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Cheater Pot Pie

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2009
Just fantastic, and so simple to make. I did use a deep dish pie crust for the bottom, but used Grand biscuits for the top (separated in half so they weren't too thick on top - they were just right). Used a rotissieri chicken, and put in chunky cooked fresh carrots, celery, onion, and peas (the peas were previously frozen). Used 2 cans healthy choice cream of chicken soup and skim milk. Garlic and poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. My whole gang loved it.
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Beautiful Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2006
Very nice salad, and pretty presentation. I used raspberry vinigarette the first time, which was good but I'm not crazy about how sweet it was. I would recommend blue cheese crumbles and balsamic vinegarette dressing to go more 'tangy' than sweet. I'll be making this a bunch.
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Zesty Zucchini and Squash

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2010
This is a really good & healthy recipe just as written. If you want to send it off the scale great and still be fairly healthy, try this: when the dish is completed, sprinkle some butter buds over the top, add a small amount of grated cheddar (2% lowers the calories), and sprinkle some italian seasoned bread crumbs over it all. It takes a small amount, so you aren't adding too many calories or fat. For about a 2 person sized helping, I added about a tablespoon each of cheese and bread crumbs - I estimate it added about a 100 calories. As low cal as this dish already is, you can afford it. Now it tastes like you are eating a decadent squash casserole :-) I could eat this every week!
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Javi's Really Real Mexican Ceviche

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2008
Loved this and it was a big hit at the bunco party I took it to. The shrimp cookedd within a couple of hours in the lime juice so it was fine. Next time, I will leave the cucumber in big chunks, just a personal preference, and I'm thinking of adding avocado chunks. The flavors though as is in this recipe are fantastic. Thanks to Javi for making me look good ;-)
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Apricot Balls

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2001
Taste-wise, these are great. But they are very messy to make. I needed far more coconut than the recipe called for; I ran out and had to throw away about 1/3 of the apricot mix. Perhaps less condensed milk would make these easier.
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Frijoles de Olla

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2011
I was always taught to soak the beans first in water overnight. After soaking, I cook these in a crockpot with salt pork. I cut the salt pork into ~ 1/3" strips and fry the salt pork for a bit first. You add the salt pork and the grease to your beans - this just gets more grease out in the water to flavor your beans. As other reviewers have said, add the salt later when the beans are about done. You can dress up the beans if you like by adding onion, cilantro (my favorite), garlic, cumin, mexican flavored chopped, stewed tomatoes, and some beer if you want to make these boracho style. But, these are fantastic done simply as well. Serve this with a batch of cornbread, some green onions and slices of cheddar cheese and you've found heaven.
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Porketta Roast

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2011
Wish I could give this 10 stars! Just fabulous, and so easy. My suggestions are - I'm not so much of a fan of actual pork roasts and prefer a bit leaner meat. So, I used pork tenderloins for this recipe. I cooked mine in the crockpot. The night before, I put my tenderloins in a baggie with the seasoning (ground the fennel a bit as others have suggested) and just enough vegetable oil to mix with the spices and coat the tenderloins. Then put it in the crock pot in the AM and it was perfect for supper. Whatever you do, do not leave out the fennel. That is what makes it porketta, and it is fabulous! So glad I found this recipe. My husband is from Northern Minnesota and we just can't find porketta roasts in the store here in Texas. But, now with this recipe I can make porketta that exceeds his high expectations! ;-)
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Rosemary Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2003
Fantastic! We'll be making this often going forward. I did add more oil, and I also added a little (~ 2 tbsp) balsamic vinegar. I mixed it all up in a baggie so I could cover it easily. I also sauteed the onions in advance. I'm sure this would even be better if it marinated a bit. Anyway, great recipe - you can't go wrong as long as you like rosemary.
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Bierock Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2002
A big hit in our house! Reminds me of the pasties that you find in Northern Minnesota. I followed other's advice and added a can of cream of mushroom soup; also added garlic & celery salt & some hungarian paprika for spice. I put the cheese on the inside which worked well. Finally, I baked this in a 13 x 9 pyrex and the dough came out perfect, though others have mentioned some probs with doughy-ness. I think this would also be good with carrot & potato chunks mixed in with the meat.
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Orange Crunch Cake

Reviewed: May 1, 2005
Big hit here! The crunch layer in this cake really makes it special. My only recommendation is to make this in a 13 X 9 pan rather than 2 layer cakes. I probably rushed the cooling, but the top layer cracked so it wasn't as pretty as it should have been - but the taste is fantastic.
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Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2010
This was just okay - not any better than the instant hot chocolate mixes that you buy. But, it still made nice neighbor gifts at Christmas. We found tree-shaped glass jars and added a layer of mini-choc chips and crushed peppermint sticks to it. Then, we made a baggie of mini-marshmallows to go with it. Last but not least, we also gave a small bottle of peppermint schnapps with the mix.
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Chicken Flautas

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2010
Very good! I used the meat from a rotisserie chicken and mixed with the picante per the recipe. I also added some cilantro - I didn't have any fresh, but around here we can get little cilantro cubes (next to bullion cubes in the grocery). I also added a dab (1/2 tsp?) per flauta of cream cheese with chives, along with monterrey jack cheese! Outstanding! The only reason I didn't go five stars is because the kids didn't like the toughness of the corn tortillas, but they were much more moist than flautas I've seen in a restaurant.
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Red Skinned Potato Salad

Reviewed: May 29, 2005
Based on taste, this recipe is 5 stars - but it is labor-intensive! I did the 1 cup mayo & 1 cup sour cream mix, and I also used green onions vs. a regular white one. Put in a little dill, celery salt and white pepper as well. The taste is really fantastic, and will likely be the only recipe I'll ever use in the future. Thanks for such a good recipe!
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Pizza Pasta

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2010
I thought this was good and I loved the simplicity. I did add more sauce though to juice this up a bit more. Also, it's too hot right now to turn on the oven, so I just simmered this in our large electric skillet and put the cheese on to melt for the last five minutes. I thought it was great; the family just said so-so.
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2010
The rest of my family liked this recipe, but I really didn't care for the background flavor that the root beer gave this. I will also agree with some other reviewers - though this is great with a pork tenderloin, you don't have to make this with such an expensive cut of meat.
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Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2010
When I first read this recipe, I nearly passed on making the salad dressing because I wasn't sure about dressing made with maple syrup. Thankfully I tried it anyway, because by doing so I found what is my favorite salad recipe by a mile! This dressing is out of this world delicious! It does not taste like maple syrup on salad - it is just a wonderful blend of spicy and sweet. I made this salad for 3-4 parties during the Christmas season, and every time this salad was completely devoured and folks were asking me for the recipe. A permanent favorite for me.
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Spinach Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2007
Love this recipe, esp since you can shape the Christmas tree or wreath like other reviewers noted. I added green onions as well, and the Knorr vegetable soup mix packet. Thanks for sharing this one!!
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Pumpkin Bread II

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2003
Yup, this is the ONE! Very moist - excellent in every way. I baked mine at 315 degrees and one hour was just perfect.
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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2002
No, no noooo..brown sugar did not agree with me! I couldn't stand the sweet flavor, though my husband thought it wasn't too bad. The meat mixture itself was okay, but the sauce ruined it in my book. Never again.
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Chiarello's Chicken and Pastina Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2013
Loved the flavors in this soup. I did add chicken base to this recipe to up the flavor. I also boiled my pasta separately and added it at the end so that it wouldn't soak up all my soup liquid while it cooked. The whole family really enjoyed this and it will be a regular for us.
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