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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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Potato Salmon Patties

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2003
These were great and we liked them better than the recipe I've been using for several years. I doubled the recipe and per other reviewers' recommendations, I sprinkled in some shredded cheddar cheese. Because it was a little dry, I added some milk. Because we try to avoid fried foods, I used a 1/4 cup and scooped them into muffin tins that had been shot with a quick spray of oil. I baked them at 350º for about 40 mins. I served them with lemon sauce from this site. Fantastic recipe, Joy!
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Sheryl's Baked Potatoes

Reviewed: May 4, 2005
I wanted to write a review after reading the previous reviewer's rating. I have been making a similar recipe to this for years (you can use whatever seasonings you like) and I leave the skin on. If you are having trouble making the cuts (and it is hard to do), simply hold a wooden spoon handle on the cutting board, next to the potato. (The spoon handle should be on the cutting board on the side closest to you, with the potato laying lengthwise on the other side of the spoon handle, touching it). As you slice through with your knife, the wooden spoon handle will keep you from cutting too deeply and you will get nice, even cuts. The potato fans out a little with some help, but not a lot. Good luck.
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Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Strata

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2007
We thought this was good and worth hanging onto, but definitely needed something to "kick it up" a notch, whether it be some chopped jalapeño peppers or maybe some jack cheese. All in all, we enjoyed it and I will make again. Also, I think I would add a bit more bacon, it wasn't very noticeable.
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Quick and Super Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2008
This was just too easy and so good! I made it exactly as written except I added a little frozen mixed vegetables. Also, the dough was really sticky and hard to work with. I think next time I would add just a little less milk. Otherwise, really good and really easy. My husband and I ate nearly the whole dish ourselves!
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Sweet Potato Rolls

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2005
My sister-in-law gave me this same recipe and it is fantastic. The only difference is after the punching down and resting step, I then divide the dough into 3 equal size balls. Roll these balls out into a fairly thin circular shape, use a pizza cutter and cut in 12 equal wedges. Roll the wedges up from the longer side down to the point, let them double in size, about 40 mins., and then bake as directed. Because they make so many, I put them in smaller freezer bags after I've baked them. When I want to use them, simply let them defrost for approximately an hour, place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for about 10 mins. at 300º.
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Slow Cooker Veggie-Beef Soup with Okra

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2008
I loved this soup and it was so easy to make. I was surprised that only one other person mentioned adding liquid to this soup. I even left the juice in the two cans of tomatoes and still found this extremely dry. I took another reviewer's recommendation of adding a can of beef broth (low salt) and it was perfect. I purchased a bag of frozen "soup vegetables" that already had the okra and potatoes in it. Made it that much faster to make. I can't wait to have some tomorrow since soup usually tastes better the second day. Thanks for sharing!
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Slow Cooker Pork Cacciatore

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2004
This was delicious. Only problem was the chops came out so tender, they were falling apart in pieces and I couldn't lift out whole ones. Also, this makes A LOT of sauce so either add more chops or do like I did which was to serve spaghetti noodles on the side. I still have a lot of sauce left over. Next time, I will probably 1/2 the sauce. Thanks, Teresa!
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Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2002
Very good. If not using really large mushrooms, be sure to double up the mushrooms to 24, using just 12 stems, as the recipe calls for. I had lots of filling left over.
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Honey Fried Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2003
Excellent! I used 8 boneless, skinless breasts cut in half length-wise. I sprayed a cookie sheet with oil and laid the pieces on there and sprinkled sesame seeds on top. Baked at 350º for 1 hr. The bottom on some appeared a little dark because of the honey carmelizing but they came out perfect. I served with more honey and honey mustard for dipping. Went over very well with the company I served it to. None was left.
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Fried Green Tomatoes

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2003
This is the 3rd "fgt" recipe that I have tried and the only one where the batter stayed on during frying! Very good recipe. I used very firm gr. tomatoes - I would recommend using some that have a little "give" to them. I found that the batter was really enough to cover about 2 tomatoes. I used 1/2 butter and 1/2 olive oil in the frying pan. I cut the salt in 1/2 and it definitely needed more - I would use the entire amt. Also, I sprinkled the tomatoes with Pecorino cheese after frying and served with spaghetti sauce. My husband and I loved it, the kids weren't too crazy about it. Great recipe, Beth!
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Exquisite Pizza Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2002
We found this recipe WAY TOO SWEET and WAY TOO SPICY. Think it could have been really good with the honey, cayenne pepper, and pepper flakes cut way back or cut out altogether. I kept adding more tomato paste and sauce and other spices to the recipe to try to mask these flavors and ended up with a ton of sauce that never did taste quite right. I would, however, make it again and think it would be a good sauce without those sweet and spicy ingredients.
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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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Insanely Easy Vegetarian Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2003
I still prefer chili with meat but this was a nice change of pace. I took previous reviewers' suggestions and only put 1 tsp. of cumin, but doubled the amount of chili powder and it tasted perfect. I sauted the onions, carrots and garlic first, then transfered everything to a slow cooker and cooked for about 7 hrs. I used "baby" portabello mushrooms and lessened the amount of corn. Use low-salt or no-salt ingredients where you can. Thanks Tianne!
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Non-Edible Cinnamon Ornaments

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2002
Very simple to make. I had to add a little bit more applesauce to get the right consistency. I would say don't bother adding the cloves or nutmeg - the cinnamon is so overwhelming that you don't really smell either one and it's a waste of expensive spices. I dried them in the oven and some cracked and others heaved a little. If you have the time to air dry them, do it that way. You'll be happier with the finished product.
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Cream of Asparagus Soup I

Reviewed: May 17, 2002
Absolutely delicious! I took the advice of previous reviewers and sauted the onion and celery in butter and olive oil. Also, the measurement for the bouillon couldn't be right. That would be the equivalent of 12 cubes. (Perhaps they meant 4 tsp.) I used 2 cubes and 2 packets of low-sodium bouillon, along with a 14 oz. can of broth. Came out perfect. I didn't puree all of the soup so there would be some chunks. Will make the next time and add chicken and mushrooms.
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Cucumber Sandwich

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2002
A great summertime sandwich! One of my favorites. I used pita bread, my husband prefers tortilla wraps. Pita bread can be a little messy but delicious. I also use low-fat cream cheese and just a couple slices of avocados. Two whole avodacos would be way too much (must be a misprint.) Note to Eggyplant: a pepperoncini is a mild yellow pepper, also referred to as Banana Peppers. They are usually sold in jars near the pickle section. Gives the sandwich a little zing.
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Firecracker Grilled Alaska Salmon

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2003
Great salmon recipe but we all agreed that it was way too spicy. Next time, I will cut the red pepper flakes back to 1 tsp. I agree with other reviewers that it would probably be better if it was marinated at least 8 hrs., or preferrably overnight. I wrapped mine in foil and placed on the grill and it took approximately 15 mins. at med. heat for a 1" thick piece to cook. Thanks, Christine!
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Best Ever Saucy Beef Kabobs

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2002
Good but only thought the sauce was so-so. The tomato juice flavor really overwhelms the other ingredients. Also, I think about 1/2 the sauce is plenty and I would recommend marinating the meat in the sauce for several hours to tenderize it a bit.
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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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