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Breakfast Casserole

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2013
I love this recipe. I have made it many times for pot lucks, work, sunday brunches, etc. There are never leftovers. I use honeybaked ham (buy by the slice) in this recipe and I eliminate the chicken because I love cheese and ham. I use reduced sodium cream of chicken, reduced fat (not fat free) sour cream, and 2% cheddar cheese. I double the amount of cheese. Pre-shredded cheese doesn't seem to melt as well and 2% definitely doesn't melt as well, so just for the topping I use regular cheddar cheese that I shred myself. I have used fresh onion, frozen onion and an onion soup packet. Fresh onion was by far the best. Onion seems to lose its flavor after it's frozen (might be in my head) and the soup mix made it taste like it came out of a can (that might be in my head too). I usually double this recipe and bake it in a large deep lasagna pan. There still aren't leftovers when I double it. I have even taken TWO double pans to work and there were no leftovers. I would like to try making potato pancakes (like you do with leftover mashed potatoes) but I never get to try it because there are never leftovers. Maybe one day.
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Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2013
Good basic instructions for roasting asparagus. Guests who have said they don't like asparagus have liked it prepared this way. The flavor of the parmesan did not stand out. Next time I will try adding it in the last few minutes and reserve some to add at the table. If you're on a budget you can leave the parmesan out and it still tastes great.
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Oven Kalua Pork

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2013
Great technique for cooking a boston butt. I used liquid smoke and sesame oil but I would use much more next time as the flavors didn't come through as much as I would like (personal preference).
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Orzo and Wild Rice Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2012
As with any recipe, this can be tweaked according to personal preference. I love this version of this recipe and I also love the original at J. Alexander's. They are very similar. Note: This is a lot of choppping. The recipe is simple but a labor intensive and time consuming unless you have Wolfgang Puck's knife skills. Allow extra time and make ahead. I also recommend good music and your favorite glass of wine. My personal preferences: I use a 2:1 ratio of orzo to wild rice. I use regular balsamic vinegar instead of white (for simplicity). I use Craisins instead of currants. I double the dressing recipe and add until it looks right.
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Oven-Roasted Asparagus

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2011
Be sure to follow the footnote tip to remove tough part of stem by snapping the asparagus in two. The fresher it is, the better this works, so I do this as soon as I get home from the store (also makes weeknight cooking quicker & easier when I am ready to make). I also like to line the baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Instead of tossing with olive oil I spray with cooking spray after the asparagus is spread in an even layer on the sheet. I promise it tastes just as good. Then I sprinkle with coarse salt & fine pepper (sprinkle from up high to more evenly distribute the seasonings).
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Acorn Squash

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2011
I found this recipe last fall & already have an acorn squash to make it again this year. Acorn squash is very difficult to cut through. Microwave it for a few minutes and then it slices easily. Other reviews suggest cooking entirely in the microwave, but I prefer roasting it in the oven. It smells so good while it's cooking. Also, since I'm from the south I use way more butter & a little extra brown sugar. I haven't tried this with molasses but I'm sure that would be good too. This is very good served with ham. Great fall recipe!!
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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2011
No matter how many you make, you will wish you made more!! I have used this recipe twice now. Both times I used 10.25 oz pouch of Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix (I stock up when it goes on sale for 99 cents). It makes exactly 12 regular size muffins if you fill the cups half full. I use the oil, water & egg quantities listed on the package. This recipe is so simple & such a great yummy treat.
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