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Milly's Oatmeal Brownies

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2014
This is super easy and yummy. A cross between a cookie bar and a brownie. I add a cup of chocolate chips but raisins, cranberries or nuts would be a nice addition. It reminds me of an old fashioned recipe in such a good way. Thank you for the recipe.
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2014
Very yummy and easy. Doubled the recipe and cooked in a 9x13 pan. I used margerine to keep it lactose free (would be excellent with butter). I didn't make the frosting but will try this when I make them for a party next week. Thanks for the recipe!
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Pumpkin Chocolate Dessert Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2014
This is very good! Not a chocolate cake and not a pumkin cake but a great blend and perfect for Thanksgiving. (I just had a piece with late morning coffee!!). To make the cake dairy free I used canola oil and lactose free milk in the cake. It was delicious and moist.....yum. The spice was a surprise. For the glaze I used margerine in place of the butter. I let the glaze cool for about an hour to thicken it up. It was delicious. My only criticism is that the glaze was very soft and doesn't travel super well. I may play with the glaze a bit if I am taking it on the road to try to make it more durable. For home it is fine. Thanks for the recipe.
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Baked Coconut Shrimp

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2014
Delicious!! Actually, I made the recipe with chicken as I had some tenders to use up and it worked great. I used 2 lbs. of tenders and 2 whole eggs (hate to waste those yolks). The amount of egg and cornstarch mix was just right for the chicken. I had to add about another cup of coconut (not quite the whole bag). The tenders were fairly large so I cooked on 400 for about 12 minutes per side. I made the orange dipping sauce as per the Allison review. I made 1 1/2 times of that recipe which was perfect to use up the 18 oz jar of marmalade. (I used the jar to store the extra sauce). I'll make this again for my sons when they are home for the holidays. Hubby loved it; served with baked sweet potatoe, salad and corn bread. This is an easy recipe and is different from the usual chicken. Thanks for this recipe!
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Simple Carrot Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2014
I originally gave this a 3 star but changed it to 4 stars as my husband loved it (he can be picky, too) and went back for a second bowl. I do think it is the preference of spices. My original review: Overall I'd say good but not great. The base is nice tasting and creamy after blending, I just didn't care for the spice combination. I think I would prefer it with different spices but this is my personal preference. You may like the spices. UPDATE: It sat for 4 days and the fridge and it was quite good. I think the spices ahd to mellow for me.
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Curried Coconut Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2014
Wow, DE-LI-CIOUS!! My husband and son loved it and both had seconds. It made a large amount. The broth was fabulous and not what I was expecting. Everything worked together for a subtle, delicious flavor. I think you could use other meats/proteins (pork, beef, lentils). You could add some diced potatoes. I think all would be good with this sauce. I will definitely make again. Thank you for this recipe.
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew I

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2014
This was an easy recipe but the taste was very plain and bland. The meat came out very tender but it definitely needs something else. I made it as written but would definitely cook the onions before adding and add spices for flavor.
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Easy Portuguese Kale Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2014
I was given a bunch of kale and chose this recipe. I modified a bit....used Italian sausage for the meat, used 12 oz. of V8 for the water, doubled the potatoes instead of adding the pasta and added a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes as I was really craving these in the soup. Oh, I also added a tsp. of "Greek Seasoning" blend from AR (I had made some and wanted to start using it. It sounds like a lot of changes but I really did stick to the bones of the recipe. I added a bit of salt and pepper but not the full amount. I will season to taste once I am ready to eat it. It just finished cooking and I did a taste test.....delicious!! It did make a big pot but I will have some for dinner this week and freeze some for later for hubby and me and my 2 boys to take with them. Thank you for the recipe!!!!
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Black Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2014
Really delicious. I made this for my older son's birthday cake today. I subbed one cup of boiling coffee for 1 cup of water and used canola oil in place of shortening. I baked it in a bundt pan....I'd say about 45 minutes, maybe 50 minutes (till it tested done). Not only was it delicious it was a perfect texture, moist and tender but not mushy. It came out of the pan quite easily. Earlier in the day we were talking about tailgating at my younger son's college game in a few weeks and deciding what to make. Halfway through his cake he said "you can make this cake to bring". There you go...enough said! Thank you for the recipe.
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Slow Cooker Latin Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2014
Very good and perfect for these fall days. I ddin't brown the chicken first just placed in pot, salt and pepper and then the 1/4 c of cilantro and proceeded as per recipe with 2 changes: subbed i can corn for 1 can of black beans and doubled the sauce. I cooked on low for 7 hours. It cam out a bit like a stew with the extra liquid bit that was fine to serve with rice. The medium salsa still gave it a nice kick. One comment, though, after the 7 hours the sweet potatoes were just done. If you were cooking less time they would really need to be cut very small. Delicious and healthy.
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Applesauce Bars

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2014
Very yummy! These whipped up quite quickly, too. I used canola oil in place of butter to make lactose free and added 1/2 cup of raisins. Cooked them in an 8.5 square pan and they were just the right size. When cut they were like brownie size. The taste was great and so different than your typical brownie or bar. They were so moist and flavorful without being too much or too rich. I did not add the frosting or powdered sugar....none needed. If you like spiced cake/cookies/hermits then you will like these. Thanks for the recipe.
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Mom's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2014
Excellent!! Due to a bunch of zucchini to use up I went searching for recipes. This is it for bread. I love cooking (and eating) quick breads and this is the best. I did use my 1/2 rule: half whole wheat flour, half oil and applesauce and half brown/white sugar. Used 2 cups of sugar and plenty sweet. Thanks so much and will be making more this week.
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GA Peach Pound Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2014
Delicious! Made it into 2 loafs and they took 55 minutes. Just straightforward good home cooking. Buttery and tender. I knew it would be good when I was making this and could smell the butter, sugar and vamilla when I was blending them. What a smell....nothing better. I wonder whether it would be as good with other fruits....blueberries are good right now so I may try those. I don't believe I have ever made a pound cake before but will certainly make this again. Thank you for the recipe.
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Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2014
I had some cooked chicken and cilantro to use so tried this. We had it tonight and ate it warm. Super easy and quick to throw together and yummy. I used linguine and added shredded carrots, pea pods and chopped red pepper. Made the rest as described in recipe. It kind of tasted like Phad Thai. I like sesame taste and thought this was too mild in that regard, however, i want to see what it tastes like tomorrow after cooled and had a chance to settle overnight. Would be great topped with chopped peanuts or cashews!! Hubby loved it and had 3 helpings!! Great for a summer meal. I will definitely make this again. Thanks for the recipe. Update: Had it cold tonight....even better!! Son ate 2 helpings saying delicicious, delicious. You could taste the sesame a bit more but I am going to increase the sesame oil next time.
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Sweet Restaurant Slaw

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2014
I have made this many time....it is my go to recipe. Easy and delicious. My husband and sons love it-even the picky son. I usually make it exactly as written and it is perfect. You can add raisins, dried cranberries or diced pineaplle if you want to change it up. Thanks for the recipe!
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Apple Strudel Muffins

Reviewed: May 26, 2014
This was good. I followed recommendations and added 2 apples (one shredded and one chopped) and 1tsp cinnamon to batter. I needed to make them dairy free for one son so I added a small cup of apple sauce and 1 Tbsp of canola oil; the apple sauce may have been enough, though, with the extra shredded apple. I also subbed the butter in the tooping with canola oil and it worked fine. I also used 1/2 white and brown sugar. I think I may try cutting back to 2/3 cup of sugar total as the extra apples/sauce gave extra sweetness. Would be good with nuts, too. My husband and boys loved these. Thanks!
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Strawberry Pineapple Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2014
Very good and easy to whip up. My boys loved it. I have a son who can't have dairy so I liked that there was none but still great flavor. The nread was very moist. I subbed some applesauce for the oil(I often do this with quick breads) and added one chopped banana that I had to use up). Was too lazy to chop the nuts but will try next time. I may try cutting the sugar a bit...to 1/2 cups. Will definitely make again. Thanks!!
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Hasty Chocolate Pudding

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2014
Easy, yummy....wish I had some whipped cream!
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Skillet Pork Chops with Potatoes and Onion

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2014
Very good. Made as written except subbed white wine for the lemon juice and used all purpose potatoes. Very tender and yummy chops with a bit of gravy. Hubby loves anything with gravy and was pleased with this dinner. My only change for next time would be to saute the onions first in olive oil or butter to give them better flavor and season them with salt, pepper and maybe a bit of thyme. The bouillion that I use is the powdered salt free kind so the salt wouldn't be overkill if added to the onion.
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E-Z Cream Biscuits

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2014
Super easy. I had some SR flour to use up. I made a half recipe and used LF milk. Got 6 drop biscuits (heaping TBSP size). I'm sure the cream would add even more.
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