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Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2002
This really is very easy. I wanted to "test drive" this dish before Thanksgiving and I have now made it twice for my husband. It's made the cut! We think that it reminds us of hushpuppies so we call it "Hushpuppy Casserole." The first time I made this I added the extra water from the canned corn, as suggested. That made it overly moist. This time I poured in only half of the corn water and we both thought the dish was better (it was a little firmer). I agree that real butter is the best (but the first time I used margarine, and it tasted fine!) My mother-in-law suggested adding bacon, too. I find, depending on the dish, it might take longer to bake than you were planning on. Still, nothing beats this dish--YUM!
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Serious Herb Cheese Spread

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2006
I doubled this recipe for a New Year's party. Using 4 Tbsp. of lemon juice was a big mistake! Too lemon-y. Ugh. But okay on a Wheat Thin. I can't comment on the original recipe, but I will NOT be using that much juice again (only 1 Tbsp. for the normal serving size). Other than that, everyone seemed to enjoy the cheese ball. I would make this again. I also think it's easy to adjust by adding some different herbs. Overall, it's a keeper.
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Creamy Vegetable Chowder

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2002
This was a good "cold winter's day" soup, yet it seemed to lack a little something. It may be that I would have preferred it to be thicker (which I could certainly do next time by mashing the potatoes up a bit). I think I also cut the veggies too large. I think it would have been better if I had cut up the veggies into smaller (corn size) pieces and maybe I'll think of additional veggies to add. I think I will make this again. I'll use more pepper than I did this time (pepper suits this dish well).
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Baked Spinach

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2002
I was very disappointed in this dish after reading so many wonderful reviews. I might make it again in the future, but I will alter it some. I think that the directions are a bit confusing. I layered the spinach and flour and then poured the eggs in the middle (I used more eggs as suggested) but the eggs and milk didn't seem to mix well while it cooked. I was thinking they would. Then I used sharp cheddar because I had it on hand so the topping was too strong of a taste (this was probably my own fault). Next time I think that I will make this dish more like a quiche and blend the milk and eggs. I might even put the flour, spinach, milk, eggs and cheese in a food processor because the worst thing about the dish was it's odd consistency and lumpiness. It was like scrambled eggs with spinach topped with breadcrumbs and cheese. Yuck.
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Fried Rice I

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2002
I was happy with how this turned out, but I thought that the bacon grease affected the taste a little too much. I used a bag of mixed veggies and that helped to make the dish more lively and colorful. I think in the future, I might try a different (and cheaper) meat with this recipe (and just add oil, if need be). Fried Rice should be cost effective!
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Delicious Moist Poppy Seed Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2006
I must have done something wrong. We called this "egg cake" because that's what it tasted like. Will not make again. :(
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Cinnamon Hazelnut Biscotti

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2006
So wonderful that I want to go eat another one while I write this! I didn't have vanilla extract or hazelnuts on hand, so this is what I did instead: I used 1 teaspoon of Almond extract (I added less just in case it would be too overwhelming to add a full 1 1/2 tsp.) and I used 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg (to make up for the lack of nuts). This came out so sweet, so tasty...once I figure out how to cut them so that they don't all fall to pieces on me, I could make them to give as gifts! YUM!!!
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Dijon Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2005
I needed a recipe like this when I discovered that I hadn't purchased a few things for our family's favorite Lemon Dijonnaise Chicken (not on this site). Silly me forgot the word "Lemon" was in the title. Anyway, I came here in the hopes of saving dinner and found this recipe. I used boneless/skinless breasts and found that I had no breadcrumbs. I made the dish anyway but it turned out so bland! I was not impressed. Maybe the breadcrumbs would have made a big difference in the flavor, but I'm not so sure. With all those flavorful ingredients this recipe was surprisingly dull. Sorry! We won't be making this again. :\
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Wheat Crackers

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2005
Interesting idea--but you really need to roll them thin! Don't think I'll try this again. I don't like using a rolling pin. The crakers I rolled thin got crispy and were very good.
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White Chili

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2005
This recipe is so simple and so good. I'm making it a second time right now. Actually, I could say that I'm making it a third time, because I made it once with black beans. Yum! I didn't use ground beef or turkey--I used chicken. And I used a few fresh ears of corn instead of frozen. Regular Jack cheese is great if you don't like things too spicy. This recipe also works well in a crockpot. This will certainly be a family favorite forever more! Thank you!!! :)
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Peanut Noodles

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2003
I love this recipe! I've made it three times already. I love the ginger and green onions--they really add something to the dish. I also like to add a little bit of scrambled egg, too (I guess because this is a little like Pad Thai and I've had Pad Thai with egg in it). I'm waiting to try this dish with crunchy peanut butter sometime!
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American Lasagna

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2003
I agree with everyone else that this is a wonderful recipe. I'm wondering if people who said that it was "too dry" missed the directions to cook your noodles first. This is a very versatile recipe and it's easy to add veggies (I added spinach and zuc) and meat (I used both ground turkey and ground turkey sausage), or whatever else you might like in your Lasagna. It made so much that we still have some in the freezer (which is great for us to have for lunches or quick dinners--and as our family grows will be great too, so that everyone will be full!). I think I used less mozzarella in order to save some money, but I love cheese, so I will add the suggested amount next time.
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Potato Latkes I

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2003
I used leftover mashed potatoes, only ONE egg and toped them with fried, diced green tomatoes (I was using what I had in my kitchen). We really enjoyed these!
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Grandma's Green Bean Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2002
Just have to let everyone know--this is still 5 Stars in our book! It's a "must" for family gatherings. They request it by name. It’s so much better than the traditional variety. First, I like using the French cut beans. Second, I hate cream of mushroom soup. Third, butter and flour make a better sauce than canned soup any day! If you find yours “lacking” then add some seasonings (I personally love Mrs. Dash). I've made it for two Thanksgivings in a row and am looking forward to this year! Usually, I omit the cheese in this recipe because I forget that it calls for it (yes, I have this memorized). I use fried onions, so I think that no one notices any lack of flavored toppings. Boy, “Grandma" was a GREAT cook!
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Green Beans with Bread Crumbs

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2002
I used this recipe to dress up a boring can of green beans on a whim and my husband and I enjoyed it! I would like to make a "fresh" version someday. Very tasty (and it wasn't gritty).
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Cheesy Chicken Pepper Pasta

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2006
When trying to imagine how this dish would taste, I thought it would be somewhat like a cheesy-salsa dip with pasta. It was so much more amazing than that (although tomatoes would be a great addition in it, too)! My husband said that it smelled like popcorn to him. It tasted even better. I doubled this dish and took it to my in-laws for their anniversary dinner party. Everyone loved it. The Munster cheese made all the difference in the taste--salty and buttery. I'm normally not a fan of peppers, but they gave the dish just the right flavor. I used tri-colored rotini for the fun of it, since I was also using a tri-colored pepper assortment. I also made it about 6 hours ahead of time since I heard someone say that the leftovers were tasty (and we had to travel with the dish for an hour--better to reheat it). I will totally make this dish again. I didn't have a problem with the sauce, although I was afraid it would be too runny. When poured onto the pasta, it was just fine. I couldn't stop sampling it after I finished preparing it. Yum!
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Cowboy Skillet Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2005
Simple and incredible! The sweet taste of the beans and the southwestern taste of the seasoning packet are such a wonderful combination. Mine turned out a little dryer then I would like, so I might add more water next time. I used taco seasoning, because that's what I had on hand. I will certainly make this again. My husband and I wanted to eat the whole pan and not leave any leftovers! Thank you for a new family favorite!
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Shepherd's Pie VI

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2004
I have to say that this is a wonderful recipe, even when you mess it all up! If you have the basics, it will still be great. Here's my story: I started off with 4 red potatoes (I kept the good looking parts of the skin on) and several small home-grown carrots (but these turned out to be too few--my husband even said "Oh! Are there carrots in here?!"). I almost added some celery, but I found it to be too limp so I skipped it. But it probably would have added a nice dimension. I was also out of onion, so I used some garlic powder and (my personal all-time favorite) Mrs. Dash to help compensate for the loss. I used Olive Oil because it was on hand and I used turkey instead of ground beef--at the last minute. I had purchased ground beef just for this dish, but when I took it out of the fridge, it was a scary color of brown. I wasn't going to risk giving my family food poisoning! So I defrosted some ground turkey and saved the day. This is now a family favorite! I'm sure it will be great the next time I make it the right way--although I'll keep the garlic and Mrs. Dash--but for now, I can't wait for leftovers tonight! (I just had to come back and say that I made this again with beef, celery, plenty of carrots and an onion and it was just as wonderful. Now I have to try to keep from making it every week. It's very filling and makes for lots of leftovers which is something I like in our house--less cooking and lots of lunches! We love it! Thanks!)
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Baked Oatmeal I

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2004
I was not as impressed with this dish, which surprised me from the great rating everyone gave it. I imagined this tasting more like a healthy cookie, but it tasted more like a toasted bowl of oatmeal. I won't be making this again. I will have to search for something else!
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Lemonade Pie III

Reviewed: May 26, 2004
I was looking for a copy of this recipe because I couldn't remember the proportions...but I had made it before with lemon juice (the bottled kind) instead of frozen juice mix. I don't know--I would think that the mix would make it too sweet...just a suggestion if you tried this and thought it was "too much." But this is such a great recipe (espeically for summertime) and it's so quick and easy! Enjoy!
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