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World's Best Pasta Sauce!

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2008
While I'm not sure that this is the world's best pasta sauce (that's certainly saying a lot and covering a lot of ground!), I must say that this is a very, very good one! After about half an hour, I tasted this and it was still a little sweet and acidic for our tastes, so I added a splash of worcestershire sauce, a package of Lipton dry onion soup mix, and probably about 1/2 - 1 tsp. garlic powder. It was awesome! This may not be the world's BEST pasta sauce, but it's certainly in the running!
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Fluffy Biscuits

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2008
This is the recipe we always use for biscuits now! I do a couple of things differently after a LOT of trial and error. I use COLD butter in place of the shortening and cut back just a little on the salt. Then, instead of rolling and cutting the dough, I use my ice cream scoop, which makes perfectly even biscuits, each and every time. I place them on a greased cookie sheet and lightly press the tops down to flatten a little. I've brushed the tops with butter, cream, egg wash, milk...you name it. Anyway you want to top them, these are AWESOME biscuits!...and they have ALWAYS turned out!
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Cola Pot Roast II

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2008
This was just ok for me. Not bad, just average. I used Pepsi and cooked in the slow cooker, but otherwise followed the recipe. I didn't find it too sweet, but there was a little sweetness to the gravy. Not sickeningly sweet, just something that was maybe a little off. I probably won't make this again just because I have other roast recipes that are better than average and for us, this just wasn't.
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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2008
This was really good! I realized when I started that the dressing is a lot like I make my ranch dressing, only instead of 1/2 cup of milk, I use a cup of buttermilk. Then about 1/8 to 1/4 cup of sour cream. Everything else, I kept the same for the dressing. I used halved grape tomatoes instead of 1 whole tomato. My salad is still creamy after about 8 hours. It has wonderful flavor too! Thanks for the recipe!
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Glazed Chicken Wings

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2008
Ok, the 3 stars is based on the sauce alone. I used a different cooking technique which I will describe in a sec, but first, let me address the sauce. It was good...which is why the three stars. Luckily, I tasted it before I began my process so I was able to make it great! I started out doubling the sauce because of the way I was going to be cooking it, so after I tasted it, I added about 1/2 cup more bbq sauce (KC Masterpiece Original) and about 1/3 cup of brown sugar. I used legs instead of wings because I was making this for a main dish. I put them in the crock of my crockpot and poured the sauce over all. Stuck in the fridge overnight. Put them on this morning and let them cook on low for about 7 1/2 hours. Poured the sauce into a pan and started letting it reduce. Took the chicken to the grill. The sauce wasn't thickening up the way that I wanted it to, so I added about 1/2 more bbq sauce. That worked well. Dipped the legs in the sauce a few times while grilling, and they were awesome! Next time I might cut down the soy a little and maybe add a little more brown sugar. Hope this helps!
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Quick and Easy Grilled Potatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2008
These were really good. The seasoning needs to be more than just the s&p IMHO, but other than that, it was a great (and different) way to have potatoes! I sliced ours thick and grilled both sides, like others recommended, and seasoned them up well. They were great with our steaks and corn on the cob!
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Maple-Garlic Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2008
I was disappointed with this one. I made the marinade exactly as written, marinated pork chops instead of a tenderloin for a day and a half, then prepared to grill. When I opened the bag that I was marinating in, I knew we were in trouble. All I could smell was the sesame oil. So I whipped up some more of the "sauce" without the sesame oil. Grilled my chops, basting frequently. They looked delicious...the grill caramalized the glaze nicely without burning (thanks to low heat). Looks can be deceiving, I guess. They were not good. The sesame was totally overpowering...it was the only thing we could taste. It would probably be great without it...in fact, the separate glaze that I made WAS good without the sesame oil. With the oil, though, it left me with lots of leftovers that I know are not going to get eaten. We like sesame oil, too...it just didn't belong here. We have always used it more as a condiment (like a drop in our Oriental Shrimp Noodle bowls). I think we'll keep using it that way and leave it out of our marinades from now on.
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Parmesan Baked Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2008
Ok, I held back a star because if I hadn't read the reviews and made a few changes, I think the original recipe would have been bland. I cut back a little on the butter and used a little extra Parmesan and sprinkled in garlic and onion powders. I used baby Yukon Gold potatoes (which were so creamy and good after being baked!) sliced in half lengthwise. Then I lightly sprayed the potatoes with Pam and sprinkled coarse Kosher salt and fresh black pepper on them. Baked as directed and they were WONDERFUL! Everyone was going back for seconds on these things!
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Italian Chicken Marinade

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2008
So simple and quite tasty for the little prep involved. I used a packet of Good Seasons to make my dressing and added garlic powder, onion powder, and a little sugar to that (which is what I do when I use it for dressing) and let it marinate for about a day and a half. It was so juicy and tasty. We had the leftovers for lunch today and it was still juicy (even after microwaving!). Will definitely use again when I'm being lazy!
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Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2008
Ohhh...these are so good! They are especially awesome when dipped in a sweet sauce. We like a sweet BBQ or honey mustard. Wonderful!
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Elegant Scalloped Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2008
I'm giving the original recipe a 4 star, but it definitely became five star after a few changes suggested by other reviews. Instead of microwaving potatoes, I sliced them and parboiled just until starting to become fork tender. I only did 2 layers. Used half Velveeta and half sharp cheddar. Added onion powder. These were so good with steak!
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Bacon Wrapped Barbeque Shrimp

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2008
YU-UM! I precooked my bacon a little first because I've been down that road before (lol). Then, I wrapped each with a half a piece of bacon, skewered, and grilled. Instead of BBQ seasoning, I brushed with a sweet BBQ sauce right at the end of grilling. (I actually took Sweet Baby Ray's original sauce and added honey and brown sugar to it until it was the sweetness that I wanted!). These were utterly delicious!
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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2008
This was pretty good. I cut back on the Velveeta at first and subbed in a little cheddar. I ended up adding the rest of the Velveeta just to get it to the flavor I was looking for. Other than that, it was pretty good. I ended up having to cook my broccoli a little longer because we like ours kind of soft in soup. Otherwise, pretty good recipe.
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Steak on a Stick

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2008
MMMM...these were WONDERFUL! I realized when I went to make the marinade that I was out of molasses, so I subbed brown sugar. I added a little bit more brown sugar when I realized that I didn't have low-sodium soy (which I thought I had)...just regular. Kept everything else the same and grilled these for just a few minutes on each side. They were gone in a flash! The extra Tbsp. of brown sugar kept them from being to salty and didn't make them sweet at all. They were tender and flavorful and wonderful! I did use flank steak, but could use any cut of beef! GREAT!
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Oriental Shrimp Noodle Soup

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2008
Ok, after reading other reviews and analyzing the recipe, I made a few small changes, but the recipe would still be great without them (hence, the 5 stars!). The changes that I made were to use ground ginger instead of minced (what I had on hand), 2 cans of cut baby corn instead of carrots, sauteed mushrooms instead of the celery, and used ramen noodles in place of vermicelli. I also added a little sesame oil to my bowl and had everyone else at the table taste it...they ended up adding it to theirs also! I think the only change that I will make next time is to cook the noodles separately and put them into each bowl and then ladle the soup over the top. Just a personal preference!
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Cheesy Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2008
I'm giving this a 3 only because I made several changes that I think the recipe would have suffered without. As others have said, leave out the sugar entirely. Really, do you sugar your baked potato? I also used real bacon just because I'm a bacon purist (LOL). I used more sour cream and less mayo than called for, and seasoned quite a bit more than listed. Without these changes, I really don't think we would have liked it, but with them, we're having it again!
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Too Much Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2008
My chocoholic hubby loved this cake! He's crazy about cake with tons of frosting, but I lightly drizzled a thin ganache over this and he loved it! So did the rest of the family, so it's definitely a keeper!
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St. Louis Toasted Ravioli

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2008
These were great! I used panko breadcrumbs for crunch and seasoned them well. I tasted them until I had the seasoning the way I wanted it. Also, make sure your ravioli are thawed well and dry before you start...this will help the breading to stick!
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Easy Ham and Cheese Appetizer Sandwiches

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2008
We thought these were very good. Nothing spectacular, but certainly worth 4 stars. The mustard sauce is what really made it stand out. I used provolone slices instead of shredded swiss...I don't care for swiss, and I thought slices would be much less messy. Other than that, followed exactly. Will definitely make again.
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Grilled Salmon I

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2008
This was really good! My hubby is not crazy about salmon, but he lets me indulge occasionally without complaint. He liked this one though! I didn't use the lemon pepper because we're not huge fans of it, but otherwise, followed exactly. Will definitely make again!
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