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Fluffy French Toast

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2013
I was skeptical about the addition of flour to the mix, but it worked really well. These are indeed fluffier than my basic recipe for French Toast. We will be making these again. :)
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2013
I have made many Saturday morning pancakes in my life so far, but these are the best. It's silly really, I used to use lemon juice to turn the milk to buttermilk, but I never let it sit very long. I followed the directions here exactly: vinegar instead of lemon juice, letting it sit for five minutes or longer, etc. My husband could not stop raving about how these were the best pancakes I'd ever made. He said "Whatever you did this time, do it every time from now on." I can't promise I will only use this recipe from now on, but this will be definitely be my main recipe from now on. :)
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Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2012
This is the exact same recipe as Betty Crocker's. I've been making it for YEARS. The only thing I do differently is add a cup of Hershey's cinnamon chips to the mix. It adds that special little "yum" that I love so much. I also toss extra cinnamon and a teaspoon of ground white pepper in with the cookie dough if I'm feeling extra spicy :)
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Kettle Corn

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2012
The kids and I used to frequent the NC State Fair every fall, but after my husband's job moved us to southern Texas we had to find ways to incorporate old traditions in new places. This recipe brought back the crisp mornings and sweet smells of fall leaves even in 90 degree weather where the leaves won't turn till after the new year. Excellent recipe, so glad we found it and can add it to the ever growing list of "reminds us of back home" things. We used the 3 seconds on, 3 seconds off trick and the very first batch came out perfectly. Now all we need is a great candy apple recipe and some hot apple cider :)
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Angela's Awesome Enchiladas

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2012
So delicious! I took the advice of several other commentators on here and put the chicken and spices in the crock-pot during the day and then sauteed the rest at night right before assembling them. LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe! It is our go to dish for rushed days.
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Green Smoothie

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2012
My family and I have been on a smoothie kick lately and this fit right in. I thought mixing orange juice and milk would be a little odd but tried it anyway. Pretty good!! The next time we made this I dumped the milk (sorry) and added strawberry yogurt instead. I didn't use coconut oil or flax seed meal and I added frozen strawberries and blueberries too. Great recipe though!! We had a lot of fun coming up with other ways to incorporate Kale into our morning smoothie!!
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Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari)

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2012
I have a friend in college who grew up in India. His mom made this dish often. I learned from her the order of ingredients is important. I heated the oil, added the spices and brought it to a simmer. Then I added the onions (and some more oil as needed) When the onions were almost done, I added the garlic. Then I added the water and tomatoes and brought it to another simmer. Finally I added purred ricotta cheese (which I substituted for the sour cream) and topped the whole thing off with the chicken. I put it in the oven for about 25 minutes, checked the temp of the inside of the thickest piece and then put it on top of fresh cooked rice. It was AMAZING.
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Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2011
Didn't have tarragon, so I used Mrs. Dash (original). I did not add the bacon until the end, and I used it as a topping with some shredded Vermont Cheese. Other than that I made this exactly as directed. VERY VERY VERY good!!!
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Coconut Macaroon Brownies

Reviewed: May 3, 2011
I doubled the amount of coconut and forgot the second dash of vanilla extract and I chose NOT to add the nuts (hubby doesn't like them) and I added mini chocolate chips to the coconut mix and they came out FABULOUS!!! Absolutely lovely! We will be making these again!!
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Convenient Vegetarian Lasagna

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
Making this "as is" was a bit bland and it made a total of THREE lasagnas. (Thankfully I keep foil 9x13 pans on hand, so I was able to freeze the other two for another night). That being said, I like the ease of making more than one dinner's worth and freezing the extras. I only used 16 ounces of noodles and that was more than enough for three pans worth of lasagna. Like other reviewers, I sautéed the veggies in about a tablespoon of EVOO, half a cup is ridiculous. I also added fresh sliced mushrooms, cauliflower, half a small red bell pepper diced, two cloves of garlic and fresh parsley to the veggie mix. I used one very small onion (1 and a half cups is WAY too much for this dish) To the cheese mix I added fresh chopped oregano, rosemary and a little more garlic. (About a teaspoon of diced garlic) Otherwise it was pretty good. And the family loved it. I will be making this again. :)
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Fluffy Biscuits

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2010
These are (in my opinion) just okay. They are incredibly fluffy and soft, but a little on the dry side. I'll make these again and tweak the recipe as I go.
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Cheese Garlic Biscuits II

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2010
My grandmother passed away this past august before any of her daughters or grandchildren got a chance to get her recipe for cheese biscuits. This is as close as I have ever gotten! I added about a half teaspoon of garlic powder to the dry mix and I omitted the garlic from the butter mix for brushing over the biscuits. They came out perfect. Thank you so much for sharing these!!
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Original Nestle® Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2010
Timeless recipe!! Like many others, my mom loved baking these for my sisters and I when we were kids but when it came time for ME to do the baking, it didn't turn out right. I add half the salt and I use half a cup of crisco and half a cup of butter (never margarine) when making these. I have yet to try the instant pudding idea but I will give it a go the next time I make cookies!!
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Baked Potato Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2010
**It is important to note that when I originally made this the first time I made it as is. I did not change a single thing. The result was a mediocre (at best) soup with very little potato in it. A great base idea but not a great soup. I have made this several times now with my changes and everyone I've had the pleasure of serving it to LOVES it.** This soup only gets 4 stars because I had to make the following changes: Increased the bacon to one full package (set aside 4 strips of bacon for topping the soup later) increased the flour to 5-6 tablespoons; added 1 tsp thyme; increased the pepper to 1 1/2 teaspoons (and I only used white pepper) used 5 cups chicken broth; used a total of 6 medium baking potatoes; did NOT ADD the hot pepper sauce. I followed the directions to the letter, but after the soup was heated through I dumped it all into a big crock pot, topped it with a few leaves of sage, covered it and let it cook for 6+ hours on low. I did top this with freshly shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese and bacon pieces I had crushed.
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Chai Tea Mix

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2010
For those of you leaving out the cardamom, you are MISSING OUT! I cut the sugar down to 1 1/2 cups and I used homemade vanilla sugar instead of plain sugar. The drink turned out FABULOUS. I've given it as gifts and everyone I've given it to LOVES it. My kids add a teaspoon or two of this mix to their hot chocolate to "spice it up" I've added it to my coffee in place of my favorite creamer. FABULOUS!! Thank you so much for sharing this, Jo!!!
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Eggplant Parmesan II

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2010
Simply amazing!! I followed other reviewers' advice and let the eggplant sweat for 30 minutes first. I added 1/4 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese to the breadcrumb mix, as well as some garlic powder, rosemary, thyme and oregano spices. (No idea how much, I just sprinkled it in) I also baked at 450 F for 7 minutes each side. At this point you can do SO MANY THINGS with the sliced, breaded and baked eggplant. (I'm thinking sandwiches, dipping them in marinara sauce, eating plain, etc.) I made this more of an eggplant parm lasagna though by layering the sauce, then the eggplant, then the cheese, three times over. EXCELLENT!! I should note: I used 3 BABY eggplants for this and it was more than enough.
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The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2010
This chili is FANTASTIC! We aren't vegetarians so we do add meat, but I add ground turkey and ground chicken. I used to use the lMcCormick chili packets but I hated not really knowing what we were eating. THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER!!! Since we aren't that big on spice I cut it down to one jalapeño, 1/8 cup chili powder and I omit the canned chilies. Simply perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!!
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Apple Pie I

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
This was amazing, however it's important to add flour, or cornstarch and the fact that the original recipe doesn't include this is why I docked a star. I added 3 tablespoons of flour. Lemon is a personal preference, some add it to prevent browning but it isn't (in my opinion) a necessity. Depending on what TYPE of apple I use, I may or may not use lemon. I added a touch of ground ginger and ground cloves to this (maybe 1/4 tsp each) and a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg. I also brushed the crust with egg white and topped it with a little sugar. I served this with "homemade" cinnamon ice cream (French vanilla ice cream that I mixed with ground cinnamon). After my renditions this pie was superb! But the one time I made it as is, it practically drowned in juices and had a soggy bottom crust.
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Parmesan Sage Pork Chops

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2010
I have made this several times (once with chicken breasts) and every time it's FABULOUS!! Like many other reviewers I used Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) and I cut it down to 1/2 a cup. I also drizzle lemon juice over the pork chops (or chicken) just before they get tossed in the oven. These are fantastic!!! A new family favorite (and this is a family that thought we didn't like pork much!!) This recipe works well with chicken breasts too, but you'll need to use thin chicken breasts (I beat mine with a mallet to about 1/2 inch thickness).
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Streusel Apple Coffeecake

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2010
This one gets 4 stars because it completely fell apart on me when trying to invert the bundt pan. Also I had to change the yogurt over to 16oz sour cream (I just don't keep yogurt on hand) and I omitted the nuts (personal preference) but other than that it DID taste AMAZING!! It was perfectly moist and not the slightest bit runny. I only needed to bake it for about an hour, then I turned off the oven and let it sit for about 30-45 minutes. I will be making this again but next time I will NOT use a bundt pan, I'll just simply layer it in a 9x13 casserole dish and just cut it into squares and serve it straight out of that. I should note that I also added 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger and 1/4 tsp nutmeg to the batter when mixing. Very yummy!!
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