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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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Country House Bed and Breakfast Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2010
This was pretty good! I read lots of reviews, and decided to skip the butter. I used Smart Balance spray on my baking dish, and there was no sticking. I suspect that this recipe will accept modifications such as peppers, different meat, spice, etc. fairly well. I will be making this one again . . . thanks for the recipe!
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Cold Macaroni and Tuna Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2010
I know a lot of people have issues with folks reviewing after modifications, but that's what I'm doing. :-) I used two eggs instead of one, discarding the yolks (don't need the extra cholesterol). I used only one package of tuna. I added one stalk of celery, and a bit of onion -- both chopped. I put my frozen peas in the colander, and drain the pasta right over them. This elimanates a step. For the dressing, I used about half reduced fat Miracle Whip, and half reduced fat sour cream. I'm not a big fan of Miracle Whip, but I find I prefer it to mayo for most salads. I increased the overall quantity, because I don't like a dry macaroni salad. I added a little milk, to add moisture, and some zesty Italian dressing until it tasted right to me. I completely eliminated the extra salt and pepper. Lots of modifications, I know. But I appreciate the original recipe, because it is a good basic recipe and versatile enough to accept everyone's changes. I'll try this again, and I'll probably try other changes based on my family's comments. Thanks so much for the recipe!
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Cracked Sugar Cookies I

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2009
*I* don't care for sugar cookies, but my husband does, so I made these for him last night. As I was working with it, I thought it seemed more like pie crust dough than cookie dough (dry and crumbly). My husband liked the cookies, but noted that there was a slight "flour" taste to them. After reading lots of other reviews, I think I will try this recipe again, and either reduce the flour a bit, or add a couple tablespoons of applesauce. Thanks for the recipe!
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Sugar Cookie Icing

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2009
I, personally, am not into cookies with frosting/icing, but my husband is. So last night I made him some sugar cookies with this icing (I don't like sugar cookies, either!). He liked the results. I feel like I need to work with this a bit to find a consistency that I like. I haven't yet tried one of the cookies, but later I will, and I'm sure I'll use this recipe again. Thanks!
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Texas Ranch Potato Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2009
Wow -- I've been making this for five years! We love this recipe. I make extra of the dressing, and use probably half sour cream and half mayo. Yum, yum! I mix in some of the bacon, but save some to sprinkle on just before serving. This is a keeper -- we will make it over and over again. I always get compliments when I make this. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!!
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Easy Chinese Corn Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2009
I've made this soup several times. I fell in love with this type of soup (both corn and egg) when I was a child, but now that I'm grown it seems like all I can find when we go out is plain egg drop soup (no corn). I add a little bit of ginger from a tube. I don't normally like ginger, but I think a little makes a big difference. If I'm fighting a cold, I'll add more ginger. :-) Sometimes I'll add a wee bit of reduced sodium soy sauce, or a little hon dashi, depending on my mood. Thanks for the recipe -- we'll be making this again!
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Wisconsin Bratwurst

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2009
I've been using this recipe for several years. Brats just don't taste right anymore, unless they're made with onions and beer! And I also prefer Johnsonville. :-) We got some handmade brats from our meat market, but they can't compare. *I don't use any butter . . . just can't get myself to do it (I think brats are greasy/fatty enough -- but they taste great!). Just a little touch of oil in my non-stick pan works fine. Thanks for the excellent recipe. We don't have this often, but it's a very special treat when we do!
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Pizza Popcorn

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2009
I've made this recipe for my daughter's snack day at school (1st grade) twice. It sounds as if it has been well-received by the children, and I think it's pretty tasty, too. The first time I made it I had a hard time mixing in the butter -- my largest bowl wasn't quite big enough. The second time I used the lid from my Rubbermaid cake saver as a bowl. It worked perfectly! As someone else suggested, I used jelly roll pans for baking. Fifteen minutes at 350 burned the cheese, so I changed it to ten minutes at 300 degrees. We don't use a lot of salt, so instead of garlic salt, I used plain garlic powder; and I used a scant 1/4 tsp of salt. Will make this again . . . thanks for the recipe!
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Sausage Crescent Rolls

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2009
This was an average recipe for us. My husband said it was "okay," but my daughter didn't want to finish hers. I thought it was good for a change of pace, but not spectacular. Not sure I'll be making this again as written. I think it's a great idea, so I might play with it and try different combinations of fillings.
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Texas Caviar I

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2009
Everyone except my daughter really enjoyed this (she's just going through one of those phases where she doesn't want to try anything "different"). I couldn't find cherry tomatoes, so I bought grape tomatoes instead. I didn't use all of the tomatoes because I'm not fond of uncooked tomatoes. But after it sat for a day, the tomatoes really mellowed out, and it might have been okay. And I skipped the cilantro, because no one in our house likes it. I will be making this again today. This time I'll be using cherry tomatoes. :-) Thanks for the recipe -- what an easy and tasty way to feed my husband his black-eyed peas! **May 4, 2010 UPDATE!** Some of the moms were putting together snacks for the teachers' lounge (it's teacher appreciation week). I took a double batch of the Texas Caviar and a couple bags of tortilla chips. My daughter's teacher and one of the librarians both e-mailed me before noon asking for the recipe, and I was stopped by two more teachers this morning . . . again asking for the recipe. And I was worried that no one would like it! They said it didn't last long at all. Thanks again for the excellent recipe!
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