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Harvest Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2014
Perfection!
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Frosted Banana Bars

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2014
Oh my goodness, was this ever delicious! Other than cutting the sugar back to 1 rounded cup and adding a bit more banana, I made it as directed. Followed the suggestions of serving it cold and it was unbelievable how good it was. I made my own peanut butter frosting, because I don't care for the taste of canned frostings. So good and so easy!! I'll be making this one often.
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Sweet and Spicy Pork and Napa Cabbage Stir-Fry with Spicy Noodles

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2014
This recipe made a delicious dinner, like homemade take-out! 5 stars for flavor, 4 stars for method. After reading the directions, I made some changes. I felt that if I just added the carrots, peppers and celery to the wok after the pork was browned, they would still be pretty ‘hard’ when plated, or the pork would be overcooked. I chose to start by partially stir-frying the veggies in a bit of oil (excluding the napa cabbage) just until they began to lose that hardness, then set them aside. I added them back into the wok along with the cabbage after the meat was browned. They were the perfect tender crisp at serving time. The only other change I made was to add a bit of ginger and fresh garlic to the marinade for the pork, and let the meat marinate for a few hours. I also removed everything from the wok with a slotted spoon, before adding the cornstarch slurry to the juices in the pan. The sauce for the noodles was perfectly delish and not too sweet. I think it totally depends on which brand you choose for the sweet chili sauce, my sauce was sweet and spicy because I chose a sweet spicy (Asian) chili garlic sauce. The ketchup type American sweet chili sauce would be a huge mistake! I will make this again, using chicken next time.
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Golden Sweet Cornbread

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2013
So easy and quick, and delicious! I had some buttermilk on hand so I used that, and subbed melted butter for the oil. Also used half brown sugar and half white sugar....and cut it back a bit. Perfect with chicken tortilla soup at half time!
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Tex-Mex Squash Bake

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2013
This was very good, and I'd certainly make it again. I found that I needed to add liquid to the pan several times. I had a bit of vegetable broth that I added while sauteing the vegetables and then when I added the tomato paste I needed to mix in some water. Even with the addition of liquid, it still was a bit dry after baking. I think next time I'll use a can of Rotel with the juices instead of the tomato paste. All in all, this recipe is easily adaptable to your liking and we all enjoyed it served over quinoa.
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Grilled Salmon II

Reviewed: May 9, 2013
This makes a great tasting marinade, we couldn't stop sampling it. But after marinating the salmon for a few hours before grilling, I was a little disappointed. I think I was expecting a real knock out dish base on the great reviews, it was good and we all enjoyed it...but it was not a memorable dish. I will try it again but maybe with scallops or chicken. Or, I could just drink it straight up!
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Barbeque Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2013
This is fantastic! I expected the sauce to be watery from the reviews, and when you bake the chicken with the foil, the sauce just multiplies so there is plenty for pouring over mashed potatoes. What I did was to increase the sauce for 18 servings and kept the water the same. After simmering the sauce, I set aside about a third of it because it tasted so good, I knew I would want to use it as a glaze. In the last step, I brushed the thicker sauce on the thighs and finished baking (uncovered as directed). Perfect! My husband who loves to douse his meats with ketchup, barbecue sauce, gravies etc., love this chicken just as it is!
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Macaroni and Cheese with Ground Beef, Salsa and Green Chiles

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2013
For what it is (I call them 'slam-dunk' dinners) this is pretty good. I used 2 boxes of Annie's natural shells and white cheddar and added a minced chipotle pepper (with sauce) into the beef mixture. We like things on the spicy side and this added some good heat. I'll make this again for those nights we're on the run. I served it with a green salad and applesauce. Easy!
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Extreme Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2013
I was happy to find this recipe here. This is one fantastic chocolate cake! I used brewed coffee instead of water because I love that mocha flavor, and made my own chocolate peanut butter frosting. This is pretty close to perfection and everyone loved this cake!
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Shrimp Scampi Bake

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2013
I cannot say enough about how delicious this scampi is! I only had just over a pound of shrimp but except for the butter (3/4 cup and the rest olive oil), I used the full amount of the ingredients because I wanted plenty of sauce to serve over pasta. I used a coarse dijon and it wasn't overpowering at all....just perfect, and the mustard seeds looked pretty. The only change I made was to stir in a couple of splashes of vermouth before pouring the sauce over the shrimp. This was so quick and easy to put together, just wonderful! Next time I won't forget the parsley!
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Cajun Spice Mix

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2013
Excellent, used it in jambalaya and as a rub for grilled meats. We like it spicy so the red pepper flakes were a must for us. I double it and keep it in a small jar so I have it on hand.
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Seven Layer Tex Mex Dip

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2013
Super easy and quick to throw together. I had no mayo so I left it out...didn't miss it, it was great this way. Other changes I made were to stir in a bit of salsa into the refried beans so they weren't so 'stiff' and I also sprinkled the top with a bit of chopped fresh cilantro. This was a hit!
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Cranberry Brandy Slush

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2013
Oh my, is this ever good! I made this for a holiday get-together using a black cherry bourbon instead of brandy. I put a tub of this in the freezer on the porch....big mistake, even though it was frigid outside that's where all my guests were! A big hit!
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Wisconsin Native's Beer Cheese Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2013
Great soup, but the dijon mustard was a bit overpowering. Next time I make this, I'll leave it out altogether as it really competes with the other flavors. I knew that I wanted this soup to be creamy and completely smooth, so I sauteed the veggies in butter until they softened, added the chicken broth and simmered until they were very soft. At that point, I used my stick blender and pureed the soup in the pot until very smooth. Then I proceeded with the recipe as directed, using half&half, and being very careful to keep it at a low simmer. I put out crumbled bacon and green onions to top with. This soup was a big hit at a party but had I known how much better this soup is on the second day...I would have made it ahead!
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Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2012
Wonderful mashed potatoes, and even more wonderful was making them the day before Thanksgiving! I chose Yukon Gold potatoes and used a ricer for my mashed potatoes, for a nice creamy texture without any gumminess. I saved a jar of the potato water just in case...I refrigerated the potatoes overnight and put them in the crock pot on low for an hour, then switched to warm for 2 more hours, stirring 2 or 3 times. Perfect, I didn't need to add any of the potato water, and I used the whole stick of butter. Everyone loved these potatoes, thanks!
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pumpkin waffles | smitten kitchen

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2012
THE best pumpkin waffles ever! My daughter made these for Sunday breakfast and she added a touch of vanilla to the batter. They cooked up beautifully, crispy on the outside and tender inside.
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BBQ Chicken Crescents

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2012
These were surprisingly good, I made two kinds using up some barbecue chicken and slow cooker buffalo chicken. Hands down, the buffalo chicken was the best. I had no trouble rolling them, just be careful how much filling you put down. I brushed with the egg wash and sprinkled with a few sesame seeds and they looked very pretty. I'll make these again, they were quick and easy and the family was happy.
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Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2012
I try to avoid 'cream of' soups and processed cheese whenever possible so I chose this recipe because of it's homemade sauce. My family devoured this tuna casserole, it's delicious! Because everything is smaller these days, including tuna cans (most are 5 oz. now), I added a third because I wanted to have plenty. I made no other changes and this will be my 'go to' tuna casserole from now on.
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Caramel Corn Treat Bags

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2012
Fresh caramel corn tastes so good and it's easy to make if you carefully follow the directions. In case anyone is wondering about doubling the recipe... I had planned on doing three separate batches but ran out of time, so I took a risk and dumped in triple the ingredients for the caramel and it came out perfectly! As it was cooling, I added in a few bags of gummy worms, candy corn and m&m's. The 60 teenagers that got some declared it the 'best ever' and dubbed me 'the coolest chaperone ever'!
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Rick's Special Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2012
If you use half butter and half shortening, this is a 5 star frosting. The taste is lacking and the texture is greasy unless the shortening is cut back and replaced with butter. The rest of the recipe is right on, perfect consistency for piping and holds its shape beautifully! I made 48 cupcakes for a bunch of teenagers and had frosting left over, this makes a huge batch. Several of the kids told me it was the best tasting frosting, 'ever'! Unless you are doing 2 or more cakes or 4 dozen cupcakes, I would halve this recipe.
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