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Slow Cooker Sloppy Swiss Steak

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2012
Great!!! Had a small roast on hand, sliced it into 3 thin steaks, followed directions for tenderizing & browning the meat. I didn't have paprika, so I used garlic powder. From there, I just used what I had on hand... No rotel,so used oriental hot chili sauce (squirted less than 1/4 cup into the crock pot, it made it so HOT that I then sprinkled {?} maybe a tablespoon (or more?)of white sugar all over ingredients. I usually use brown sugar to cut heat in a dish, but was out of that. If you have to do that, go carefully with the sugar because you can always add more, but too much will ruin a dish. The final result was a perfect blend of hot and... not sweet, but just right! added 2 coarsly chopd roma tomatoes, Didn't have onions or bell peppers, so added about 1 1/2 cups chopped celery to the pot. Used the whole can of manwich cuz what am I gonna do with 1/2 can of leftover manwich? Didn't have red wine, splashed in some red wine vinegar and worsterchire sauce, didn't measure anything so these are all "guesstimates". I did have some baby carrots that I used, they gave a nice texture to the dish. I needed to use up some instant mashed potatoes and this dish was perfect for that. Served this dish on top of the potatoes and since this dish was so spicy and flavorful, I didn't mind the potatoes being instant. I admit, I am a potato snob! That is why this box of instant potatoes had been in the pantry forever, cuz I love fresh mashed potatoes! Will definately make again!Yum:)
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Cranberry Orange Loaf

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2012
this was very good! I made them into muffins, so I sprinkled sugar on the tops before baking them for 20 min or so... Great way to use up fresh cranberries that were left over from Christmas dinner. Only changes were used self rising flour and none of the rising agents, and used lemon flavored veggie oil in place of the butter and orange zest. Also, had some mushy mixed fruit cocktail I put in the blender with water to substitute for the orange juice because I didn't have any on hand. Excellent breakfast muffins!!!!! Thanks for posting this recipe!
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Pretzel Turtles

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2012
amazing, one of the rare recipes that I hardly altered. did listen to the advice of putting pecan on top of Rolo before baking for 4 minutes. The pecan toasted perfectly, smushed the pecan in with an oiled spoon, as another advised. Amazing! Used round small pretzels so round Rolo fit just right. Two 11 oz. bags Rolos and One 10 oz. bag pecan halves and 1/2 of a 15 oz. bag of "mini twist" store brand pretzels made a total of 8 dozen (96) turtle candies, plus the few that got eaten before I could count them! After all Rolos used up, I still have about 2 1/2 cups of pecans, of those about a dozen were not broken so could have made a dozen more candies if I would have had one dozen more Rolos. By the way, when I ran out of Rolo's but still had perfect pecans, I experimented with mini Reese's cups, which didn't work out well. Tasty, but inconsistent melting (only in oven 2 minutes) made them not as attractive, plus the whole thing not getting hard again like the Rolo candies have done. Perhaps they would get hard in the fridge, but unless you have a huge Reese's fan, stick to the original recipe because they are gorgeous as well as yummy.Wish I had white chocolate chips to mix with shortening and decorate with lines as another posted, bet that is even prettier! Next time... because I will DEFINATELY be making these again! The biggest expense was the pecans, got the Rolos on sale after Christmas for $2 a bag. Thanks, CACKI for posting this! My 6 year old son had fun, too!
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Best Baked French Fries

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2012
Awsome! Didn't change recipe at all really, just added some italian seasoning to marinade. Other postings are true, you can't tast the sugar. They are crispy and delicious!!! Baked these along with Ritzy Baked Chicken livers from this website. A home run!!!!!!
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Cornbread Muffins I

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2012
very yummy and easy! Didn't have honey so I substituted maple flavored pancake syrup and they really were delicious! Served them with fried chicken and they were a hit! Next time I will decrease the flour and increase the cornmeal because I am used to serving Jiffy mix cornbread, which is more corn meal based, I think. Totally recommend! Thanks for posting!
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New York Italian Pizza Dough

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2012
PERFECTION! My track record with pizza dough in the past has been "iffy". NO MORE! Thanks for posting a fail-proof delicious recipe! Changes: only used Kitchen- aid stand mixer- set at "2" to knead for 10 minutes, then added the last 1/4 cup of flour a few spoons at a time into mixer still set at "2" until dough forms into ball , just a few more minutes. Also, used packet of yeast, not the exact measurement. Used "Red Star" active dry yeast, was careful with temperature of water, used King Arther bread flour. As recipe explained, this is a wet and sticky dough, no fear! Just work it with your hands into the shape of your pan (didn't use rolling pin) and let gravity help you stretch it. It rarely tore, and when it did, a little patch of dough was an easy fix. dont forget to oil your hands! Recipe easily doubled, made 2 large and 3 medium pizzas. cooked pepperoni pizzas 500* 10 minutes in oven, 13 min for loaded toppings pizza. Happily noticed the pizza dough kept rising as pizza's were on dining room table waiting for oven! Flavor:excellent! used standard spaghetti sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, olive oil brushed on edges before baking. Have you tried barbecue pizza? For that one used KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce for the base, seasoned/cooked/drained lean ground beef, & Cheddar cheese. Family thinks I am a hero, and the secret is really this recipe and my trusty Kitchen Aid stand mixer! God Bless the lady that posted this recipe, it has renewed my confidence!!!!!
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Sweet Potato Cookies II

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2011
Amazing cookie! Definitely gonna make again!!! Delicious and comforting flavors!!!!! Mostly followed instructions except as follows: used butter flavored shortening instead of butter, (had none), added ginger, cinnamon, coriander, and vanilla along with the nutmeg that was called for; didn't have honey so doubled the amount of white sugar, and didn't have lemon so used lime zest. After making them into balls I rolled them in sugar and lightly flattened with a fork. Couldn't taste the lime in the finished product (thankfully, that may have been weird) but used it in the recipe anyway because I knew some sort of citrus zest would "brighten" up the other flavors. Oh, and mixed in 1 1/2 cup of raisins and chopped prunes that I needed to use. I know the prunes may sound gross, but I chopped them so tiny and had more raisins than prunes so they blended in nicely, wont tell my kids and they never guessed! Next time will try to make over the recipe using healthier alternatives like splenda, applesauce, egg whites, and want to add pecans or walnuts. Very happy to have found this recipe, thanks for posting it! Oh, and it may not be important but I didn't even use the same sweet potato they used... I had frozen leftover sweet potato casserole from thanksgiving! I thawed it in the microwave and substituted it for the raw, grated sweet potato. I bet canned pumpkin would work well, too. What a hoot! Fabulous and yummy!
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Triple the Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2011
Amazing! Didn't have crystalized ginger and didnt miss it! Increased ground ginger and fresh ginger root as other cooks reccomended. Also, heeded advice of adding additional spices: 1/4 teaspoon each ground black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Used electric coffee bean grinder to grind all whole spices, and even the ginger root. For eye appeal and added moisture, mixed in 1 cup raisons that were dredged in self-rising flour right before baking. Doubled the recipe easily and yielded 12 dozen ( I like smaller cookies, dropped from teaspoon at 12 to cookie sheet). Last but not least, I used self-rising flour since I am lazy!! Absolutely fabulous cookie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Coconut Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2011
Excellent! I like a smaller cookie so dropped from teaspoon and then shaped into small balls before baking. 8 minutes was just right, be careful as they brown easily, as others stated. This recipe doubled easily and yielded 6 dozen gorgeous, yummy cookies after doubling . Followed previous reviewer's advice and decreased sugar , increased coconut, and used coconut extract (instead of vanilla) to amp up the coconut flavor. So for my doubled recipe my amounts of those ingredients that i "tweaked" are 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 cups of coconut, 2 teaspoons coconut extract. All other ingredients I doubled as listed in the original recipe. Oh, and I substituted self-rising flour for the all P. flour and baking soda, just cuz I am lazy! Had better luck when I began baking them on stacked (two) cookie sheets as they do brown quickly, burn easily. Just watch them...Absolutely successful! P.S.: made these again ! Quadrupled the recipe for a birthday party with no problems, made them in my stand mixer (largest Kitchen Aid model), yielded 14 dozen when quadrupled. Once again, decreased sugars and increased coconut as others suggested. This time I added 1/2 teaspoon of salt for the entire quadrupled recipe. The salt did add a pleasant, old-fashioned "something" that I will be sure to include next time, also I didn't double the cookie sheets like last time and had no problem with burning, but paid attention to timer! Used butter flavor extract this time, GREAT!
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2014
Sub half the flour with whole wheat flour. Added lots raisins, covered tops of batter with toasted walnut pieces just before baking, added extra powdered ginger and a bunch of black pepper along with rest of seasonings. Outstanding! Oh, recipe doubled easily and I got 4 loaves. Had a nice rise and color. Impressive!
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Moist Banana Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2013
Excellent! add cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla ,dried berries and raisons to the batter, then sprinkle generous amount of white sugar on tops before you put in the oven. They were great and the dried fruits & spices all went nicely together with the choco chips! trust the other reviews, they rose nicely even without the eggs and you could not taste a mayonaise flavor at all, promise! :)
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Vanilla Wafer Cookies That Are Better Than Storebought

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2014
excellent! for the most part, I kept ingredients as listed, but changed the method to combat the spreading and thin result others reviewed.I always bake with butter flavor crisco, bake with parchment paper and only bake on sheets that have cooled off, that helps spreading. after mixing dough, take the time to roll them into longs rolls of dough as in refrigerator cookies. yeah, it adds a little prep time, but it probably saves time in the long run. I quadrupled the recipe and formed the dough into around 7 long bread stick size wax paper tubes. let them sit in fridge all day, and only pulled one tube out at a time, slicing them into pieces the thickness of checker pieces. molded them a little as i placed them on the cookie sheet. got 27 cookies per sheet, at 4x7 rows. finished cookies were perfectly round, uniform and nearly identical in size to Nilla Wafers from the store. made a total of 18 dozen little, delicious, beautiful, impressive cookies! filled to galon size ziplock bags, needed extra cuz recipe. Am using them in banana pudding, will update this review after trying them out in the recipe. By the way, the amount of grease that is on the wax paper when you are slicing them is alarming, but the finished product is absolutely perfect. for the sake of health, next time i will try to reduce the amount of butter/shortening just a tad to see if i still like the cookie. overall, this is gonna be my go-to vanilla wafer cookie for sure! thanks, usmcwifey!!!!!!
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Coconut Sour Cream Pound Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2014
YUMMY! read recipes of traditional p.cake and tweaked it. PERFECT! Don't preheat oven! Other websites recommended this & it worked! If you have a kitchen Aid stand mixer: this was my method- whipped 1C butter flav. crisco + 1/2 C. real butter & 3C sugar for 8 minutes at highest speed, occasionally scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Then added one egg and whipped one more minute, added another egg and whipped one more minute, scraped the sides of the bowl, and repeated the process until all 6 eggs were whipped in, which added 6 more minutes to whipping time. Turned mixer to lowest speed, then added 1 cup of sour cream (was short on sour cream so used half and half to fill up the rest of the measurement), 2 teaspoons of coconut extract and 1 teaspoon of almond extract [cuz one reviewer said smelled like sun tan lotion while baking] and kept the mixer running while I sifted the flour and baking soda into a separate bowl. added a tiny pinch of salt. Then slowly poured in the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl at lowest speed still & as soon as it was all in and wet, turned mixer off & gentle stir with spatula then poured it into greased/floured bundt pan.Crucial: bake at 325* for 70 minutes! cool on wire rack 10 minutes b4 inverting from pan. glaze crown w/ thick mixture of half&half,powdered sugar, & 1 tsp coconut extract. sprinkled 1 C. coconut on top of glaze, & 1/2 C. choc chps on top of that. Thnx Paula 4 best cake I ever made!Excellent! Beautiful!
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Baked Apple-Pecan Maple Pancakes

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2012
Excellent! Doubled easily, baked in 9 x 13 pan, followed advice posted and layered apples, batter, apples batter. Left skins on chopped apples for extra fiber and color. Added lots more cinnamon, didn't measure it, though. It didn't need additional sugar as the maple syrup baked in as well as added at the table was plenty sweet. Thanks for posting! Was ready in a hurry, thanks to bisquick! Family loved it!!!! Perfect for a busy church morning when I was doing good just to throw something in the oven while getting ready. Will make this again and again, for sure!
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Simply Lemon Baked Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2012
Awesome! Brined the chicken in Simple Chicken Brine from this website. Let it brine overnight in the fridge so I reduced the salt by 1 teaspoon for this recipe. The recipe was awesome as is, didn't change much! Had some sour tangerines from a neighbors tree and they worked just fine. mixed black pepper, garlic powder, chili powder (out of paprika) and dried parsley with one tablespoon of salt. To me it made sense to rub some of the spice mixture in the cavity, then squeeze the juice all over the chicken surface, then stuffed the cavity with the fruit, I stuffed the whole cavity, way more than 2 pieces, but I didn't count them! Then I sprinkled the whole chicken with the remaining spices. I put it on a rack in roaster pan because I was concerned it might be too juicy because of the brining, but that was unnecessary, as it baked 3-4 Tablespoons of oil dripped to bottom of pan and I used that to baste the chicken. By the way, I only basted it one time. In fact, this chicken was on its own! The biggest change I made was in time and temperature. I baked it at 275* for 2 hours while we were at church, loosely covered in foil so the steam could escape. When got we got back I removed the foil, basted the bird and turned up the heat to 350*. It was picture perfect in about 1 and 1/2 hours, maybe less... didn't really pay attention to that part. I will make my chicken like this from here on out. Gorgeous, delicious, moist meat, crispy brown skin, perfection! Thanks for post!
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German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2012
AWESOME! Must admit I don't know how this particular cake batter recipe is , because I used a German Chocolate cake mix, but was thrilled with the topping and the technique! My results were excellent! Heeded other advice and lined pan with parchment paper on the bottom and sides and had no problems with it sticking or with appearance. I totally recommend this, even if time is not an issue. This topping is way superior to canned coconut pecan frosting. By the way, I doubled the amount of coconut because I needed to use it, sprinkled chopped pecans and chocolate chips all over the topping before sprinkling the marshmallows. The only other change was used coconut milk for some of the water in the cake mix directions, I needed to use that up, too. Lastly, followed the time called for on the box, so baked it 30 minutes at 350*. I will definitely make this again and highly recommend it. Made it for a birthday party and was proud to serve it! Thank you so much for posting this, SUNSET1 !
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Rolled Dumplings

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2011
recipe tripled easily, made enough for three standard size(big) soup pots. Was wonderful and homey- just as other reviews praised!! Added poultry seasoning, garlic powder and pepper to flour mixture before rolling dumplings out. Had to leave house unexpectedly, so after mixed dough formed into a ball and wrapped it in saran wrap to keep in the fridge for a few hours. NO PROBLEM!Just rolled out 1/4 of the ball at a time and cooked them in batches of much more broth than original recipe called for. After I boiled each batch, i "fished" them out of the broth and kept them aside until I had all cooked. After all were cooked, I divided the dumplings among three soup pots and then divided my chicken and soup ingredients among each pot (FINELY chopped carrots, celery, green pepper, onion and bigger hunks of light and dark meat cooked chicken) I thickened my soup with cold broth I saved earlier mixed with seasoned flour to pour into soup. Last, but not least, go easy on the salt so if you need to still thicken it add in cream of celery soup and cream of chicken soup. My family loves this recipe!!! I usually (in the past) just made drop dumplings from Bisquick biscuit mix (because my previous efforts at rolled dumplings weren't worth all the effort). No more! These dumplings reminded me of my dear mama's from Macon, Georgia that I miss so greatly. Rest in peace, Mom! I miss you!
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Simple Chicken Brine

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2012
Excellent and easy to make and use! Followed others advice and after mixing in salt and sugar in the warm water and it was dissolved, added the chicken and lots of icecubes to keep it safe from bacteria temperatures. My chicken wasn't salty at all and I let it brine in the fridge overnight. Also, it baked just right, not soggy or falling apart. Was just right! I put the 5 # chicken (covered in foil with a small opening to let out steam) in a 275*oven for 2 hours while we were at church, then when I got home turned oven to 350* and removed the foil and it was picture perfect in about 1 to 1/2 hours or so. I reduced the amount of salt my roast chicken recipe called for since this brined all night in salt water. FABULOUS! By the way, I used the Simply Lemon Baked Chicken from this website. Impressive and yummy!
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Country Scalloped Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2012
really good!
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Cake Mix Cookies IV

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2011
Thank you for posting!! If you are in a crazy hurry these cookies cant be beat! Mixed them in a bowl by hand , couldn't have been easier! I used a chocolate cake mix, added cocoa (maybe 2-3 tablespoons), increased the oil by a 2-3 tablespoons(because the added cocoa powder is drying) and added a few tablespoons of vanilla. I know that sounds like a lot of vanilla, but here in Corpus Christi we can buy Mexican vanilla in quart size bottles at low prices so we can just slosh it in at will! Glad I read the other reviews about the size of the dough balls because they came out excellent! Definitely make little (teaspoon size) balls and then roll them in sugar before baking. The texture was nice, sort of between cake and brownie, moist and chewy.My niece said they reminded her of chocolate muffin tops ( the best part of the muffin!). Will definitely make them again! Gee, can you tell what a hurry I was in? I really didn't even measure, I just dumped and poured and presto! A big, delicious hit with the gang!
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