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Lizzy's Creamy Chicken Bake

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2012
5 Stars with tweaks. This is a great choice for an easy base recipe for a quick weeknight dinner. Since we like lots of flavor and spices I did tweak the recipe some to use what I had on hand instead of going to the store and to tweak it for our tastes. First since I didn't have seasoned salt, I sprinkled a little of each black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne on the chicken before browning it. For the sauce I used a healthy request cream of mushroom soup instead of cream of chicken since I had it on hand. However, next time I would use cream of chicken soup because I thought the mushroom flavor was a little too strong. I used fat free sour cream and my hubby thought it tasted like a restaurant style full fat sauce. He didn't think it tasted like it had any low fat substitutions in it. Since I didn't want the sauce to taste solely like onion dip, I added a packege of dry zesty Italian Dressing seasoning mix and a splash of white wine. I served the chicken and sauce over pasta with roasted red, green, and yellow bell peppers. It was delicious. I will make this again.
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Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2012
This was very good meatloaf. The texture was perfect and it was nicely spiced. I followed the recipe with the exception of subbing ketchup for the tomato paste (because I didn't want to open a can of tomato paste for only 1 TBL) and I used Montreal Steak Seasoning instead of salt and pepper. As we like spicy bold flavors next time I will probably follow other reviewers recommendations to add bbq sauce to give it a little bolder flavor.
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White Chili V

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2012
This chili was good. I scaled it down to 3 servings and while preparing it, I accidentally grabbed the beef broth instead of chicken broth so it was not quite a white chili in appearance. However, it tasted good with a nice level of spiciness and combination of spice. I will make it again (using the chicken broth next time!)
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CopyCat Starbucks Classic Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2012
Wow! This is an over the top recipe. It is awesome! My husband loved it so much he requested that I make this cake for his birthday. The cake was moist and the topping was outstanding. Both my hubby and I thought it was much better than Starbucks. Thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe.
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Gringo Posole

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2012
We thought this posole tasted great. I sprinkled the pork with black and red pepper before browning. I then sautéed the onion and garlic only and then threw everything (except the red and green peppers) in the slow cooker at the same time and cooked on high for about 4 hours. Since we like a medium level of spiciness I cut the red pepper to a 1/2 tsp. Then during the last hour of cooking I added the red and green bell pepper so they would not get mushy and would retain more color. It was very flavorful and just the right level of spiciness for us. We will definitely be making this again. Thanks Lisa for a great recipe!
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Black Magic Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2012
YUM!! I made this for my MIL's birthday and it was a hit. This chocolate cake was moist, rich, and full of deep chocolatey goodness. I followed the recipe except I used low fat buttermilk, only about 3/4 cup coffee and mixed the wet ingredients separately from the dry ingredients before adding them to the dry ingredients. Also, at the end I added probably a cup of semi sweet chocolate chips and frosted it with chocolate buttercream frosting. I baked it in a 9x13 pan for about 35 minutes and it came out perfectly. This will be my go to recipe for chocolate cake.
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Chicken Breasts in Caper Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2012
My husband loved this so much he was eating the sauce with a spoon before I could get this on a plate and on the table. Then he ate all of his serving and half of mine! Next time I would double the sauce as others mentioned. I followed several reviewers suggestions and added a splash of white wine to deglaze the pan, black pepper and a little lemon juice instead of lemon pepper. I added minced garlic to the sauce. Since it was such a hit with my husband I will make it again. For me it was good but did not wow me.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2012
With tweaks this recipe is "phenomenal" (to quote my husband). I used reduced fat and sodium soups....one cream of chicken and one cream of mushroom because that is what I had on hand. I used reduced sodium chicken broth instead of the bouillon and water. I used about 2 tsp minced garlic and 1 tsp celery seed. In addition, since some reviewers said it was bland, I added a package of Italian Dressing mix, and 1 tsp of poultry seasoning. Instead of the frozen vegetables I added a couple of handfuls of dry broccoli slaw (shredded broccoli, carrots and cabbage).
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Halibut with Tomato-Basil Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2012
We had mixed reviews on this recipe at our house. I liked it. I thought it was good but hubby thought it was just ok. I think it was the olives. Next time I will try it without the olives and see if he changes his mind about it.
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Cha Cha's White Chicken Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2012
This recipe was awesome especially when served with Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread from this site! Since I had some cooked leftover chicken I used that and threw everything in a crockpot on high for 2 hours and on low for about 3 hours. I used a vidalia onion, reduced sodium chicken broth and left out the cayenne since my leftover chicken was already spicy. However, I did add about a cup of mild salsa and jalapeño jack cheese. I will definitely be making this often.
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Buffalo Chicken Burgers with Blue Cheese Dressing

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2012
I seem to be in the minority. I thought it was ok at best. My husband did not care much for this burger even though we like wings. I was looking forward to it and made it as written but the burger did not seem to have much flavor other than the hot sauce.
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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2012
When I came home after work my hubby declared this roast was "da bomb!" I made this on a day when I didn't have time to cook or plan. So I needed something super simple to quickly throw in the crockpot. Like others, I was skeptical about all the packaged seasonings. Usually I try to make my own instead of using the prepackaged stuff but I simply did not have time nor motivation to do so on this day. I did not add salt since the packaged seasoning would have plenty. Also, I used a reduced sodium gravy mix and added probably 3/4th cup water but next time will probably stick to 1/2 cup because it made way more gravy than we needed. However, this was delicious and I am so glad I found this recipe.
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Asiago Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2012
My DH and I love these mashed potatoes. If you like asiago cheese, then you will have to make these potatoes. It adds so much flavor to your everyday potatoes.
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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2011
The first time I made this recipe I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great. It was moist with just the right amount of sweetness. Not too sweet. I have made this recipe several times since then. It is my go-to recipe for cornbread. We love it as written but our favorite way is with a can of jalapeños and a can of corn added. It also tastes great with lower fat ingredients such as light butter, low fat buttermilk or skim milk with lemon juice. This is one of our family favorites.
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Nana's Classic Carrot Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2011
Baking Nana, your Carrot Cake is delicious!! Hubby and I both loved it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
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Double Chocolate Cranberry Oat Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2011
Yum!!! This delicious oatmeal, chocolate chip, toasted coconut and pecan cookie recipe is a winner. The toasted coconuts and pecans give it a wonderful nutty flavor. I followed the recipe with a couple of suggestions by reviewers. First, since I used sweetened coconut, semi sweet chocolate chips, and added toffee chips, I reduced the brown sugar to 1 cup and white sugar to 1/4. It was still plenty sweet. Also, since I added the toffee chips I reduced the chocolate chips to 1 cup and there was still lots of chocolatey flavor. Lastly, I checked the cookies after 8 or 9 minutes and they were done. They were, as another reviewer described, crispy on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. Also, it made probably more like 48 cookies for me instead of 36. My family loved these cookies and specifically requested them for Thanksgiving. I highly recommend this recipe.
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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2011
These are awesome cookies. I started out with flat cookies in my first batch but ended up with perfect cookies with the subsequent batches. I followed the recipe using melted butter and eggs straight from the fridge. I did not bring the eggs to room temp first. I mixed the dry ingredients in by hand and did not over mix. I refrigerated the dough for an hour before baking. I wanted to get more cookies out of this dough, so I used a Tablespoon to drop perfectly round balls of dough onto the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. These made large cookies. The first batch I baked for probably 12 minutes and they went flat. All other batches I cooked just a few minutes longer and kept checking them and pulled them out when they looked almost done. I think they baked about 15 minutes but mainly I let them bake until they looked almost done and they were perfect. I let them cool and then put them in air tight containers. They were delicious. Since every oven is different you may have to make several batches adjusting the cooking time to to find the perfect baking time for your cookies in your oven. Don't give up! The end result is worth the effort.
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Asian Lettuce Wraps

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2011
This has a fantastic flavor. I have made it twice now, once with ground beef and once with ground chicken and prefer the ground chicken in this recipe. In no way is this bland. I like bold, spicy food and added extra garlic chili sauce to spice it up and offset the sweetness of the hoisin sauce. I made the recipe as written except used 1/2 tsp ground ginger instead of pickled and increased the chili garlic sauce to about 3 TBL and added shredded carrots and broccoli slaw to increase the vegetables in the dish. This would also make a great filling for egg rolls. Thanks for a great recipe.
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Antipasto Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2011
This is an excellent pasta salad. I agree with other reviewers that this is best served the next day. The asiago cheese with the balsamic vinegar, salami, and olives make an excellent flavor combination. Don't skip the asiago! That unique bold flavor really makes this recipe stand out. I followed the recipe using the shell pasta and cherry tomatoes along with roasted red bell peppers and kept everything else as written, except for using extra parmesan. Next time I think I would add extra asiago cheese.
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