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Chicken Dijon

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2007
My family really enjoyed this recipe. I cut my chicken into chunks and sauteed it with some mccormick chicken seasoning added to it. Once it was done, I removed it from the pan and left it on a covered, heated plate while I made the sauce. I doubled the sauce ingredients to serve this over pasta. I added the chicken back in at the end just to make sure it was still warm enough, but I skipped the baking part. I also added broccoli flowerets into this by tossing them into the pasta water for the last few minutes of cooking time. That added some nice color and additional flavor to the dish. My husband, six year old and four year old all cleaned their plates and they all had seconds too, so I will definitely make this again!
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Sloppy Joes II

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2007
It feels a little strange to give a sloppy joe recipe 5 stars, as they just don't strike me as 5 star food in most cases, but for sloppy joes, these were very good! My husband and 6 year old practically inhaled them. They weren't as well received by my four year old, but nothing with meat ever is. I used ground turkey instead of beef (on sale for $1.99 per pound!). I used 1/2 cup kethup and 1/4 cup of spicy BBQ sauce. I added a shredded carrot and a little more green pepper than called for since I'm always trying to sneak in some extra vegetables. I served these with french fries and veggies with dip and it was a quick, easy, inexpensive meal.
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Cheesy Potato and Corn Chowder

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2007
This was very good soup. My 6 year old loved it. It makes quite a bit, but we enjoyed the leftovers the next night (and for lunch the following day). I added a can of creamed corn, which seemed to work well. Since I don't normally cook with velveeta, I just used shredded sharp cheddar which I already had on hand. I used a package of simply potatoes with diced onions instead of the potatoes and onion. I will cook them a little longer though next time. They weren't quite as done as I would have liked- my fault, as I was trying to hurry dinner along. I also added some diced ham to make it a more complete meal. We like having meat in our soup, but next time I might try grilled chicken, as the ham did make the soup a little saltier than I would have liked. Definitely a recipe I will keep and use again.
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Basil Chicken and Pasta

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2007
My family liked this recipe, but I'm not sure it's good enough to warrant the amount of fat and calories it contains. As other reviewers mentioned, I had to double the sauce to make enough to cover the pasta. I did use fresh basil, which I think added a lot to the flavor. I can't imagine that dried basil would give the same amount of flavor. I added sauteed mushrooms and sliced red pepper to this, which we enjoyed and thought made the dish more complete. Overall, definitely something everyone in my family ate and said they liked, but too heavy for a regular weeknight meal. I may try to lighten it up a little bit and see how that goes.
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Restaurant Style Chicken Nachos

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2007
I made this as listed, and it was very good. I think making the changes other reviewers suggested will make it a 5 star dish. I will add taco seasoning to the chicken next time, as it could use a little more kick. I also like the idea of adding black beans and corn to the mixture, to make it a little more substantial and get some extra veggies into my kids at the same time. Heating the chips first for 5 minutes would help keep them crisp too.
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Spinach Pinwheels

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2007
I've been making these as party appetizers for a few years now. I use fresh baby spinach and the light alouette garlic and herb cheese spread. Sometimes, I put in a few very thin slices of virginia baked ham from the deli as well. They are always a hit. I appreciate the idea to refrigerate them before slicing. I've always found them hard to slice, but I'd never thought of that. Thanks for the suggestion- I'll try it next time!
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Stuffed Shells IV

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2007
I guess I was hoping for more based on the reviews of this recipe. My family thought these were okay, but nothing special. I followed the directions exactly as written, except added some italian seasoning as suggested by others. I still think they weren't that flavorful, even with the italian seasoning. Maybe using italian sausage instead of the ground turkey would help, although it would increase the fat significantly. Also, the stuffing mixture wasn't as creamy and cheesy as I like in stuffed shells. I used my own homemade sauce, which helped out with this recipe, but they just weren't what I was looking for. This does make a lot- I have another two meals worth of these in the freezer. I'm sure we'll eat them, but I'll try another recipe once they're gone.
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Ham and Cheese Bowties

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2007
I made this tonight and logged on to be sure to review it. It was a big hit with our family. I haven't had much luck in the past with homemade macaroni and cheese, but with this recipe, I've finally found a keeper. I did make a few changes based on what I had on hand. I used about 1 1/4 cups of 2% milk and used half and half for the rest, only because I ran out of milk. I couldn't find shredded colby cheese, so I used a package of shredded sharp cheddar and I also threw in a handful of an italian blend shredded cheese leftover from another recipe. My 4 year old loves broccoli, so I threw some broccoli flowerets into the pasta water for the last two minutes of cooking time. I also misread the directions and used 1 Tbsp of dijon mustard instead of 1 tsp., but it was just right for us. I tried this before baking it as a casserole, and thought it was really good, but after baking, it was excellent. It really wasn't difficult to make- this is definitely one I will make again. I also might try substituting chicken for the ham for a change. Thanks for the recipe!
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Asparagus Wrapped in Crisp Prosciutto

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2006
I made these for friends who dropped by the other night, and I've been asked to make them again for our next get together, which is a very good sign! I did blanch my asparagus for about 2 minutes. I used 1/2 a slice of proscuitto per spear- the whole slice would have overwhelmed the nice thin stalks I had. I spread a little herbed alouette cheese on the inside of each proscuitto slice as others had suggested. I'm not sure if it added tons of flavor, but it definitely held them together nicely. A little spritz of olive oil spray on the tray and on tops of the spears were all they needed to keep them from sticking and to allow them to crisp up nicely. Definitely a winner in my book- quick and easy, but impressive looking. You can even make them earlier in the day and just bake them when you''re ready. I think they'll make a great addition to my holiday appetizer buffet.
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Grandma's Apple Dumplings

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2006
Super easy dessert that's quite good! My husband, kids and mother in law seemed to really enjoy this. My apples weren't quite as tender as I would have liked after 30 minutes. Next time I would bake them a little longer- could just be my oven though. I halved the sauce and that was plenty. I served this with double churned reduced fat vanilla ice cream and it was still very rich tasting. The orange juice definitely gives the sauce an extra boost. I will definitely make these again.
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Restaurant-Style Coleslaw I

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2006
I've made this many times for picnics, BBQs, etc. It's always very well received. I'm asked for the recipe whenever I bring it somewhere. People often note how similar it tastes to that famous fried chicken chain's coleslaw! My only change is to use half of the minced onion. The full amount is a bit much for my family's tastes.
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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2006
Really delicious! My whole family enjoyed this. To get some veggies into all of us, I sauteed some finely chopped celery and carrots and added them in with the broth mixture. Also, just a few minutes before this was done, I dumped in some frozen corn- maybe 1 1/2 cups or so. I used 1% milk since it was what I had, and it still made an incredibly thick and creamy soup. I consider myself a pretty good cook, but this recipe made me look like a pro!
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Sauteed Portobellos and Spinach

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2006
This is a favorite side dish of ours whenever we have a steak dinner. I've used either red or white wine, depending on what I have on hand. I've also made this with both fresh and frozen spinach, again depending on what's in the frig. The only change I usually make is to omit the basil, just because it doesn't really seem to add anything to the dish.
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Penne with Chicken and Pesto

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2006
I'm clearly in the minority here, but I just didn't think this was all that fabulous, especially considering the amount of calories and fat in this dish. I did use more pesto than was called for- I'd have rated this even lower if I hadn't, because it would have been pretty bland otherwise. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad and my whole family (even the three year old) ate it, but no one was too excited. On the plus side, it came together pretty quickly and uses ingredients I usely have on hand. However, there are so many other pasta recipes out there that we love, so I don't think we'll try this again.
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Spiced Applesauce Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2006
I have to give this bread a four star rating as written, but by incorporating some different reviewers suggestions, this bread is definitiely a 5+!! First of all, I used 1 1/2 cups of chunky applesauce and only 1/4 cup of oil. I also used 1/2 cup of white sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. I doubled all the spices- this was definitely a must for me. I didn't think the bread was even that spicy like that, especially for a recipe called SPICED Applesauce Bread. I added a crumb topping of 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon as well. This turned this bread into a real treat! I loved how moist the bread was, and it made my house smell amazing while it baked. I'm definitely not a baker (cooking is much more my cup of tea), so if I can make an amazing applesauce bread with this recipe, anybody can!
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Restaurant-Style Chicken Scampi

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2006
If you love the chicken scampi at the Olive Garden, this isn't quite it, but it's not bad for an at home knock off either. As many reviewers have said, it's a little bland, so go ahead and spice it up with some extra garlic and whatever other italian spices you prefer. Using chicken broth instead of the reserved pasta water helped add a bit more flavor. You'll definitely want to either halve the pasta or double the sauce, depending on how many you're feeding. It would be much too dry as written. I'm sure homemade alfredo sauce would make this fabulous, but that's more work than I'm looking for unless it's a very special occasion! Overall, my family really enjoyed this dish. Even my 3 and 6 year olds cleaned their plates. Just don't expect that you're getting an exact replica of the Olive Garden's dish. If you want that, head out for dinner!
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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2006
Followed recipe as written, just added some rainbow sprinkles on top for a little color. Big hit with the kids- just their size and very sweet My husband and I thought they were pretty good, but not our favorite cookie ever. Still, I will definitely make again for parties, picnics, etc. where there will be lots of kids. Very easy too!
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White Cheese Chicken Lasagna

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2006
My family enjoyed this recipe. I made some changes, partly due to our personal preferences and partly to add more flavor. With my changes, my family definitely gave this a 5. I first sauteed the chopped chicken breast in a little olive oil and Montreal chicken seasoning. Instead of chopped spinach, I used chopped broccoli since I had it. I also added two chopped carrots that I precooked a bit in the microwave to soften them. I did use the whole 2 cups of ricotta cheese, but next time I would use less. It seemed to make a very heavy layer. I kept the cheese sauce recipe exactly as it was. It was quite rich, but very well received. Definitely a recipe I would make again- when I have the time, because it was quite time consuming.
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Jenn's Out Of This World Spaghetti and Meatballs

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2006
My husband and I really enjoyed these meatballs and sauce. They were very tender- sometimes my meatballs can be tough. Cooking them in the sauce must be the key. I cut way back on the sugar- only about a Tbsp. as we don't like sweet sauce. Also, I had to use dried oregano as my grocery store was out of fresh. I'm sure the fresh oregano would only improve these even more. I cooked these on low in my crockpot for about 7 hours. I think they'd make great meatball grinders. The sauce is nice and thick. It would sit well on a grinder roll. We were scooping every last bit off our plates with our garlic bread!
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Baked Ziti III

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2006
I really enjoyed this baked ziti, and will use this recipe in the future in place of my old one. My only change was to use less sour cream (probably about 1 cup) and it was reduced fat. I thought the provolone cheese gave this ziti a different depth of flavor. Beware, this makes a lot! But, my husband and I thought the leftovers were very good- not too dry like leftover pasta can be.
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