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Cheesy Meatball Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2008
I cannot understand how this recipe received such rave reviews. I will admit I used pre-made meatballs to make this easier for me on a weeknight meal, however my daughter would not eat this, and I managed to finish off a small bowl of this. This ended up being more like a thick stew as opposed to a soup. That did not bother me in the least, I prefer a thicker chunky type soup/stew. This recipe SOUNDED good, I thought that perhaps the idea of a cheesy meatball soup WAS a good idea for dinner tonight, but I'm just as glad my friend opted out of joining us for dinner, I would have been embarrassed to serve this. The appearance was not good and the texture was weird and not at all pleasing on the palate. The Cheez Whiz may have been the fatal flaw in this recipe. I just don't know. The potatoes turned almost to mush before the carrots and celery were finished cooking. The caricature of this soup as a “cheeseburger” was totally inaccurate and did not at all resemble a cheeseburger, or taste anything like a cheeseburger. I thought the hot sauce was a bad addition to this recipe as well, as it gave the whole dish a tang that didn’t enhance the flavor at all and my daughter said she could “feel” on the back of her throat and she did not like that either.
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Best Cream Of Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2008
I read a lot of reviews on this recipe before I made it. I was a bit concerned from the onset that it didn't have enough seasoning in it. I added quite a bit of seasoning in addition to what was asked for. It's surprising to me that everyone is/was adding nutmeg to this soup, claiming it was missing something. It was obvious to me that no one mentioned lemon pepper. I find that I use lemon pepper in almost everything, it's an excellent spice and lends itself to almost everything, but particularly to broccoli. I did change the whole premise of the soup though, because I used 4 cans of chicken broth and 2 one pound packages of broccoli cuts. I also increased the amount of butter/flour for the roux and in addition to spicing the chicken broth and broccoli with lemon pepper, onion (dried), garlic powder, onion powder and about 2 tablespoons of chicken base (paste) I spiced the roux with the same measurements that were already in the broccoli base, adding about 1 tablespoon of celery salt. I cooked this mixture for about a minute added 2 cups of milk, and 1 cup of heavy whipping cream. I cooked the roux for about 5 minutes to let it thicken and then mixed with the broccoli and chicken broth. I let it set for about 15 minutes to meld the flavors and realized it needed more salt. I added about a teaspoon and it was perfect. I'm giving the recipe as is a three star rating, but with the addition of what I put in, absolutely 5 and I am considering submitting it to Allrecipe
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Creamy Vegetable Chowder

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2008
I only made a couple of adjustments to this recipe, which is a first for me, since I change EVERYTHING...First and most importantly, I NEVER use margarine, I ONLY use butter...same fat content as margarine and margarine is one molecule away from being plastic! (in case you didn’t know), to that I added my own blend of seasonings including garlic powder and dried onion (hate the real stuff), onion powder and a bit of lemon pepper (use it in almost everything). Second, I wanted something a little more refined looking so I strained out some of the vegetables about 2 cups total and then I blended the rest of the soup using the potatoes from the blended soup to thicken instead of the cornstarch. The result was actually a very nicely colored light orange soup. I then added back in the reserved veggies, served this with homemade garlic bread (ok, really homemade garlic butter on fresh bread) and a garden salad (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese and croutons). I made this for a dinner party and it was a huge hit. My guests even took home the left over soup! **I have made this actually a couple of times since and have gotten rave reviews each time. This is an easy and inexpensive way to feed a crowd, and I love finding those kinds of deals :> **
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Baked Fake Steak with Gravy

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2008
I tried this recipe as written. I have a guest at the moment and my daughter has been going on and on about my cooking abilities, and though he has seen most of them, they were very POORLY represented in this dish. I recall reading the reviews and thinking this would be an easy dish, and though it was easy to prepare, it was a very disappointing dish.
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Baked Beans, Texas Ranger

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2004
I changed this recipe a lot from the ingredients and the type of beans I used. I started all the way from scratch. Being I varied this recipe too much, I do not feel I can give it a valid rating, however the end result was very good.
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Batter White Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2004
If I could, I'd rate 10 stars! ((Smiles widely)) this was the first semi success I had with making my own bread...I say semi success because it rose at least ((laughs)). I am the world's worst bread maker. I can't even get prepackaged bread dough to rise and work for me. I was skeptical to try this, I swear. I read the reviews and I thought ok, I'll give it one more try...my sister is going to kill me...but it was DELIC! One reviewer said it was too yeasty for them, and I thought perhaps just a tad, but when I took it of the oven and it was just as pretty as could be, I couldn't help myself but be proud of it! I can't promise I'll attempt to make bread again, seems like so much work when I can buy just what I want for 59 cents at Wal-Mart. There are only two of us here and neither one of us are big bread eaters. I served this bread with a homemade cream of celery soup. I cannot say how much I enjoyed my bread making excursion enough! If anyone out there is like me (I swear I can't be the only one)...if you're hesitant about trying a bread recipe, this one is E A S Y ! ! ! Give it a try, you won't be disappointed. I did let it rise in the microwave though..seemed to do quite well in there.
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Chicken and Biscuit Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2003
Ohh, this was a yummy dish. I made my own chicken stock to go with this, and instead of chopping and using more celery and carrots for this dish, I just used the ones from my stock. I thought this was an excellent dish, and I even made it again (with slightly different results) with adding more vegetables instead of chicken, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. For some reason I could not find my basil after the first time I made this, so I made the second one without. If you are thinking of making this without the basil, my suggestion is DON'T EVEN TRY IT. I'm not a big basil fan myself, but without it, this recipe lacks for taste ((cries)) I still haven't found my basil. I won't make it again until I have, or I break down and go out and buy some more. Thank you so very much for a wonderful recipe. One additional note: We ate it just as the chicken dish, it was so good we couldn't wait for the biscuits to go on top and a bake in the oven. We happily munched on it while the biscuits baked :>.
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Pasta Lasagna

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2003
This was an excellent recipe. I made a few changes according to personal tastes, using ground turkey instead of beef and cottage cheese in place of ricotta. I prefer the shape of rigatoni to penne pasta and it was an excellent substitute. In addition to the cottage cheese, mozzarella and parmesan mixture I added about 1/4 cup of spinach for some color. Personally my own tastes call for more meat and sauce, I will make those adjustments upon my next pasta lasagne. Additionally, I took another reviewers advice and made the Great Garlic Bread from this site as well, yum. I will be making this again and again.
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Butter Crescents

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2003
I'm a newcomer to making bread however I felt that this recipe did not live up to expectations that I received as a result of reading the reviews. I was expecting more along the lines of a croissant, I was sadly misled and disappointed. The rolls themselves were too floury in my opinion, I would not make these again.
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Adzimka Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2003
I tried this recipe quite a while ago, and I still haven't calmed down to give it even a bland review. I suppose it could always be user failure, but I followed this recipe to the T, I didn't change a thing. The crust of the bread was VERY hard after the egg wash, the inside of the bread did not even cook at all. The potato mixture, yes, I changed that a tad added some bacon bits and some cheese for personal perference, a good thing too, the bread was not fit to eat and was tossed out. We had mashed potatoes for dinner. Like the other reviewers, I had no idea how to do the pinwheel shape, so I was on my own for that...could have been the whole problem together. I will admit to having 'bread related' issues, I don't bake fresh breads well, and this did nothing to boost my tiny fragile ego. I will not be making this again.
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Cheesy Potato and Corn Chowder

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2003
I've tried rating this recipe for a long time and it never makes it through for some reason. I LOVED this recipe. I actually took the best of what I considered from two recipes, this one and another called Vegetable Chowder. I must say though, I generally kept the guts of this recipe and picked out only a couple things from the other chowder recipe. I haven't made this in quite a while, and I'm waiting for it to cool down again, maybe another 10 degrees ((laughs)) hot here in TX before making this again. -Em
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Easy Pie Crust

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2003
I would have given this crust a 5 star rating, save for one thing, I thought the end result was a little thick for a bottom pie crust. I think however it was a direct result of the pie pan I used, though it says 'deep dish' I think it's a little THIN on that side. When I was a kid 'deep dish' really meant JUST that. Today, even the 'deep dish' pans they have out there now are NOT. I will use this recipe again, for the taste was impressive and I didn't have to fuss over rolling out the pie crust. I do believe that I will half the ingredients like I SHOULD have done before when I realized my pie plate was just a little SHORT for this recipe. Thanks a million for the great recipe!
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Chili Dog Casserole I

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2003
I made this a long time ago, and was going through my recipe box and though it had a 1 star rating, it said I hadn't ever written a review. I remember this dish DISTINCTLY ...I made it for myself and my friend who are BOTH chili dog lovers. I made it with my own homemade chili, NUTS what a waste...the buns were soggy, and I have an aversion to soggy food anyway, but the overall dish left much to be desired. The mustard made it taste even stranger. I thought that this would be a pretty decent recipe given the high reviews and the ease of preparation, boy I was sadly mistaken. I will not make this again.
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Cheddar Quiche

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2002
The ease of this recipe still dumbfounds my friends. I would make one adjustment for tastes, I would not use as much bacon. Combined that and the cheese, I thought it was a tad too salty for my personal tastes. The crust was an interesting change from regular pastry. All in all a good recipe and with the versatility, and a little expermintation an incredibly easy quiche. Thank you!
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Banana Bread II

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2002
My daughter helped me make this recipe, and though it was easy, the taste left much to be desired. I don't know if it was just myself, but I only managed one tiny sliver before I couldn't eat it. I think I'll keep looking.
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Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2002
I'm not a great lover of oatmeal to begin with, but I made these for my best friend and she absolutely loved them! I tried one as it came out of the oven (You do have to test for doneness right?), and I have to say I was quite impressed myself. I added an additional 1/4 tsp. each of nutmeg and ginger. The next time I make this recipe I plan on increasing that to 1/2 tsp. each for an additional variant. I will DEFINITELY be making these again. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!
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