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White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2013
This is delicious! I've had this cake twice now, and the second time I took a lot of the reviewers' advice and used seedless raspberry preserves to save some time. Although it was still good, it is MUCH BETTER when you follow the recipe and use frozen or fresh raspberries. It doesn't take that much extra time and is very worth it, trust me! Oreo cookies definitely work the best for the crust, so tasty and easy. To bake the cake, I lined the bottom and the insides with parchment paper before pouring the batter in, and I wrapped the outside bottom of the springform pan with foil and the placed it in a large roaster, then filled it halfway up the top of the springform pan with boiling water and baked as directed. I had no problem with my cheesecake cracking, it baked up beautifully and had a wonderful texture. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
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Beer Bread I

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2012
This bread is awesome! I followed the recipe except I added 1 cup Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese to the flour mixture before adding the beer and then let it raise for about 30 minutes while I was preheating the oven. I took the advice of another reviewer and brushed the top of the bread (1/2 way through and once again after baking) with melted butter and sprinkled with garlic salt. Also, I didn't have self-rising flour, so I used 3 cups all-purpose flour minus 2 Tablespoons then added 4 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder & 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt. BEST BEER BREAD EVER! Just a note - the first time I made this, I took another reviewer's suggestion and added 1/3 cup sugar, but I found it was way too sweet for my taste... if you're a fan of sweeter breads like Hawaiian bread, then you'd probably like the 1/3 cup of sugar, but if you're not looking for something quite so sweet, definitely stick with the 3 Tablespoons listed in the recipe.
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Jamie's Sweet and Easy Corn on the Cob

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2012
Outstanding! From now on, this is how I will be making corn on the cob... you can't taste the lemon juice or the sugar, but it adds a subtle sweetness and the corn doesn't get overcooked and chewy. Love it!
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Rhubarb Strawberry Crunch

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2012
Awesome recipe! I have my own topping recipe (very similar to this one) that I use, so I mainly tried this recipe for the filling... LOVED IT! I used the 1 cup of sugar and it left the filling with a perfectly balanced sweet & tart taste. The only thing I might do differently next time is add a touch more flour because it seemed a little runny, but that certainly didn't affect the taste! It could be because I used frozen rhubarb instead of fresh... either way, this recipe is a keeper, thanks!!
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Onion-Roasted Potatoes

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2012
This is one of my favorite side dish recipes - it goes great with sloppy joes, smoked sausage, or hamburgers to name a few. This is a great base recipe that I've been using for quite a few years - recently I started sprinkling a little garlic powder, a little bit of seasoning salt & some pepper along with the onion soup mix before mixing in the oil. I dice the potatoes and add in about 4-5 carrots cut about the same size as the potatoes... so yummy, and the carrots go so well with this I won't make this recipe without them anymore! This recipe is pretty versatile - make it as is and it is so tasty, add in some additional spices you like and the carrots and this is FANTASTIC!
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Strawberry Cake II

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2012
This is a great recipe! This cake turned out moist, fluffy, and very flavorful! I made this for my daughter's 2nd birthday and we all loved it! For the cake I followed the recipe with 2 minor exceptions: (1) I used funfetti white cake because that's what I had on hand and (2) I baked 12 cupcakes and the remaining batter I baked in an 8x8 pan instead of 3 9-inch pans. I loved the strawberry taste! I used frozen strawberries as the recipe stated - I just thawed them at room temperature first and then pureed them in the blender before adding to the cake batter (next time I'll also strain the puree through some cheesecloth to get rid of the seeds - not horrible in the cake at all, I just noticed a few and thought I'd take them out next time I make this). I did not use the frosting recipe, I have a favorite vanilla frosting recipe that I used instead. I am making this cake again for my daughter's party in a couple of weeks... this recipe is a definite keeper, thanks!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2011
Great recipe! I've never made cornbread before, but this is the best I've tasted by far. The only thing I will do differently next time is to either bake it longer and hope it doesn't dry out (the middle wasn't completely cooked) or to use a different size pan. I will definitely be making this again though! I made this for chili, and am thinking that some green chilies and maybe even a little shredded cheese might be a good addition next time!
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Spinach Tomato Tortellini

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2014
Delicious! I didn't have the diced tomatoes with onions and garlic on hand, so I used a plain can of diced tomatoes and added in 1/8 teaspoon onion powder and used 4 cloves of garlic. Next time I would use 5 or more cloves. I followed the recipe exactly for the remaining ingredients - a very satisfying meal that tasted like I spent a lot more time in the kitchen cooking it than I actually did! It is definitely a quick and easy meal. This would also be great if you changed up the pasta - my kids are not huge fans of tortellini so next time I might try penne pasta.
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