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Fresh Apple Cake II

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2014
A FABULOUS GLUTEN FREE DESSERT! Here's how: Substitute the 2 c. flour with 2 c. of "Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend" by Namaste Foods. It's delicious and moist! I also omitted the nuts (personal preference), cut the sugar down to 1-1/2 c. and left the skins on the apples. Why strip all the nutritional value off? Baked it for 45 min. and it was perfecto. Julia Child would be so proud of me--to adapt a recipe and make it healthier so this way I can "have my cake and eat it too"!
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Bella's Rosemary Red Potatoes

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2010
The aroma will bring in "customers" faster than any dinner bell! I made mine on top of the stove as it is over 90 outside and didn't want to heat up the kitchen! Sliced them 1/4" thick and cook in boiling water for abt. 20 min. Drain thoroughly. Melted 2 Tbsp. of butter and added a crushed garlic clove until cooked. Add the sliced potatoes, finely chopped rosemary (abt. 2 sprigs) and some chicken broth. (Start w/ 1/2 c. and "eyeball" it.) You just want it to be nice and moist. S & P to taste. Wonderful!
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Lemon Pepper Dill Fish

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2010
I can't believe how many of you didn't take advantage of cooking this in the microwave! I will say that I probably wouldn't have cooked it this way if I didn't have a turntable. It really helps in cooking the fish evenly. I used white swai, a spice called, "lemon butter w/ dill" (I got at a spice shop) sprinkled on both sides along w/ a little parm just on top. Then I used three thinly sliced pats of butter evenly spaced on each fillet. Total would be abt. 3 Tbsp. (So 1/2 c. of butter is w-a-y too much!) Cover w/ a plastic cover like you use when microwaving liquids and microwaved for 3 min. Then gently turn over and put the outside edge of the fish inward, keeping the thickest part on the end of the dish and cook another 3 min. Depending on the thickness of your fillets, you might need another couple of min. but that's all! It was flaky and juicy and so flavorful! Plus, it didn't heat up my kitchen while it's 90 outside!
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Chicken Cordon Bleu II

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2010
I think Julia Child would cringe at my version of this dish but technically it is what it is called. I gave up pounding after the first breast! Flatten the breast w/ your hand evenly on a cutting board and slice the breast (horizontally) in half. (You might need more cheese and ham doing it this way.) Place a slice of cheese and then ham on top (it will probably be 1/2 a slice since it's not pounded) and roll up, putting a toothpick through the middle. Place them in a baking dish and bake at 350 for 30 min. (Skipping the flouring and browning step.) While baking, mix the wine, bouillon, and whipping cream w/ cornstarch in a saucepan until slightly thickened. (After reading the reviews, I automatically doubled the sauce!) Poured some of the sauce over the chicken after baking and return to oven for another 5-10 min. This was another yummylicious dish! Fewer carbs, calories, and gluten free, provided that you use a gluten free bouillon, when made this way without sacrificing taste! Bon Appetit!
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Pasta Pomodoro

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2010
This was O.K., nothing spectacular. Made 1/2 the recipe and we had enough for another meal so I think the servings is w-a-y off. I would say that this probably serves more like 10 to 12!
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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Alfredo

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2010
This was yummylicious and so easy that my 15 yr. old said he wanted to try to make it! WARNING: Please do not add seasoned salt as the other reviewer suggested until you make the recipe as directed! This was seasoned perfectly as written. Added the minced garlic to the dressing and poured over breasts, moving them slightly to make sure they're nicely coated. Cooked chicken 4 hrs. as directed and mine were actually done by that time. Softened the cream cheese in microwave for 30 sec. in a bowl and then blended the soup. Took the chicken out and poured the soup mixture in the crockpot w/ the juice from the chicken, mixing thoroughly and then replaced the chicken back. OMGsh, it was so good that we didn't even wait for me to cook the noodles. Anyway, saved the rest for the next day and it reheated beautifully. Maybe I'll be able to actually get some noodles cooked to go w/ it today--LOL!
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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2010
This was quick and easy to make! I did use all chicken broth instead of the 2 c. water and I added a little more seasoning from another packet (thoroughly mixing b/4 using) that I had left over from another recipe plus a little garlic powder. I will say that it was a little "floury" tasting so I think that I will divide the flour w/ half being cornstarch next time. I also used only 1 c. of cream and 1 c. of milk to cut down on the richness. It was stupendous!
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Cheese Crispies

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2010
This website is just the greatest! I've had this recipe for a number of years but can't find the recipe card so I was thrilled to find it here. I will say that my recipe doesn't ask for the Worcestershire Sauce so I left it out but otherwise everything else is the same. However, my directions said to mix it all and form into a log and chill slightly, then slice thinly and bake. (This way they're not so crumbly.) I even have a faster way if you're not serving these to company and you want to devour them by yourself. I cut the recipe into 1/4. Press the dough all together (like a big cookie) on a cookie sheet with parchment paper as thin as possible. I used a pan for my toaster oven, which is 12 X 10. Baked for 15 min. on middle shelf and they were so good that my son and I ate all of it and DH didn't get any even though the recipe says this amount would be 5 servings!
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Wild Rice Casserole I

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2009
This was fantastic! I highly recommend reading the reviews before making a recipe because it will save you time, expense, and disappointment. I thoroughly read the reviews and I practically have this recipe memorized because I almost had a disaster! Because manufacturers don't want to raise their prices on their products, they are lowering their volume. Let me explain: I bought all the ingredients and proceeded to combine the water, soup, and rice w/ only 1 seasoning packet when I discovered that my box of rice only has 4.3 oz. and the recipe calls for 6 oz. box, making it a total of 8.6 oz. so I was short 3.4 oz. On some ingredients that wouldn't make a big difference but rice needs to be more accurate. What was I to do? I went ahead and had to remove some of the liquid and cut down proportionally on the cheese. Having said all that, I will now tell you what changes I made. I used cr. of chix soup (son doesn't like mushrooms), 1/2 onion, no celery, butter, or mushrooms. Cooked 6 hours on low, stirring only once after 4 hours and it was perfect! All prepared to make soup w/ the leftovers, as someone else suggested, but I didn't have any! I even doubled this in one crockpot w/o any problems.
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French Onion Pan Rolls

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2009
These were delicious and easy! Made these for Thanksgiving the first time and then repeated for Christmas w/ the following changes: We didn't care for the tops of the rolls so now I roll in butter and then dip in the cheese mixture up to the sides of the balls. (Like coating w/ the chocolate when making buckeye candies.) Be sure to dip quickly as not to absorb too much of the mixture. These were much better and yummy. No need to grease the pan! To help w/ the rising, turn on your oven on the lowest temp for 2 min. and then turn off. (Set a timer if you need to!) Do not open the door at all during the rising period (45 min.). Then turn oven on to 350 and bake as directed. Mine took 30 min. These were so yummy that 1/4th of the pan was eaten b/4 we sat down to eat! Enjoy! Now I made 1/2 a recipe in a 9 x 9 and they only took 15 to 20 min. to bake.
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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2009
This was easy to make but it did lack a little "something." Needs a little more flavor but I don't know what. Would cut down on the liquid to make it thicker, too.
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Tim's Green Bean Casserole Extraordinaire

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2008
After reading the other reviews, I automatically cut the s. cream by half (using only 1 c.). I also added chopped bacon and onion powder for a little more flavor. An additional can of green beans to make it go a little farther. Thinned the sauce slightly w/ a little milk and then added the cheese. It was very good and such a nice change from the "usual" green bean dish. Topped it off w/ the french fried onions instead of the topping as in the recipe.
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Bacon Roll Ups II

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2007
These were easy and delicious! Added 3 Tbsp. of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix to cream cheese. Baked at 375 for 20 min. on wire rack on baking sheet and they were nice and crispy without being greasy!
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Southern Potato Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2006
This was REALLY easy! Used baby red potatoes and followed the directions except I only used 1 1/2 tsp. (Yes, teaspoon) of mustard. It was perfect! I did add a little onion to it for a little more flavor and crunchiness.
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Chi Tan T'ang (Egg Drop Soup)

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2006
This was terrible! Was this really made by a Chinese person? Keep on looking for an authentic egg drop soup recipe!
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Banana Boats

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2005
I accidentally had one banana peel come off so I cooked that in a double layered foil boat and ended up cooking the other ones in foil boats, too. I thought the black peels were a little gross looking so I would suggest cooking them without the peel in foil boats with a little non-stick spray. Placing them just like you would a banana split in a bowl. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and then the marshmallows on top. Placed them on my grill and it definitely took more like 15 min. to melt the chips and the marshmallows got lightly browned and puffy. Pretty good, a little too sweet. If you like nuts, that would add texture and cut down on the sweetness. It was simple and fun to do, especially with the kids!
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Applesauce Cinnamon Gelatin Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2005
I was so tickled to find this recipe! I remember that applesauce jello used to be a real fad in the 70's. After reviewing the reviews, I made a few alterations. I used only 1 oz. of candies and only 1/2 c. of unsweetened applesauce to cut down on the sweetness. I also didn't have any lemon so I substituted peach. It was so good that my kids fought over it! The next day I tried it with the lemon and it wasn't too good. In fact, it was a weird combination so stick with the peach flavor!
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Chai Tea Mix

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2005
I can't give this recipe any stars because I didn't actually try the recipe. I bought all the ingredients and then I came across the suggestion another reviewer made about buying Chai tea bags to make it simpler. This allowed me to use Sweet N' Low and the french vanilla creamer to keep the calories down a bit. Plus, I can make it a cup at a time.
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Coffeebar Chai

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2005
Oh my gosh! I am now a Chai tea addict! However, I took the suggestion of another reviewer and bought Chai tea by Stash and then I added some Sweet N' Low and the french vanilla cream to keep the calories down a bit. Besides, I was surprised at how expensive cardamon is! This tea is so delicious that my ten year old son loves to drink it! (I'm not sure I really like sharing it with him, it's so yummy!)
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Christmas Breakfast Sausage Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2005
Please don't save this just for Christmas! This would be a wonderful dish for Easter! I didn't use the salt and added two more eggs. My cooking time was 350 for 45 min. covered and then uncover and turn down to 325 for only about 10 more min. Delicious!
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