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Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2012
This has been my "Fall" cookie for many years and everyone always loves them ... many requests for the recipe. They are soft and cake-like and great frosted or not ... though, using two and frosting between with your favorite frosting like whoopie pies won't find anyone complaining. And, if you call them spice cookies instead of pumpkin, even pumpkin dislikers will have a change of heart. A little suggestion for those of you who are having trouble pressing the cookies down ... until this round of cookies, I have never pressed them down and they turn out with a nice appearance just the same ... especially, if you kind of swirl the dough drop a bit when you place on cookie sheet. The dough bakes down nicely and little, peak-like swirls mark the cookie. But, if you prefer to press without sticking, rub a bit of butter on the bottom of a small glass, dip into a bowl of cinnamon sugar and tap the cookie gently and no-stick. A bonus when making these is a deliciously scented home!!
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Garlic Spinach

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2012
Side dishes do not come fresher, faster or easier than this one! Delicious as is or with a few red pepper flakes tossed in with the garlic. As others have stated jarred minced garlic is handy and works just as well. All ingredient amounts are easily adjustable to suit your taste ... play around a bit. I'm looking forward to replacing the butter with the oil oil or adding a bit of sesame oil next time. Adding a sprinkle of parmesan or feta cheese before serving tastes great also! Thanks for the recipe and all the viewer tips!!
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Curried Egg-white Salad Sandwich

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2012
Trying to add more curry to the diet, I came looking for an egg salad recipe; I wasn't disappointed. This is a very flavorful recipe and adds just enough punch of everything to really satisfy the taste buds. What a change from basic egg salad. Like other viewers, I used the whole egg, a little more curry and cayenne for a bit of heat. Only thing I would change would be not using toasted wheat bread ... no fault of the recipe though, and will try toasted white next time. Thanks for sharing a keeper!
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Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2012
Now, that's a great bowl of red!! Very easy recipe, no unnecessary flavors/ingredients, and was on the table in about 2 hours start to finish. I followed the recipe as given and we loved the taste but because we enjoy a little "sweat" with our chili I added some cayenne pepper and simmered a bit longer. Personally, we think that only upped the overall appeal. By far this is a great base chili to get creative with your own family’s likes and dislikes. A different salsa, diced tomatoes in place of sauce, some chopped green pepper, more or less beans … the combinations are endless … but so delicious!! Here’s a suggestion that doesn’t pertain to this recipe, but chili in general … both of my grandmas and great-grams added diced potatoes to their chili … sometimes sweet corn … who knew?! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
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Applesauce Bars

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2012
Definitely a keeper! So easy and fast to prepare with basic pantry staples! I didn't have any pumpkin spice on hand but a tsp of cinnamon, a 1/4 tsp each of nutmeg and ground cloves substituted perfectly. The cake/bar comes out very moist and flavorful. An option to consider when making frosting ... a quick change from a buttercream frosting ... replace the butter with a Tbs or so of peanut butter ... delicious on applesauce cakes! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
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Italian Style Meatloaf II

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2012
While I appreciate a new recipe to try, this meatloaf had an overly soft texture my family didn't particularly care for; I even tried baking for a longer period of time. And, even though I used italian seasoned bread crumbs, we found the dish on the bland side. Sorry.
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Fried Green Tomatoes III

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2011
I hope when people come looking for fried green tomato recipes they continue until they find this one! While crispy coating and crunchy texture is awesome on fried chicken, fried green tomatoes are best with a lighter batter and a slight softness, in my opinion. :o) This recipe provides that perfectly. In following my own mom and grandma, I use part butter and part canola oil when frying ... the butter adds a nice flavor. Just be careful not to burn! Once our tomatoes are coated and in the pan, we also sprinkled with a little white sugar. Flipping to spirnkle both sides. You could do this from the flour stage; mix it in, but I do what I have seen done before me. The end result is a soft fried texture with these bits of carmelized sugar that just play perfectly with the slight tartness of the green tomato. Love them!! Thanks for sharing your recipe and letting folks know cornmeal isn't the only way to an awesome fried green tomato!!
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Deli-Style Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2011
This pasta salad seems to be the quick "go-to" salad everyone has been using for years ... and with good reason ... its soooo easy to throw together, it makes a large serving, and with the fresh ingredients its really refreshing on a hot summer day. As others have stated the veggie choices are endless. Using grape tomatoes will saving you time and they also present nice when halved. I personally skip the onion and cucumber and stick with the tomato and green pepper. BUT to really kick up the flavor and turn on the Italian, I toss in quartered sliced pepperoni, sliced black olives, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese just before serving. Also, the pasta does tend to absorb some of the dressing if you are not serving right away (and you shouldn't ... it needs time to chill and blend), so I save a bit of the Italian dressing to add just before serving. I have also at times tossed in some cubed monterey cheese and that has always been well received. Whatever your choices you will be pleased with this pasta salad starter!
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Aunt Jewel's Chicken Dressing Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2011
This is a delicious and easy to prepare comfort dish. Add a side of cranberry and you have Thanksgiving (almost) year round! If you want to go the extra yard as other reviewers have mentioned, adding some sauted celery and onion, a couple handfuls of frozen peas or broccoli, a bit of sage or poultry seasoning certainly gives a bit more "homemade" taste and appearance. I did do as others suggested and added the second package of stuffing mix ... it made for a more "dressing" like dish and cut well into squares for freezing leftovers. With or without the additions, you'll be pleased come dinnertime! :O)
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Classic Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2011
Classic is the key word here ... nothing to pretty it up, nothing to add additional flavors, nothing to create a "change" ... just a perfect, classic recipe everyone will love! I not only think its perfect as is, but is also the best base for getting crazy with your own preferences. Here are a few suggestions/hints I have found to be helpful ... some reviews have mentioned it too runny, too sweet, too much onion, or needing some chopped egg, I personally found the "runny" dressing to substancially thicken up overnight in the fridge, but if you are serving within an hour or two of making, I'd suggest tossing with partial dressing and saving the rest to add if necessary just prior to serving that way you control the wetness. I actually prefer adding a bit of dressing to give it a little fresh kick just before the serve. As for the sugar, I have found a little less is needed if you use white vinegar and mayo, but all is needed if using apple cider and miracle whip. It also aids in the consistency of the dressing. To somewhat counter the bite of the onion I chop it a bit fine to blend in better as I'm not a fan of chunky onion bites, but certainly using less is an easy fix. As for the chopped egg, its one of those preference things but often a "must" for some so throw it in there. Same with adding cheese, or mini shrimp, or other veggies, there is no limit to personalizing this perfect start. But, for a fresh, classic macaroni salad, you won't go wrong with "as is" either!
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Fresh Rhubarb Pie

Reviewed: May 3, 2011
Oh, I hope all 22,000+ people who have saved this recipe give it a try at least once in their lifetime ... its that wonderful, Carol!! 5-Star plus!! Thanks so much for the best recipe for my favorite pie! Please folks, don't change a thing, don't add a thing. The pie thickens perfectly, the ingredient amounts are just right, the oven time is right on, and the fruit does just fine all on its own for flavor and freshness. You won't be disappointed!! The sugar layer totally makes for an awesome crust and pouring the rest over the fruit doesn't get any easier. Save yourself concerns or worries, don't over think it ... just make as is. I even used Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts and no one cared ... all raves and so hard to not go back for seconds. But DON'T because next day pie is even better!! Only thing I would mention that I don't believe Carol stated, is after placing hte top crust and sealing the edges, considerd cutting a couple slits in the top for venting. This does help control seepage. Wondering just how much rhubarb my mother-in-law has left in her yard!! :o)
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Parmesan Asparagus

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2011
I could easily eat the whole pan and have!! :O) This dish is very "user" friendly as you really cannot go wrong with measurement here. Too much parmesan is not possible and I just lightly sprinkled the garlic salt regardless of how much or how little of spears I am preparing. I found no use for tossing all within a ziploc bag ... I simply pour the oil into an oven pan and roll the asparagus to coat. In a pinch when I have not had olive oil on hand, I had lightly oiled with canola oil with equally delicious results. Adjusting the cooking time is as easy to alter to one's liking as is the ingredient amount. I use the toaster oven to prepare so Ican control the heat a bit easier. Fresh asparagus plays a big part in this tasty dish. Thanks Sarah for the ONLY asparagus recipe ever needed!!
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2011
Of all the banana bread recipes I have tried over the years, this one showcases the banana flavor best. And though the loaves are heavy, they come out as moist as can be. I followed the recipe as given except for adding a few shakes of cinnamon and a small splash of vanilla. I look forward to trying a toasted slice if my next loaves last long enough to do so! Thanks, Shelley!
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Apple Dip

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2011
I doubt there could be anything you can put together faster, that would hit the sweet tooth so quickly and perfectly! Plus, apples makes it healthy! ;o)
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Honey Lime Chicken Wings

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2011
Sorry to say, these wings did not hit the spot with our group. With high expectations from the positive reviews and the fact we enjoy lime flavoring (Chipotle chips and salsa - yum!), we were a little disappointed ... but, thankfully we had regular hot wings and crab wings prepared as well. The wings actually lacked in flavoring. The lime was very strong for sure and the honey sweetness was present, but it just was kind of "there" ... no zip or wow factor. We first thought perhaps cutting back on the zest a bit would help on a second try, but we all were just too not impressed to bother again. The dish was prepared as given except we allowed the flour coated wing to rest in the refrigerator about an hour in order to get the most crunch. If you are expecting a sticky glaze, this is not that kind of coating. Thanks for the chance to try a new wing, just can't recommend. :o)
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Pasta Fagioli

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2010
This is a great soup that can be a last minute decision what with the ingredients being basic staples in most kitchens. It is very easy to control the thickness of the soup with additional chicken broth to your liking. Same with adding a bacon or sausage as others suggested. For our household, we enjoyed a "meatless" meal for a change and actually would have liked more beans. And since we prefer beans with a softer texture, I simmered those in a separate pot until it was time to add them to the soup. Next time I will add a larger can. The only other thing I changed was I sauted the veggies and spices in a bit of canola oil. Thank you for sharing your recipe!
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Kansas Tomato Sandwich

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2010
The simplest sandwich is so true! Many smiles here for the reminder in all the recipes we search for and try, often the "yummiest" is the simple one from our past. :O) Prepared as suggested or stripped down to just buttered white bead, fresh from the garden tomato, salt and pepper and you can't go wrong. Course, for added zip, toast and miracle whip will hit the spot ... and leave you wishing you had just one more half. Thanks for stirring up the memories!
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P.J.'s Fresh Corn Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2010
The quickest, tastiest salad we have ever had! The crunch and freshness of the veggies is so satisying. For year round enjoyment, we have found a 1-pound bag of thawed frozen corn does just as good as the fresh. Yellow or white but we prefer yellow for the bold color. I would suggest using half of a medium red onion and adding more according to taste. Our family doesn't care for raw zucchini so I leave it out and it doesn't impact the salad at all. Thanks Browndog for a people pleaser!
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Sloppy Joes II

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2009
My family loved it! One review stated it was better than canned sloppy joe mixes and they were absolutely correct and who doesn't have these ingredients on hand all the time!! So easy. Only change I made was adding a bit of worchestershire sauce. I would recommend 1 tsp and tasting to see if you prefer a bit more. I added about 3 tsps. This will be own only sloppy joe recipe now! Thank you so much for sharing and I highly recommend a test of this one! :O)
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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2009
Easy enough to prepare. Added frozen peas for texture/color, but had no "wow" factor for me. After my own taste test, I rely on the response of family, friends, guests for deciding on a "keeper" recipe. When I mostly hear, "its fine", I know its time to move on. As others have stated, pasta becomes very dry following refrigetation. Doubling the dressing is highly recommended.
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