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Jumbo Breakfast Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2011
What a disappointment these cookies were.... dry and literally fell apart in crumbs. Don't think they made the cut. Sorry!
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Texas Ranch Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
Great recipe for a change up on traditional potato salad. Based on other reviewers suggestions, I used 1 cup mayo and 1 cup sour cream. Added 1/2 tsp of chili powder to kick it up a notch. Will definitely be making this again for a change of pace.
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Blueberry Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
Wonderful recipe and an ingenous way to use up the mountains of zucchini that come out of summer gardens! Increased the zucchini to 2.5 cups and ensured that I squeezed the water out of the zucchini by lightly salting it and letting it "weep" for 20 minutes or so. I changed the flour ingredient to: 1/2 white flour and 1/2 whole wheat flour and used 1/2 cup of applesauce and 1/2 cup oil vs 1 cup of oil for a healthier recipe. On a side note; to prevent your blueberries from sinking to the bottom of the pan, coat them in flour before adding. This will help them bind to the batter. Enjoy!
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Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
Outstanding recipe! Have made this a couple of times trying to find the right mix for my family. The first time I made it, I loved it and the husband couldn't eat it. After tinkering with this recipe, here's what works for us. Marinate the pork for 24 hours in pineapple juice, minced garlic and onions, then overnight in the spice rub. I reduced the chipotle powder to 1.5 tbs and increased the brown sugar to 5 tbs. Just enough heat to keep it interesting without the extreme afterburn. Fabulous!
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Burgundy Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
OUCH, way to much wine.... Reduced the wine by 1 cup and subbed low sodium beef broth the second time around. Used fresh minced garlic vs powder and seared the pork prior to baking as it makes a much better presentation when finished. Added baby brown bella mushrooms to the pork while baking and used 2 packages of pork gravy mix. One tip I'd like to share: Smaller tenderloins are easier to cook and monitor to prevent dryness ~ some pink in the middle of pork is fine unlike the old wives tales we have all heard for years.... Very tasty dish!
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Cheesy Campfire Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
I prebaked my potatoes before heading out for the great outdoors (left the potatoes whole until ready to assemble). Used butter vs margarine, added fresh minced garlic plus more cheddar and less mozzarella to the mix. Though I imagine any mix of cheese would be just as good. Placing them on your campfire grill imparts that wonderful smokey flavor that just can't be duplicated anywhere but under the stars camping..... Wonderful!
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Chicken Tetrazzini IV

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
3 stars using this recipe ~ definitely lacked flavor. Please note: This recipe is not for the faint hearted or calorie conscious. There are ways to lighten it up as other reviewers have suggested but it's 5 stars with the following modifications. 1.) Use linguini noodles vs spaghetti cooked al dente as the noodles still have to bake. 2.) Use turkey in this timeless dish, plus it's a good way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. 3.) Never use canned mushrooms - Ugh! Baby brown bellas and white buttons work beautifully. Saute 3 cloves of minced garlic, 1 small minced onion, and 1 tsp of fresh thyme leaves in butter. Add 1/2 cup of a GOOD white wine and let simmer. Once the liquid from the mushrooms/wine evaporate, set mushroom mixture aside. 4.) When making the sauce, add 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of white pepper, and 1 tsp of nutmeg, plus 2 cups milk to the cream and chicken broth for a more sophistacted sauce. Let simmer for 10 + minutes until sauce thickens. 5.) Add the sauce, mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, 3/4 cup frozen peas and 1/4 cup of Italian parsley (flat leaf parsley) to the noodles and stir until the noodles are evenly coated. 6.) Transfer to a baking dish. Mix 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs and spread over the top of the noodles. Dot with butter and bake as directed. FYI - this dish freezes well... With the modifications, this is a flavorful dish more true to the original that will have guests begging for more.... Enjoy!
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Tasty Green Beans

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
Very good side dish, but excessive amount of green beans for four people. Prepared the green beans as directed and sauteed the onion and garlic in butter vs margarine. Helpful Hints: in place of 1/2 cup of soy sauce, sub 1/2 cup low sodium beef broth to pan and let simmer for the indicated time. Last 3 minutes of cooking add cornstarch/cold water to thicken and 2 turns of low sodium soy sauce to the pan and continue reducing. No need to season with the salt as the recipe indicates as the soy sauce replaces it. For presentation toast sesame seeds and sprinkle on the beans prior to serving.
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Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2011
Wonderful biscuits! For this recipe alone I have become one of "those" reviewers ~ I am rating this recipe on changes made before trying the original. I know, I know, shame on me! I am only doing so as I had items in the fridge that I needed to use up! Based on other reviews, I added the garlic and onion powder, parsley and 1/4 tsp of Old Bay seasoning to the mix. In place of the water, I used buttermilk which makes a more flavorful biscuit. As soon as the biscuits were done, I brushed the butter mixture (plus chives for color) on top of the biscuits and popped them back into the oven for about 2 minutes. Full of flavor, easy to make with ingredients usually found in any cooks kitchen! 5 Stars!
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Chicken Satay

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2011
There is something off in this recipe ~ it just doesn't taste right as written! After reading through a multitude of reviews, there are to many consistent changes to the proportions. Will keep looking for a recipe more true to itself! Sorry....
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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2011
Different flavor for mash potatoes, but definitley good! Did have to add additional butter and milk as the potatoes were quite dry as written.... For a unique twist add the small purple flower from the society garlic plant which is edible, gives color and a stronger garlic flavor!
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Grandma's Green Bean Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2011
Had such HIGH HOPES for this recipe based on the sheer amount of reviews, but my family seriously disliked this dish..... Have to give it 1 star as I tended to agree with them after two preparations.
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Judy's Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2011
This is definitely a 5 star recipe that has been around for years. If it was not offered during my family's Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday they would protest in rebellion! Only recommendation I would make is to use butter gold pretzels as this enhances the flavor. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a recipe that keeps for days... it needs to be eaten within the first 48 hours as the pretzel crust breaks down and softens and it just does not do it justice - Hands down to the crunch in this salad, it's a winner.
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Turkey Brine

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2011
Perfect Brine both times I used this recipe! The first time I used this recipe was two days before Thanksgiving 2010 and it turned out perfect, The second time was one week later (turkeys were still on sale) and I used all fresh ingredients (tripled), plus two sliced garlic cloves, a sliced onion, celery with the green leaves/tops and peppercorns. As my family likes a very slight citrus taste to our "bird", I added a quartered orange to the cavity of the bird during the brine. Subbed 1/2 of the vegetable broth for apple juice and cut back the salt to 3/4 cup as the vegetable broth already had salt in it..... Didn't see this tip amongst the many reviews, so I'm going to list it. The vegetable/produce drawer makes a perfect spot to brine the turkey for a consistently cool temperture. This is a great recipe ~ try it, I guarantee you won't be disappointed with the original recipe or my modifications. Enjoy!
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Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2011
Very tasty and a welcome change from my own sweet potatoes....
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Slow Cooker Stuffing

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2011
Perfect recipe for a slow cooker or those who are counter constrained. Used 3.5 cups of broth and it was perfect... HELPFUL HINT: Laying a dish towel over the top of the crock and then putting the lid on, helps keep extra moisture out of the stuffing. Thanks Gayle for a nice addtion to my recipe box!
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Oatmeal Carmelitas

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2011
This is a very good cookie bar recipe. Adults and children seem to like it equally well..... Good as written, but a couple of clarifications on the recipe to make this better: First, the crust turns out better if the butter is softened to the point of melting, but hasn't actually turned to liquid. Second: Press down on the bottom filling lightly; DO NOT tap down hard as you won't be able to get it out of the pan. Third: You must use quick oates NOT rolled oats on this recipe. Helpful hints ~ First: For a change of pace, try half butterscotch and half chocolate chips or 1/2 caramel and 1/2 butterscotch topping for variety. Second: Slightly chill the carmelitas after they have finished baking. This helps the cooke bar "set-up". This is the one tip you don't want to forget on this recipe..... The carmelitas are great to make ahead, travel with or freeze to serve later. As my son would say: Scrumdiddlyumptios! Enjoy!
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Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2011
Absolutely loved this recipe! Very impressive dish that was easy to prepare with ingredients that are normally found in one's kitchen. Used baby bella mushrooms and pounded out the chicken so it would cook more evenly. Serve over linguini! Fabulous!!!
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Barbie's Tuna Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2011
Very nice change of pace from the traditional tuna sandwich. Served this at a "Mad Hatter's Tea Party" recently and they were perfect! Will definity serve again!
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Becky's Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2011
This is a wonderful base recipe for many variations of chicken salad and pretty darn good on it's own too! Definitely 5 stars as written and for it's potential! HELPFUL HINTS: Heavy whipping cream is NOT cool whip which changes the complexity of the salad. ADDITIONS: For a different salad built on the recipe base, try adding cranraisins, chives, pecans, candied cashews (found at Trader Joes) and/or cayenne pepper. Also, curry is a nice spice to add to give the salad different character. A crowd pleaser to be sure!
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