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Seasoned Oven Fries

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2012
Love these oven fries! I cut my baking potatoes more into sticks than wedges so they're smaller. I soak them in cold water for a little bit to rinse off some of the starchiness. Then I drain them, dry them, and mix them in a bowl with the oil, melted butter and seasoned salt. I spread them on a baking sheet in one layer and bake at 450°F. I find they need more time in the oven than what this recipe states, but we like crispy fries in our household! I've even cranked the heat to 475°F or put the broiler on briefly for more browning or if they weren't cooking fast enough. A great recipe my family loves!!
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Chicken Stir-Fry

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2012
This recipe is spectacular! It rivals one of my favorite dishes at a local Chinese restaurant... in fact, I think I may like it even better. I omit the celery since I don't usually have it in my fridge and I don't miss it in the recipe. I also use chicken broth instead of the bouillion granules & water... again, just what I have on hand. Also, I dice the onion up instead of cutting it into wedges and I use frozen broccoli florets instead of fresh because I always have a bag of broccoli in my freezer. (I have used both fresh & frozen broccoli and have not been able to tell a difference in taste or texture). Minor changes that don't really affect the taste, just suited to our preferences. I have been making this dish for several years, it is a family favorite for sure! Even my two little picky eaters love this dish!
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Fried Corn with Smoked Sausage

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2012
This was a surprisingly good recipe! I needed something simple and fast for dinner tonight and I had all the ingredients on hand for this dish, so I thought I'd try it. I have to admit, as I was making it, it didn't seem like a dish I would like... but I was wrong, it was very tasty! I followed the recipe exactly (minus the MSG). This would go really well with some onion-roasted diced potatoes, which I plan to try next time I make this! Sadly, my two (somewhat picky) little girls were not fans of this recipe so I won't make it as often as I'd like, but this is definitely a keeper - hopefully they will learn to like it!
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Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style

Reviewed: May 30, 2012
This is a great base recipe of seasonings that has huge potential! I only gave it 4 stars mainly due to my family's personal tastes... I thought the salt seemed a bit much in relation to the other spices, and my family is not a fan of thyme. Also, the cayenne (I even added less than the recipe called for) was a tad spicy for my kids. I used this as a rub on boneless skinless chicken breasts - I let them marinate in the fridge for 4 hours, and then baked them at 350°F for 40-45 minutes. Even with the cayenne kick though, my girls ate this chicken up - and they are usually not fans of chicken! The only thing I had to do was cut some of the outside seasoning part off for them because of the spice (but even the inside of the chicken had a ton of flavor!). Although the seasonings were a little off for our tastes, I am definitely making this one again, with a little tweaking to suit us. The smell of this chicken roasting was amazing, I can't wait to make this again!
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Caramel Popcorn

Reviewed: May 29, 2012
Out of this world caramel popcorn... tastes very similar to the stuff you buy in a box, only MUCH BETTER! My family requests this often... amazing, you have to try it!
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Creamy Hot Cocoa

Reviewed: May 29, 2012
Great hot cocoa recipe, it was perfect for a chilly fall day! I will definitely make this again.
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Cinnamon-Topped Rhubarb Muffins

Reviewed: May 3, 2012
These muffins are the perfect balance of tart & sweet... love them! I didn't have fresh rhubarb, so I took a chance on frozen. The bag of frozen rhubarb I bought had large chunks, so I defrosted the rhubarb and tried to chop it as best I could, draining the puddle of juice that came out. I was worried they'd be dry as a result, but they were super moist! If I use frozen again, I'm thinking maybe I could chop them frozen in the blender first as it is NOT easy chopping defrosted watery rhubarb. Bottom line: these muffins are AMAZING, even if all you have is frozen rhubarb. I followed the recipe and was very happy to find out that the cinnamon sugar topping topped 24 muffins exactly! Many recipes seem to overdo the topping and I end up with a lot extra, but not this one - no waste here! Thanks for a great recipe!!
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: May 3, 2012
Definitely a 5-star recipe... delicious!! I followed the recipe exactly and they came out perfect! The only thing I did differently was bake them in 2 9x5 pans instead of the 3 7x3 pans since I don't own any pans that size. The baking time was longer - about 75-80 minutes and the loaves were done. And they truly are more moist and flavorful if you can restrain yourself long enough to let them sit for a day or so before cutting into them - trust me, it's difficult!! But so worth it. We ate one loaf up right away and I put the other one in the freezer for another day. Love this recipe! I think these would also be fantastic baked in mini loaf pans and given as gifts during the holidays! UPDATE 5/9/12: Took another reviewer's suggestion and used mashed bananas (about 4 medium) in place of the can of pumpkin and left all the other ingredients the same. Best banana bread EVER!
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Lemon Sugar Tea Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2012
These cookies are AMAZING! I am not a huge lemon fan, but I love girl scout lemonade cookies so I thought these sounded similar... they did not disappoint! I tried adding a lemon glaze to some of them and that made them even better... I am addicted to these cookies! Also, I took some reviewers suggestions and doubled the amount of lemon extract. I was a little worried at first thinking they would be too lemony, but they weren't at all, they turned out perfect. This is going into my recipe box, it is a new family favorite!
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Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2012
WOW! I am one of those people who plans meals around what kind of meat to cook... my main reason for trying this recipe was to use up some leftover brown rice I had in the fridge... I was blown away by the taste, how easy it was to make, and the fact that I didn't miss the meat in it AT ALL! This is going into my regular recipe rotation, love it!
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Breaded Chicken Fingers

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2012
These are better than any chicken fingers I've ever eaten at a restaurant! Definitely double dip the chicken: batter to breading, back to batter and then breading again. Half my batch was single-dipped and the other half was double-dipped... we all agreed the double-dipped chicken was so much more tender on the inside, and crispier on the outside - YUM!! (If you make the full 6 chicken breasts the recipe calls for, you will need to double the breading). I fried them in batches of 4-5 chicken fingers for about 5 minutes per batch and they turned out perfect. Also, if you keep the oil at 375°F, these will not turn out greasy at all!! If you're lucky enough to have any leftovers, reheat them the next day and wrap the chicken fingers in a flour tortilla topped with lettuce and honey mustard sauce... DELICIOUS!!
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Cheese Quesadillas

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2012
So simple, yet so delicious! A great base recipe that is perfect as is, or easily added onto by using chicken, bacon, refried beans, or whatever else you have on hand. This is a great go-to recipe for my kids for a quick snack or light lunch.
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Home-Style Scalloped Potatoes

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2012
These deserve more than a 5-star rating. I made them EXACTLY as the recipe stated and they were by far the BEST scalloped potates I have ever eaten! I thought the 5 cups of milk seemed like a lot, but I was wrong, it was perfect. If it helps, 6 cups of thinly sliced potatoes was about 2 pounds of peeled potatoes, that's what I went by and the consistency was perfect! The key is to let them set up for maybe 10 minutes or so after you take them out of the oven, the sauce thickens to perfection... I can't stop eating them!
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Cabbage Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2012
I followed this recipe EXACTLY to instructions. I did not change a thing and my whole family, including myself, LOVED it! I have a 3-year-old and an almost 2-year-old who gobbled their sandwiches up, not having a clue there was cabbage, celery, or green pepper in it. This will be the recipe I use when I have leftover cabbage... not only is it healthier, but it actually tastes BETTER than a lot of sloppy joe recipes I've tried! Give this one a try, you will be amazed! Thanks for a great recipe!
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Fluffy French Toast

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2011
Wow, LOVED this recipe! In reading a LOT of reviews last night, the common theme seemed to be to double the vanilla and the cinnamon so I did, and I also took another reviewer's suggestion and added a Tablespoon of brown sugar, along with the Tablespoon of white sugar. The results were PERFECT!! Just got done eating some for breakfast this morning and had to post a review right away, so good!!! UPDATE (5/30/12): This recipe is now a FAMILY FAVORITE! I use Texas Toast and found that if you triple this recipe, it will make 2 loaves (30 slices) total. I make it this way and then freeze all the slices that don't get eaten at breakfast... would you believe that these taste even BETTER after they've been frozen?? I just pop them in the toaster until they are heated through and they are PERFECT! A great tasty homemade quick breakfast... these are now a staple in our freezer! My kids love to eat these as french toast sticks. After I reheat them, I cut them into 4 or 5 strips and then they dip them in maple syrup. UPDATE (12/19/13): Just when I didn't think this recipe could get any better, I used Kirkland (Costco) brand Cinnamon bread... AMAZING!!!
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2011
I was looking for something different to make with bananas instead of the same old banana bread... these are SO MUCH BETTER! Everyone in my family loved them, they did not last long. I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out perfect!
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World's Best Lasagna

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2011
I really wanted to love this recipe. It wasn't terrible, but I think I had my hopes up with all the rave reviews. I followed the recipe exactly, but it really was rather bland. I'm not a huge fan of sweet sausage, so I'm sure that was part of the reason I didn't like this... I also think it could've used more cheese. I was going to give this recipe 2 stars, but after it sat in the fridge, the leftovers were better the next day so I'm giving it 3 stars. Will I make this again? Probably not. Sad to say, I am still looking for the "world's best" lasagna recipe.
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Best Spanish Rice

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2011
I have tried many Spanish rice recipes, only to be continually disappointed. I was about ready to give up until I found this one! I have made it so many times! And, it heats up just as good for leftovers, a huge bonus! The liquid to rice ratio is absolutely PERFECT, don't mess with it! After lightly browning the rice, I add in the broth and salsa and sprinkle just a touch of salt. I stir it very lightly, just to blend and then bring it to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, turn the heat down to the LOWEST setting, cover and let cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the burner and let sit for another 10 minutes before uncovering. The rice turns out perfect EVERY time! UPDATE 5/15/13 - I still make this recipe all the time! Last time I made it, I only had beef broth handy so I used that in place of the chicken broth - then, feeling adventurous, I also added in 1 Tablespoon of taco seasoning and didn't add any salt... can I just say WOW! It was amazing, you should try it!
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Scalloped Potatoes and Onions

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2011
A good recipe, I have made it a few times and my family has liked it - they still prefer the "traditional" scalloped potatoes with milk, but this is definitely a recipe worth keeping!
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Buttery Soft Pretzels

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2011
I would give this more than 5 stars if I could, they were amazing! I followed the recipe as written and they turned out perfect (although my dough was perfect after 4 cups of flour - any more and I wouldn't have been able to work with it). My husband and I both agreed, they were better than any pretzel we've had at the mall, and we really like mall pretzels! I brushed butter on them out of the oven, and sprinkled salt on half of them and cinnamon-sugar on the other half. Both were excellent, this recipe is definitely a keeper!
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