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Burgundy Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2014
One of the best meals we have had in ages! Instead of the tenderloin, as some of the other reviewers suggested, I use a fresh pork roast, so increased the cook time, keeping a close eye on the meat thermometer. It was so unbelievably easy! Some reviews said it was too much wine, but I honestly think that comes down to your own flavor preference, because I actually used more, basting the roast three or four times by pouring a little more over the top while it cooked. And the only thing I would change is to use even more because serving 3 big guys that loved this gravy made it not go very far! I inserted 3 cloves of garlic inside the roast and that just complemented the whole flavor. Once that meat thermometer hit 160 I took it out and it was absolutely the most tender juiciest roast I've ever had. I did sear it in oil and some garlic powder before cooking so it would be browned. Loved this so much and my guys are asking when I'm going to make it again. Thank you so much for sharing!
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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2014
I only rate this a 3 because while it was good, I found it no better than what I've been doing for years, putting ribs in the crockpot with bottled barbeque sauces. So if just doing the extra work and creating your own sauce is what gives you pleasure, then this recipe is definitely flavorful. But I won't repeat it, especially when in my opinion, you can pick your own favorite bbq sauce and pour it over the ribs and forget about it. The one tip I did take away was to brown them in the oven before putting them in the crock pot. Much less grease, so that made me happy!
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Easy Shake and Bake Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2013
This turned out really well. Unfortunately I only had boneless and skinless chicken thighs so it was my own fault that they overcooked a bit. I can't blame the recipe for that, and my guys still loved the flavor and crispness. Next time I will get a whole chicken and cut it up as suggested. I used two pans, one glass, one metal. It was interesting and my husband pointed out, that the chicken in the glass pan turned out crispier than the metal.
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Perfect Butternut Squash Muffins

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2013
These really are perfect butternut squash muffins! I increased the amount of squash to 2 cups, added a teaspoon of vanilla, and best of all, I diced up an apple and folded it into the mixture right before spooning into the cups. Sprinkled a light amount of cinnamon and sugar over the top before baking and they baked in exactly 15 minutes. I ended up with 24 perfect muffins! The apple adds such a nice flavor when you bite into it. With my three guys, these were gone by the end of the day and they want more. Thanks for sharing a really perfect recipe!
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Cabbage and Smoked Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2013
Absolutely delicious! I have 3 hungry guys so I doubled about everything except the cabbage because I had a nice big head of it already. Some people commented that it wasn't very flavorful so I used some garlic salt, some italian seasoning and added italian-seasoned diced tomatoes to the mix, and also used chicken broth in place of the water. It was bursting with flavor. I think browning the sausage with the onion helped immensely, and deglazing the pan and adding that to the soup all combined to make this one of the best soups I've made. Since I doubled it, I had tons left over, and it froze very well. It's one of those foods that tastes even better the second time it's heated. I love when my family makes a point of asking if I'll make it again. That makes it a 5 star for me!
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Peach Cobbler Dump Cake I

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2013
Loved it for it's ease and how well it went over with my family. I've made dump cakes before with different ingredients and more commonly with angelfood cake mix, so using the yellow mix was a first for me. When I put in the two cans of peaches, it sure didn't look like enough for my three guys, so I added another can on a whim, figuring I'm experimenting and if it doesn't turn out, it's a lesson learned... well it turned out great with 3 cans of peaches! I followed the recipe to a T otherwise and it was delicious. For those of you complaining about the sweetness, you could try the angelfood mix, which tends to bake up a little fluffier, or try peaches in their own juice instead of heavy syrup. I will make this one again. One of my boys likes cobblers with a little milk on it, while the rest of us enjoy it with ice cream. A nice quick economical treat, and my family thinks I slaved over it!
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Wisconsin Slow Cooker Brats

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2013
I was pretty doubtful on the combination of beer with ketchup but after I tried it I'm sold! I had been given a large amount of freshly made brats from a friend, but we have no grill! So I wanted a slow-cooker recipe and found this. With the amount of brats I had I needed to basically double it, but only used 3 beers instead of 4. I know some reviewers complained the taste was too strong when using the full amount, but it was very flavorful. Next time I'll add some strips of green peppers to the mix. I browned them for just a couple of minutes under the broiler, but honestly don't think they needed it. These were a big hit and something I'll remember for the winter months when we're craving brats!
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Calico Beans

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2013
This was a big hit at our family reunion yesterday. I doubled the recipe and after browning the burger and onions together, I combined it all in the crock pot, set it on high for 2 hours to get it going, then set on low the next 2 hrs. It was perfect in time for the reunion, and I had 3 people ask me for the recipe. The only thing I left out was the celery because I'm not a big fan of it. My 3 guys were a bit disappointed there weren't any leftovers to take home! I will make this as a main dish at home again because its tasty, very filling and especially very economical!
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Hamburger Rice Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2013
This recipe is a great base for creating your own delicious version. I read many of the reviews, then chose to add beef bouillon granules, which calls for 1 tsp per cup of water. This ended up being a great decision. The broth became rich as it cooked and absorbed the starch from the potatoes and rice. I did double the rice because 1/4 cup seemed like nothing. And I knew from experience with cooking carrots, that if you're using fresh, it takes longer for them to cook in soups, so as I was browning the meat, I cooked the chopped carrots in the microwave with a bit of water for a few minutes, just to get them a little less hard, giving them a head start. They were still somewhat firm when we ate the soup. Also, browned the meat with the onion and added a healthy sprinkling of garlic powder. My 3 guys inhaled this and asked that I make it again. It's a keeper!
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Janet's Rich Banana Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2013
Best recipe I've found for banana bread and I've tried quite a few. Followed reviewers suggestions to mash the bananas, and added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Some reviewers warned of using a mixer with this but I never have a problem. In fact, I use the mixer to work the butter and sugar into a creamy consistency. Someone said it adds too much air, but that's not my experience at all whenever I make breads of any kind. Three bananas instead of two and this was a hit. I'm making my fourth loaf today because I bought a lot of extra bananas and plan on giving a few loaves for family birthdays. This also freezes quite well!
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Pear Bread I

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2013
Really loved this! I used more pears and instead of using 2 loaf pans I baked the whole amount in a decorative bundt cake pan! It came out looking so nice! Got some great compliments on it.
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Blackberry Cobbler

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2013
So easy and delicious! Followed the adaption for all purpose flour by adding the baking powder and salt in the recommended amounts and it turned out picture perfect. A wonderful recipe that I will use for other fruits as well. My 3 guys devoured it!
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Herald's Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2013
Very quick and easy recipe which, just like a regular cheeseburger, everyone has their own way to dress up! For our family, we love mushrooms, so I included them in the mixture of meat and onions. I poured in a can of drained diced tomatoes. I added a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce that gave it a nice kick and saved it from tasting too bland. My 3 guys inhaled it so next time I'll double it in a 9 x 13 pan so we have some leftovers!
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew IV

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2013
Followed the recipe but also added some beef broth. It was so good, and since I doubled it, we had a lot left over. It was even better reheated in the crock pot. I did need to add a bit more broth since it had really thickened, but my husband and two boys have very hearty appetites. I will make this a regular dish at home. Served with biscuits and it was perfect!
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Slow Cooker Ribs

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2013
My family loved it and I had fun telling them the ingredients! It got some funny reactions, especially the orange juice! But there were no complaints, only compliments when the house started to smell wonderful. The only thing I'd say is that I knew 8 hours even on low would be too much for boneless ribs, but I also understand that slow cookers vary. I set it for 5 hours and it was basically done in 4, so I turned it down to warm until we were ready to eat. Delicious over potatoes!
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Tender Italian Baked Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2013
I found no problem in using mayo as the base for this as one of the reviewers cautioned against. In fact, Hellman's has their own recipe much like this one. I found it came out nice and juicy, with just the right amount of crisp.
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Classic Goulash

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2013
This turned out perfectly! I didn't have bay leaves but didn't miss them. I used Italian seasoned sauce and diced tomatoes which gave it a really good zesty flavor. I only had rotini noodles on hand so thats what I used, and they were nice and firm. And I added some mushrooms simply because our family loves them in a lot of things. Everyone loved it and it will definitely be made often!
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Super Sausage Gravy

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2013
Sooooo easy! I've always hesitated to try making sausage gravy, and for the life of me, now I have no idea why. Hardest thing was coordinating the biscuits to be done baking in time with the gravy! I resisted the urge to double the recipe and am glad. It was just enough for me and my two hungry boys. I am officially the best mom in the world today!
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Tater Tot Casserole

Reviewed: May 4, 2013
I had 4 people to feed, 3 of them being men and boys with big appetites. I prepared as described but it sure didn't look like very much so I added another can of mushroom soup and some mixed vegetables. I took one of the reviewers advice and covered the top with tater tots. Good thing I did because every bit was gone and they were wanting more. Next time I'll double it and probably add two cans of soup and more veggies. Quick and easy!
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Sausage-Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2013
Very easy to make! I just used a basic 9x13 pan and sprayed non-stick cooking spray before putting in the ingredients. No problems with food burning or sticking to the bottom. I just covered the dish with foil and it turned out great! It disappeared quickly so I know I'll make it again.
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