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Connoisseur's Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2004
Quick, cheap and easy! I made this for Christmas dinner and very little was left. The kids liked it until we told them it had green beans in it, so shshsh! I'm a cheese lover so I added an extra 1/2 cup of cheese. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly and had no problems.
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Easy Sausage Cheese Balls

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2004
I prefer a cheesier, meatier sausage ball. I left out 1/2 cup of baking mix and still they were VERY dry. The is the first time I've used this recipe and the first time my family didn't polish them off! I won't use it again.
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Black Magic Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2005
MAKE IT A BLACK FOREST CAKE! Awesome cake recipe. I followed exactly and used it to make Black Forest Cake. For the filling and icing I took just those recipes from "Holly's Black Forest Cake" and it turned out divine! I made this for a party of 40 and everyone RAVED about it - even the picky boyfriend who's favorite is Black Forest. *Note - this was my first time to make a cake from scratch, so don't be scared!
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Spinach and Orzo Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2005
This makes a LOT - we ate it for days. Even halfing the recipe would be plenty for a family. It was very easy and like others I added halfed cherry tomatos for color. **Use "good" olive oil and feta as that will dictate the taste. (I used cheap olive oil the first time - ick!) After taking it to a party no one said much about it but I give it 4 stars because as a vegetarian I really liked it.
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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2006
So easy! I followed the recipe exactly as directed and it came out perfect. If you're looking for something "different" this is not your recipe - this is a good 'ole fashioned, traditional pumpkin pie. Very good!
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Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2006
WOW. Really really great chili, and easy too! Knowing that salsa brands can taste different I was at a loss as to which brand to choose. My husband and I like food with a kick (spicy but not to make your eyes water!) so I chose Emeril's Chunky Hot salsa and "Chili Man's" packet chili seasoning. I followed the recipe exact, served it with cornbread and we both loved it. Not too soupy, not too thick -spicey and just right!
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Priceless Pecan Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2006
It was "ok". I made this for Thanksgiving hoping for a new twist on Pecan Pie. No one went for seconds and it was the last leftover in the fridge a few days later. It was ok but just nothing special or intersting about the taste - almost (not quite but almost) bland. I suggest if you want pecan pie, make Pecan Pie!
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Rum and Sweet Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2006
YUM!! Huge success at Thanksgiving! I don't like to drink rum, but it's to die for in this recipe. Some reviews state the rum was strong but I disagree. I followed the directions exactly and the taste was there but discreet. For example everyone asked what the flavoring was in the casserole that made it so good. I've tried other similar recipes but this one turned out the best. Easy and delicious.
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Bodacious Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2006
This is delicious and even better the second day! I'm not typically a raw broccoli fan but I couldn't stop picking at this after our Thanksgiving dinner! I made this the night before so the flavors would blend which they did. Suggestion: If you want the bacon to be crisp, add it just before serving. I put mine in with everything else and while it was great, I would have preferred the crunch.
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Golden Rum Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2007
TO DIE FOR!!! I didn't change a single thing and it was awesome. My guests agreed - everyone had seconds. I'm over 40 so "awesome" is not a word I use everyday! I was worried about pouring the sauce in the pan and re-inserting the cake but tried it anyway and it worked out perfectly. All of the rum was soaked up within an hour. Some reviews say the rum was too strong but I disagree. I don't like to drink rum either, but found the cake to be just right. It is less strong and taste even better the second day. Don't be scared, this is a first time hit!
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Grandma Ople's Apple Pie

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2007
With the exception of adding 1/8 tsp each of cinnamon and nutmeg to the apples, I followed this recipe exact. I cooked for recommended time (at first) and the pie looked beautiful. I let it sit and when I cut the first piece it was runny and gooey - so disappointing! The taste however was wonderful. I suspect without the 2 added spices it would have been rather bland. I covered the cut part of the pie with foil and put it back in the oven for an additional 15 minutes which is just what it needed. After sitting overnight it cuts beautifully into a slice. I give this recipe 3 stars for two reasons - having to add cinnamon and nutmeg, and the runny center when followed exactly as submitted.
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Italian Style Meatloaf I

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2007
I'm not a big meat eater but made this for my husband. Not only did he eat half of it the first night, I loved it as well. VERY good!! I've made it three times now and this last time I didn't have any ketchup so I used what I had - a mild cocktail sauce. It was fantastic - just the right amount of flavor added, but not too spicey. It's easy, cheap, quick and GOOD!
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Red Skinned Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2008
This potato salad is the best I've ever made. There are two reason I give it 4 stars and not 5: #1.Too much mayo. I was careful to weigh the potatoes and use exact measurements so if you do this, I suggest cutting the mayo back 1/2 cup and it would be just right. #2. Be careful what you serve this with as the large amount of bacon has a strong flavor. It is DELICIOUS potato salad but it will compete with other meats. We served this salad at Christmas with ham (another salty meat), and the two meats were a little much. Next time I make this I will serve it with milder meats, or cut back a little on the bacon.
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Marie's Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2008
I made this for my husband who eats anything meat. His opinion was "good taste once you get past the salt." I even used low sodium stock!
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Oven Roasted Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2008
I have made these three times now, following the directions exactly. Very easy to make and these potatoes are always DEVOURED!
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Lamb Chops with Balsamic Reduction

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2008
Loved the Lamb, Hated the Sauce! I followed directions exactly, and did as many suggested, using high quality, aged balsamic vinegar. Like others my experience was that it took longer than 5 minutes for the reduction to be where it should be but as it finished it appeared spot-on. The lamb smelled wonderful while cooking which enticed the hubby. So then there was the husband taste-test. He first tried the chops which he absolutely loved as they were cooked with the spices. Then the sauce....not so much love there. He said all he could taste was vinegar and scallops and when combined with the chops the flavor was "too busy". He doesn't care much for condiments so if you're cooking for someone who prefers the taste of meat by itself, this may be too much for them. I'm a vegetarian so I don't know, I just cook the stuff!
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2008
What did I do wrong?? The taste was wonderful but it looked like a DISASTER! I followed the recipe exactly, and in the oven it looked pretty good. Then...the cave in! It was runny and sunk like the Titanic. I've made apple pie before and never had this problem, but I've always used recipes that call for mixing the apples and mix together. We scooped the baked "pie" into a bowl and called it cobbler. It was delicious but I'll stick to my old recipe because an applie pie should be pretty don't ya think? Grandma Ople had a trick because with this many raving reviews, I must have done something wrong!
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Sausage Balls

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2008
Dry and Bland Add spice, add cheese, leave out some of the mix! I give it a three because nothing with cheese can be all bad, right?
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2008
PICK THIS ONE! Delicious, moist, easy! I used "all purpose flour" and added a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. I also added a small packet of sliced almonds, adding most of it to the batter, and a little to the top after pouring it into the loaf pan. I also sprinkled a small amount of brown sugar to the top as well before baking. Don't overdo this, as brown sugar has such a strong flavor - just a little bit. I didn't measure the bananas, but used 6 large ripe ones. This turned out perfectly, espcecially right out of the oven. Also good with a smear of real butter after it's cooled off. I'm not great at baking, so I highly recommend this easy recipe. It's a no brainer!
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Best Ever Chicken Casserole

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2009
This was very tasty and very easy! My husband is SUPER picky, and loved it. I made several easy changes which is why I give it 4 stars: I shredded the chicken instead of cubed for a better texture. I only used 1/2 of a medium onion and sauteed it in olive oil with garlic before adding to the bowl. Otherwise the onions would have overpowered and without garlic the dish may have been bland. I used 1/2 mayo and 1/2 sour cream to be less greasy. I sprinkled 1/2 cup cheddar cheese on top before adding the corn flakes. I used the whole cup of corn flakes in the mixture and added more on top, just enough to cover. As others suggested, I used a smaller pan. It came out perfectly, not runny and not dry. I served it on top of quick white rice and with a side of vegetables. Great dinner, fast, cheap & easy. With my changes I give it 5 stars. =)
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