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Fruited Curry Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS: I only use one package (deli section) of Tyson's grilled chicken strips diced up, which equals a heaping 1 cup. Then I use half an apple, same amount of grapes, and a mixture of craisins and raisins (which comes in a package next to craisins and raisin), and since no one likes celery ...omit that. For the nuts, I used Almond Accents found in the salad section (toasted almonds with flavor). They made this TO DIE FOR!!! For mayo, I basically use the amount needed to cover all the ingredients which is always at least 1/4 cup LESS than the amount indicated! My husband HATES chicken salad sammies in any form, but loves this. Reminds me a lot of Arby's wraps but better. You definitely have to let this sit in the fridge for one full day to get the full effect of all the blended flavors. I love this recipe because the ladies in my get-togethers think they're eating a healthy alternative and I look like a super cook for serving them in a tortilla (wrap like a burrito)!
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Magic Cookie Bars II

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS THAT HELPED ME: If you're like me, you'll probably be thinking "this is way too sweet" while you put all those chocolate chips on top of the crust & YOU'LL BE RIGHT! LOL I think 1/2 cup of one or a little less than 1/2C of each is perfect!! If you do chocolate chips only, try using a mixture of semi-sweet and milk chocolate. It's an amazing blend that I always get comments on!!! Second, mine turns out perfect using just a 14oz (1 cup) can of fat-free sweetened condensed milk. Thought that may help someone when trying to decide what can to buy w/o pre-measuring. I just drizzled all over, and it covered it perfectly! Lastly, when I don't have a box of graham cracker crumbs, I just use quick oats, and it still turns out good! I like to individually wrap these in plastic wrap so the kids can just grab and go. I'd say "grab and share" but they'd prefer eating the whole thing themselves!
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Southern Moon Pies

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS NOT MENTIONED: If you do only use 1C of marshmallow creme, make your kids a pb&marshmallow sandwich with the leftover creme as they wait for the pies to cool to apply the filling. This ensures you don't eat all the same hour you made them! However, you really should use the entire 7oz jar of creme but keep the other amounts for the filling the same. I didn't even put thick amounts of filling in-between nor can I imagine it because it's very rich, BUT my husband who hates SWEETS says this is the best dessert ever! Brags to his coworkers. hehehe Some complained about a "butter" taste to it, but I think that's from not blending well & using room temp butter. As far as the crust/pie part, I used a mixer for the butter and sugar then dumped the rest of the ingredients on top. Doesn't effect taste & you save yourself a bowl! HOWEVER, DO NOT OVER MIX!! This is why I mix everything AFTER all the ingredients have been added. Too much = liquid dough & you will have pancakes instead of beautiful puffed cakes. Speaking from experience! Stick in the fridge between batches or even before baking. For best results, don't flatten or touch the rounded medium scoop (what I use) after it hits the cookie sheet. Then you'll have perfect puffy pies like you see in everyones picture! After I take it out, I use my spatula to cut around any pies that didn't come out perfectly round. Works great instead of trying to do it w/your hand (which makes it obvious)!
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Asian Coconut Rice

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS NOT MENTIONED: Being Asian, cooking rice is a skill I guess you're born with because I totally don't see why ANYONE had issues with burning the rice, it being uncooked, soggy, or whatever. I cook rice the same way each time, and it comes out perfect. In saucepan, combine rice, coconut milk, water, sugar & salt. Basically the liquids should reach the area RIGHT BEFORE your cuticle (middle of the white semi-circle on your finger nail but not reaching your cuticle). This is also assuming you've got the rice in the pot leveled, and the tip of your index finger is touching the top of the rice NOT the bottom of the pan. This is at least how I was raised to always know how much water to put in rice for it to always come out right. Bring to boil then simmer covered for 20 min. You cook until rice is tender. After 20 minutes, if there is still liquid or a bit soggy, I turn up the heat a tad, cover, and cook until absorbed and fluffy. It's not rocket science! Always works! Nothing difficult! Then mix in almonds accents (found in salad section, basically a bag of seasoned almonds to top salads) which adds the right amount of flavor to accompany the coconut taste. BTW, my husband was not a big fan of this. I was, but I LOVE rice and the coconut flavor. We ate it with some japanese wings.
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Pork Chops with Raspberry Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS NOT MENTIONED: I'm giving this 5* for the raspberry sauce, which I think you have to add a T more raspberry to for it to not only taste perfect, but to drown out the wine & create the perfect thickness! I just wanted to say that this sauce goes great with another amazing dish from this site ("Pistachio Crusted Chicken"). If you haven't tried nuts and chicken before, this is the best!!! We also like to serve this dish with mashed potatoes since everyone wants a reason to use more sauce! I HAVE made this recipe as state several times, and each time my husband says not to make it with pork again and rather eat it with chicken. I agree, so I fry some seasoned chicken until browned then add the sauce! Give it a whirl, you'll thank me!!!
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Asian Beef with Snow Peas

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS AFTER MAKING THIS ALL MY LIFE: Being Asian, I love running into recipes that remind me of things I already make. The most important thing to take from these reviews is to DOUBLE THE SAUCE. My relatives would not want to eat any of these that have made this as is. ...just doesn't taste like anything you'd have at a good restaurant (as this is american chinese, not authentic). Doubling the sauce ingred. was just the right amount of sauce to accompany a side of rice. Don't overcook the steak. Frying until you get a nice brown color is the perfect way to tell if it's done & the estimate times on the recipe are pretty accurate assuming your slices are thin. Any mixture of veggies work (mushrooms, carrots, frozen peas, red peppers, sliced zucchini, water chestnuts) ...or just grabbing a frozen stir-fry bag of veggies. I add half a bag, and use the other half for the crispy orange chicken from this site that I also make when I'm making oriental food for guests. Red Wine VINEGAR is an acceptable substitution, but I'd encourage you to try more recipes on this site using rice vinegar!
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Strawberry Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS AFTER READING ALL THE REVIEWS: I just love this site b/c I random people. I mean, it's so much easier when you've had 100s of people try & revise it to PERFECTION! 1. 1st time I made this, I cut the ingred down to only make 1. BIG MISTAKE! So much better to make full amount so you can slice and then stick in ziplock bags in the freezer. Breakfast on the go, just heat for 50sec in the microwave! 2nd, 4Cups of strawberries are a must (2 diced, and 2C smooshed w/bottom of measuring cup). 3. Dump the 2C of sugar on top of strawberries, gently mix while mixing rest. I just dump all in the ingred in one bowl then gently fold. Can't taste the difference when separating dry with wet first. 4. Tasted wonderful with half wheat flour 5. Use one snack size container of unsweetened applesauce then fill rest of 1C measuring cup with oil! 6. With or without vanilla, everyone always says it tastes the same!
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Blonde Brownies I

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS NOT MENTIONED: I've been on a brownie rampage for the past month,and have made 10 recipes! THIS is the only one that consistency comes out the same!!!! What's best about it is, ...there aren't 100 reviews changing how to do it b/c it's good as is! What's not mentioned is, the exact same recipe (taste, chewy, big) is on here, but in cookie form!!! How wonderful is that esp. if you love this recipe like my family and husbands soldiers we send this to do?! You can find it under "Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie" ...the title is exactly how they always turn out. I love this in brownie AND cookie form, so try both!!! Also, I prefer the chocolate chips to be mixed IN instead of on top, but it's all about preference! It would be overkill to add more than recommended though. When I double the recipe, I still only put a heaping 2/3 C of cc, and it's MORE than enough. TWICE I have won best chocolate chip cookie on our military base due to this recipe.
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Chocolate Mint Cookies I

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2008
This is one of those stand alone cookies where the cookie itself is out of this world. The mint just gives it just the right elegant touch that you can serve it to the girls when they come over for coffee. It says 36 Andes mints, but you really only need 18 since you cut them in half!! Then after you finish this recipe, why not impress everyone by using the rest of the Andes Mints and making "Thin Mint Crackers." They're IDENTICAL to Girl Scout cookies, and gives you a reason to buy a big box of Andes! BTW, this took me 9 min exactly to cook, and I really recommend putting the baking sheet BACK in the fridge after you've placed the mint and swirled so chocolate can set and you can then store in lock~n~lock container at room temp.
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Too Much Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS AFTER READING ALL THE REVIEWS: Well despite wanting to say I made a cake from "scratch" as I hate any boxed items, I tried this & the soldiers loved it! I only use 1/2C of olive oil (more would leave the outside crispy), 1/3C milk (helped w/consistency), 1C chocolate chips (more is too much & just a waste) & greased generously w/PAM to prevent any problems. From a baking video, it's best to cut out a piece of wax/parchment paper in shape of what you're baking in & put on bottom, so you can easily take out & work w/layers. Also, I wanted to make sure some 1st timers didn't make the same mistake I did the 1st time I made this. I forgot about the chocolate chips so when checking to see if this was done, I almost overcooked it b/c my toothpick kept coming up with what I thought was batter. DOH!! Cooking at 335 for 55 minutes was perfect. I used Satiny Chocolate Glaze like many others but had no idea it really wasn't a glaze but came on more like a frosting. Next time I'll try a more traditional chocolate frosting as the kids kept wondering what all that fancy gooey stuff that did not taste "great" was instead of their normal chocolatey frosting. :)
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Playgroup Granola Bars

Reviewed: May 27, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS NOT MENTIONED: 1st: My own tip is to wrap these individually in plastic wrap (press n seal) & store at room temp (NOT FRIDGE or they'll stiffin). That way they're easy to travel w/esp if you're giving them to toddlers as a snack! Stays moist! 2nd: Substitute w/all wheat flour & 1/2C applesauce. Works wonderfully, but I've also substituted the oil w/canola oil with better results. 3rd: I put this in a 9X13, but shaped it until it was the thickness I wanted in a granola bar. I like mine about as thick as a snicker's bar. 4th, I put 1/4C of almonds & another 1/4C of dried blueberries to go along with 1C of dried cranraisins. 5th, I like things sweet, but this really has an unnecessary amount of brown sugar. I reduce to 1/2C. With these changes, I've NEVER had anything but chewy moist granola bars that last a long time! I think these are better than "Gobble Up Granola Snacks" from this site AND they contain peanut butter which didn't work out for some of the toddlers in my son's playgroup (allergic). So this is the perfect alternative recipe. :)
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Bourbon Pecan Chicken

Reviewed: May 26, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS NOT MENTIONED: I really don't see how the clarified butter makes or breaks this recipe as mentioned by several because I've taken the time to do it & my picky guests over the years could NEVER tell a difference. I just use 1T unsalted butter, 1T olive oil. I do know that this is always hands down the best dish I make and people can't stop eating even if they're "bird eaters." I just use egg with a splash of milk to coat this (instead of butter) before adding the pecan breading because it sticks better. I brown each side for 2 minutes, which is perfect, and then stick in the oven at 375 for 15 min. This is always moist. I use all of the butter stated for the sauce b/c this helps simmer down the taste of alcohol. I use Jim Beam and on accident one time, I used a Rum. Still edible though (thank goodness, considering this is what I use any time new guests come over). This goes perfect with a strawberry salad and for the best dressing in the world, try the one on "Strawberry Romaine Salad I." I've never tasted anything so perfect!
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Heavenly Halibut

Reviewed: May 26, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS NOT MENTIONED: This simple dish always makes people think you've got MAD cooking skills which is great if you're trying to impress the in-laws. I bake this at 375 for 15 min., check on it with a fork (to see if it flakes easily), and follow it up with a few minutes under the broiler. Perfect every time and as you can tell from my picture, I had no burning! Served it with another easy but impressive dish "Colleen's Potato Crescent Rolls." Many people think Pillsbury crescents are the best and should not be substituted ....until they try these. ;)
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Apple Hermits

Reviewed: May 26, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS NOT MENTIONED: This is wonderful for toddler playgroups because it's healthy & about the only yummy dish that doesn't contain something someone is allergic to (obviously there's no need to add nuts)! The kids all prefer craisins, and don't complain when I use wheat flour! If you do add nuts, pecans tend to have more flavor in cookies, so we choose that over walnuts. We soak our raisins/craisins in warm water while I'm getting the other ingredients ready which allows them to become nice and fluffy to bring out their flavor instead of biting down on dry fruit you can barely taste. I've also done this several times w/o cloves. We love sweets in this house, but can't imagine turning this healthy cookie into something that's not by adding the unnecessary glaze. This turns out to be really soft and we prefer to store this in the fridge or eat right away. We found no need to use parchment paper especially if you have any decent baking sheet. One of the few recipes on this site that is delicious w/o a bunch of revisions.
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Wine Sauce Chicken

Reviewed: May 26, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS: I love this recipe, & found it a lot tastier than a similar dish "Jerusalem Chicken" on here. Found no need for adding butter before the chicken & obviously from my pic, we don't always use mushrooms. It's just a matter of being in the mood to add them or what we have in the pantry. I'm also not sure why it says to have COOKED chicken. I never pre-cook or even cut the chicken in small pieces. I did use use a little PAM on my glass dish. While using an expensive wine can enhance any dish, I've had great results using the cheapest wine at the store. I use fat free evaporated milk, any cream of chicken or mushroom, and don't be scared off by the mayo b/c you won't be able to taste it. I also use (any flavor) Almond Accents to go on top (found next to the fresh salads), and can't imagine NOT adding them to the dish. It's that good!! This goes great with potatoes on the side, and I use the honey potato recipe (1 lb red potatoes quartered, 1T butter, 3T honey, and 1t dry mustard - bake 40 min). The salad in my pic is just romaine with sliced strawberries and of course more almond accents and we sometimes sprinkle dried blueberries and cranberries on top. Every toddler that comes over loves this fruit salad. Yummy!
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Deep Dish Brownies

Reviewed: May 22, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS NOT MENTIONED: So many reviews complained about the brownies sticking that I did what I do with my other recipes & that's line with nonstick foil & then lightly spray PAM on bottom (the regular foil is fine too but I do think you have to lightly spray sides of foil!!). That way when it cools COMPLETELY, you just pull up, and slide the entire brownie out & cut! No more issues w/trying to pull brownie out w/o it falling apart! This recipe is the only one I've tried on this site that fits my definition of the perfect brownie "rich, dense, fudgey, and holds together!" Here's how to achieve that: Double the recipe b/c you're kidding yourself if you think the original amounts will last more than a day! Use a 9X13 baking pan (not glass), omit the baking powder, so it won't turn cakey, BUT DO include the salt. It's greasy w/the amount of butter stated (like I've had toss outs), but when I use 1 1/4C (when doubled) ...it comes out perfect with a 35 min bake time (fast oven). Use 4 eggs (again, if you're doubling) and 1.5C of unsweetened cocoa. When tops looked done and toothpick came out clear..it was done! I had to bake mine about 10 min. longer in my older oven, but just insert a toothpick and if batter is on it, stick it back in for another 5 minutes! UPDATE: This time I tried it in a cupcake pan like another reviewer (350 for 13 min), and they were so cute! Just be sure to include the PAM!
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Adrienne's Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS AFTER MAKING THIS SEVERAL TIMES: These tips are just a reminder for my old age what I did after so many test trials. The person who recommended using an english cucumber hit the key!! We wondered what was different about our recipe than the person we were trying to copy and that was it!! BUT... normal cucumbers also taste great, I just could tell a difference. Then the person who said for 1 cucumber, 1/2C white vinegar, 1/4C sugar, 1/4C water, sprinkle salt lightly after you've sliced them, and then 1/2t dill got it right! With 4 large cucumbers,, I'd definitely double the liquids or there would not be enough liquid to soak this all up. I always omit the onions! I think you have to kind of know what you're about to make to really appreciate this recipe b/c before I had this... this would have tasted and looked gross on paper. I knew what I was looking for, so there were no surprises. It's our favorite! ...or at least my husband's. It's my favorite just b/c he thinks I'm the best now that I can make his mom's "secret" cucumber dish ;) His mom also does the salt with a T in Tupperware for 2-3 hrs, rinse the 2/3C+ of water you'll have left, and then continue with recipe. Also better to marinate overnight.
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Curried Coconut Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS AFTER READING ALL THE REVIEWS: UPDATED If you've never had an Indian type cuisine, this is a GREAT one to start with because you can't screw it up! The hardest part is just finding these items at the store if it's your 1st time. Know you have to buy sweetened coconut milk, not the unsweetened kind & "lite coconut milk" for those weight watchers works well too! When I add the stewed tomatoes, I use my spatula and cut them into smaller pieces. Who wants a big chunk & who wants to end up w/nothing? I find cooking it uncovered is your best bet unless you want it simmering FOREVER. Uncovered at a steady med. will still takes 50-60 before the sauce thickens. Any rice goes well with this, so just choose the kind you like. I also only use 2 chicken breasts (1 pound), but keep all the other amounts since this is just for a family of 3. If I used 2lbs, I'd definitely have to use more sauce if cooking uncovered. Note: Expect your house to smell like curry 24hrs after you fix this (in case some of you have company coming over the next day). We have this regularly, so I know!!! ;) This is truly the best!
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Glazed Meatloaf II

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS AFTER READING ALL THE REVIEWS: The idea of putting 2 pieces of bread on the bottom of the pan before cooking to soak up the grease is GOD SEND! Works like a charm, and you can remove it when you slice everyone their piece. BUT I also take it out at the 1hr mark and drain the excess liquid. I double the sauce, but only to drizzle on top of everyone's slice since my kids&husband like to slather their meatloaf w/ketchup. When I do double the topping, I add 1T lemon juice OR 1T balsamic vinegar for yummiest topping! Substitute bread for 3/4C oats & use green onions instead of onions if you've got picky eaters. Sometimes I dice green peppers too for more flavor. If you haven't tried "Honey Roasted Red Potatoes" I'd recommend trying them along side, and you're sure to be everyone's best friend. All my picky eaters tell me I'm the greatest cook ever due to everyone's great reviews! This meatloaf was liked by everyone over the two other top rated ones on this site! I also make them in muffin cups and just baked at 375 for 30 min.
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Strawberry Romaine Salad I

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2008
HELPFUL HINTS NOT MENTIONED: I'm really giving this 5*'s because of the dressing. It's been something I've made for almost a year now & I always have a batch ready to use. I use soy milk or lactaid because the expiration date for the milk tend to be a month away from the day I bought it which means the dressing lasts longer! I take a lock-n-lock & double the ingredients for the dressing. Mix everything but the poppy seeds (or sesame seeds) b/c they tend to just stick to the lid or bottom, so you never get the portion you want. Instead I just sprinkle it over the actual salad (any works) when I'm ready to serve, and give my lock n lock a shake before pouring over the salad! I prefer using Almond Accents found in salad section because they're already toasted, sliced, and have different flavors. Also sprinkle cranraisins or dried blueberries along with fresh strawberries. Delish!
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