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Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2013
This recipe is fabulous. I've been using one like it for years without the onion salt and sour cream. One thing I did especially like was from member Connie who said they could be frozen. That is great. I have a toddler grandson who is crazy about mashed potatoes with anything you want to put on them so it will be nice to have some on tap when he comes to visit. I've never thought they tasted left over at all and not sure what you do to them to make them taste that way. A wonderful taste as well as a timesaver. Using the crockpot is huge, too, because the oven is as full as a Best Buy store on Black Thursday, especially on Thanksgiving. Thanks for all the hints, allrecipes.com members!! You're included in the 5 stars.
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Jalapeno Poppers of Champions

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2013
We do like these but the baking time is not long enough. I baked them for 40 minutes at 375F. on a rack and they were just right. This would have been 5 stars but for the baking time being so far off. Used regular thin sliced bacon and added 1/4 package of ranch dressing mix to the cream cheese. Next time I'll add garlic powder to it, also. Maybe garlic salt because, oddly enough, they seemed to lack salt. I only had 10 fairly large jalapenos and had enough filling for about 12 (24 halves). It doesn't work to overfill the halves because the cream cheese swells and the excess simply falls in the bottom of the pan. I was glad to be able to serve these without the breading and deep frying. Atkins dieters alert: This is a good appetizer for that diet. P.S. Removing seeds and membranes from your peppers gives you a pretty mellow product. Also, the longer they sit before you bake them the more mild they are. I think our 2 year old grandson would have eaten and liked these. You're left with only the flavor of the jalapeno, not the heat. I used lightweight rubber gloves to prepare these and washed my hands with soap with them on as I went from step to step. You don't want the pepper juice all over everything and it does burn if it gets in your eyes. Happy Football Season and thanks, Seahawks Fan
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Czech Roast Pork

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2013
This recipe is wonderful. I made it yesterday because my son and grandson were coming for dinner and they like roast pork. Bottom line? There was about enough left for 2 skimpy pork sandwiches. Wonderful flavor and dark gravy that was a delight on garlic mashed potatoes. We also had baked squash and cottage cheese/pineapple salad. I tried to follow the directions as closely as possible but had to substitute cardamom for caraway. A site I read said that cardamom was stronger than caraway so use half the amount, which I did. I love the flavor of cardamom so next time I'll use the full measurement. I always have cardamom on hand because I make jul brod for Christmas. They also suggested dill seed as a sub. Time got away from me so I had to roast it at 375F. and an hour shorter time. I ended up putting all the beer plus a little water in the pan to keep it from drying out (thus, the dark brown gravy)and it was all just wonderful. Thanks to whoever submitted this recipe because it's a keeper!
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Czech Roast Pork

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2013
This recipe is wonderful. I made it yesterday because my son and grandson were coming for dinner and they like roast pork. Bottom line? There was about enough left for 2 skimpy pork sandwiches. Wonderful flavor and dark gravy that was a delight on garlic mashed potatoes. We also had baked squash and cottage cheese/pineapple salad. I tried to follow the directions as closely as possible but had to substitute cardamom for caraway. A site I read said that cardamom was stronger than caraway so use half the amount, which I did. I love the flavor of cardamom so next time I'll use the full measurement. I always have cardamom on hand because I make jul brod for Christmas. They also suggested dill seed as a sub. Time got away from me so I had to roast it at 375F. and an hour shorter time. I ended up putting all the beer plus a little water in the pan to keep it from drying out (thus, the dark brown gravy)and it was all just wonderful. Thanks to whoever submitted this recipe because it's a keeper!
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Cream Cheese Colcannon

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2013
This is scrumptious. I made this just for my husband and myself and at the end of the meal there wasn't enough left for lunch the following day. We love all the ingredients in this dish and combined they were magnifique! Thank you for this lovely recipe. I do believe you could pair it with any meat. We ate it with the chicken with caper sauce from allrecipes. For most, not a good combination, for us, quite heavenly.
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Chicken Breasts in Caper Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2013
This recipe is superb! I, too doubled the sauce and doubled the meat but used tilapia. My husband, son, and grandson all gave it two thumbs up. I have to believe this sauce would work with any meat. Also, I didn't have whipping cream on hand so used evaporated milk for half and 1/2 and 1/2 for the rest. It was just as creamy as it could be. It didn't hurt that it cut the cost way down, either. Reducing the sauce is key. As has been pointed out, this isn't a gravy. Thank you, Mommyto2boys. A wonderful recipe. Give hubby a pat on the back, too. I served it with parmesan0garlic noodles the way another cook did and with the caper sauce on them.........an epicurean delight!
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Horseradish Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2013
Hubby and I both liked this. I needed something different to do with my horseradish as an accompaniment to corned beef brisket with cabbage, carrots and potatoes. I haven't enjoyed corned beef so much outside of a reuben sandwich. (will probably use it in the reubens tomorrow) I had to sub a couple of things. Running short of sour cream I used cream cheese. The only mustard I had was in seed form, so threw some seeds in a plastic bag and beat them into submission with a hammer. Worked well and was nice and fresh. Thanks for the excellent recipe, Carol. It's very forgiving because an extra tablespoon of horseradish jumped in the bowl and was still Yumsville!
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Oven Roasted Teriyaki Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2013
This recipe zoomed right to the top of my 10 best foods list. The Hub and I had this along with the Pineapple Fried Rice II recipe on this site. Hit a homerun with this one. The Hub remarked at least 3 times how good it was. I made double the sauce so he could put it over his rice. I prefer mine without the extra sauce This has such a good teriyaki flavor. Can't think that I've ever tasted better in any oriental restaurant. I will be using it on the grilled foods this summer. I did use brown sugar as suggested by other members after discovering I was all out of Splenda. Also knocked 15 minutes off the baking time. I too, covered a baking sheet with aluminum foil and sprayed it with pan release. Worked like a charm. No getting out the chisel and jackhammer, just washed with detergent and water to remove some fat that leaked through. I have to confess I left the chicken and sauce overnight in the pan to set up. This morning I just picked up both ends of the foil and dropped the whole thing in the trash can. Might not work so well for those of you in warm states. I live in Wisconsin. Thank you DeeStLou. it's a great recipe and you can bet I'll be making it often.
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Pineapple Fried Rice II

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2013
The Hub and I both loved this recipe. We had it last night and the two of us made absolute pigs of ourselves. I served it with Oven Roasted Teriyaki Chicken from AR. Great combination. I altered it slightly because I only wanted it as a side for the chicken so left out the ham (did add a little bacon, though) and added more pineapple tidbits (I pre fer those to chunks) Also had to use chopped yellow onions because I had no green onions. Thank you lilfoodcritic. It's a great recipe! Darn, almost forgot, I added all the pineapple juice to the water before cooking the rice as suggested by one of the other AR members and it was really good. I think it added a lot as I liked it even without any other additions.
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Erin's Cheesy Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2013
My husband and I loved this soup. I just made it today and had to say how delicious this was. Hubby has a horrible cold right now and hasn't eaten much for a few days so I decided to make something that was easy and still use up the broccoli aging in the crisper. I had all the ingredients, even though I used 4 different cheddar cheeses. After tasting at the end it simply tasted as though it needed a little extra sharp cheddar. I ate 1-1/2 bowls and my husband ate 2 bowls and watched me as I put the remaining 2 cups in the refrigerator. LOL Oops! Almost forgot! I only used 4 Tb. of flour because I don't like soup super thick and chopped the broccoli very coarsely. Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe, caramommy.
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Cream Cheese Penguins

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2012
These penguins were such fun. Everybody was enthralled with them. I made them using a lot of the hints, such as flavoring the cheese and putting the beaks into the crosscut end. Using marinated roasted red peppers with garlic for the scarves made them tastier. In assembling them, I dried the olives as much as possible and did the plastic bag trick for filling them (also filled the head). Keeping the areas as dry as possible seemed to do the trick as far as keeping the cheese from smearing all over the olives. Putting on a big white restaurant apron, dampening a double sheet of paper towel and laying it on the table in front of me was the beginning. When I got cheese on my hands I dampened them on the towel and wiped them on the apron. Then using a facial tissue, wiped the outside of the olives (paper towel was too stiff). Worked like a charm. Valerie, thanks for the unique idea. Thanks also to the member who said to transport them, put a sheet of plastic wrap over the picks to keep them upright. They were transported a hundred miles and only a couple had tipped over. They were also made 3 days before being used. A dampened paper towel under them and covered with the plastic wrap kept them fresh. Even the feet and beaks stayed bright orange. I taped the plastic to the rectangular container.
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Broken Glass Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2012
This is such a pretty dessert or salad (without graham cracker crumbs). Back in the 50s, for large crowds as salad, the cooks used to pour the Jell-O mix into 1# cans, refrigerate until set, punch a tiny hole in the bottom end, slide the Jell-O out, slice in 1 inch increments and then place 1 slice on lettuce on a salad plate. One of my favorites.
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Fish Chowder

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2011
Excellent chowder. I had a pkg. of cod that needed to come out of the freezer and a new container of Old Bay Seasoning - a match made in heaven. I used potatoes and evaporated milk in my husband's half and no potatoes and half and half in my half (Atkins diet) and no mushrooms because I didn't have any and no roux (Atkins again) with clam juice. I, instead, split a can of clams with the juice. It was so good, I still have a smile on my face.
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