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Parmesan Potato Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2012
Love this recipe! Like all truly great soups, it is easy and forgiving. I took the suggestion of many reviewers and used more potatoes than called for. I used 7 medium potatoes. I sauteed chopped veggies (celery, carrot, and minced garlic) in the oil. I didn't add sage at all but used the other suggested spices. Once the potatoes were added into the soup, I used my potato masher to gently break up some of my potato cubes into smaller pieces. This also thickened my soup. It made a lot...about 8 to 10 hearty servings. it is rich and flavorful and my teenage boys and husband loved it...they all ate a double serving. Great recipe.
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Triple Berry Crisp

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2011
The only reason I'm giving this a 4 stars is that there is a lot of crust in this crisp! The flavor is perfect, the consistency is fantastic. If you are the kind of person who likes a lot of "crisp" with your berries, you'll love this. If you want less, my suggestion is to halve the crisp part of the recipe and use it only on top of the fruit (rather than as a crust and a topping). I made this tonight using 4 cups of fresh blackberries, and because I ran out of rolled oats, I had to substitute with crushed breakfast cereal (mixture of kinds). No matter...the flavor and texture was divine. This is a very forgiving recipe. I served it with vanilla ice cream AND whipped cream (oink!) and it really was a winner. I'll make it again but probably with less crust.
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Libby's® Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2010
I made 12 loaves of this bread for Thanksgiving this year, and each and every one turned out perfectly! I now, after many years of trying various recipes, have my new pumpkin bread recipe I'll keep forever. I followed the recipe except for reducing the oil to 3/4 cup and adding a small (lunchbox size) cup of applesauce (approx. 1/2 cup size). I also used the whole fresh cranberries and added 1 cup of chopped pecans. The bread was moist and the perfect blend of sweet and tart (the cranberries!). It keeps very well. Don't be alarmed by throwing in the whole cranberries...they cook down nicely! And the amount of spice, which seems like a lot when you're adding it, is perfect in the finished bread. I also followed the recipe for making my own pumpkin pie spice on this site, which turned out great. Thanks for a terrific recipe!
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Graham Streusel Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2010
This is crazy-good cake. Light, fluffy, flavorful and no hint of graham flavor (not that there's anything wrong with graham flavor!!!) once it's baked. My 13 year old baked this (with some over the shoulder supervision) and we were all impressed by the delicious results. It's called a coffee cake but is equally good as a dessert cake.
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Balsamic Baked Tilapia

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2010
I'm giving this 5 stars because not only is it delicious, it is easy to prepare, and relatively quick. I followed the recipe exactly except for substituting feta cheese for the blue cheese, which tasted great! My two kids even loved this recipe. The hardest part is slicing the onions. It was flavorful and delicious, and my husband urged me to make it again, soon, so that's a great recommendation. All in all a truly great recipe.
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Mocha Nut Butter Balls

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2009
I'm reviewing these again after making them a second time. This time, they were perfect. Absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of the coffee part: instead of regular instant coffee I used 2 packets of Starbucks VIA vanilla flavored instant coffee. You can buy this in the grocery store or if not there, in your local Starbucks. I had a couple of packets left over from making iced coffee this summer and decided to try them in this recipe. I mixed them directly into the wet ingredients. Have no fears...the coffee completely incorporates into the wet ingredients. The rest of the recipe I followed exactly. The cookies were fabulous...rich, dark, chocolatey and delicious. Really good. One of my favorites! Try these, but do try the vanilla flavored instant coffee...it makes a huge difference.
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Clone of a Cinnabon

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2009
I thought these cinnamon rolls were easy to make, and the results were so professional that my hubby, who wasn't home when I made them, expressed doubt that I had made them myself. (As in, "did you REALLY make these yourself?") They came together quickly - I used the 'dough' setting on my bread machine. I followed the recipe exactly. Quantities were perfect. It made a dozen big, gooey rolls that, once rise time was allowed for, baked quickly! The biggest part of the time allowance is in rise time. Actual making/dough handling time is quite minimal. A great snow-day treat for the kids.
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Pesto Chicken Florentine

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2009
This was good but not great. I willingly admit to not following the recipe especially closely. I used a jar of Classico 4 cheese alfredo and mixed in 4 frozen cubes (small) of home-made pesto. I substituted cubed turkey for chicken, because it's what I had in the freezer. Like I said, it was good, but not great. It WAS very simple and fast to make, however....by the time the penne was cooked, the sauce was ready, so literally dinner was made in about 15 minutes. Not bad but if I try it again, I'll use chicken instead of the turkey.
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2009
Absolutely the most delicious fish preparation ever! Foolproof, too. I found this recipe the way I do a lot of excellent recipes on this site: I searched under the food I wanted to prepare (tilapia) then sorted the hundreds of results by rating, and read the top rated ones. This was extremely highly rated, and after making it several times, I know why. Not only is it delicious, it is extremely accomodating in terms of the exact quantities/proportions of the mayo, butter and parm you put in. It cooks quickly, so definitely watch it and don't let it overcook! Even my non fish-loving 9 and 12 year old sons loved this recipe.
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Spinach Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2009
This is a great recipe. It honestly couldn't be simpler to put together. I followed it exactly as written except for substituting chicken stock for the water. I used "medium" store brand salsa, which gave the soup a little heat...just the right amount, I think. The spinach is really what makes this recipe. I topped it two ways...and they're both good...with shredded parmesan OR with a dollop of sour cream. Thanks, Sally, for a delicious, healthy, easy recipe.
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2009
This is probably the best recipe I've tried in several years of recipes from this site. I really can't say enough wonderful things about it....it tastes amazing, and even more amazing the next day. It's easy to put together, most of it comes out of cans. The recipe calls for slow cooker, but I've also made it stove-top when in a hurry, and it's honestly just as good. The only thing I do differently is I use prepared tortilla chips and crumble them on top of soup, along with a sprinkling of cheese. My kids, my hubby and my friends all love this soup (me, too!).
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