (except the bacon bits) to season it up a little more. This revised recipe is proof that scalloped potatoes don't have to make you feel guilty, and they lost nothing in taste. Fresh garlic makes the difference. Delicious!
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Butternut Squash Supreme

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2006
Oh my, I've never been the first reviewer! I made this yesterday. I love these kind of dishes because they're so make-aheadable. This was quite good. I liked the texture as compared to the typical runny mashed squash sides. There's a spice missing to make it stand out though, but I haven't figured out what it is yet. I liked it enough to make it a keeper for this veggie, but it needs a little more ooomph - but not butter or cheese, please. Try it and let me know!
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Blue Cheese Burgers

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2006
I made these today. I was very excited about upscaling burgers on the grill, and I still am. I (charcoal) grilled them for 5 minutes each side, and that was too long (I suck at grilling). While they were cooking, I could see the bleu cheese oozing out of them - delish, but I didn't want them to be raw in the center. I doubled the bleu cheese and no one could detect the cheese flavor. To make matters worse, two major supermarkets did not have fresh chives, so I had to use dried. Therefore, I am rating this recipe a 4 until all my ducks are in a row. I will do these again, and will update my review. I am certain that with fresh chives and grill training, they will be superb.
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Sweet Potato Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2006
This came out really, really well . Very pretty, and everyone commented. However, with all these cold, mayonnaise-based salads, I always cut the mayo in half and use a light sour cream for the other. To me, it makes it creamier and a lot healthier without sacraficing taste. Everyone appreciates it, too. With the added mustard, it is really perfect. I salt (everything) very lightly and sprinkled a really good layer of pepper over the potatoes. Also, I used only half the eggs. The celery adds a welcome crunch. Make a big batch so you can enjoy it for a few days! Thanks Dee.
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