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Ann's Dirty Rice

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2014
Good basic recipe that can be tweaked with extra ingredients. Perfect for a quick fix meal. I used 1 pkg boil in the bag brown rice (just dumped the dry rice in there) and it turned out perfect. I added a half bag of Baja style corn that had too many peppers and onions for our liking to eat plain. It worked great in this recipe. I also topped with 1/2 bag of shredded cheddar cheese. I will be making again.
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Chef John's Buttermilk Biscuits

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2012
Best homemade biscuits I've made sofar - and I suck at biscuits. First ones came out great, second ones not so good. I used 2% milk on the first batch and buttermilk powder & water for the 2nd (according to the directions on the can). I don't keep buttermilk on hand, so I will make with milk again and report back. Would have never thought to brush the tops, it really makes the tops nice.
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Whole Wheat Ginger Snaps

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2012
This cookie was OK, but nothing great. It was grainier than expected. It would be better to not use all whole wheat flour I believe. And there was no way these were rolling into balls. I refrigerated briefly, but still had to add more flour. But, it's not just the flour that's the problem. The other spices cover up the ginger taste too much. If I make again, I will have to try to figure out which spices, other than ginger, I need to cut back on (maybe all of them). Another problem I had was that the cookies didn't keep their shape, they just melted into large circles. The cookies stayed chewy after cooking, which was good. I took some other reviewers advice and substituted 1/2 cup brown sugar for white. I like the idea that they are whole wheat, but I think I'd rather have a white flour or mixed flour version that tasted better.
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Cheesy Beef 'n' Rice

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2012
Great as is, would be even better with a bit more kick. Next time will add some cajun seasoning to the meat while cooking. I think that's all it needs. I made with brown rice. After adding the 3 cups of water to the rice & garlic, I let simmer/slow boil for 25 minutes, then added the rest of the ingredients per the recipe, but added 1 more cup of water. Followed recipe after that. Turned out great!
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Chicken Florentine Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2012
I halved the italian seasoning (1/2 Tbsp) and used fresh spinach and mushrooms. Still had way too much italian seasoning. Managed to eat the leftovers, but nobody enjoyed it. I had one that someone else made that was really good and it supposedly came from this recipe. I don't know what they changed, but it was much better. Definately suggest to eat over pasta or egg noodles.
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Okra Patties

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2012
OK, so I didn't mince the okra. It was thin sliced. Maybe that was the problem. It was like okra hushpuppies. Maybe I'll try again and put the okra in the food processor, but it would just be easier to bread and fry.
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Baked Salmon II

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2012
Too much oil and too much salt & pepper. Otherwise, would have been a 5 star recipe! I used a different recipe for some salmon out of the same bag (frozen fillets) and it did taste fishy. This wasn't fishy at all. I cooked til they looked done and they were great.
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Dad's Peach Ice Cream

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2011
This was good, custardy ice cream. The problem I had was that it was too fatty. I felt almost like I was eating flavored cream. The leftovers in the bottom of the bowl were like butter. The peach flavor was mild and the consistency was good, other than being really thick.
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Venison Mostaccioli Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2011
It was OK. Next time, if I make it again, I'll just mix up the noodles and meat mixture and top it with the cheeses. I don't understand the layering and it just didn't work for me. The flavor is OK. Tastes kind of Italian, which I'm not crazy about.
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Cherry Poppyseed Twinks

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2011
These are different, but good. My best advice is do not overfill with jam and do not overcook. I took them out when they were barely done and they stayed soft and not too crumbly. Dipping my finger (index) in water and making the indentions was the easiest way for me. I used raspberry seedless jam. The poppy seeds add dimension. I would make these again for a party, because they do look nice and taste decent too.
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Angel Lush Cupcakes

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2011
Angel food cupcakes just do not turn out. They were hard to get out of the paper liners. Also, this icing has to be refrigerated, so they can't be made ahead unless you have room to store them in the fridge. The regular cake version of this is much easier and better. Save the cupcakes for "real" cake and icing. I gave two stars because this is good, just not in the cupcake version.
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Exquisite Pizza Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2011
I like my sauce a little sweet, so I made exactly like the recipe and it turned out fantastic. I made eight 8" pizzas and had plenty of sauce. Have made twice sofar and will continue to make this recipe.
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Quick and Easy Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2011
5 STARS! I made it in two separate batches, as I wasn't sure how much I'd need. I also let them sit longer than 5 minutes, but stayed with the recipe other than that. We wanted individual pizzas, so I bought some cheap foil pie pans and sprayed them with butter flavor Crisco spray then lightly dusted them with cornmeal. We used no more than a baseball sized dough in each. Then we brushed lightly with olive oil, topped with toppings and baked them on the very bottom rack. When they were starting to get done, I took them out of the pie pans and put them directly on the oven rack to crisp the bottoms. To say they were good is an understatement! I used the Exquisite sauce recipe on this site (with a few tweaks) and turkey pepperoni & mushrooms. For the last two, we brushed liberally with margarine and topped with a mixture of 1/3 cup sugar & 1/2 tsp cinnamon and cut them into sticks after baking (leaving them in the pan the whole time because of the butter). We used a bought vanilla glaze to drizzle over them. Not a single bite was left of pizza or cinnamon sticks! The mini pizzas were easy to work with on browning the bottoms because I used a wide spatula to insert and remove from the oven. It was a bit of work because I had 2 pizzas in the oven continuously, while making more, and I had to keep an eye on them. But the finished result was worth it. 2 batches of dough made eight 8 1/4" pie pan size pizzas/sticks. SO GOOD!
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Smothered Hamburger Steak

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2011
I couldn't give 5 stars because I used 1 pkg Beefy Onion Lipton soup mix instead of beef base and reduced fat soup. I think I will add a few extra ingredients to the gravy next time so it won't have as much of a "cream soup" taste. This is nit-picking a bit, I still consider this a good recipe as is. Fast, easy, and pretty tasty.
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies IV

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2011
Oh my yummy, chewy goodness! Wonderful recipe! I cooked exactly as directed and they turned out so good. I took them out of the oven when they barely started browning on the edges. At first I thought I undercooked them, but it turned out that they were perfect. I loved that the oatmeal was not overpowering. I used large chocolate chips because that's what I had. I think minis might be better because there's not a lot of chocolate compared to regular choc chip recipes and it could "spread out" the chocolate flavor better. Are these really low fat? They sure don't taste it. This is my new favorite cookie recipe. I don't think I'll ever make regular choc chip cookies again.
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Hobo Beef and Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
I can't give 5 stars because I did make some changes. I used stew meat, celery salt instead of seed, a bag of frozen mixed vegetables instead of canned and a 15 oz can of tomato sauce because we like it more saucy. This was a hit and I will certainly make it again, using the same changes.
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Bacon N Egg Pizza

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2010
Used 6 eggs because when I poured the egg mixture, it didn't exactly cover the whole pan. I also used the bagged hash brown with the onions and peppers. Making it in a glass 9x13 was nice because I didn't have to worry about it spilling over. It was AWESOME! Such a hit and easy to make. 5 stars!
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Shrimp Linguine Alfredo

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2010
A very good base recipe that can be seasoned to taste. I use unsalted butter so I have to add sea salt at the end. I added 2 tsp. flour to the sauce to thicken it and added more Half & Half than called for. I reduce the amount of linguine to 10 oz since I prefer a thick sauce and lots of it. Tried it with scallops, and it was good as well. I have made several times. This last time I made with Fat Free Half & Half and it was still very, very good.
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One Bowl Chocolate Cake III

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2010
The main problem for me was the texture and lack of substance to the cake. It's hard to explain, but it didn't taste like a homemade recipe. It was too light in texture, too crumbly, and light on flavor. Yes, it was very easy, and moist... but I was disappointed in the finished product. It had a slightly bitter taste, probably because of the Hershey's cocoa. I'll try a different recipe next time.
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Cheese Spaghetti

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2009
My husband's family loves this. I only use a few dashes of garlic salt and black pepper. Not exactly what I consider a 5 star recipe, but it gets rave reviews with his family even though I consider it a bit bland and starchy myself. It's always a hit when I bring it.
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