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Mom's Lasagna

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2008
I made this for my boyfriend on his birthday, and the leftovers lasted MAYBE a day or two -- he just couldn't resist polishing them off. Since then, he's been hinting every other day or so that I should make it again.
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Easy, Cheesy Tortellini Bake

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2008
I made this for company and got rave reviews, even from a picky-eater who is notoriously skeptical of new food!
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Quiche Lorraine II

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2009
I took the advice of some other reviewers, and reduced the amount of milk (to 1 cup skim & 1/2 cup fat free half-and-half), and even so it barely fit in the pie crust. I also used monterey jack cheese, and included sauteed mushrooms with the sauteed onion. I used a little more nutmeg than the original recipe called for, and a little garlic powder. I didn't have a ham steak, so I used deli meat -- given the choice, I think I'd go with a chopped up ham steak, but the chopped up deli meat wasn't bad. It also took an extra 15 minutes to cook. But the result was fantastic! My fiance had two pieces, plus some more for breakfast the next morning (and he never eats breakfast). Will definitely make this again.
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Busy Day Chicken Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2009
This was a pretty good recipe, but not fantastic. My fiance liked it, but didn't love it. I tried adding some cayenne pepper based on recommendations, but even with only a little bit, it was out-of-place. Fiance also thought it was on the bland side, like what a lot of reviewers said, even though I added more garlic than what was called for, a handful of grated cheese, and some frozen veggies. I also mixed half of the onion soup packet in with the rice mixture. Our suggestion for next time is sundried tomatoes for some flavor. But the rice was smooth and creamy, a definite comfort food that I'm sure I will make again.
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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2010
I made this for my fiance last night. I pretty much kept to the recipe except I used 3 chicken breasts instead of 2 (just because that's what came in the package), and I halved the onion because 1 cup seemed excessive. I also reserved some of the BBQ sauce to mix with the chicken before putting it on the pizza, as some reviewers suggested. The pizza was loaded, but my fiance insisted that it was not too much, but just right. He kept going back for more, and asked several times to make sure that I saved this recipe and will make it again. Considering there was only 1 piece leftover, it's a definite keeper. Very yummy!
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Apple Crumb Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2010
I made this at Thanksgiving, and around Christmastime, my fiance asked me why I hadn't made it again yet. Then he proceeded to reminisce about how amazing it was! It was a definite hit among the guests at Thanksgiving, even though it was my first pie experience. My only complaint is that it seemed like way too many apples to fit into one crust -- maybe my frozen crust was smaller than most? I ended up making 2 pies and putting half the apples in each, and once it baked, the apples had reduced in size enough that I wished that I had just tried to cram them all into one pie crust, after all. Maybe next time I'll reduce the amount of apples so that they all fit into one crust. Other than that, 5 stars. Easy and very yummy!
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Blueberry Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2010
I followed this recipe exactly, and it turned out beautifully. My fiance normally avoids zucchini bread, but he loved this. Can't wait until next summer's farmers markets so I can make it again!
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Pumpkin Spice Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2010
I have been making this for about 2 years now, and it has never failed to get rave reviews from any of the many people I've shared it with. Many people ask me for the recipe, and I know that it has become a Thanksgiving/ holiday tradition in several households as a result (including my parents, though I'm not usually able to make it home for Thanksgiving). It's always very flavorful and moist. Sometimes I make mini-loaves and give them as gifts (remember to reduce the cooking time, if you do this!), other times I just make regular loaves and freeze them (it freezes very well).
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Spicy Beef Vegetable Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2010
Made this as-is, except that I chopped up some carrots to add, and also added an extra pound of stew meat, as per someone's suggestion. I love the result, it has a great flavor and heartiness. My fiance said it was just ok, but he's not a big fan of soups, anyway. My only complaint is that it's fairly greasy, possibly from adding the extra beef raw? Great topped with cheese and served with french bread.
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Basic Baked Spaghetti

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2010
The first time I made this, I pretty much followed the recipe exactly, and my fiance said it was "ok." I made it again last night with some modifications. First, I used more sauce, as there wasn't quite enough last time. Also, I included a can of sliced mushrooms, garlic powder, and italian seasoning. I topped everything with shredded cheese, plus a generous portion of parmesan cheese. This time, my fiance said it was "really good" and went back for more.
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Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2010
I made this for dinner tonight and it was excellent. I didn't modify it, unless you count adding half a can of tomato sauce (leftover from another recipe earlier this week) or using 3 links of sausage instead of 2. My fiance has vivid memories of his Sicilian grandmother's cooking, and he thought that this was true competition. His only complaint was that it wasn't enough meat for him (he is a true meat-eater!), but as he went back for seconds, he requested that I add this to my rotation. Success! I made enough to freeze the leftovers, so we've got another yummy dinner to look forward to.
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Comforting Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2010
I made this for dinner last night because it was exactly what I was in the mood for, though I didn't expect my fiance to love it (casseroles aren't really his thing). As it turned out, he loved it so much that he wanted to bring the leftovers to work for lunch today, saying that it was really, really good! The color and warmth from the chili powder and paprika added a lot to this dish. Only changes: left out the green pepper (didn't have any) and sprinkled on some shredded cheese in the last 15 minutes. We also appreciated the amount that this made - when you're not serving 8 people, it's a little silly to make enough for an army. The amount that this recipes made was good, allowing for leftovers without filling our whole freezer. I will definitely make this again.
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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2010
I made these this weekend, and they were an absolute HIT with my hubby (who thinks he doesn't like pumpkin) and coworkers (who demanded I bring more to work tomorrow). The only thing I changed was to add 1-2 Tbsp of brown sugar to the strusel topping because it seemed strange that there wasn't any, and next time I might add more. Delicious!
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Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2010
I made this tonight and am already posting a rating because it was that good. Hubby said it was restaurant-quality and delicious (and he's not one to lie to save my feelings - last night's dinner was "bland"). I doubled the brown sugar and reduced the soy sauce to 3 Tbsp. Also reduced the ginger because I was using dried. With the chicken, I dredged it in a flour/ wheat germ/ paprika mixture before frying (didn't bother with salt, as the soy sauce has plenty), and then removed it from the pan. I simmered the sauce alone for 4 minutes, then put the chicken back in and simmered everything together for another 4 minutes. As the name of the recipe implies, it was sweet, sticky, and spicy. I served it over steamed white rice, and we both ate too much. Will definitely make it again.
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Mama Corleone's Sausage and Peppers

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2010
I've got to be honest, I got major brownie points with my hubby just for texting him that I was making a Godfather-inspired meal for dinner. I did make some changes (2-3 cloves of garlic instead of 1, added a can of drained italian-style diced tomatoes, a splash of red wine, 1 chopped small onion, multi-grain penne instead of spaghetti, and extra sausage cut into bite-sized pieces), but I don't think any of these changed the character of the dish too much. It was tasty and filling, and while he ate, hubby picked up an Italian accent as he told me about movie references to food in The Godfather. I guess that means it was a success - I'll make it again.
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After-Thanksgiving Turkey Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2010
My husband is NOT a soup person, and doesn't usually have more than 1 serving of the soups that I make, but after tasting this last night, he told me not to bother freezing the leftovers because he planned on eating it for the next week or two. It had a great taste to it, and the creamy texture really made it pleasurable. Other than adding a lot of leftover turkey and a touch of garlic powder, I made it exactly as written and will definitely keep this recipe for future Thanksgivings. Delicious.
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Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2010
I had originally planned to nix all pumpkin desserts from my Thanksgiving menu, as hubby isn't a fan, but a friend insisted that her fiance loves this cheesecake despite disliking pumpkin. Hubby was very pleasantly surprised and told me it was delicious. I had fought the urge to add more pumpkin than the recipe called for, as it didn't seem like much, but it was perfect. A light flavor without being overwhelming. I'll make this again. P.S. Dog owners: dogs LOVE canned pumpkin. If you opened a can for this recipe and don't know what to do with what you didn't use, consider giving them a treat. They'll love you for it. :)
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A Simply Perfect Roast Turkey

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2010
This was my first time roasting a turkey. It turned out beautifully - a crisp, golden brown skin and very juicy meat. Only complaint is that so much juice stayed in the bird that I had to use chicken broth in my gravy, as there weren't many drippings. Definitely worth it, though - I can't ever remember Thanksgiving turkey being so juicy. Tip: Always let the turkey sit after you pull it out of the oven. I've had turkey carved immediately and carved after a half hour or so, and it's definitely juicier when you give it a chance to rest and reabsorb the juices.
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Moist and Savory Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2010
Stuffing was always my favorite Thanksgiving dish growing up, and I was a bit disappointed in this. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. Not sure what was wrong. Perhaps I put too much in the bird and didn't give it room to expand?
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Busy Day Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2011
Taking the suggestion of many reviewers, I made the following changes: (a) removed the skin and excess fat from the chicken prior to cooking, (b) seasoned the meat with chicken rub, (c) stuffed the bird with a sliced apple, (d) placed aluminum foil balls in the bottom of the slow cooker, (e) poured water in the bottom (maybe 1/2 or 1 cup), and (f) used more sauce, probably about 2 1/4 cups. After 6 hours, the meat was so tender that it fell off the bone, and serving it was very messy. Husband was silent until halfway through his second serving, at which point he declared, "This is very good!" The leftovers will be BBQ chicken sandwiches. Mmmm.
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