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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2011
I would give it 5 stars but following the recipe to a T is only 4 stars. After reading other reviews, I made the following changes: cut back on the brown sugar/ ketchup mixture (too sweet for a sweet tooth!) and make sure you put it on top of the meatloaf before baking. Also, I substituted milk......using evaporated milk instead. Bread crumbs work great (who really wants to take the time to crush saltines anyway?).....and lastly, maybe my onion was on the bigger side of small? It seemed like a lot of onion, so make sure it is really small or just use 1/1 an onion. I will definitely make this again! An excellent meatloaf with a little modification!!
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Spicy Garlic Salmon

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2011
Just ok, but I would not make again. It just seemed like the wrong combination of flavors.....they kind of clashed. I think the red chile pepper puts it over.....maybe it would be better with just the garlic, lemon, and mustard?
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Asparagus, Chicken, and Pecan Pasta

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2011
This was an excellent pasta! It had such a great combination of flavors.....and it was aesthetically pleasing as well! A couple minor changes I did make, I used closer to 1 bunch of asparagus......and it really was plenty after you cut into 1 inch pieces. And I chopped 1/2 yellow pepper and 1/2 red pepper instead 1 whole red pepper. This gave it a little more pop in color and flavor. Last, I chopped the pecans and toasted them before adding. I definitely recommend doing this! The pecans are better in every bite rather than having large, random pieces here and there. Plus, toasting them for a few minutes brings out the flavor. This pasta was easy and tasted like it came from a restaurant! I will make again and again!!!
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Garlic Spaghetti

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2011
This was a hit in my family! Even my 6 yr old, who prefers his noodles totally plain, ate it up! I don't think you can mess up this recipe. I ended up making this recipe a second time before writing this review. The second time, I added chicken (cut into strips). It turned out really good! This will be made on a regular basis in my house!
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Sour Cream Chicken Quiche

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2011
My husband really liked this, but I thought it was just ok.....maybe I am just not a fan of quiche. I followed the recipe exactly except I increased the 1/4 c green pepper to 1/2 c (green, yellow, and red pepper). I also increased the chicken to 1 1/2 c and baked it an extra 10 minutes. I think it could be good, possibly better with ham.
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Gingerbread Men

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2010
My boys really wanted to make real gingerbread cookies this year. I decided on this recipe because it seemed like it was a milder version of a traditional gingerbread that would be made with molasses. They were so good.....gingerbready enough that even someone who is not a fan of gingerbread would like them. I followed the directions exactly.....except I always bake less then what is suggested. I took them out around 8 minutes. Also, I only got 12 cookies so if I made them smaller and got as many as the recipe states, I would probably take them out at 7 minutes or so. Very Tasty!
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Pralines

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2010
This was my first time making Pralines and it was a success! I made them for my husband who had mentioned over the years that Pralines were one of his favorites. I have never had them before and after making them, they are a little too sweet for me (and I love sweets!).....but he loved them so I gave them 5 stars. One change I made to the recipe after reading all the reviews was using evaporated milk instead of milk. I was a little intimidated after reading about the ice bath, but after the successful soft ball test.....I placed the pan in cold water in the sink for a few minutes trying to cool it down. I didn't think it was a big deal if the first ones were hotter and flatter....I just came back to those a few moments later and added more to the tops. One thing I may want to try differently.....and this would be more for my tastes, not my husbands. I would like to try either cutting back on everything except the pecans or adding more pecans. I think toasted pecans with just enough coating to cover only the nut would be really good!
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Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2010
Less would be more! These had way too much butter, sour cream, bacon, onions, and cheese! The only thing I changed with the recipe was I cut the milk back to 1/4 cup and then added another tbsp after it was all mixed. Judging on the consistency, I would not add that extra tbsp and stick to the 1/4 c. The other thing I changed, was I brushed on olive oil and sprinkled coarse salt on the potatoes skins before putting on cookie sheet to bake. My potatoes did cook perfectly after 60 minutes. My skins were soft. I carefully scooped out flesh (leaving a good 1/4 inch on skin) and they stayed intact. Next time I make these, I will probably cut everything back (except potatoes) to 3/4 the amount and then go from there.
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Aunt Teen's Creamy Chocolate Fudge

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2010
The best thing I did before making this fudge was reading lots of reviews to gauge any tweaking before attempting to make my first fudge. The only changes I made to actual recipe was I omitted the nuts. Two things I would emphasize: (1) measure out everything before (because you can't stop stirring) and (2) stir constantly for 6 1/2 minutes (like I read in other reviews) after you bring those first 5 ingredients to a boil. After 6 1/2 minutes, I removed from heat, added chips and vanilla and stirred until smooth. My fudge came out smooth and pretty! I even sprinkled crushed peppermint candy cane on 1/4 of it to experiment. It was a highlight this Christmas with my husband and kids! I plan on adding peppermint extract to it next year (along with the crushed peppermint on top) and give it away as gifts!
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