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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2015
These are not the pancakes you are looking for... too much salt, waaay too much baking powder. Added more sugar, more milk, less salt, less baking powder and a generous portion of vanilla. Cooked them in lots of coconut oil to add flavor but it was a problem cooking them through the center. The longer they sat in the bowl, the thicker they got and the harder they were to cook through. Started out with the basic recipe with slightly less salt and baking powder, then after the first pancake began adding more ingredients to improve the recipe. By the end, the pancakes were simply salty and doughy but edible. As written, it was a throw away pancake.
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Pizza Dough II

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2015
With a few changes this recipe works. I skipped the whole wheat flour, used a full 7 cups of all-purpose flour (I didn't have any bread flour on hand) and added about a half tablespoon garlic powder. When kneading the dough, I had to add quite a bit of flour as it was VERY sticky. Be generous with the oil during the rising process, which took about 2 hours to double. I used for calzones & it worked just fine.
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2014
Followed recipe with addition of a bit of cinnamon and some vanilla (I didn't measure, sorry) and it was moist and flavorful. I might have been generous with the bananas as I didn't measure those either. If you like a little texture you may want to add chopped nuts.
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Chicken Marsala

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2014
Delicious! My few changes: I used almost 2cups of baby Bella mushrooms. I was making an asparagus dish on the side that called for bacon sprinkled on it, so - not wanting to be wasteful- I used the same pan, with the leftover bacon fat instead of butter. I cooked the chicken for about 5 minutes on each side until just done & then set it aside. I cooked the mushrooms in the remaining bit of bacon fat & added the Marsala wine. I skipped the sherry. I wish I had more sauce & next time I will certainly double it somehow. After it cooked down just a little, I spooned it over the chicken. Every one loved it, including a 12 yr old & 92 yr old. Mmmmmm.
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Pork Medallions with Balsamic Vinegar and Capers

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2014
Wow! That was delicious. Thick cut boneless pork chops were on sale, so I bought two and cut them into generous chunks. I doubled the sauce & was very heavy handed with the capers since I know my family loves them. I was a bit concerned after pouring in the balsamic vinegar since the smell of it was enough to clear out the kitchen, but everyone returned as it cooked down. I didn't measure the lemon zest but I used a whole small lemon and the flavor seemed just right. Served with a vegetarian dirty rice (leftover & reheated) and sliced, sautéed zucchini with onion. The whole meal took 28 minutes from entering the kitchen to sitting at the table. Thanks for sharing, this one went in the recipe box.
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Bosnian Style Cornbread (Razljevak)

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2014
Smack your granny good! The only change I made was in the cooking technique. Skip the 8X8 pan with cornmeal. Instead, put a thin layer of oil in a cast iron skillet and place it in the oven as you preheat. After the oven is hot, carefully pour the batter into the heated oily pan. It will sizzle and put a nice crispy crust on the bread. This was gobbled up by this southern family.
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Spiced Pecans

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2013
This was a winner...I didn't have any nutmeg since I just made a bunch of Thanksgiving "stuff" so I added a splash of chili powder instead. The clove mixed with chili powder was a great flavor. I had to beat back the hungry mob (family) in order to have enough to fill my mason jars for Christmas gifts.
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No Bake Choco-Peanut-Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2013
The flavor is good-not too peanut-y & since I only used a scant 1cup of sugar, not too sweet. I cooked for an extra 1.5 minutes but they still never firmed up. I waited 3 hours on the counter in a cool kitchen in December. I put them in the freezer & everyone has been eating them from there. If I take them out of the freezer, they stay firm about 20 minutes or so. If you like no-bake desserts this is nice & quick, but I think I will skip this one next time.
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Quick Yeast Rolls

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2013
I thought the directions were vague & didn't have time to read the reviews so I ended up changing things a little. I used coconut oil for my shortening and Pink Himalayan Sea Salt for the salt, which I was a little heavy handed with, I'm afraid. I used about a tablespoon of honey instead of the sugar. I sprinkled a little more flour over the top of the sticky dough (about a tablespoon) and then gave it a little kneading- three or four folds & covered it for rising for about 45 minutes. After it rose, I rubbed my hands with oil and broke off portions to fit into my silicone muffin cups and rotated the dough under so the top was smooth and the bottom "hid" the edges of the rolls. I let them sit about 10 minutes before smearing a finger dampened with olive oil across the top, which I think helped give them a golden top. They were delish with our soup on this chilly night.
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Honey Roasted Carrots

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2013
I cut the carrots in half length-wise & used half the honey. Sprinkled with Himalayan Sea Salt and lots of coarse ground pepper. They still needed a full hour in the oven. The kids wanted seconds! Be sure to cook on tinfoil as it can get sticky if they are cooked long enough to be delicious.
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Cheeseburger Soup I

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2013
Stuck mostly with the recipe & the whole family loved it. My changes included doubling the amount of ground beef & using about half the potatoes as that was all I had on hand. I only had a purple onion & it was fine. Half of the cheese was shredded and the other half was cubed but both were medium cheddar. This recipe could handle a more robust cheese, but it melted great, leaving just a few "strands" here and there to remind us of the cheeseburger quality. My daughter wondered why there were carrots in her cheeseburger and my son wanted to know why there weren't jalapenoes in his, but they both loved it as it was.
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Sausage Mushroom Quiche

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2013
Quick and easy. The parmesan cheese was not "sticky" enough so this quiche fell apart when being served. It was delicious, but next time I would add some swiss or provolone to help it firm up a little. No one minded the pile of quiche on the plate as it tasted so good, but if I had company over, I would have been disappointed. I did use portobello mushrooms as that was what I had in the fridge. The 50 minutes is generous- only took me 40, so if you are in a hurry, this is the dish for you.
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Make Ahead Lunch Wraps

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2012
My third round in two months! I have been trying to stick to the recipe as written since it is soooo easy. The first time, I used white rice because we had Chinese take-out the night before and we never eat the rice- plenty for the wraps and it worked out fine. I usually make 20 with the filling as the tortillas I buy come in a 10 pack. I bought all the ingredients together this time (except the rice which I already had) for a total of $12.08. This makes them about 60 cents per HUGE burrito. My teenage son takes them to school - 2&1/2 minutes in the microwave. No need to refrigerate while in the lunchbox and it helps keep his drink cold. They are delicious with salsa and sour cream on the side. I can't attest to how long they last in the freezer as we go through them in about 3 weeks.
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Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2012
Easy and delicious. I made it exactly as directed and it was awesome. My kids ate it for dinner--- it's pretty filling by itself. The next time I made it, I didn't have any sour cream, so I substituted cottage cheese- EVEN better! Not the healthiest recipe in my box, but my family loves it, so I will keep making it.
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Blueberry Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2011
These are super easy cookies to make. I followed the recipe as closely as I could... I didn't have lemon extract so I used vanilla extract and some lemon zest from a fresh lemon. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as written. They had plenty of flavor and were delicious but then again, my blueberries were fantastic and sweet. I doubled the recipe and got 52 cookies. There would have been more but my daughter loved the dough and wouldn't leave it alone. After I fed my family desert, I took the rest to a Sunday Brunch and pawned them off as mini-scones. They serve both functions equally well.
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Dave's Low Country Boil

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2011
A Family Favorite! We usually add 3 or 4 whole artichokes (tips trimmed) early on in the cooking and break the ears of corn in half before tossing them in about 5 minutes before the shrimp. We use a little more spicy- sometimes throwing in a few peppers from the garden. We serve with small bowls of melted butter and minced garlic for dipping ... mmmmm
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Easy Olive Martini Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2011
Very easy and delicious! I didn't have gin, vermouth or lemon juice but I did have some grapefruit infused vodka which tasted great. The liquids seemed to do away with some of the saltiness of the green olives. Oh, I also added some chopped onion since I had a little in the fridge that needed to be used. Both of my kids liked it (ages 13 & 9) but they like olives.
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Mediterranean Roast Vegetables

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2011
Like anonymous suggested I used what I had, which was 1 fennel bulb, 1 potato (about to sprout), 3 half used onions (I kept forgetting I had already started one), 3/4 of a red bell pepper, a half bunch of asparagus (slightly wilted), 1 zucchini, 8 cloves of garlic and 6 cherry tomatoes that had seen better days. I used just enough oil to coat, then before serving drizzled just a touch more and sprinkled with sea salt & a squeeze of lemon instead of the balsamic vinegar. This was a great way to clean out that veggie drawer! Even with only 1 potato my veggies served 4 with plenty leftover for tomorrow's lunch. Yum. (oh, baked at 400 for 45 minutes)
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The Mighty Chicken Stuff

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2011
Once I read the review that called this "White Trash Casserole" I knew I had to try it! It was good. I, of course, had to change a few things due to the ingredients not being on hand, but it was still delicious. I have had trashier casseroles but this was certainly comfort food at its finest. I used about 2 & 1/2 cups of cheese instead of all 4 which did not make it dry and still tasted cheesey. and only about 1/2 the bag of Doritos- mostly because it was late and the already starving kids kept eating them as I was cooking. I might try again with a better sauce with more flavor to try to liven it up. Maybe some green chilis would make it a 5 star? I'll let you know.
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