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Candy Corn Bark

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2007
Ok, DO NOT use a chopper to chop the Oreo cookies. Sounds like a time saver right? The cookies become too powdery and will turn your bark grey. (See photo.) I made a second batch with chocolate flavored bark and just broke the cookies into quarters. This worked MUCH better. (I will try this again with the white bark.) I omitted the raisins and the flavor was really good. Great fall gift/recipe. **Also, kudos to Meredith for a beautiful photo.**
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Fast Chicken Soup Base

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2009
This is (by far) the best chicken soup base that I have tried. There are others that are a bit quicker, but this gives the rich homemade taste you are looking for. I have made it several times and the best way was with fresh, raw chicken breasts boiled in the broth/water combo for about an hour. Remove the chicken meat and return bones to the broth when you add the carrots, onions & celery. (The bones are what gives the soup it's wonderful flavor.) After 20 or 30 minutes when the veggies are soft, remove the bones & add the shredded meat, spices & then continue with whatever recipe you are using. I double the recipe, add a bag of Healthy Harvest egg noodles & salt & pepper to taste. Simply heavenly.
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Apricot Noodle Kugel

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2007
This recipe was good, although I had to change it a bit because my Walmart does not carry apricot nectar. (I used peach instead.) I will leave out the raisins next time and I think I'll add more sugar to make it a bit sweeter. Also, I mixed the noodle mixture the night before and added the topping the next day just before I cooked it. This worked perfectly - although I added a few more minutes to the baking time. I brought it to a Seder a few nights ago and several people commented on how good it was. Over all, it turned out good ~ one of the better kugel recipes that I have tried.
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White Beans and Peppers

Reviewed: May 8, 2008
Very good! I substituted black beans (what I had) added a little cajun seasoning (along with other spices)and it turned out perfectly. Really great quick side dish, plus it's healthy! The possibilities are endless. Thank you!!
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Spicy Three Pepper Hummus

Reviewed: May 1, 2007
Technically, mine was Spicy "Two" Pepper Hummus as I got halfway through making it and realized I was out of jalapenos! (A rarity in my house!) But it still turned out great and was very spicy! Like many of the other reviews, I needed to add more liquid so I switched off water & EVOO until I got the right consistency. I also felt it needed more cumin so I added (roughly) another 1/2 tsp. The first time I ever had hummus was in Jerusalem, so I guess I'm kind of a hummus snob. Store bought just dosen't cut it! This recipe was a great spicy version!
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Chicken and Corn Chowder

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2009
Great hearty fall soup! I used both the bacon grease and the drippings from the pan to intensify the flavor. The flavor turned out great, but it did nothing for the presentation (made it a bit muddy looking.) I also added sliced carrots to use them up which tasted good, but again, messed with the persentation! (Orange circles just don't look as pretty in this soup.) Note: when changing the yield, always double check the calculated measurements! I doubled this recipe and it called for 64 cups of corn starch, haha!
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Lentil Soup I

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2007
I was very pleased with the way this turned out! I ran across this recipe as I used the "ingredient search" tool. I was out of onions, but wanted to use the bag of lentils I had. (I couldn't imagine a good lentil soup recipe without onions!) As it turns out, my husband had to go to the hardware store while I was cooking so he was nice enough to pick up some onions, which were a wonderful addition. (I had planned on using onion powder for flavoring.) I will definately agree with the other reviews...it needed a lot more water. Just keep you eye on it and add as needed. I also added a bay leaf for seasoning and a shake of garam masala. I was a bit wary of adding mashed potatoes...but I used about 4 small red ones. It was great! I will definately make this again and again. YUM!
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Boiled Peanuts

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2006
Ahhh, good ole' boiled peanuts! Yum! This is another Yankee girl who loves them. The owner of the local produce market here told me to use green peanuts. Great recipe. **UPDATE** My source at the local produce market also told me that you can freeze uncooked green peanuts for up to three months before you boil them. I tried it and it turned out beautifully...I just made sure they were completely thawed before I boiled them.
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Out of this World Turkey Brine

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2009
Wonderful, wonderful recipe! I discovered this recipe several years ago when hosting my first Thanksgiving and have used it ever since. Because it made such moist and tender meat, we have tried it on smoked, grilled, and roasted turkeys and chicken, and they all came out beautifully. *I am a bit surprised to read the reviews that said it was too salty. I don't use a lot of salt while cooking, so I can be kind-of sensitive to it...but this recipe turned out great. Make sure you do not substitute regular table salt if you don't have canning salt. This would definitely contribute to oversalting!
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Persimmon Bread II

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2007
This recipe is exactly why I love this website. I had a client bring in some homegrown persimmons and I thought, what the heck do I do with these? To Allrecipes! I made this bread and brought it work. What a hit! I had several ask for the recipe (and several others ask what a persimmon was.) This bread has a really nice flavor and is very moist. I took the reviewers advice and used 2 1/2 cups of brown sugar and added some pumpkin spice. I made a bundt & still had batter left over (not quite a loaf pan.) Will make muffins next time with the leftovers. Great recipe!
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Broccoli Biscuit Squares

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2009
I agree with the other reviews that it lacked flavor. It was good, not excellent. The possibilities are endless when it comes to how you want to season it, which is nice. The basic recipe could go lots of ways! (Which is the reason for the 4 stars.) I added garlic powder, oregano & a splash of Worcestershire sauce to the meat while cooking, and it still needed more. I agree with another reviewer's idea that some kind of sauce could help. Also, I do think adding the cheese to the biscuit mix was unnecessary as you really could not taste it. Just take the cheese & sprinkle it on top. All in all it was nice for a change of pace.
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Corned Beef and Cabbage II

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2009
I made this recipe in a crock pot combined with the "Corned Beef and Cabbage" how-to video from this site. (Which means that I added 1 bottle of red Irish beer instead of water and included the spice packet that came with the meat.) The spices were perfect. I have made this 2 times since St. Patrick's Day this year! :) Goes great with the "Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread" from this site. *Remember to cut the meat against the grain.*
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Southwestern Casserole

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2007
Yum, this one's a keeper. We adjusted the recipe a bit: I didn't have tomato paste so I substituted Ragu (cooked down on a stovetop for 15 minutes), and I added Rotel instead of just regular diced tomatoes. This gave it a nice kick, so I ommitted the jalapenos. (Probably could have used the jalapenos.) We like spicy things! I also added a bit more cumin to suit our taste. I also used chili beans and cheddar cheese. I didn't change all of these things because I didn't think it would taste good, I was just trying to use what I already had. Overall, really great midweek meal. Definately has a "hamburger helper" feel to it. It's just not something that I will make for company.
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Fruit Pizza I

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2009
Great easy recipe and always a hit at potlucks. Last time I cooked the (store bought) cookie dough the day before, let it cool & covered it with saran wrap & foil. Worked out great until I was ready to assemble the pizza. Also, typically I cut down on the amount of sugar as it is pretty sweet. But that can be done to fit personal taste!
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Daddy's Popcorn

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2007
Great recipe (& easy clean up!) You can make this better for you by substituting coconut oil. (Don't worry - you don't taste any coconut flavor) but coconut oil is much better for you! I did this and it turned out perfectly!
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Banana Chip Muffins I

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2007
I am giving 4 stars for these as my 2nd batch came out delicious! Taking the advice of previous reviewers, I upped the milk to 1/2 cup and added more choc chips and I used 2 very ripe bananas. The timing is key: The 1st batch were regular muffins (I decreased the time to 20 minutes but they still turned out a bit dry.) The 2nd batch were mini muffins and they cooked only 10 minutes...YUM! Moist & delicious! I brought them to work and they were a hit! Thanks!
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Egg and Sausage Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2007
I took the previous reviewers advice and used 10 eggs, a bit of milk (I think I used 1/4 c, less cheese and prebaked the crescent rolls for 6 minutes. Even with the added time for the rolls, it still needed a longer cooking time. I guess it was about 10 minutes longer...I just waited until it was not jiggly at all (especially in the middle) and it turned out really moist!
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Quick Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2011
5 stars for this one. Super easy to make, but did not TASTE like it was super easy to make! I threw this over cooked spaghetti squash with chicken sausage and peas. My husband and 18 month old loved it. I did add salt & pepper and a bit more parmesan to adjust to our taste. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Best Ever Pie Crust

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2009
I made this both exactly as written and with the advice to substitute 1/2 of the shortening with 1/2 a cup of butter. It was MUCH better with the butter. It was cooked in a stone pie plate and it was perfectly cooked in about 40 minutes. Great easy recipe!
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Curried Cauliflower

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2009
Loved it. Do not be put off by the mayo...it is actually very good. I added more curry (per our taste) and have made it both with crackers and with Italian-style breadcrumbs. Great either way.
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