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No-Noodle Zucchini Lasagna

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2013
Tried this for the first time tonight. It came out pretty good. I left the wine out as well as the water and mushrooms. I think I will add garlic next time to the meet mixture. I didn't use fresh herb and just used the dried ones in my cabinet. I also used low fat cottage cheese instead of ricotta. This was only because I couldn't get low fat ricotta or organic which I also try to get if possible. One note though: I made a small pan of it and halved all the ingredients. There wasn't enough to complete all the layers. Next time I will use the full amount even for a smaller pan. I would also double the cottage cheese/ricotta as I used the full 16 oz in the half recipe and still didn't have enough to complete both layers. If you love cheese then you will also use the full 16 oz for the half recipe as well. Very glad I found this recipe. Thanks!!!!
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Brownie Batter + Cupcake = The SECOND BEST Cupcake. Ever

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2013
I made this cupcake for a good friend's birthday party. These were absolutely amazing. I made my cupcakes with 1/3 brownie on the bottom and Strawberry cake on top with a cream cheese icing. I cooked my cupcakes for 25 mins at 350 degrees. Please note that the brownie is going to be soft and gooey. I love it like that and so did everyone else but anyone that is squimish about brownie batter that isn't fully cooked might want to cook just the brownie in the oven for a bit before adding the cake batter. I also tried putting only a little brownie on the bottom instead of 1/3. I found that the brownie still stayed gooey and when unwrapping these cupcakes the brownie stuck to the foil cups. All the cupcakes that had 1/3 of the brownie came out of the foil cups without a problem. I will definitely make these again and have been deemed the "cupcake maker" of the family now.
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Spaghetti Squash Saute

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2011
MADE THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME AND IT CAME OUT REALLY WELL. MY BF IS DIABETIC SO WE MADE MEATBALLS AND SAUCE AND SERVED THEM OVER THE SPAGHETTI SQUASH. WE BOTH LIKED IT AND IT IS A GREAT ALT TO PASTA FOR HIM.
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Meatball Nirvana

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2011
I made this last night. I followed the recipe almost exactly except I used half lean ground beef and 1/2 ground pork. It came out really well. I did use all the red pepper flakes and the hot sauce and it was a bit spicy for me. I really liked it but next time I might cut the spice in half. My boyfriend likes spicy food and it was just fine for him but he agreed if we make it for anyone else we need to cut the spice is half atleast. I also cut the salt in half since we were also using garlic salt and the worcestershire sauce can be salts as well. I may add in the salt next time to see if it makes a difference. I didn't notice the recipe lacking salt and it wasn't too salty. I baked these in the oven for 20min and then simmered them in a pot of tomato sauce for about 40 minutes. I served it over spaghetti squash, as my bf is diabetic and served broccoli and cheese with it. I would definitely make this again. Very good meatball recipe.
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Best Ever Jalapeno Poppers

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2010
I made this as an appetizer for my nephews first birthday. It was awesome. I changed only a few things. I didn't put as much cheddar cheese as was called for because I didn't have it. Next time I think I will put the right amount and see how much chessier it is. I also baked these instead of frying them. I made them ahead of time and baked them at 350 for 20 minutes then I let them cool and froze them. The night before the party I let them thaw and baked them the next day at 350 for about 25 minutes. I also sprayed them with cooking spray before baking them so they would get a little crispy. These came out awesome served with some buttermilk ranch sauce. I made about 70 and they all disappeared.
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Blueberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake II

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2009
I made this pound cake for a baby shower I was throwing this weekend and it was a hit. Everyone raved about it. The only thing I changed was that I accidentally got blueberry pie filling instead of the blueberries in juice. I just used all of the pie filling and it came out great. We didn't make the glaze as it was too much to do during the baby shower and everyone loved it anyway. I would defintely make this again...might get requests at the next family get-together.
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2008
I made this last night for dinner and it came out really good. I changed the recipe a little bit. I used the fat free squeeze butter instead of real butter, used low fat parm cheese and used regular salt instead of the celery salt. The sauce came out great and was even good as leftovers. I made with mashed potatoes and green beans.
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Mother-in-Law's Chops

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2008
My family and I loved this recipe. The pork had a great flavor and was very tender after cooking for 2 hrs. I served it with mashed potatoes and green beans. The best thing is that this recipe only rates as 4 points on a Weight Watchers scale. Highly recommended.
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Chantal's New York Cheesecake

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2008
This cheesecake came out very good. I made it for a friends b-day at work and have gotten rave reviews so far. I did things a bit differently. I did use a water bath and unfortunately, although I covered the pan with foil some water seeped into the crust so it was a bit soggy. I cooked the cheesecake for an hour and then left it in the oven for 2 hours, left it on the counter for 1 hour and then put it in the fridge. Unfortunately there was a huge crack right down the center of my cake anyway. I'll have to figure out how to stop that, trial and error is the only option I guess. This was my very first cheesecake and was really a success especially with the good reviews I got from friends. Will definitely make this again.
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Chicken, Stuffing and Green Bean Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2008
I have been making this recipe for years. I have loved it every time. My husband likes it as well. I have changed it just a tad bit and normally add a little bit of milk and light sour cream to the cream of chicken soup. This makes it a little bit creamier then normal. very good
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Spicy Rapid Roast Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2008
This chicken was okay. The skin and seasoning was really good, I doubled it as most people suggested and rubbed the seasonings under and over the skin. I had a 4 pound chicken, cooked it for the recommended time and the white meat was dry and flavorless. My husband really liked it but I have a thing about dry chicken. The legs, thighs and wings were really good though which is why I am giving it 4 stars. I also didn't experience any smoking as others reviews wrote.
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Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2008
This was awesome. I really had my doubts about this recipe as it just didn't seem like the sauce would compliment asparagus. Boy was I wrong. I made this for easter dinner and everyone raved about it. I switched the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce amounts as other suggested and browned the butter and it was so good. I am actually going to make it again tonight. Everyone wants me to make this for every holiday now. 12 minutes was the perfect cooking time as the asparagus was not mushy and not hard...it was firm but tender. Fantastic recipe
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Pineapple Upside-down Cake Martinis

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2007
My sister made these last night...fantastic. If you love pineapple upside-down cake (which I do) you will absolutely love this martini. It's like drinking a cake. Delish!!
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Red Skinned Potato Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2007
This potato salad came out great. I made it for a work BBQ and I only had a little leftovers. My husband, who ate the leftovers said it was great. I did change some things. I doubled the recipe. I omitted the bacon, used green onions instead of regular onion, added paprika, only used half the mayo and used yellow mustard to taste. The only thing I would change is I would cook the potatoes a little bit longer. The smaller potatoes were perfect but the larger ones were still a little hard in the middle. Next time I will cut them in half before boiling and cook maybe a few minutes longer. Also, make sure you wait till the potatoes are cold before you cube them, it works much better that way.
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Jenn's Out Of This World Spaghetti and Meatballs

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2007
This was fantastic. I actually made many changes. I didn't make the sauce and just used the recipe for the meatballs. I made a pot of sauce (combination of store-bought jars)and I mixed the meatballs and made them into 2 inch balls. I baked them at 350 for 20 minutes. If you decide to do this do it in a casserole dish and not on a cookie sheet. The grease from the ground beef dribbled into the bottom of my oven and was a mess. After baking them I put them in the sauce and added sweet italian sausage cut up into pieces. I brought it to a boil and then simmered for about an hour and a half. It was delish. My family raved about the whole meal especially the meatballs. I served it with wheat pasta and garlic bread. Very good.
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Manicotti Alla Romana

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2007
This recipe was fantastic. I've made it twice so far. I made it recently for our wedding anniversary and my husband raved about it. He said it was much better then going out to dinner and we had lots of leftovers. The filling ended up making about 21 manicotti. I used 1/2 Italian sausage and 1/2 ground beef as others suggested. It came out great. Will definitely make again.
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Poblano Chile Pepper Soup

Reviewed: May 31, 2007
Didn't have much flavor and was way to thick. My husband is from mexico and he said it wasn't a soup, it was a sauce. He thought it was really hot although I didn't think so. It was a little spicy but not too bad. It was fine for me as a soup I just thought it lacked some flavor. I will take some suggestions of the other reviewers and see what I can do with it.
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Stuffed Green Peppers I

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2007
I have been making this recipe for about 6 years and I absolutely love it. I've served it to many family members who rave every time. I now use ground chicken and brown rice and use diced tomatoes instead of whole ones. I also really never put in the worceshire sauce, I always forget but it doesn't make too much of a difference so I just leave it out. I add garlic and always add salt, pepper and garlic powder to the tomato soup to give it some extra flavor. Great served with mashed potatoes.
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Rugelach

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2006
I have never had Rugelach before...actually I don't even know how to pronounce it but it's fantastic. I did change the recipe a little. I don't have a food processor so I used my kitchenaid mixer and a pastry cutter to make the dough. It took a little while but it worked. One thing I learned is that you really have to flour your surface and the rolling pin before you try to roll out the dough. It was hard for me to roll mine because the wedges stuck to the wax paper. I still have 3 more disks to roll out so I will know how to do it tonight. For my filling I used sugar-free apricot preservatives, sprinkled it with some brown sugar, then put about 1/4 of a cup of white sugar and 1/2 a tbsp of cinnamon. I added raisins to top it off. Baking them for 22 minutes was perfect. When I make the rest of mine tonight I think I will chop up the raisins so they fit better. Besides that I don't think I am going to change a thing. I wasn't sure how the dough would come out...it was light and flaky. My brother-in-law thought it was a french recipe because it was similar to a croissant. He was surprised I had made it from scratch. This recipe is awesome. It's a little time consuming but totally worth it in the end. Thanks for the recipe. **I brought these for dessert at Christmas dinner and my father couldn't believe I had made these, he was really shocked. He loved them. **
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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2006
these cookies came out fantastic! I followed the recipe exactly only I used milk chocolate chips instead of semi-sweeet chips. My husband loves them! He doesn't like chocolate chip cookies much but he was very surprised with these. I agree...5+ stars!
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