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Grandma Johnson's Scones

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2002
This is a terrific scone. I've made it both plain and with fresh blueberries. As long as you don't overwork the dough, these come out perfectly. Several people have said that these are better than any scones they've tried before. Yummy!
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Three Bean Potluck Casserole

Reviewed: May 15, 2005
I just got back from a potluck that I took this dish to. I didn't have any leftovers to bring home and a couple folks asked for the recipe, so it's a keeper. I did add about 1 tbsp.of Worcestershire Sauce and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Also, was out of dry mustard so I used about 1 tbsp. regular yellow mustard instead.
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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2006
Update: Have made these many times now, and get requests for them. I just wanted to share a tip: make the batter, portion it out and wrap indiv. cookie dough "patties' in wax paper, freeze until hard, then toss them into a freezer bag--this way you can make cookies anytime. You may need to add a minute or two to the bake time, but it works from frozen. Also, do not overbake these. Even if they look a little underdone, let them cool and they turn out fine. Enjoy! So grateful for this recipe! ------------------ I made these yesterday--both my husband and I love them! These are very big cookies (I used a 1/3 cup measure because I couldn't find my 1/4 cup scoop). I decreased the sugar a little and added some extra chocolate chips. I use a nonstick cookie sheet, so didn't need to grease the pan. I also made a batch of these using white chocolate chips, chopped macadamia nuts, and shredded coconut--very yummy! This is going to be my standard chocolate chip cookie recipe going forward.
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The Best Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2006
This was good, but I was disappointed by the flavor. The cookie dough lacked the deep chocolatey flavor I was looking for. I used white chocolate chips because I like "black and white" cookies. These cookies also spread a lot and end up thin and crispy. I think I will try the suggestion of using melted baker's choclate instead of cocoa powder. This is a good recipe if you like crunchy cookies instead of soft/chewy; just not a great recipe.
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Shepherd's Pie VI

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2006
Great recipe, though I made a few changes. I doubled the flour and broth to make more "gravy", added the 1/4 cup Worcestershire as recommended by others, mixed in some peas and carrots instead of doing the carrot puree step, and added sauteed mushrooms. Also, I mixed grated cheese and sliced green onions into the mashed pototoes (yes, I added milk to the potatoes). Made ridges in the potatoes with a fork for better browning. I took this casserole to friends who had just had a baby--everyone loved it except their finicky 4 year old, which was somewhat expected.
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Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2006
I followed this recipe pretty closely, but added dashes of paprika and garlic powder. I also added a pinch of grated nutmeg and increased the cheese to two cups. It was okay, but not as good as I hoped. It was king of bland, as others have said. I think next time I will increase the salt and the cheese. Unlike some others, I thought the amount of sauce made by this recipe was perfect.
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Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2007
I ended up roasting these way too long (thought I would get home sooner, but stuff happens). Consequently, the texture of the meat was mushy. However, the flavor was excellent. I followed others' advice and doubled the spice mixture (careful about the cayenne, though). The skin was very crispy. I think this is a great recipe, but check the chickens after about 4 hours to make sure you don't overcook them. The bones made excellent soup, too.
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Curried Honey Mustard Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2007
Very easy and tasty, though a little on the sweet side for my taste. I will decease the honey and butter in the future, but that's because I'm Indian and used to spicy curry. Great recipe and probably a good introduction to curry for those who are a little wary. Update 4/27/09: Made this for a potluck and it received rave reviews & requests for the recipe. I doubled all the sauce ingredients except the butter and used enough chicken tenders to fill a 8 x 12 pan without overlapping too much. I just can't give it a 5 because it falls flat to my tastebuds, but that's just me. Try this--doubt you'll be disappointed.
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Holiday Peppermint Bark

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2007
This turned out very nicely, but I added some peppermint extract to boost the flavor. Kids loved it. I tried to make this with a layer of dark chocolate on the bottom, but the layers kept splitting apart (same problem others have had). I think next time I'll use soft peppermint candy just to make the process a little easier.
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Jamie's Minestrone

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2007
Good foundational recipe that can be customized per individual tastes. I increase the garlic and use a mixture of dried herbs because I rarely have fresh on hand. Also, I use canned stewed tomatoes (broken into small pieces--with the liquid) and a few tablespoons of tomato paste instead of tomato sauce and use only broth instead of water and broth (also works well with a combination of chicken and beef broth). For my taste, this does need some added salt, but that's just me. Enjoy!
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Beef Barley Stew

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2007
Good recipe, but my husband thought something was missing. I have no idea what the missing element is, though. It's a keeper regardless. Very hearty.
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Slow Cooked Corned Beef for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2007
My hubby said this is the best corned beef I've ever made--almost as good as what he used to get in New York. That's high praise! I used a 6-lb. center cut brisket; added some red chili flakes and used beef broth instead of water. My beef didn't come with a spice packet, so I used about 3 tbsp. pickling spice instead. I don't know how much of a difference the type of beer makes, but I used a 22 oz. can of Sapporo Reserve (we don't drink, so didn't want to by a 6-pack).
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Salsa Chicken Burrito Filling

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2007
I added a little extra salsa and tomato sauce, but I thought this was a great. Hubby liked it, too. I served it in burritos with cheese, sliced pickled jalepenos, and sour cream. Makes a good amount of filling (two of us ate twice, which is a big deal when feeding my hubby!). Next time, I might add some chipotle pepper to spice it up more.
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Sweet Russian Cabbage Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2007
I took the suggestions of other reviewers and decreased sugar (used unrefined brown sugar)to 1/4 cup; increased the vinegar to 1/4 cup; added some cayenne pepper for heat; browned the ground beef and drained fat before adding the other ingredients. The soup was very satisfying. Hey, it's cheap, easy, goes a long way, and tastes good. What more could you ask for? Update 7/08: Made this using 1/4 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup white wine vinegar (that's what I had), and the soup was way too sweet with a weird flavor. I highly recommend sticking with white vinegar and sparingly using an unrefined sugar.
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No Peek Irish Beef Stew

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2008
This technique earns 5 stars, but the flavor is lacking (despite using a mixture of Spicy Hot V-8 and bloody mary mix). I also added salt, pepper, cayenne, rosemary, and roast beef seasoning. I used cornstarch instead of flour, which worked fine. Next time I make this, I'll omit the sugar and tweak the spices more to ramp up the flavor.
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Shrimp Lemon Pepper Linguini

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2008
Giving benefit of the doubt and rating 5 stars because I did not have any parsley; also doubled sauce, but cut back on the butter. If I had done a straight double of everything, would probably have been a 5. This was easy, quick, and delicious. I used Lemon Pepper Pappardelle pasta from Trader Joe's. Added a pinch of red pepper flakes, too. I have had better in restaurants, but have also had much worse. This is a good, reliable recipe. Will add this to my permanent recipe box.
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Yakitori Don

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2008
Excellent! Only giving 4 stars due to the saltiness. As others have said, use the low sodium soy sauce instead (I didn't, but wish I had). I added hot sauce and green onions. By the way, if you live near a Trader Joe's store, they have sake for $4/bottle. I'll be adding this recipe to the regular rotation.
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Angie's Dad's Best Cabbage Coleslaw

Reviewed: May 14, 2008
Very good recipe. For 1.5 bags of coleslaw mix, I used 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp oil. I added a little onion powder, garlic powder, dash of paprika, and celery seed. I simplified the process by dissolving superfine sugar and the spices in the vinegar, then adding the oil. No need to heat this mixture before tossing with the salad.
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Amish Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: May 27, 2008
Very good recipe--I'm not big on macaroni salad, but hubby loves it. I reduced sugar to 1/3 cup, used about 1/2 a jar of diced pimentos instead of the red bell pepper, and added a can of chopped olives to the mix. Also I substitued mayonnaise for 1/2 of the Miracle Whip called for in the recipe (we just don't like Miracle Whip). Next time, I think I'll add a bit more vinegar for some tang. Enjoy!
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Flash-blasted Broccoli and Feta Pasta

Reviewed: May 28, 2008
Great flavors, but does not make enough sauce (well, I think it's just enough, but hubby likes saucy pasta). I added grilled chicken breast to the leftovers. Loved the broccoli (used fresh since it's always available at reasonable price in CA). Substituted slivered almonds for pine nuts--cheaper. It's not really a lowfat recipe, but very healthful, esp. if using whole wheat pasta. Will make this again, adding more wine and probably double the vegetables.
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