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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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Kielbasa and Cabbage

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2010
Excellent! Made "mainly" as written with the exception of using splenda instead of sugar (which I always do if you read my other reviews-- trying to control carbs for hubs), draining all but about a TBSP of the drippings (trying to control fat for me & kids).... used lower salt bacon and lite hillshire farms kielbasa. Everything else remained the same... right down to the caraway seeds.... I understand the desire to cut back/down/eliminate certain things.... but I don't feel that one should judge and rate the recipe from their dietary soapbox... if it is too fatty for you, move along... OR make it, including your really far out changes that totally skew the intended flavor... then DON'T RATE IT! It is not fair to the person submitting it or those of us trying to get a sense of it is good to try or not based on others' reviews!
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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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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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Scrumptious Salisbury Steak in Mushroom Gravy

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2010
I made this recipe completely as directed... the taste was EXCELLENT... my son kept saying that it tasted like sausage... maybe that was the herbs in the poultry seasoning? I used 96% lean beef... and the patties were rather firm, I guess ...Nevertheless, non-red-meat-eating-boy glommed it down. The main issue that I had was that the sauce didn't thicken....I don't know if might have been the extra liquid from the canned mushrooms or too much milk... but it just seemed very liquidy. I wound up having to add about a TBSP more flour to the mixture.... and in the end, it was thicker, but the milk had curdled a bit by the time that happened...& didn't look as pretty as I thought it would...but it was noticeable to me & no one else! :) All told, this was an excellent comforty kind of meal... served with yukon gold mashed potatoes & left over corn...great for this cold evening... I will definitely make this again...but do a little experimenting with the gravy! Thanks for sharing!!
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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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Oven Roasted Teriyaki Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2013
This was great & very easy to prepare. Made sauce exactly as written... had BONELESS, skinless thighs... so I wound up reducing the cook time a little... The sauce thickened up a little too much on the stove, but once spread on the chicken, it thinned out. I goofed & didn't baste every 10 min, so I didn't get a nice saucy "crust" that I might have been able to achieve... I will remember to do that next time. But the flavor was awesome....and so tender...thighs were a good choice for that...and de-boned/no skin.... the visible fat was VERY well trimmed. Just 1 piece leftover & most importantly... NO COMPLAINTS from ANYONE!! Thanks for sharing!
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Pull-Apart Hot Cross Buns

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2012
Positively excellent. Made exactly as directed with the exception of icing them.... as they were disappearing from the pan while they were cooling... and finally, I gave up getting after everyone to leave them be. I'd never had any experience with HCB's other than the nursery rhyme. The taste of these remind me slightly of panettone or stollen meet King's Hawaiian Bread. I used golden raisins. The cardamom was a special, special touch and I would not suggest skipping it. I did not find the dough sticky at all... came out nice & smooth and I hacked it apart evenly with my bench scraper. I just can't get over how great these were!
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2010
Awesome! Looked for a recipe when I stumbled over 8 oz of canned pumpkin in the freezer left over from last Thanksgiving! So I halved the recipe and it worked perfectly in a single 9 X 5 loaf pan. Subbed splenda for the sugar... and other than that.... everything else remained the same. Used a little flour spray for the pan.... and voila... a very satisfying snack bread while working on Turkey Day prep! Will be making this again!!
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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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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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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2010
Excellent pie! I used a refrigerator 2 pc pie crust as I was making other things @ the same time and pie crust baffles me so it was easier to cheat... I sliced the second round into strips for the lattice top. I inadvertently doubled the sugar (I used the "splenda for baking" white and brown sugars... and didn't stop to read the instructions on how to correctly use it in place of sugar. So it was pretty darned sweet... but that stopped no one from oohing and aahing over it. We were supposed to have it tomorrow for Thanksgiving... but alas... it spoke to us this evening instead!! I'd never tried a lattice top before... and it was easier than I imagined... a very impressive outcome even with my flub up. No spices?! Nice surprise!! Will definitely make again!
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Chili Seasoning Mix II

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2009
I omitted the flour and 1 tsp of parsley (I only had 1 tsp left in the jar) and added 2 TBSP of the mix to about 1.5 lb ground beef, a can of kidneys, a 16 oz can of crushed tomatoes and an 8 oz can of sauce... figured I would add the flour if needed... and I didn't. Probably if I went with diced or whole tomatoes I would have. The taste is awesome... a little spicy... I like it and my husband likes it... let's see if the kids like it!! May adjust season in the remaining mix to taste after dinner. Thanks for a great & versatile recipe!!
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Busy Day Barbeque Brisket

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2011
Wasn't bad, but we weren't that into it. That being said, it might have been user error, so I wouldn't be opposed to trying it again. I left the fat cap on the brisket, so I'm sure that helped with any dryness. It was still in a neat strip since I cooked it with that side up, so I cut it off before shredding meat back into the sauce before serving. I had to add the very outer edge of fat back in because that is where the spices were on that 1/2 of the meat. Used only 2# brisket, but by accident didn't decrease the amount of rub (so that might have been problem #1). Also accidentally forgot to rub with liquid smoke 1st before dry rub (so that might have been problem #2). Cooked exactly in time stated. I only used 1/2 the BBQ sauce & worst mix (which is where I wound up putting the smoke after I realized I goofed). The flavor was pretty intense... too saucy...too spicy for the kids but they managed to eat. I really was busy doing other things in the kitchen (canning), so this was a quick enough & simple enough way to get dinner on the table when I knew I wouldn't feel like preparing dinner after a day in the kitchen. Like I said, it might have been a combination of factors, plus a really spicy/smoky bottled sauce... I would try again, but maybe a sweeter bottled sauce.
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Bacon Wrapped Barbeque Shrimp

Reviewed: May 13, 2009
Excellent flavor combination.... needs some tweaking though. Made exactly as written... used "Jumbo" shrimp which from Sam's is 31-40 shrimp per pound (which required 1/4-1/3 slice bacon). I also used what was pretty thinly sliced bacon. Even with the jumbo shrimp and the thin bacon, I was in danger of having little pink rubbery things to eat for dinner...so I didn't let the bacon get as crisp as I would have preferred. I think it might help to know what "large shrimp" are... are they colossal? Prawns? What are the definitions of colossal vs prawn? In any event... these were in fact very, very good... but some further guidance on the actual *size* of the shrimp would help. I picked up some Webers BBQ rub to use... and was the perfect mix of sweet and spicy...I didn't need to press it in.... it melted right in as the recipe said it would. All things considered, these were a hit... and very filling. Will be trying these again with bigger shrimp + the same thickness of bacon... it will be absolutely perfect.
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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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Homemade Shake and Bake Mixture

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2012
This was AWESOME! I had defrosted 6 large chops & didn't have enough boxed Shake & Bake to make the dinner I'd been craving. This was just the fix!! I made 1/2 the recipe and omitted the salt until the end. I wanted all the specific salts/seasoning combinations & then figured I would adjust the salt later. It actually DID taste too salty when I went ahead and added the whole adjusted measure into the mix. So much so that I actually added in another cup of crumbs (but added nothing else in terms of spices or oil). Honestly, once baked on the meat, it was definitely not as salty as I'd feared and I almost regretted the extra crumbs I'd thrown in. I do recommend that you stick to the herb salts (celery, garlic etc) and then adjust your salt by lessening the table salt. If you insist on celery seed, I suggest you GRIND it because it will not have the exact same punch if left as whole seeds.
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Apple Crisp

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2011
Had about 5 or 6 small and slightly wilting MacIntosh apples that I was looking for something to use them with as they weren't that swell to eat on their own any more. This recipe hit the mark. I followed the directions and ingredient list exactly. The only addition I made was a quick squirt of lemon juice before I put the seasoning on the apples to bake because almost immediately, the fruit was starting to brown... and then I shortened the first bake by about 15 minutes because I was really afraid that the apples were too grainy to start with and would only get more mushy. The flavor was awesome... the texture was good. This is being added to the "what to do with almost scary but not quite ready for the compost fruit" file. Saved me a few dollars in produce! Thanks!!
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Turkey Pot Pie I

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2011
I was looking for a good base recipe that I could customize to what crazy leftovers we had from last night's Thanksgiving Feast & this was THE place to start. I had 1/2 box of pre made pie crust in the fridge,so I didn't have to mess with a recipe for crust & just did a latice on top. I used 1 carrot & 1 parsnip & then threw in a handful of green beans & mushrooms & a shallot along with the chopped onion just because I wasn't sure what else to do with them. I threw in 1/2 a white sweet potato. All the other measurements, liquid, ratios, spices etc remained the same. I did have some water that I had boiled my turkey parts in & threw that in there along with the bouillon. I have no imagination when it comes to cooking "off the cuff"...I just wanted to use what I had. All the measurements were right on. I think this was pretty Fool Proof which makes it 5 stars in my house.
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Easy Baked Tilapia

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2009
Made this mostly as written. I didn't have garlic salt and wasn't sure if it was garlic "salt" or "powder" that was "really" called for... since regular salt was another spice... so I used seasoned salt plus garlic powder and the old bay. I had a bag of California Mix veggies... cauliflower, broccoli and carrots...that was the best I could do without making another trip to the store, sorry! The dish was very pretty going into and coming out of the oven... and smelled delicious cooking. Next time, I think I would go heavier on the spices as it seemed a little bland to me. That being said, the husband and kids gobbled it up... and there is one piece of fish plus veggies left for his lunch tomorrow. I would be happy to make it again! Oh-- and one of the reviews said to defrost the veggies first... I did a partial defrost... just put the bag of veggies into the fridge for about 3 hours prior to cooking... and that took enough of the iciness off. Good idea!
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