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Beef and Guinness® Stew

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2014
Absolutely delicious. I served it to my family with Irresistible Irish Soda Bread from this site and my toddler and husband gobbled it all up. Next time I make this, however, I will be sure to serve over potatoes or Colcannon as this only made enough for one meal for my 4 person family. Also, my 7-year-old turned her little nose up at it because of the intensity of flavor - which I think could have been dodged had I served it over mashed potatoes. We enjoyed it (except the 7 year old) but afterward decided that since it's such a very flavorful stew, almost like a gravy, some sort of mashed potato accompaniment really is a must. Another thought: I did use beef stock instead of chicken (beef is what I had on hand) and I wonder if using the chicken stock could have dialed down the strength of the stew. Going to go that way next time.
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Irresistible Irish Soda Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2014
I've tried several Soda Bread recipes and this one is by far my favorite. I always follow the advice of the reviewer who suggests to let the bread sit at room temp for 30 minutes before baking. My loaves are always light (for Soda Bread, of course) with a beautiful crust and crumb.
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Perfect Baked Potato

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2014
Great basic recipe. I tossed my (scrubbed) medium-to-small-ish potatoes in a gallon sized ziplock bag with a couple tablespoons olive oil and passed on the salt (mostly because Hubby isn't a fan). I put the potatoes right on the oven rack with a large sheet of foil underneath to catch any wayward drops of oil. I did end up turning up the heat on my oven to 350 right about halfway through the cooking time - but they ended up perfect. The family gobbled them up.
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Idaho Fry Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2013
My husband and my father-in-law are native Idahoans and were always on the hunt for the perfect fry sauce. I took a chance today and made this one for our oven fries - and I'm so glad I did! Great sauce. Sweet, tangy, and without the overly-mustard-y flavor that some fry sauces have when trying to depart from the Thousand Island-type fry sauce. This sauce is a winner and we'll be making it a lot from here on out. Thanks for sharing, Heather!
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Creamy Pesto Shrimp

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2013
This sauce is perfect. I omitted the shrimp and put the sauce over pasta and then added a grilled chicken breast over the pasta. SO. GOOD. Keeping this one, for sure.
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Valentino's Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2012
This is an excellent recipe. After trying countless recipes, this is the only one I make anymore. I throw every ingredient in the bread maker and let it run on the dough setting, then half it and let it rest before forming it into a circle by hand. I preheat my stone on the grill (to about 500 degrees) and grill the whole pizza (with lid closed) for about 5-6 minutes - depending on size and toppings. It is an absolutely amazing crust: crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside. Fabulous. Do yourself a favor and make this.
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Turkey Wild Rice Soup II

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2012
Great recipe. Made exactly as recipe called, except minor changes: used a basmati rice mixture from Trader Joe's, shunned the almonds, and added chopped water chestnuts. I also added a bit more broth (chicken) than called for and chopped/diced the carrots instead of shredding and softened them along with the onions and celery. Seriously, very very good recipe. Highly recommend.
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Mom's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2011
This is it. Stop looking. You've found the perfect zucchini bread recipe right here. I usually don't give 5 stars to recipes I mess with, but I'm very confident that even without the changes I made this recipe will rock. I cut the sugar down to 2 cups (1 white, 1 brown) and upped the amount of grated zucchini to 3 or 4 cups. The first time I made this was in 2 loaf pans, the second time in a bundt pan. Both are good, but the bundt is definitely the way to go. Lovely, moist, flavorful zucchini bread that just gets better as it sits. Perfect with a cup of tea! Fabulous recipe, V Monte!
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Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2011
Okay, this is a FABULOUS roasted chicken recipe! I used one 5 1/2 pound roaster and thought that the spice recipe made just a little over enough for that one chicken. I quartered one unpeeled white onion and halved one leftover garlic head and stuffed them both into the cavity. I did let my chicken marinate overnight and probably won't ever change that. Chicken was roasted for 4 hours on 250 (no basting at all), then I just turned the oven off as we had a party to go to. Came back a couple hours later and thought my chicken was probably mummified. But once I cut through that crispy skin, the most beautifully moist and flavorful chicken - EVER - came forth. Oh my. This is such a wonderful recipe that I'm planning on blogging about it. Thank you Sue!!
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Crunchy Caramel Corn

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2011
Great recipe! Easy, quick, SUPER YUMMY. It was my first time making caramel corn and I neglected to "recipe scout" ahead of time. All the other recipes require at least an hour of baking time - my family would not have lasted that long (it was family movie night). So I threw all the caramel ingredients in the microwave and then put about 1/3 cup (as one reviewer suggested) of corn kernels in my air popper and let the magic happen. After stirring all parties together thoroughly, I then spread the warm, gooey, yumminess out on a cookie sheet - pre-sprayed with Pam - and let it cool. Not too cool though - we ate it still a bit warm and nobody minded one bit. GREAT recipe Shely! Thanks!
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Cauliflower Lettuce Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2010
This is nearly identical to an old family recipe I inherited from my husband's Finnish auntie. The major difference is that I make the dressing - mayo, sugar, freshly grated Parmesan all mixed well - ahead of time and set aside. I then layer chopped lettuce, chopped cauliflower, extra crispy bacon, and diced red onion and repeat before "sealing" the whole thing with the dressing spread over the top. Then, just as the recipe says, I toss the entire thing just before serving so the veggies are fresh and crisp and the dressing ingredients have had time to marry well. I usually make this a couple hours ahead of time, but never overnight. It's a great salad and goes wonderfully with ham. Definitely give this one a go!
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Simple Whole Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2010
I scaled this down to one loaf (12 servings) and used my bread machine, adding all the wet ingredients first and then the dry. Results were absolutely fantastic. So fantastic in fact, that I may not ever NOT make this bread in the bread machine (my apologies those of us with more sincere artisan bends) - at least not until my young children are older. :) This bread is light and airy with the most wonderfully crunchy crust. Bread machine or by hand - if you want a superb whole wheat recipe, you've found it right here!
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Morning Glory Muffins I

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2010
I'd give this 5 stars, but I messed with it and dislike overrating a recipe that was clearly not the original recipe. That being said, the muffins I made using this recipe as a base are FABULOUS! Here are my changes: switched the flour quantities - 1 1/2 c wheat & 1/2 c white, lowered the sugar to 3/4 c and used brown sugar (next time will use raw), cranberries instead of raisins (may try dried cherries next time), 3/4 c apple sauce instead of the 1/2 c apple butter, kept the oil (used olive oil) at 1/4 c since my SIL said her batches with lower oil kept sticking, added 4 T flax, and 1/2 c Bob's Red Mill bran cereal mix. Didn't do the wheat germ and walnuts - just didn't have 'em. Next time I will buy full size carrots to use as grating baby carrots is NOT for the fainthearted. :) GREAT MUFFINS! I foresee them frequenting our future.
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Slow Cooker Ham

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2010
This is probably the best ham recipe I've ever made. I made it for New Years and then again for Easter (two different crowds). Both times the ham was too big to fit in my crock pot, so I just tucked it in and then encased the entire top in foil. The first time I made this, I cooked for 10 hours; this latest time I cooked it for 8. Both hams were excellent, although I think I preferred the longer cook time. The second time I used an applewood smoked ham and it turned out beautifully - I'm unsure as to why one reviewer said not to get a smoked ham. Mine was fabulous. I've already had a request to make this again for Christmas. :) Aside from personal taste, there's really no reason to deviate from the beautiful simplicity of this recipe!
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Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2010
This is an absolutely fabulous recipe. We made this for Christmas dinner and even the kids enjoyed it. I agree that the quality of the balsamic vinegar will definitely affect your experience with this recipe. We marinated the meat 6-8 hours and found it to be excellent. Next time I will marinate overnight. We also didn't have steak seasoning on hand, so we googled it and found a recipe for Montreal steak seasoning. Perfect!
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Sweet Dinner Rolls

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2009
Great roll recipe! I've got my 4th batch of the season in the bread maker as I type. Didn't change a thing - this recipe is a winner!
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Pie Crust IV

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2009
Great pie crust! Fast and easy and - most importantly - delicious! I made mine using butter-flavored Crisco and it was one of the best crusts I've made in a very long time. This is my new go-to crust recipe.
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Cheryl's Spinach Cheesy Pasta Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2009
This really is a nice dinner. The spinach factor, while alarming for most, really is quite low-key - it's possible for picky eaters to enjoy this casserole without really ever knowing the offending spinach is in there! And it only gets better - leftovers are even yummier than the firsties. Serve with some nice crusty rolls.
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Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2009
Absolutely one of my favorite dishes. I omitted the green bell pepper (didn't have one) and went with yellow, orange, and red bells instead. Also just used red onion and added two roughly chopped Roma tomatoes. Didn't add oregano or basil or any other seasonings. I added about 1/2 cup of good red wine and let it all reduce after everything was added. "Italian Bread Using a Bread Machine" from this site accompanied the meal well - this bread works perfectly to catch all the yummy juices.
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Cake Mix Cookies IV

Reviewed: May 15, 2009
This was a great base recipe for the cookie I was making. I used it to make chocolate marshmallow cookies - chocolate cake mix in for the vanilla, cooked in 350 oven for 3-4 minutes, added 1/2 a large marshmallow to the middle of each half-baked cookie and returned them to the oven for 2-4 minutes (cooking time varies with oven and cookie size). When cookies were done and marshmallows melty, I pulled them out and allowed them to cool, then frosted with chocolate frosting. :) YUM!!
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