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Eastern North Carolina BBQ Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2008
Wow. This is great stuff! We moved to NC about a year ago and wherever I can try pulled pork with this type of BBQ sauce, I do. Never had it before moving here!! I followed a recipe on RecipeZaar (at least the cooking part) for a Carolina Style Pulled Pork Sandwich but I used Szeged "World's Best" Rib Rub (it is in a can, usually in the 'import' section of your grocery store) rather than making my own. Sprinkled that on the pork butt, wrapped it several times over in plastic wrap and stuck it in the fridge for 12 hours prior to cooking. Plopped it in the crock pot, put 1/2 of this sauce in there and set it to cook for the day. Shredded the meat, added some more sauce, put it on a roll with some coleslaw spooned on top and viola... a sandwich to rival local restaurants... and most importantly, my kids loved it.... ESPECIALLY the sauce!!
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Garlic and Onion Burgers

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2008
This earned high praise from my husband...I never make my "own" hamburgers because they just aren't "that" good... but not with this recipe. I read the reviews and was a little concerned about the "meatloaf" comments... so I smelled all my ingredients, and whichever smelled like my meatloaf, I left out... like the Worcestershire sauce. The Italian seasoning was fine... and instead of the salt & pepper, I added 2 TSP of seasoned salt to the mixture... that covered some of the salt that I lacked from leaving out the Worcestershire. The flavor of the garlic and onions was very intense...perfect for me...and the kids... but could have been a little less for hubby (though this didn't slow him down!) I might cut down on the garlic a little the next time.... but I'm sure the moistness came from the onions... so those stay! These were GREAT!
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Spicy BBQ Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2008
This is excellent!! I did use sugar free ketchup (for hubby who watches sugar intake) but definitely didn't leave out the brown sugar! I let it simmer a little longer to thicken up (the s/f ketchup was very loose compared to "real" ketchup) and I had no trouble with flareups... it did come out rather spicy this way... so I'm guessing that the sweetness of regular ketchup would have tempered the spice. I would definitely make it again (but maybe decrease the amt of hot sauce if doing a reduced sugar version)!!
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Insalata Caprese II

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2008
I've been making this for years and love it! Red, ripe, JUICY tomatoes are a must. I also like a recipe where all the ingredients are combined in a bowl and can be carted to potlucks without much fuss... juicy cherry tomatoes cut in half (sweet 100's if you grow your own...or ripe large juicy tomatoes cut into 1/2 cherry tomato sized pieces), little mozzarella balls halved (or larger pieces cut into cubes), chopped basil, sea salt, freshly ground pepper and olive oil. Mix all together in a bowl and chill. When it is about time to serve, let rest at room temperature for a bit... the salt draws the juice out from the tomatoes and mixes with the olive oil...makes the most sweet & succulent dressing!
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Garlicky Green Beans with Mushrooms

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2008
This was great! We love green beans in our house.... and I love making them with mushrooms...and aside from this, whenever I sautee mushrooms for steak, I always do so with garlic. I can't believe I never thought of combining both recipes! I think I had more beans and 'shrooms than the recipe called for... so I had to add more seasoning and butter... but boy was this was awesome! I used the stated 2 cloves of garlic despite my extra beans etc (our main dish was REALLY loaded up with garlic and onions so I wanted to keep this milder) and rather than the salt and pepper, I tossed in about 2 tsp of seasoned salt... that with the salted butter I used was enough... my kids gobbled them up and so did hubby. Thank you for such a tasty idea!!
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Exquisite Pizza Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2008
I made the sauce this past Friday for pizza night in our house. What a simple recipe with fantastic results! I subbed splenda for the honey and grated romano cheese from a wedge I had in the fridge... I did use the anchovies...my store didn't have the paste so I pulverized regular anchovies fillets with a mortar and pestle to get the required amount. My daughter complained that it was "too sweet" (but she is a picky pain in the rear and no one pays her much mind at mealtime anyway)... it was sweet for us as we are accustomed to more savory sauces. This was a nice change though... and being my first attempt at home made pizza sauce, I was THRILLED! My husband (the pizza snob) actually went on and on about it... and he is very picky about sweet/savory sauces. I will never ruin a homemade pizza with jarred sauce again! I have filed this one for future pizzas and may decrease sugar/splenda by 1/2 to see how that comes out. Thank you for such a wonderful idea!
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Best Ever Banana Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2008
This is truly THE best banana bread I've made... I'm always looking for new ways to make it... then returning to the tried & true in my BHG cookbook...but this is the first time I've seen BUTTERMILK as an ingredient! I made the recipe exactly as written, save the one change I made to the sugar that I subbed with splenda for my husband who watches sugar intake. He raved about it (I suggested decreasing the sweetener because I personally found it a little TOO sweet... and he strongly disagreed)... and while I personally noticed the splenda before the bread had cooled, I did NOT notice it afterwards, with a little spread on it. Just a note, it took less than an hour in a glass bread pan. Thank you for such a wonderful idea!
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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2008
Ran out of taco seasoning while cooking and found this to mix up and add to the dish. Made some more for a couple of extra meals and put in a small tupperware in the spice drawer. Never going back to the packs!!
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Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2008
Sadly, I consider myself a chocolate chip snob...I've never gravitated toward a chocolate chip cookie I haven't liked...I came across this recipe and it just sounded good... so I "cowboy'd up" (*groan*) and gave it a shot.... I was nervous the whole time... until I tasted the dough (I know, I know)...and at that point, knew that I had a winner. These were awesome... they were chewy... they were crunchy... they were light...and the butterscotch chips a pleasant change. The only thing is that the first batch got stuck to my cookie sheet... so I had to stop and scrub that off... but then I broke out the parchment... and from then on, it was smooth sailing. This is a keeper! Thank you for this wonderful cookie!!
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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2008
What a GREAT idea for a quick meal! I tried to follow the recipe to a T... but because of either the ingredients being unavailable... or my own spaciness, I could not! :( I used a 3# boneless breast (I couldn't find a bone-in) that already had the spices shot into it (Duh! Didn't read the package!). So I plopped the thing into the cooker (minus the soup, which bummed me out) and cooked it on high the whole time (I'd planned to do high for an hour and then turn down... as suggested by another reviewer for cooking a smaller breast....but FORGOT... another "Duh!"). I was gone when the pop up thing shot up, so I'm not sure how much I overcooked it...it was in for about 3 1/2 hours from start to finish...the gravy fixed the dryness my daughter griped (what else is new) about but BOTH kids glommed it down...apparently it wasn't THAT bad...I had used the juice for the gravy, so had to recreate some....so I sliced the rest back into the crock and added 2 cups of chicken bouillon... and within seconds that upped the moistness and the remaining turkey was perfect. I hope to try this again...VERY SOON...I KNOW it will be fabulous... because if my screwed up attempt turned out this good, then I know following the directions to a T... will be so much better! :) I nuked some red potatoes to mash up and steamed some baby carrots in the micro also... it really was a hit... despite all my goofiness...and EASY!! Who knew?! Turkey in the crock! Thanks for such a great idea!
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Grilled Salmon II

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2008
I followed exactly... doubling the quantity for a nearly 2# salmon fillet. I cut it up into pieces and pricked all over with a fork. I'd gotten a late start on the marinating process... so I left it at room temp for 30 minutes before sticking it in the fridge (flipped it after 15 minutes on the counter) and then took it out again when I started the grill, so another 10 on the counter. It was awesome... and the flavor excellent... my kids actually like salmon... and this is another way to cook it up. A definite keeper! Served with brown rice and salad. PERFECT!
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Bacon for the Family or a Crowd

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2008
I tried to follow this exactly, but the bacon wasn't cooking fast enough at this baking temp... (might just be my oven) so I used the same temp and broiled. Also, I used a standard broiler pan lined with foil to catch the drippings...just because I hate to clean up! Regular bacon worked fine...though a couple pieces that were not overlapping did cook quicker than the others. I just pulled those out sooner. I've used this idea twice now in the 2 weeks since I found it (frees up the stove and saves time while making pancakes)... I'm so glad you posted this Joyce! Thank you!!
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Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken II

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2008
My family loved this... kids included...therefore, this is a 5 star winner in my book. It is very easy and takes almost no to very little prep time, which makes it 5 stars for the cook!! Prepared exactly as written. Will be making this one again!
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Campbell's Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2008
This was a pretty carefree dish to make... which is just my style when I have realized that I haven't planned dinner and we are pressed for time! Ooops! I pounded the chicken breasts to tenderize and make cooking quicker, then sprinkled Italian seasoning and granulated garlic on either side and let that sit while I heated the pan. I also decided to use a touch of olive oil to brown the chicken rather than cooking spray... I used the jar of sauce I had on hand... and then of course the cheeses. It was very tasty and I will make it again when pressed for time, but not quite like the breaded parm we are accustomed to. Great for a busy night...when you don't want to deal with all the regular steps in standard chicken parm. Good recipe!
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Irish Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2008
Excellent and easy to sub lower calorie ingredients. I divided the recipe in 1/2 and made it *mostly* as written. I used Healthy Request cream of chicken soup, Heart Smart (I think it is called) Bisquick mix, threw a bouillon cube into the cooking water and left out the potatoes. I'm almost wishing I'd made the whole recipe as my husband was caught eating the rest of the stew out of the pot!! Easy, filling... really cozy comfort food! Thank you for such a great idea!
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Grilled Sausages with Caramelized Onions and Apples

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2008
Wonderful flavors and very fall-ish! Was looking for something quick and easy... and different... so fruit for dinner struck me!! I used kielbasa from Sam's... I don't know the brand but it is one we go back to repeatedly as it is a little sweet... used full 3 pound package...3 large granny smith apples, reduced the onion to 1 (just because I knew my kids would gripe if they saw too many) and then rather than using regular brown sugar, used 1 TBSP of brown sugar substitute (like sweet & lo). The flavors melded perfectly (and I am someone who has never been fond of pork & apples). I'm really glad I tried this...the granny smiths cooked up nicely...was not too soggy, grainy or sweet! Just perfect for us! A keeper!
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Golden Pork Chops

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2008
Very moist!! I too have trouble with hockey puck chops... and stick to shake and bake!! This recipe changed that! I used Healthy Request Cream of Mushroom to save on fat/calories and seasoned the chops with seasoned salt rather than the s & p. Used baby portobella mushrooms... about 1/2 box... this was a nice change!! Thank you!!
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Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2008
My husband called home and announced that he was "in the mood for shrimp kabobs." Still not entirely sure where the craving came from... but I turned to this site first.... and found that I had everything I needed for the recipe in the pantry. It was easy to combine, no weird ingredients, and marinated quickly. I put the shrimp on soaked bamboo skewers and alternated with lightly steamed zucchini, yellow squash, red grape tomatoes and red onion (both of those unsteamed)... and these were a hit. They took a little longer to cook than the recipe stated... which was either the cold weather and/or my additional ingredients but I just covered the grill and that picked up the pace. Excellent flavor.... and not spicy at all for us. Thank you!!
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Extra Easy Hummus

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2008
Wow! This really is a GREAT basic recipe for hummus when you don't have tahini hanging around in your pantry or a natural food store within driving distance! I found this recipe and doctored it to reproduce kalamata olive hummus I got @ the store for FOUR BUCKS A CUP...and then this AM, decided to just "follow the directions" so I could at least know what it tasted like "for real!!" It was very good. I am not a cumin fan but still wanted to follow the directions without making myself feel icky, so I reduced the amt to 1/4 tsp...but everything else I left as is. You really can do SO much with this as evidenced by the other reviewers. This is SO much more nutritionally sound than the stuff you buy @ the store... and no kooky additives...a real winner...and my kids will likely enjoy the "flavored plain-ness" of this combination. Thank you for sharing!!
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Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2008
This was on the better side of okay...3 1/2 stars... We had a smaller roast so I reduced the soups and water to 1/2... and for the mushroom soup subbed 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup...I also sprinkled the roast with granulated garlic before plopping it in the crock. Still, I found it to be a little chewy after 9 1/2 hours on low...but the family seemed to do fine with it... I think it needed something more.... like seasoning wise...not salt because the onion soup takes care of that...I think the FF mushroom soup was fine also... as we don't use the gravy/liquid. I'd make it again, but add more spices.
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