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Oven Pot Roast

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2013
Outstanding and super easy! Based on personal taste and using items I had on hand, thus there were some substitutions. I added dried parsley to the flour mixture. The first big change was the onion soup mix. Inspired by a previous reviewer who used aus jus mix, I used pork gravy mix. My husband doesn't care for recipes with onion soup mix, I think the pork gravy mix is the best dry soup mix McCormick makes and it's what I had in the house. Not wanting to lose flavor, I cut up a med to large onion and added it to the pot. I subbed beef broth for the vermouth and added more than the recipe called for because of personal taste, probably a good 1 cup. I poured the wet mix on top of the beef, then added my peeled and cut potatoes and carrots. The house smelled terrific the whole time cooking. The taste is great, love the one pot dinner, it's easy and a crowd pleaser. I'm looking forward to leftovers this weekend!!!
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Baked Apricot Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2012
I followed another's advice and used catalina (French) dressing. I had to scale back the ingredients because I had 2 big breasts instead of 12 thighs. In doing so, I went heavier on the apricot to finish a jar of preserves. It was quite tasty. I presented it to my slightly picky husband as a sweet and sour sauce and he enjoyed it. I want to try it with thighs eventually. While this recipe will not go into heavy rotation in my menus, it will be the one of the recipes I pull out when I'm sick of the same ole' same old.
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Easy Quiche

Reviewed: May 3, 2012
I was anxious to try this recipe because I liked the biscuit baking mix instead of a crust - my favorite pumpkin pie recipe is with biscuit mix instead of crust. I'm one to tamper with a recipe but with this one, I only added a couple of dashes of pepper and about 3/4 c shredded swiss. OUTSTANDING!! I made it for a luncheon with my friend and we both 2 pieces! This isn't a recipe if you're on a diet but if you're looking for a dish to bring to a brunch or luncheon, it's perfect. I'd give it 6 stars if I could.
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Cheesy Italian Tortellini

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2012
I made this for the superbowl and followed the recipe to the 't'. That night, I would have given it 3 stars. I stored the leftovers and ate it for lunch the next day. It was much better! This is a recipe, like lasagna, that benefits from sitting and allowing the flavors to marry. I will make this again. As a personal choice in the future, I will use sausage with casings as I did not appreciate the bulk sausage. I will also cut back on the cheddar/mozz, as I thought the cheese was a little overwhelming and distracting. Footnote, I also used 20 oz. tortellini, as a previous poster suggested. I agreed with that poster that 9 oz was not enough.
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Sally's Spinach Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2012
Too much sour cream! I'm Polish and when a Pole says too much sour cream, it's too much. LOL! I'll be cutting that back to 1/4 c or 2 TBSP. I am not a fan of dill and followed a previous commenter's advice and subbed bacon (!) instead. I also added a smidge of chopped onion and cut down on the butter. I know my family, I also halved the spinach. It's a good starting point to shape into your own vision and I plan to tinker with this. It's a nice change of pace from ordinary mashed pots.
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Marinated Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2012
I am going to reserve complete judgement on this recipe. January in New England is not grilling weather, therefore I did not grill and I think it makes a big difference. I followed the marinade recipe pretty closely, only changing from vinegar to apple cider vinegar and only marinated the pork for 4 hours, not overnight. I baked the pork first and finished on the stove top. Meh. I think it was the vinegar that came through too strongly. I will try this again in the summertime and I will cut way back on the vinegar, probably down to a tablespoon.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2012
JustRose - Good Seasons dressing mix. It's in the salad dressing aisle.
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Robbi's M&M Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2011
I read a number of reviews that complained of flat cookies. I didn't have time to deal with potentially flat cookies so I made the recipe exactly as written then added 1/2 tsp of baking powder. They were perfect!! The cookies had the exact amount of puff that I was looking for. I'm 7 years old again when I make these cookies. :)
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Apple Pumpkin Muffins

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2011
I started this recipe intent on following the method to a 't'. That went out the window when I found I was very short on pumpkin pie spice. I made up the difference with ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg. I had 24 muffins when done and 2 days later, I have 2 left! Delicious and moist!! I used 2 mac apples and fresh pumpkin. I like the other ideas given on the review, like the wheat flour and apple sauce and will try that next time but as written, this recipe is a keeper.
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Melissa's Turkey Meatloaf

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2011
I followed this recipe fairly closely and I found it to be ok at best. I did read through prior reviews and took some advice. First and foremost, too much garlic! I might use a garlic press in the future and cut back to 2 small cloves or 1 big clove. Time was a factor and I didn't not saute the celery and onions and that was a big mistake unless you like a crunch to your meatloaf. I did reduce celery to one stalk and it was still a lot. I used ketchup instead of soup which was fine. I threw in splash of milk for moisture, though not the 1/4 cup. I added 30 minutes to the cook time based on a meat thermometer reading and the consistency of the meat was perfect. I think it's a good base recipe worth tinkering with.
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Apple Glazed Pork Chops

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2011
I liked this recipe almost as is. I only had two chops, so I cut the recipe in half and added 1/2 tsp of ground ginger. I like onion soup mix, so it didn't offend me. My husband is not such a fan but he didn't notice it was there - probably because I only used 1/2 the packet. I like this recipe and plan on playing with it in the future, such as possibly breading the chops and adding cranberries.
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Garlic Cheddar Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2011
I loved this recipe! I had to make a few changes in an attempt to cut down the fat content. I used olive oil instead of butter though I did throw a tbsp of butter into the olive oil for taste. Instead of breadcrumbs, I used herbed stuffing (a personal preference). I cut way down on the cheese, 1/3 c each. I followed previous reviewers advice and put a little stuffing on the bottom of the pan. I also covered the chicken with the leftover stuffing/cheese mix and the olive oil over that. It was fabulous! Sure I would have loved more cheese but the flavor was there.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2011
Very good and very easy!! I also substitued chicken broth for the butter - the recipe needed to come down in calories & fat, not go up. And I used more, closer to 1/2 c instead of the 1/4 c. This is the first chicken dish I've made where my 3 year old daughter said 'yummy chicken!'. A great recipe for a party or potluck dinner.
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Pork Chops for the Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2011
A keeper!! My friend found this recipe here and we read through the reviews together. I used two oversized chops with bones and two boneless cutlets. Most of the changes I made came from prior reviews: quickly browned chops on the stove top, 1/4 c lite soy, 1 1/2 tsp chopped garlic, 2 tbsp honey, 1/4 c crushed pineapple (no sugar added), and chicken broth. Yup, around 1 cup, enough to cover. I wanted to add moisture and I was rewarded. You could used veggie broth too. It didn't add/detract from the flavor of the pork. The meat was tender, fell off the bone or pulled apart on its own. My husband swears the kicker to this recipe was the pineapple. I'm looking forward to leftovers!
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