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Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2011
I'm giving this four stars because it's an excellent base recipe, but it definitely needs some little extras for flavor and personal taste. As my base recipe, I used: 2 cups pure pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup chicken broth, 2 cans diced tomatoes with jalapenos, and 1lb ground lean beef (just what I had on hand). I added 1/2 diced onion, 1 diced yellow pepper, and 1 diced orange pepper. For seasoning, I added chili powder, cumin, coriander, chipotle, red pepper flakes, 2 bay leaves, brown sugar, and salt and pepper. I couldn't even tell you the amounts, I just added pinches in until I was satisfied with the flavor. I loved the texture of this chili, the pumpkin gave it a beautiful light silky creamy texture.
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Beer Lime Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2011
I'm hovering between 3 and 4 stars. I give it 4 stars because it was an attractive and juicy piece of grilled chicken. But the taste really wasn't anything special. Not a bad taste, just not much of a taste at all. I used Bud Light Lime beer, zested the lime, juiced the lime, left the lime in the marinade, used 3 cloves of garlic, 1/2 tbsp honey, cilantro and coriander, and salt and pepper. I also marinated it for 4 hours. For some reason I just didn't get too much flavor from it. It was faintly limey, but I guess I had high hopes for an explosion of lime and beer and honey goodness, and it wasn't really there. It left pretty grill marks and it was juicy though. I'll keep this in the recipe box, but I'd rather try new recipes or use old favorites before making this one again.
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Bob's Awesome Lasagna

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2011
This was great!! Classic, simple, attractive, and delicious!
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Greek Pasta Salad I

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2011
I honestly can't say enough good things about this. I took this to a BBQ for 4th of July and there were 6 other pasta salads...I expected to take home a mostly full bowl of mine. It was gone within the hour before the others had hardly even been touched. Even my husband, who doesn't have a very adventurous palate, loved this. I did the oil/vinegar/spices/pasta in the exact recommended amounts. Everything else, I just kind of eyeballed...when it looked like I had added enough, I quit throwing it in the bowl. Very delicious and attractive pasta salad!
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Southern Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2011
I'm not sure if I can fairly judge this recipe because I used it as more of a guideline. I added all the ingredients in the recipe, but all to taste as opposed to accurately measuring them. The end result was a beautiful classic potato salad that was MUCH better than anything you could buy at a store. It was my first time making "tater salad, and I wanted the traditional version. I'm giving it 5 stars because my end product was delicious (it was a hit at our 4th of July BBQ), and this recipe gave me the guidelines and ingredients to do so. I think that's the beauty of recipes like this, everything can be adjusted to taste. I will say that it tasted significantly better after a night in the fridge.
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Rhubarb Strawberry Crunch

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2011
This recipe is a keeper for us! I took it to a BBQ, and I actually halved the recipe because even though there were several people there, not everyone likes rhubarb. I definitely should have DOUBLED the recipe instead of halving it, it was a hit! I followed the recipe exactly for the filling and baking time, but for the crisp, I used the ingredients from Triple Berry Crisp on this site (I made both recipes for the party). I added a bit of cinnamon and ground nutmeg to the crisp and even drizzled a bit of honey over it. Next time I make this recipe, I'll double the amount of strawberry and rhubarb, but I will NOT increase the amount of flour. I think it's a necessary addition, but the proportion was a bit high.
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Honey Roasted Red Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2011
I love roasted red potatoes in just about every way, but my husband prefers a good old fashioned baked russet. I've been trying to find a recipe he'll tolerate without whining. I made these to go with a roast chicken, and my husband was about to drown them in gravy. I told him to try a bite first because they had a distinct flavor already. He took a bite, paused for a moment, and said "These ARE good...best potatoes ever!" He got seconds and thirds, raved about them to his friends, and requested that I serve them when his parents visit in a few weeks. And I agree with him, they are outstandingly delicious! I cut them in small bite sizes, coated them with a drizzle of honey and a generous amount of salt, pepper, dried parsley, and some garlic powder, and then mixed about two tbsp of honey with 1 tbsp of melted butter and coated the potatoes and onions with that mix. I roasted them in a foil lined pan for 20 min covered and then about 25 min uncovered. I poke-checked and stirred about every 10 min after they were uncovered. They caramelized beautifully, and had a wonderful texture.
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Watermelon Martini

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2011
This was a winner! I served this at a small BBQ with my husband and two of his friends, all beer-drinking Army Captains. My husband is not a watermelon fan, so he didn't care for it, but the other two guys (who had been munching watermelon slices) LOVED it. I had to practically beg them to take a break from their beer to try a fruity drink, but then I was asked to make more. I can't get enough watermelon, so I thought it was delicious. I followed proportions exactly except a bit less simple syrup, and I thought it was a good balance of flavors. It has a delicious watermelon flavor without being overpoweringly sweet (but I did halve the simple syrup since the schnapps and fruit is already quite sweet) or too strong tasting. It's also an attractive festive summery drink. Be warned though, it's so yummy and refreshing and goes down so smoothly that it'll sneak up on you!
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Amish Breakfast Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2011
This was a winner for us. It passed the picky husband test with flying colors...he went back for seconds and then ate the leftovers for a snack later! I followed the recipe exactly. Only thing I did differently was add a few shakes of salt and pepper, and I added some green onion for color. I have honestly never eaten a breakfast casserole, so I didn't know what to expect or have anything to compare it to. I was afraid it was just going to be a glorified omelet. But the result was delicious and definitely its own dish. The potatoes and cottage cheese really make it special, in my opinion. I know some people are afraid of it being too Swiss cheese-y, but I used the listed amount and the Swiss cheese wasn't overpowering at all. It's also a very versatile dish. Next time (at my husband's request), I'm going to add diced mushroom, tomato, and sausage (our favorite omelet toppings). Simple, delicious, and satisfying!
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Triple Berry Crisp

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2011
I scaled this recipe down a bit for a smaller pan and used thawed frozen berries. Personally, I think the texture of the frozen berries was beneficial for this recipe. The crisp turned out beautiful, perfectly crispy, and delicious. The berry mixture was yummy and not too sweet. I used exact proportions that the recipe called for even with scaling down, and I did wish that there had been more berry filling. But that is easily fixed the next time I make this by simply adding more berries, because I'll definitely be making it again! It was well-received by my husband and was a favorite at a BBQ.
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Quinoa Tabbouleh

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2011
LOVED this recipe!! I put most of the veggies in my food processor which makes it a fairly no fuss recipe that results in a decently impressive dish. It has an exotic flavor without being too bizarre for timid tasters. It's a fun dish to bring to a brunch or potluck because it seems rather gourmet, but it's really quite easy to whip up.
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Chip Chicken Lollipops

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2011
My husband, whose tastebuds stopped maturing at age 7, LOVED these! He likes simple straightforward foods, and thought these were fun and delicious. They're a fun and easy meal to make for a game day. It's also fun to get creative with different dipping sauces (bbq sauce, honey mustard, ranch, ketchup, etc) paired with different chips (doritos, bbq lays, sour cream and onion, etc). Personally, I think they turn out bland no matter what. Even when seasoned before dredged in the chips. But I like spicy complex flavors. Overall, they're an easy fun recipe that you can get creative with. Just don't expect an explosion of flavor.
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Angie's Perfect Dinner Rolls

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2011
These were delicious! I followed the recipe and made exactly 36 rolls. I brought them to a bbq with a bunch of my husband's Army officer buddies, and not a single roll was left after an hour. It seems time consuming because of how many times it needs to be punched down and allowed to rise, but if you plan ahead and start in the morning, you can go about your day and quickly punch down/turn/recover the dough which takes about 5 minutes.
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French Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2011
I want to give this recipe 4.5 stars. I think it lost half a star for me because of my own error (I'm new to bread baking). The taste was fantastic, but my bread turned out a little bit tough. My husband loved it and said it French bread is supposed to be chewy, but I would have preferred it to be a bit softer. I brushed it with whisked egg yolk, melted butter, and milk so the crust was very soft. It was wonderful bread, we used some of it for sub sandwiches and the rest for delicious garlic bread. I'll tweak my technique next time I make it for a softer bread.
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Quick and Easy Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2011
Awesome pizza crust!!! It bakes so evenly and perfectly; I've never had to worry about an overdone bottom or an underdone center. My only note is that it rises fairly significantly as it bakes (I like a bready crust though), so don't be afraid to roll it out quite thin before you put your toppings on.
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Amish White Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2011
This was the first yeast recipe I've ever tried and it gave me all the confidence I needed to tackle my yeast phobia. It's an easy straightforward recipe that's also very flexible. I also decrease the sugar somewhat, or I replace some of the sugar with honey for a slightly different taste. I've also switched 1.5 cups of bread flour for whole wheat flour. Like another reviewer mentioned, this recipe also makes delicious dough for cinnamon rolls. Just roll it out flat, generously slather melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar on it, roll it up and slice it.
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Classic Goulash

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2011
This recipe was picky-husband approved. I gave it 4 stars because on its own, it's a decently good recipe. But the beauty of this recipe is it can go so many directions for your own personal tastes to make it 5 stars for anyone. I've made goulash a few times using this as a base, and I've added different things every time for delicious satisfying comfort food. I've added corn, black olives, diced bell peppers, mushrooms, anything in my fridge or pantry that I feel like throwing in.
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S'more Brownies

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2011
I brought this to a bbq with my husband's Army officer buddies, and the guys couldn't gobble these down fast enough. I just eyeballed the amounts of crumbled Hershey's chocolate bars, mini marshmallows, and crushed graham crackers and mixed 2tbsp of melted butter in the mixture before putting it on the brownies. I put it on the brownies about 10 min before they were done and pressed it down slightly. Make sure they're ALL the way cooled before trying to cut them into squares, or you'll have a gooey mess.
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Best Tuna Casserole

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2011
My husband said that this tuna casserole was better than his mom's! I made a few changes, but nothing major. I halved most of the ingredients for just my husband and I and it still made plenty. I added some green onion and celery. Increased the peas a bit. Since other reviews said the casserole was somewhat dry, I added 1/2 soup can of milk and a big dollop of fat free Miracle Whip. I also added some dill which was a noticeable and very nice addition. It made the flavor more complex. This is a keeper!
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