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Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2015
Very good! Used all butter and added a touch more vanilla, otherwise followed the recipe exactly. My only wish is that they would've been a tad spicier, only because I love a spicier cookie. That's an easy fix for next time though. Love the way the house smells too!
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Peanut Butter Noodles

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2015
Decent, quick, easy, and fairly tasty. Had to tweak slightly by adding a little more of this and that to suit family preferences, but overall, it will be made again, especially when I need a quick dinner.
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California Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2015
This is one of those all-round good recipes that holds up well to substitutions. You could even make this as a sandwich! I subbed gouda slices for the monterey jack and jazzed up my tomatoes by broiling them with a little parmesan cheese and Italian dressing before topping the chicken with them. I also sprinkled a few bacon bits on for good measure. I assembled the finished pieces atop a bed of raw spinach, added a few sliced strawberries, a drizzle of Italian dressing, and it was so good! Definitely on the make-again list!
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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2014
Will this recipe replace my normal chicken soup recipe? No, but I did appreciate trying this version. I followed the general consensus to reduce the lemon (I used 1/4 c) but will use the full amount next time. I also zested 1/2 a medium-sized lemon and added it too. Preferring thighs in chicken soup, I "crockpotted" 1lb of them and seasoned them with pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. When done, I shredded it and added it along with fresh spinach (torn into smaller pieces) to the soup a few minutes before serving. I boiled the orzo separately so I could add it when making leftovers. I replaced the thyme with marjoram, as I prefer it in chicken soup. This recipe makes a solid, hearty soup which my hubby (who wasn't feeling well) and daughter and I enjoyed.
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Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2014
My 6 year-old DD helped me make these after school today. We both liked them a lot! Like other reviewers, I used extra oats, real butter, and vanilla. I subbed a combo of coconut oil & applesauce for the oil. Bummed I didn't have butterscotch morsels, I used 3/4 semisweet chocolate chips instead. Very good and will be made again!
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Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar)

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2014
Absolutely delicious! Like many previous reviewers, I too, was skeptical about the spices, but I followed the recipe closely (which is odd for me), and used the optional spices. I deviated slightly by using 1c panko and all lean ground beef (what I had on hand). Instead of all chicken broth, I did use 1/2 beef and chicken base (Better Than Bouillion brand). The meatballs turned out perfectly! The gravy, however, I tweaked a bit by adding the same spices used in the meat mixture (including the brown sugar). I also used a cornstarch slurry to thicken to the consistency I wanted. After removing it from the heat, I briskly whisked in about 1/8c sour cream, tasting as I went. Perfect!! Husband asked me to definitely make again, and I wholeheartedly agree. It will absolutely remain on our fall/winter dinner rotation.
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Banana Fritters

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2014
All I got were greasy little banana pancakes. Don't get me wrong; they were tasty (very pronounced banana flavor, which was awesome!) and will be eaten, however, they weren't even remotely close to what I expected a banana "fritter" to be.
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Chicken Cheddar and Guacamole Burgers

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2014
A hit with the entire family! As most reviewers, I used a 1lb package of ground chicken and got 4 nice, thick patties. Omitted the jalapeno since the kidlet was eating it, but added in some ancho chili powder instead. Not being a huge cumin fan, I'll reduce it a bit in the future. I did sprinkle in some garlic & onion powders as well as some ground pepper too. Next time, I'll be sure to buy another package of ground chicken...we polished off all 4 patties! It's the time of year they're roasting the Hatch chiles here in Colorado, so next time, there will a roasted chile on my burger! Loved everything about this burger; even grilling them in the rain!
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Southern Fried Cabbage

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2014
Like most others, I omitted the oil. I used an entire package of bacon, which I felt was the perfect amount once crisped. I used a smaller head of organic cabbage and it took a LOT longer to cook down to the texture I wanted, even cooking with a lid on. Even though I browned the the onions and cabbage in the bacon grease, it still didn't produce the bacon flavor I was expecting. I added some garlic powder to the cabbage while cooking, subbed about 1 T brown sugar, and added a few splashes of red wine vinegar as I generally do when frying cabbage. Served with Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread, which was a fantastic pairing! Overall, the taste was just ok; I'll try again with a different brand of bacon. I still have high hopes for this!
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Caroline's Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2014
Used this recipe on hubby's birthday cake (Black Magic Cake from this site), and it was pretty good! Easy to throw together. I did have to refrigerate it for a bit to get it to the texture I wanted in order to frost the cake, but it set up and spread very easily. A good alternative to traditional buttercream.
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Black Magic Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2014
I made this for my chocolate-loving hubby's birthday. Perfectly moist and with a spot-on texture, this will be my go-to chocolate cake from now on.
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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2014
This is exactly what I expected a traditional cornbread to be. I like mine sweeter, which this recipe delivered. Followed recipe to the letter, except for using 2 T vinegar to sour my milk since I didn't have buttermilk. Served along Southern Fried Cabbage, also from this site, which is a great pairing! I will definitely make this cornbread again.
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Lucy's Quick Tonkatsu Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2014
I've never had Tonkatsu before, and this recipe isn't going to make me want to try it again. I suppose I'm just not a Tonkatsu fan, however, DH liked it, so it didn't go to waste. I served it with Katsu Chicken, jasmine rice, and steamed broccoli. Overall, it wasn't inedible, but nothing I'll be trying again soon.
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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2014
Absolutely delicious! I used a combo of unsweetened almond milk/organic 2%, whisked the honey into the milk as well as splashed in a little vanilla. Easy to throw together! As chia seed lovers, DD and I gobbled this up after dinner tonight. I'll definitely double or triple this nifty little treat for next time a little dessert craving arises!
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Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2014
As a self-proclaimed quinoa salad addict, I can say this salad is absolutely delicious! I made up a batch of Traci's gAdobo Seasoning and had to sub dried cilantro and canned fire-roasted tomatoes, so I can only imagine how much better this salad would've tasted with all fresh ingredients. I diced up a fresh avocado, squeezed extra lime, and I was in heaven! DH thought it was "meh" and DD ate her portion without a fuss. I am looking forward to leftovers, as well as making this again!
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Waffles I

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2014
Easy, reliable recipe. In lieu of the oil, I use either applesauce or a combination of applesauce and coconut oil. I also add 1 tsp vanilla as well as a couple drops of almond extract and a few shakes of cinnamon. I yield about 6 waffles from this recipe, which is just right for our family. Whatever toppings you choose, this waffle makes a perfect foundation.
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Elegant Orzo with Wilted Spinach and Pine Nuts

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2014
This is one of those no-fail recipes which holds up well to changes/substitutions. I sauteed a small onion and added more garlic. I don't care for cooked spinach, so I added raw spinach to the hot, cooked orzo and gave it a good stir to avoid clumping. Perfect! Sadly, no pine nuts on hand, so I added toasted walnuts instead. Next time, I'll add more tomato (sun-dried would be fabulous). Even though I enjoy balsamic, I didn't enjoy it in this dish, so I'll play around with other options in the future. I made this as a main dish for our weekly Meatless Monday dinner, however, it would make a wonderful side dish to chicken or fish. Simple, quick, and solid recipe which will definitely be made again.
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Arny Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2014
Made these on a whim when my 5 year-old DD requested cookies with frosting yesterday. They're fairly standard sugar cookies; easy to throw together and bake. Personally, I could've done without any frosting, however, I whipped up the frosting to appease the kidlet. I halved the recipe, using 1/2 tsp salt and a 1/2 tsp of both baking soda and baking powder. Next time, I'll cream my softened butter (as opposed to melted) with the powdered sugar, but overall, a yummy, albeit super sweet little cookie, which couldn't be any simpler. Adding to my "make again" file.
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Bow Ties with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2014
I had to doctor up the sauce considerably, but overall it was a hit with my DH and DD for dinner tonight. I used chicken sausage, as I didn't have sweet Italian sausage (will definitely use next time). I only had a 16 oz box of mini bowties, so I compensated by using nearly 2 cups of liquid (half and half) and it still wasn't as creamy as I'd hoped. I did add a good dose of shredded parmesan on top of each serving...yum! It made for a ton of leftovers, so I'll whip up a little more sauce when reheating and it should taste just as good. I'd like try changing this up a bit next time; maybe adding broccoli or spinach or even using sun-dried tomatoes.
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Healthy Coconut Oatmeal

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2014
This was a very yummy and filling Sunday morning breakfast! I followed the recipe fairly closely, subbing dried cherries for cranberries and also adding a handful of sugar-coated pecans in addition to toasted walnuts. I also added about a tsp of vanilla just because, and swirled a tiny bit of butter in my bowl. Deliciousness! I couldn't taste the coconut, but it added the perfect amount of sweetness. I will portion out the leftovers for quick breakfasts for the next couple days. Reheated with a little milk, this is a satisfying way to start the day. Next time I'd like to try a bit of coconut extract to bring out more of a coconut flavor.
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