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Hoppin' John

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2011
I used 1LB cooked thick sliced hickory bacon, cut into 1" strips. 2 cans of stewed tomatoes (w/celery), 1 bell pepper finely diced cooked w/the onion in the left over bacon grease , 1 tsp minced garlic, 3/4 cup whole grain long rice instead of 1 1/2 cups and 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning instead of the red pepper, simmered for closer to 2 hours and it came out great this is the first time I've ever cooked beans not in a can! This along w/the Buttery corn bread recipe from this site is wonderful! Also make sure to NOT bring the beans to boiling while they are simmering or they'll burst open, I used a quick soak method and boiled them hard for 3 minutes. The recipe didn't call for it but I covered the pot while boiling (my trusty Betty Crocker cook book said to cover beans while simmering).
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Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2012
Followed the recipe exact except dipping the tops in sugar and it came out perfect. Was amusing to see peoples quizzical expressions when they got to the caramel part too.I doubled this and glad I did, the husband kept eating them before Christmas dinner! I also had to send some home with everyone, beggars! :) Dough was easy to work with once it warmed up in my hands a little bit and parchment paper is my new best friend, highly recommend trying it. Will make these again with Snickers! Thanks!
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Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2011
Wonderful soup and a great way to get your veggies. I use Hot Italian sausage, 3 cans of beef broth, skip the wine and add 1 cup water. Also saute the onions and garlic in olive oil instead of the sausage grease. I don't use fresh basil or parsley, just the dehydrated flakes from the seasoning aisle. Have made with up to 19oz of cheese tortellini or half that if I want to save some. The tortellini instructions are sketchy, just cook them till they float. This soup is great! Served w/some Tuscan bread & dipping sauce (oil and herbs). It's also very filling. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Barbecue Ribs

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2011
First time making ribs and LOVED this marinade. I will cut back on the sugar next time, tasted it and it was way too sweet (and I like sweeter BBQ sauces). I simmered the ribs in salted water w/a 1 Tbl liquid smoke for 2 hours. Marinated for another 2, put the ribs fat side up (think of letter c on it's back) brushed w/marinade, covered and baked per directions. Poured the marinade into a sauce pan, brought to boil and ended up using 3 tbl cornstarch/slurry to thicken the sauce. To cut the sweetness I added 1 tbl cajun seasoning, some rooster sarrachi sauce and some healthy dashes of hot sauce (and more liquid smoke, about 1 tsp). Be kind to yourself and either line the dish w/foil or buy something disposable, contractor grade construction glue has NOTHING on this stuff, some serious HARD scrubbing to clean the dish. Will definitely make again w/different ribs next time (store only had beef back). My son asked me the same night when I was making ribs again, he was pretty impressed with them esp. being baked. Thanks! UPDATE: Reduced to 3/4 c brown sugar, 3/4 c heinz chile sauce in lieu of ketchup and chile sauce, Pork Spare ribs, 1/4 c honey bourbon in lieu of rum and added tenderizer & salt to the water while boiling the ribs, phenomenal!! Will be making this a LOT!
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Black Bottom Cupcakes I

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2011
Made exactly as the recipe stated and they are GREAT! I did microwave the cream cheese for 19 seconds to soften, the cream cheese batter after mixing was not runny for me, it thickened up even more after sitting for 20 minutes (between batches, only have 1 muffin tin). The cake batter was very thin looking, I was concerned but they came out great! Filled closer to half full and got 17 cupcakes + 1 runt LOL! Thanks for the great recipe, these ingredients are usually something I always have on hand so that's a plus!
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Baked Salmon II

Reviewed: May 8, 2011
Marinade was just awesome, did not change a thing. I did mix up the marinade in the bottom of a casserole dish then set the fish flesh side down in the marinade to save myself a dirty bowl :) Served with roasted potatoes and fresh sliced tomatoes drizzled w/Greek Dressing and Mozzarella, this is a keeper! Thx!
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Pie Crust IV

Reviewed: May 12, 2011
5 stars for being easy to work with, perfect measurements and making exactly 1 9" deep pie crust. I used butter flavored Crisco, did not use ice water or cool the dough, came out just fine, not fragile and not too sticky, I'm a NOVICE pastry maker and this recipe worked well for me. Didn't have a rolling pin so improvised with a floured up water glass :) It was kind of bland and not particularly flaky but I can always add sugar and/or spice to the dough next go around. Thanks!!
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Clone of a Cinnabon

Reviewed: May 14, 2011
Very good! No bread machine so proofed 2 1/2 tsp of active dry yeast in warm milk w/1 tsp sugar for 10 minutes, added the other wet ingredients then the bread flour. I use Pam instead of flour on my work surface, flour dusted rolls are yuck :) Let it rise 1 1/2 hours. Mixed the melted butter w/the cinnamon & sugar then spread it on the dough, left 1/2 inch at the end for the dough to seal together as another suggested. Rolled from the short side, cut it in half then cut those 2 pieces in half again (4 pieces now) then cut each of the 4 pieces into thirds, nice and uniform that way. Baked in lower 3rd of the oven at 350 for 23 minutes. Couple popped into cones LOL but pushed them back down w/a knife, think it's because the pan was so full they ran out of room! Will definitely make these again, thanks!!
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Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: May 15, 2011
Easy and tasty. My roast was a little under 3LB. Added baby carrots, small whole red potatoes, yellow gold pearl onions (boil for 3 minutes in water, rinse in cold water, snip ends then peel). Used a can of beef broth in lieu of water and added 1 Tbl Worcestershire, cooked on high 6 hours and the meat was fork tender, came out great! Thx!
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Chili Rubbed Pork Tenderloin With Apricot Ginger Glaze

Reviewed: May 18, 2011
This was very good! I didn't have garlic powder so used minced garlic, that worked well as the rub became wet and 'finger painting' it onto the meat meant it stuck really well. I used a foreman grill and it took quite a bit longer to cook than the recipe listed but I think my tenderloins were closer to 1 1/2 pounds.
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Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2011
Wonderful pie but good lord did it take forever for the filling to thicken :) My stove won't boil anything on low, after 20-25 minutes I bumped the heat up to 3 from 2 and not long after it started to look like pudding. Used 1 can lite coconut milk (measured 1 3/4 cup), 1 1/4 cup half and half. Took reviewers tips and did not toast the coconut for the filling and did use a small skillet to toast the coconut for the topping (how quick and easy)! I used 1/4 cup cornstarch instead of flour, may up that to 1/3 next time. It's been in the fridge for 2 hours and still not firm yet but didn't stop me from having a piece. Hope it firms up it tastes great! After cooking all day I did not want to hassle w/home made whip cream so (gasp) I used cool whip (oh no!), still a great pie, thanks! Update, it firmed up very well after a few hours, very nice texture.
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Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Reviewed: May 18, 2011
This was very good, I used large bittersweet chocolate chips (all I had) which was a mistake, the pie was yummy but then you'd bite into a big cold chunk of hard chocolate. I ended up digging them out while eating the otherwise awesome pie. If I make again w/chocolate chips I may melt the chocolate and put a layer onto the bottom instead, I didn't like the chip texture. It doesn't really need the chocolate however, the pie was awesome, thanks!
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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies I

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2011
Awesome cookies! I used half butter half shortening, the cookies came off the cookie sheet much easier than with just using all butter. They also retained their shape better so keep that in mind if using shortening. I didn't take the time to make the dough balls pretty, they look somewhat like dog piles but hey, they taste great! Used 1 cup white sugar and half cup brown. Will most definitely be making these again, thanks!
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My Crab Cakes

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2011
Best crab cakes I've had, these were great! I doubled the recipe, using a medium size cookie scoop 2 scoops made a 3in diameter 1/2in thick crab cake, ended up with 19. Used butter club crackers, 1 2/3 sleeves (18oz box) for the doubled recipe. Recommend starting with half the bread crumb coating, I threw a lot of it away. Used half bread and half panko (was low on panko) and 5 6oz cans of crab meat. Used the olive oil to fry the green onions, scooped them along w/the oil into the batter. After making them I put them in the fridge for an hour on a wax paper lined cookie sheet, they were nice and firm and held together perfectly while frying. Used vegetable oil to fry them (less expensive) and they turned out great. Served with Remoulade Sauce from this site. They reheat well in the oven if you use the Panko crumbs. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Cheesy Ranch Potato Bake

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2011
No dressing so subbed 2 tbl dry ranch mix, omitted salt and pepper and added 1 tbl cajun seasoning instead. After cubing potatoes ( 8 red potatoes) I put them in a tupperware bowl with 2 tbl (NOT 6) butter, microwaved till butter melted, put in seasonings and stirred to evenly coat. Sprayed 9x13 with pam, baked potatoes for 45 minutes, they were fork tender, added shredded cheddar (what I had on hand) and put back in oven for 5 minutes. I like the chili powder in this recipe :) Thanks!
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Firecracker Grilled Alaska Salmon

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2011
Loved this marinade, only change I made was to reduce the sesame oil to 1/2 tsp. 2 tsp red pepper sounded like a lot but it turned out perfect, everyone really enjoyed the salmon, thanks for the great recipe!
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Buffalo Chicken Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2011
Used only 2 tbl chili powder (all I had left), 1 tbl cumin (since chili powder was reduced), no carrots didn't have any and one can sauce. Used black pre-seasoned chili beans and dark red kidney beans, thought it came out great! Thanks for a great recipe!
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French Baguettes

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2011
So easy and so good! I added a tablespoon of olive oil to the dough along w/an extra tablespoon of flour. Kneaded it on parchment paper which worked well for not sticking. I skipped the egg wash and added 1/4 cup of water to the bottom of the oven when I put the bread in (hidden heating element, if yours isn't hidden I'd put the water in a small oven safe bowl on the bottom rack or spray the sides of the oven with water). Crust was light and crispy and the center was very soft. Thanks! Will NOT buy store bought again!! Update: Day 2 the crust wasn't very good so I will half the recipe for my small family and only make 1 next time, still awesome!
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Grilled Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2011
This sauce is really good and a nice way to dress up steak. It makes a lot and is very rich so I'll probably try cutting the recipe in half next time. I wasn't paying attention and the cream boiled over so keep an eye on that! I also added Cajun seasoning as I thought the sauce was a bit bland without it. Have made several times and really enjoyed it, thanks for the recipe!
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Exquisite Pizza Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2011
Have used this recipe several times and it is so good! I quit looking for other recipes after trying this one. Thanks!
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