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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2003
This was my first attempt at pumpkin bread and it was AMAZING!! I didn't have all the spices listed, so I used some All Spice and added a bit of cinnamon. It was great! Like the recipe says, it gets better with age. This bread was fabulous the next day when I took it to work. It lasted 10 minutes at the most. Thanks for this recipe, Laurie! :)
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Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2003
All I can say is OH MY GOD!!! These are THE BEST cookies I have EVER tasted. If I could give 20 stars, I would. I made a batch of these and took them as a hostess gift and everyone raved about them. I put them in a cake box, lined with tissue and included the recipe for her. She was thrilled. Awesome recipe! These cookies don't last more than 5 minutes at my house. They freeze well also, which is a bonus since the recipe makes so many. Thank you Debbi!!!
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Alysia's Basic Meat Lasagna

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2003
This lasagna was FANTASTIC. I made a few changes, however. As suggested, I used 1/2lb mild Italian sausage in addition to 1 lb ground beef. I omitted the provolone, since I didn't have any left. I mixed together in a bowl 1 500g tub of extra smooth ricotta and 1 250g tub of cottage cheese. I added some parsley and black pepper to the cheese mixture. I layered mine sauce, pasta, sauce, pasta, cheese, pasta, sauce. I then sprinkled some grated mozzarella and a bit of old cheddar on top. I used the oven ready lasagna noodles for this and had no problem at all. Baked it at 350 for about an hour, uncovered. I actually used 2 8" square foil pans and for this recipe. Had one the next night for dinner and the other one is frozen. My boyfiend, who is Italian, LOVED this lasagna. So did his mother!! ;)
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Baked Pork Chops I

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2003
I made these pork chops for my boyfriend and I last Sunday. We both enjoyed them. I was worried that the breading would turn to mush, but it was fine. I omitted the wine completely and mixed the mushroom soup with a 1/2 cup of chicken broth instead. After I browned the chops in oil and placed them in the oven, I sauteed a vidalia onion and a bunch of fresh sliced mushrooms in broth and minced garlic. Smothered the pork chops with them before covering all with the mushroom soup/broth gravy. Only baked an additional 1/2 hour and they were cooked through and very tender. Served them with rice and green peas. It was delicious!
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Cabbage Roll Casserole

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2004
I made this last night. I added some garlic powder and some pepper to the meat while it was cooking. I also cooked the onions with the meat. Stirred the rice into the pot with the meat and onions. In a large, deep, foil roasting pan, I put a layer of cabbage and covered that with the meat/rice mixture. I poured a cup of beef broth over the top and then added the spaghetti sauce on top of everything. Covered with foil, and baked for 45 minutes. After 45 min, I took it out of the oven, stirred it all together and then turned the oven down to 225 because I had to go out for an hour. When we came back and had a taste test, it was PERFECT. My BF loves my cooking, but he had 2 servings for his taste test, took some for his lunch today and wants me to make it again on the weekend! I haven't seem him rave like this in a long time. Thank you Nancy!!
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Baked Potato Soup I

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2004
when I make this soup, I use chicken broth instead of the milk and stir in instant mashed potato flakes to thicken it. It's easy, it adds to the potato flavor and it doesn't add the fat of milk or cream....I also don't bother with the roux. I just use a small amount of butter to soften the onion.
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English Butter Tarts

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2004
These were ok. Way too sweet for my taste. There was enough here to fill 18 2" tart shells. When these were done and cooled, there were little pools of shortening on the bottom of the tart tins and small cooled pools of it on top of the tarts. Didn't look very appealing. I will try another recipe next time, this was my first crack at making butter tarts.
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Amy's Garlic Egg Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2004
I made this chicken for dinner last night. I started marinating the chicken the night before. I used 3 whole eggs and a heaping spoonful of the minced garlic from the jar. I omitted the salt, used Italian style bread crumbs and some parmesan cheese to coat. It turned out AWESOME. By boyfriend loved it! Will definitely make again. Thank you Amy!!
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BBQ Pork for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2004
This was awesome! I made this on Saturday for dinner. I put the roast (pork picnic shoulder) in the crock pot at 8am on low. At 4pm, I drained the liquid, shredded the pork with 2 foks (it came apart very easily) and put it back on the crock pot on Warm for another hour with some more bbq sauce only. Served on Kaisers with fries. FANTASTIC!! Will definitely make this again. My boyfriend loved it. The meat almost melted in your mouth, it was so tender! Thank you KK!
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2004
This was nice. I had never tried Tilapia before last night. The fish was flaky and tender. Not at all dry. I did not have any celery salt, so I left that out. Otherwise, I followed the recipe and was pleased with the result. We served this with rice and salad and it was delicious and incredibly FAST!! Thank you Phoebe. I will make this again. My BF called this one "a definite keeper"
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Strawberry Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2005
I doubled this recipe, and used frozen berries. I found this recipe to be ok. At first, I found these muffins to be kind of bland but I liked that they were not too sweet. The next day, however, they were much better. I will keep this recipe as a "maybe" but will continue to look for a new recipe. It's not a bad way to use up those strawberries though! Thanks Katie Mae!
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Lasagna Alfredo Roll Ups

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2005
This recipe was a great starting point for me. Rather than boil lasagna noodles, I purchased fresh pasta. The package contained 8 sheets of pasta for lasagna. Cut each one in half length wise and just soak for a minute to make it more flexible. I added ground turkey, sauteed mushrooms and used red sauce. It was not bad, but I will keep tinkering with the filling a bit until I get the right flavour. Rolled lasagana is a Great idea! Looks like a lot of work, but it's so easy! Thanks Holly
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Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2005
This chicken was fantastic! I left out the cayenne since I didn't have any, but this was "peppery" enough without it. I used a roaster that holds the chicken upright in the oven so the skin stays crispy on all sides. I basted it occassionally, and the result was a moist chicken that tasted fantastic. Served with yukon gold potatoes with sauteed onions and a salad, and we were in HEAVEN!! Thank you Sue. This one is a definite keeper.
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Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2005
This was pretty good. I used the marinade for pork chops and cooked them on a stove top grill pan. Very tasty served with Tzatziki sauce, greek salad and rice pilaf. Next time, I may use slightly less soy sauce and a bit more garlic. Can't wait to try this with chicken!
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Mama's Best Broiled Tomato Sandwich

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2005
This was delicious! Toasted tomato sandwiches have always been a favorite of mine, even as a kid. I didn't marinate the tomatoes, as I was using fresh beefsteak tomatoes from the Farmer's Market. I used mayo, parmesan, pepper, Club House italiano seasoning and garlic powder. Spread the mixture on a bun and broiled until brown and bubbly. Then added tomato. DELICIOUS!! Awesome with a salad for a light tasting supper on a warm summer evening!! Thanks Kat! EDITED: I still do not marinate the tomatoes, but I do use a balsamic glaze that I drizzle over the top of each tomato once I have broiled the buns. DELISH!!!
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Luscious Spinach Artichoke Dip

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2005
This is a good recipe to start with, but I decided to "tinker" just a bit. I used 2 6oz jars of marinated artichoke hearts as I could not find a 14 oz can. I omitted the cream cheese and used equal parts mayo and sour cream as suggested by another reviewer. For the cheese, I had on hand a bag of Kraft 4 Cheese Italiano blend. I used 2 french onion soup bowls to bake it (and still have enough left over for a third bowl). In one, I baked it as is. In the other, I stirred in some crab meat and topped it with Pepper Jack Cheese. Both went over very well at home. I will be making this again for sure!!
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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins I

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2005
These muffins turned out quite nice. I couldn't find Lemon Yogurt at the supermarket so I used plain and added lemon extract to it before I mixed in the eggs and oil, etc. Next time I might reduce the amount of poppyseeds just slightly. This recipe made 16 muffins for me. 20 minutes at 350 was perfect in my oven. I will make these again. Thanks Karen!
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Cinnamon Hazelnut Biscotti

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2005
This was my first attempt at making biscotti. I have been looking at different things to put in the tins I give out at Christmas time. I bought a bag of chopped filberts to use in this recipe. At first the dough seemed really dry and crumbly, but it came together in the end. I didn't have any cinnamon on hand so I substituted pumpkin pie spice instead. My family loved them and I brought some in for coworkers to try this morning. So far, nothing but rave reviews. I think for the Christmas ones, I will drizzle them with chocolate or dip one end (1/2 cookie) in chocolate.
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Baked Ziti I

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2005
I made this for Christmas Eve, as a substitute for my lasagna. It was fantastic. Everyone loved it. I used ricotta instead of the sour cream and used grated provolone and mozzarella. I used 1 can Bravo sauce and 1 can Italian stewed plum tomatoes since we like the tomato pieces throughout our pasta sauce. This makes a HUGE pan of pasta! It completely filled a foil roast pan and fed 10 people! Thanks for the awesome recipe. This one will be a regular at our house (just in smaller batches)
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French Onion Soup III

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2006
I made a couple of changes to the recipe based on some of the reviews and to suit our taste. I omitted the flour completely and added a bay leaf and some worchestershire sauce. I used 1 large spanish onion and 1 large white onion. Sauteed those in the butter with salt & pepper. I added about 5.5 cups of beef broth and simmered for half an hour with a bay leaf. I removed the bay leaf and spooned the soup over toasted thick slices of french bread. Topped with swiss and baked at 425 for 10 minutes. It was fantastic!! I will definitely be making this again.
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