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Pineapple Chicken Tenders

Reviewed: May 1, 2006
This was so good and so easy to make. I used others' recommendations and added a little grated ginger to the marinade and also before serving, thickened the marinade with some corn starch and served warm for a dipping sauce. Even my picky son who hates EVERYTHING but the plainest of foods used the sauce. I used 6 boneless breasts for 4 people and next time will use 8. They were cleaned up in a flash and all were asking for more. I cut the chicken in thick strips, two or three, depending on the size of the breast, and then skewered them in an "s" fashion on the skewers. Next time, I will marinate longer. I opened a can of pineapple rings and there was exactly 1 cup of juice in there. I served the pineapple and made some rice and had a great meal.
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Kielbasa and Bow Ties

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2006
Yummy! And so easy to make. I used no salt added diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. The recipe has plenty of salt from the kielbasa and Parmesan cheese. Be sure to cook the bow tie pasta ahead of time and then add to the recipe or it will soak up all the juice. I had to add just a little bit of water so it wasn't too dry. I also added a little dried basil. Next time, I think I will use no salt Italian herb diced tomatoes. Served with homemade rolls and a salad!
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Honey Orange Basil Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2006
We thought this was just o.k. Because our dinner plans got interrupted, the chicken marinated for two days. Don't know if that had anything to do with it but all I could really taste was the oil and the basil. Barely noticed the orange flavor and didn't taste the honey at all. I think next time I would use orange juice concentrate and maybe a little more honey.
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Charleston Breakfast Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2006
This was pretty good but the croutons were throwing me off a little. I have a similar recipe that uses potato cakes on the bottom (no butter sprinkled over top) and ham in place of the bacon. I also add a little chopped jalapenos occasionally to give it a little kick.
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Potato Croquettes

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2006
Delicious! I have finally found a potato pancake recipe that we really enjoyed! I had to use some potato flakes to thicken the mixture up some - they would not form into patties otherwise. Don't forget to add a little more Romano cheese to compensate. I did not have any bacon bits so I used real bacon. Served with sour cream. FABULOUS! Thanks!
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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2006
Unfortunately, this was a lot drier than we thought and the bean flavor was really overwhelming. Perhaps it's because I didn't have any peppers and used mushrooms instead, and also because I used my George Foreman grill. We used an herbed cream cheese spread which was good. My husband and I both agreed that we would probably like the recipe better not cooked up as burgers, but rolled up in tortilla wraps with salsa and sour cream.
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Beer Batter Fish Fillets

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2006
This was really good and really easy to make. After reading other reviews, I decided to increase the flour to 1-1/2 cups, the baking powder to 1-1/2 tsp., and the dill to 3/4 tsp. We like dill and didn't think it was very noticeable so I think I would maybe make that a full tsp. I soaked all the fish for 30 mins. and they cooked up beautifully. Everyone enjoyed them! I used cod filets.
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew I

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2006
The meat came out nice and tender but I found I needed to add a second can of beef broth, along with a little cornstarch to help thicken it. I also added a little green beans and green peas. It was good but not quite the hearty beef stew I was looking for.
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Crusty Potato Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2006
I really like this bread recipe a lot and it's almost 5 stars for me. It seems to be a bit hard for my breadmaker, however. First time I made it, I added the ingredients as listed and my machine had a hard time mixing. The second time, I added the water first, then the dry ingredients on top and just let it go without any interference from me. It does not seem to want to rise up like it should and is a bit denser than I would like but the taste is fantastic. Perhaps my bread machine isn't up to the task or maybe I need to add a little more yeast. I may try to make it by hand next time. A keeper!
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Italian Bread Bowls

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2006
These were very good but a bit time consuming. They baked up nice and crispy on the outside, just a tad doughy on the inside still. Next time, I will bake 2 or 3 mins. longer. I used bread flour instead of all-purpose, perhaps that had something to do with it. I cut back on the salt to 1-1/2 tsp., next time I will add the whole amount. As per others' recommendations, I used olive oil and added a Tbsp. of sugar. I made 6 bowls, which were a good size, but very filling. (A secret I learned from Alton Brown from the Food Channel - place the dough in an oiled bowl or tall container. Cover with a cloth. Boil water and pour into a bowl. Place both in the oven. The steam creates the perfect temperature for rising the dough. Works great every time!)
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Chocolate Pretzels

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2005
So easy and delicious. I tried these recently at a bake sale and they were made with the little green and red chocolate discs. Although pretty to look at, they don't have enough chocolate flavor like the candy kisses. I would stick with those unless you know someone who makes an awesome melting chocolate disc. I have yet to find one myself. I topped them with green and red M & M's. (Try to put the printed M down). I found that 2 bags of Kisses covered nearly 1 bag of pretzels and about 3/4 of a bag of plain M & M's. Great gift to give to friends in little tins. HINT: If you are making as many as I did, get some to help, it seems to take forever to get the foil off the Kisses!
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Waffles II

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2005
FINALLY!!! A waffle recipe worth hanging onto. These were wonderful. I made as directed, except used others recommendations and added 2 Tbsp. of sugar (don't like mine too sweet, especially since I'm using pure maple syrup on top), 1 tsp. cinnamon, and 2 tsp. vanilla. In place of the milk, I used 1/2 buttermilk and 1/2 regular milk. They cooked up nice and light, not thick and chewy like the waffles I usually make. I was able to get approximately 7 - 7" waffles, plenty to freeze the extras. Thanks for a great recipe, Karen! (BTW, be sure to give your waffle maker a quick spray of oil before pouring each waffle).
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Crispy Orange Beef

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2005
Fabulous! And really easy to make. Next time, I will cut back a little on the garlic, just a person preference. Also, I cut the salt amount in 1/2. I didn't have any fresh broccoli and was going to add a little frozen but it looked horrible and I left it out. Definitely use fresh. Also, I wouldn't bother with the long grain rice, just use the minute rice. I find the long grain is kind of hit or miss and again it was a miss (coming out all gummy) so I hurried up and made up some minute rice. Next time I may add a few peanuts or cashews - I think that is how our local Chinese restaurant makes this dish. Also, I found the orange juice/soy sauce mixture only needed 2 or 3 mins. in the pan and it was very thick. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this dish! Thanks, BEC
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Scarlett's Best Ever Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2005
These taste more like a really sweet pecan sandy than a sugar cookie. Very easy to make. Don't skimp on the butter or oil, they come out somewhat crumbly when biting into them. Easy and delicious. I needed 12 mins. for baking time and they turned out a perfect golden brown on the bottom.
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Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2005
I don't seem to be as big a fan of this recipe as everyone else, although my husband gave it a big thumb's up. This was my first time making a quiche and I thought it was very easy to make. For some reason, however, the spinach layer and the egg mixture never really mixed together and there were two layers. Anyone else with this problem? I think next time, I would just combine the two parts and then pour them into the crust. I found the feta cheese a little overwhelming, I would cut back a little. Also, you absolutely do not need to add any salt to this recipe, there is so much from the cheeses already. I will try again. (I took other reviewers' suggestions and cut way back on the butter, using 1 Tbsp. butter and 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and I cut the milk back to a 1/2 cup. I used 4 eggs and it was just the right size for a deep dish crust.) I had no mushrooms, fresh or canned.
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Down South Sweet Potato Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2005
This is really good but I wish I would have read diamondlil's baking recommendations ahead of time. I baked as directed, even covering in foil for 1/2 the time and baking on a higher rack and still came just short of burning the crust. Still edible but a few more mins. and it would have been ruined. Having said all that, this was my first time making or trying a sweet potato pie and thought it was fabulous. I told my kids it was a pumpkin pie so they would eat it and no one, except my husband, could really tell the difference. I didn't think this was a very thick pie so I wouldn't recommend the deep dish crust - a regular one should be fine. Also, the nut topping was quite sweet so I would cut the brown sugar back to 1/2 a cup or a little less. This will be on our Thanksgiving menu this year!
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Chicken Enchiladas IV

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2005
These were good and pretty simple and fast to make. I used flour tortillas (personal preference), half were regular flour ones, the other were jalapeño and cilantro flavored. Both very good. They turned out a bit dry, I would add more salsa or enchilada sauce next time. I also added some black olives after baking.
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Chicken Tortilla Soup I

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2005
Very good but it's a tad heavy on the cilantro. Just a personal preference. We also added a small dollop of sour cream. I didn't have any tortilla chips, which didn't deter from the taste. I served it with corn bread.
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Famous Butter Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2005
This is ALMOST a 5 star but was just a tad dry. It didn't deter from the taste, however. I placed a large pat of butter on top of the chicken as well as around the chicken to make the coating a little more crunchy and buttery tasting. There were no leftovers.
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Rump Roast Au Jus

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2005
I wish I would have read the other reviews before I made this. Very good, but I agree it is a bit heavy on the pepper and I'm a big pepper lover. The roast came out a little dry, like everyone else's, kind of strange since I use this cut of beef all the time in the slow cooker. Since I couldn't use mine till the next day, I put a small amount of water in a large saucepan with some beef bouillon granules and simmered for about a 1/2 hr. to add a little moisture to the roast before serving. Much better that way. Also, when I was originally slow cooking, I also added some beef broth in with the water. I cut the roast in small pieces, served it on lightly toasted buns and made French dips. Very good!
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