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Carrots Au Gratin

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2009
These are sooo yummy. Even all my very finicky eaters gobbled it all up. Maybe not the healthiest root for a veggie dish but can easily be made healthier by using low fat ingredients. I did use butter this time since that's all I had on hand. The only change next time is I will scale the flour down a touch to avoid a more floury Gratin sauce. Don't pass this up.
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The Best Meatballs

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2009
Have made these time and time again as stated and altering slightly with what I have on hand. I prefer using the day old bread but have used italian breadcrumbs(2 cups not needed-more like 1 1/2 cups) and have even used both stale bread and italian breadcrumbs. All good variations. I add water until I get the softness I like. Usually 1 cup-if you dont like soft balls you can tell when mixing wether they will be softer or harder. I do broil mine 5-8 minutes then flip and broil for another 5 minutes and toss in my sauce. Whatever is left I freeze. Simply wonderful. Meatballs are suppose to be simple and delicious-with just a few seasonings to make them grand- please dont let the person who rated them as BLAND..stop you from trying these(maybe they should try meatloaf-hehe) These are the bomb.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2009
This was very good. I did follow the top review and made Bill Echols Taco Seasoning. I used red kidney beans for the chili beans..and I also didnt have diced tomatoes w green chilis so I just bought a tiny can of green chilis and used half of that. I too served with a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheese and it balanced the heat nicely. And how fun to scoop the soup with tortillas...YUM!!!This is a perfect superbowl or potluck dish that I cannot wait to try on my friends. Thanks for the share!
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2009
I've made these for so many years and they are so delicious. First I lay a sheet of waxpaper on a cookie sheet. I'm usually impateint so I toss my chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 45sec-1minute. I stir until smooth. Then instead of the toothpick I just hold by the green stem and dip them then lay on the waxpaper. I put the whole sheet in the fridge for 15 minutes to set up and if I feel like it I will melt a small amount of white choc with the shortening and drizzle with a spoon back and forth over the strawberries. Back in the fridge and they are set up nice and good to plate and present. I do like using semi-sweet choc better for a richer taste but the milk choc is great as well. (if you really have time and want to impress see stuffed strawberries recipe on this site then follow this one-HOLY GOODNESS!)
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Crescent Mummy Dogs

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2008
Saw this recipe and thought it would be perfect for my girls to make for dinner-makes them feel special when they help with the making. I didn't find it as time consuming as some-maybe cause I had six little hands helping. LOL. A nice twist on the average hotdog. I don't know if it was me but I did think that perhaps baking them made them taste much saltier..but other than that I will keep this recipe in the good old recipe box for the future.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2008
This is my new favorite crock-pot chicken recipe. So easy and so delicious. I didn't have margarine so I used regular butter and for the italian mix I used good seasons. So delicious. I did cook mine for 5 hours and that was plenty adding in the soup and cream cheese at the 4 hour mark. Served over egg noodles. Will make again and again.
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Rick's Special Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2008
MMMMMMMMMMMMM! This is my new GO TO recipe for frosting. Great taste..great spreading consistency..the only problem is that you will be left with a spoon hovered over the bowl telling yourself..just one more spoonful. I did use half butter half crisco for my taste preference and it was perfect. Will make again and again.
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Zucchini Summer Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2008
OK..this soup is certainly different. Can't put my finger on what is missing. The spices need to be played with quit a bit to get the right taste. I did in the end mix together 3 egg yolks with 1/2 cup heavy cream and gradually added that into the soup. This improved the flavor for me tremendously. I'm not sure if I'd make again given the time it takes to prepare. But maybe..just maybe.
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Feta Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Breasts

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2008
This was very good. I marinated my chicken in buttermilk for a few hours-for the ultimate moistness(if no buttermilk 2 cups milk with 2 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice) I made extra bacon and crumbled it up and mixed it into some crumbled feta(didn't have sliced)and added a dollop or two of sour cream to hold it together good. I did add in some fresh parsley to that as well. I made a slit down the side of the chicken and stuffed away. I do wish that I added more of the stuffing. It is the best part. I poured on the oil mixture after I stuffed them(which next time I will only do half-not necessary to have all that oil) Will make again.
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Truck-Stop Buttermilk Pancakes

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2008
These were very delicious. I did have to make my own buttermilk with milk and lemon juice(5 cups milk-5 tbsp lemon juice)..but I cant wait to make them again when I go out and get some pre-made buttermilk. I bet they will be even yummier. It made a ton of pancakes which I like because I freeze the leftovers for a quick and easy breakfast in the morning for the fam. Pop in the microwave for 30 seconds and they taste just as delicious. THANKS!
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Soft, Moist and Gooey Cinnamon Buns

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2008
10++ stars for sure. SO GOOD! Much better than "clone of a cinnabon". Moist and delicious. I did make a day ahead of time- after the bread machine cycle I cut them up and put in the dish to rise for the hour-then I wrapped in plastic wrap and popped in the fridge. In the morning I took them out and let them sit at room temp for about 45 minutes and popped into the oven...HOLY GOODNESS! Cook time for me was more like 25 minutes(probably cause I had them in the fridge overnight) The only change for me was I do prefer the frosting to be cream cheese based so I made it that way( 4oz cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups conf sugar, 1/4 cup butter and a squirt of vanilla) Thanks for my new favorite recipe!
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Mexican Pasta

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2008
This was a nice cross between italian and mexican. My husband was confused at first bite because he expected a nice tomatoe sauce..but then was pleasantly suprised with all the delicious mexican flavors. I did add sour cream to the sauce the last few minutes of cooking and topped with some shredded cheese. I also used spaghetti because that's the pasta the kiddies wanted. Will make again for a different but good dish.
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Brazilian White Rice

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2008
Very good rice base. Used olive oil instead of vegetable and made the rest as directed. Very good recipe with just the right flavor and great texture. Endless options for add-ins to this wonderful base. Thanks Nandabear!
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Monkey Bread I

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2008
My girls had a blast helping make this. I too used 2 16oz containers of grands buttermilk biscuits and I kinda goofed a bit but in the end it turned into a great error(this is why I should read the directions through before I start)..I didn't want to use all white sugar so I did 1/2 cup brown and a 1/2 cup white for the first part of the instructions. After the girls filled the tube pan with all the coated dough..I realized the second part used brown sugar..OOPS! So believe it or not I still had plenty of the mixture left after dipping my dough and I added that to the butter adding in a little extra brown sugar to make a full cup. Turned out great and less sugar which is somewhat healthier for my kids. Dont think you need all that sugar..It is kinda a waste. Will make over and over again..or my girls will HEHE!
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Hawaiian Waffles with Pineapple and Coconut

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2008
Four stars just because the coconut flavor was soo subtle that I almost couldn't taste it. So I sprinkled shredded coconut on top and that did the trick. Next time I will just add in 1/4 cup or so of shredded coconut to the batter. They have potential and they did bring a different flavor to the breakfast table.
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Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2008
This is my hubbies new favorite marinade. These were soo delicious. I too doubled the sauce and the only changes were I used olive oil opposed to the vegetable and I like to have a citrus or tropical fruit in my chicken dishes so I added in pineapple chunks when marinating for a subtle hint of flavor.. Will keep these on the weekly roatation of chicken dinners. And they were just as good for lunch the next day. Thanks for the great share.
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Caramelized Baked Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2008
Four stars for the fact that the sauce did not carmalize. But the taste was there and was good. I too did my sauce on the stovetop for 10 minutes or so on med. I poured over boneless chicken breasts and baked for 35 minutes at 350. The chicken was so very moist. But it did not carmalize. I think I had too much sauce in my dish..maybe next time I will pour over to just cover and see if that does the trick.
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Basic Microwave Risotto

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2008
OK 5 stars for how snappy and quick this is to make. For me I wanted to carmalize my onions for a bit so I skipped cooking them in the microwave and added the butter into a skillet and cooked for 5 minutes or so with the garlic. Heated the broth as stated (which I only had chicken on hand that had roasted veg seasoning flavor in it-tasted fab)..then added all the above to the microwave safe dish and tossed in my fav spices since a few reviewers mentioned the blandness (salt, pepper, paprika, dash sugar, and parsley)I think any recipe has room to add in your favorite spices..so that's what I did. I also used pinot grigio for my wine. Will make again and again. Next time I will toss in my garden squashes and zucchinis after I saute them a bit. Now that sounds good. Don't pass this up..it good.
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Caramel Bars

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2008
I am usually not a huge fan of bars like these...but these have changed my mind. There were very enjoyable. Once you eat one you are drawn back for more and more.(so that leads me to make them for parties only.hehe..because I think I ate the whole tray in 3 days..SSHHH) I did double the crust since other reviews stated they didn't have enough..and I would say to make 1 1/2 the crust instead of double would be perfect. I did find the little caramels in the bag which made that lots easier..and I did add in a handful extra just to make sure they were plenty caramely! Will be adding these to my X-mas cookie list.
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No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2008
So easy and soooo DELICIOUS! I did one graham cracker crust and one chocolate crust. I chopped peanut butter cups and sprinkled over the crusts before I added the filling. The only change was that I am a huge fan of fresh whipped cream opposed to the cool whip (2 cups heavy cream, 3/4 cup conf sugar and a squirt of vanilla-whip for 5 minutes or until hard peaks form.)so that is what I used-reserving some to pipe on top of the pies once completed. I also sprinkled some reeses pieces on the tops for some color and decoration. WIll make over and over and over again. YUM!
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