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Onion Soup Mix

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2014
So easy and very tasty! I used beef bouillon granules since I prefer those. I also have this mini food processor which I added everything in and pulsed a few seconds to make it finer. This recipe equals 1 envelope of the dry onion soup mix you buy at the store. I know it wasn't mentioned on the instructions so I thought I'd mention it. You can use onion soup mix in a lot of things! Roasted potatoes won out this time. :)
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Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Rice

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2014
So, this is a good recipe once tweeked. I used 6 center cut boneless pork chops, 2 cups of rice, 1/2 an onion chopped, 4 tb unsalted butter, 4 cups of water with 2-3 tbsp of beef granules mixed in, 2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce, 1 envelope of onion soup mix, and 1/2 tsp of pepper. I omitted the water chestnuts, peas, and mushrooms cause I didnt have those. I dont have beef broth but used granules instead. Used more rice. Originally I only added 2 cups of water but after 2 hrs liquid was gone so I added 2 more cups. Everything finished cooking in 3 1/2 hrs on low. So, I think the cooking times are incorrect since so many had issues with mushiness? I tasted it and oh my God so good! Flavorful and rice was perfectly cooked and fluffy! Chops were done. I DID NOT brown the chops beforehand, I just put them in my crock as is. Gets 3 stars because I had to change so much and took advice of other reviews.
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Fluffy French Toast

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2014
Normally I make my french toast with just egg and milk nothing else. Usually my toast came out kinda flat and flavorless. LOL. Tried this recipe and loved it! I also added some nutmeg to it. Yum! Never thought adding a bit of flour would help make them fluffy. I learned to make french toast from my mom who really didn't experiment a whole lot mostly because of my dad and he's picky. Since I got married 10 years ago I have gotten more "experimental" and tried my own things and have had success. Don't be afraid to add your own thing. I know some reviewers hate on people who change the recipes. There is usually a reason. Most people are looking for a base recipe and then go from there especially after reading reviews on what works for others. I've posted recipes on here myself and I WELCOME people changing my recipes to suit their own tastes. Why be boring? LOL. Anyways great recipe. Thank you Bonnie!
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Lime Chicken Soft Tacos

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2014
I made this into a crock pot version. I also doubled this recipe except I didn’t add the green onion. If anything I think it would be used as a garnish so I left it out. Otherwise I kept the recipe the same. Anyways, I added a 3 lb bag of frozen chicken and then the rest of the ingredients and set it on low. I cooked it on low for 4 hours and it was done. Of course you can cook it a little longer and it would be fine. I took it out and shredded the chicken. Then assembled with taco cheese, lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, a bit more lime juice, and taco sauce. Perfect! I made enough for another meal hence the double recipe. I will add a shake of chili seasoning to it and give it a bit of a kick. Thanks for the recipe!
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Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2014
Great recipe. Nice and soft. I see some had issues with not coming out right. Keep in mind how fresh/old your ingredients are, the temperature outside and inside your home, incorrect measurements. Turned out perfectly. The dough is really soft when you mix it so putting it in the fridge will make it easier to work with and shape the balls. Like 10 minutes or so.
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Marinated Baked Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2014
Good recipe. I agree this IS a marinade, however your not marinating your meat. Just cooking with it. The title of this recipe should be reworded. I agree with others there is no way this is enough for 6 pork chops. I made it with 2 because its just my husband and I and it was JUST enough. Anymore chops and it wouldn't have been enough. Good flavor though. Really good. We loved it. I will probably use olive oil next time though. I try to cut down on vegetable oil when I can.
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Chicken Quesadillas

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2013
I pretty well came up with my own rendition of this recipe. I had a bag of frozen chopped onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes and cooked them with my chicken only seasoned with seasoning salt. I didnt have any other seasoning. Then assembled them on a cookie sheet and baked as suggested. Turned out yummy. I'm not one for a lot of seasoning so did my own. Thanks.
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Classic Goulash

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2013
Goulash is a family favorite, and normally cooked on stove top. I decided to try this to cut down on steps and time. Turned out great. Did a few things differently. Only had 1 can each of tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Didn't have bay leafs and instead of seasoning salt used regular salt and added pepper. Seasoned salt sometimes doesn't pack the same flavor and punch leaves it lacking. So, regular salt much better. Slow cooker was awesome. I also don't have a dutch oven and used a regular skillet to cook hamburger and onion together. Came out like it should. I know some complained it was too soupy. Mine turned out perfect with the 1 can each of tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Great recipe though.
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Country-Style Steak

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2013
This is a different way to make cube steaks. I was so excited because there isn't much you can do with them. I followed the recipe pretty much except I thought 1/2 cup of olive oil was a little much so I probably used half of that. Also made sure I coated them in the flour mix VERY well. Then followed the rest of the recipe. They came out beautifully. No problems whatsoever. I will say that I can understand why some thought these were bland. Not totally but they do need that special something. Next time I might try to add some rings of onions to the baking dish. Just 3-4 maybe. Or add some Worcestershire sauce. They were really good but I did notice the lack of "flavor" not spices because there were plenty. Definitely a keeper. They weren't dry at all and not soggy like some reviewers said. Not sure what happened with their recipes. I used a 13x9 glass baking dish also. Thank you!
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Chewy Cocoa Brownies

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2013
This is getting 4 stars because I did run into a little problem. Made them in a glass 8x8 at 325. After cooling and cutting they were still runny and mooshy. So, I think 350 would have been fine. I did put them back into the oven to cook longer. Not that its necessarily bad to eat mooshy brownies but I just prefer more solid. Other than the little problem I ran into, the brownies were very good! I even added 1/8 cup of vegetable oil to the recipe to make sure they came out chewy since I did read 1 review that said they were more like cake. Worked out perfectly after cooking longer. Will make again BUT will follow the actual directions.
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Fluffy Cake Doughnuts

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2013
Gave this a 4 star because I had to adjust a couple things. I wanted only a plain doughnut so I omitted the cinnamon and nutmeg. I dont have a doughnut pan so I used a muffin tin. I followed the recipe exactly except for the 2 spices I omitted. Filled the tins up 3/4 like it says. Only made about 10 though. However, after 10 minutes they weren't done. So, I added a couple more minutes on the timer at a time and checked. I think they baked for about 17 minutes in total. If they are springy and solid to the touch they are done. They didnt brown or anything so if they brown it was too long. After cooling, I made a chocolate glaze with 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar, 4 tb of cocoa powder, 3 tb of milk, and 2 ts of pure vanilla extract. Oh my God! They were so so good! Best ever with the changes I made.
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Hamburger Hash

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2013
No offense to the recipe poster..but not sure what she was going for. I thought hey easy way to make hash. Um no. Followed the directions precisely. Came out like a hamburger and potato stew type of deal. I thought I could "make" it into hash by cooking it longer and higher temp and without the lid on. Nope. Made it a bit thicker but end result was the same. I decided to leave well enough alone and go with a hamburger potato stew for dinner that night. However, I must say the flavor was good. That might be because I added a tablespoon of garlic, added salt and pepper as well. Giving it 2 stars because it was not hash but stew. I dont think water should have been added at all. If any very little. Maybe instead of water a little bit of a stock or broth. I will stick to making hamburger hash the traditional way. Sorry but I wont make it again and not something I recommend. It wasn't the disaster that some people had but I made it work and it was a success. I'm an advanced cook been at it for years. So, I can make things better if the recipes dont turn out like they are supposed to. Like I said no offense to Rhonda_M. It just didnt turn out how it should have.
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Crispy Chicken Parmesan

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2013
This was a good recipe. Easy and not many ingredients. Good family meal when you dont have a whole lot of time. I did some things different though. I used a glass dish to bake in. Instead of vegetable spray I used unsalted butter to coat dish. Used half plain bread crumbs and half Cheese & Garlic croutons. Great balance! I did spray the chicken after breading it with olive oil spray. I dont use vegetable oil spray anymore. Cooked for the allotted time and then poured a half a jar of Prego Tomato and Basil sauce over the chicken and topped with a lot of mozzarella cheese. I popped back into oven for an additional 5-7 minutes to melt cheese and warm sauce. Delicious. Gotta be careful how much sauce you actually put on it. It will drown the chicken and breading will come off if you use too much. I only used half a jar and it was perfect!
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Slow Cooker Barbeque

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2013
Good base. Did a couple different things. Used Arm Roast...much leaner and tender! Salt and peppered it on both sides. Put in the crock pot. In a small bowl I added the onion powder, garlic powder, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and half a bottle of Gates BBQ sauce. Mix well and pour over roast. Cooked on high for 3 hours or you can do 6 hours on low if you want. Just scoop some of the juice and pour it over the roast once or twice. Shredded it with a fork which was way easy and assembled the sandwiches on buns and just added more sauce on top. First time using Gates sauce. I have used KC Masterpiece before and love both. You can use a whole bottle but I think half is enough. Anymore would be a waste of sauce you would end up pouring down the sink anyways when done.
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Funnel Cakes IV

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2013
Giving it 4 stars because its kinda my own fault for not having the right equipment to make them. I have no funnels or anything to help with it so used a measuring cup just poured it slowly. Doesn't work out so well. They were some funky shapes and some of it didnt get cooked evenly. When I finally did get one done enough it was good. This is like pancake batter except thinner. I might try again in the future once I get some funnels. :) Its not as easy as it looks too. I did burn myself once. Ha.
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Brownie In a Mug

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2013
I was skeptical about brownie in a mug. I had a major brownie craving and decided I had nothing to lose. It actually turned out really well considering its made in a mug for a minute and 40 seconds. Room for improvement of course. Still very good and it solved my brownie fix problem. I might add melted butter next time too. Very much a keeper and kids would LOVE LOVE LOVE it.
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Quick Quiche

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2013
I never made any kind of quiche before. I have had it but never made it. I kinda prefer stuff like this without the crust so the recipe was right up my ally. I didn't have bacon so I used sausage. After reading a couple reviews I scaled salt a lot to like 1/4 teaspoon if that. I used not quite 1/4 of onion. So, not too oniony like another reviewer said. I used a 9 in. round baking pan to cook it in cause my pie pan was too small. This recipe would be ideal for a deep dish I think. After baking it for 35 minutes it wasn't very brown at all and decided to put it back in for another 10 minutes. Perfect! I did add more cheese to the top to melt it too cause we love cheese around here. Will make again with spinach and bacon next time! Thank you!
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Southern Chicken Fried Steak

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2013
I kinda used part of this recipe for reference and part of Emeril Lagasse's Country Fried Steak with white gravy. I was actually surprised no gravy recipe was added to this when the picture clearly has gravy in it. I also used chicken breast and made it chicken fried chicken because I had no steak. Just pounded it thin. Turned out fabulous. Gravy is to die for that I made. Used about 1/4 cup of the drippings from the chicken I fried and added flour to it. Brought to a small boil and added milk a little at a time mixing with a whisk vigorously. About 3 cups of milk. Just stir til it thickens. Viola. Gave it 3 stars because it just wasn't complete and had gravy on it and no recipe. Had to find that on my own. Also, add plenty of salt and pepper to season it. Just taste if before you add more salt. :)
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Slow Cooker Lasagna

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2013
This is a good base recipe. I did change a few things. I actually used my regular lasagna recipe. Only difference is I cooked it in the crock pot. Since I used my recipe I didn't experience any dryness and my noodles were all done. I omitted the tomato sauce and paste. I added a can of diced tomatoes with the juice and a jar of spaghetti sauce. I also use italian seasoning which has oregano in it. After browning my meat and onion mixture I add the tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, and seasonings and cook through. I get plenty of liquid from the can of diced tomatoes. I also use ricotta cheese and mix an egg in it. We love a lot of cheese in this so its about 2 bags of mozzarella in the middle and on the top before cooking. Cooked on low for 3 hours and it was done. You can probably cook it for longer if you like, but after 3-4 hours check on it. Definitely a crowd pleaser. I gave it 4 because it is similar to mine, but I still have to change it because of other reviews.
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No Crust Coconut Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2013
A few things I did differently because I took the advice of other reviewers. Used 3 eggs, all purpose flour and added 3/4 tsp of baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt to it, used 1 cup of sugar because most coconut has sugar in it. I also didnt have a deep dish pie pan so I used 2 regular ones and made 2 pies out of it. Baked at 350 for 30 minutes and then added a sheet of aluminum foil to prevent burning and baked another 10-15 minutes. No disrespect to Amanda but the directions were kinda vague for someone who hasn't made pies before. My best guess is let them cool after baking and then add whipped topping and stick them in the fridge until cold and then serve. Some extra directions would have helped like if you dont have deep dish pans or how to convert self rising flour etc. I was afraid from other reviewers that it would be soggy. I think thats because you take an egg out. Otherwise it was soft coming out and set up nicely. Reason I gave it a 4 is because I had to alter it quite a bit. Tasted really good with the changes. 1 3/4 cup of sugar would have made it horrible. Unless you really like it sweet.
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