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Baked Potato

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2014
I know it might be basic, but there is always going to be someone who needs basics. Simple, yes. Intuitive, not necessarily. Temp and time are things someone wouldn't necessarily "know" off-hand, especially if this is their first time or they haven't done it in a while. I agree that oil and salt will give you better flavor and crispier skin, which I enjoy! Thanks for keeping it simple!
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Baked Apple Slices

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2013
I did this with two apples and sliced them down like you would for a pie. My toddler loves fruit, so I wanted to give her something a little sweet but still kinda healthy. I didn't change the amounts of sugar, water or cornstarch. I also added 1 tbsp of lemon juice and upped the baking time to 25 minutes (I didn't want the apples too mushy and that was just right). According to a nutrition calculator I use, this makes it around 45.5 calories for 6 servings (remember, I'm serving this to my toddler). All in all, this recipe was great. The only real change I made was using the lemon juice. If the baby doesn't like it, it is not the fault of the recipe! This tastes just like apple pie filling!
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Grandma's Doughnuts

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2013
There were really good! It was my first time making doughnuts at home and they taste fantastic! We did the doughnut holes for our daughter. I was a little nervous because I haven't fried much and I've never done doughnuts. That's part of the reason I went with this recipe. I didn't want to do a ton of work just to have the recipe flop. Plus, I'm a mom...having staple recipes of quick and easy favorites is a must! We heated the oil over high in our wok. I cut the holes out and put the doughnuts in the oil 2-3 at a time. My husband monitored/flipped them. When they came out, I rolled/sprinked them with powdered sugar while he worked on the next batch. We did doughnut holes last. VERY tasty. Might try them with a glaze next time, but we will definitely be making these again. I will say, though, that it was helpful having someone else who could monitor another batch while I rolled the still hot doughnuts in sugar. Do-able for one person, but easier with two, I think.
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Hot Spiced Cider

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2012
Done this in a slow cooker for parties...it is always a hit. Especially if I bring butterscotch schnapps! :)
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Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2012
I doubled this recipe and made it last night. I didn't have enough Worcestershire sauce and left out the hot sauce. I used this on the Slow Cooker Pulled Pork from this site. The double batch was perfect for a 5lb. pork loin, just enough. I was glad I made the sauce the night before. As good as it was the night before, it was AMAZING today. Best BBQ sauce I've ever made at home. Like another reviewer, I used cheap whiskey and it didn't really seem to matter. My picky-eater husband loved this, too. The pulled pork is definitely going on our menu rotation and this is the only sauce I'll make for it! Y-U-M!!!
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2012
Made this with a 5lb pork loin (it was on sale) and did two bottles of beer instead of root beer. This was only because my husband hates root beer and I didn't want to have this huge pot of pulled pork that he wouldn't eat. I cooked it for 8ish hours on low with the beer, then drained it, pulled it and added the Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce (made a double batch that the night before...is definitely better if you make it at least a day in advance and a double batch was just right for the amount of pork we had). It was a little too moist and had a relatively strong beer flavor, so we took it out of the slow cooker, added more BBQ sauce and finished it on the grill for 10-15 minutes. It got a great, smoky flavor and cooked off the excess liquid more effectively than the slow cooker could have. PERFECT! We will definitely make this again for family and friends. Great taste, very moist, really simple to make. LOVED THIS RECIPE!
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Best Baked French Fries

Reviewed: May 14, 2013
Gotta say, these are amazing! I'm looking forward to trying this recipe with sweet potatoes to see how it works. My two year-old DD and my DH LOVE fries, so I wanted to be able to give them something that was healthier than fast food or frozen fries. I prefer to make as much of our food at home as I possibly can. No more frozen fries for us! With a french fry cutter, this recipe is super simple and relatively quick, too. I added onion powder this time and next time I might half the pepper for my DD. I also forgot to spray the aluminum foil on my pan...DON'T forget that step, lol. The oil helped the fries come off, but I had to peel them off individually. I might try these with ranch mix next time and will try both sweet and savory spice mixes for the sweet potato fries. Great, versatile recipe!
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Meat Pie (Tourtiere)

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2012
YUMMY! Even my picky-eater husband loves this recipe. I've done it with one pound each of ground beef and ground pork and did it tonight with three pounds of ground beef (doubled spices). Each time I did with instant potatoes for convenience more than anything. I don't measure the potatoes, just add till I like the ratio (adding more water or milk as needed for consistency). I've always use store-bought crusts (again, convenience). It is AMAZING! With the three pounds of ground beef, I had enough to fill three store-bought pie crusts so I now have two in the freezer. I did use half the cinnamon and a bit more allspice...I might use a little less clove next time, too, but that's a personal thing.
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Sweetened Whipped Cream

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2012
I made this to go on top of Flourless Chocolate Cake II from this site...YUM! It was easy and delicious. I did chill my bowl and beaters first.
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Flourless Chocolate Cake II

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2012
I also melted the butter in a saucepan and then added the chocolate. It worked just fine that way, if you don't have a double boiler. Instead of squares of chocolate, I measured out 4 oz of semisweet chocolate chips, which also worked fine. I made this as a treat for my husband and topped it with Sweetened Whipped Cream, also from this site. It was EXCELLENT! Easy, fast and something for which I almost always have all the ingredients on hand!
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Sex-In-A-Pan

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2011
Love this recipe and it is one of the few I make (almost) exactly as the recipe states. I do use low-fat cream cheese, fat-free whipped topping, sugar-free pudding and more fat-free whipped topping instead of the whipping cream. However, it still tastes rich and delicious, just a bit healthier! :) All my friends and co-workers love it and one friend even requested this as payment for something we "bought" from her instead of money!
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Butter Beef

Reviewed: May 27, 2011
FANTASTIC! I used 2 onions, no mushrooms and lots of fresh garlic. I didn't add the gravy mix and served this over homemade garlic mashed potatoes. It was really good...even my super picky-eater husband liked it and said it should become a staple meal for us. It was easy, quick and tasty! I did do it on high for 4-5 hours and next time will try not browning the meat first and cooking it on low for 8 hours. On its own, the meat seemed a little dry, but with the sauce and the mashed potatoes, it was delicious. Great recipe, will definitely make this again.
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Roasted Chicken with Risotto and Caramelized Onions

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2013
I've been using this recipe for a while and keep forgetting to review it! We LOVE this recipe, when I have time to make it. I'd always been a little scared of making risotto, but this recipe was well written. The balsamic onions add a nice sweetness and tang to the overall creamy dish, which is much needed. Without them, I could see this being way too heavy. Good balance, good texture. This is one of the few recipes I follow exactly every time! I have substituted basil for thyme depending on what I have on hand and it works very well, too.
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Corn on the Grill

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2013
I halved the pepper and didn't add hot sauce and this was AMAZING!! I shucked the corn, then put it on aluminum foil. Brushed the butter/garlic/spice mix over the top, drizzled a little more on and folded the aluminum foil to make a packet. Put it on the grill and it was super tasty. I wasn't sure about the sugar, I'll admit, but this was the best grilled corn I've ever had! I don't think I'll be able to go back...this has ruined me for plain corn! Even my picky-eater husband loved this!
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Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2012
Loved this soup, though I must admit, I did modify it quite a bit. I used 1.5 lbs. stew meat, 1 bag each frozen sweet corn and frozen green beans, 1/2 small bag of carrots sliced, 1 bag golden honey potatoes, a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes and 2 packages garlic and herb soup mix. To offset the lack of juice from the canned veggies, I added a 32oz box of beef broth. It was AMAZING! I am on a low sodium diet and so using fresh/frozen veggies is generally a must for me. I know I'm not rating the recipe "as is" but I feel that I kept the basic structure of the recipe and just subbed for fresh ingredients. Even my picky-eater husband loved it. This recipe was easy and tasty. I'm excited to see how the leftovers taste!
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Baked Teriyaki Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2014
This recipe is fantastic! I use it over boneless skinless chicken breasts and it is amazing. Took it to a church group one night and a friend tasted it them promptly invited herself over whenever I made it again. Best teriyaki sauce I've had, restaurant or otherwise. I generally do it without the cornstarch and water, then let it cook a little longer to thicken up. Baste the chicken and set the remaining sauce on the table to use as needed. I serve this over Garlic Rice from this site and it is a meal that never fails to please!
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Steak n Ale Pie

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2013
I've done this twice. Once as written and once with changes. Both times, I used Guinness and no turnips. As written, I think this recipe is probably a 3-star at best. I had difficulty getting the "gravy" to thicken, the potatoes and carrots weren't all cooked through even after over an hour in the oven and it ended up much more like a broth. It was also kind of bland. Here are the changes I made, I cooked the vegetables and onions in about a cup and a half of beef broth until they were soft and then scooped them out with a slotted spoon. I used the reserved liquid in place of the water for the ale mixture and added both a gravy packet and a packet of my go-to garlic and herb dry soup mix. I made sure the gravy was thick before spooning it over the beef and veggies. Done this way, this recipe was EXCELLENT, 5-star definitely and one my picky-eater husband has requested again. So it averages out to a 4-star...not exceptional as written but pretty easy to adjust to your own taste/family.
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