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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2011
Wow! These are AWESOME! I did make them with orange juice instead of water and let the dough rest in the fridge for an hour. Rolling them in sugar actually helped get them on the cookie sheet since the sugar acted kind of like flour. These were REALLY REALLY good!
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Terrific Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2011
Oh Maw Gawd this chili is AWESOME. I hate coriander so I used cumin, oregano and chili powder but this was so good, an entire crock pot lasted just one day. Flavorful, hearty and just the right spice! Family LOVED it!
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Mom's Country Gravy

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2012
This was okay...the problem is I think there is way too much vegetable oil. Next time I may use half the oil and half butter or even olive oil. The oil is just too overpowering even after cooking it for 30 minutes. However, it does have great potential and made a decent sausage gravy with crumbled spicy sausage and enough salt and pepper.
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Beef with Vegetables

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2012
Oh this was yummy...I made a few changes due to what I had on hand but as long as you get the right kind of beef, it is tender and oh so yummy. I did not have any carrots, or ginger but did use bell pepper (red) and all the seasonings. I adjusted the seasoning for more flavor by adding more soy and oyster sauce. In the future I will add water chesnuts, maybe sprouts, multi color peppers and even tofu. A little extra cornstarch wouldn't hurt (the recipe calls for "corn flour" in step number 2). The title should be "Asian Beef and Veggies" maybe... Regardless, this was YUMMY. We served it over yellow rice (weird but it seemed to work well).
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Marinade for Chicken

Reviewed: May 27, 2012
Oh maw gosh this is soooo good! I did leave the chicken breasts in the marinade for over 24 hours then we grilled. The chicken had so much flavor it didn't need any kind of additional sauce. This recipe as/is does make a lot but it does hold well so I suggest using half and saving half. This is great for almost any kind of meat and possibly fish. I may try this on fish next! Yummy!
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Beef Shish Kebabs for Freezer Cooking

Reviewed: May 27, 2012
This is delicious! The sauce is positively yummy! I left the beef cubes in the sauce for over 24 hours so the flavor was really prominent. I did not freeze anything but did cut the veggies and fruit the day before. I also added Asian pear to the skewers and sliced onion. I highly suggest saving some of this sauce as a "dip" for additional meat. Maybe try this on burgers? Good stuff!
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Strawberry and Feta Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2012
This is delicious! I thought the vegetable oil might be too much but it actually worked out well. I was not able to find raspberry vinegar so I used pomegranate vinegar and it was still super delicious. I also used butter lettuce instead of romaine, pecans with almond pieces (which I did not toast) and the dressing. Yummy! UPDATE 07/08/2012 I had to update this review because really, this salad is awesome. I am not able to find the raspberry vinegar and using the pomegranate vinegar is really tasty. Since strawberries are not entirely in season now, they aren't as naturally sweet and this dressing brings their flavor out perfectly. The feta adds a lovely tang combined with the crunchy almonds. If there was such a thing as a perfect salad, this would be it!
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2012
This is awesome! I was shocked the "dumplings" actually cooked as well as they did. I did use some of the other suggestions and cooked the chicken while still frozen, added lots of seasoning (cumin, paprika, seasoned salt, parsley, onion powder, pepper), used 2 cans of cream of chicken AND mushroom soup and chicken broth. I also used only one can of Pillsbury biscuits but will probably use 2 next time. The husband LOVED this meal and wants me to make it again. The only small issue is it is not very "eye appealing". It smells and tastes great but isn't very elegant to look at...silly but true! For cooking time, I cooked the chicken about 3 hours then rolled the biscuits thin and cut them into strips. Then dropped them in the crockpot and cooked on high for another 2.5 hours. Be aware the biscuits may seem raw when they are actually just super tender. Took me a bit to figure that one out! haha UPDATE 06/18/12 This time I used two cans of biscuits and more chicken broth (the biscuits really do turn into dumplings after rolling and slicing). Definitely use flour to roll out the biscuits as the extra flour acts as a thickener. I also threw in one more can of cream of mushroom. I think the chicken could use a little marinade before throwing it in the crock pot but this is delicious!
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Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2012
Yummy and fantastic! I shredded rotisserie chicken along with the velveeta, RO*TEL Habanero, 2 jalapeno peppers diced, 1/2 cup green onion and 2 tbls of hot taco seasoning (we like food with a good kick) then thew it all in a pot (the crockpot was in use already). Once the cheese melted, I mixed everything together really well and added the black beans. The husband couldn't stop eating it (we used Tostitos "scoops" chips). This is a really fun recipe perfect for any occasion. If you make it hot like I did, you may need some extra tissues for the watery eyes! haha
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Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2012
Super tasty! This is a fantastic, quick recipe perfect for any occasion where you need something fast and easy. The cupcakes are really cheesecake and have an amazing flavor. I added a little extra vanilla and used cherry and strawberry canned pie filling as the toppings. Apple just didn't seem right for these but they turned out fantastic and are definitely a keeper. I highly suggest using REAL cream cheese (Philadelphia), not the non-brand or low fat stuff since cooking these makes the cream cheese flavor really stand out. These are so good that we even liked them plain. Maybe next time I will try using a homemade graham cracker crust and a homemade berry topping then turning it into a pie? Regardless, these are great!
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Molasses Brined Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2012
These are great! I only had about 2.5lbs of chops so I cut the salt down to 1/4 cup and only used about 4 cups of cold water. We grilled these and they were pefect! Lots of great flavor! I also made a Carolina style BBQ sauce on the side which added just the right amount of mustard/vinegar base to complement the molasses.
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Parmesan Roasted Corn on the Cob

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2012
Although the corn was delicious (you can't go wrong with white corn on the cob), and I believe the mayo added a good richness, the cheese does not stay on the corn and winds up completely lost and melted in the foil. Maybe baking these would be better? Regardless, the flavor is good so maybe a little experimenting is in order?
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California Coleslaw

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2012
This is awesome! Maybe a little weird but I used a normal head of green cabbage and chopped about half of it up. I also peeled and hand shredded the carrots. The dressing might be a tad bit sweet but has lots of good flavor and a nice tang (I am a huge fan of vinegar). I think next time I will add some Dijon mustard to the dressing.
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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2012
Positively yummy! I only had about 3lbs of ribs (one rack) and although my slow cooker is pretty big, I don't think it could hold much more than that. I cut the rack into two and threw them in the crockpot after roasting in the oven. They were done in about 3 hours, not 6. I also made the sauce the day before and marinated the ribs in it for about 24 hours then put them in the oven and crockpot. Next time I may cut the time down on the oven but these were "fall of the bone awesome". The husband said they were better than any restaurant. The only thing he asked was if we could "heat" up the sauce a little more (we tend to prefer spicy food) so next time, red pepper flake and maybe diced habanero. This is the way to cook ribs for sure! We had trouble on the grill or oven (never got that tender) and this is the best!
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Balsamic Glazed Roasted Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2012
Definitely not my favorite potato recipe. I used red potatoes and yellow onion since that was what I had on hand but followed the spices, oil and vinegar exactly. The potatoes just didn't have enough flavor so I had to add a lot of salt. Otherwise it just tasted like bland potatoes. Maybe a balsamic vinegar reduction would be better? Regardless, this recipe needs a little "jazz-ing" up to make it work. UPDATE 06/18/12 After the potatoes cooled down about a day, they did seem to have pretty good flavor though the balsamic is still not very prominent. I still suggest using a balsamic reduction to really glaze the potatoes.
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Avocado-Lime Shrimp Salad (Ensalada de Camarones con Aguacate y Limon)

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2012
This is a beautiful salad. I added diced cucumber and one lemon which was good except it became a little watery so I poured out the liquid and added some red wine vinegar. The lemon/lime keeps the avocados from browning and the salad is refreshing, tangy and super easy. I also left out the cilantro since I can't stand it (tastes like soap to me).
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Chicken Tinga Tostados

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2012
Make this in the crock pot! It is the only way the chicken will be tender enough to shred. It also lets the spices marinate the chicken for really good flavor. I put the chicken in the crock pot with chicken broth, onions, garlic, chicken bouillon and added some taco seasoning. I only used half the can of chipotle peppers in adobo because they are HOT HOT HOT. We love hot and spice but those are over the top so be careful adding them. The chicken cooked in the crock pot on low about 4 hours. When done we topped the tostada shells with a little refried beans as well and it was awesome.
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Simple Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2012
Not my favorite deviled eggs recipe. This was just okay because the flavor was a little....strange. I don't think sugar with the mayo and vinegar is a good mix. They tasted better the next day but I would experiment with the yolks a little more.
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Vegetarian Burrito Casserole

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2012
My apologies but I turned this into NOT a vegetarian recipe. I used ground turkey but flavored it as listed in the recipe. The turkey was super delicious and making it into a casserole was a great twist. It's really more like a flat burrito but the flavor was wonderful. Instead of whole tomatoes in the can, I used crushed tomatoes and hot salsa along with some diced habanero. Definitely a keeper!
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Mexican White Rice

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2012
This is great rice! I did make some changes which might be kind of cheating but I used Minute Rice (sorry!), diced habanero and two diced poblano peppers. I followed the liquid exactly and used two cups of the rice. I added the veggies as listed and a little seasoning salt at the end. This was super tasty and a great side dish. Maybe add a little protein and make it a main dish. The rice was tender, only slightly creamy and a little spicy. Definitely a keeper!
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