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Aunt Jewel's Chicken Dressing Casserole

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2013
I don't understand how this recipe gets such good reviews. I took other reviewers recommendations and doubled the stuffing but left everything else the same. Mine came out very dry and crumbly and I even covered it for half the cook time to help prevent this. I guess I should have doubled the broth also but since many complained of it being too soupy as written ,I thought it would be ok. Other than the dryness, it was also VERY bland. I recommend adding extra seasoning and veggies for flavor. My other complaint is that the "gravy" was milky white after it cooked. It just looked like chicken cooked in milk and was very unappealing in appearance. Sorry but I can't recommend this one.
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Microwave Oven Peanut Brittle

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2010
This is the best recipe I have ever gotten from this site!! I make this twice weekly and people rave about my brittle. You have to play with the times to see what works in your microwave. Here's what works perfectly for me in my 1000 watt microwave: 1-I cook sugar and corn syrup for 5 minutes 45 seconds. Any longer and it burns and any less and it's not done. 2-I add the dry roasted peanuts with the butter and vanilla. Since they are already roasted, the peanuts don't need to cook the entire time. I use salted peanuts so I do not add the additional salt. Then I cook an additional 2 minutes. I grease my pan with butter and keep it in a warm oven until ready to spread. It does harden quickly but the warm pan helps to spread. The spreading is the hardest part of the recipe. I do recommend using a 4 cup bowl with a handle to cook in. The bowl comes out very hot and is much easier to pour in the pan with a handle. I have also made this using roasted cashews and it turns out wonderfully. If you like brittle, do try this recipe.
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Baked Spaghetti

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2010
My husband and his friends loved this recipe and he's not a pasta eater. He said it was the best he had ever had. However, I made lots of additions to kick up the flavor based on other reviews. Here's what I added: 1. I used double the meat and doubled the sauce(still could have used a little more in my opinion) 2. Added Italian seasoning, green bell pepper, mushrooms and a can of Italian diced tomatoes to sauce. 3. Used half sharp cheddar and half mozzerella for the 4 cups of cheese. The sharp cheddar gave it a nice zip. 4. Microwaved a pkg. of pepperoni just long enough to remove some of the grease and covered the top of the casserole with them and an extra sprinkle of cheese when I uncovered it for the last 25 minutes of cook time. The pepperoni came out crunchy and cheesy delicious on top. With all my additions, I had to use a 15 x 10 lasagna dish and it was filled to the brim. Next time I make this I will try half ground beef and half spicy Italian sausage. Also I will mix the cottage or ricotta cheese in with the noodles and egg mixture for better coverage and a better appearance. I also think it needs more parmesan cheese. I will sprinkle parmesan on top next time. I think this is a great basic recipe but needs lots of additions. I can not imagine how dry and bland it would be if you don't make some of these additions. I hope this helps
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Baked Ham

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2008
Loved this recipe...very moist and flavorful. I added a little allspice for extra zing. This is a keeper!
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