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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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Lime Cilantro Rice

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2013
This recipe makes a great side dish for spicy Mexican recipes. Like naples34102 commented it was too limey when you tasted it alone but it paired beautifully when served with spicy meat. (I served it with the Slow Cooker Guisado Verde recipe from this site.) Modifying the Guisado Verde with Herdez Salsa Verde kicked the heat up beautifully in pork and this lime cilantro rice was ideal. Thanks I doubled the recipe (made no changes) and saved the leftovers to make burritos the next day.
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Healthier Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: May 28, 2013
This is a family favorite recipe. I make this soup all the time. It's quick and easy yet tastes like I slaved all day in the kitchen. I do substitute chicken broth for the water. In fact I just dump in a 32 oz box of chicken broth. I also omit the banana peppers (I don't like banana peppers) and so instead I add a pinch of dried pepper flakes for the kick. Otherwise I make the recipe exactly as written and I always make a double batch each time. Everyone who tries this recipe loves it and wants the recipe. Thanks so much for a healthy recipe.
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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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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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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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Beef Stroganoff III

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2013
I made this recipe last night. I read all the reviews and thanks for the many great tips. I marinated the meat for 2 hours in red wine as recommended. I substituted a small whole sweet chopped onion for the green onions and used fresh mushrooms instead of canned. I also added 1 T Worcestershire sauce and 1 T garlic as others recommended. I accidentally added 1T of Emeril's dijon mustard instead of 1 tsp (misread the review) and it still turned out great. The smell was divine. The taste even better. Next time I think I want to try and make this in the crockpot. I did use sirloin tip roast instead of chuck and it was a little tough. Maybe I got the meat pieces cut too big? but the flavor of the sauce was so good that I'm going to try a crockpot version next time. For those of you who aren't big wine cooking fans you can't taste the red wine when you are eating so don't hesitate to marinate in the wine. I did not add extra white wine at the end as someone else reviewed it and said it diluted the sauce too much. Great tip for the non-wine cooking fans! This is definitely a keeper and will be trying this recipe again. Oh and with all the prep time involved this is better saved to make on the weekend.
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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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Banana Muffins II

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2013
Wonderful banana flavor. The entire family loved these muffins and they were easy and quick to throw together. I followed the recipe exactly except I added one tsp vanilla and one cup of chopped walnut pieces. This recipe is a keeper.
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Exquisite Pizza Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2013
Perfection. I really had to force myself to add the anchovy paste but I'm glad I did. Thanks to those who took the time to say it wouldn't make the sauce fishy tasting. When the sauce was first made I thought it had too much onion powder but it mellowed nicely and the sauce was perfection when baked into a pizza. Great recipe. I'll never buy pizza sauce again. I followed the instructions exactly that included using both tablespoons of honey BUT I also added the anchovy paste for balance. Those complaining about it being too sweet I bet didn't include the anchovy paste. I won't change a thing when I make it again and you can be sure I'll be making this over and over. 5 stars!
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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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Perfect Coconut Macaroons

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2012
I loved the taste and texture of these macaroons. Following the advice of others I only put half the bag of coconut into the food processor. Then left half the bag whole to give the cookies a great texture. I substituted equal amount of Lorann almond emulsion for the almond extract. That took the flavor over the top. This recipe is perfect and will be my "go to" from now on.
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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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Easy Asian Pasta Salad

Reviewed: May 24, 2013
Wow this recipe is fabulous. What a wonderful change from the traditional summer salads of potato, macaroni, and pasta salad. I followed the recipe exactly and tasted the sauce. I agree with other reviewers that it needed a little kick so I added a clove of finely minced garlic and a pinch of dried ginger. (Too lazy to drag the real stuff out of the freezer and grate it.) The addition of those two flavors took this recipe over the top. I added the chopped red pepper and I also blanched the snow peas for one minute. The taste explosion just pops in your mouth. This recipe goes into the summer salad lineup. As others have mentioned the addition of chicken or shrimp would make this a meal in itself. Thank you CookingWGreen for this tasty recipe.
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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2012
I followed the recipe exactly the first time. Too hot for one member of the family so the second time I cut the black pepper back by half and it was perfect for my picky eater. I now make up a large jar so I can just pull it out of the cabinet and use 2T worth per one pound hamburger. I add 1/2c water to the cooked hamburger and taco seasoning mix. When the water has cooked off I'm done. Easy and cheap. Great recipe!
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Apple Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2013
Fabulous recipe that the whole family loved. I read all the reviews and incorporated several into my muffins. I used two cups shredded apples, added one tsp of apple pie spice (as well as the cinnamon), increased the sugar to 3/4 cup, and added Donnainnc's crumbled topping she adds to all fruit muffins. Of course this increased the baking time but these muffins were so good that I didn't mind the kitchen cleanup. This recipe is a keeper.
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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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Key Lime Pie VII

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2012
Great key lime pie. I made it exactly as the recipe was written. I was really concerned about the sour cream but this pie is perfect. I will be making this pie regularly. A special thanks to the genius who recommended using a garlic press to squeeze the key limes. Thank you thank you!
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Vanilla Sugar

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2013
I make my own vanilla extract and this is a great way to use the vanilla beans a second time. Once I take the vanilla beans out of the vodka I allow the beans to air dry overnight and then throw them into sugar. I then have vanilla sugar to use in baking or for adding to coffee/tea.
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