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Baked Paprika-Parmesan Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2010
Wonderful recipe! Have made a couple of times before writing a review. The recipe is wonderful as written, but after experimenting, would suggest the following to change it up from time to time: 1)Increase the cheese to 3/4 cup using a mixture of Romano and Parmesan. 2) Used 1 tsp of a good quality paprika (makes all the difference in the flavor of the finished dish) and 1 tsp smoky paprika. 3) Added 1/2 tsp of garlic powder. 4) Decrease butter to 1/8 cup based on the increase in cheese. 5) Bake for 45 minutes tops otherwise the chicken dries out. Enjoy!
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Braised Balsamic Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2010
Loved this dish.... only made a few changes based on my family's preference: No onion and didn't miss it. Cut down the rosemary, basil, and oregano to 1/4 tsp each and omitted the thyme. Threw in sauteed mushrooms and roasted red peppers I had prepared for another meal. Now here's the secret, use the very best balsamic vinegar you can find as it has the smoothest flavor and will cut down on the tart vinegar flavor and you must use San Marzano tomatoes. It makes all the difference.... Served this over angel hair pasta with a salad. Family loved it!!!
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German Apple Cake I

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2010
Wonderfu, wonderful, wonderful. This is a regular in our rotation. I usually increase the apples to 5 cups as my family likes more apples, but keep all other ingredients the same. Unfortunately, this "cake" is never fully cooked at 45 minutes (probably due to the extra apples). See most helpful hints from "naples34102" for a glaze that makes this cake go from divine to superb!
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Easy Lemon Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2010
Wonderful easy recipe! For an extra lemon "bite", double the lemon extract and add 1 tsp of lemon rind. Superb!!!
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Chicken Enchiladas I

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2010
Very yummy enchiladas! Probably will become a staple in our household. Minor varitations based on other reviews. YOU MUST: Poach your chicken with a mixture of poultry seasonings, cumin, minced garlic, tomato sauce, and chicken broth. This will make your chicken FABULOUS and trust me, this makes all the difference in the taste of the enchilada!!! Substitued a 1/2 jar of Ariba Roasted Mexican Red Salsa (medium) and a 12 ounce bottle of La Victoria red taco sauce (mild) for the water and tomato sauce (much needed change). Also cuts down on the sogginess other reviewers have complained about! Used the Red Enchilada Sauce from this site to finish it off. Absolutely superb!!! HELPFUL HINT: this recipe freezes extremely well. Thanks Debbie for a great recipe to build on for personal preference!!!
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Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich with Garlic Mayo

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2010
Definitely 5 star! Used sirloin steak that sat in the fridge with steak seasoning on it for a day and a half to really absorb the flavors. BBQ the sirloin rare and then thinly sliced it and set aside in preparation for assembly. Carmelized the onions prior to making the sandwiches, then sauteed the peppers using green and red for color. Added mushrooms for a more true Philly sandwich. Used a variety of cheese; Manchego, Monterey and Mozarella. My favorite was the Manchego which gave it an edge. Baked the sandwiches open faced for 5 minutes to crisp the buns, then broiled until the cheese melted, bubbled and slightly browned. The garlic mayo made the sandwich! My family loved it. Thanks Tera for the great recipe.
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Peppered Shrimp Alfredo

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Absolutely easy and fast recipe to prepare that has wonderful flavors. Even better the next day when the flavors have had a chance to marry. Used a combination of red and green bell pepper for additional color and added an additional 1/4 cup of fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Thanks Jzeller for submitting this recipe.
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Pretty Chicken Marinade

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Very nice recipe with great flavor. Made the first time and it was wonderful. Made it the second time with fresh squeezed orange juice as I was out of lemon juice. Even better!!!
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Beer and Brown Sugar Steak Marinade

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Okay marinade. Not bad, not great! My 4 wheeling group gave this a 6 out of 10. Sorry, probably won't make it into the rotation.
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Mexican Cream Cheese Rollups

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Not impressed at all. Served it as an appetizer over Thanksgiving weekend and again for Monday night football. Thought it might be just too much food to choose from during Thanksgiving, but both times, 3/4's of this recipe sat while everything else was devoured.
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Mexican Rice II

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
This is a great basic rice recipe that is easy to prepare. The only difference between my preparation and the recipe's is that I sauteed the onion before cooking the rice, added fresh minced garlic, and used chicken stock versus broth. Thanks for submitting it.
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Lime Chicken Soft Tacos

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Based on the numerous reviews I was anxious to try this recipe. It was okay. Very similar to a marinade I use for fajaita chicken tacos which my family liked much better. Sorry.....
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Caramel Apple Pork Chops

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Just okay. Not crazy about apples and pork but definitely had to try it as it looked interesting.
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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread II

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Unusual mix! Added a tsp of banana extract for an extra boost of flavor and coated the chocolate chips with flour to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan. Have made it for numerous camping and 4 wheeling trips for a group of hungry men. All gave me the thumbs up!!!
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Honey Baked Chicken II

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Scrumdiddlyumptious!!!! Increased the curry to 1.5 tsp, cut back the butter to 1/4 cup and added 1 tsp garlic powder and 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper. Picky husband loved it!!!! Thanks Gretchen for a GREAT recipe.
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Russian Tea Cakes I

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2010
I have the same exact recipe handed down from my grandmother and it is absolutely divine!!! I made three dozen of these for the office over the holidays and they were gobbled up. Another person brought the same kind of cookies on the same day I did and unfortunately for the poor dear, her's just set there while mine steadily disappeared. HINT: Whatever nut I happen to be using (walnut or pecan), I grind down a little extra until it is essentially dust and add it to the powdered sugar prior to rolling the balls ~ I think it gives the cookie an extra edge... Thanks so much for the recipe!
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Zucchini and Potato Bake

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2010
This recipe is FANTASTIC!!! I have made it three/four times since I found it with different variations, though I am rating for the recipe itself. Definitely 5 stars!!! After reading through the reviews, please take into account the cooking time of each vegetable and adjust the size you cut them accordingly. Suggestions to change it up would be: 1.) Instead of plain olive oil, try the garlic olive oil - gives it a great taste. 2.) Instead of olive oil, use Wishbone Italian dressing. 3.) Add onions, whole garlic cloves and quartered mushrooms (must be quartered as whole mushrooms give off to much moisture). 4.) Add Parmesan or Asiago cheese to the bread crumbs. 5.) Change up the bread crumbs to the Italian variety - goes great with the Italian dressing. 6.) Try panko crumbs or the Italian panko crumbs - which are fabulous in place of the bread crumbs. Thanks Jana for submitting such a great and easy recipe!!!
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Best Bread Machine Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2010
This recipe goes against the grain of any bread recipe I have ever seen or tried. Scary!!! Scary!!! Scary!!! But trust the recipe and try it - this was the best bread ever. Turned out so light, fluffy and just downright wonderful.... It turned out so well, that I threw out all the other bread recipes I had on file! This is my new number one, go to recipe!!! UPDATE: Try carmelizing onions, dicing them, and adding them plus 1/2 tsp of onion powder to the top of the ingredient mixture and let your bread machine do the rest.
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Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2010
Wonderful soup and perfect for a cold snowy day! Made exactly as written and received great reviews from those heading in from the slopes. Based on personal preference, I reduced the butter down to 2.5 tablespoons of butter - couldn't tell the difference. Will definitely go into my family's list of favorites!!!
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Beaker's Vegetable Barley Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2010
Original recipe is 5 star and perfect for my vegetarian friends. Personally, I am a carnorvoire and have tried variations of this soup and all have been wonderful including the original posting. Try the following suggestions if you'd like to change it up: 1.) 1/2 vegetable and 1/2 beef broth to replace all vegetable broth. 2.) Add diced red meat - if using a tougher cut, let it simmer in the broth until tender making sure your liquid doesn't reduce down much before adding the carrots and celery. The beef imparts a much richer flavor. 3.) 1/2 cup cooked barley is sufficient for this recipe, otherwise the barley soaks up the liquid. Enjoy!!!
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