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Grandpa's Classic Coney Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2009
TIP: If you want the meat to have a very fine texture, boil it in water. Place the ground beef in a saucepan, cover with water and slow boil until the meat is brown. You will know when it is done. Sounds very strange and looks very unappetizing, but this is how you get the right texture.
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Easy Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

Reviewed: May 21, 2009
Not impressed by this one. Delivers on the "easy" part of the name, so I'm giving this 3 stars, but I didn't care for the taste or texture. There are so many other good dessert recipes out there that I wouldn't bother making this one again. If you want to jazz up a yellow cake mix, try the Honey Bun Cake recipe on this site instead.
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Ukrainian Apple Cake (Yabluchnyk)

Reviewed: May 14, 2009
I made four of these for my son's school project on Russia. I sampled the cake immediately after baking it and was not impressed. It was dry, not very flavorful and hard to cut through the apples. Fortunately, however, there was way too much food brought in to school, so my son brought home some leftovers. Let me just say, this cake definitely improves with age!!!! On day 2, the cake was so moist and flavorful, and the apples softened nicely which made for easier cutting. Yummmmm!!!! I think I've gained 5 pounds. If you're looking for a simple dessert, that's not overly sweet and has a nice presentation, try this one. I followed the recipe exactly, using a mix of Granny Smith and Jonagold apples. I baked two cakes for 35 minutes and the other two a little longer. Next time I'll stick with 35 minutes. They were just right.
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The Whole Jar of Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: May 14, 2009
The peanut butter cookies I grew up with (and my mom still makes)are crispy, so the soft, creamy texture of this cookie was a change for me. My mom's cookie probably beats this one out on taste (although this recipe is really tasty itself), but I personally prefer the soft texture of this one. I would definitely make these again. I doubled the recipe and got 9 dozen medium-sized cookies. Be careful not to overbake - that's key to the soft texture. I baked for 10 minutes and they were perfect.
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Honey Baked Chicken II

Reviewed: May 5, 2009
Sorry, but we just did not care for this. I was really disappointed - the sauce was really tasty before I added it to the chicken and baked it. Once it was cooked, however, not so good! In all fairness, I have never cooked with curry, so maybe that was it. I'm surprised though because I like Indian food and I like all of the spices that comprise curry powder. Anyway, I was almost embarrassed to serve this meal because I knew nobody would like it - I mean I wasn't even willing to eat it. I served it with BBQ sauce on the side and that helped get it down. Three stars for ease of preparation and to compensate for the fact that maybe we just don't like curry.
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Sarge's EZ Pulled Pork BBQ

Reviewed: May 5, 2009
OMG - this was awesome! I followed the recipe as written and added a few more spices of my own - garlic salt, smoky paprika, liquid smoke and some cajun seasoning. My intentions were to make BBQ (sauce)sandwiches, but the meat was so tender, juicy and tasty that we ended up eating the meat by itself! It would have been a shame to cover up the taste with sauce! After 8 hours of cooking, the meat was tender enough to eat, but we had a baseball game and nobody wanted to eat before we left. So I kept it cooking for another 4 hours and that made a huge difference - I couldn't even pick it up - the meat fell right off the bones. I will definitely make this again. I might even try adding sauce some time - but maybe not!
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Simple Chicken Parmesan

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2009
Not bad, but not the best I've ever had. Followed the recipe exactly. Neither hubby or any of the three kids commented positively or negatively. In my book, that means I'll keep looking for another Chicken Parm recipe until I find the one with the "wow" factor.
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Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2009
I try lots of new recipes and this is the best one I've tried in a long time. It scored a huge homerun with hubby and all three kids (5, 8, 11). It is a rare feat to find something that everyone raves about. Just the right mix of sweet and spicy. So quick, simple and made with ingredients I always have on hand. I'll be making this over and over again. FYI: I doubled the sauce and dredged the chicken in flour, salt and pepper before frying. I cooked the chicken in two batches, cooked it until completely done, then added 1/2 of the sauce. It "stickied" up quickly and I didn't need to cook it the extra 8 minutes the recipe calls for. I think it might have burnt if I had done that. My 11-year old couldn't stop raving - "Mom, this is like the stuff you get at the Chinese restaurant only 10 times better!" Give this one a try! UPDATE: My kids asked for this a second time this week and I obliged! I tripled the sauce this time thinking I'd like some extra sauce to serve over rice. BIG MISTAKE - it thickened up too much and wasn't saucy enough to serve over rice. AND it also completely changed the taste and texture - the sauce was overwhelming and the chicken was "goopy" rather than "sticky" like the last time I made it. We were all disappointed with the way it turned out tonight. I will stick with the way I made it the first time.
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Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2009
Not bad, but nothing spectacular. I took this to a church brunch and brought about 1/3 home. To be fair, there was plenty of food, but I was hoping people would love it so much, they'd go back for seconds. I also have to say I didn't have any problems eating the leftovers. :) Again, not bad - just not the wow factor I was hoping for.
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Dee's Roast Pork for Tacos

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2009
So easy, so tasty and so tender! While cleaning out the freezer I discovered all sorts of pork - bone-in pork chops, boneless chops,a 3lb boneless tenderloin... Whatever possessed me to buy so much pork I don't know. I never have good luck getting pork tender or flavorful, so I rarely cook it - one look in the freezer and you'll agree. Anyway, I grabbed a pack of the boneless chops and the pork tenderloin, threw it all in a glass baking dish, doubled the rub mixture, covered with foil and went shopping (hubby was home). I baked at 350 for about 3 hours. Didn't need to cook any longer as the meat was shredding itself. Obviously, the cooking time will vary based on the type of meat used. Anyway, I finally got flavorful, tender pork! The kids even ate it! Will definitely make this again to use up the rest of the pork in the freezer.
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Valentine Heart Necklaces

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2009
Very good! This was a very nice change from our traditional sugar cookie recipe. We liked the subtle lemon flavor (I used fresh lemon peel). The texture was nice, too. I rolled them to about 1/4" and they stayed soft. We tinted the dough and icing pink and made some with icing and some without. We preferred the iced ones but the plain ones were delicious as well - and I can't say that about my traditional cut-out recipe as they are NOT good without icing. We will definitely make this one again. FYI: We didn't bother making them into necklaces, but we might try that sometime for a special treat. FYI: Chilled dough and it was very easy to work with which is a nice plus.
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Caribbean Holiday Shrimp

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2009
Disappointing. Like some other reviewers, I felt the dressing completely overpowered the flavor of the shrimp. I could have been eating chicken, salad, cardboard, whatever, and I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference. The dressing also gave the shrimp an odd texture. I wasted 2 lbs of shrimp as no one would eat these. Next time I splurge on shrimp, I'll stick with the Marinated Grilled Shrimp recipe, also found on this site. It is to die for!!!!! My most requested recipe by far.
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Fish in Foil

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2009
Super easy, super quick recipe - great for days when you really don't feel like cooking. My husband really liked this alot; I was sold more on ease of preparation. I used pickled jalapenos (out of a jar) instead of fresh because that's what I had. They were REALLY spicy just how we like our food. I don't cook alot of fish, but when I want fish, I'll make this again. It's healthy, too.
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Szechwan Shrimp

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2009
I did not like this recipe at all. The sauce had a strange taste and feel (kind of chalky - probably from the cornstarch?) I followed the recipe exactly, so I'm not sure what went wrong. With so many awesome reviews, I'm really disappointed! I'd personally rate this a two (it was easy to prepare) but since my husband didn't think it was bad, I'll compromise with three stars. Either way, I won't be making this again UNLESS he specifically requests it.
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Jalapeno Popper Spread

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2009
Wow, this really does taste like a jalapeno popper. Per the suggestion of other reviews, I also doubled the jalapenos, and used fresh shaved parmesan and 1/2 c. panko bread crumbs for the topping. It was delicious! Beware, however - the amount of "heat" you get will depend on the peppers you used. I used the jarred "pickled" jalapenos (the ones you use on nachos) and this dip came out EXTREMELY hot (and trust me, my tastebuds are tough; I love hot, spicy food!) Using these peppers, I probably should have stuck with the recipe and only used 2 oz. Only those who can tolerate really spicy food (like me) could eat this at the New Year's Eve party I took it to. While you may need to play around with the peppers to find the right "temperature" for you and your guests, it's definitely a recipe you'll want to try. Yummy and so easy, too!
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Chocolate Billionaires

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2008
Well, I am glad to say the last one of these is finally gone and I'm glad. I think I've gained 5 pounds from eating most of two whole batches of these over the holidays! They are out of this world! Not sure why others say they are difficult and messy to make. It's one of the simplest recipes you'll find and you'll get rave reviews like you've really worked hard! Follow the recipe EXACTLY -- DON'T adjust the proportions and DON'T do what others suggest and just drizzle chocolate over the tops. That's cheating. Dip the WHOLE thing for the best taste and awesome texture. Just be sure to chill the candies really well before dipping. I can't say enough. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. FYI: For some reason, my second batch did stick to the (well)buttered waxed paper. I might try dropping them out on a well-greased baking sheet next time.
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J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2008
I couldn't find my regular biscuit recipe so I made these instead hoping they would be even better. Well, I was disappointed. While they deliver on the name "Big Daddy" in that they puffed up quite high, the taste and texture was poor. They were tough and dry and not flavorful. I won't be trying this one again.
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Italian Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2008
How does this classify as a recipe if you're using packaged dressing mix? Next, we'll see a recipe for boiled water...
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Italian Beef Sandwiches

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2008
I'm giving this 4 stars because my husband really enjoyed it. I thought it was okay. I honestly thought it needed more spices or something. It thought, however, that it tasted much better the next day when I reheated it for lunch.
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Pennsylvania Coal Region Barbecue

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2008
UPDATE: I've made this numerous times and it's always good EXCEPT for the last time I made it. I didn't have white vinegar so I substituted apple cider vinegar. NOT A GOOD IDEA. It gave it a really strange, unpleasant taste and smell. ORIGINAL REVIEW: This was very good. My family of five just doesn't like the canned versions of sloppy joes (we've tried them all!) I've also tried some others from this site with no success. This recipe had a very nice taste, not too tangy, not too sweet. I'll definitely keep this recipe on hand for a quick meal idea that doesn't require a run to the store.
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