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Porridge

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2012
Very easy to put together and a nice hearty breakfast on a cold day. I added a little brown sugar to the top because I thought it needed to be slightly sweeter. I did not care for the texture of the bananas cooked into the porridge. They were a little too mushy for my personal preference. I would make this again, but, add some dried fruit and nuts instead next time.
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Slow Cooker White Chili

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2012
I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe! It was different than most white chilis I have had in the past and I actually liked it better. The use of the green salsa gave it a nice depth of flavor. Make sure when you are buying your green salsa you buy the salsa verde. There is also a green salsa in my store that I buy that is a pureed jalapeno salsa and is really spicy and a little bitter. The salsa verde is slightly spicy and has a nice tang from the tomatillas. I used yellow corn instead of white - but, otherwise made according to the recipe.
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Bread and Butter Pickle Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2012
These deviled eggs were very simple to make and had a nice flavor. I really liked the addition of the chopped pickles. It gave them a nice sweet and tangy bite! I wasn't so crazy about the addition of the honey mustard, but, that is just my personal preference. I would probably just add a little yellow mustard instead next time.
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Southern Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2012
These deviled eggs definitely reminded me of a traditional deviled egg that tends to be a little on the sweet side. I thought they were very flavorful and were well received in my house. I am not sure that I would use this exact recipe again only because of the use of the sweetened condensed milk. I typically only buy it for specific recipes and since this only uses 1/4 tsp or so I will need to find a use for the remaining before it spoils. I also added just a little more mayonnaise for our personal taste. Thanks for the recipe!
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Moist Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2012
These turkey burgers were simple to put together and very tasty. I liked the carmelized onion flavor that came from browning the onions first instead of putting them in the burgers raw. There wasn't one particular flavor that stood out in these burgers - all the flavors combined just gave them a nice taste without being overpowering. They definitely were very moist!
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Quick and Flavorful Vegetables

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2012
This recipe was a pleasant surprise! It was super, super easy to make and added a nice flavor. I only started with one packet of the Flavor Boost based on previous reviews and that was perfect for us. It added just enough flavor without too much salt.
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Swanson® Ultra Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2012
I thought this was a very good basic mashed potato recipe. I do think that it developed a greater depth of flavor by cooking them in the chicken broth. This will be a tip that I use in the future. I read that some people had a problem that the potatoes turned into "glue" or "paste". I didn't have that problem at all. I used yukon gold potatoes, so, not sure if that made a difference or not.
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Campbell's® Green Bean Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2012
I used my husband as my "guinea pig" since I am not a fan of green bean casserole and I felt like I couldn't give an honest opinion for this review. He thought this was just ok. It was a little milky and didn't have as much flavor as we would have liked. I think if you like green bean casserole this is a good recipe to use as a starter point, but, it will need a little bit of tweaking.
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Moist and Savory Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2012
I thought this was a good base for stuffing. It was good for a very basic recipe, but, it needed more flavor for us. I thought it would be better with some apple or sausage added to it.
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Praline-Pumpkin Mousse Cornucopias

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2012
This was so much fun to make and such an elegant looking dessert! As others stated the directions in making the cornucopias was very clear and so easy to make. The mousse had a nice flavor and wasn't overly sweet in comparison to the caramel sauce. I think the puff pastry horns would be so versatile. Pefect for filling with a vanilla creme to make a cream horn or a chocolate mousse.
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Emily's Famous Hash Browns

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2012
This really did give me restaurant style hashbrowns! The outside was golden and crispy and the inside was soft and creamy. For additional flavor I added some garlic powder and cayenne pepper. The only thing I did differently was not use nearly the oil as stated in the recipe due to many reviews saying they were greasy. Plus - I really didn't want the excess oil. I used just enough to lightly cover the bottom of the pan and made sure it was rippling hot before I added the hashbrowns. I then turned the temp down slightly so they wouldn't burn. When I flipped I didn't add any additional oil. The second side didn't have quite the golden crispy texture since it didn't have any extra oil, but, we still liked it and saved on some of the fat.
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Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2012
This was perfect on a cold, dreary, rainy day! Real comfort food! I used dried minced onion instead of onion powder. I also added a few shakes of A1 to the sauce because my husband is an A1 fan. I made the gravy as directed with the addition of some sliced baby portobellos. I will definitely be making this again.
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Individual Vanilla Cheesecakes

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2012
I had high hopes for this recipe since the reviews seemed to be so high. The recipe was very easy to put together and cooked in exactly the 20 minutes that the recipe stated. We were not a fan of the texture of this recipe. I was expecting more of a cheescake texture and they were more cakey. It is possible part of this was because of the vanilla wafer crust that baked into the filling.
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Individual Pumpkin Pies

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2012
Personally, I am not a fan of pumpkin pie, so, my husband was the reviewer on this recipe. He thought it tasted like a traditional pumpkin pie and had a nice texture. He was not a fan of the vanilla wafer as the crust. It did take me an extra 25 minutes to cook than the recipe stated, so, I had had to babysit it every 5-6 minutes to be sure it didn't overcook.
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Creepy Mini Pizzas

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2012
These are such a cute idea for kids. You can just lay out the ingredients and let their imaginations run! They dough was easy to put together, but, mine was way too wet. I had to add quite a bit of flour to form a soft ball. I was not crazy about how the bottom crust cooked, but, it would probably be better on a pizza stone.
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Chocolate-Filled Crescents

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2012
Yum, yum, yum! These are so easy to get together and decadent! I mixed some softened cream cheese with a little powdered sugar and spread a thin layer on the crescent triangle. I then added the chocolate chips and slightly pressed into the cream cheese. I rolled from the big end and made sure the open ends were facing up once rolled. This recipe is so versatile! You could fill with just about anything. I think some nutella and chopped hazelnuts would be amazing! Give these a try!
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Tuna Salad Crescents

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2012
I was excited about trying these based on the reviews I read. I have to say though that this recipe really didn't work for my family. The recipe was very easy to put together and baked beautifully in about 14 minutes. However, we thought the sweetness of the crescent roll didn't work with the tuna. I think it is strictly a case of our own personal taste, because, it seemed that some people liked the contrast of the sweet crescent and salty tuna. I would not make these again.
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Crescent Dogs

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2012
These were a blast from the past and brought me right back to my childhood! After reading some of the reviews about the temperature of the hot dogs, I microwaved them for about 30 seconds just to knock the chill off before rolling. I made the rest according to the directions and the temperature was perfect and the crescent rolls perfectly cooked. The only problem I had was - how the heck do you roll these things up - lol? Mine never seemed to cover the hot dog completely, so, I ended up stretching and maneuvering so the hot dog was covered and the dough wasn't too thick in some areas.
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Irish Dairy Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2012
Tried this recipe on the recommendation of another AR member. It was amazing! I made with just a few tweaks. I used cake flour instead of all-purpose flour because I prefer the texture you get from using cake flour in pound cake. I also used 1 tbsp of vanilla and 1 tsp of almond flavoring. I did have one problem. The cake came out perfect, but, as it cooled the cake seemed to sink and top cracked and crumbled. Luckily, I used a bundt pan, so, once I flipped it the top was hidden. Not sure what caused the cake to settle, but it was moist and very flavorful.
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Roasted Broccoli & Crispy Polenta with Roasted Pepper & Asiago Chicken Sausage

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2012
In order to save a little on time and the extra calories I steamed the broccoli instead of roasting. The lemon juice really enhanced the flavor of the broccoli. I also used sun-dried tomato polenta and it was a nice compliment to the chicken sausage. I love the crispy outside and creamy inside you get from grilling or fying polenta. To be so simple to put together - this dish really had a lot of flavor. I do think it needed some sort of sauce. Next time I would experiment with a roasted red pepper sauce.
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