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Delicious Ham and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2009
This soup was phenomenal! I doubled the recipe with ~2 cups of ham, a whole onion and three ribs of celery. I sauteed the ham & onions in my dutch oven and then added the celery, potato and water. I boiled for 10 minutes with a hambone, removed the bone once the potatoes were tender and added 4 chicken bouillon cubes and plenty of black pepper (no salt). While that was simmering, I made the cream sauce. I used one stick of butter, 10 tbsp flour and 4 cups of 2% milk. I also added about 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese as it was thickening. I needed to turn my burner to medium high for it to thicken up. I added the cream sauce to the stock, let it simmer a bit and spooned half into my crockpot to bring to my friend who just had a baby. My husband and I kept the other half at home for lunch. Our half yielded 5 servings, so this recipe as-written should make 5 servings (not 8). I served it in "Italian Bread Bowls" from this site. The soup came together easily and tastes amazing. The base is indescribably good - I definitely felt like a rockstar chef serving this for lunch!
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Alligator Animal Italian Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2010
I made this bread to go with my cajun-themed Valentine's Day dinner. As an amateur bread-maker, I found the assembly directions were easy to follow and the bread tasted great. I made this in my KA and added an extra 1/2 cup of flour and a tsp or so of the Creole Seasoning Blend from this site (to marry the flavors of the meal). This bread made a great centerpiece for our table ... while it lasted! I can't wait to try it with other animal shapes.
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Boiled Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2010
I cut up a 4.5lb chicken and it was falling off the bone after 90 minutes. After shredding, I froze the chicken in 2 cup portions for future convenience.
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Espresso Bark

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2011
I made this twice in one weekend to try out different methods. The first time I coarsely ground the coffee and swirled in the white chocolate at the end. The final result was a bit messy looking, thin and, as expected, gritty. The second time I left the beans whole and drizzled white chocolate on top after the bark had completely set. The final result was thick and beautiful! For both trials I scored the bark after 2-3 minutes in the freezer which made slicing once completely set very easy. This recipe yielded 24 nice-sized pieces. I bake part-time and I break down all my recipes to cost of ingredients - this recipe, using Starbucks whole coffee beans and Ghiardelli chocolate, cost $5.09/batch. All in all, this is a fast, easy, cheap and impressive treat that I'll be making again an again for friends and family.
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Italian Chicken Sausage Stuffed Portabellas

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2010
This was great! I used baby portabellas, half the cream cheese, added some peppers and did it all on the range. We ate this in tortillas (because I had some that needed to be used up), but it's also great by itself.
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Low Carb Cauliflower Leek Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2011
This was very good! I roasted the cauliflower with salt, pepper, and garlic oil prior to sauteeing and skipped the optional cream. The end result was surprisingly filling and satisfying. I resisted the urge to add additional herbs/spices to this dish, and I'm glad. I think anything than salt & pepper may have overpowered the delicate leek/cauliflower flavor.
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Brownie Batter + Cupcake = The SECOND BEST Cupcake. Ever

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2011
Absolutely perfect! I used a Betty Crocker brownie mix, my own white cupcake batter, and a cookie scoop to divide both batters evenly between 24 cupcake wells. These baked up beautifully in exactly 20 minutes, the cake was not overdone and the brownie was not overly-gooey. After they cooled, I topped them with Hard Chocolate Glaze from this site. I'm calling them Brownie Bottom Cupcakes :) UPDATE: Just made these for valentine's day and tinted the cake batter pink then covered in chocolate glaze. Too cute!!
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Watermelon Rind Stir-Fry

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
I've been putting my watermelon rind in the compost so far this summer, but not anymore! I'm giving this recipe 5 stars for innovation and 4 stars for taste. My watermelon was a perfect texture (the submitter was spot-on when comparing it to zucchini), but still just a tad bitter. I added a little brown sugar at the very end, stirred in some roasted chicken pieces and served over white rice. It was an excellent - and very different - recipe, and I'm glad I tried it! The only thing I will do differently next time will be to simmer the rind a little longer to pull the last bit of the bitterness out. Oh, and make sure you use a high quality teriyaki sauce as it is the overwhelming flavor for the dish.
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Perfect Cheesecake Everytime

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2011
I had a hard time deciding on a rating for this cheesecake ... I give 3 stars for "average" recipes that I might or might not try again. This cheesecake could be spectacular - for someone who likes very light, airy cheesecake. My husband and I prefer a denser, NY-type cake. I knew this wasn't going to be incredibly dense by the ratio of cream cheese and sour cream, but I guess I didn't expect it to be SO very light. It was very easy to throw together and neither of us is complaining about having to eat the rest of it, but I won't make it again. So 4 stars for what it is: a light, airy, fluffy, tangy *slightly* reminiscent of a pudding dessert, but 3 stars for what it was in comparison to what we consider a cheesecake.
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Toasted Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2011
Growing up these were a very special treat at my dad's house - only we used 2 frozen waffles with ice cream sandwiched in between. Dad would buy the half gallon of ice cream in a rectangular cardboard box, let it sit on the counter to soften for a few moments and cut off ~1" thick slices and place them in between 2 waffles. Great memories - thanks for posting this :)
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Burger Spice Rub

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2011
This rub was very easy to prep and took my ordinary turkey burgers to a whole new level! Cooked on my range, the brown sugar caramelized the outside of the patty. Yum!
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Jalapeno Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2011
This salsa tasted like something we would get from our local Taqueria! The heat starts subtly and builds. At times it was too much for me - which is why I gave it 4 stars. My husband, on the other hand, embraced my challenge to eat spoonfuls of this and gave it a 5 after downing some milk :) We used 10 fresh jalapenos to 4 tomatoes with a medium sized bunch of cilantro. I initially used it to dress taco salads, but we ended up eating the majority of it with tortilla chips (and a healthy dollop of sour cream).
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Smushed Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2010
I cannot say enough great things about this recipe! It's fast, easy, simple, healthful and tasty. I've made it with both brown sugar and white sugar and can't tell much of a difference. Most recently I doubled the recipe, omitted the milk and GRATED the apples. To. Die. For. I do wish the final product looked a bit nicer, but honestly it tastes so freakin' fantastic that it doesn't matter. Try this recipe, I promise you won't be disappointed!
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Blueberry Pinwheels

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2009
These were really good! I used 12oz evaporated milk minus 4T, bread flour, orange zest, frozen blueberries and a cream cheese frosting. I made these as directed, but after cutting (with dental floss), I put them into glass baking dishes and stored them in the fridge overnight. The next morning, I pulled them out of the fridge as I was preheating the oven and baked at 375 for 23 minutes. They were a great alternative to cinnamon rolls and will be a Christmas morning tradition in our house from now on!
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Slow Cooker Thai Pork with Peppers

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2010
3-3.5 stars. This was very easy, different and has potential to be even better. I think some crushed peanuts and sliced green onions for garnish would go a long way with this dish. I added my peppers at the end so they would retain some crunch.
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Eagle Brand® Lemon Cream Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2013
Sweet and simple and perfect for us! I included the zest of two lemons.
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Happy Apple Zucchini Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2012
These healthy and tasty muffins easily earn a 5 star rating from my crew. I grated the apple and used wheat bran in place of oat bran. I've come to expect that muffin recipes without oil are gummier than those that call for oil so the slightly chewy texture of these muffins is not off-putting for me.
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Roasted Garlic Dip

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2011
I will make this again (and again, and again, and...) with a few changes: less salt and more green onions. I did substitute 6oz plain, nonfat greek yogurt in place of the sour cream. I thought the texture was perfect and the garlic flavor, which I expected to be overpowering, was just right.
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Potato Salad Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2011
What a clever concept! I added a rib of celery and a small onion and seasoned with celery salt and pepper. Next time I will puree the filling mixture in the food processor so I can pipe it into the egg halves - spooning my finely chopped mixture in wasn't very neat. Thanks for a great recipe, this will be my go-to picnic dish from now on!
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Sausage, Peppers, Onions, and Potato Bake

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2010
I enjoyed the flavors. Next time I would add less liquid to the pan before baking.
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