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Chicken Breasts Pierre

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2012
WOW - this is good! Reading a few others I made a few adjustments. Some used red wine instead of water, didn’t have red – used white. What I had on hand, used a little fresh ground caraway instead of celery seed (out of celery seed). I had some ground chipotle pepper on hand – used 1 teaspoon of the chipotle and 1 teaspoon regular chili powder (instead of 2 chili). Some added red, yellow and green sweet pepper toward last 15 minutes, along with onions – I did that, ,but used frozen had on hand. Taste testing - recognized why another person put a little frozen corn in theirs -corn adds a soft balance. We served this sauce over rice, the chicken was juicy and oh so tender. The ‘Nobody's Strawberry Watermelon Shakedown’ smoothie I made – a perfect contrast to the meal. My husband ate quite heavily. I also did the salad and French bread - Nancy – thanks – what a WOW meal!
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: May 4, 2013
Doubling the recipe – I forgot to increase the baking time. (Duh!) They were too soft – I figured – often brownies firm up as they cool – so I frosted them . . . they did not firm up. Sticking them in the oven for a little longer – I think maybe had I not frosted them they might have firmed up. The edges were fine – the way too soft middles – I used ‘mushy middle’ making a parfait layering whip cream banana pudding and gooey brownies. When dessert time – topped with ice-cream – and the firm brownies – it was OH SO GOOD- redirecting to a parfait was – well – very fancy – big hit. The brownie and frosting are quite the five star – I’ll be making again very soon.
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Egg Paint

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2013
I found this very easy - the only thing, one egg yolk does not go so far, especially when dividing and making different colors. To get a little more mileage out of the one egg yolk – I used a little crystal sugar to add to the mix and stayed with colors that would work well with yellow as a base.
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Herbed Chicken Nuggets

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2013
I did this MOSTLY to recipe directions. Yummy! Looking for ‘dipping sauces’ an Allrecipe recipe called Sesame Chicken Strips with Sweet Sauce one of the reviews a woman added dill to the sweet sauce – OMG – dill in that sauce is totally addictive, also added a little almond milk. I had oat bran instead of wheat germ (none on hand) then 1/3 cup sesame seeds to breading. Asian grocery stores carry very nutritious sesame seeds inexpensively. Next time I make I’ll do the review ‘nkki_dw’ – she doubled breading, 1st marinated chicken in Italian dressing then dipped in bread crumbs, then egg dipped then another round in the bread crumbs. Some of the reviews said the time in cooking was off. 10 minutes worked on our oven, browning the crust. I also made a hot sauce that my husband liked better than the sweet sauce. This is a real keeper.
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Broccoli Beef I

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2013
I looked up several of this recipe on this site and others; this was the best basic recipe. Mike T's review I followed many of his suggestions. I also used about 2 T oyster sauce, some sesame oil and corn starch instead of flour, stevia extract instead of sugar. I marinated the cut beef strips in sauce a few minutes took beef out with slotted spoon, cooked a few minutes, and then took beef out of pan. Sauce in the pan I added remaining marinade, then added corn starch, cooked and stirred till it was gravy/sauce consistency. Cut onion slices added to broccoli. Returned beef to gravy/sauce, then broccoli and onions, cooked a few minutes so vegetables were heated but still a little crisp, served on rice. Turned out great.
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Cranberry-Pumpkin Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2012
I made these cookies a few times. Reading reviews one person chopped cranberries– 1st time I put cranberries through a slicer-didn’t like result. Next time followed recipe totally – cranberries were SO GOOD whole and fresh - next time used 2 ½ cups of cranberries. I used a 1½ inch scoop for cookie size. Small number of cranberries leftover- I simply stuck on cookies – then used sliced almonds topping cookie dough and press the cookies a little wider, and baked at 375 for 18 minutes. The cookies do not spread at all – so they can be close together on cookie sheet for baking. One review used milk and powdered sugar frosting after cookies cooled. First few times I used normal consistency for powdered sugar frosting. This photo I used a thin frosting (enough milk the frosting was a runny consistency) using pastry brush covered cookies lightly. The cake like cookies with the crunchy almonds – oh – what an improvement, I simply used the almonds because they were ‘on hand’ (I’d over purchased sliced almonds for another cookie use!)
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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2012
Great recipe, it was a little heavy on salt - will reduce salt in next batch. I used this in ground beef for Mexican Lasagna. Much better than store bought taco seasoning. The recipe for Seven Layer Taco Dip in the bean layer. I'll make a LOT more of this and package some as gifts.
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Ninety Minute Cinnamon Rolls

Reviewed: May 23, 2013
I have made these now three times in a 9x13 pan. The first two times followed ingredients accept the filling, I was short on brown sugar – so used half brown and half white. The second time I attempted to make smaller and ‘more’ individual buns so there would be more to go around. These disappear FAST in our small group at church. The attempt making smaller ones – they sort of went wild when baking in their dish. The third time making these I substituted ¼ c oat bran ¼ c of oat flour for a half cup of flour. I did not have regular milk – had buttermilk on hand – so used it. The third time – they definitely tasted ‘healthy’ not as light and fluffy. Still good but next time I’ll see if ½ c oat flour would be less heavy than oat bran. One of the young recent college graduates who got her first job far away – one of the things she wanted before leaving was this recipe, “The best cinnamon buns I ever ate” she said with glee! So this has been a really five star recipe!
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Cinnamon Belgian Waffles

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2012
What set this recipe apart from others were separating eggs, whipping the whites until stiff and using buttermilk. I had buttermilk that needed to be used – so that factored into my choice! Researching other waffle recipes – I used ½ cup all purpose flour ½ cup oat flour added ½ cup of ground flax seed. I also used 2½ teaspoons baking powder (there’s a recipe using a lot of b. powder, figured with heavy ingredients more b. powder would lighten results). As cinnamon fans I used 1 teaspoon cinnamon extract (Silver Cloud Estates brand) and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. When folding beaten stiff egg whites in – leaven of the baking powder and soda – it was clear these waffles would be fluffy.
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Stuffed Green Peppers I

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2012
I had a pound of ground beef and a little left over rice – researching Allrecipes ‘ground beef and rice’ this stuffed pepper was one of the recipes coming up. Also on hand was left over Ragu spaghetti sauce. I pretty much used the Ragu instead of opening up another can of anything tomato. Also – so I cooked a little more rice in water and made 1/3 of the liquid Ragu with Italian spice (read a pile of reviews, did rice separately) cooked ground beef, drained fat, then cooked onions and garlic (another review suggestion) added maybe two tablespoons of Worchester and put all ingredients together - less the cheese. Tasting it – I can see why another reviewer used catsup – about 2 tablespoons did the job. Added cheese to what I’d be using tonight and put some cheese in the bottom of to be stuffed green pepper – another reviewer suggestion (I love this sight for great reviewers!) anyway – this turned out pretty good. I have enough ‘stuffing’ to do this again. I only added cheese to what I used today.
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Sugar Cookie Icing

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2012
Sweetheart Cookies for Sweethearts - My son requested my 'cinnamon' sugar cookies for his wedding reception. This frosting was VERY sweet and the cookies were a hit.
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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2012
I made these for one of my son's wedding receptions - I did add A LOT of freshly ground cinnamon (once you get used to fresh ground- it is hard to take the store bought ground cinnamon) I also used a little cinnamon extract. Silver Cloud Estate is a good source for extracts, best prices I have found so far, and a quality product. The pictures I used white and yellow (for cinnamon cookies!) as white and yellow were the color plan. I did do a few fully covered little hearts also – but I felt to fully cover the cookies with the frosting would have been overwhelming - they were a hit - none to take home!
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Roasted Lemon Herb Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2012
Reading a few reviews I used this recipe for chicken breasts in a crock pot – the liquid was WONDERFUL – used it on rice. Next time I’ll double the spices and lemon juice for more ‘sauce’ to flavor more rice. My husband loved this recipe!
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Caramel Pecan Pie

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2012
First pecan pie I made was a corn syrup style from Betty Crocker’s cookbook summer 1969. Pecan pie is my dad’s favorites. In the mid 80’s I GOT THIS RECIPE – my next-door neighbor from Michigan had NEVER seen a pecan pie (I am from where pecans grow!) I jokingly called it cockroach pie, as pecans can look like roaches if you wear heavy eyeglasses, and he does! We are now married –24 years later THIS is his favorite pie – AND the review to use Smuckers caramel ice cream topping- OMG that will make it so much easier THANK YOU restaurateur FLORENAS –for your great review- I also understand why this pie is your best seller – it outshines all - one time using caramels -all other ‘types’ of pecan pie making starting more than 40 years ago – I abandoned! Occasionally I send this pie by mail to my dad in Tampa FL - it holds up pretty well. NEW EXPERIENCE- I accidentally over cooked this at least 20 minutes. The custard was solid enough when cutting pieces - they held together GREATLY - good for giving to guests as a take home with only saran wrap. I did use aluminum on crust edges to keep from burning.
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Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2012
THESE ARE A HIT - even with ½ the sugar - no white sugar, and applesauce cutting the butter in half (made for a goofy looking mix -as applesauce does not ‘whip’ like butter at all.) I did not have crystallized ginger but had dried solid ginger from spacesage.com, ground up – put it in a blender getting it to powder- it was SO STRONG – so good – I think this ginger made the cupcakes. I also ground cinnamon from sticks and the cloves. I did not have allspice on hand. The spice was NICE. I used Rick’s Special Butter cream Frosting on half for a birthday party – these don’t need frosting – look forward to the next time. I did get some candied ginger from King Arthur Flour Company – I’ll put ginger in a frosting and cut the cupcake sugar in this more. Cupcakes were very sweet even with ½ called for sugar. Follow up: Reading reviews cutting sugar with dry ginger ground up I think kept mine from being gummy or too sweet. Butterscotch pudding, especially for butterscotch affectionados adds added flavor dimension. Fresh ginger would add intensity grinding dry ginger adds, however fresh ‘wet’ ginger might add to gumminess. I learned about the ‘Ginger People’ here and how to purchase candied ginger for lower price. I use very tasty candied ginger in garnishing & frosting. This makes superior cake balls.
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Garlic Cheddar Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2012
THIS IS A GREAT RECIPE - look forward to making more. I made Garlic Cheddar Chicken with what I had on hand- Italian store brand bread crumbs, Kraft plain old Parmesan cheese and sharp cheddar, and some white cheddar cheese powder I got from My Spice Sage. I couldn't get the mix to ‘stick’ to the breasts very well so with 10 minutes left baking left I sprinkled the reaming on the breasts. What spilled over made crunchy melted pieces that – TASTED great on their own – and these chicken breasts were OMG – wonderful. Look forward to trying again with fancy ‘panko’ bread crumbs!! I looked at the video AFTER making this – I did not pound the breasts thin – that missed action I will make sure I do next time.
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Burrito Pie

Reviewed: May 23, 2013
My husband started making something similar to this a while ago from a recipe coming with a brand of Mexican food. My husband also does not like ‘beans’ - most any kind of beans. I also have vegetarian friends. I make ‘Spanish Rice’ which is basically rice made with tomatoes or salsa substituting half water called for making regular rice. I use Spanish rice instead of refried beans for my husband. For those who do not eat beef – I use the rice again as a layer with beans. Another thing I also do just for the variety of color, with my refried beans I add some black beans. I add taco seasoning to ground beef after it has been drained of fat, and add a little salsa or tomatoes. I have never used more than one layer of tortilla shell – but will the next time to see how it works. I have used low calorie whole wheat tortilla shells that have held up very well. Depending on what I have on hand – I layer onions, sweet peppers, poblanos and other mild peppers – use smaller amounts of hotter peppers – accept for those who like hot – (husband DOES like hot!)
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Basic Pasta

Reviewed: May 31, 2013
I used a little more water to get this to come together - I also used half oat flour which might have made the need for more water.
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Carrot Bars

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2013
A while ago I started looking for low calorie stuff to loose weight. This was one of the selections coming up. I read the reviews, followed others and made a few changes to bring calories down. Sweetening with stevia extract I’ve been doing for a few years. There is no bulk in the extract, I used ¾ C applesauce which is also a ‘switch’ used in baking for oil or fat, so I also passed on the butter. Recently read an article about health benefits of pineapple. Someone chose to drain pineapple and add to this. I didn’t think to look at the size of can the person used, I had a 20 oz. can (ugh a lot to add!) When draining it – the pineapple juice = I cup SO I used the juice instead of water. No raisons in the house–dried cranberries that are sweetened. The extra volume with the 20 oz. Pineapple – I used 1 ½ C oat flour and 1 ½ c oat bran. These turned out good, not too sweet, texture like a brownie. The cranberry carrot combination is very good. Next time I will double the spices. About losing weight – eating no dinner or very little has shed 10 pounds in 3 weeks. These will make good breakfasts.
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Chicken Scampi II

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2014
Reading a pile of reviews I followed several suggestions. Cooking for two, we have basil and oregano in our garden and chives and used out of the garden fresh, a little labor intense! My husband is not a fan of garlic so I didn’t add a pile of garlic (cooking for myself I’d added A LOT of garlic!) When chicken was cooking added onions and various peppers (what I had on hand) and a little white wine, cooked whole wheat angel hair boiled suggested 4 minutes (somehow my husband either didn’t notice whole wheat, or it tasted so good he didn’t complain!) Added angel hair to chicken etc. THEN tasting it (mild mild mild) I added a couple of tablespoons of the great garlic butter on this site allrecipes.com/recipe/garlic-butter/detail.aspx cooked another 2 minutes getting garlic butter melted through – with the added garlic butter, this turned out SO GOOD!
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