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Banana Muffins with Granola Topping

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2013
I'll admit to a certain amount of skepticism when I saw the thousands of rave reviews. But I went ahead and made these because I had too many overripe bananas on my kitchen counter. I followed the recipe exactly as written, with two exceptions. One, I doubled it (like I said, too many bananas). Two, I did use some Penzey's vanilla in the muffin part of the recipe. Maybe a tsp or two. Minor changes, so I feel like I can give an accurate review. I was thrilled to find that this recipe does indeed merit all the phenomenal reviews. The muffin part is moist and flavorful and slightly chewy. The streusel topping sweet and also slightly chewy, which delighted my sons. I got 24 muffins by doubling the recipe. I did use cupcake papers, and I'm not sure if that had something to do with getting a few more. All in all, a great recipe and one that will enter into rotation in my house.
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Shrimp Francesca

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2012
Meh... I made this last night with angel hair pasta and sugar snap peas. I have two young boys who love shrimp and I thought this would be a "no leftovers" kind of dinner, but they really weren't interested. I used 2 pounds of shrimp (thawed from frozen) because my kids love them so much. I made only a few alterations: no artichokes because my kids would just pick them out, I sprinkled the bread crumbs over the shrimp and stirred them to coat, and I used dried parsley for convenience. Next time, and I think I'll give it another try, I will use 1/2 the butter. Even with 2 lbs of shrimp, the 1/2 cup of butter was just too much. The lemon juice was a nice addition.
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Cheesecake Topped Brownies

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2011
These were awesome and went very quickly in my house! The cheesecake topping isn't terribly sweet, so it kind of balances the sweetness of the brownie. Very yummy!
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Apple Chicken Stew

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2011
This was good, but my kids asked me what was in it that made it taste so odd. I think they weren't prepared for the mixture of chicken and apple. I liked it, but not so much that I'll make it again. I did make the recipe exactly as shown here.
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Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2011
This was FANTASTIC! I have two boys who are kind of picky eaters and they LOVED this. My husband and I as well. The hot pepper sauce (I used Aardvark hot sauce) really adds zing and makes this stand out. I made the recipe exactly as written and the loaf turned out moist and flavorful. The brown sugar topping is a nice foil to the slight heat of the turkey, and the next time I make this I may just double the topping. Very yummy, very highly recommended! Thanks!
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Cheddar Sausage Muffins

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2011
I just made these to serve for breakfast tomorrow morning. The only change I made in ingredients was to use turkey sausage, since my family prefers it. I did also use mini-muffin pans rather than larger muffin tins. I sprayed my pans with Pam and did not use papers. I'm not noticing that these are greasy, as another reviewer stated, in fact they are really beautiful little biscuits. The one I tested was really good, but I do think they could use just a little more flavor (could be the turkey sausage), so the next time I make them (and I definitely will) I'll add a little seasoning and maybe some onion to the sausage when I brown it. Excellent and easy! Thank you.
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Sunrise Pizza

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2011
Wow! This was great! I made just a few changes to suit my family's tastes including subbing turkey breakfast sausage for the pork and subbing chopped mushrooms for the red onions. I also used one extra egg and a little more than 8 oz of sausage. A par-baked pizza crust from my grocery store's bakery was perfect. Total baking time for my oven was closer to 20-25 minutes, but my oven is notorious for taking longer than rec'd times. Totally worth making, it was delicious and filling for a Sunday morning breakfast. Thanks so much!
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Shrimp Scampi

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2009
This is a wonderful recipe! My son requests it every week (he doesn't get it quite that often). My only issue was that it made a lot of liquid. When I make this next, I plan to cut the wine by about 1/3-1/2. Otherwise this is a great basic shrimp scampi recipe.
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Puttanesca I

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2009
Wow, I'm really sad to say that this just didn't work for us. It was very, very oily and the flavor of the olives was too strong. My kids wouldn't touch it and my husband and I were not pleased with it either.
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Grandma's Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2008
This was a very good soup! My husband and I really enjoyed it but my kids (ages 5 and 8) wouldn't eat it. Not sure why. I don't usually make tomato based soups, but I'm glad I gave this a try. It's hearty and very flavorful. I made a few changes. I used V8 instead of tomato juice, as some other reviewers suggested. I also used fresh green beans, cut into small pieces, instead of canned and frozen corn instead of canned. Too make up for the lost liquid, I used one can of petite diced tomatoes with liquid and some chicken broth. I will make a couple changes next time I make this. I'll add some chopped zucchini just for more veggies and I'll cut down on the amount of V8 and cut it further with chicken broth. Thanks for the recipe!
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2008
I'll admit to a certain amount of skepticism when I saw the thousands of rave reviews. But I went ahead and made these because I had too many overripe bananas on my kitchen counter. I followed the recipe exactly as written, with two exceptions. One, I doubled it (like I said, too many bananas). Two, I did use some Penzey's vanilla in the muffin part of the recipe. Maybe a tsp or two. Minor changes, so I feel like I can give an accurate review. I was thrilled to find that this recipe does indeed merit all the phenomenal reviews. The muffin part is moist and flavorful and slightly chewy. The streusel topping sweet and also slightly chewy, which delighted my sons. I got 24 muffins by doubling the recipe. I did use cupcake papers, and I'm not sure if that had something to do with getting a few more. All in all, a great recipe and one that will enter into rotation in my house.
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Key Lime Pie VIII

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2008
This is a great recipe! I used real Key limes and juiced them. The only change I made to the recipe was to use a graham cracker crust. I took it to dinner with friends and was sad when one of them told me he didn't care for Key Lime Pie-- but he liked it! He said he likes pies that showcase the flavor of the lime, and this one fits the bill. My family loves it and I'll be making it frequently.
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Awesome Baked Sea Scallops

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2008
This was pretty good. I thought that the flavors of the toppings kind of overwhelmed the flavor of the scallops. I will definitely make it again-- my sons LOVE scallops-- but I'll reduce the amount of garlic and butter and bread crumbs.
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Easy Alfredo Sauce II

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2007
Very good, very easy. I bet it would be even easier if I actually followed the directions! I forgot to put the butter out, so I softened it in the microwave, and then dumped all the cream in at once, instead of adding it slowly. It still turned out wonderfully. This recipe is just about the right amount for a pound of pasta. Thanks!
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Uncooked Banana Pudding

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2007
Wow! Really easy and delicious! The only modification I made was to use the mini Nilla wafers (which really isn't a modification) because that's all I had. This dessert was nice to look at (I made it in a pretty glass trifle bowl) and delicious. My 6 year old son had thirds. Don't change a thing.
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Tangy Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2007
YUM! We love this recipe, even my 4 and 6 year old sons. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out wonderfully. The only thing I did differently was to reserve the marinade, whisk in a little chicken broth, and boil to reduce. Served the sauce on the side and my kids drowned their rice with it. Very good recipe.
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Chicken Casserole Del Sol

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2007
Just a few changes made... I also used bowties, since my kids tend to like funkier shapes better. I also used frozen broccoli instead of the green beans, since my kids prefer broccoli. That said, this recipe was just okay. My husband loves casserole dishes, but not this one. It was very rich. The flavor wasn't awful, but my husband told me that it's not a keeper, and neither of my sons would eat it. I think it was just too rich for my family.
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Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2007
I agree that this soup is a little heavy on the beef. I also found that during the cooking it lost a lot of liquid and I ended up adding more water and another beef bullion cube. The only change I made was to add more frozen veggies, since I like a lot of them in the soup. Next time I will make a few more changes: I will use probably only 1/2 pound of beef, 4 cups of beef broth instead of water and bullion, I will add only frozen corn and peas (the frozen carrots along with the sliced carrots made for a lot of orange), I'll probably add some fresh mushrooms, and I will omit the potatoes and serve over hot cooked egg noodles instead. This is a good basic recipe, but probably most people will need to cater it a bit to their own tastes.
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Jamie's Minestrone

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2007
Delicious! I followed the recipe exactly, except to make more pasta since my kids always end up picking the noodles out and eating those. I did not add the wine, since I didn't have an open bottle. Oh, and I used white kidney (cannellini) beans. Really wonderful soup. Very flavorful. Next time I will add a bit more chicken broth to thin it just a little, and I'll try the suggestions about adding some diced tomatoes in place of some of the sauce. Thanks Jamie!
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Cheesy Italian Tortellini

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2007
I changed a lot about this recipe (according to my family's tastes and what ingredients I had). I used 1 pound of ground beef (we don't care for sausage), regular pasta sauce, an 8 oz container of fresh mushrooms, which were sauteed with the beef, ravioli (my store did not have plain cheese tortellini, so I substituted cheese ravioli), and I added some zucchini as well. I read other reviews and used 2 packages of the ravioli. Overall, my family really enjoyed this. I agree some others that the slow cooker is probably unnecessary, but one real positive about this recipe is that there are not many dishes left to do! The sauce cooks all day in the crockpot and once you throw the pasta into the sauce, that's it, instead of a separate pan for boiling the pasta and a colander for draining. It tasted good and I will use the recipe again. Thanks!
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