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Catherine's Spicy Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2007
The only thing I changed about this recipe was to cook it in the crockpot. I didn't even consider that the liquid in the recipe would not evaporate from a crockpot like it would on the stove top, so my soup ended up too watery. If I make it again I will either do it on the stove top as the recipe calls for or, if I make it in the crockpot again, I will reduce the water. I have a 7-quart crockpot, which I think is the largest size available, and all the ingredients did not fit. I ended up leaving out part of the chicken, but there was still more than enough chicken. I used medium-hot salsa, but I think I would go with hot if I make it again. In my opinion, the best thing about this recipe is it makes enough to feed my husband and me and to give some away and/or freeze some.
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Absolute Mexican Cornbread

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2007
We think this cornbread recipe is a winner! Because of all the reviews about it being too sweet and too greasy, I only used 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of sugar. I also went ahead and used the entire 4-oz. can of green chiles, since I didn't have anything else to do with them. I didn't think it was even close to being too sweet or too greasy. In fact, when I make it again I may make use the full cup of each just to see how we like it. The texture was great, too.
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Fruit Dip II

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2007
Delicious and simple. I came across strawberry marshmallow creme in the store, so I used it with plain cream cheese. I aded a teaspoon of almond extract as recommended by some previous reviewers. I made it a day ahead so it would have time to chill and for the flavors to blend. It was toooo good. I finished off the bowl with a spoon. I served it with strawberries, bananas, fresh pineapple, green grapes, and apples. I thought it tasted best with the bananas.
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Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2007
Delicious. Couldn't find the beef cocktail wieners so I used the little smokies sausages. In every other way I followed the recipe exactly. So good it was hard to stop eating them.
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Slow Cooker Stuffing

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2006
My daughter said this was her favorite dish at our Thanksgiving dinner this year, and my mother said it made the best leftovers. I took advantage of the tips offered by previous reviews. I used one very long loaf of sourdough French bread and one sliced loaf of pumpernickel bread. I cubed them and left them spread on cookie sheets for 2 days; therefore, I did not need to dry them in the oven before using them. I added a pound of Jimmy Dean sage sausage and omitted the dried sage. I sauteed the vegetables and fried the sausage the night before. On Thanksgiving morning I warmed them in the microwave before assembing the recipe. I added the broth gradually and ended up using 2 cans (4 cups). I did cook on high for 45 minutes then on low for 4 hours. I think my family will require me to make this every Thanksgiving from now on. If you like the flavor of sage, you will love this recipe.
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Chicken with Chipotle

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2006
Just can't give this recipe more than 3 stars. For one thing, it was greasy. I had to use my baster to suction out a lot of fat drippings. If you're going to try this recipe, I would recommend using boneless, skinless chicken breasts because they have less fat. My dish didn't look anything like the picture. The sauce wasn't thick and creamy like that picture. I took it to a party where everyone brought a Mexican dish and I ended up bringing about 3/4 of the dish back home -- so evidently other people didn't think it looked very appetizing either. The ones who did try it didn't make any comments to me about how it tasted. For me, the taste was fairly good, but the presentation was poor. This recipe is just not a keeper for me.
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Two Ingredient Pumpkin Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2006
Maybe this should be called "Three Ingredient Pumpkin Cake!" After reading all of the other reviews, I figured this many people can't be wrong so I added two eggs to the batter. That's the only ingredient change I made to the recipe and it turned out great. I didn't have the problem that some other reviewers mentioned about the batter being so difficult to mix. I used my very powerful stand mixer and it was blended in a snap. I baked it in a bundt pan for 30 minutes, which was adequate, although next time I might add 5 more minutes. I took it to a ladies Bible study and there were no leftovers. I didn't frost it, but I think I will make a cream cheese frosting next time ... and there will be a next time. It's just too easy and too good.
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Weekend Brunch Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2006
This casserole was delicious. Our kids and grandkids were in for the weekend and this was a hit. I'm glad to have a good breakfast recipe that I can serve whenever we have overnight company. I altered this recipe in some of the ways other reviewers recommended. I used a combination of cheddar and monteray jack cheeses. I used 5 eggs and 1 cup whole milk (just because I had it on hand for the grandbaby--I'll probably use skim in the future). I used Jimmy Dean Bold Country sausage (not the Bold Hot), which has a great flavor without being too hot. I browned about 1/4 cup of chopped onion with the sausage. I left the black pepper out of the recipe because I was afraid it might be too much with the bold sausage. I cooked the casserole for 15 minutes. Then I took it out of the oven and put foil around the edges to keep it from getting too browned, and I baked it for 10 more minutes--a total of 25 minutes. The servings from the outside edges of the dish were perfect, but the servings from the interior of the casserole really needed just a few more minutes in the oven. I think next time I will put the protective foil around the edges from the beginning and bake it for a full 30 minutes. If you like sausage, eggs, and croissants, I can think of no reason that you wouldn't enjoy this recipe.
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Mango Cardamom Bread Pudding

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2005
I prepared this dish for some dinner guests from Kenya because mango is such a staple over there. They loved it! He said that he didn't like most American desserts because they are too sweet, but he thought this was perfect. So that tells you that it is not a rich dessert, if that's what you're looking for. I just used plain white bread like the recipe called for but perhaps using the Hawaiian bread that a previous reviewer used would give it a little extra sweetness. I personally love sweet, rich desserts so I probably would not make this again for myself, but I'm giving it 5 stars on behalf of my friends from Kenya. And it's so quick and easy to make that I give it 5 stars in that department. One more note--I could not find cardomom in the grocery store so I substituted a combination of cinnamon and ginger.
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Chutney Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2005
WOW! This is delicious. Unlike anything I've ever tasted before. We're having guests from Kenya for dinner next week and I was looking for some African recipes. I decided to experiment with this recipe tonight before serving it to guests. I have never liked chicken thighs before. In fact, the only chicken I eat is skinless, boneless breasts. But I decided to give the recipe a chance as written. I removed all of the skin from the thighs and most of the fat using kitchen shears. I found that I think thigh meat is quite good under the right circumstances. I had to go to two grocery stores before I found chutney, and then they only had one kind--Major Grey's Chutney. I had wanted the hot kind. I didn't add any salt but I did pepper the chicken before putting on the sauce. I put cayenne pepper on some of the thighs and ground black pepper on the others. The cayenne pepper was a little too hot for my taste, so maybe I would not have like the hot chutney after all. It was plenty salty enough. I heartily recommend this recipe because it is so easy to prepare and it is so unique tasting.
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Heavenly Lime Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2005
I had a weird experience with this recipe. I doubled it by using the "Customize This Recipe" feature. I then printed out the shopping list, which was fine. However, in the directions of the recipe, where it said dissolve gelatin in 2 cups boiling water and add 3/4 cup of the juice from the pineapple, that part did not change with the customizing . . . it still said 2 cups water and 3/4 cup juice. I guess I should have realized that, but I didn't. As a result, the salad turned out very stiff and hard because it had only half of the liquid in it that it should have had. Under the circumstances, it was still very good, so I can imagine that if it had been done correctly, it would have been a 5-star recipe. I'll give it another try because I liked the flavor.
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Easy Seven Layer Vegetable Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2005
I have a recipe for this salad that I have made for years, but because this one had such good reviews, I decided to make it for Easter dinner. But I did not like the sweetness of the dressing--the mayo and sugar mixture--although some members of my family said it was good. So I will go back to my old recipe that combines mayo, sour cream, and a small amount of blue cheese dressing for the dressing. I did take the advice of one reviewer, though, and added chopped boiled eggs, which I thought was a great addition and will use in my old recipe in the future.
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Gooey Butter Cake II

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2005
The best thing about this recipe is how easy and quick it is to make. It is good but very sweet, as others already warned. I used a 1-lb. box of powdered sugar which, according to the box, is 1/4 cup shy of the 4 cups the recipe calls for, but I don't think I would have wanted any more powdered sugar in it. I think I will try it again but with some of the flavor variations that other reviewers have suggested. Who knows, with some tweaking, I may come back with a 5-star rating. I sprayed the bottom and sides of the pan very liberally with PAM and there was absolutely no problem with it sticking. I baked it for only 40 minutes and even that was almost too long. Overall, I'm very pleased with this recipe and it's a keeper for me.
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Sinfully Delicious Chocolate Pie

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2004
I'm giving this recipe 5 stars based on the feedback I received from others who ate it, because I personally am not a big chocolate lover. I made it for a co-worker's birthday who is a chocoholic, and she thought it was delicious. So did others in our office who love chocolate, and several of them asked for the recipe. However, when the birthday girl read the recipe, she nearly freaked over the raw eggs. I made the pie exactly the way the recipe called for except that I did use the extra fine sugar that other reviewers had recommended. It was very easy to make and turned out perfect, so I could definitely recommend this recipe.
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Hearty Breakfast Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 29, 2004
I have made several recipes from this website, all 5 stars, and have never felt they were good enough to take the time to write. But this one is worth the effort. I made it exactly according to the recipe, using the suggested buttermilk alternative, except that I used Craisins instead of raisins. It is awesome and simple and our daughter and son-in-law who were visiting just had to have the recipe.
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