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Strawberry Angel Food Dessert

Reviewed: May 28, 2008
This recipe is easy to make and very versatile. It always gets lots of compliments when served in a trifle bowl. If you take this dessert to a potluck, don't expect any leftovers! They will lick the bowl clean. Now for the changes... I use 2 pounds of strawberries. I fold about 2/3 of them into the glaze and use the remainder to garnish the top. Storebought glaze is a great timesaver, but I make my own when I have time. There are many different ways to make glaze. Most often, I use a 3 oz. box of strawberry gelatin, 4 to 5 tablespoons of cornstarch, a cup of sugar, and 2 cups of boiling water. Cook until thickened and let cool and you're ready to go! I use the larger, 12 oz container of whipped topping. I only used one 8-oz package of cream cheese the first time around because I only had one on hand. It turned out fine, so I've never added more than 8 oz of cream cheese. I also sweeten the whipped topping to taste, as a cup of sugar seem like too much for my family's taste. I have always used storebought angel food cake but I'd like to try it with white cake from a mix. My favorite thing about this recipe is that it is so versatile. Blueberries, raspberries, and peaches would be great with the appropriate glazes. A blueberry/strawberry combo would be great for the 4th of July!
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Basic Baked Spaghetti

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2005
Great starting place for an easy family meal that everyone enjoys. Leftovers are even better! I used less pasta (about 2/3 of a 16 oz package) and about 32 oz. of my favorite basil and oregano sauce. I also sauteed onions and garlic with the ground beef and added Italian seasoning to the sauce. Some reviewers think that cheddar and spaghetti makes a strange combination, but I love it! My mom always uses cheddar cheese in her baked spaghetti. I recommend a cheddar and mozzarella bend. I layered spaghetti, cheese, and spaghetti. I added the cheese on top during the last few minutes of baking. I served it with grated parmesan and garlic cheese toast. I'm sure I'll make this one again!
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Jif® Peanut Butter Fudge

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2008
Absolutely the best peanut butter fudge I've ever made. My Mom, who is a fudge expert, thought it was better than her favorite recipe, and that's saying something! This fudge is very creamy and has a nice peanut butter flavor. This fudge is easy to make and would make a great recipe for someone who has never made fudge before. I plan to make this every Christmas.
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Best Strawberry Daiquiri

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2009
Very good! This is a great cocktail if you don't care for a strong alcohol taste. I subbed club soda for the lemon-lime soda. I rimmed the glass with granulated sugar. I recommend sweetening the drink with simple syrup or superfine sugar, as the regular granulated sugar can be a little gritty. Use extra soda instead of rum for a refreshing mocktail. My kids love to drink these (without the rum, of course) in a fancy glass rimmed with sugar and garnished with a lime wedge. Delicious!
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Corn Pudding V

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2005
My 12 year-old daughter mixed this up with no difficulties. I'd never tried a corn pudding recipe without eggs, but we all agreed that this turned out great! Thanks for a simple, yet delicious, recipe!
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Grilled Chicken Salad with Seasonal Fruit

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2010
Love!! This is a great recipe as it is. The only changes I made were subbing a Spring mix salad blend for the Bibb lettuce and adding feta cheese. I made this with strawberries, but it would be great with other fruits as well. The sweet and tangy dressing was just right. I loved that it came together easily with ingredients from my pantry. The toasted pecans added flavor and a nice crunch. It was a nice, light meal that was perfect for a summer evening on the deck. I can't wait to make it again!
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Tom Collins

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2009
A solid Tom Collins recipe. Omit the bitters if you don't have them. I use less lemon juice (1 ounce). Fresh lemon juice is best, but bottled will work in a pinch. If you want something light and refreshing, try this recipe! If you're not a gin fan, substitue vodka for a Vodka Collins.
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Pie Crust IV

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2011
I wouldn't change a thing. This is a tender and flaky classic pie crust. The trick is to avoid handling it too much. Stir in the icy cold water just until the flour is moistened enough to stick together and you'll get a perfect crust every time. TO BAKE EMPTY PIE SHELL: Prick bottom of crust thoroughly with fork (40 to 50 times). Bake in lower third of over at 425 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes,.
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Spaghetti Skillet Dinner

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2010
This was a quick and easy meal that the whole family enjoyed. We actually liked it better than my usual spaghetti recipe because the broken noodles were much easier to eat. I used a can of crushed tomatoes because my oldest son won't eat spaghetti sauce if he can see pieces of tomato. I added a packet of spaghetti seasoning, fresh basil (had it on hand), and garlic. This isn't a gourmet recipe, of course, but pretty darn good!
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Peanut Butter Balls II

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2008
The absolute BEST peanut butter ball recipe I've tried. My kids and I used this recipe to make peanut butter eggs for Easter. They turned out really well. The texture was perfect and the taste was out of this world! The graham cracker crumbs are the secret ingredient, I think. My mother thought these were the best. Candy-making can be intimidating, but this recipe is so simple and yields delicious results. They disappear quickly, so consider doubling the recipe. I will use this recipe every year for Christmas, and whenever else I can find an excuse to make them!
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Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2010
So I'm not crazy about cutesy titles like "Yummy". I may have even rolled my eyes a little. But, "Yummy!" was all I could say when I tasted this chicken! I only marinated the chicken for about 30 minutes due to time constraints, so I can't imagine how heavenly it would be after marinating all day long. I skewered the vegetables separately because my kids didn't want veggies to touch their chicken. They were actually done at the same time as the chicken. As other reviewers suggested, don't forget to add some pineapple! I added it to some of the chicken skewers, and I'll definitely do it again next time... Yummy!!
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Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2009
Very good! I didn't add the jalapenos because of the kids, but I think this would be out of this world with a little extra "heat"! This is so easy and tastes great! It was a little thin (maybe because I used 2% cheese), so I added some shredded cheddar. Serve with corn chips or tortillas. YUM!
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Grilled Peaches with Gingersnaps

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2010
My family thought I was crazy when I plunked peaches on the grill midway through dinner. But, their mouths were watering as they watched me pile on the brown sugar, vanilla bean ice cream, and cookie crumbs! Even my non-peach-eater asked for a bowl. This was the perfect end to a summer meal. Thanks so much for sharing!
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Marie's Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2007
This is an old standby at my house. my mother made this many times while I was growing up, and it was one of my favorite meals. My husband now loves this pot roast! I don't always brown the roast first, depending on how rushed I am that morning. The last time I made this, I peeled and sliced the potatoes the night before and stored them in a ziplock bag with water. I placed the raw beef, seasonings, and onions in a crockpot liner sealed with a twist tie and popped it in the fridge. The next morning, I just had to untie the crockpot liner and place it in the pot. I drained the potatoes and opened a bag of peeled baby carrots to add to the pot. Easy and delicious!
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French Toast Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2012
Great starter recipe. This is a perfect canvas for a little culinary creativity. Make this recipe your own with the addition of pecans, raisins, berries, chocolate chips, bananas, or anything else your heart desires. Since I wanted to rate the actual recipe, I added only a pinch of nutmeg this time around. I doubled the recipe and baked it in a 13x9 inch foil pan. A one-pound loaf of sturdy French bread yielded just the right amount of bread cubes. Cube the bread the night before to save time. This is a great use for stale bread. Thumbs up from all three hungry kids!
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Bebop Baked Beans

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2010
Who knew such delicious baked beans could be so easy? I was nervous about making baked beans for our family cookout, as my mother is the "Baked Bean Queen"! This is similar to her recipe, though she uses ketchup instead of barbecue sauce and minced onion instead of green pepper. I tripled the recipe and used three 28-ounce cans of pork and beans. I forgot to drain the beans, but the consistency wasn't too runny. I suppose that depends on the brand of beans that are used. I decreased the sugar just a little. I halved the green pepper and substituted chopped onion for the other half. In the end, these beans earned two enthusiatic thumbs up from the Bean Queen herself! Thanks for a great recipe!
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Beer Can Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2010
No beer, no problem! Sub any canned soft drink or even chicken broth for the beer. We used diet cola. Be sure to pour out (or drink) about 1/4 cup of the liquid to prevent spills or running over. I omitted the chili powder and added some cayenne pepper and ground sage. We didn't have a beer can chicken stand, so I stood the chicken and can in an aluminum pie pan. I also recommend that you rotate the chicken every 20 minutes or so. Thanks for sharing!
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Jalapeno Popper Spread

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2009
Very good! I made this for a pool party last night, and everyone loved it. Even the picky kids liked it! I couldn't find fresh jalapenos, so I used "tame" jalapenos from a jar. Because the jarred jalapenos had less heat, I used double the amount. It had just enough kick without being too spicy for the pickiest guests. I followed another reviewer's suggestion and added 1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs to the parmesan topping. It turned out great! I highly recommend serving this with toasted baguette slices. I sliced the baguette about 1/4 inch thick and placed the slices on a cookie sheet. I popped them in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes. Like other reviewers, I recommend baking this in a pie dish. I plan to make it again with fresh jalapenos for a little more heat!
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Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2009
This was perfect for a chilly winter evening. I worried about using canned potatoes, but they were just fine and saved the hassle of peeling and dicing. I browned lean ground beef the night before. I added the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker pot and refrigerated till morning. All I had to do was pop the pot in the slow cooker, turn it on low, and come home to a warm, comforting meal with my family. I drained the vegetables out of habit, so it needed more liquid. I added a can of beef broth and two 11.5 ounce cans of V8 juice. This soup is delicious served with piping hot Fabulous Homemade Bread. Even my 8 year-old daughter, who announced that she was not going to eat vegetable soup, gave it two thumbs up! I'll make this again and again.
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Baked Fresh Cherry Pie

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2008
Simple and delicious. Paired with a homemade crust, this pie is everything a fresh fruit pie should be. My cherries were very tart, so I combined them with the sugar and let them chill overnight before baking. If you don't have tapioca, try substituting cornstarch. The pie will set up just fine after it cools. I would suggest serving this topped with fresh whipped cream or real vanilla bean ice cream. It doesn't get any better than this!
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