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Kung Pao Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2009
This was part of the dishes we made for our New Year's celebration and I was disappointed with it. I followed the recipe as written and the sauce thickened and there was not enough of it. I also found it waaaay to spicy despite liking hot foods.
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Gyoza

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2009
We made these tonight as part of our New Year's dinner and I enjoyed everything but the dipping sauce. We found it to salty and strong but with a better dipping sauce it would be a 5 star recipe. (for ease of preparation I used 2 cups of a coleslaw mix instead of having to chop a cabbage myself!) Will try this again!
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Wonton Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2009
I made this tonight as part of our New Year's dinner and it was great! I followed as written, and added a couple tbsp grated carrot (to the meat mixture and the broth) and a tbsp oyster sauce to the meat. I did substitute ground pork and ground ginger bc that is what I had. I found that there was not enough of the broth so I doubled it and that worked for us. Thanks for sharing!
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Cranberry Orange Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2009
OH my goodness I am still baking these and I had to rush over to the computer after the second batch came out.....if you are on the fence you simply HAVE TO give this cookie a try!!!! I did use BUTTER, fresh cranberries and chopped them in half. The only change I made was I subbed 1/2 splenda (still used another 1/2 cup white and brown sugar). They are really good without the glaze...but wow are they incredible WITH the glaze! I find my oven runs hot so 10 minutes was enough. Oh...one more thing...I used one orange in the batter (zest from the whole orange, and all the juice)...then in the glaze, I used the juice from half an orange. I personally liked allowing some of the pulp to fall in the bowl for both the batter and glaze. AMAZING!
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Sweet Dinner Rolls

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2009
I just LOVE this recipe! It rose beautifully for both the first rise in the bread maker and then the second rise in the muffin tins! I found that 10 minutes baking time was enough in my oven... I followed recipe except I used bread flour. If you are familiar with Hawaiian sweet bread that you get at the grocery store near the deli (comes with the fried chicken meals) this is almost the same!!!! Light, and sweet!
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Weekday Pot Roast and Vegetables

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2009
I just made this today and it was wonderful and had a nice flavor. Only changes I made were I only had one can of gravy so I added that along with 1/2c water. I also did not use the oil and brown the meat. I find this is an extra step that for us only adds calories and dishes. Great recipe to play around with....
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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2009
These are fantastic cookies! I followed the recipes exactly as written except I supstituted crisco butter flavored shortening for the butter and used 1/2 splenda and 1/2 sugar. I used a small cookie scoop to make the cookies uniform size before I rolled in the sugar, and found that they didn't flatten as much while baking. I gently flattened them with the bottom of a clean glass! Will be making these again!
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Slow Cooker Cranberry Roast

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2009
I love crockpot recipes and this is now my all time favorite! It really is a simple as it says...sprinkle the onion soup mix, add meat (I used a pork roast) and add the jelly! (as it slides out of the can I sliced it to distribute it over the meat evenly). We couldn't stand waiting any longer so we took it out at 6 hours after being on low and it was still perfect! We did add about 2 cups of sliced carrots and a medium onion at the beginning to adjust for our personal tastes) Will be making this again soon!
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Apple 'n' Pepper Saute

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2009
I followed this recipe using the olive oil and enjoyed it! It was a great side dish to our pepper and onion sausages. Thanks for sharing
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Asian Orange Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2009
What a great recipe to play around with! After reading the reviews, I decided to kick up the orange flavor- and instead of adding 1.5 c of water I zested 2 oranges and sqeezed their juice into a 1 cup measure...(was about 1/3 cup juice) and then I added the water to top it off. I still added the 2 tbsp. OJ as well. I followed everything else as written except I used ground ginger, and reduced the corn starch to 2 tbsp and found the sauce was just right for us. There is a lot of sauce but we found that as it cooled it 'set' a bit more and it was the perfect amount for the left overs! will use this one again
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Moo Goo Gai Pan

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2009
I really enjoyed this dish...it was really quick and tasted yummy. Only changes made were I used olive oil instead of veretable and I didn't have oyster sauce or the can of mushrooms but I didn't notice them missing. I found that there wasn't quite enough sauce though. Thanks for a nice recipe
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Granola-Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2009
We liked the added granola and the fact that it kept it's crunchy texture after cooking. Rated a little lower than I had hoped bc as written is is very moist and flattens too much even without greasing the pan. Adding the extra flour might help next time. Thanks for sharing!
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Chocolate Chex® Caramel Crunch

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2009
I have just made this for the first time to serve tonight when we have friends over for gaming night! Wow...talk about super fast and easy!!! I did follow recommendations by Kelley and used the whole box, 1 stick of butter, a heaping/packed cup + 1 Tbsp brown sugar, and a 1/4 + 'a little' baking soda. I threw in 2 cups of pretzel balls (bite sized pretzels we had on hand)to give it that sweet-salty mix. I decided to do this on the stove top instead and on medium high added the butter, syrup and b sugar and melted...then I turned it to high just for a minute to come to a frothy boil. I removed it from the heat, turned the heat to low and addded the cereal and pretzels. When half of the dry ingredients were mixed in I put it back on the stove and continued to add a cup at a time and gently folded it over and over until it was all mixed and lightly coated. Beginning to end this took MAYBE 10 minutes...was turned out on a sheet pan covered with wax paper and we were eatting it while still warm! Will add pecans next time! and yes there will be many more for this new favorite!
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Chicken Spaghetti III

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2009
Tried this recipe tonight and it turned out pretty well. Followed it exactly except changed the cream of soup to chicken and omitted the tomatoes bc of an allergy. It fell short of five stars bc the end dish was a bit dry...maybe adding another can of soup or thinning it with some milk next time will help that.
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Breakfast Pies

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2009
I am giving this 5 stars. I followed the recipe except we used link sausages that we cut up, and we didn't have green peppers so I omitted those. Following others we used regular sized biscuits (ie not Grands) and the package had 10...so we cut a little part off each of them to make two extra to fill a total of 12 muffin cups. When everything was added/poured the ingredients were almost level with the top of the cavities and ours rose up with no spilling over. (we had a cookie sheet underneath just in case.) We left these sit for about 10 minutes and they popped right out of the pan and were easy for the kids to pick up with their hands to eat. They were all gone in a matter of minutes. Next time I will add more cheese and a few seasonings, like garlic powder, salt and pepper.
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Sour Cream Pork Chops

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2009
Saw this as the featured recipe today and decided to give it a try. I followed the recipe as listed with the following exceptions, I used 2 cups of chicken broth instead of cubes, I added extra onions bc we LOVE them, and I placed a few medium sized potatoes in the microwave for 3 minutes and then placed them on top to cook with the meat so I didn't have to make another side dish. In tasting the gravy I found that after about 4 oz it seemed right to me so we did cut back on that as well. It is a very good "throw in the crock" and let it cook itself meal that we will try again. Next time I will season the meat a bit more bc we thought it was missing a little something.
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Cranana Jam

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2009
If I could give 3 1/2 stars I would. I tried this recipe thinking it would be perfect for gifts at Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, the dominate taste is that of bananas!? After reading other people's reviews I decided to cut back on the sugar, and used 3 1/2 cups sugar and 1 cup Splenda....and also cut down on the bananas, which I mashed with a fork the first time and found them a bit too big, so I mashed them well for the second batch and they looked much better when jarred!...I used 1 1/2 cups of bananas instead of the recommended 2 cups. This helped the flavor of the cranberries shine through a little but still was not anything to write home about. The first batch made 8- 8oz jelly jars and the second (filled a smidgen fuller) made 7- 8 oz jelly jars. I did find that following some other cooks suggestions I let the second batch set up for approx 5 minutes and this did help in the even distribution of the jam. While I was waiting I did skim the frothy bubbles off the top which made a big difference in the appearance of the second batch!!! It was much brighter and more like the photo. I also flipped the jars about every 15 minutes after the 10 hot water bath and they all set up and the chunks were evenly distributed. I do not think I will make this recipe again but it was fun to try it a couple times. I intend to use it as a topping for whole grain pancakes and on oatmeal.
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Rhubarb Strawberry Jam

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2009
This is a great recipe! I only had 3 1/2 cups rhubarb so I added the remaining with blueberries and it was amazing! I decreased the sugar to 2/3 cup sugar and then added 2/3 cup Splenda. It was perfect! I used the sugar free Sparkling Wild Berry jello bc it is what I had on hand. This turned out to be a great compliment to the changes I made. Will be making another batch! Update: the first batch was incredible and I have just made #2 and did the fruit the same way (since a 1 pound bag of frozen rhubarb is about 3 1/2 cups, then added the remaining with blueberries.) Since I was using the Wild Strawberry Jello (with sugar) I used only 1/2 cup each of sugar and Splenda. I found it to be sweet enough and so I only added 2/3 of the package of Jello. It set up just fine. A wonderful recipe that you can alter very easily and still get amazing results that everyone loves!
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Rhubarb Berry Jam

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2009
I haven't made jam in years and was craving something a little "different" and this hit the spot!!! As other's have said- this is super easy to throw together in a pot. I did not have fresh rhubarb so I had to use store bought, frozen bags. A one pound bag was just a little less than 4 cups and I used 2 of them. Not sure if it was the added moisture from being frozen or if it was the scant measuring I did, but it was a little runnier than I had hoped. After reviewing what others have done I will try supplementing some other fruit like strawberries next time to make up to the 8 cups total. I did use only the 2 1/2 cups of sugar like others suggested and used regular jellos. Has a wonderful taste and will certainly be making this again!
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Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2009
These are super fast to whip together and I love that they are not too sweet, but you can adjust how sweet you make them with the glaze...none=simple, light= my personal fav! and totally covered a cure for a sweet tooth! A must to try!
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