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Beef Stew VI

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2007
Great Stuff! Very much like my grandmother's recipe, though she's been known to just peel her carrots and potatoes then slice them in half and throw everything in the pot that way! I love stew done like that but it takes awhile to cook! But this was much quicker--even with all the chopping! I followed the concept of this recipe. Same ingredients same steps, but like so many I modified it to suit personal taste. Basically I reduced the meat (I only had less than a pound in the freezer)and I dredged it in flour mixed with onion powder before browning. I upped the carrots and potatoes, but not the celery or onion. I reduced both of these by half. I used italian seasoning instead of rosemary (all out!), but kept the parsley and pepper. I used all four boullion cubes and about six cups of water. (I think this kept the salty boullion from overpowering everything and was necessary after I upped the veggies. I ended up having more like 12 servings than 10.) And lastly I combined flour and some more water into an old pickle jar and gave it a few good shakes until it was blended and used this as my thickening. I paired the stew with the Double Quick Dinner Rolls from this site and I had to stop teenage boys from licking the laddle!
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Sourdough Starter

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2007
I'm going to jump a bit ahead here and give this five stars for the ease of prepartion alone. I've not tried other starters before because they've always sounded so complicated. This was so easy! Within the first 30 minutes of mixing everything together I had a bubbly ever expanding mass of goo on my hands! Ahhh! Attack of the Sourdough Starter Monster! And its an hour later and its still expanding. I'm hard pressed to keep it in a suitable container. Next time I think I'll use a leftover plastic ice cream container instead of a glass canning jar. I can't wait until this is finished! I think I'm going to try "feeding" it as other reviewers suggested.
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American Frittata

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2007
Quite tasty! I increased the recipe to feed twelve. I was worried about some other remarks about lack of flavor so I sauteed my onions along with some green pepper in a bacon grease/butter mixture instead of oil. I also added fajita seaoning and a little bit of milk to the egg mixture. A keeper for sure! Thanks!
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Angel's Chunky Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2007
I've been making chicken salad like this for years! This is my go-to chicken salad recipe for sure! I bet using bread and butter pickles instead of dill to change the taste up would be interesting......
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Dilly Chicken Sandwiches

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2008
I was looking for something to cure winter food blahs and this did the trick and then some! It was wonderful! The whole family loved it and declared that it was better than any fast food chicken sandwich they had ever tried. A keeper for sure! Five stars doesn't even begin to cover how good it was. We have two in our family who aren't fond of cream cheese so instead of serving the sandwiches already done up I spread everything out buffet style and let everyone do their own. One of my crew chose to use mayo instead of the spread and said it tasted just fine. The cream cheese is what makes it, though! No complaints from this cook! Thank you for such a great contribution! :)Update: This also works great to cook and put in the fridge to use for a cold chicken sandwich in a lunchbox! Just put the breast in a container, wrap up an untoasted bun, send along some lettuce and tomato in a baggie, and a small jar of the sauce (or mayo) and taa-da LUNCH! :)
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Roasted New Red Potatoes

Reviewed: May 6, 2008
These were great! Olive oil is too expensive for our budget right now so I just melted a stick of unsalted REAL butter in a bowl and coated the potatoes with it. It worked just fine. I also quartered the potatoes to make for easier serving and eating. And my oven never would crisp them so I had to turn it to broil and stir the potatoes every few minutes. It worked like a charm. Don't skip the sea salt, 'tis what makes 'em! :)
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Rice with Herbes de Provence

Reviewed: May 9, 2008
The family says four stars, but I say five! Plenty of flavor and easy to prepare.I love it! :)
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Easy and Elegant Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: May 10, 2008
The whole family loved this one! Olive oil is just too expensive for our budget right now so I used real butter (its expensive too but we buy it on sale and freeze the extra) to mix with the bread crumbs. There were an awful lot of excess bread crumbs in the bottom of the pan. If I were to make any changes I would simply just reduce the amount of bread crumbs used. Otherwise it was WONDERFUL! Naturally it reminded us of breaded pork chops. Great with scalloped potatoes and fresh peas from the garden.
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Mom's Coleslaw

Reviewed: May 11, 2008
Yep, Yep! Just like Grandma's! My only suggestion would be to trade the cider vinegar for white vinegar. That's the only way I've ever made it (with the white) and I wouldn't change it for nothin'!
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Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: May 26, 2008
This got rave reviews from the whole family, and was a perfect match to our grilled steaks and roasted corn on the cob for Memorial Day. You rarely read such a thing for a suggestion but make sure your black pepper is OLD! We use a fresher pepper than can be found in grocery store spice aisles and 1/4 tsp was jsut WAY too much! Had I been thinking I would have reduced it. But that was MY fault not the recipe's :). As far as changes go I used minced fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. The leftovers (what few there were) were great fried the next morning at breakfast. Thumbs up on this one!
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In-a-Pinch Ketchup

Reviewed: May 29, 2008
I've been developing a BBQ sauce that meets all my needs and I finally nailed the formula, which starts with a ketchup base. But I think store bought ketchup is disgusting and wanted something homemade. This was PERFECT! It was the perfect base so all I had to do was add my secret ingredients. It made my sauce taste even better than it already did. I'm going to use this as a regular ketchup as well. A little tip; Instead of letting it cook for just an hour I put it in my small crockpot and let it sit on low all day. YUM! Thank you for this GREAT recipe! :)
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Butterscotch Oatmeal

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2008
Five stars doesn't even begin to properly rate this delicious recipe! Until recently I had never tried oatmeal. It just didn't look appealing to me. With rising food prices we needed a breakfast for one day a week that wasn't overly expensive, and oatmeal fit the bill perfectly. I've tried fixing it several ways (apples, raisins, peanut butter) and it never appealed to our tastes. I was about to give up when I found this recipe. This stuff is GREAT! It didn't end up looking like the picture but that didn't change the taste any! None of the oats came out mushy and the butterscotch taste was VERY evident. I wouldn't change anything. Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Thank you for this great contribution. :)
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Juicy Roasted Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2008
Well this certainly was simple! And it surely was wonderful! So it must have been Simply Wonderful!;) Great taste, great presentation, great everything! The only changes I made were minor. I rubbed a ton of REAL butter on the exterior (as well as under the skin)of the bird then also sprinkled garlic powder with the onion powder. I also stuffed a few carrots in the cavity with the celery. Next time I'll try adding fresh onion and fresh garlic in the cavity as well. Maybe even a lemon! The leftover carcass (not that there was much meat left) is also headed right for the crockpot to make Slow Cooker Chicken Broth also found on this site. Thanks for this great contribution! :)
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Fried Chicken with Creamy Gravy

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2008
All I was after was a creamy chicken gravy recipe and this fit the bill perfectly! Delicious!
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Banana Banana Strawberry Smoothie

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2008
This was my first attempt ever at making a smoothie, and this was the PERFECT recipe! The only problem was I didn't have any banana extract so I just used two bananas. I also followed the suggestion of another reviewer and added ice, but at 1 1/2 cups. I also left out the sugar as it was plenty sweet enough. Even the non-banana people in my house RAVED about this recipe! Thanks so much!
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Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2009
I was on the hunt for a meatball recipe and came across this. Excellent! I doubled the recipe and ended up with about 28 good sized meatballs. Didn't add a thing to it.I didn't have any lean ground beef left so I used regular. I did brown the meatballs on all sides in olive oil and instead of cooking them in a sauce I just placed them on my broiler pan and baked them at 350 for a bit. They came out crispy yet moist. Plus the grates in the brolier pan allowed icky fat to drain away! Great recipe!
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Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2009
I needed a quick BBQ sauce (out of ingredients to make my normal) and found this. I only had one problem. I halved the recipe from its original 24 to 12, and added ketchup and seasonings accordingly but goofed and left my liquid amounts as the original stated! No matter, still came out great. I was also out of a few things and had to sub onion powder for the onion, left out the butter naturally, and used about 1/8 a cup of steak sauce in place of the Worcestershire sauce. Excellent stuff and I can't wait to try it as written. The only thing I might add next time is a bit of liquid smoke.
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Cheesy Rosemary Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2009
I admit I was not expecting much out of this recipe. We all know simple is often better, but there is such a thing as *too* simple. Don't let that fool you, though! This was WONDERFUL! It went perfectly with our grilled steaks and was divine topped with steamed broccoli. Several at the table even squirted ranch dressing on it! It is so great as written but I do plan to play with it a bit, adding things to make it a main dish. I think it would work with beef tips or chicken chunks mixed in along with broccoli or perhaps a frozen veggie medley.
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Crispy Chicken Strips

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2009
This was AMAZING! I cut 4 chicken breast into strips, used 1 egg beat with 1/2 cup of milk for my wash, and plain whole wheat bread crumbs seasoned with Season-All. Honey Mustard Sauce, also from this site, made a great dipping sauce for these crunchy delectable strips!
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Garlic Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2007
Excellent! Destined to become part of our dinner rotation! The only thing I had to change were the bread crumbs. I didn't have any on hand so I just put a few scoops of Earth Grains Shredded Herb stuffing in a ziploc baggy and ran over it a few times with the rolling pin smashing the dried stuffing and viola! bread crumbs! I think this made the dish a little saltier than it would have normally been, but that was my doing, and besides it didn't change the flavor that much. I also only did three pieces of chicken and ended up using 1/2 cup of bread crumbs and 1/2 cup of P.cheese and had no breading left over. It was a huge hit served with pasta smothered in alfredo sauce and a salad of mixed greens. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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