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Dorito® Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2014
This recipe deserves more than the low rating it's gotten so far. It's as bland or spicy, as interesting or basic as you make it. This is the type recipe that is soooo flexible it's ridiculous! :D I sauteed some onion & garlic. Added about 3-4c leftover chicken, 1 cream of chicken soup, sour cream, 1 can undrained rotel, a cup of cheese, half cup black olives, some green onions ... the dorito part was actually about half doritos & the other half bottomofthebag cheezits, tortilla chips, potato chips. Oh, I added 1t spicy blackening seasoning. 'Fit in an 8x8 with more cheese then chips on top. Some black or pinto beans & corn would be a good addition. Jalapenos on top. 'Think you could skip the sour cream in it & just save that per serving. Tip: Watch the salt - meaning don't add any. Those chips add enough. This is quite filling, too. I'm tempted to say it's "good teenage boy food"! :) A few days later: K said I can make it again. :O That's as close to a compliment as I usually get - especially for an entree. Wow. :D
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Frosted Banana Bars

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2014
I reduced sugar to 1c & made pour-on-while-warm chocolate icing. As far as the cake - okay, bars - go, it didn't wow me, but it was good & definitely easy to make.Love the idea of a jelly roll pan - more pieces, less cook time. 'Gotta remember that little tip! :D
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Hunan-Style Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2014
'Omitted the peppercorns & the hot bean sauce. This reminded me of good mall food. I do mean that as a compliment. It's good, but it tastes easy - which it is. I used 1/2t crushed red pepper & it was mild heat, maybe too much for those that are sensitive. 'Glad I tried.
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Whole Wheat Brownie Mix

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2014
'Third try is the charm! :D After listening to the suggestion of making one batch using the 16 serving change to adjust the ingredients, I made a "double" recipe using four eggs, 2t vanilla. I took the suggestion & reduced the sugar to 1 2/3c (again, double batch). These are more cakelike than I prefer so I'll try one less egg next time. 'Didn't taste wheat-y so that's good - to get the kids to eat. Mine were done in 30 minutes in a glass 9x13. Four days later: I thought these were going to be a hit, but there's still over half the pan left. Maybe it's the warm chocolate attraction?
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Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2014
Very moist, but not all that delicious, only okay. For chicken breasts, too many breadcrumbs & not enough oil. I put the garlic in the oil then removed & saved it. I dipped the chicken in the garlic oil, coated bottom side of the chicken with crumbs, spooned some garlic on top, then pressed in crumbs. I was thinking the garlic would stay in the dish or be unevenly distributed - or both. :D The crumbs didn't really brown, but that's to be expected without frying. I'll make some marinara sauce & pasta to go with it tomorrow.
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Baked Cauliflower Casserole

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2014
Eh, nothing special -
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Awesome Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2014
Baked these & "Best of the Best Blueberry Muffins" today. They're both good! To compare them easier I used the same fat ingredients - meaning 1/4c butter & 2T oil. Creamed the butter & sugar; added the eggs & oil; used 1c buttermilk for the milk/vinegar combo; then the dry ingredients & berries. Sprinkled with a tiny amount of sugar - considering we're dealing with whole wheat. These aren't too wheat-y either - meaning you don't see/taste the whole wheat, but it's in there & good for you. Yay! I baked mine at 375 & they were done in 25 mins. Next day: While still very good, both type muffins got moist on top. Maybe the 2T oil needs to go? Also, these look just like the photo - not all that pretty, but they have a "great personality"! :D
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Grande Ravioli Salmone e Vedure

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2014
Loved the idea, liked the dish. 'Glad I tried, but no repeats.
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Ratatouille Bake

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2014
Eh, not so much; but easily spiced up to be good. Good for getting your veggies; but, as is, rather bland.
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Baingan Bharta (Eggplant Curry)

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2014
Wow. I liked it. I really didn't think I would, but I did. I even followed the recipe - pretty much - well, the ingredients anyway. :/ I cooked everything stovetop, subbed 1/4t each granulated garlic & ground ginger for the ginger garlic paste. I used 1t ground cumin for the seeds. 'Added 1t curry powder by mistake - instead of 1T. Gee, can I honestly say I followed the recipe? Maybe not. I liked it though. 'Didn't add any yogurt, btw. Oh, tomato was soft so that didn't make it in either. Hmmm ... maybe I should "rephrase the beginning of this review. :? :D Sum up: This is the first Indian dish I've liked. Authentic or not, I'm glad I went for it! :)
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Ratatouille Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2014
'Not too impressed with this one, but I had all the ingredients so it saved a grocery store trip. Lacking in flavor eventhough I added red pepper. 'Won't be making again.
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Sriracha Honey Chicken

Reviewed: May 28, 2014
Yes, spicy; but, really, what did you expect?! :D 'Knowing it would be spicy, maybe too spicy, I just made the sauce & tried it - with & without the italian seasoning. Both are good, but I like the one without the italian seasoning a little better. The one without just has hot as the predominant flavor as compared to spicy with spices. 'With me? :) I'll use this as a dipping sauce for now. What I did: Melted 4t butter, added 1/4t onion powder, 1/2t granulated garlic, 1/4t black pepper ('Think reducing that to lessen heat instead of the siracha would be the way to go), no salt (the sauce is salty enough), 2T siracha & 1T honey. Repeated with same amounts & added 1/4t italian seasoning. 'Glad I tried. :)
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Blueberry Boy Bait

Reviewed: May 27, 2014
Partial review (in the oven still :D): I made changes, yes, so make your faces if ya want. I don't think they're drastic, but, yes, guilty, I am... I only used 10T butter (that's about 1T less, is all), added 1/2t cinnamon. I beat the eggs well & added those to the milk & then to the dry mixture. With two (yes, two!) cups berries on top, I'm not seeing how whipping the egg whites would have much lightness. :/ I added 4t flour to the berries - they're very juicy (& frozen). I'm baking this at 375 in metal. I floured the pan, too. I figured it wouldn't hurt. :D It's competitor is Blueberry Crumb Bars, in glass. They're both in. :)... 'Done in 40 mins. Results: It's a half (although I gave it a full) star better than its competitor. 'Definitely not bad, but needs a little something to be a higher rating. Maybe sub brown sugar? The cake part is kind of spongy. 'Bet I could use 9T (or even 8T) & it would be notsospongy & still good. The top's a little crisp. I might make it again. Two cups berries were not too much. Three? I'll try that next time, if there is one. :D ... One more thing: This isn't a beauty, it's not ugly, but it's not a "looker" either. Mine looked like the fifth photo. It doesn't fill the 9x13 high enough so maybe a 9x11 would be a better choice. I wouldn't refer to this as a coffeecake as the description says. It's a cake with blueberries in it. :? Huh? :D The 2nd or 3rd day, that itty bitty amount of crunch on top is gone.
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Blueberry Crumb Bars

Reviewed: May 27, 2014
Partial review (in the oven still :D): This is a very different recipe than the usual half in the pan, half on top. I was uneasy about "halving" with an egg, but I did - as weird as it was. I added 1/2t salt & cinnamon to the flour mixture; oh, an extra t cornstarch because the berries are very juicy. The flour part is quite dry. Baking at 375 in glass. It's competitor is Blueberry Boy Bait (in metal). We'll see ... Results: Pretty bland & ho-hum. (Yes, those are different in my book :D) 'Looked much better than it tasted. :( No repeats.
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Asian Fire Meat

Reviewed: May 26, 2014
Too salty & a bit rubbery (I'll take partial credit for the rubbery :D). I sauteed the steak separately as suggested, but it wasn't wow-ing. 'Thickened it with 2T cornstarch, served over rice.
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Turkey Patties with Cranberry Cream Sauce

Reviewed: May 15, 2014
First impression: Breakfast sausage. 'Not what I'd like for a burger, turkey or not; but, for that, it was fine. Since I had 20oz mixed turkey, I pretty much upped all the ingredients by 1/4 - except for the eggs, which I didn't add at all. For 20oz turkey: 1/2c plain breadcrumbs (yeah, more would've been okay; but I didn't want meatloaf either), 1/4t each granulated garlic & cayenne, 1 1/4t each salt & paprika, 1/2t black pepper, 1/2t + 1/8t sage. I feel like I should make biscuits for these. :/ I didn't play with the cranberry business at all. I don't want to make biscuits, but I probably will.
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Real Strawberry Frosting

Reviewed: May 15, 2014
Yummy, but thin so I added an 8oz block cream cheese = strawberry ice cream flavored frosting! :) 'Still a little syrupy so folded in two cups whipped cream (1c before whipping). Less strawberry flavor, of course, but it kept its shape well enough to frost cupcakes. I don't know that there is a "problem" with this recipe, but maybe less butter would help the lack of firmness - & not add cream cheese or whipped cream.
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Three Amigos Salad

Reviewed: May 9, 2014
Who woulda thought?! :D 'Had a mango & avocado to use; subbed about 1c canned mandarin oranges; 1/2T bottled lime juice. 'Not too sweet or tart. Pretty, too - unlike the photo. 'Good with a little salt &/or crushed red pepper.
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Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: May 7, 2014
I added 1t salt (since it seemed short) & 1/8t baking powder (for a little omph!). These were fine. 'Didn't like this recipe any more or any less than other snickerdoodle recipes. It made 3 dozen - using a cookie scoop - exactly the right amount of cinnamon-sugar. The cinnamon-sugar itself was a little - well, cinnamony :/ Yeah, yeah, it was supposed to be. 'Think instead of 1 part cinnamon to 3 parts sugar, an increase of 4 parts sugar might be better. It's just a little strong of not-sweetened-enough cinnamon with the first bite. 'Got a thumbs-up from E,17; 'Don't want more than one from K,15.
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Mom's Sweet Buttermilk Corn Bread

Reviewed: May 2, 2014
This was different than other cornbread I've made. The cornmeal, flour ratio especially. With that, it's much more "gritty" than the recipes with similar amounts. 'Not a bad thing necessarily, just something I noticed. I added less sugar, 1/4c. A third would not have been too much though. As cornbread, I like other recipes better; as the base for cornbread dressing, I think this is our winner. :)
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