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Delicious Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2015
These were pretty good! It reminds me of a recipe I tried many years ago. I didn't have raspberry jam, so I used apricot preserves. I added a little cinnamon to the flour/oat mixture. My husband really enjoyed this, and asked me to make it with peach. I'd like a little more . . . complexity? . . . to the crusty part. It was very easy, but next time I think I'll add a bit more cinnamon, and maybe some nutmeg. I will make this again with some experimentation.
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Best Bread Machine Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2015
I was nervous about trying this bread. Most of the reviews are glowing, but the bad ones are pretty bad. I read ICYBLUEROSE's advice of increasing the salt to 1.5 tsp to avoid the bread rising and falling. Decided to give it a shot. Maybe 5 minutes into the cycle I drizzled in a small amount of water, to help the dough come together. The bread did rise to the lid of the machine, but did not spill over. That's the only negative. The bread tastes good and has a nice texture. My husband loves white bread, and is really happy with it. The next time I bake this bread, I will try closer to 1.25 tsp salt, to see if that will prevent it from touching the lid. ~~~Thanks for the recipe!
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Quick Bean and Turkey Italian Meatballs

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2015
My husband and I enjoyed these! I think he'd still prefer a beef meatball, but these were a nice option. ~~~I made some small adjustments. I had only 1 lb of 99% fat free turkey, so I reduced the beans and breadcrumbs a little. Used a whole egg instead of just the white. Added a bit of salt-free Italian seasoning. And used beef Better than Bouillon instead of salt (to try and make it beefier-tasting for my husband. Toward the end of the cooking time, I poured on some spaghetti sauce, so it could simmer while I was getting the pasta ready. ~~~They weren't dry or tough. My daughter examined them closely. I told her that they were turkey (but didn't mention the beans). She said that they tasted okay, but that the texture was weird. She's hard to please. :-) ~~~Thanks so much for the recipe, Susan! I do believe we'll make this one again.
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Jo's Rosemary Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2014
I received a bread machine for Christmas today, and this is the bread I made for our meal. I had planned to just make the simple, recommended bread from the machine manual, but it called for powdered milk, which I didn't have on-hand. I remembered that I found this recipe last week, and I had all the ingredients, so this is what we went with. ~~~ We were really happy with the bread! My husband had the first piece, and said it was like bread we'd get at an Italian restaurant. I was feeling apprehensive, since it was my first time using the machine, but we're so happy with how it turned out. Thanks so much for the recipe!!!
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Kielbasa Stew

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2014
Made this for dinner tonight. I did not brown the sausage in butter, because so much fat/grease comes out of the sausage anyway. Once the sausage was browned, I drained off most of the fat. Then I added the onion and browned that a little. Continued with the recipe, excluding the salt. Good thing! We try to do lower sodium, and it would have been way too salty if I had added it. I did use the lower sodium tomato soup and beef broth. My husband isn't fond of cabbage, but enjoyed this and got seconds. I thought it was good. Not a favorite, but it'll be nice to have from time to time. My daughter didn't like this. She said the flavor was good, but couldn't get past the texture of the cabbage. But she's picky that way.
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NO YOLKS® Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2014
We were pleased with this dish! I didn't have chicken already cooked, so I cut up my raw chicken, and started cooking that in the oil first. I seasoned it with Kickin' Chicken. Then I added the veggies. No mushrooms -- I didn't have any, and (sadly) I'm the only person in our house who likes them. When I put in dried thyme (didn't have fresh), I added a little more Kickin' Chicken. Used low sodium chicken broth. I boiled it a bit longer than the recipe says, because I wanted to make sure the carrots would be tender. I grated fresh Pecornio Romano (didn't have Parmesan), and ended up with a little more than 1/2 cup. Seasoned the panko with a small amount of Kickin' Chicken. ~~~ I was really pleased with the flavor and consistency. I was worried about the flavor, but it turned out really good. I don't know if it was the Kickin' Chicken, but I think the Pecorino Romano really added a lot! Normally when making something like this, to be thickened with flour, I would have added it while sautéing the veggies. But I followed the recipe, and it turned out fine. ~~~ We're very pleased with how this turned out. It was easy, I had almost everything on hand (made adjustments for fresh thyme and Parmesan), and tasted good. Thanks for the recipe!
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Cabbage Beef Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2014
When I showed my husband the recipe, he didn't like the idea at all (cabbage). I made it anyway. :-) As usual, I tried to reduce the sodium. Didn't bother with the vegetable oil, because the skillet I used is well-seasoned. I added a little garlic powder while browning the meat. Used no salt added/reduced sodium beans & 1 can tomato sauce, 1 can petite diced tomatoes (for texture). Skipped the 4 bouillon cubes and 1 tsp salt; instead I used low sodium beef broth and a little beef Better Than Bouillon instead. Toward the end of cooking, I tasted & added maybe 1 T sugar and a fair amount of Worcestershire sauce. Next time I will likely reduce the cumin, and add some paprika. ~~ Husband enjoyed the soup (said it was good), but our daughter didn't eat much (not a surprise). I mostly liked it, but will adjust the seasoning a little the next time.
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Tomato Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2014
I know folks hate modifications, but I made a few. I started out pretty true to the recipe. I boiled the tomatoes for a minute and put them in cool water to remove the skins (personal preference). Then I chopped them up. Used beef Better Than Bouillon rather than salt. A little more onion. Minced garlic from a jar instead of powdered. Skipped parsley. Everything else was the same. Then I made adjustments. Since I had some fresh mushrooms that needed to be used, I sautéed those and added them. Put in a can of tomato paste to thicken a bit. Re-seasoned, including some "Italian Seasoning" (salt-free), and some more sugar because the tomatoes were a bit tart. I used home-grown tomatoes. My husband said he can't remember ever having better spaghetti! Thanks for the recipe!
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Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2014
Found this recipe yesterday and made it for dinner today. My husband was VERY pleased with it. Our daughter didn't really like the meat, but she's weird about ground beef. She liked the gravy (without onions) over her mashed potatoes. I've been looking for a Salisbury Steak recipe because my husband likes it so much, but they always seem to call for a can of soup, jar of gravy, or some sort of powdered mix. I avoid those things when possible, so I was thrilled to find this recipe. We try to do reduced sodium, so I used less salt in the meat. While cooking I realized I didn't have beef broth, so I used reduced sodium chicken broth. I skipped the season salt in the gravy and added a little beef "Better than Bouillon." Everything was good. I will increase the gravy next time, for the mashed potatoes. ~~Thanks for the recipe!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Stew

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2014
We try to do low sodium, so I used low sodium soup and eliminated the salts (used garlic powder instead of garlic salt). I added a bit of thyme, because we like that with these kinds of chicken/turkey dishes. We ate this over canned biscuits. It was okay, but no one was excited about it. My daughter seemed to like the potatoes more than anything. We didn't bother with the leftovers.
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Cherry Tomato Sauce with Penne

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2014
This was very easy and tasted good. I didn't have fresh oregano, so I used dried. Also, I reduced the pepper flakes for someone else in the house. There was still lots of thin sauce after stirring into the pasta for a few minutes, so next time I will use only 1.5 cups of chicken broth. I'm sure we'll be making this throughout the tomato season -- what a great way to use our cherry tomatoes and yellow pear tomatoes!
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Chicken Breasts in Caper Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2014
My husband and I liked this. My daughter said she didn't like the dill. I got her to try a caper, and she didn't seem too fond of that, either (but that doesn't surprise me -- she's very picky). I fixed three chicken breasts, and cut them into cubes because I thought that would work well with the sauce and pasta. Deglazed the pan with chicken broth. Omitted the salt (we try to do lower sodium), and didn't miss it at all. Used half & half because that's what I had, and doubled it. I thought it was easy and turned out well. We will fix this again. Thanks for the recipe!
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Crispy Cucumbers and Tomatoes in Dill Dressing

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2014
Made this to go with dinner tonight. Halved the recipe. Used half the amount of dried dill (because that's what I had), and less salt. Tasted and squeezed in a little fresh lemon juice and just a sprinkle more sugar. I liked it and my husband *really* enjoyed it. ~~Thanks for the recipe!
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Hodie's Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2014
My anti-Sloppy Joe daughter ate half her sandwich and said this was better than what I usually fix (with a store-bought powdered mix). My husband had three sandwiches and finished my daughter's other half. He said they were the best he's ever had! ~~When browning the meat & onions I added some garlic powder and ground in some black pepper. Continued according to the recipe. Tasted and decided it needed something more. I added Worcestershire sauce and ground mustard (not prepared). Tasted & added a little more. This will likely be our go-to Sloppy Joes recipe!
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Unbelievable Chicken

Reviewed: May 30, 2014
Everyone enjoyed this! I reduced the brown sugar a bit (maybe by half), because my daughter complains if meat is very sweet. I did more like 1/2 tsp salt because we're doing lower sodium, and a wee splash of reduced sodium soy sauce. Everything else was as written. My daughter took one apprehensive bite, and immediately wanted more. :-) There were no leftovers tonight!
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Superb Sauteed Mushrooms

Reviewed: May 25, 2014
I just made a half-recipe of these mushrooms. They were really tasty! I didn't have the wine, so I *slightly* increased the teriyaki sauce. I used plenty of fresh garlic, and skipped the garlic salt, because I didn't think it'd need any salt. Mmmm. My husband and daughter don't like mushrooms, so I had to eat them all by myself. :-) Next time I'll probably decrease the oil/butter a little, and I won't bother increasing the teriyaki. I'm glad I left out the garlic salt, because I think that would have made it too salty. Thanks for the recipe!
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Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2014
I've made this several times. I used to save it for large gatherings, but I decided that's just silly. I make the dressing, and put it in a container to use as needed. When out of Dijon mustard I've used grainy (German-style) mustard. I had to taste and play with the amount, but it still turned out fine. I prefer toasted sliced almonds or sunflower seeds to cashews. And we like a strong tasting cheese, like Gorgonzola. You can play with the fruits, too. Thanks for this recipe, Nora LaCroix. It's a keeper!
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Basic Biscuits

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2013
My daughter asked me to give her this recipe when she's "older." :-) These were pretty easy to make, with good results. I added a few minutes to the baking time, but maybe it's because my biscuits were a bigger. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
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Peppermint Meringues

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2012
I added a few drops of peppermint extract when beating the egg whites. We piped them out with a decorating tip. We crushed some peppermints in a bag and then ran them through the food processor for almost powdery bits. I tried the first one too soon (maybe 30 minutes after turning off the oven) -- it wasn't completely dry inside. So I closed the oven and let them sit a few hours. When I came back and tried again, they were perfect! It was my daughter's first time trying meringues. At first she was like, "Meh." But she tried again after dinner and decided she loved them! These are easy, have a great texture, and are pretty. They feel like a special treat!
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Foiled BBQ Chicken with Corn on the Cob and Pinto Beans

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2012
I had my 9-year-old help me get this ready for dinner. I made it as written, using Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce. We didn't measure the BBQ sauce . . . just squirted some on from the bottle. I think that next time I will add a little extra seasoning (maybe garlic powder, or a little Kickin'chicken). I'm going to look for a larger can of beans, too, because my daughter seemed to enjoy those the most. It wasn't a fancy meal, but it was easy enough for my little beginner to help out, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. I don't normally fix drumsticks, and I think next time I might try thighs or breasts, for meatier portions. Thanks for the recipe!
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