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Best Spanish Rice

Reviewed: May 6, 2015
This was an excellent recipe that I didn't change a thing. I used Pace salsa and I sautéed the onions and then the rice as the recipe instructed. This made a delicious side with minimal effort. Family loved it and I will be making this again.
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Restaurant Style Beef and Broccoli

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2015
Taking reviewer Naple's advice I didn't alter the recipe except I was out of sherry so I substituted a nice dry white wine. Other than that I followed the recipe to the letter. The beef was a little tough but that's not the recipe's fault. Next time I'll truly take Naple's advice and use a nice NY strip steak for more tender meat. This went into the recipe box to be made again. Thanks Dianne for a quick and easy work week meal.
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2014
I replace the water with chicken broth and cook the chicken breasts all day in the crockpot. I dump an entire 32 oz box of chicken broth in the crockpot since the crockpot cooks all day. When done ladle into bowls and add Mexican cheese and tortilla strips. Yummy! This is one of my family's favorite soups.
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2014
This is my go to recipe now for pumpkin bread. Very few recipes earn five stars but this is one of the few. I have made this countless times and tweaked the recipe with various alterations but each time it's still a five star bakery product. The only real addition I make routinely is adding a tsp of pumpkin pie spice in addition to the other spices in the recipe. We love spiced pumpkin and this is a personal preference. The other addition is to add one cup pecans because again we love nuts. I've played with reducing the oil half cup applesauce and half cup oil which is fine initially but I think they become dry quickly. So now I now leave it full oil and just limit my consumption. The other thing is I keep these in the freezer baked in a USP Pans Mini Loaf Pan with 8 Wells. Each well holds 4 oz batter which makes a perfect individual size mini loaf to throw in lunches. A great recipe that turns out fabulous no matter how you tweak it (if you do).
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Stuffed Peppers

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2014
Thanks to all who offered suggestions and tips. I browned the ground beef with fresh chopped onion and garlic. I added one can of Rotell to a 15 oz can of tomato sauce to add some heat and then cooked the rice in the tomato sauce/Rotell mixture instead of water. (Reviewers are correct the beef/rice mixture would have been too dry without that added can of Rotell.) Mixed everything together and then baked. This was my first time making stuffed peppers but hubby said these were as good as his mother's peppers. Great way to use up red peppers and hamburger that doesn't require a bun. I will make this again.
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Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2014
I have spent all summer eating this recipe. This is the absolute best salad recipe ever. I followed the recipe exactly except I always substitute raspberry balsamic vinegar for the rice wine vinegar. If you have never tried this recipe make sure you do. Thank you JerJer this has become a family favorite.
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Melt-in-Your-Mouth Slow Cooker Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2014
This recipe wasn't even worth attempting to salvage dinner.
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Best Blueberry Buckle

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2014
Rarely do I find a recipe that is perfect without a few modifications. Reading other reviews all I added was one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Otherwise the recipe was made exactly per the instructions. I baked this in a 9" springform pan for 40 minutes and it came out perfect. The crumb is delicate. The blueberries plump and delicious contrasting with the crunchy streusel topping. It was gone before it was completely cool. Next time I make two! If you have been looking for a blueberry coffeecake recipe this is it. You won't find a better recipe. Thank you so much Cristina for a simple, quick recipe that family and guests will love. This recipe goes into both my summer and holiday line up. Update the second time I made this I substituted brown sugar for the granulated sugar in the topping. We liked it even better with the brown sugar streusel topping. While it's tasty cold it's even better when served warm and fresh from the oven (with a 10 minute rest/cool down period). If you plan to serve it to guests I encourage you to put the dry ingredients together the night before. I threw a towel over the sugar and butter in the mixer bowl, also had the butter in the streusel topping mix. Butter was room temperature the next morning so you can have this in the oven in under five minutes.
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Grandpa's Classic Coney Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2014
Love, love, love this recipe! I see by the reviews that many Americans don't know the difference between chili dogs and coney dogs. People this is not a chili dog recipe. No chili powder should ever come near this recipe and it should not taste like you opened a can of that foul chili stuff made by Armour. This is a sweet recipe that covered coney dogs at the root beer drive-in when I was a little girl (45-50 years ago). Grandpa you rock! This is the recipe I've been trying to find for the last three decades. I followed the recipe to the letter and tasted it and thought oh no this is disgusting. I went ahead and added the cooked hamburger/onion mixture and plugged the crockpot in on low. To my utter delight what I tasted two hours later was a trip down memory lane. This is the holy grail of coney dog recipes. My family ate every bite of this recipe and clamored for more. I will be making another batch for 4th of July festivities and I will be adding it to all summer holidays. I can't wait to feed it to guests and extended family members who can reach back to the days when coney dogs ruled the drive ins! Thank you so much.
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Janet's Rich Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2014
If I could give it higher than five stars I would. I replaced a 30 year family secret recipe with this recipe. What I love most is it's moist with a wonderful banana flavor but it's not dense. This is the holy grail of banana bread recipes and will be used against all new recipes. The only substitutions I made were those recommended by Naples (I have found her advice spot on in other reviews.) I added 1 tsp. of baking powder, and increased the flour to 1-3/4 cups. I also mashed the bananas I did not slice them. Thank you for an outstanding recipe.
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Cajun Spice Mix

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2014
I found a recipe for Cajun Chicken Skillet dinner on the internet and the recipe called for McCormick's Cajun spices. Not wanting to waste time and money driving to the store to buy a bottle I searched Allrecipes and found this recipe. It worked beautifully in the recipe. Nice and spicy but not blazing hot and I included the optional crushed red peppers. Like everyone else I cut the salt back to 1 tsp otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. Thanks so much for a great spice blend recipe. It saved both time and money today. I will always keep a bottle of this spice mix in my cabinet.
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: May 29, 2014
We loved this recipe although we also like the "Best of the Best Blueberry Muffins" recipe on this site. I don't add the vanilla as it's unnecessary. I always use fresh blueberries. I also substitute brown sugar in the struesel topping as per other review recommendations. The important thing to note is this batter is extremely thick (think cookie dough thick) and complaints about the muffins falling might be due to people thinning the dough with too much milk. This recipe makes 12 regular size muffins. I bake at 400 degrees for 18 minutes.
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Best of the Best Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: May 29, 2014
We loved this recipe. This has become my go to for blueberry muffins as it makes light, fluffy cake-like muffins. Although we also like the "To Die For Blueberry Muffins" on this site. I don't squish any of the blueberries and I reduce the blueberries to 1.5 cups. I always use fresh blueberries. (The muffins hold together better with the lesser amount of blueberries plus the muffins are full with berries at this amount.) I prefer turbanado sugar for the topping or use a streusal topping. I never have a muffin left when I make this recipe. Thanks for a great 5 star recipe.
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Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Reviewed: May 26, 2014
Great recipe. I followed the recipe exactly. As per other reviewers I added a little extra cheese and diced up the onion fine instead of rings. I didn't use half an onion only a slice to give the potatoes a hint of onion which compliments the cheese and potato flavors. I baked the full 90 minutes and like others I did have some burnt potatoes on the bottom. (I used a glass pan so I should have reduced the oven heat as someone else recommended). Great flavor, easy preparation and husband loved it. I will be making these again. Next time I will add some garlic as others have suggested to kick it up a little. Hubby rated this recipe over Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman's) au gratin potato recipe which has been my go to recipe.
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Beef Enchiladas II

Reviewed: May 14, 2014
I added cumin, chili powder, garlic, oregano, and a little salt. Still too bland. Then I added one tablespoon taco seasoning mix (from recipe on this site), 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and 1 cup El Pato Enchilada sauce to the meat and heated it. That finally gave the meat enough zing to be edible. As I added the meat mixture to the tortilla I also included a spoonful of black beans rinsed and drained well. Also a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese and rolled the tortillas. When done I poured the rest of the can (28 oz El Pato enchilada sauce) over the tortillas and added more shredded cheddar cheese. Baked for 40 minutes. 4 stars with my reworked recipe.
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: May 4, 2014
Great flavor and SO easy. I have made this recipe multiple times. While adding vegetables is acceptable it imparts a vegetable flavor to the biscuits so we prefer it without the vegetables. (I then serve vegetables as a side.) It's not a big problem it's just our family's taste preference. Modifications- a little bland and overkill on the onion if you make it exactly as the recipe is written. We love onions but I decreased the onion down to one slice and finely chopped it so it would impart a slight onion taste but would not overpower the chicken and you would not find onion chunks in the gravy. I also flavored the chicken breasts with poultry seasoning, celery seed, garlic powder, parsley, and pepper. I dumped both cans of cream of chicken soup into a bowl and slowly added a can of chicken broth and stirred until I had thinned the soup mixture down. Then poured that mixture over the chicken breasts and diced onions. Like others you want to add the biscuit pieces about 90 minutes to 2 hours prior to serving. I also shred the chicken breasts before I added the biscuits. Overall this is a super simple recipe that the family enjoys. While I wouldn't compare the taste with homemade chicken & dumplings it's an easy substitution for a pot pie recipe.
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Best of Both Worlds Roast Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2014
Best chicken recipe ever! I'm not a big chicken fan but I loved this recipe. I followed the recipe exactly other than adding some paprika to the skin with the other spices. This was so moist and flavorful. I wasn't sure about the garlic but put it on anyway and I'm glad I did. This was literally the best chicken I've ever eaten. I will definitely be making this again.
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Country Pound Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2014
I would give this 10 stars if I could. This is the perfect pound cake recipe I've been looking for. Moist but not greasy or dense. The lemon flavor was perfect. I was hesitant to add the lemon but decided to make it exactly per the recipe. Now I'm glad I did. I have the first huge strawberries of the spring season to go with this cake and dessert tonight is going to rock husband's world. From now on this is my go to pound cake recipe. Thank you so much!!
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Rich and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2014
If I could rate it 2.5 stars I would. I followed the recipe exactly, used super fresh ingredients and the soup was still bland. High calorie, high fat, bland soup is not exactly what I had in mind when I found this recipe. I won't be making it again.
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Perfect Sesame Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2014
I've made this recipe twice now. The first time I baked the chicken as other reviewers recommended and had a HUGE mess in the kitchen. The chicken flavor was good baked but the cleanup was a nightmare. So the second time I fried the chicken and the recipe turned out much better. Sometimes you just have to enjoy the extra calories from frying and cut back calories somewhere else. I followed the recipe to the letter both times. I think the next time I will back down on the sugar maybe by half and switch to brown sugar from Zulka sugar (dehydrated cane juice sugar). I love the texture of the breading so much that I plan to use this recipe for breading fish (minus the soy sauce) in other recipes. The chicken breading is so light and crispy that it's ideal to use in other ways. I do plan to add this into long term meal rotation (since it's fried I can't put it in very often). Thanks for a great recipe.
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