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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2013
Was good. After reading some bad reviews, I was a bit hesitant to try. I wanted to get buttermilk but didn't have time. I put only one apple cider vinegar though cause I was worried about the smell like some reviewers said. And yes, I agree that this serving portion is off. I was able to cook 4 medium size pancakes. They were quite fluffy and definitely much better than mix in the box. My hubby agrees. Update-Okay, we tried it with buttermilk. Wow...what a difference! It really is much better. I think I will change it to 5 stars now. We don't eat pancakes very often. I think today was the second time(after yesterday) this year. I can see myself making this every weekend now. I doubled the portion today and it made 8 pancakes. We had 3 leftover so we put them in the freezer. We'll see how they are when microwaved.
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Slow Cooker Carnitas

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2013
Love it, love it, love it.. not just for the taste but also because it's so easy to make. My husband couldn't stop saying "Oh, that pork smells so good" while it was cooking in slow cooker. Since I don't like cinnamon, I omitted that but I followed the recipe exactly. Well, I guess I did use real garlic rather than garlic powder and I tripled the seasoning after reading the reviews. I used sirloin roast though because I like lean meat. I think I would probably let it cool a while before I shred it at the end because it did dry out a bit. But still, it was wonderful. My husband thought it was THE BEST and so much better than Qdoba or Chipotle. I made the lime rice from AR and quac, salsa...they all went well together. We used it as soft taco filling and also on a nacho platter. 4-5 pounds pork makes plenty. My hubby and I had two big taco meals and two big nacho platter and we still have some leftover. We will definitely make this thing again and I just can't wait for the sirloin lump to go on a sale again.
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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2013
OH, MY GOSH! This is WONDERFUL! I can not believe how good it was/is. I followed the recipe exactly but added fresh corn and chopped pickled jalepeno in the batter. I melted butter in a big stainless mixing bowl. I put a little bit of water in a frying pan and put that bowl in the pan. And then I did all the ingredients mixing in that bowl after melting the butter just like the owner of this recipe suggested. I was concerned about the amount of sugar, too especially after reading some reviews but I decided to follow one reviewer's advice saying that she doesn't like too sweet stuff but this one is definitely not too sweet. I have to agree with her. I can't stand too sweet stuff either. Well, I don't even use syrup when eating pancakes cause I think they are good enough without syrup. This one, I thought was perfect when it comes to sweetness. Don't get me wrong. It was sweet but it was delicious sweet NOT disgustingly sweet or too sweet. Mine took a long time actually. It could be our stove or maybe the fact that I added fresh corn and jalepeno, or maybe the pan I used. I didn't have 9X9 pan so I used a bread pan. So it took good 40 minutes at 375 for me. I was worried that it might have dried out but it was PERFECT! My hubby loved it, too. It went so well with tortilla soup I made from this site. I am definitely making it again. Yum, yum, yum..
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Best Bread Machine Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2013
What more can I say! It is good and so easy.
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Garlic Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2013
I loved it. It was really good. I love garlic but am not a huge fan of parmasan so I was a bit nervous. I had a couple of very little pieces done way before others and when I tried them, I was so thrilled. I used butter like some reviews suggested here and I put lots and lots of garlic. I also used panko bread crumbs cause that's all I had. I personally like panko better than other bread crumbs anyway. This is definitely a keeper. Oh, the only thing that I wasn't too crazy about is the time. I had to cook mine way too long. I don't know if it's our oven or the breast size or what but after 30 minutes, my chicken was not done at all. I think I left them in for at least 45 to 50 mins which dried out a couple of smaller pieces. I think next time, I would use tenderloins rather than breasts and cut down the cooking time.
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Refried Beans Without the Refry

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2013
I like beans but I just don't like refried beans. When I go to Mexican restaurants, I always ask them to leave them out because I just don't like them at all. We've been cooking/eating Mexican food a lot lately using slow cooker and after seeing how many reviews this one had, I just wanted to try it for my husband cause he likes refried beans. To my surprise, I liked them very much, too. They were really good and I thought they completed my Mexican meals. I am looking forward to having them again with my slow cooked carnita(which is also from this site) for dinner tonight(we had them for lunch as well). I think just simple bean burrito with some rice and cheese would be good, too.
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German Spaetzle Dumplings

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2014
Excellent spatzel recipe! Just the right consistency for dropping through a spatzel maker.
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Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2013
Somehow the review I left is gone so I decided to leave it again. The first time, I gave this one 4 stars but now am changing it to 5 stars after making this dish again. I used famous dave's sweet and zesty the first time and this time, I used original flavor. I think the original is better. Now mine comes out a bit soupy which disappointed me a bit at first but we actually used that soupy stuff for bbq spaghetti. Oh, boy was it good! We simply poured it over linguine, topped it with colby jack and chopped green onions(just like a restaurant in my areas serves except they serve it with pulled pork). I packed the leftover for my hubby's lunch and he said it was REALLY REALLY good even reheated. He said he had wished there were some more. So I made it again. This time, I did put one more piece of chicken(last time, I put 4 breasts and 3 tenders but this time just 5 pcs of breasts). It was not as soupy as last time but better for bbq spaghetti. I thickened the sauce a bit with starch(1 spoon of starch and 1 spoon of water- thought about doing it 2 but was afraid that it would make it too thick). I did add half an onion both times. It's just so easy to make and the result is so good. I think we'll stick to original flavor sauce from now. I thawed chicken in the water and soaked them in milk after that to get rid of chicken smell(Yes, I am quite sensitive to smell). So it adds a bit more work than called for but is definitely worth it. It goes well with tabasco, too or jalepeno.
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"Pantry Raid" Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Reviewed: May 21, 2014
I liked it and my husband loved it so much that he asked me to make it 2 more times within a week. My in-laws loved it, too and asked for the recipe. I used rotisserie chicken...all shredded. Used spicy chili beans(but wasn't spicy at all)...added 1 onion and 2 jalepenos. Added 2 TB chili powder and used 1/3-1/2 sour cream instead of cream cheese cause that's what I had at home. I used the "grandmother's buttermilk cornbread" recipe from this site and it was a perfect amount for what this recipe calls for. 9*9 might/can be a bit small depending on what/how much of other things you add but I managed to get all of it fit into that 9*9 pan without making a big mess. It did overflow a bit but I had foil underneath so it was not a big deal. I used sliced cheese(cheddar and colby jack) since I was out of shredded cheese.
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Fresh Rhubarb Pie

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2014
Wow...I mean, really wow... I've had rhubarb pie only once and before that, I didn't even know what rhubarb was or what it tasted like. When I looked at it the first time, I didn't even want to try it because I wasn't really turned on by the color of it. My hubby kept saying I should try cause it's so good. I reluctantly tried it and I liked it a lot to my surprise. Last week, when I saw rhubarb in the store, I came home and checked for the recipe to see if I could make it. I found this recipe and after watching the video, I gained some confidence. I couldn't believe how easy it was. The video helped a lot, too but it really was just so easy. I followed the recipe to the T. I thought about omitting butter just like a reviewer said but decided to leave it in there to see how the original recipe would come out. Also I was afraid that it would be runny like some reviews said but it really wasn't runny at all. I guess it might have been or might be runny if you eat it not long after you bake it but I had to wait at least 4-5 hours till I was able to have a piece and it was truly so good and perfect. My hubby liked it of course. I still can't believe how easy it is and how good it is. Well, I don't know what color ripe rhubarb is supposed to be. Mine was red outside but green inside. The pie was kinda brown when done. It was just so good. I'll be making this again this weekend.
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Smooth Sweet Tea

Reviewed: May 10, 2014
I'm really glad I found this recipe. I used a mason jar to steep the tea and then transferred that(after adding sugar) to a plastic pitcher with 6 cups of cold water in it already. For the first pitcher, I followed the recipe exactly but it was quite sweet for me. So the next pitcher, I put only 1/3 c sugar and it was good. Next time, I think I would probably put a quarter cup. I'm gonna have to make a pitcher of unsweetened tea to mix with the first pitcher I made.
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Roasted Okra

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2014
I rarely see fresh okra where I live. So when I saw some fresh okra at a real good price on a trip, I bought some just to try this recipe cause I really like okra(at least the ones I tried). After coming back home though, I totally forgot about them and when I remembered, they were going bad already. Feeling kinda lazy, I was tempted to just throw them away but I forced myself to give this recipe a shot since it was really easy. I am SO glad I did. It was really easy and only took a couple of minutes to prepare. I cooked about 30 mins at 425 and they were just so good. Since I was cooking bbq chicken for dinner, I was just going to taste a couple but I couldn't stop once I started eating. I was worried about sliminess but it wasn't so bad. Or maybe I just don't mind that so much.I guess it never really bothered me before either which is kinda funny cause I'm usually really picky about stuff like that. Now I'm really wondering if I should plant okra this year. ^^ I should try with frozen ones and see if they come out as good.
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Authentic German Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2014
Quite easy to make and very good. The first time I made it, I followed the recipe very closely but cooking in bacon grease just scares me a bit too much. So now I just make it with olive oil. I add a little bit of the store bought bacon bits at the end though. When I made it exactly as written, it was good. My hubby liked it a lot, too but he likes it saucy so now I just add more sugar/vinegar mixture. No exact measurement(probably kinda like double or triple the recipe and then adjust a bit to my like). The result has been very good and I don't have to feel so bad since I don't cook in bacon grease.
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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2014
I am not a big fan of Indian food or curry but my husband likes it and I know he really liked butter chicken he tried in the area. I looked at a couple of similar style dishes but decided to try this one because it seemed the simplest. My husband liked it and got a second as well but for the second, he added a little half and half and a little more salt. He said he remembered it being creamier. I thought that actually made it really good. I had a little bit, too with naan bread and to my surprise I quite liked it. I did make a little bit of change. I just used a whole bag of frozen chicken breast(2.5 lb) and like one of the reviewer suggested, added 1/4 teaspoon chili powder(and also 1/4 cayenne just for a little kick) and 1 teaspoon fenugreek?) and 9 cardamom pods and half of suggested tomato paste(also suggested by another review) and also 1 1/2 cup of refrigerated coconut milk instead of can(since we had an open carton already and the coconut flavor was getting a bit too overpowering after one and a half cups). I will definitely make it again and add some half and half again. Oh...it was quite spicy when I tasted at first but after adding the yogurt at the end, it wasn't that spicy anymore.
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2014
Well, this was my first apple pie. I baked rhubarb pie last week which came out so wonderfully. That recipe was also from this site. My hubby loved it, too and he asked me to try an apple pie next. Gaining confidence from that rhubarb pie, I thought "Why not". Well, I liked it enough but I didn't really see any 5 star quality at all. I'm more on the 3.5 side but didn't want to give 3 so I'm going with 4. I followed the recipe but used 9.5 inch pan. I used 8 medium size granny smith and for 9.5 inch pan, I thought it was the right amount or maybe just a little over. It did overflow but luckily I had the pie dish that had crust edge thingy. So it didn't ruin my oven(also I had a pan underneath just in case). My 9 inch pie crust was a tad short of filling the pie dish nicely so sealing the top crust and the bottom one was a bit of a challenge. Overall, it did come out fine but I'm not sure if I would try it again though. I thought it wasn't anything special or unique.
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Basic Ham and Bean Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2014
I liked it but I think a little more beans would be/would have been better. I used spiral ham(brown sugar glazed) so it was a bit sweet which didn't go quite well in this recipe but I think it would be/have been really good with the regular ham. I'll definitely try this recipe again with more beans and regular ham.
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Belgian Waffles

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2013
I didn't really know what to expect cause I didn't know what Belgian waffle was like. It was good but for all the work I had to do, I was a bit disappointed. I think it's that a bit soury smell/taste from yeast that didn't appeal to me too much. My hubby looooooved it though but it's a bit too much work so I'm not sure if I would ever make it again especially when I know that Fluffy pancake from this site is so good and easy to make for breakfast menu. Even my hubby said not to worry about making it again cause he was there during all the prep time. I may not be trying this again but for those who don't mind all the work, it would be worth trying. For some people especially those experts or those who love cooking, they may even think the prep work isn't so bad. I did make the batter the night before, too like some reviews suggested. I don't know if that made any difference in the flavor though.
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Lime Cilantro Rice

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2013
My hubby loooooved this rice. He said it's so much better than Chipotle rice. Well, I admit. I did change a bit but I think this recipe does give a very good basic?? idea. Well, my hubby doesn't like cilantro too much so I probably used about 2-3 TB spoon of it. For lime, I didn't put any zest it in cause I wasn't sure if I would like it. Oh, and I did use chicken broth just like other reviews suggested. My hubby loved it but I thought it was okay(still more than 3 stars though). I didn't like the butter smell too much. I'm a little too sensitive to smell so next time, I may try different type of oil. It was good in taco for sure. It didn't have whole a lot of flavor on its own but as a filling, it was definitely good. My hubby couldn't stop saying how much he liked this rice. Oh, and it's so easy to make. So it's definitely a keeper.
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Classic Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2013
I liked it. I cut the serving in half and followed the recipe exactly the same except the sugar. I usually cut sugar when I try recipes online since they usually seem a bit too sweet for me. I put a bit less than a quarter cup for half serving and it was really good. It was very similar to the amish potato salad recipe that I have. I think next time, I would put some eggs in for a chainge.
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Chicken Paprikash II

Reviewed: May 6, 2014
It's not quite 4 but since there's no 3.5, I gave it 4. I guess I liked it enough but it's not quite what I expected. I had chicken paprikash last week at a local restaurant for the first time in my life and I quite liked it. It was creamy and the chicken was very tender as well. I didn't use the whole chicken but it was the sauce that I wasn't fantastically happy about. It was too sour...well more like tart...my hubby said. I thought it was the sour cream at first(I only had 16 oz tub so I tried to put "about" half of it in and I thought maybe it was actually a bit more than half and that made it sour. But I think it was the tomato. It was definitely not creamy like the one I had at the restaurant. Even though I liked it, I don't think I will be making it the same way again. I want to find a way to make it creamy and not as sour. Definitely I will not use tomato again of if I do, not as much.
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