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Firecracker Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2012
I am a little surprised this gets such good reviews. I made it tonight and found it quite bland - and I added garlic powder, black pepper and a little cayenne pepper. I might make it again but would make some changes. I'd try picante sauce instead of diced tomatoes and break up some nacho cheese Dorito chips and sprinkle them just under the cheese.
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Breakfast Sausage Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2011
I made this according to the directions and it turned out great. I did alter the ingredients a little because I used a 4-cheese blend of Mexican cheeses (shredded in the bag - so nothing too special) and added a small can of mild diced green chilis. Ole!
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Mandy's Breakfast Sausage Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2011
I altered the original recipe just like Mandy did before I knew she did it. The green chilis are a nice addition.
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Beer Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2011
I followed the recipe exactly and I think it would have turned out really good except that I used an extra stout beer which made the stew really bitter. Fortunately, I found a nother recipe that called for extra stout beer + 3/4C chopped prunes to offset the bitterness. I had some prunes on hand so I added them and cooked it for another 45 minutes. Those prunes saved the dish and disintegrate into the broth almost completely. Next time I make it I'll use half beef broth and half beer + the prunes. Mmmm. A couple of reviewers have mentioned using Guinness beer without the stew being bitter. Don't make the mistake of thinking all Guinness is equal. There is a huge difference between canned/bottled Guinness Draught beer and Guinness Extra Stout beer (available in bottles only - without the little widget that makes the Draught beer foamy). Guinness Extra Stout has double the alcohol and significantly more hops than its Draught cousin. If you make this recipe with Guinness Extra Stout you WILL have a bitter stew on your hands. I am giving this recipe 4 stars because of the calcannon. 1/4 cup of milk was not nearly enough and I ended up using three times that amount to get the consistency I wanted. I also "made it naughty" by using 1/2 C butter + 2 teaspoons of the rendered bacon fat (I omitted the salt). Not exactly healthy but oh so good!
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Chili Dog Casserole II

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2011
This was so simple and really good. Next time I make it though I'll make my own chili as the sodium content in canned chili is through the roof. It would also be really easy to cut the fat in this recipe by using reduced fat cheese and reduced fat hot dogs. I might also try using corn tortillas.
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Classic Tiramisu

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2011
Inedibly sweet! Not sure I'll try this again but if I do I'll cut the sugar in half. Reminded me more of cotton candy than good tiramisu.
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