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Bolognese Stuffed Bell Peppers

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2010
A different taste for us but very good stuffed peppers. I've never made a bolognese without onions and garlic, so added those to the veggies. Also par-boiled the peppers for a few minutes to make sure they were tender. Hubby and most of the kids commented that they really liked this but son and I both felt that next time a little more wine can be added and the simmering time will be extended to deepen the flavors a little more. I prepared 1 1/2 times the sauce ingredients and it was the perfect amount. There would not have been enough meat mixture without this adjustment. We will make these again with the tweaks mentioned. Thanks for sharing!
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Roasted New Red Potatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2010
So simple but so good! Used kosher salt and freshly course ground pepper and nothing else is needed. Crispy outside and fluffy inside. Everyone loved these. Roasting time was perfect.
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Fresh Summer Corn Salad with Creamy Italian Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2010
Delicious Salad. This is very fresh and light and there is so much flavor from the balsamic and basil. Followed the recipe with the exception of using Vidalia in place of the red onion (person pref). Very happy with the results.
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Beat and Bake Orange Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2010
This cake and frosting are absolutely perfect in every way. Everyone loved it. The cake is light but moist and the frosting is to die for. Super fast and easy. I used the zest of 1 large naval orange in the cake and 1/2 of an orange in the frosting. The frosting measurements do not make enough to fill between the layers and cover the top and sides. I had to go back and make an adiditional 1/2 frosting recipe to finish up. But it is so worth it. Thanks for sharing!
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Comforting Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2010
The title of this recipe fits! Very comforting and exactly what we needed this evening. Doubled the recipe and used a mix of red/yellow/orange peppers in place of green (personal pref) and low sodium chicken stock instead of water. The cooking time was perfect and we really enjoyed the chili powder and paprika. Everyone commented that this is definately a "do again". I'm sure it will be on the rotation often in the cooler months ahead. Thanks for sharing!
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Lemon Pepper Green Beans

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2010
We love this recipe! So easy and quick but delicious. I only had a little over a 1/2 pound of green beans and that wasn't going to feed 6 this evening. So, I decided to add a few new red potatoes. I don't have a steamer, just put the potatoes in a bowl with a splash of water, covered with plastic wrap and microwaved until fork tender. Repeat with the green beans and proceed with the recipe, seasoning with the lemon pepper to taste. Worked out great! Everyone gave this one 5 stars. Thanks for sharing!
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Circus Freaks

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2010
Prepared these for the Recipe Group and our guests enjoyed them this evening after dinner. I didn't have the time or patience for the candy thermometer so I purchased Dolci Microwave Hard Dark Choc Shell Coating. It worked great! I also crumbled the bacon. This eliminated the toothpick and made it easier for me. I spread the PB on the banana, dipped it in the crumbled bacon, pressed lightly, and then drizzled the chocolate over the top and smoothed with a spoon around the sides. Still a little messy but quick and easy. Before the chocolate set-up, I sprinkled Sea Salt, Banana Chips or crumbled bacon on each. This was a fun and different recipe and we were pleasantly surprised with the sweet/smokey/salty flavor. I will make these again. Thanks for sharing!
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Campbell's Kitchen Creamy Vegetable Medley

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2010
Perfect Side Dish. Very fast and simple, yet really good. I doubled the veggies and used 1 can of FF Cream of Celery and 1 can of regular with 1 cup of milk and pepper to taste. Also, uncovered for the last few minutes to thicken the sauce a little. Everyone enjoyed this and we will make it again.
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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mallow Bars

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2010
We love peanut butter/chocolate 'anything' but think that this one would be better without the peanut butter layer, and maybe with just a handful of peanut butter chips scattered on top (we used both). The peanut butter layer just tastes out of place to us in this one and I'm not sure why. This is very, very rich so a very small piece will go a long way. I cut the servings for the kids extra small and they still left a little on their plates. I will definately try this again because the devil's food chocolate/marshmallow fluff was delicious, but with a couple of tweaks next time. We did enjoy trying a new recipe.
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Meatball Nirvana

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2010
Very moist and flavorful! We really enjoyed these this evening. Followed the recipe and even the little ones asked for seconds. I already have plans to double or triple the amount next time so I can freeze them and have them available for busy weeknight pasta or sandwiches. Will definately be on the menu alot around here. Thanks for sharing!
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Raspberry Meringue Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
Everyone enjoyed this. Great combination of sweet meringue/tart berries. The crust reminded us of a shortcake/sweet soft biscuit that does get a little soggy but I believe this is due to the berry juice, still delicious. The meringue began to "run" almost immediately upon cooling down and it also collapsed fairly quickly so I found it best to plan on serving this the same day it is baked. I only had a 10" pan available today so I decided to 1 1/2 all of the ingredients. This worked fine and gave us a taller pie and thicker crust, which was great. Thanks for sharing.
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Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
I was looking for something fresh and light tasting this evening for a side dish. The kids came back from the garden with a TON of fresh tomatoes (cherry, grape, heirloom, etc..) to use up. This is the recipe that we picked to use all of those tomatoes and everyone was very pleased. The combination of herbs/flavors is perfect. This is a keeper. Thanks for sharing!
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Scalloped Cheese Potatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
Family liked this and commented that they would like to have it again. Followed the recipe with the exception of whisking 1 can of milk into the soup before adding to the potatoes and this worked out very well. My only complaint is there was ALOT of oil/butter pooled on the top when I took it out of the oven. So much, that I had to take several paper towels and soak it up before I could put it on the table. I'm not sure if it was the cheese or the addition of the butter (which is not needed) or a combination of both. I will leave out the butter next time and shred the cheese by hand (purchased pre-shredded this time). Family enjoyed it so I will make it again. Thanks for sharing!
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5-Minute Coleslaw

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
Perfect Coleslaw! Tastes wonderful, super fast and extremely easy. Followed recipe only adding a tiny bit more lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Also sprinkled with celery seed right before serving. Hubby and son are the coleslaw lovers here and they both said that this must be the new go to recipe, no more store bought stuff. Thanks for sharing!
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Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
Threw this in the crock pot at 11:30 a.m., stirred it once at 2:30 and we were sitting down to eat at 5:30 with compliments, upon compliments all around. Everyone loved it. Followed the recipe with no alterations and ended up with very flavorful, moist chicken. We will do this one again! Thanks for sharing!
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Cracked Sugar Cookies I

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
Hubby's favorite is plain sugar cookies and requested them today. He loves these cookies! Everyone loves these cookies! Super fast, super easy and absolutely perfect in every way. I can't think of any reason to need another sugar cookie recipe here. We will enjoy these often. Thanks for sharing!!
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Seasoned Couscous

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
Used low sodium chicken stock in place of water and granules with lots of fresh basil and parsley along with the other ingredients. This ended up a little dry and bland tasting for us. I am going to try again with fresh onion, garlic and more herbs and either increase the liquid or use a little less couscous. We like the idea and look forward to trying it again with a few tweaks. Thanks for sharing!
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Corn and Zucchini Melody

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
Fast, Easy and Delicious! Everyone loved it. Followed recipe except cooked onions for a few minutes and then added zucchini and corn for the last 6 or 7 minutes. Perfect side dish. Thanks for sharing!
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Baked Maryland Lump Crab Cakes

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
Excellent Recipe! DH came home with Lump Claw Meat due to the cost ($21.00/pd vs 11.99/lb) and these still tasted fantastic. Used 2 eggs in place of the egg substitute and also lightly breaded with Panko before baking. Topped with a quick Lemon Aioli. I will reduce the Old Bay a little next time due to the salt but there were no complaints and many compliments. Thanks for sharing!
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Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2010
Perfect as written. Didn't change a thing. Everyone loved it. This recipe is easy, on the table in under 30 minutes and delicious. If possible, use freshly grated Parmesan. It does make a difference. This is a keeper. Thanks for sharing!
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