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Baked Potato Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2010
This is a good start for a recipe. I always add more potatoes, bacon, broth, flour and less onion. The amount of flour the recipe calls for leaves it very runny, and not a chowder consistency like potato soup should be. I use at least 6 tbsp each time I make this & up to 1/2 lb of bacon. 6 large potatoes and at least 5 cloves of garlic. I did try this in the crock pot and it came out well, although the flavor and consistency comes out much better when made on the stovetop. Easy recipe to follow, and a quick cook time compared to most soups. I was pleased to find that everything I needed for the soup was already in my kitchen, and that the ingredients are all fairly inexpensive. It's very filling and lasts, freezes well, real crowd pleaser. Will continue making again and again with my revised version.
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Ashley's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2010
These are amazing. The brown sugar is the key to the tastiness. It gives it such a wonderful difference to regular chocolate chip cookie recipes. My husband was quite impressed. If you dont want them too cakey, stir with a spoon instead of using a hand mixer. & definitely add in the 1/2 tsp baking soda as recommended by the author. This did not yield 36 cookies for me however, not even close. More like 20-25.
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Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2010
These were fantastic! Quick & easy. I halved the recipe and now make this often with family dinner. They are a hit with everyone. I add garlic salt & dried parsley to the batter as well as extra cheese. After they are done I douse them with the butter sauce and then stick them back in the oven for another 2 minuted. They come out beautifully golden, with just the right amount of crunch to the top layer. I have tried these with and without the BAY seasoning, both ways are delicious.
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Homemade Tomato Sauce I

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2010
I omitted the wine, celery, carrots, and bell pepper. I wanted a plain tomato sauce, and this recipe served as a good base. I added much more garlic & used my homegrown heirloom tomatoes. The process was fairly easy and the recipe easy to follow. I also omitted the butter and used only EVOO. I did not add chunks, as I like my sauce thin. I let this cook covered for two hours, adding in thyme, italian seasoning, bay leaves, oregano, extra salt & pepper. Then I added 1 small can of tomato sauce and let cook for another hour uncovered. Added another can tomatoe sauce, some more pepper & fresh oregano then let cook on low for another hour and a half. This came out great. I made a triple batch and was able to freeze quite a bit. The whole family was impressed, even both of my kids. I have definitely added this recipe to my book & it will remain there! Thanks so much for sharing.
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Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2010
I have made these several times & they are a household favorite. The whole batch never lasts long. My husband especially LOVES these and always begs me to make them. Ive even forgotten to sift together the dry ingredients and they still turned out delicious. Very easy, fast, and fool proof.
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Country Chicken Supper

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2010
This came out fantastic, but only with my changes, which is why I rate it a 4. I added an extra potato and omitted the green beans and carrots. The thought of those vegetables with the rest of the mixture, honestly made my stomach churn, so I didn't dare try it. I used chicken broth in place of water, and added and extra 1/2 cup, totally 1 1/2 cups broth in place of 1 cup water. I did not follow the measurements for salt and pepper, just added to taste. I also added a dash or two of paprika and season all. When I sauteed the onion, I also added 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped. 1/2 cup cheese is definitely not enough. I added in 1/2 cup and mixed together with the rest, then added 1 cup to the top. This still needed salt and pepper to taste with each persons preference, but it came out wonderful. I used 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chile and that gave it a great little kick without overpowering. It all got eaten up, and I will definitely make again. Very easy and quick, but hardy and filling.
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Fudge

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2010
I only used 2 cups of milk chocolate morsels & added a tbsp of butter. I mixed it very well on the stove top (on low) before pouring in the pan. After I poured it in the pan I added some white chocolate chunks I had cut up from a bar, let them melt a bit, then swirled. The texture was great, but still a little too sweet for me & with already subtracting a whole cup of morsels, I'm not sure what else could be done for that problem. Next time I may try adding nuts or marshmallows to offset the chocolate power.
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Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2010
These were good, but I felt the recipe was a bit off. I also finely diced my onion and let it brown with some diced fresh garlic. I also used only 1/2 an onion, as I am not a fan, but wanted to follow the recipe. I added some velveeta, as I only had exactly 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar, and I wanted to take the advice of other reviewers and add to the cheese flavor. Next time I will just use more cheese and not velveeta (but thats all I had on hand). I poured some cheese sauce on each layer of potatoes. I found there was not enough sauce to my liking, so next time I will make double the recipe of sauce. I seasoned each layer of potatoes with salt, pepper, and garlic salt before pouring on the cheese sauce & added the onion and garlic mixture to every other layer. I sprinkled extra cheese on the top before placing in the oven. I also agree, as other reviewers have said, that a 1 quart casserole dish is just not big enough, I used a 2 quart and it was perfect. I cooked these on 400 for 1 hr 10 minutes, then removed the lid and cooked uncovered for another 20 minutes. Very nice flavor and potato texture. Next time I will try and cook this in the crock pot, as another reviewer suggested. This was great with my baked chicken, which I stuffed with veggies.
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2010
This still came out a bit cakey, even though I did not use a mixer and just stirred with a spoon. I did double the recipe and cook in a 9X13 pan. Wasn't sure if I was going to like the icing or not, so I only put it on half. I definitely prefer pure brownie, no topping needed. Still a very good brownie recipe, just needs a bit of tweaking I'd say. I may try to omit the butter next time and try something like olive oil or sour cream.
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Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2010
These DEFINITELY did not come out looking ANYTHING like the picture. Don't let the pretty orange whoopie pies fool you, for what this recipe call for, 1 cup pumpkin, they come out an ugly light brown color & hardly taste of pumpkin. I even added 1 tsp pumpkin spice, and nothing. Definitely needs more pumpkin.
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Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2010
I made three batches of these, with a little tweaking to each. The first I followed almost exactly, except added 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, omitted the chips. Yum. Second I added 1 cup of pumpkin, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, & 1 tsp cinnamon to make a yummy oatmeal pumpkin cookie. For the third and final batch, I added 1 cup of chopped and peeled apples, 1 tsp vanilla, and 2 tsp of cinnamon for a yummy apple cinnamon oatmeal cookie. MMMM!
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Cocoa Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2010
These turned out very nicely. Perfect flavor, not too much and not too little. I cooked mine on 350 degrees for 9 minutes, let cool on sheet for 1 minute and then transferred to wire rack. They all turned out great.
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Chicken Potato Bake

Reviewed: May 19, 2010
This was fantastic. It took little prep work, and I didnt have to stand in the kitchen over an open flame, cooking several different things at once. FAST and EASY! Plus, DELICIOUS. I used regular russet potatoes and boneless skinless chicken breasts, also I added half a bag of baby carrots. I cut my potatoes very small and didnt have a problem with them cooking (as other people have suggested) I marinated the carrots, potatoes, and chicken separately for 2 hours beforehand. I also used a smaller dish (casserole dish) My veggies laid more on top of the chicken then around it, which I was concerned about, but they cooked perfectly. The chicken was tender & flavorful. This was a crowd pleaser with everyone in the house, even my picky 3 yr old. I also used KRAFT tuscan house italian dressing, and was very pleased with the flavor. I used my own premade Italian seasoning & added some extra rosemary, salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste. I left this dish covered for 40 min and uncovered for 20...a perfect cook time at 400 F. We will most definitely be making this again soon, it was absolutely fabulous.
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Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2008
I wasn't too impressed, but the husband sure loves them. I added more garlic salt then called for & with half the batch I added some hot sauce which my husband wont stop raving over. My daughter also loves them. The problem I found was the cooking time, I would suggest 45 minutes rather than an hour, I found it dried them out too much. However, I did boil them in salt water & let them dry for 24 hours before baking, so that could be why.
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Roasted Vegetable Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2008
This was a big hit with my husband and my 2 year old! I started by rubbing the inside & out of the skin with butter and then with a basting brush I painted on a nice coat of extra virgin olive oil. I used diced red potatoes, half a bag of peeled baby carrots, half of a yellow onion (fine diced), and about a cup of chopped celery. I added only about a cup of water, since I wanted more of the chicken juices to cook into the vegetables. Cooked my 4lb bird on 350 for 2 hours covered, basting about every 30 minutes, then cooked uncovered at 400 for another hour. DELICIOUS. ROSEMARY is a must with this recipe, the taste is absolutely devine. I also used garlic salt, onion salt, thyme, basil, and fresh ground pepper...mmmm! We will definitely be making this a regular meal in our home!
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