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Hoppin' John

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2010
A friend gave me canned blackeye peas and told me they're supposed to bring good luck for the new year, so I told him to come by and I'd cook them up. I had to modify since the peas were canned, but I think I kept the recipe pretty close. Instead of water, I used two cans of low sodium chicken broth and instead of the dry black-eyed peas, I used three cans with the liquid. I also omitted the red pepper flakes since a couple family members can't take spiciness and instead served Crystal hot sauce on the side. We all loved it... especially with the kick the hot sauce gives it! Definitely tasted southern, now we'll see if it brings us luck!
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Banana Oat Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2009
These were so good! I used Greek style yogurt instead of the sour cream, and brown sugar in place of the white, both because it was what I had on hand. I used my mini muffin tins and the first batch ran together. A little disappointing, but in the end, that just meant more muffin top! I added another 1/2 cup flour to the double batch and the next round came out just fine.
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2009
This recipe absolutely deserves the five star rating! The only changes I made were to use 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of regular and I added 1/4 cup walnuts and baked them into 12 muffins instead of a loaf. The ingredient list is so short and simple that I thought there was no way these would be as good as they are. I love banana bread and this is the best I've ever had. THANK YOU!!!
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Joey's Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2009
I love these peanut butter cookies. They are definitely more chewy than the ones I had as a kid, but the only recipes I can find to make a more crispy cookie use shortening and I'll pass on that. Make sure you let them set for a few minutes before trying to handle them, but 5-10 minutes out of the oven they started disappearing fast!
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Chicken and Dumplings III

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2008
I love this recipe. It's been a while since I've made it, and I had to frantically search the site to make sure that it's still here, but I found it! The dumplings turn out great - light and fluffy - and don't use a prepackaged mix, which scores bonus points with me!
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Boilermaker Tailgate Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2008
I love this recipe and came very close to following it to a T! I used four cans of 'mexican style chili beans' since I couldn't find the spicy/non spicy, omitted the bacon bits, and used two cans of tomatoes with green chilis instead of fresh chilis... they were expensive and ugly on the day I went shopping. I also added two squares of unsweetened chocolate, which I had seen done at a chili cookoff. Definitely the best chili I've ever had!
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Honey Walnut Shrimp

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2008
Even better than the restaurants! I thinned out the sauce by adding about a tbsp. of 1% milk and I only ended up using half the sauce. I didn't have mochiko flour, but I had tapioca starch, so I used that and the shrimp were light and crispy and soooo good! I too used the shortcut by getting Trader Joe's candied walnuts and they were just right. One last thing... this dish is really rich! The recipe says that it serves four, but I can't imagine eating 1/4 of this. I ate about eight shrimp (71/90 count) and was in heaven, but I knew to draw the line there!
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Chocolate Chip Chunk Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2008
I'm glad I gave this one a try because I would have missed out if I didn't! I had to make a couple substitutions because I didn't have walnuts on hand, but instead had almonds. Because I put the almonds in, I threw about 1 1/2 tsp. orange extract into the batter along with the vanilla and a little additional salt (about 1/2 tsp) for some flavor. Everyone loved them. I think that because of the lack of flavor in the shortening, it allowed the orange to really come through and the texture of shortening cookies is completely different than those made with butter (I'd never made shortening cookies before). These remind me more of a scone... sort of dry and crumbly, but so good with coffee or tea!
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Crackle Top Molasses Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2008
I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this cookie yet. I've been making them for about a year and they are soooo good! I've never had to change a thing. We made them for Thanksgiving dessert along with some homemade pumpkin pecan ice cream and the combination was incredible! Hubby's still trying to devise a plan on how to turn them into ice cream sandwiches!
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Peppermint Meringues

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2007
This almost ended up with one star... I followed the directions and couldn't seem to form any kind of peak for the meringue. I eventually tossed that batch out and unwilling to be defeated (even at 2 a.m.), I started a new one. I left out the salt because I only have kosher and I didn't know if it was part of what kept my meringues from succeeding, and used regular granulated sugar instead of the baker's sugar that I use for baking. After about 30 minutes of beating with my handheld mixer I finally reached a stiff peak. I used a small tip on my pastry bag and piped out little dollops of meringue onto parchment paper. Next time I'll have to color them green, so they look like little christmas trees, and I sprinkled them with red and white nonpareils, like little christmas ornaments. I flavored it with a couple drops of peppermint extract, put them in the oven for an hour and a half, then after 1 1/2 hours, I shut off the oven, left them inside and went to bed. The result this morning was awesome! They look like little snow covered christmas trees and are soooo light and fluffy. Definitely worth learning to do meringue for!
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Pumpkin Ice Cream

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2007
Great recipe! I made this for Thanksgiving along with the crackle top molasses cookies from this site, which I absolutely love. I was about to give it a four star rating because of the nilla wafers... doesn't sound appetizing... but other than that, the recipe is simple and delicious. I used less sugar than called for and served the cookies a la mode. Yum! Best Thanksgiving dessert ever!
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Cabbage Kielbasa Supper

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2007
I really enjoyed this, especially I think for the easiness factor! I followed the instructions as written, but left out the potatoes as suggested by other reviewers. I used turkey kielbasa and added about 1/2 cup of white wine along with the chicken stock. I baked the potatoes instead, then opened them up, buttered them with a bit of Smart Balance and served with the cabbage/kielbasa mixture. My only complaint is that there is so much cabbage, which is fine for me, but I think hubby and the kids would have liked to have more sausage, so I'll add more next time. Really though, no complaints... my son ate his with yellow mustard the way he does his corned beef, but I thought the wine helped out the flavor and didn't need anything else.
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Lemon Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2007
This turned out great! I made mine with whole wheat flour and Smart Balance instead of the shortening and it still turned out ALMOST perfect. It was a little dry around the corners, but really good still. I might bake it for 50-55 minutes next time instead of the full hour. I added the juice of half a lemon to the bread batter to make it more lemony, and used powdered sugar for the icing. Really good and I don't have to feel guilty about eating it with the modifications that I've made!
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Queso Fundido

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2007
I don't know that I would consider this queso fundido, which I've always thought of as more of a fondue type dip, but it's very good. I made it for our first Sunday football watching party and it was a big hit. I seasoned the ground beef with a little garlic salt while it cooked, and used chicken chorizo from Trader Joe's (less fat and all of the flavor). This turned out like a layered dip. I think I'll add more cheese next time and mix everything up. Really though, a great alternative to bringing a seven layer bean dip.
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Baked French Fries II

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2007
I've been trying to find creative uses for potatoes since we're now on a tight budget and potatoes are cheap. I used this cooking technique, but changed the ingredients. I lined my baking sheet with parchment paper and coated the fries with olive oil spray. I seasoned the fries with garlic salt and cajun spices and baked them in the oven for about 35-40 minutes (I don't see how 20 could be nearly enough... they were still very soggy, but I did toss them a couple times to make sure they cooked evenly). For the person with sticking issues, the parchment paper works perfectly. I crumbled some leftover gouda I had in the food processor and threw that on top in the last couple minutes, then added another light coating of olive oil spray and added some fresh snipped chives. Together with the grilled gouda burgers we made, we certainly didn't feel like we were on so tight a budget!
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Ham and Fresh Basil Pinwheels

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2007
I just made these pinrolls (less the lettuce) and they are great! I used Trader Joe's lavash bread (hye rollers at the supermarket are basically the same thing) and they are 100% yummy!
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Authentic Mexican Breakfast Tacos

Reviewed: May 30, 2007
Wow, a one star review just because it mentions bottled hot sauce. I grew up with a mexican best friend and learned lots of my cooking (including chorizo and eggs) from her mom. There was always a bottle of Tapatio on the table and we always splashed it on. I agree that jack cheese may be 'americanized', but come on, loosen up a little bit... it's a good recipe for chorizo and eggs.
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Bubba's Jambalaya

Reviewed: May 26, 2007
I liked this version better than the one I had in New Orleans. I had kielbasa on hand and was looking for a way to use it, so I thought that putting it in a jambalaya sounded good. I used Smart Balance to saute the veggies instead of bacon... the bacon sounded too heavy, plus in the south, everything is cooked in butter, right? I used extra creole seasoning, an extra teaspoon or maybe a little more and served it with Crystal hot sauce. Excellent! My eight year old agrees.
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Raspberry Kielbasa over Cheese Grits

Reviewed: May 9, 2007
I was pretty skeptical when I read this recipe, but the solid marks from the reviewers convinced me to give it a try. I didn't have raspberry preserves, so I used cherry (and I was missing the mushrooms)but it turned out great. I don't like grits, but my husband does, so I made this for his birthday breakfast. Everyone looked at their dishes with a strange expression as I put it on the table, but once they dug in, they all liked it... including me!
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Blender Hollandaise Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2007
This turned out great... much better than the hollandaise packets or the cans you get from the store. I didn't have dijon mustard, so I used spicy brown (I don't know if there's a difference) and left out the hot sauce. I think that another reviewer's idea of whisking the ingredients together instead of blending would have worked even better... my end result was very thick and I think it was because it was overbeaten.
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