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Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2007
Very good and very easy. I added some Worchestershire sauce and a pkg of onion soup mix in with the tomatoes and let the pot sit on low all day. The steak was tender and the sauce was perfect with mashed potatoes. ~~~Since my previous review, I've made this steak with and without browning the meat first, and I can't tell much of a difference. Now I just add some flour into the sauce mixture for thickening purposes and it's still awesome!
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Cheesy Ramen Noodles

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2008
I don't know how many years I've eaten this... and to find it on AllRecipes makes me feel a little better, LOL! My husband makes fun of me for eating it, but hey, when you have $10 to buy a weeks worth of groceries and you only have a dorm frig, this is some great stuff. I still eat it when I want an easy meal. I'm not a big fan of American single slices, so I like to add shredded cheddar. I also like to stir in an egg when the water is boiling... kind of makes an egg drop soup type dish. I lived next door to some students from Hong Kong who ate the same stuff, only they put cut up hot dogs in it too. Not a hot dog fan, but hey... if you like it!
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Teriyaki Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2008
I'm giving the recipe three stars because I had to make a lot of adjustments, but the end result was very, very good. I used pork loin roast instead of shoulder to keep down the work of having to pick all the fat out of the meat. I did cook the meat in the pineapple juice and teriyaki sauce as directed, but by the end of the cook time, the juices were clotted with fat and swimming in grease... not a very good taste in my opinion. I trashed the cooking juices and started over with the sauce (which I made from teriyaki, lime juice, brown sugar, and a little ketchup and cider vinegar). The end result was very good, lots of left overs that my husband nearly ate by himself. A premade teriyaki sauce (like Kikkoman baste & glaze) would have worked well too, but didn't have any on hand. Still worth a try if you like teriyaki pork.
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Asparagus with Brie

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2006
Definitely a good side dish, although the recipe calls for WAY TOO MUCH cheese and bread topping. I followed the advice of reviewers and cut the cheese and topping in half, but next time I make the dish, I'll only use a quarter of what's called for in the recipe.
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Deep-Dish Blackberry Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2007
MMMMMM! This recipe was spectacular! I'd been searching for a recipe for blackberry cobbler, and was having no luck until I came across this one. I doubled the crust ingredients and made a bottom and top crust. Next time I also may double the blackberry filling. Still the best recipe yet I've found for a delicious blackberry cobbler (or pie)!
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Dark Molten Chocolate Cakes

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2008
MMMMMMMMMM! I was craving chocolate and just made these cakes, and they are awesome! I followed the instructions exactly except that I used a 6-cup muffin pan instead of souffles. The recipe made exactly 6 cupcake sized cakes. I also only baked them for 10 mins and they came out perfectly with a gooey center. Will DEFINITELY make again!
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Marshmallow Treats

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2008
Great basic recipe for krispy bars! You can add in anything you want, or change the cereal to chocolate or fruity krispies... This recipe in a 9x13 pan makes bars less than an inch thick. If you're wanting really thick bars, a 9x13 pan could easily hold a double recipe.
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Easy Pork and Sauerkraut

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2007
My mom makes a pork and sauerkraut dish that I was looking for when I found this recipe, and this one was even better! I followed the recipe almost exactly... but my pork loin was over 2 lbs, so I doubled everything except for the apple. I also added about a tsp of caraway seeds. I didn't cube the roast either, I just cut two long slits lengthwise and stuffed them with sauerkraut, then broke broke the roast up as it cooked. Excellent meal, and it was exactly what we were looking for on a cold day!
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Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2008
This was an awesome recipe!!!! I only used one can of beans (the hot kind), drained the corn, and used 1 1/2 packets of taco seasoning. I also used canned tomatoes packed with garlic. I didn't add any extra water because we like our soup thick. I topped it with cheddar/jack mix shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped raw onion, chopped serrano peppers, sliced avocado and hot tortilla chips! Delicious! The only thing I will change is to only use 1 can of tomatoes next time.
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North Carolina-Style Pulled Pork

Reviewed: May 26, 2008
This was absolutely great! My hubby and I both love pulled pork, but hate the kind drowning in thick, sugary sauce. I used a pork loin roast, used the rub and chilled it overnight. I also made the sauce a day ahead of time, and it was much better the next day. I cook the roast wrapped in foil in the crock pot for 6 hours on high, then shredded it and put it back in on warm. I stirred about a quarter of the sauce into the pork, then served the rest on the side. This sauce is GREAT: tart, tangy, spicy with a faint hint of sweetness. I wouldn't increase the sugar, but I guess that's my preference. This recipe is definitely a keeper, and probably the best pulled pork I've ever had (restaurants included). NOTE: wait until after you cook the pork to take off the fat. You have to let it cool for a bit before you, but the fat adds a lot of flavor and keeps the pork from drying out. Plus it's a lot easier to take it off after it's cooked.
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Low-Carb Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

Reviewed: May 17, 2008
I wanted a low-carb cheesecake, and chose this recipe because of the reviewers listed on the front page. Some said that there was no hint of a "sugar-free" taste, which I totally have to disagree with. I used Splenda for the recipe, and it still had a very strong, bitter after taste. My husband and I were craving cheesecake (we're both low-carbers), but neither of us could finish our first piece the next day. I put the rest in the freezer to pass along because I hate to waste the whole thing, but we won't be eating it. I guess it is worth mentioning the plain filling did taste better without the chocolate. Maybe it's the real sugar in the dark chocolate that makes the artificially sweetened cheesecake taste so bad?
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Albondigas Soup I

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2008
We were in the mood for soup and I just happened across this recipe! It is awesome! I used chorizo sausage and my meatballs came out really sticky and hard to roll, so maybe that's why. I wanted to put it in the slow cooker, so I simmered the meat balls in a pan with 2 cans beef broth, skimmed off the fat, and added it to the rest of the ingredients in the slow cooker. I let it cook around 6 hours on high and it was awesome. I added cooked rice to the bowls of soup as I was serving them, and topped it with some cheese and tortilla strips! Yummy!
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COOL 'N EASY® Strawberry Pie

Reviewed: May 4, 2008
Very easy recipe! I took two of these pies to a cookout at my husband's friends house and everyone liked them. My husband isn't a big fan of strawberries and he liked it too. I used store-bought strawberries that weren't all that sweet, so I sprinkled them with sugar and let them set until it melted in. Turned out really good. This is great for a cute & tasty dessert when you don't have a lot of time to cook.
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Ronaldo's Beef Carnitas

Reviewed: May 2, 2008
Pretty good! I was looking for the Mexican restaurant style carnitas and this wasn't it, but it was still pretty good. I used a pork loin roast and cooked it in the crock pot for about 6 hours. The seasonings taste very similar to a pack of taco seasoning, which I was a little disappointed about. Still a very good dish for what it is.
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Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2008
This is a very good and simple recipe for shrimp. I'm pretty sure the amount of coarse salt called for is to aid in crushing the garlic into a paste. The abrasive sharp edges of the salt help grind it up (thank you FoodNetwork), and I've never had to actually use a whole tablespoon. If you skip the grinding part and just mince the garlic, you could just add salt to taste.
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Awesome Roast Beef

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2007
I thought my mom made an awesome roast beef... but this one is even better than hers (shhh, don't tell her I said that!) I made this for the kids, hubbie and in-laws and everyone loved it, even the picky two-year-old. After reading reviews I added a pkg of dry onion soup mix and 1/2 cup of water, and also onions, potatoes and carrots to the crock pot and left it on low for about seven hours. The sauce turned into a nice gravy. I used an eye of round roast, and the meat came out so tender and moist, I will DEFINITELY be making this one again.
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Rainbow Sherbet Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2007
Although this cake was very pretty, I just didn't find it to be that appetizing. I love angel food cake, sherbet and cool whip, but somehow all together, it just really wasn't that good. It was easy to make and it was pretty, but I don't think I'll make it again.
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Amazing Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2007
I thought this was great! I used a pork loin, and followed the directions exactly, except that I put it on HIGH for 4 hours, thinking it wouldn't be done it time. Afterwards, it was still excellent but 4 hours on LOW would have been fine. Also, next time, I will double the ingredients to have more sauce left over. Thanks, it was fantastic! ~~And note: a lot of complaints about the recipe say that it has a strong red wine flavor... which makes sense because wine is one of the main ingredients! Be sure to pick a wine you like to drink, or you won't like the end result of the recipe. And if you don't like red wine, you probably won't like something cooked in red wine, but don't give it a bad rating. This is really one of the best meals I've ever fixed!~~
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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2007
These really were the best sugar cookies I've ever had. Roll the dough out to about 1/2" to get the tender, soft sugar cookies. I chilled it in the refrigerator overnight and used a lot of powdered sugar to keep the dough from sticking. NOTE: the dough is very sticky! Make sure you have plenty of powdered sugar to coat the rolling surface and rolling pin to make your job easier. These cookies are spectacular, and taste just like the gourmet ones that cost way too much!
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Salmon Cakes II

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2006
I followed the suggestions of other reviewers and used 2 eggs, Parmesan cheese and about onion powder instead of onions. I also added some garlic powder for good measure. These were delicious! I really liked the Parmesan, although you might want to use the Cheddar to get kids to eat them.
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