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Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2014
My go to recipe! My mom, rest her soul, used to make peach cobbler and I could kick myself for not standing over her and watching. Thankfully, when I found this recipe, she was still with us, so it got her seal of approval. I love this recipe. I love the simplicity of it b/c sometimes we get a craving for it at home or other times, I need an easy but scrumptious dessert to take to church events or parties. I have made this several times in the last four years or so, and it's always a hit. I follow it nearly to a tee except I usually use canned peaches (I keep them on hand for snacks). Also, the first time I made it, I did the flour mixture on top, but every time after that, I just used ready-made crust. This is soooo delicious! I am literally warming the oven to start making this now. Just had a craving and had everything I needed to make it, so here we go! Highly recommend this recipe!
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Refreshing Cucumber Lemonade

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2014
Wicked good! I made this two weeks ago for our Easter cookout/bbq and it was such a hit! I am trying to wean my family off of sodas and get us moving towards more water. I think lemonade is a nice compromise. I always have cucumbers and lemons on hand, so I was glad that I didn't have to buy anything. I made the simple syrup first and then put the cucumbers through my food processor. They were nice-sized cukes, so they yielded a good bit of juice. Pro-tip: I used the pulp in my smoothies, so nothing was wasted! You could also make dressings or use the pulp in burgers, meatloaf, stock, or soup. The only thing I may try next time I make this is blending the entire lemon including the rind. I've done that before with other specialty lemonades, so I'm interested in seeing if it works here. I combined all of the ingredients with water and didn't have to add any extra sugar! YAY! I added ice to the pitcher which helped those who were skeptical enjoy it more. My batch had a perfect blend of the cuke and lemon. Neither overpowered the other. This was so refreshing! It will be a summer staple in my house!
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Eggplant Parmesan II

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2014
Fantastic! I just used this recipe for a SECOND time and I wanted to write my review before I sat down to eat. I love eggplant as a meat alternative during the work week. I bought two from Aldi and needed to use them up before they went bad. This is a very easy recipe. Before I tried this, I always read recipes where the eggplant was fried first and then put in the oven. I do eat fried food, but for some reason, that process turned me off (personal quirk). Anyway, when I found this, I was immediately intrigued. Full disclosure: I always tend to read the reviews along with the recipes. I followed the recipe EXCEPT, I used sea salt to sweat the slices and I baked them for nearly 20 minutes. I didn't turn them over since I used a wire sheet. The sweating process allowed me to make my sauce (always make my own sauce), so the time was productive. My sauce typically includes carrots, zucchini, and onion, so the veggie content is high in this dish for me. I used Italian bread crumbs and I mixed in parmesan and some basil (adore basil). I had a lot of slices, so I built three layers lasagna-style. I also baked for 40 mins then poked to see the tenderness. I ended up baking an additional ten. It smells so good. I'm taking a coworker some tomorrow and as w/Italian food, I know it'll taste even more delicious the second day. GREAT RECIPE!!
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Easy Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2014
This was really good. My mom rest her soul used to make my favorite meatloaf, but I never watched her make it (mad at myself). I have been craving it lately. Went to a diner and had it, but it just wasn't the same. So thankful that I found this recipe. Full disclosure, I always read the reviews, so I changed some things based on those, as well as what I had on hand. I made this tonight and it was so yummy! I used ground turkey and for some reason, I didn't expect there to be as much grease as there was, but I read that bread on the bottom of the pan will sop it up. I used only a 1/2 cup of milk and mixed Italian bread crumbs with panko. Next time I will try oatmeal (was all out). I seasoned with pepper, italian herbs, garlic, paprika, and kosher salt. I mistakenly added kosher salt thinking it was panko (mixed up the boxes), but thank God it didn't mess up the meat. I didn't have steak sauce or Worcestershire sauce, so I used chili sauce instead. Will DEFINITELY stick with that. I also added some carrot and green pepper and will add red pepper next time. I like the idea of adding veggies. I also topped it with Sweet Baby Ray bbq sauce. I originally baked it for one hour, but didn't feel it was done, so I did another 20 minutes, and then an addition 10. So delish! My dad had seconds first and my 6 yr old nephew (who barely eats) had seconds. Thank you for this recipe and all of the reviewers who experimented with it. It's a keeper!
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The Best Lemon Bars

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2012
I have been attempting the perfect lemon bar for at least a year, and this is the only recipe that works. I made them Christmas morning, and they were simply delicious. The only change I made based on reviews was I added lemon zest. Otherwise, I try to follow the recipe as listed on my first try. The only exception is in case of allergy. As other reviewers mentioned, the crust is thicker than the filling, so for my next batch, I will double up on the filling. I loved the thick crust.
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Bread Pudding II

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2012
My first try at bread pudding and it came out GREAT! This went VERY fast at Thanksgiving. The only chance I had to try it was the little cube I sampled after taking it out of the oven. lol! My family loved it. I will admit that I usually read through the reviews to see what others have tried, so I technically did not make this one as written. I used French bread that I let sit out for maybe 6 days. It got good and crusty. I used milk, but I think I did also use cream. Next time, I will use cream and not milk. Everything else I did from the original recipe. I like fruit desserts, so for the glaze, I reduced some frozen berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries), Triple sec, and strawberry jam. It complimented the bread pudding quite nicely and gave it a nice fall color. Next time, I will leave out the jam. I loved this and plan to make it again soon.
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Dill Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2012
This is a great dip/sauce to have on hand. I eat lots of salmon and I love a good dill sauce with a baked filet. I made the recipe as written, but I think I added more dill, dijon, and green onion to help cut the sour cream taste. I love sour cream, but everyone in my family doesn't, so I tried to mask it as much as possible for their sake. I also took some to work with me to dip my Triscuits in.Would work also as a veggie dip. Thank you for sharing!
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Easy Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2012
Easy AND delicious! I started baking as a teen, but have been baking more and more from scratch over the last year. I wanted an easy cookie recipe for days when we want something sweet at the house. I first made this recipe last Christmas and have been using it ever since. For this recipe, I use it as originally written and I've never had any issues. I warm the butter in the oven to help it soften and I don't have any problems w/crumbly dough once I add the egg and vanilla. I literally just made a batch to take to our family Christmas party later this evening, and they taste fantastic. I added red sugar crystals on half and made semi-snickerdoodles out of the others. The only change is that I added an extra 1/2 tsp of vanilla. Next time, I think I will try adding lime or lemon zest to the batter for an extra zing of flavor. I like this recipe b/c it's easy and doesn't require much fuss. The cookies are chewy, but not gooey and they stay that way! I usually try to make enough to last us a few days, and they never taste stale. As for the cooking time, I check them at 8 minutes and then if needed, I'll add 2 minutes. I think anything longer than 10 minutes is too "done." Bless you for this recipe!
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2009
Outstanding! I just used this recipe to make my FIRST EVER meal of chicken and dumplings! My mom had shoulder surgery and will be unable to do a lot of things (i.e. cooking) for quite some time. So I've been doing a lot of cooking. Since we're all busy with work, church, and other stuff, I wanted something quick and easy and based on the reviews...I had to try this one. IT IS SO YUMMY! I'm eating a plate as I review. I followed the recipe to the letter, except I added chicken broth to the mixture. I seasoned the chicken with salt-free seasoning and pepper. I put it in the slow cooker before church this morning and by the time I came home, the chicken was so tender that it was breaking apart w/the spoon! I was so excited! Then I added the torn biscuit pieces (I used Pillsbury's buttermilk biscuits) about 45 mins before I was ready to serve. I also added peas. I was hesitant to add anything extra but my mom convinced me and I saw on here that others add ingredients. This was SO EASY and SO DELICIOUS! The true test will be when my dad eats some. If he goes to sleep about an hour later, I'll know I've done good =)
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