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Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole

Reviewed: May 25, 2015
This recipe looked so good and I was excited about trying it for my guests. It seemed as if the custard wasn't quite enough for the amount of bread in the casserole, and, I wish I would have gone with my instinct because it was a little dry in the morning and top of the casserole was more like a dry crunchy toast. It is possible that the size of my french loaves were larger than what the author of the recipe used, but, since it just said (2) french loaves that is what I used. I did top with a homemade blueberry sauce, so, that definitely helped with the dryness. I would make this again, but, just use less bread or more custard next time.
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Susie's Breakfast Casserole

Reviewed: May 25, 2015
This was a very basic, but, good breakfast casserole that was well received by my guests. I added a few extra pieces of bread because it didn't seem like enough in my dish. It could have been because my bread slices were a little smaller than the ones the author used. I personally would have preferred adding some sauteed onion and red pepper, but, everyone else liked it as is. Preparing it the night before saved me a great deal of time and mess in the morning. I would make it again. Thanks for the recipe!
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Stroka's Steak Marinade

Reviewed: May 20, 2015
I marinated one steak without the optional red pepper flakes and hot sauce and one with the addition. I marinated for about 8 hours. The steak without the hot sauce & red pepper flakes we thought had both a sweet & savory flavor and we liked it very much. The steak with the hot sauce & red pepper flakes was pretty spicy and seemed a strange combination with our porterhouse steak. It definitely gave it a kick! I would rate the regular marinade a four, but, the spicy addition to the marinade a three. If you go with the spicy and marinade it a long time you may want to reduce the amount you put in the first time you try it.
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Healthier Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: May 18, 2015
I had a difficult time rating this recipe because I did not like it, but, my husband thought it was ok, so, I am going with his rating. For starters, I will say I made this recipe exactly as is with the exception of using 1 cup of regular cheddar, 1 cup of reduced fat cheddar, & topped with a sprinkling of cheddar instead of parmesan. I made the rest of the recipe as is. I believe the phrase "You eat with your eyes first" is accurate because if it doesn't look good - you won't want to eat it. That is the first problem I had with this recipe. You can't tell from the photo I posted, but, the pasta is brown and there were clumps of white cottage cheese that did not melt, so, it almost had a grey tint to the sauce. I like whole wheat pasta in pasta salad, but, I was not crazy about the taste or texture in this sauce. The sauce did not have a lot of flavor to us and needed some additional seasoning or additional cheese, but, that would have negated the "healthier" aspect. I wanted to like this recipe, but, I don't plan on making it again. I think I will save my macaroni and cheese as a periodic indulgence and stick with the real thing.
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Lemon Couscous

Reviewed: May 17, 2015
This recipe is so easy to make and has a fresh vibrant taste from the lemon and parsley. Instead of jarred pimento I used fresh baby sweet red & yellow peppers which gave it a nice crunch. I also left out the pine nuts only because my husband doesn't like them, but, I am sure they would be wonderful. Thanks for the recipe!
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World's Best Maine Whoopie Pies - Ayuh

Reviewed: May 17, 2015
I am very torn on how to rate this recipe because we really enjoyed the cake part of this whoopie pie, but, the filling was a disaster and I had to throw it all down the disposal. The cake had a nice chocolate flavor and was very moist which was nice because a lot of whoopie pies come out dry. They didn't rise very much, but, they were very good and I would make them again. Make sure you butter your pan well or use parchment paper because they do stick. The frosting was a mess! It was very runny. I followed the directions exactly and even took the suggestion of other reviewers to beat longer because it would thicken. I beat the filling for ten minutes and it never thickened. I even put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and it still stayed runny. I also thought the use of white sugar left a terrible grainy texture that did not go away. I ended up throwing out the filling and using a marshmallow filling from a different recipe. The cake part I would easily give a 4, but, the frosting would be a zero.
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Yummy Bran Muffins

Reviewed: May 17, 2015
I am not a big fan of bran muffins, but, my husband likes them so I thought I would give this recipe a try. I am so glad I did because these were very tasty! They are reminiscent of New England brown bread. They were very moist and had a lot of flavor. I used bran flakes and crushed them with my hands into tiny pieces and then measured my 1-1/2 cups of cereal. I also used 1/4 tsp of cinnamon instead of the 1/8 tsp, but, prepared everything else as is. Make sure you use the dark brown sugar that is listed in the recipes instead of light brown because it gives you a light molasses flavor that you will not get if you use light brown sugar. I filled them slightly over 3/4 full which turned out perfect for my muffin tin because they didn't rise very much. I will definitely be making these again.
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Cilantro and Walnut Crusted Salmon

Reviewed: May 13, 2015
Based on the flavors in this dish I knew I would like it, but, I was surprised how much my husband liked it! It tasted just like a pesto, but, with a nice twist using cilantro. I did think the garlic was a little strong for our taste, so, next time I would only use 2-3 average sized cloves. Thanks for the recipe!
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Simple and Tasty Green Beans

Reviewed: May 13, 2015
I was intrigued by broiling green beans because I had never prepared them that way and it seemed so easy! The end result for my family was that they were just ok. The light lemon & garlic flavor was good, but, I think the broiling dried them out a little bit. I will prepare them with this fresh marinade again, but, think I would prefer them sauteed instead.
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Eaton's Easy Pulled Pork

Reviewed: May 13, 2015
Very easy pulled pork recipe! Instead of the slow cooker I cooked my 6 lb. roast in a covered dutch oven for 4 hours at 300 degrees until it was easy to shred. I also put a rub on the pork of paprika, garlic powder, cayenne, salt, & onion powder before braising. The pork was fall apart tender. I personally prefer to make my own bbq sauce, but, the addition of the vinegar to the bottled sauce gave the sauce a nice tang and was a big hit with my husband. Thanks for the recipe!
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Easy Baked Beans

Reviewed: May 13, 2015
My husband loves baked beans, so, I thought I would give this easy recipe a try. It seemed liked 3/4 of a cup was quite a bit of brown sugar for this recipe, so, I started with 1/2 cup and that was plenty sweet for our taste. I thought the bacon made the beans a little greasy and personally we didn't like the texture of the bacon mixed into the beans. It was a little too soft and chewy. We prefer the bacon put on top of the beans, so, it gets a little crisp. The BBQ sauce did give the beans a nice tang though! Great idea!
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Nutella® Popsicles®

Reviewed: May 6, 2015
I was very excited about trying these Nutella popsicles, but, after mixing everything together, you really couldn't taste the Nutella. I ended up adding quite a bit more until it had the chocolate hazelnut flavor I love. I thought the popsicles were going to be creamy, but, they were actually pretty icy. Due to the high fat content from the whipping cream and nutella, I was hoping to make these as a special treat for us, but, unfortunately the flavor didn't come through.
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Women's Club Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: May 3, 2015
This was very easy to get together and perfect for a quick meal. It was tangier and had more of a zing than the typical sloppy joe by using chili sauce since it is made with horseradish. I did add a few sprinkles of brown sugar to cut down on the acidity of the tomato sauce. We did not like it with the suggestion of dill pickles, tomato, & lettuce, but, it was very good with coleslaw.
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Easy Baked Doughnuts

Reviewed: May 3, 2015
I think this recipe had several flaws in the directions. You would be better stirring with a wooden spoon. The recipe does not state what size cutter you should use. I used a 2-1/2" cookie cutter and a large frosting tip to cut the whole out of the center. My yield was nine doughnuts. The recipe also did not state if the baking sheet should be greased or ungreased. Definitely grease your baking pan. The texture and taste is more like a sweetened biscuit instead of a doughnut. The doughnut was very moist. I made some rolled in sugar as the recipe stated and some in cinnamon sugar. We thought the doughnuts were too sugary.
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Chef John's Baked Mushroom Risotto

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2015
Absolutely fabulous! This recipe was so much easier than the standard method of making risotto. Cooking it in the oven for part of time freed me up for doing other things to finish preparing my meal. The rice was perfectly tender and creamy and had great flavor. I used arborio rice instead because it is what I had in my pantry. I also used my dutch oven because I didn't have an pan that was oven proof to 400 degrees. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!
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Fresh Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2015
I am not a fan of the typical "holiday" green bean casserole because I don't like using the canned soup and I think it is very heavy. I was intrigued by this recipe using fresh ingredients and skim milk for a lighter sauce. I was very pleased with the end result! The green beans were not mushy and I loved using fresh vegetables in the casserole. The use of the ranch dressing mix was also a nice addition of flavor and gave you the salt you needed without using excess sodium. I loved the onions and garlic in the panko, but, I do think I would add some more seasonings to the crumbs or even used seasoned panko instead. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks so much for the recipe!
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Slow-Roasted Beef for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2015
Absolutely 100% fail-proof and FABULOUS! I have made this twice and both times were perfect. I do not have a meat slicer, but, even sliced a little thicker by cutting with a knife the beef is tender and melt in your mouth. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe! You are a hero in my house!
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Insalata Caprese I

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2015
I thought the flavors to the salad were great, but, I still think I prefer the layered caprese better than having it mixed together. The cheese soaked in the balsamic giving it an unappealing dark brown color. I also think the balsamic flavor overwhelmed the fresh basil. I totally forgot the red onion, but, I am sure it would be great in the salad. Thanks for the recipe, but, I will stick with the simplicity of a traditional Caprese salad next time.
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Grandma's Chicken Chardon

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2015
This was an easy recipe to get together and had a lot of flavor! The only thing I did different was to use Italian seasoned bread crumbs and add a little onion powder to the crumbs. We really loved the flavor, but, the chicken was definitely overcooked. I started checking mine at 35 minutes and should have checked it sooner. The chicken breasts I had were larger, so, I thought 35 minutes would be a good starting point. I would start checking yours about 25 minutes and go from there. 45 minutes would have been much too long for boneless breasts.
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Vegetable Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2015
This was a perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken and a light summer salad. The flavor profile reminded me of a three bean salad. I thought it was good, but, I did miss the different textures you get from a three bean salad. I would make it again because I really liked the corn in the salad, but, I would add either a can of kidney beans or garbanzo beans. Thanks for the recipe!
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