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Irish Soda Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2014
I just made a loaf of this bread and we all love it. I made it as the recipe was written with one exception. Instead of 3 cups of raisins, I added only 2 cups and we are very happy with that amount. I cannot imagine what it would be like with all three cups! Other than that, it is a delicious quick bread that is easy to make and quick to enjoy!
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Healthy Banana Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2014
We really liked this cookie. I did substitute walnut oil for the vegetable oil and I also added 2/3 cup ground flax and an additional 1/3 cup oatmeal. With these changes my cookies ended up crispy on the bottom and soft and chewy in the middle; the way we like them. If you like a real crispy cookie, I wouldn't add the additional ingredients the way I did. My cookies only took about 15 minutes to bake. I'm thinking next time I may bake them as bars instead of cookies. I really like this recipe as it is so flexible and easy to change to your family's likes and dislikes. BUT, again, these are a healthy cookie so don't expect anything real sweet. Thank you for sharing, K, I'll be making these often!
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Hummus III

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2014
loved it! I have always made my own hummus 'off the cuff' and with different types of beans as I didn't (think) I liked garbanzo beans. Well this recipe sure proved me wrong! I have made this for the Superbowl tomorrow but quite frankly, it tastes sooo good that i have a feeling I'll be making more tomorrow (before the guests arrive!) The garlic and lemon are RIGHT ON and I admit, I thought, what can parsley add --- oh, it adds a heck of a lot! MAKE THIS RECIPE! :-)
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Calico Beans

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2014
I LOVE this recipe! I must have made this 100 times by now (don't know why I didn't rate this sooner) and each time I make it I get compliments and requests for the recipe. About 2 years ago, my hubby went vegetarian so now I make this without the meat and bacon and it still is a huge hit! It's nice to make and bring something that both vegetarians and others can both enjoy! I make this at least once every 2 weeks for him in his recipe rotation and he (we) never tire of it. Try this recipe! Oh, and I use whatever beans I have on hand - as long as you use the pork and beans (or baked beans) the rest of the beans can be any combination and it always tastes great!
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Apple Crisp II

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2013
Yum! Made this this a.m. and it's gone already! Loved it, loved it, loved it! I did go half and half on the fruit, I used rhubarb my neighbor gave me and apples. Other than that I did some minimal changes per the reviews I'd read. 1. I doubled the topping and put it in the bottom of the pan and the rest on top of the fruit mixture. 2. I increased the cinnamon to 2 tsps. 3. I also added Cardamon spice, since I was out of fresh nutmeg - and boy was I glad I did - NUM! 4. I crumbled the butter into the topping instead of melting & pouring on top. - I liked the results BUT - that meant that some of the mixture on top remained/looked dry and unbaked. I sprayed oil olive oil on top when almost done - that helped... but I think I'll consider melting the butter the next time as per the recipe. I don't think I changed the recipe too much and when I did, it was just due to our family's preference. I know for sure that made exactly as the recipe was written that we would have enjoyed it just as much - Thanks, Chef!!
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Amazing Cocktail Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2011
This is GREAT! I made it as written except for the hot sauce - I was out of that, of all things! Anyway it was fantastic without it, but plan on adding some next time! When I think of what I would pay for my favorite brand of store bought spicy-cocktail sauce I shudder! This is soooo good, so fast and cheap to make to boot! Thanks, Tsubaki!
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Chow Mein Noodle Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2011
I'm so glad I found this recipe! I first found this recipe in an old, old Betty Crocker cookbook - then I lost the cookbook! When I make it, when I have it, I add ground pork w/the hamburger - it really ups the flavor. Then, I add to the meat, and the sauce, minced fresh garlic and ginger and (extra) soy sauce. That takes it really over the top and adds that Chinese flavor most people look for! I prefer cashews to almonds but that's just me! Oh, and since I was out of the Chicken Rice canned soup, I just subbed the equivalent amount of a chicken broth that I made from a good quality chicken base I keep on hand; since the soup is condensed I added extra a little extra chicken base. Thanks Cindy, for bringing this dish back to me!
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Sauerkraut Hot Dish

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
Wow, is this good! I made it for a weekend away with another couple - and her hubby can be picky and not a huge sauerkraut fan (I didn't know!) but he loved it! What little was leftover, he asked to bring home - that's the real compliment! For some reason, I really enjoyed the celery in this. Maybe it was the crunch, I'm not sure -normally celery is -- just there, but here it added a nice crunch and a light freshness or something. Anyway, it was great, I recommend it to anyone even if you don't think you like sauerkraut that much. Delish!!!
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Sugar Cookie Frosting

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2010
Thanks for sharing this recipe! Since I love the taste of butter over shortening but I since I want the bright white of the frosting I made this one change. I used shortening but I added Butter Flavoring to it. I buy this flavoring at Sweet Inspirations but I believe that WalMart carries it now, too. Luckily Sweet Sensations has a website since they moved their store here halfway across the state, I swear! :-) It comes in tiny bottles; just add a bit at a time until you get the butter flavor you like. Thanks for sharing!!!
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Cranberry Streusel Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2010
Nils, thanks for this recipe! I have a large family and all of us are foodies (all 8 siblings!) and love trying new dishes, but not when it comes to holiday pies. I wasn't sure what the response would be when I added this to the pumpkin and apple pies I made, but --- wow! What a hit! It was the hit of the day! And so easy to make! Like others said, our cranberries are sold in 12oz bags so I added 2 chopped Harelson apples. I tasted the mixture, added a 1/4 cup more sugar but other than that, made the recipe as written! Num, thank you so much! It's so easy, so delicious and so pretty on the table! Thank you again! I might try a little orange to the berries just because I like orange w/cranberries, but trust me, it's not necessary! Also, I do like oats in my streusel, so I may try that too, but again, not necessary - just a preference of mine. Thank you for this fabulous recipe ---- and for making me a "star"! :-)
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Gourmet Pretzel Rods

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2010
I've been making versions of these pretzels for years. They are always a hit at bake sales. Here are 2 hints that may help you when making them. Purchase those ice cube trays that make ice cubes that are long and skinny. The cubes will fit down the neck of water/drink bottles. The pretzels fit perfect in there and will dry/harden perfectly in there. If the pretzels are a little short, crumble up paper and put inside the ice cube tube. If selling them, use the same tray but cover in a brown bag or paper and then tie a pretty ribbon around it. I find the brown bag works easiest, cheapest, and looks great w/the ribbon. 2. To wrap the pretzels I'll just buy that clear,stiff plastic wrapping paper at the $ stores. (The kind you can use to wrap baskets, etc.) I either seal them w/clear tape or I'll cut the pieces long and tie the ends w/curling ribbon. These are great year round, for all holidays, but our favorite is during During Halloween, we decorate them by sprinkling fall-Halloween theme cupcake/cake sprinkles on them, wrap them and call them Witches Wands.
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Easy Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2010
ok, I realized last min that my grandson's football game was just over an hour away; since it's fall in MN I wanted to bring (homemade) cocoa and what would go better than sugar cookies to dip in the cocoa? So, I needed a recipe that was FAST as well as delish so I searched AllRecipes and found this!!! Boy am I glad I did! What a hit! All the ingredients were simple and in my pantry BUT don't let the simplicity fool you - this recipe makes the most fantastic cookies!!! EVERYONE raved about them! I did (by accident) add more vanilla (maybe 1.5 tsp instead of the 1 tsp) than called for - but I'm sure if I hadn't, they'd still be as delicious! I had QUICKLY skimmed some reviews that said they tasted too much of baking powder - or was it soda? Anyway, all I can say is WHAT??? Then, 1 or 2 others said something about making sure the butter was at room temp or the cookies wouldn't taste good???-- hmm, I pulled my butter from the FREEZER, micked it to soften it, and even though some of the butter was still slightly frozen or hard, well-- I just used my mixer to blend the sugar and butter and maybe I did mix it a little longer than if the butter had been room temp, but despite those uncertainties, they turned out F A N T A S T I C!!!! I'm not a fan of sugar cookies, but when I tasted one later that evening, well, I guess I could see why they went so fast and everyone liked them! DO NOT HESITATE TO MAKE THESE, THEY ARE GREAT!!!
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Bou's Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2010
I made this recipe this weekend when I learned I'd be having unexpected overnight guests. The night before I cut up a whole chicken and put it in a simple brine (water, apple cider, a little brown sugar and cracked peppercorns). I made the sauce in advanced and planned on grilling the chicken. It rained, so after draining the brine off the chicken, I let the chicken marinate in this sauce for about 1 hour. I set aside about 1 cup of the sauce. I baked the chicken at 350 for about 1 hour and at the very end, brushed the remaining sauce on the chicken. My GUESTS LOVED IT! And I couldn't believe it, a couple of my neighbors could smell it baking and they knocked on my door to tell me how good it smelled (I live in the suburbs). This is great, great, GREAT! Only thing different I did was to add a few pieces of pineapple (smashed) to the sauce as I found them in the bottom of a leftover bowl of fruit! I'm sure it wasn't necessary - but I did it. Thank you CCLady for sharing!!!
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Chicken Gizzards

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2010
MMM, this was great. Only thing I did different was to add to the water some chopped onions, celery and a little poultry seasoning (I then save the broth to use when I've baked a chicken/turkey. I'lll add this flavored broth to the drippings and it boosts the flavor and helps make more homemade gravy!) Thanks for the recipe and here is to all who eat giblets - I thought my family was the only people left who did!!! They have lots of iron and are very healthy for you -- when not fried...(sigh)! :-)
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Cabbage Beef Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2010
Ohhh, is this good! I don't change recipes normally, but I had already cooked down a chuck roast (in water) and cut it in pieces. I was going to make a vegetable beef soup, but at the last minute I thought I'd check my saved recipes and found this. I had a cabbage that needed to be used up so I made this. Like others I did not use the cumin - we just had chili so I didn't want the soup to taste like that. I had only a small can of tomato sauce, but I had plenty of stewed tomatoes I put up this fall. So I used them instead but I'm positive the soup would taste just as good using the tomato sauce as written. I added the cabbage half way through. It is so good and so nutritious! With the tomatoes, the beans and of course, the cabbage it's very good for you! I recommend this to anyone and everyone. I am bringing some to my mom and to my sister to try; I know they'll love it - I'm so sure they'll like that I have printed off the recipe to give them when I give them the soup! Thank you for this delicious recipe! (it's a very easy soup to make and is very "forgiving" to changes you may need to make based on the contents of your pantry!)
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BLT II Dip

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2009
Everything is perfect about this dip. It's FAST to make, ingredients are staples in most households and is INSANELY delicious! Do want to emphasize that you should drain the tomatoes before combining with other ingredients. I will never make less than a double batch as it gets eaten so quickly! Everyone loves it and pretty much anyone I've made it for asks for the recipe! Thanks, Terri!
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Restaurant-Style Coleslaw I

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2009
Great recipe! If I can offer a suggestion; to stop the watery-runny salad, a few hours before you make it, put the cabbage in a strainer or the strainer part of your salad spinner(with a bowl or deep plate underneath) sprinkle the cabbage with TABLE salt, toss and let sit to drain. After 2-3 hours, taste the cabbage - if its too salty you can add a little water to rinse, then pat dry or spin the cabbage in your salad spinner. If its not too salty then just spin or pat dry the cabbage (to remove any remaining water). This removes so much of the water! You'll never suffer from watered-down dressing again!
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Potato Chips

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2009
Yea! Years ago there was a tv product to make these potato chips - I'd bought it and used it to death - and then lost it in a move. I had made mic chips w/it all the time but after I lost it, I had to go without or buy chips. Now I can make them again! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for posting this!
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Garlic Shrimp Spaghetti

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2009
This was great! Only changes I made were to add some fresh basil towards the end along with some pepper flakes. I'll be making this often! Thanks, June!!
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Best Steak Marinade in Existence

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2009
Wow... Wow... Referencing an old Saturday Night Live bit... "it's (the steaks) like butter".. I had out of town guests come sorta unexpectedly to help us out w/car issues. Since our local grocery store had a steal of a sale on Tbones, that's what I decided to serve. Why marinade Tbones? Cuz my sister-in-law insisted. Boy am I glad she did! I made this marinade and used it on the Tbones and ohmygawd... I could tell that pretty much everyone wanted to lick their plates! My changes? Well, I used fresh parsley, basil and garlic cuz I had them and since I had only half the Worchestersire sauce (how'd that happen?) I just added extra soy sauce and put in about 1 Tbsp of tomato paste substitute the missing Worch. Anyway, yes, this is a keeper of a recipe - THANK YOU for being willing to share it with us when you know others are bound to take the credit for you/your family's recipe. I promise to give credit where it's due - it's only fair consider what you shared with us. EVERYONE should try this! It is EXCELLENT! No one touched the bottled steak sauces that usually get poured on. A couple people added a little salt, other than that, they ate them as I served them off of the grill. Again, thank you Kookie!!! I'm going to try it with burgers, I'm sure it will work it's magic there, too! Thanks again, Becky
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