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The Best Chicken Salad Ever

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2004
Made this a day ahead to bring to today's 4th of July potluck picnic. Letting the flavors meld overnight meant the onions came on a bit strong. One girl at the potluck said this was the BEST chicken salad she's ever eaten and she thought she didn't like chicken salad until today. I liked it too although it bothered me that the texture was a bit like a tunafish salad and in fact, with the strong onion taste, it was easy to miss the chicken taste and think the dish was actually a tuna fish salad.
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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2003
With the following MODIFICATIONS, these cookies were the BEST!! In addition to the complete recipe with walnuts, choc chips, baking soda, etc. I added 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup more flour, 1/3 cup shredded sweetened coconut, 2 Tbsp more white sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp allspice, 1/4 tsp nutmeg. Sifted the dry ingredients. Pulsed 2 cups of the 3 cups of oatmeal in the food processor for about 4 seconds. This gave it a slightly finer, more traditional texture but it was still chewy and delicious.
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Carnation® Quiche Lorraine

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2003
A favorite in our home! We like using sauteed diced deli ham, chopped onions and frozen spinach in ours. Add a little nutmeg, pepper and cinnamon to spice it up.
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Beef Bourguignon II

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2003
Delicious! Used one can beef broth and the rest merlot. Next time I'll try with a different cut of beef besides "stew meat". My husband thought it was stringy tasting although tender. Both loved the flavor. Had it over rotini noodles. We both wanted more vegetables and sauce with it... will work on that. Will add potatoes as well next time. Also added half a can of evaporated milk at the end because my husband likes things creamy. I would have been happy without it but we both thought it was better with the milk. I did not put in the canned onions, didn't feel like I was missing anything but next time I'll buy it to be complete.
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Russian Tea Cakes I

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2003
To answer a previous reviewer's question, I think you do want to use salted butter because the Betty Crocker recipe for Russian Tea Cakes calls for 1/4 tsp salt. I made that recipe for the first time a couple of weeks ago and today, wanting more Russian Tea Cakes decided to try the recipe on this site to compare. Both recipes are excellent. The Betty Crocker recipe calls 2+1/4 cup sifed flour and 1/2 cup sifted confectioner's sugar in the recipe, slightly less nuts, and rolling around in the sugar two times (once when still warm) but otherwise it's the same. That recipe results in dough that is slightly stiffer and thus easier to work with in rolling into balls. The taste is slightly less buttery, melt-in-your mouth and instead is a bit stiffer which is not a bad thing. (BTW, I did sift the flour and sugar together for this recipe.) My husband loved both too but said he grew up with the BC recipe so prefers it very slightly over this one. Either one would have been fine with me (I didn't grow up with these) but the BC recipe dough is easier to work with so I was just as glad he chose that one.
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Ham and Chicken Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2002
Good way to use up leftover vegetables and meat. Since it was my first time to make this though, I followed the recipe with ham and chicken. I did add some carrots and onions and stirfried them with the chicken and celery before putting it in the casserole dish with the noodles. Tripled the serving size (recipe for 12) just to serve 5 hungry adults. It was barely enough. Also added a couple teaspoons of cornstarch to thicken up the sauce. I will do that again next time as well since it came out perfect that way.
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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2002
This was good. Soft and chewy warm, right out of the oven. Great with coffee the next day, still chewy although a little harder. The batter worried me because it was so oily and didn't quite pack together but it worked out. We took them out at 13 minutes and was glad. Any longer for us and it would have been overcooked. (Our oven is older so it may not have been as accurate. Definitely start checking earlier than 15 minutes though). We only had one cookie sheet so some were cooked in a muffin tin. I actually like those better because they are softer and less brown. Didn't look like the regular cookie shape though so I don't recommend that if you are going for the standard cookie look. Will add coconut or nuts next time as plain chocolate chip cookies are a bit boring to me.
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Honey Ginger Grilled Salmon

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2002
This marinade was fantastic. I like the honey and orange in this. However, the salmon never really picked up the flavor after 30 minutes. I left half of the salmon filets marinading in it overnight and that was better. I used the George Foreman Grill for this which made basting impossible. Perhaps a more conventional method allowing for basting would be better. I will be on the lookout for variations of this recipe and try again. Good mix of flavors.
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Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2002
My husband just tried it and declared it fantastic. I doubled the recipe to make for 20 people for tomorrow's feast. Almost half of it fit in my 2 5/8 Le Creuset casserole/soup pot which I baked at 350 for an hour. I was unprepared for the large amount it made. I'm getting two casserole dishes worth out of doubling the recipe and extra which I am freezing some of it (before baking and before butter and stock) in the freezer for use another time. Being the night before Thanksgiving, the store only had one pkg dried sweetened Cranberries (store brand) left and it had only Cherry flavored Craisins. So I mixed the two together in the recipe. I like the Cherry flavor. It's not that strong and works with the recipe. Substitutions: I used chicken broth instead of turkey stock and 1 pkg unseasoned generic brand cornbread dressing in addition to Mrs. Cubbison's cubed herb stuffing. I did add pan-fried chicken liver, chopped by the food processor, in case anyone is wondering if anyone out there actually does put liver in the recipe. Hardly taste it though so if you leave it out, not a big deal. I added a little extra. I like my stuffing very moist so I used one cup of broth instead of the 3/4 cup per 10 servings. I also used "sweet italian sausage" instead of turkey sausage. I expected it to be just pork sausage but it had extra spice which was even nicer. Next time I'll try turkey sausage only because I think I'm going to gain too much weight with this.
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Grilled Salmon I

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2002
This almost got a 4 star rating but I'm giving it a five because it WAS very good. Technique in grilling has something to do with how it tastes in the end. If you don't get it crunchy, with the sauce carmelized, the taste is not the same. (Some fillets were and some weren't... still learning how to grill it effectively). I get similar (tastier) results when I marinate salmon in Yoshida's Gourmet sauce so I may just do that next time because it's easier and quicker. But if I run out of Yoshida sauce, this is a great marinade from scratch for salmon. The next day we had the leftover salmon with pasta and alfredo sauce... yum.
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California Grilled Veggie Sandwich

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2002
It was a little confusing about how to slice the foccacia bread and why the recipe serves 4 when the instructions seem only to make 2 sandwiches. But nonetheless, I winged it and like the other reviewers said, it was terrific. My vegetarian friend I made it for really liked it. Next time I'll cook the vegies in foil wrap to save on turning and watching so much. Will also add portabello mushrooms.
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Teriyaki Marinade

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2002
Really tasty! I used it for beef shish kabobs. It doesn't need overnight marinading but I did it overnight anyway and the meat was flavored and tender. I think in the future I would use a more saucy, thicker kind of marinade to marinate overnight but this was very good anyway. Will definitely be using this recipe for other meats.
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Roasted Garlic Grilled Vegetables

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2002
I marinated the vegetables overnight for vegie kabobs the next day. The guests liked it. Good flavor. Next time I may sprinkle a bit more on the vegies right before they are grilled for more flavor. I may also try Shilling's seasoning next because there's alot of similarity between the two and I still have a whole container of that left.
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Beer Butt Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2002
The chicken breast was the moistest every - just like a steamed chicken but better! I've made it two times now. The second time I anded more salt and pepper in the can and for basting. I also used margarine instead of butter. The additional salt and pepper helped with the flavoring. I still didn't get a crispy skin though. Next time I may cook it uncovered for most of the time and see if that makes a difference. I may also just use a premixed spice like McCormick's Roasted Garlic Seasoning for the skin.
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Southern Praline Pecan Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2002
Easy recipe to make!! Used: Duncan Hines 15 oz (no 16 oz found) frosting Pillsbury German Chocolate cake mix 1/3 cup oil instead of 3/4 cup oil Toasted the pecans first at 350 degrees 5 minutes Sprinkled pecans on top of batter instead of bottom because of misreading Baked in 2 9x13 loaf pans 40 minutes Sprinkled with powdered sugar on top Next time will make day ahead.
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Apple Crumble Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2002
The top is crispy/crunchy, the filling is not too sweet. Added brown sugar and cinnamon in addition to the stated ingredients for the topping for more flavor. A bit runny even though I added one teaspoon of cornstarch to the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Next time: add one teaspoon cornstarch and some flour to the filling mixture. Beware of cornstarchy taste. Also sprinkle sugar filling mixture half way into arranging apples and then sprinkle rest on top. Let pie set at least two hours before cutting into it. Use Granny apples and forget about the Rome. Good idea to use cinnamon on the topping as well. Okay to slice apple wedges thin. 4 big apples were plenty. ****
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Quiche Lorraine I

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2001
I didn't have light cream so I used half and half and some heaving whipping cream. I put more cheese and less liquid and was happy with the result. Next time I may put other ingredients like spinach.
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2001
Excellent. My favorite banana bread recipe so far - moist, soft, more bread/cake -like than the usual very dense, oily, super sweet banana bread recipes. I eat it plain but my boyfriend needs margarine on it for flavor. He also said he prefers it sweeter. As a side note, I took the tips from previous reviewers and added 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 6oz jars of banana baby food since I only had 2 brown bananas on hand. I baked it a bit under 350 degrees and it came out beautiful.
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Onion, Garlic, Cheese Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2001
Easy and delicious. An good bread machine recipe. This was my first time making cheese bread of any sort and I half expected the cheese to be swirling in there so I was surprised it had blended and melted through so thoroughly. Next time I might try using cubes of cheese.
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Banana Bread IV

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2001
This recipe deserves a good grade. Boyfriend didn't go crazy over it though ... took weeks to finish eating it -- but it stayed moist! The search continues. Will try Banana Banana Bread recipe from this board next.
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