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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2010
these are so good! i did as others suggested and used orange juice instead of water and used 1/2 brown 1/2 white sugar. however, my cookies didn't look anything near what is pictured. the molasses i used had almost exactly this same recipe on the label and said to sprinkle 2-3 drops of water on the cookies to get the crackled look...that did not work. in fact, i tried a lot of different things and couldn't get any to crackle. but the thing i did that made the cookies look they're best was after i slightly flattened, then i only dipped the tops in the sugar. the sugar was more visible on the cookies i did that with as opposed to putting the sugar on first, then flattening. i chilled my dough for about 2hrs but by the time i was doing the second pan the dough was very sticky, i tried putting cooking spray,then sugar on my hands and nothing helped so i started putting the dough back in the fridge between pans and that seemed to help some. these are soooo addicting! i thought everyone was exaggerating but i ate 1 cookie off every pan i made! and when my DH got home he couldn't stop eating them!!! can't wait to make these again!!
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Four Egg Yellow Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2010
this was a good cake to make since i had all ingredients on hand, however i think i'll keep looking or just buy box mix next time. it wasn't bad tasting just really had no taste at all. i did use 1/2 (room temp) butter/ 1/2 shortening, increased the sugar 1/4c. more, extra tsp of vanilla and was surprised it wasn't more flavorful. as far as fluffiness and moistness it was excellent and i think the key to that is mixing well, i mixed butter and shortening first making sure they were well blended before adding my sugar, basically i spent at least 10-15 min total blending time and added the flour/milk alternation very slowly taking my time and i think as a result the consistency of the cake was perfect. but if i ever make again i think i'd increase the sugar to 3c. total. oh and also i added yellow food coloring after the eggs and vanilla to make it more obviously a "yellow" cake. i didn't have any complaints, i just personally didn't think it was that awesome
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Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2010
this was not good to me or my fam! it was very bland and just weird tasting. i like cottage cheese but it was the odd ingredient in this recipe. if you do decide to make this recipe i would recommend adding something like bacon to make it more flavorful
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Apple Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2010
this was really good. i've made this twice, the first time i omitted the oil and used about 1c. homemade applesauce (spiced slow cooker applesauce off this site) but didn't account for adjusting the sugar amount, also i didn't like the texture of the bread the first time, i felt it was due to omitting the oil completely, the bread was rubbery the first time around. so the second time i used 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil and about 3/4 c of the same applesauce, reduced the sugar to 1c brown and about 1/4 c white. and i could tell the oil made a difference even when i was mixing it wasn't so thick. i also sugared my pans instead of using flour and made a topping of brown sugar, ground cloves, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon and as far as the cooking time goes i'm not sure how anyone can make bread in 35 min but my loaves took 60-65 like all breads i've ever made!
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Easy French Dip Sandwiches

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2010
these were great! very easy like the title says! i did toast my bread in the oven first for about 3 min to cut down any sogginess, which worked well. i also used one slice of cheese on bottom as well as top. i used an au jus packet that came free with the purchase of my roast beef (deli promotion) and added extra water and beef granules and added garlic powder and black pepper to the broth. i sauteed red peppers and onions in separate pans and made each sandwich to order. 1# of roast beef made 6 sandwiches. also cup up some jalapenos and set on the table for whoever wanted an extra kick! there were NO leftovers!
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Spiced Slow Cooker Applesauce

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2010
i don't personally like applesauce, i made this for my 2 year old, who absolutely gobbled it up! so i'm assuming it was 5 star taste! this was so easy, i just peeled and cored my apples (3lbs worth) and put them in the crockpot without further cutting because i was planning on using my food processor after cooking which worked out great! i didn't measure the water, i just put in enough so apples were floating (way more than what recipe called for) and added about 2 handfuls of brown sugar, 2 cap fulls of lemon juice and vanilla, generous amounts of ground cloves, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon to the crockpot before cooking. cooked on low about 6hrs, drained apples over a stock pot, put apples in the food processor and made apple cider with all that leftover spiced water by adding apple juice, orange juice, and apple peach passionfruit mixed juice i had on hand. it was awesome!! can't wait to make again! and will definitely do the extra water to make apple cider again!
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Grilled Salmon I

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2010
this was great! i was a little scared to try it but i gave it a go and am so glad i did! the only thing i wish i would've done was use less soy sauce maybe a 1/4c. or even a little less, it was a little on the salty side. i did add about 1/4 c lemon juice to the marinade and baked them at 425 in foil packets for about 15 min. these were so good i can't wait to make them again!!!
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Rempel Family Meatloaf

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2010
Good basic meatloaf recipe. i used 1#beef and 1/2# venison. instead of using full amount of ketchup, i filled the measuring cup 1/2 full of ketchup and filled the rest with bbq sauce. i cooked this the day after i made it (my DH didn't want meatloaf that night) and as a result it was kind of mushy, so i think that was my fault more than the recipe's, since i didn't see anyone else had that problem. i used the glaze that someone else recommended: ketchup, honey and worcestershire. next time i would definitely use bbq sauce instead of the ketchup in the glaze.
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Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2010
These were so awesome!!! i used milk instead of water and did add garlic powder, minced onion (didn't have onion powder), parsley and zatarain's creole seasoning (didn't have old bay and all my store had was a huge $8 container of it) to the mix as well, and increased the cheese. i took the advice of others and omitted the salt from the butter topping, but would add some next time just for my personal taste. i also halved the recipe and got 10 nice size biscuits, plenty for my family of 3. also when i removed from oven, poked several holes in tops with a toothpick so the butter topping could seep through. these are a new staple in my house! just for reference, i used jiffy baking mix. can't wait to make these again!
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Pumpkin-Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2010
not as good as i had hoped. felt like they could've used more sugar, less oats, overall they needed more flavor. i added 1/2t. more cinnamon, 1/2t ground cloves, 1/2 nutmeg, and used mini choc chips instead of raisins...after eating them i would recommend using only 3/4c. oats, increasing white sugar by 1/2c, using 1t. cloves, 1t. nutmeg, maybe some ginger (i didn't have any on hand). i probably won't make again, i have a pumpkin cookie recipe i love, but just thought i'd try something different.
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Granny's Squash Casserole

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2010
this was a great recipe until the italian seasoning on top! it was just too much. otherwise the flavor was great. i did cut my squash lengthwise and scoop out seeds prior to cooking, increased the cheese, and mixed the italian seasoning with panko for a crunchy topping. next time i will omit the salt. i think another part of my problem was the dish i used. the recipe doesn't specify what size dish and judging by the amount of casserole i had, i used a 8x8. i think a 9x13 would've been better and maybe the topping wouldn't have seemed so strong. but i will be trying it again!
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American Lasagna

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2010
this was an ok recipe. not as great as everyone made it out to be. the tastes just didn't do it for me but my husband did love it so...just depends on the palate i guess. i won't be making again..still on the lookout for that wow lasagna.
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Beef Pot Pie III

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2010
this was pretty good, although i made several adjustments. first i used venison steaks and dredged in flour, s&p, thyme, and garlic powder and after browning, i added the water, a beef bouillon cube, and about 3T. of worcestershire and only cooked in the water for about 1hr (i didn't even really need to do this my venison was tender to begin with). i used 1 large potato, 2 carrots, 2 mushrooms, 1 celery stalk, half a can of corn, about 1/2 c. frozen peas and like others suggested used the water from the meat pan to add with my beef broth, also spiced the veggie water with 1 garlic clove, s&p, celery seed, thyme. as far as the gravy is concerned, i did make a packet of brown gravy mix but tried to use as little as possible the sauce you make is so good i hated to ruin it by adding but it needed more liquid
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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2010
these were great! i haven't made sugar cookies since high school so i was a little nervous but this recipe was easy and delicious. i did make a few changes. i cut the recipe in half and increased the sugar to 1 1/2 cups and the vanilla to 1T. i found the dough easier to roll out at room temp. cutting the recipe in half still yielded about 55 cookies (about 3 1/2 in tall baby bottles and small duck shapes). will definitely be using again!
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Chicken Pot Pie IX

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2010
This was so so good!! i did make a few changes. I pre-cooked my chix earlier in the week (about 2 1/2 breasts). Instead of carrots/peas, I used 1 bag frozen mixed veggies and added 2 small potatoes and cooked in seasoned water (salt, lemon pepper, garlic & herb spice-i didn't have extra chx broth to spare!) Also added 1/2 t. fresh garlic when I cooked the onion in the butter. Also the oven was way too hot, next time will definitely only cook at 375. But still I can't wait til morning to eat it again! And the best thing about it is no condensed soups. I know a lot of people said they added but they are so bad for you, so it was great to not have to use any!
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Scalloped Potatoes and Onions

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2010
needs cheese! don't be fooled!! otherwise an excellent recipe, really like the chx broth instead of milk/cream - couldn't even tell (but of course i added cheese so that might have made a difference)
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Lemon Pepper Catfish

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2010
didn't need any changes it was perfect!
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Hot Cocoa Mix

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2009
Just got done making this and it is so good! I took advice of others and ran the milk powder through my food processor - worked great. I also increased sugar to 5 1/2 cups (was afraid to make it to sweet) and since a lot of people said it wasn't chocolaty enough used 1c. unsweetened hershey's and 1c. special dark hershey's cocoa and I think it is just right. Since I had to sift the sugar (1c. at a time) I sifted the cocoa as well and the end result is extremely smooth no clumps at all it was worth the extra time which really wasn't all that muchI also used the whole container of creamer since it was 15oz (no need to measure). Also WARNING: make sure you use a stock pot or larger! i used my stock pot to mix and the whole time wishing i had something bigger it makes a TON. Can't wait to try with different flavored creamers- this time I used cinnamon vanilla.
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Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2009
This was awesome! It was just as good, if not better than, our local bbq joint. BBQ sauce I used (and only ever use) was Sweet Baby Ray's. I made a few changes to the directions, I boiled my chicken for at least an hour to make it really tender and falls apart easily, while that was boiling, I put all ingredients in crock pot and let simmer while chix was cooking, and after I added chix, just let it cook on high for about 2 hrs and I felt it was long enough, flavors melded good. Next time I would probably just do on stove, I didn't feel it was necessary to do in crockpot, unless I won't be home and wanted to come home to a cooked meal.
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Cajun Baked Catfish

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2009
After reading a lot of reviews, I expected this to be an awesome recipe but was very disappointed. The ingredients just didn't go well with catfish, it was way too overpowering. This is better suited for chicken. It took away from the actual fish, I felt like I was eating cayenne pepper from the container.
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