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Easy Apple Coleslaw

Reviewed: May 21, 2009
This is an absolutely awesome recipe. So simple and easy to throw together. For a change of pace, I occasionally throw in pecans or sunflower seeds for a little something different... This has joined a list of favorites in our household!
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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 Cordon Bleu II

Reviewed: May 29, 2011
This recipe is definitely worthy of 5 stars as is and have made it numerous times to validate the rating. However, I couldn't resist experimenting..... For a little variation, I added fresh spinach, laying it down against the chicken, then the ham, and lastly the cheese to lock it in so it doesn't ooze out as many reviewers have notedl! Also, instead of adding the paprika to the bread crumbs, I added it to the gravy along with a 1/2 tsp of garlic salt. NOTE: To cut down on the fat, I put the chicken straight into the oven, skipping the browning and made the "sauce" on the side. Absolujtely wonderful!!!! HELPFUL HINT: For those of you that live in the state of Texas or the South, try the "Four Sisters and a Brother" roasted garlic bread crumbs! www.4sistersandabrother.com. It absolutely made this dish and, no, I have NO affiliation with this site, they just make an amazing product that I can order on-line that enhances the flavor of this recipe....
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Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2011
I knew as soon as I saw this recipe that the hubby would LOVE it and it would be too sweet for me. So the compromise was I made the recipe exactly as stated but added an additional tsp of Worcestershire sauce. Gave it a little zip which was perfect for both of us! Thanks Connie - loved this recipe!!!
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Peach Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2012
My gosh these were good! Used fresh peaches right off the tree and boy, oh boy, you can surely tell the difference between the fresh and canned ones. Only thing I did differently was to add peach colored sugar crystals to the top of the muffin prior to baking. BTW - these freeze beautifully. We just finished the last batch that were in the freezer from last Aug/Sept and they still tasted like a little bit of sunshine!!!
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Dee's Roast Pork for Tacos

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2012
Definitely worth making!!! Used Hot Mexican Chili Powder as it has such a unique flavor and subbed cumin for the oregano as I was out of it! Wonderful flavor, though I didn't find it to be as spicy as many reviewers have noted. Next time I'll add additional cumin, garlic and jalapenos for a bit more flavor. Wonderful - give it a try!
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Southern Ham and Brown Beans

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2013
Thinking what to do with the ham bone from our Easter dinner and decided to make the family's favorite stand by; Ham and Beans!!! Wonderful, easy, versatile recipe! Only two things I did differently was to soak the beans the night before (which cuts down on the cooking time) and then cooked them in chicken broth vs water. BEAN 101: DO NOT add salt until the beans are cooked; adding salt during the soaking process or while cooking make the beans hard. Wait to the end and season to taste. Excellent recipe!
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Glazed Carrots and Parsnips with Chives

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2013
Looking for a new side dish to serve with a pork roast based on what was in the fridge. Used fresh squeezed lemon and orange juice as I didn't have concentrate available and glad I didn't as I believe it kept the flavors more simplistic. This recipe was a refreshing change from other root vegetables! Sweet, savory, and very pleasing to the eye. Great complement and one that will make it's way to our table from time to time.... Thanks Taddo1965!
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2013
This recipe is aptly named, as "Fluffy Pancakes" is exactly what you get. I usually use 1 cup of milk vs 3/4 cup as this batter will thicken. Let it sit for 1/2 hour before adding to the griddle as the longer it sits, the more it bubbles, which makes a better, airy, fluffy pancake. HELPFUL HINT: Resist the urge to stir the batter as it rests or you will lose the "fluffiness"! Enjoy!
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Rosemary Potatoes with Roasted Heads of Garlic

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2014
Superb! Recipe is wonderful and is easily modified for many tastes. I usually use the fingerling red, white and purple potatoes for color, and 1/2 cup of white wine and 1/2 cup of chicken or vegetable stock for more complexity in the overall flavor. To amp of the level of sophistication add 4 ounces of gorgonzola cheese to the mix. It makes the most creamy sauce imaginable. NOTE: to keep your garlic from drying out, brush the top with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover with a very thin slice of butter prior to baking! Your taste buds will thank you! Enjoy!!!
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Classic Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2014
5 star though a tad on the sweet side for me, but perfect for my hubby's taste buds. Reminiscent of a cole slaw dressing and immediately after mixing the dressing all you can taste is sweet, but this dressing blends beautifully after chilling for 4+ hours and settles right down. Many reviewers noted that the dressing was runny; to counteract that, I added 1/2 the sauce after draining the macaroni and let sit for an hour. This allowed the macaroni to absorb the dressing and gave it an added flavor boost. Much like other reviewers, I added and subtracted to suit the family's preferences, ie., eggs, green onions, etc., but the dressing is really what makes this salad outstanding. Served this with a pork tenderloin recipe from FoodNetwork. The spicy sauce on the tenderloin was a perfect counter for the sweetness of the salad. Outstanding and definitely worthy of 5 stars which are not to be given lightly!
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Best Beef Dip Ever

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2014
Very good recipe! Tasty, filling and overall a great crowd pleaser. 5 star rating is for printed written recipe. Personal taste adjustments: reduce rosemary to 1/2 tablespoon, add 1 teaspoon peppercorns, use low sodium soy sauce, replace 4 cups of the water with 4 cups low sodium beef broth. Served with a garlic mayo (1 cup mayonnaise and 2 cloves minced garlic that married for 8+ hours). Assembled buns with garlic mayo, roast and then topped with a selection of cheeses; manchego, provolone and horseradish (hubby liked the provolone cheese best) and broiled until cheese was bubbly. Served with au jus and a green salad. Divine!
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Strawberry Spinach Salad I

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2015
Ashamed to admit I am finally reviewing this after making it so many times. The recipe is wonderful, but I found the flavor is enhanced by using balsamic vinegar in place of the white vinegar and reducing the sugar to taste. Helpful Hint: Toasting the sesame seeds brings out their natural flavor significantly. Have used mandarin oranges, raspberries, and green onions in this and each time it's wonderful. Always a plus to have a recipe in your arsenal that allows for quick modifications to what's on hand. Definitely a hit Tozenuf; thanks for sharing!
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Bacon Wrapped Delights

Reviewed: May 4, 2015
Success! Served these as part of a neighborhood brunch and they were very well received. Used green asparagus as that's what I had on hand and precooked the bacon. Glad I did, they turned out perfectly!
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Company Couscous

Reviewed: May 15, 2015
Such an easy recipe and so versatile with the addition of whatever veggie happens to be lingering in your crisper drawer begging to be used. I did replace the water with chicken broth as I do in most recipes for more flavor. Gave an extra "turn" of balsamic vinegar when adding my splash and grated fresh parmesan over the top as soon as I removed in from the oven. Delicious as an accompanying side dish! Thank you NTREMPE for the submission.
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Peach Bellini

Reviewed: May 18, 2015
A Bellini cocktail is a mixture of Italian Prosecco sparkling wine and peach purée or nectar and this recipe definitely hits the mark. Perfect for brunch, summer picnic, or an afternoon on the water. Thank you Sanzoe for a classic recipe!
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Artichoke & Spinach Dip Restaurant Style

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2009
This was absolutely phenomenal! My guests never left the buffet table..... I usually use a Garlic Alfredo sauce for extra flavor. For a little kick, try adding a tsp of hot sauce to the mix prior to baking it. It's wonderful!
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Caprese Salad with Grilled Flank Steak

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2015
Wonderful easy dinner for the health conscience (flank steak has little fat). I was marinating my flank steak (mixture of Paul Newman's lite balsamic and Wishbone's Italian dressing) when I saw this recipe and changed directions. I used the first batch of cherry tomatoes (red and gold) from the garden and boy were they ever so good! Served over whole leaf romaine as it holds up better instead of the butter lettuce and added croutons for a little crunch. HELPFUL HINT: To kick up the flavor, try adding and reducing balsamic vinegar. To reduce your vinegar, pour into a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat constantly stirring to prevent scorching the vinegar. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the vinegar has reduced by half. Set aside, and cool to room temperature. When ready to serve, drizzle over the greens in place of the olive oil and balsamic vinegar the recipe calls for. NOTE: the vinegar will naturally sweeten as it reduces and will keep for months properly stored. Served with Prosciutto e Melone from AR as a starter. Thank you cookinmama, this one's a keeper!
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Sesame Udon Noodles

Reviewed: May 25, 2015
Teriyaki chicken was on the dinner menu and was looking for a starch to replace the rice I had planned on serving. Happened upon this recipe and thought I'd give it a whirl... WOW, am so glad I did. HELPFUL HINT: As with any recipe that calls for dressing, always add to taste. This recipe definitely falls under this rule otherwise the noodles will be too oily as others have noted in their reviews. Overall 5 star. Thank you bajathecat for the submission!
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Sirloin Steak with Garlic Butter

Reviewed: May 23, 2015
As a carnivore AND garlic loving family, this recipe was OH MY GOODNESS good! HELPFUL HINT: I sautéed the garlic for a few minutes before adding the butter. This helps to dispel the garlic's raw bitterness. Absolutely superb. Family gave thumbs up to add to the favorites file. Thank you Solana for the recipe!
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