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Authentic Enchiladas Verdes

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2013
I give the recipe 4 stars as written. I found the tomatillo sauce a little bland for our taste so I amped it up with 6 cloves of garlic, a diced and seeded jalapeno, and two big roasted green chiles. I used Pam to soften my corn tortillas and then I rolled them with chicken, green sauce, and cheese inside. I stacked them in a 9x13 and made about 30 enchiladas (two layers). After the first layer I ladled some green sauce over the enchiladas, then more ladled over the top of the second layer. I covered with foil and baked in a 375 oven for about 30 minutes and TURNED THE OVEN OFF. I removed the foil and covered the enchiladas with a layer of shredded cheese and popped them back in the oven for another 10 minutes to melt the cheese. Holy cow, these are SO YUMMY!! I give the enchiladas I made TEN STARS!!
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Snowballs II

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2012
These cookies are awesome, a real throw-back to when I was a kid! I sized them exactly as the recipe directed - one tablespoon - and I got about 4 dozen cookies. I am quite meticulous about cookies and weighed each dough ball out so every single cookie was exactly the same size...15 grams each. I rolled them into balls and spaced them about 1.5" apart on parchment paper, they do not spread much at all. They have to come out of the oven before they look done, I baked them for 12 minutes at 350. THE KEY TO THE COOKIE IS THIS: as soon as the cookie has cooled enough to handle but still hot, they must be rolled in powdered sugar. I used a container with a cup or more of powdered sugar in it; I placed several cookies in the container at one time, put the lid on, and gently turned the container over and around until the cookies were coated. I took them out of the container and put them in a single layer in a 9x13 pan to cool entirely. When completely cool, I put the cookies into a gallon-sized ziplock sealed with plenty of trapped air (so it’s like a pillow) and I gently turned the bag over and again to re-coat the cookies with powdered sugar. COATING THEM TWICE IS A MUST!! Those people who complained about the cookies being dry (you overbaked them!!) or bland (you didn’t coat them twice with powdered sugar!)…you must follow the directions exactly as written and you will be rewarded with a delightful, tasty, perfect holiday cookie! Thanks for the fabulous recipe!!
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Waffles I

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2011
HALF THE CALORIES, NO BRAINER!! These waffles are good BUT...I made easy changes to make HUGE improvements to the nutritional value. Instead of 2 eggs I used 3 egg whites and I used skim milk made into buttermilk instead of 2% milk (just add 1-1/2T lemon juice and let sit for 5 minutes). In place of ½ cup of oil I used fat-free vanilla yogurt. I agree with other reviews that the recipe as written is a little bland so instead of 1 tbsp white sugar I used ¼ cup Splenda. I also used 2 tsp of vanilla and about a heaping tsp cinnamon. I can feel GOOD about serving a 195 calorie waffle as opposed to a 400 calorie waffle - especially when my picky husband can't tell the difference!
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Apple Cake III

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2010
I followed this recipe to the letter...TWICE...and both times it fell. As I was reading the recipe before I made it, it sounded to me like the sugar/flour ratio was going to be thrown off because of all the sugar in the apple pie filling. I was right and it fell. I even made it again to be sure I didn't do anything wrong and it fell again. I will try a third time but instead of using apple pie filling (who needs all those extra calories anyway?), I will use natural applesauce. Ought to be the same results but won't produce a cake that has too much sugar to keep it's loft.
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Strawberry Angel Food Dessert

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2010
LOWER CALORIE/DIABETIC-FRIENDLY OPTION!! I made this dessert and it was INCREDIBLE!! I used a store-bought sugar-free angel food cake, Marzettis sugar-free strawberry glaze (could've used sugar-free jello to make but ran out of time!), fat-free cream cheese, Splenda in place of sugar (in the cream cheese), and fat-free whipped topping. I served this at a family BBQ and NO ONE was the wiser that I'd made a "healthy" dessert!! Total calories decreased to 75 calories per serving - if you serve 18 like the recipe says. But you'd NEVER serve 18 with this recipe, it's more like 10-12, if even. Calorie count for a more realistic serving made with my changes...right around 160 for a GOOD-SIZED serving!! Last tidbit...don't let the individual taste of sugar-free/fat-free ingredients fool you. I'll just say that the sum of the parts of this recipe come together and are greater than the whole. Definitely a recipe I'll make again and again!!
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Jim's Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2010
LOWER FAT ALTERNATIVE!! This recipe is fantastic but I wanted to make it a little lighter (holy calorie count!). Like others I used half the pasta and to make it more colorful, I used red onion and yellow, orange. and red bell peppers. I omitted the pimiento...texture issue...and hubby doesn't care for black olives - left them out, too. Swapped reduced fat cheddar cheese for american. All that in mind - and having cut the pasta in half - I left all the other quantities the same (to deal with the dry dressing issue). For the 1 cup of mayo I used half light mayo/half non-fat plain greek yogurt. These slight modifications don't do much to change the taste (it's FABULOUS!!) and it's much lighter from the light mayo and greek yogurt. You could also use low-fat/non-fat sour cream with about the same results. Excellent recipe, Jim...Thanks for sharing!!
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German Chocolate Bars

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2008
OH.MY.GOODNESS! These are SO yummy! I spread out the frosting and the remaining batter on top so tht the bar comes out with a "dry" top so it is easy for mailing. Otherwise the frosting would ooze through which would make them a bit messy for shipping. These are VERY good and VERY easy!
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Double Chocolate Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2007
The chocolate is SO rich, this is incredible! I am not a pie fan but this is a spectacular recipe, thanks!
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2007
CUT 250 CALORIES PER MUFFIN!! I cannot serve my family muffins that are so crazy high in calories and fat. I "healthified" this recipe and they turned out moist, flavorful, and I PROMISE not even your pickiest eater would be the least bit suspicious. Here's what I did: in place of 3/4 cup sugar I used a heaping 1/4 cup sugar and a heaping 1/4 cup granulated splenda. To the listed dry ingredients I added 1 tsp cinnamon (cinnamon enhances the flavor of blueberries!) and I mixed all the dry ingredients very well. Then I used a 1-cup measuring cup (the pyrex liquid type) and I poured 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce into it. I added one egg and mixed them well. Then I added enough almond milk to make one cup of liquid mixture, about 1/4 to 1/3 cup. I set the liquid aside and to the 1-cup of frozen blueberries, I added about 2Tbsp flour and tossed gently to coat well. I set the bluberries aside and then poured the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and lightly combined. I added the flour-coated blueberries and folded in just until there were no more dry globs of flour. I sprayed muffin papers with nonstick spray and filled 10 cups about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 and they were done. No need for sugary crumble on the top, they were plenty sweet on their own! Each muffin is about 130 calories (previously almost 400 calories per muffin!!) Now this is a recipe I can make in good conscience for my family!!
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Red Rooster

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2007
Very refreshing drink, perfect for summertime! Thanks!
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Yummy Margaritas

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2007
Very good, very easy! I hate beer and there's NO taste of beer at all. GOOD STUFF!
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Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2007
Oh my goodness! These are so good they are DANGEROUS! I took the advice of other reviewers and used spices in the butter, turned out fabulous. I also added parsley in the dough, makes them look just like Red Lobster's. Very good, thanks!
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Garlic Parmesan Orzo

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2007
Based on the previous reviews of this recipe I was looking forward to a tasty pasta side and we were very disappointed. The recipe was bland even though I used more garlic than called for it was just missing something. Maybe fresh parmesan would do the trick, maybe more garlic, maybe the green onions others mentioned are what's missing. This is not a recipe I'll be making again without significant changes.
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Delicious Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2005
(NOW WITH A LOW-FAT ALTERNATIVE!!) This recipe is GREAT! I have made these several times now with a few modifications that make people come begging for more: I doubled the spices (if not more), used only 2 cups sugar, left out the walnuts and added about 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Lastly, instead of making bread, I made muffins...TO DIE FOR!! In standard muffin cups the muffins take about 30 minutes to bake at 350. With these changes, NOW it is a 5-star recipe!! EDITED TO ADD: I decided to try a LOW-FAT version of these and it turned out GREAT! Adding to my previous modifications, I also substituted 1/2 of the oil for applesauce. There was absolutely NO DIFFERENCE in taste or moistness. No brainer, save the calories and fat!!
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London Broil

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2005
This marinade is distinct and unusual for beef and it is FABULOUS! We grilled on our gas grill and without coals it was hard to tell how long to cook. We cooked for the advised time and the meat was rare, I think 8-9 minutes on both sides would probably be more of a medium. Very good, will definitely make this again!!
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Pizza Dough I

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2005
A good recipe to start with!!
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2004
How many ways can you say YUMMYYY??!! These brownies are awesome and a hit with everyone! Only problem is I can't keep them around long enough!
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