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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2009
So I never go back and review recipes but I had to review this one. We went to a pumpkin farm on Halloween and they had all pumpkins 5 for $5 so we bought the largest 5 we could find. We had so many seeds (10+ cups) that we were going to try several recipes. This was the first and my family told me to just make them all this way they loved them so much. I found the recipe to be very flexible. First batch I used olive oil instead of butter and added garlic salt as some recommended..FABULOUS! Second batch, ran out of olive oil so half canola..still fabulous! I didn't watch the time closely but baked each batch during a one hour tv show..stirred at the halfway point. I fast forwarded commercials so probably about 45 minutes. My only recommendation..I boiled in salt water for about 10-15 minutes and then let soak for about 10 more, while I was getting things ready. I have tried drying and/or soaking overnight..no difference..just longer and more hassle. I didn't find them too salty but I like salty anyway..I have tried making them in the past without doing this and they don't taste as flavorful.
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Penne with Chicken and Asparagus

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2009
I agree with previous reviews that this is a great base recipe to add to and is better suited to someone who already cooks or reads the other reviews first. I used whole wheat pasta, almost half the olive oil, cooked the chicken in several cloves of garlic and lots of onion. Even added some seasoning. Then at the end I added lots of fresh parsley and a tsp of crushed red pepper. I also added a bit of extra Parmesan. I didn't have asparagus so I used broccoli. It was great but I will try again with asparagus. My family loved the final product but I couldn't have done it without following previous reviewers advice.
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Pork Medallions with Dijon Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2009
This was one of the best recipes ever! After reading someone's review that a Dijon sauce tasted to heavy of mustard..I was cautious. It was perfect! One of the few recipes I followed almost exactly. (only exception was whole wheat flour) We will be making this many, many, more times.
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Apricot Chops

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2009
This tastes fabulous! The only reason I wouldn't give 5stars..is that unless you read the reviews..you would have shoe leather. Luckily I read the reviews and reduced temp to 350 for 35 min. Still a bit too long, would use 350 for 25 min. (Of course I had no bone in my pork). But the flavor was awesome. We loved using the extra sauce on brown rice. And the recipe is very forgiving. I used whatever tangy tomato style dressing I had and it turned out great. Whole family gave it a thumbs up! I also would make less in a larger dish for more glazing than sauce.
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No Bake Cookies III

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2009
This recipe is the one like my childhood recipe. We call it cookie crack..it's so addictive. Anyway. I tried one minute after rolling boil. Set up but took a long time, overnight really, but half were gone by then anyway. Second time I cooked 4 min from first boil. I watched when the full rolling boil started at this ended up being 2.5 min after rolling boil. And stirred CONSTANTLY.(I also added 1/2 cup more oats for 3.5 cups total) This batch set up in 15 min and my family preferred the texture. I personally would cut cooking back by 1/2 min so 2 min after rolling boil or 3.5 min from first boil, and stir not so much. Hope this helps.
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