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Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal Muffins

Reviewed: May 29, 2013
Definitely add another egg. I did and my muffins didn't come out dense or heavy at all. If you like your muffins on the sweeter side, then you might want to add more sugar. I just threw in about 2 more tbs or so and it was just the right amount of sweetness for me. When I bake and the recipe calls for milk, I use buttermilk instead (made my own - 1 tbs of vinegar + 1 cup of milk). Don't overmix the batter! Happy baking ^_^
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Classic Rice Pilaf

Reviewed: May 13, 2013
Great way to cook basic rice pilaf. Perfect ratio between the rice and liquid. I used Asian short grain rice (Japanese brand) because that's what I always have on hand. I usually cook my rice (not pilaf or seasoned in any way) in a rice cooker and pilaf on stove top (which can be tricky sometimes even when using long grain). I tried this oven method using my Asian rice and followed the recipe. Surprisingly they came out excellent! I omitted the saffron, just a very tiny pinch of cayenne and kosher salt, and tiny bit of freshly ground black pepper. Because DH and I are vegetarian, I used all water and about 1/8 tsp of vegetable bouillon (Better Than Bouillon in a glass jar). Will definitely make again!
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Chocolate Cake II

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2013
I'm glad I tried this recipe. Very easy and it came out perfect. Don't let the runny batter freak you out. I made buttercream vanilla frosting and we all loved it!
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Vegetarian Reubens

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2013
Never thought I would enjoy Reuben sandwich without corned beef...boy was I wrong! It is absolutely delicious. Use swiss cheese instead of cheddar tho.
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Clinton's Special Vegetarian Quiche

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2013
I used frozen pie crust because that's what I had on hand. I will use less onion next time. I didn't even pre-cook the fresh spinach...just tossed it in the mixture and they came out perfectly fine. Great recipe. We loved it!
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Italian Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2012
I added 1 more carrot and 1 more celery. Hubby doesn't like pasta or beans in soup, so I substituted with 2 Yukon Gold potatoes. I sauteed the carrots, celery and garlic with a little olive oil just until the garlic is fragrant. I used fresh green beans. Added some frozen sweet corn. A tiny pinch of dried oregano. Some s & p. I served it with grilled cheese sandwich. It was excellent!
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Mom's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2012
No need to look further folks. This is the best zucchini bread you will ever find. I added about 1/4 tsp of grated nutmeg and just a small pinch of clove powder. I used 1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce and 1/2 cup of canola oil. Added some crumbles over the top during the last 15 minutes of baking. NEVER squueze out the zucchini!! Result was phenomenal. I am going to use this recipe to make carrot bread....or a mix of carrots and zucchini.
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Beef Tips and Noodles

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2012
I used tri-tip, No Yolks egg noodles, 2 cans of canned mushroom soup, fresh cremini mushrooms, 2 cans of milk instead of water, a whole package of brown gravy, 1 clove of grated garlic and 1/4 cup of Merlot. Salt is not needed at all here. Black pepper yes. Cooking in slow cooker for hours is not necessary either. 1 hour on middle rack in the oven and everything comes out perfect. Very tender beef and devine sauce. A sprinkle of fresh parsley over the top for garnish would be great too. Serve with dinner rolls. Excellent.
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2012
The only thing I changed was 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and 1/2 cup of apple sauce. 2 cups of white sugar and 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar (perfect amount of sweetness). I also added 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. My baking time was exactly an hour and it came out perfectly. Do NOT mix batter too much or too long. I always sift my flour as well. You will be glad you try this recipe!
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Beef Stroganoff III

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2012
This is by far the best beef stroganoff recipe I have ever tried. I used fresh mushrooms, which I thickly sliced, instead of canned. Canned mushrooms, in my opinion, are nasty. I sauteed them with the onions. 1.5 pounds of sirloin (there's only 2 of us). Don't forget to cut it across the grain or it'll be tough. I marinated it with 1/3 cup of Merlot (no cooking wine please!), a clove of minced garlic and about 2 tbs. of Worcestershire sauce for an hour. Added just a little more splash of Merlot then simmered for an hour (wine has to be cooked down). The meat was so tender and sauce was phenomenal. Served it over buttered egg noodles. Definitely a keeper!
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Skillet Beef and Macaroni

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2012
I added a few things or this dish would be kind of bland. 1.5 tbs chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 clove of grated garlic, 1 tbs brown sugar, 1.5 tsp oregano. Sprinkled some shredded cheddar right before serving. Delish.
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Sweet Potato Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2012
I used about 1.5 cup of mashed sweet potatoes. Added 1/8 tsp. clove and only used 1 tsp. grated orange peel. You could definitely taste the flavor without using 2 tsp. of it. Very easy to make and we love it.
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Chicken and Dumplings III

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2012
I used 1 cream of celery and 1 cream of chicken soup. I added a dash of poultry seasoning, diced some fresh carrots and onions, also frozen peas. I added about another cup or so of low-sodium chicken broth as my husband doesn't like it too thick. As per other reviewer, I did get a non-grand, non-flaky biscuit dough (Pillsbury - white packaging). Squeezed each piece in between my thumb and forefinger before dropping it in the pot. They came out just like real dumplings, instead of cakey/bready texture. This recipe is truly a keeper. It can't get any easier than this.
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Juiciest Hamburgers Ever

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2012
I used 80% lean, 20% fat ground beef and it came out perfect. The first time I tried this recipe, I used 93% lean, 7% fat and it came out like meatloafy texture. A piece of bread soaked in a few drops of milk instead of dry bread crumbs. Squeeze the bread gently to get rid of excessive milk (regular milk is perfectly fine) before you put it in the meat mixture. I also added a tiny pinch of garlic powder and grated half of an onion. Onion powder would work too I suppose. I just think the juice from onion gives more flavor. Cooked it on a skillet for about 5-6 minutes on each side. So heavenly juicy. I will never look for another hamburger recipe. Thank you Jane!
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Chicken Noodle Casserole I

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2011
Made this for me and my husband. It is absolutely delicious. Some additions: 1 carrot (thinly sliced - so they get tender fast), 8 oz. fresh sliced mushrooms, 1/4 cup of frozen peas (thawed), 1 clove of garlic (grated - I always grate my garlic so there are no big pieces of it which my husband hates), 1/2 onion (diced). Sautee all those in about 3 tbs. of olive oil just until they are a little tender. And I also added about 1/4 tsp. of thyme in the soup mixture. A splash of milk (about 1/4 cup. I only used 1 big piece of chicken breast. Will make it with tuna next time for a change. It's a keeper. Thank you Dawne!
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