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Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2008
My mom made the best sugar cookies, but she died a long time ago and I never got her recipe. This one is fantastic. Like my mom, I divided the dough in half, and rolled each half in waxed paper like a log. I sprinkled each side with sugar, wrapped it and refridgerated overnight. I just sliced it and baked the cookies, ending up with 4 1/2 dozen little slices of heaven. I can't wait to share these and a few stories of my mom with my children. *Made these again the other night - divided the dough into 3 - kept one white, then kneaded food coloring into the other 2 pieces, one green and one red. I patted them out, layered them, then rolled and chilled them. They turned out beautiful, and tasted just as good. A good alternative to suit whatever season you would like to color them for.
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Margarita Beef Skewers

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2008
I doubled the amount of garlic right away. While these were marinating, I made myself a margarita. My son and husband loved the skewers, daughter didn't care for them, and I loved my margarita a lot more, I'm afraid. I found the meat to be too sweet, and needed an extra shake of garlic salt once they were done. I would've given it 3 stars, but like I said, my boys loved it.
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Steamed Radishes

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2009
My radishes were quite big, so I cut them in half instead of peeling a strip off. I steamed them until they were fork tender, added butter, a touch of salt and lots of pepper. My husband and I were both pleasantly surprised by the mild flavor. It was very nice for a change, and I will do this again if I find myself with a bunch of radishes.
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Chicken Chili

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2007
We made this at a cooking circle yesterday. We used chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 lbs) and a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes. I added a tsp of sugar to cut the acidity, and a little extra garlic salt, chili powder and cumin. I also had it with shredded cheddar over top. It was great, and I will probably make it again.
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Cherry Cheese Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2006
I, too, have been making this pie for years. My husband always asks for this for his "birthday cake", so once a year it is served with candles on top! To change it up, I make the pie according to the recipe (in a graham crust), but top it with an assortment of sliced fresh fruit. Just start on the outside of the pie making a circle of one kind of fruit, and work your way to the middle using different fruits. Strawberries, kiwi, red grapes (cut in half, and canned mandarin slices are my favorites. It looks beautiful and your guests will be so impressed - just don't tell them how easy it was!
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Sushi Roll

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2008
My Korean friend taught a group of us to make sushi. This is a good starter recipe, but it is too sweet. I use 1/3 cup regular vinegar, 1 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp salt. Add just enough of this to the rice to make it sticky (so you may not use it all.) I also add toasted sesame seed to the rice. I have never heated the Nori or used a bamboo mat, and I've never had a problem rolling it. Use this recipe as a base, and change it to suit your taste. It's easy and your friends will be so impressed that YOU made it!
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Fennel and Orange Salad

Reviewed: May 29, 2008
I used tinned mandarin oranges, and I didn't have red wine vinegar (I thought I did when I went to make this), so I substituted cider vinegar. It was the first time I have used fennel and was pleasantly surprised at the mild flavor of it. It was a nice change for a salad, and I will probably make this again.
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McCormick's Beer Can Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2008
I have wanted to make this ever since Matthew McCaughnehey was talking about it on The Rosie O'Donnell show about 8 years ago. She loved the way he said "Beer Butt Chicken" and so did I!! I sprayed my chicken with garlic infused oil, sprinkled with McCormick's seasoning, and a bit of Hy's Seasoned Salt, and stuffed an onion in the neck cavity. I also added about 10 small cloves of garlic (broken) to the can of Bud. I used a 3lb. chicken, and because of the wind, my barbeque temp flucuated quite a bit, so I don't have a time - I cooked to 180 degrees. My kids LOVED IT (loved saying "beer butt chicken" more than anything), and my husband said "Give it 10 stars out of 10!" So, it is a definite keeper, and look forward to doing it again! ;)
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Apple Pizza Pie

Reviewed: May 8, 2007
I just made a similar pizza today with the exact same crust so I have some advice for the people saying to double the crust - it's not necessary!! Don't sift the flour for starters -you get too much air in it. Mix the ingredients thoroughly - it can be done with a spatula - but not to form a ball. It will be crumbly, and that's okay. Lightly spread the crumbs on your pan, then pack it down with your hand, shaping the edge as you go. If it is a little sticky, cover it with plastic wrap, then smooth it with your hand - less messy. (the 5 star rating is for the crust only - I haven't made the pizza this way)
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Campfire S'mores Smash

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2009
Had a bunch of people over for a firepit and hotdogs tonight and decided to make these instead of doing them the traditional way - it was also very cold (about 2 degrees above freezing) and didn't want people to have to wait for S'mores. Anyway, I did it on the stove top (the butter and marshmallows), added chocolate chips with the broken graham wafers and pressed it into a 9" square lined with parchment paper. Cut it into 16 pieces and everyone LOVED it. Will definitely do this again, thank you!!
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Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2008
In order to give an ACCURATE review, I did this recipe exactly as printed. I didn't tell my kids there were raisins in the cookies - my 5 year old spotted them, but liked them anyway. They are so easy to make, and really good. I will try many variations, and the first thing I will do is switch wheat germ for the oats - gotta get it in the kids somehow! A great recipe, with so many options. Would be excellent for a cookie exchange! (I used a 1 tbsp scoop for the dough and while the first batch was cooking, scooped the remainder of the dough onto waxed paper to save time. Yield was 4 1/2 dozen.)
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Scott Hibb's Amazing Whisky Grilled Baby Back Ribs

Reviewed: May 16, 2009
I don't know what "ground chili pepper" is, so I used chili powder, and used garlic salt instead of regular salt on the ribs. I also figured, since it is "whiskey ribs" that 2 tsp wasn't nearly enough, so increased that to 2 tbsp. I did the ribs in the morning, and warmed them us just before dinner (covered with foil and a bit of water in the oven at 300* for 20 min), then basted them with sauce and broiled them. This was only because I had other things on the BBQ for a potluck and was trying to cook 3 things at once. The ribs turned out amazing, and I will DEFINITELY do these again. Huge hit with everyone!
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Quick and Easy Pancit

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2008
This is a great base recipe to start with. On the advice of a Filipino friend, I sauteed all the veg with the chicken, removed from the wok, then threw the noodles (which I soaked til soft) in the wok with 1 cup of chicken stock. I put the veg mixture back in, covered for a couple minutes, tossed, heated through and added soy sauce to taste. The entire family inhaled it!! Will definitely make this again. (I also used broccoli-slaw in place of cabbage.)
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Apple Cake III

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2007
"Whaddaya mean, you didn't make dessert?" That was my husband...so 15 minutes before company arrived, I found this on the site, threw it together with a French Vanilla cake mix, and no nuts (didn't have any), and dessert was made. It was super quick and easy, smelled great baking, and tasted delicious served with whipped cream. Didn't even miss the nuts. I will always have these ingredients in the pantry...just in case!
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Spicy Vegetarian Lasagna

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2007
We made this at a cooking circle with a couple changes. We didn't measure the diced peppers, just used one of each, and I roasted the peppers and onion in a 425* oven with the oil with the pepper, oregano, and added garlic, until they were slightly carmelized. We used cottage cheese (couldn't get ricotta). I added maybe 1/2 the water called for and it wasn't needed - it had way too much liquid in the pan after cooking. I will omit it altogether next time. (it may be needed if you don't precook the noodles and use the oven ready kind).
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Yummy Artichoke Dip

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2006
I decided at the last minute to make an artichoke dip for a potluck at my home, only to discover that my girlfriend had my favorite recipe. I found this one, and since I love the combination of cream cheese and green chilies, gave it a try. I used a 14 oz tin of artichokes, and chopped them quite fine with a food chopper. I also thought it unnecessary to add more parmesan on top of the dip, so i didn't. It was a huge hit with everyone, and this recipe will now be the first one I make, instead of the stand-by!
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Homemade Sage Sausage Patties

Reviewed: May 1, 2010
I didn't have buttermilk so I substituted milk and lemon juice; also used fresh sage (1 generous tbsp finely chopped) as I had it on hand. I'm not sure that the cheese gave any extra flavor, so maybe next time I will use sharp cheddar. I mixed all the ingredients then left it in the fridge for a couple hours before I shaped and fried them. My hubby and I both thought these were delicious, and I will definitely make them again.
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Asparagus Wrapped in Crisp Prosciutto

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
I had these at a very expensive restaurant in Calgary and have been dreaming of these ever since. These are absolutely fabulous! I rated a **** because I did these on a lightly oiled barbeque instead of in the oven. I turned them as the prosciutto got carmelized and crisp. If you parboil the asparagus it will be overcooked!! To cut the salt a bit and add extra flavor, throw a half a lemon on the grill to char a bit. Squeeze it over the spears before you serve it (that's how they did it in the restaurant) and you won't be disappointed!!
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Microwave Popcorn

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2009
I made this immediately after reading reviews on it. As one reviewer suggested, I used 1/4 cup of kernels, 1 tsp oil and 1 Tbsp sugar to make Kettle corn. Popped it for 2 minutes and now I am enjoying it as I type! Great, quick snack!
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Gourmet Mushroom Risotto

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2008
This is the first risotto I have ever made, and it is fantastic! I made a couple minor changes - couldn't get portobellos so just used buttons; freeze dried chives; no butter. I don't add salt as parmesan is very salty, this way everyone can season it to their own taste. (FYI-it can be made without the wine, just use extra stock.) This recipe also halves well. Delicious!!
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