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Peach Pie

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2010
Wow, this was delicious and easy! Will be my peach-pie go-to forever! The only changes I made was to add 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and to mix the peaches and the suger/flour mixture together instead of layering. I used frozen peaches (it turned out GREAT) and used a whole top crust instead of lattice. Fabulous!
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Rotisserie Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2010
Very good! I found rotisserie tips on another website which helped a lot... put the chicken on top of a lemon (or an onion) to keep the chix from flopping all over, and truss the chix as well. I used the lemon and the juices definitely permeated the chix, and with the butter mixture of this receipe on the chix skin the end result was GREAT! (Also, use a pan full of liquid (water, broth, or a mixture of both) to catch the drippings. Make sure you keep liquid in the pan so it doesn't dry out and burn. That way no flare-ups from the fire or smoke from drippings burning. This chicken turned out AWESOME!)
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Rainbow Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2010
I have had this at a friends house and the best parts of hers were the evap milk layers... for some reason her evap milk mixture layers stood out more. This took a LOT of time (tho it's not difficult to make at all) and the end result was just too much like plain jello to me. I'd try again, tho, maybe using three layers ... one jello on the bottom, a double batch of evap milk mixture in the middle, and then another jello on top.
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Easy Apple Coleslaw

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2010
I'm not a pepper fan..... but based on other's reviews I added it anyway and was sorry. This would have been outstanding sans the red pepper. As it is, however, i'm only giving it 4 stars.
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Potato and Bacon Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2010
I made a double batch of this the day before serving. At others' suggestions I mixed the bacon into the salad instead of sprinkling on top. Problem was, the bacon all but disappeared! If I were to make it again i'd leave the bacon out altogether because who needs the extra calories of an entire pound of bacon in their potato salad whene you don't even taste it? Maybe sprinkling the bacon on top would have helped bring the taste to the forefront? Otherwise it was good.
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Creamy Chicken Casserole

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2010
The end result of this easy recipe was really good! My (goofy) husband left the chix flavoring out of the rice and I didn't realize it until the casserole was completely made and in the oven for about 5 minutes.... I took it out, took off most of the chow mein noodles, sprinkled the chix flavor packets into the casserole, mixed it all up good and replaced the noodles. No harm, no foul... this was still a tasty meal and we'll definitely make it again! EDIT: I am bringing this from 5 stars to 3. Although this meal was tasty the first night, the leftovers were gross. We're only 3 people so we had almost half the total dish left .... the originally browned and crunchy chow mein noodles were all soggy and nasty the second time around ... we forced ourselves to eat this the second night and the rest remaining went into the trash. I'd suggest making this for a large bunch of people and not counting on leftovers ... good for a large family, tho!
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Seven Layer Dip

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2010
I made this as written except I sub'd lemon juice for lime juice. This was a really great 7-layer... I've made diff. 7 layer recipes before but for some reason this was the best. I took this out of the fridge about 3 hours before serving and I was very pleased with the room-temp textures and flavors.
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Quinoa Pudding

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2010
I made this pretty much as written, but first soaking the quinoa. I also decreased the lemon to just 1 tbs and I added a small handful of chopped walnuts. I was underwhelmed with the result ... I kept thinking it needed SOMETHING ... brown sugar sprinkled on top? Syrup? Cream? Maybe more raisins to raise the sweetness level? Maybe I should have used some sweet milk-type liquid instead of the apple juice, like vanilla Almond milk? I'm not really sure, but I'm going to keep looking for a quinoa breakfast recipe I like, or i'll try this again with different additions...
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Coconut Poke Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
I made this as written with a box cake but my cake fell apart when I poked it (my fault, I used the back of a wooden spoon... figured big holes would be better but I was wrong!) so I had to make a homemade white cake instead. I then followed the recipe to a "T." I personally found it to be way too sweet, but my husband loved it. I guess I was hoping for a more of an Italian Cream Cake (just because thats what the picture kind of looked like)which this definitely was not. 4 stars b/c I really felt this cake was just way too sweek...
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Slow-Cooked Country Ribs in Gravy

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2010
Pretty good ... my husband put it together and put it in the crockpot ... it wasn't done after 4 hours on high and I ended up putting the crock in a 350 oven for 1.25 hours. There was a lot of tasty juice/gravy which we put over rice. I used country ribs which my husband "forgot" to trim so the gravy was a bit fattier than I wanted, but it was still very tasty. A good/easy weekday dinner.
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King Ranch Chicken Casserole I

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2010
This dish was really easy to make and super-yummy! I got corn tortilla rounds and used about 2/3 of the bag ... using the whole bag would have been excessive, I think. I also didn't layer the rest of the ingredients, rather mixed it all up (with just half the cheese) and poured the mixture on top of the tortillas and then sprinkled the top with the rest of the cheese. I also crumbled some crushed tortillas on top (which really made no difference to the end result). I put it in the oven at 300 as suggested but after about 15 mins I saw it wasn't doing much and I increased the oven to 350. It definitely cooked more than 20 mins, probably around 40 (I didn't keep track). The dish was really really good ... the ONLY change I will make next time is to add a small can of mild green chilis since my husband seemed to think it needed a bit more flavor/spice... for little kids tho, this would be perfect as written.
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Apricot Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2009
This is a recipe which strangely pulled together in the end. I started off with a bit more broth than called for. My lentils didn't seem to be getting soft and I was losing all my liquid, so I added another can... and another can ... and still they didn't get as soft as I would have liked. I doubled the cumin which, had I not added the extra two cans, I would have definitely regretted, but since I DID add the extra broth the extra cumin was fine. I used a can of petite diced tomatoes since that is what I had on hand. At first I emulsified about 3/4 of the soup but the lentils that weren't emulsified were NOT soft enough so I did the rest. It tasted okay, but not great, and then I remembered the lemon juice. THATs where things got strange. The addition of the lemon juice completely turned my "okay" soup into a "really really good" soup. Go figure. I'll make it again, probably, but never for guests (b/c the end result looked kind of like dog food). BTW, the apricots all but disappeared... I never tasted one. Oh, and it fed 2 adults and one child with only a small bowl left, so if you're feeding more than that double the recipe!
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Real Hummus

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2009
Using the original subitters changes (2 cloves garlic, 3 Tbs Tahini, 1/2 tsp salt and cumin instead of pepper) this was the BEST hummus I'd ever had! Try it... you'll never look for another recipe for Hummus again!
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French Toast Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2009
This was pretty good. I used "French Toast" bread that I get at the supermarket, which has a maple taste already. I then used some egg nog instead of milk as some reviewers suggested and found that between that and the already-flavored bread it was TOO MUCH. Still, it was a fun Christmas morning dish ....but I think I prefer regular french toast.
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Donna's Cheesy Quiche

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2009
I hate when people make changes to the original recipe and then rate it badly. I made a lot of changes to this recipe, but i'm rating it "The Best." It was a good starting point; I added a few more eggs, partly because my eggs seemed SO small and partly because there just didn't seem to be enough eggs. I threw some cheese in with the egg mixture and then some on top as in the recipe. And I used fresh basil and then a bunch of other spices (i.e. dry mustard, dill, cumin...) but not oregano because I didn't want an Italian tasting dish. The end result was DELICIOUS and I will DEFINITELY be making this again! Thanks Donna for a good starting point!!!
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Cream Cheese Kolacky

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2009
These really were awesome. I tried different approaches ... I rolled them out really thin, and they were too flaky...when I rolled them thicker they tasted better. Then with just the last two I made thumprint cookes and that was the best of them all ... I'm sorry I didn't try that at first! The dough in this recipe is yummy ... very plain but thats because you're supposed to use powdered sugar. I could see making these using different cut outs and frosting them, too. A really good base for a lot of ideas...
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JIF® Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2009
Yum! Just took my last batch out of the oven... these are really good. Didn't use Jif (sorry, Jif) but other than that followed the recipe exactly. SO good... not "too" anything... not too sweet, not too peanut-buttery, not too bland ... JUST PERFECT! My new favorite PB cookie recipe!
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Pork Chops for the Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2009
We really enjoyed this. I used pork chops out of a large package which I had used half of the night before. The chops, using the recipe from the night before, were dry. This recipe made the chops fall-apart yummy and not at all dry. We doubled the sauce so we would have enough to pour over rice (we ended up having way more than necessary) but, according to others' suggestions, did NOT double the soy sauce. Had a slight Korean BBQ taste. Will definitely make again!
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Rolled Dumplings

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2009
These were good but I wish I had added some herbs ... they were quite plain. I will make them again adding some pepper, parsley, and using butter flavored shortening.
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Cranberry, Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2009
I am rating this 5 stars because it was really good, but I am going to do some things different next time. I used fresh dried bread (instead of stuffing cubes) which resulted in a more "mushy" texture than I like. I like seeing the individual cubes of bread, so next time I'll use Mrs. Cubbison's stuffing (or is it dressing? The big ones...) cubes. The only other thing i'll do is reduce the poultry seasoning by a tsp. It seemed to be the main taste and so a little reduction will help, I think. Also, I chopped the apples a bit small and they totally disappeared. Next time I'll do bigger chunks. Other than that this is a great recipe and I'll definitely try this again!
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