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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2013
We no longer buy packaged taco seasoning - this is excellent and made with ingredients I always have on hand. I use 1 batch of this recipe as written (subbing 1/8 tsp. of cayenne for the 1/4 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes) and stir in 1 TBSP of flour (I use whole wheat, works great). Add that mixture to 1 lb. browned/drained ground beef with 3/4 cup water and simmer for 10 minutes. Perfect!
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Bacon Cheese Frittata

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2011
YUM! Everyone enjoyed this. I reduced the milk to 3/4 cup, and for the bacon I used 1/2 cup of Oscar Meyer "Real Bacon Pieces" (found in the salad dressing aisle @ the store). Per another reviewer's suggestion, I used sharp white cheddar (1.5 cups) and added caramelized onions (omitted green onion). Baked for almost 40 minutes in my oven...
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Baked Chicken Nuggets

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2010
I could not get the breading to crisp. I did 15 min at 400 and then broiled for 5 minutes, and used a baking rack over a cookie pan...a few of the pieces got a bit crispy but the breading was soft on most of the nuggets. That said, my hubby and stepkids still loved these, so I'd make them again. Even w/o crispy breading, the flavor is great. I cut the butter down to 4 TBSP and added a clove of minced garlic. I used Italian Herb breadcrumbs instead of seasoning them myself. Fast and easy! We used BBQ, ranch, and homemade honey mustard dipping sauces (although hubby says these are flavorful enough to not require any dip!). These are easy and since they require ingredients I always have on hand, I'm sure we'll have them again.
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Honey Baked Chicken II

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2010
Good base - you can really do anything you want with this but here's how I did it: make the marinade from 2 TBSP mayo, 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup dijon mustard, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder, and 1 TBSP curry powder. We grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts on the grill (I marinated for 30 min first - the longer, the better!) and we brushed extra sauce on the chicken while grilling. Then I set a little extra sauce to the side and spread a spoonful on each chicken breast just before serving (it melts down on the hot chicken). Delicious sauce, tender moist chicken!
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Mini Cheesecakes I

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2010
Foolproof recipe! I use one Mini Nilla wafer for each crust in a tassie pan - huge time saver (make sure you put them flat side down in your muffin paper, or they will rise to the top. I need to come up with some creative & easy toppings besides cherry pie filling (which DOES look pretty on a dessert tray!). I would recommend beating the cream cheese and sugar before adding the egg, seems to help avoid lumps. Definitely refridgerate before serving.
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Basil Tomato Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2010
This was good but I'd like to play around with it a bit to suit my tastes. Doubled the sugar but still would have liked a slightly sweeter soup. Don't skip out on the fresh basil - the flavor is amazing! I also used half and half and less butter than the recipe called for and it was still good. I'd make this again since it's so easy & better than boring canned soup!
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Buttermilk Cinnamon Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2010
This is good...has somewhat of a coffee cake taste to it. Would have preferred a slightly moister bread, but the streusel swirl kinda makes up for it! I used brown sugar instead of white for the streusel mix and more chopped walnuts than called for. Very easy to make.
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Asian Orange Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2010
The whole family LOVED this one - I made a few minor changes (1/4 cup OJ, 2 tbsp lemon juice - just a swap on those ingredient quantities) - omitted green onion & ginger, added a sprinkle of onion powder. My chicken stayed crispy with the flour coating but I cooked the chicken all the way through, added mushrooms, steamed broccoli, and then tossed the mixture in the sauce for just a minute or two. Served over brown rice. Can't wait to make again! One tip if your coating is falling off - don't stir the chicken around the pan continuously. The less you touch it, the better the coating will adhere...
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Easy Vodka Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2009
Excellent recipe! I followed as written with the exception of adding garlic & seasoning to taste (salt, pepper, dried basil). You don't have to use all the heavy cream called for - add slowly until you get to your desired creaminess. I don't like my vodka sauce to look like alfredo so I probably added 1/2 to 3/4 the recommended amount of cream.
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Chicken Tortilla Soup I

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2009
Not sure if people are rating this recipe based on their personal revisions, but as written this recipe does not deliver. It's too watery, it needs more time to cook, and it completely lacks in spice/flavor. Luckily I had a couple ingredients on hand to fix it, and the end result was wonderful and the whole family asked to have it again (soon). So I will share my changes: 1) Use shredded chicken - it's more like what you'd get in a restaurant. 2) Let this soup simmer in a crock pot - I did it on low for a total of 5 hours. It thickens the soup and helps the flavors blend. 3) Substitute the water for chicken broth (I used a total of 3 cups of broth). 4) Skip the hominy - one cup of corn is enough. Add an extra 4oz can of green chilis. 5) ADD A PACKET OF TACO SEASONING (I had McCormick's on hand) and increase the chili powder by 1 tsp. Add a sprinkle of cumin and a little salt (or garlic salt). 6) Add 8-10 finely crushed tortilla chips (baked are ok) into the soup (they'll cook down so you won't have crunchy bites but they add a good flavor - it is TORTILLA soup, right?) 7) After simmering for 4 1/2 hours, stir in 1/2 cup of sour cream. Continue to simmer for 30 minutes. This is what really puts the soup over the top and gives is a creamy texture similar to what I've had in most restaurants. 8) Serve with diced avocado, shredded cheese, and more tortilla chips for crumbling. End result - awesome!
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Apricot Chicken I

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2009
Hmm - stepkids devoured this, I really liked it, and hubby said it was "meh". If I make it again, I would cut back on the onion soup mix as it is salty and the flavor is a bit overpowering (I wanted the sauce to be sweeter). I used Wishbone "Deluxe French" dressing in place of Russian, and baked the chicken for just under 30 minutes at 400 degrees so we didn't have to wait so long to eat! (I also used boneless, skinless breasts).
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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2009
Yum! Wish I had made more! Used 1 tsp. garlic salt in place of seasoned salt, and I baked for approx 65 minutes at 275 and stirred the seeds a few times. Great recipe that you can tweak to your own preferences.
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Baked Pesto Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2009
Everyone liked it - even the kids. I omitted the tomatoes and cheese (probably would have added both had it just been for the adults). I marinated the chicken breasts in the pesto for about 30 minutes, then baked for 25 min - very tender and great flavor!
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Shrimp Fried Rice II

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2009
As written, I think this would be quite bland. I used it as a base recipe and added one ingredient that I felt was key for adding flavor - a packet of "fried rice seasoning" (just like a packet of taco seasoning). That improved the flavor quality quite a bit. I didn't add salt but did use at least 3 TBSP of soy sauce (low sodium variety) and didn't find it to be too salty, even with the added seasoning packet. Stepkids gobbled this up, hubby liked it but probably not enough that I would go to the trouble of making this frequently. With pre-cooked rice it was a quick meal.
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Mexican Rice II

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2009
This is really good for a quick side dish - better than Lipton or Rice-a-Roni, not as good as restaurant rice. It's easy to make and low on ingredients, which I like. I did use more diced onion than called for and chicken stock instead of broth because that's what I had on hand. For cooking time, instructions should be on your rice box. I used extra long grain brown, so I had to cook for 40 minutes.
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Insanely Amazing Jalapeno Cheese Dip

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2009
It was good but not "insanely amazing" - but I'm rounding up to 4 stars 1) because hubby liked it and 2) I used low fat mayo and I think using the real deal would have been much better, so not the recipe's fault but my own :) I did go 1/2 mayo and 1/2 sour cream and agree if you go all mayo your dip will probably be on the oily side.
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Banana Muffins I

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2009
Okay, I made changes - but I am sure the base recipe is good as is! I just wanted to share my ideas: I used brown sugar instead of white, 3/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup quick oats, fat free plain yogurt instead of sour cream, one TBSP vegetable oil, and two TBSP of vanilla protein powder. These are great and won't wreck your diet!! :)
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Chili I

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2008
Perfect base recipe for chili (at least the way we like it - thick!) I use 1 1/2 cans of beans and add a diced, seeded fresh jalapeno pepper. Add cayene & extra chili powder if you like more spice.
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Simple Chicken Parmesan

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2008
This was a great "base" recipe, I just jazzed it up a bit to suit our tastes! I halved the recipe but used almost a full 28oz can of crushed tomatoes (which need seasoning!). To the tomatoes, I added sauteed onion/garlic, dried basil, salt, pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. I simmered that for about 20 minutes while I prepared the chicken. I mixed some Kraft grated parm (the green shaker can kind) into the bread crumbs for extra flavor. The cooking instructions are right on - brown on both sides in the oil, then bake for 25 minutes - it was tender and juicy. For the cheese, I used mozzarella (lots!) and some shredded parm, and I COVERED with foil for the first 20 minutes of baking to avoid rubbery cheese! Uncover in the last 5 minutes if you want the cheese to brown a bit. I served this with spaghetti lightly dressed with olive oil, garlic salt, parsley, and red pepper flakes. YUM! We'll be having this again soon.
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Lisa's Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2008
My guests and I enjoyed this cake - it's definitely just a "jazzed up" box mix, but since I like boxed cakes, I was okay with that. If you have an aversion to boxed mixes, you might not be totally wowed. I used devil's foox mix, only 1/2 cup oil per other reviews, and regular-sized chocolate chips (recommended if you want to see "fudge" bits in the cake). Baking for 60 minutes in my oven was a bit too long - would go for 50 next time. Drizzled with satiny chocolate glaze from this site - a nice touch that makes the cake look elegant!
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