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Chess Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2015
I liked this recipe. I did reduce the sugar to 1 cup of 10x, powdered, confectioners sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract...More of a cheesecake flavor. 4 cups of sugar is insanity! I also tried a variation that we loved...choc choc chip cake mix, added one cup of chocolate chips to the cream cheese topping layer...was like a black bottom cupcake/bar cookie...excellent! Also have added a little coconut and chopped pecans to topping with chocolate base..have fun with the variations...good base recipe! flavor and texture better on second day too...great make ahead!
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Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2014
don't you hate it when people change the recipe & then rate it? Well...I was just checking this recipe for proportions before making my spinach quiche. I had a freezer thaw and needed to use up some creamed spinach. I love using it in a quiche...the seasonings & cream sauce work & you don't need much butter or prep. I used one box of creamed spinach, cut the butter back to 2 tablespoons. I prefer swiss cheese & parmesan over cheddar with delicate spinach nutmeg is a must as well a pinch of ground Cheyenne pepper. Add chopped artichokes for variation with thinly sliced tomatoes on the top before baking for color and flavor. Good basic recipe...without all the butter!
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Yellow Squash Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2014
Better recipe than the ingredients implicate...I really even like it as an entrée. I did lightly saute & season the Squash & Onions (I also used half zucchini)with herbs de provence. Lovely dish!
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Mexican Chicken II

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2014
This is a very good and forgiving base recipe for Mexican casserole. It is saucy...but that is what rice and chips are for...right? I also make this using 1 can of soup, tortilla chips (I use the slightly stale ones left from an open bag), salsa instead of rotel, chopped green chilies, taco seasoning, I usually saute onions, garlic & bell peppers to layer in for nutrition & color...don't reduce the sour cream!Serve with Mexican or plain rice. Even better the next day.
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Quick Chicken Piccata

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2014
This is a good recipe basic for a quick & rewarding meal. In a pinch I have used lemon pepper seasoning before dredging in flour when I didn't have the fresh lemon. Also sprinkled dried parsley flakes and parmesan on the chicken during the cooking of the second side...great little cheats for days when you don't have the fresh lemon & parsley. Also good variation is to add sliced frozen artichoke hearts (not marinated!) & mushrooms to change it up!
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Lemon Glazed Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2014
This was my favorite cake growing up...my Mom has made 30+ years...it was called Lemon Velvet Cake. The glaze is thin because it is supposed to be made as a sheet cake...larger surface and more chance to permeate the cake. While the Bundt pan makes a prettier cake, the glaze does not get a chance to settle into the cake, so some of the flavor is lost. Might want to poke the bottom of the cake and then quickly turn onto cake plate to glaze the top? I like to serve this with raspberries or strawberries and whipped cream....sort of shortcake style. DO NOT substitute pudding mix for the jello....it totally changes the recipe and texture. Adding lemon zest to the batter is nice too. Note...I couldn't get lemon cake mix on my last round, so I used Key Lime cake mix...still used lemon jello and glaze. Lemon and Lime Zest...nice change & interesting color!
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Fall Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2013
After reading the previous reviews...I knew that I needed to tweak this. I was asked to bring a salad for Thanksgiving (early). I had made a similar salad with a cranberry gorgonzola vinagrette that I was asked to bring again...that recipe is long gone. I used 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, 2 T apple cider Vinegar. I substituted 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbls. Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce for the sugar & cranberries...I know...sugar+cranberries= cranberry sauce...it was fabulous...I liked the color and texture of the dressing better. Used dried cranberries in the salad itself. Fabulous!
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Black Bean and Corn Salad II

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2008
I really liked this recipe and found a great way to cheat! I found Hanover Latino Recipe frozen veggie blend with corn, black beans, diced red & green peppers and onions. I used 2 bags, thawed under tap water. Used the vinegrette as written, but I threw it all into a mini processor with cilantro and the garlic. Used 3 green onions. Very good and minimal chopping!
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Honey Bran Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2005
These are really good and the recipe is very forgiving w/ substitutions! I used orange juice instead of pineapple juice. Also try with mixture of craisins, raisins, walnuts & dried apple. Have also added 1 pouch of Quaker flavored oatmeal supreme when I fell a bit short on the bran cereal (I generally use crushed Total Raisin Bran because we eat as cereal). Very moist muffins!!!
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Yummy Margaritas

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2005
I have used a similar recipe for years...one difference same recipe just add 6 oz orange juice (not concentrate)it cuts the bitter taste a bit. The best!!
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Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2005
I have had so much fun with this recipe! My version has changes it a bit. I do not drain the corn, but I do rinse & drain the black beans, I also add a can of undrained great northern beans. I like to use 1 can of Campbell's Select Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup instead of the 2 broth and my best results were using 5-6 chopped breaded Tysons Buffalo style chicken tenders (I have also using the meat from leftover buffalo wings)instead of the canned chicken. I bring all ingredients to a boil, cover and let stand until just warm. Then I blend partially with an immersable stick blender to thicken and improve texture. No one knows what's in it, but they are nuts for it!
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Finska Kakor

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2004
This has been our family's favorite holiday cookie for 25 years! It is a great cookie exchange cookie...quick to make because they don't spread very much..so you can bake many of them on a single sheet..great with coffee.
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Super Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2004
I found this recipe after I had already browned ground beef & realized that I was out of manwich. No time for the veggies...I improvized using tomato sauce (12oz) instead of crushed tomatoes. I just added the remaining ingredients and simmered covered for 15 minutes. Really good!!! Next time I'll add the veggies, but wil stick to the tomato sauce...we don't like ours too sloppy.
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Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2003
Great recipe! I also added and extra tablespoon of cornstarch to thicken the sauce. **TIP** freeze the beef for 1/2 hour before slicing, to make it easier to get thin, perfect slices.
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