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Baked Potato Skins

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2011
So yummy! I made these for super-bowl Sunday and everyone said they were awesome! The thing that makes them awesome is the spices/oil you baste on the skins before you stuff them - so delish! I actually used a whole bag of potatoes (around 20) so I had to up the "servings" to 40!!! I followed what another poster did and basted outside of the skins first and baked them for 7 minutes and then basted the inside and baked them for 7 minutes, soaking up any "leftover" oil on the inside with a paper towel. Even though I made technically 40 servings (20 potatoes), I still only used a little over 4 cups of cheese - a mix of mozzarella and cheddar. Otherwise, I followed the recipe except I substituted Extra Virgin Olive Oil for the vegetable oil. They were so good. I will be making them again for sure!
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Red Enchilada Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2010
VERY yummy and EASY too! I used this on top of "Chicken Enchiladas I" (recipe on this website - I used this sauce instead of the recipe's taco sauce). Very yummers! I only put in 1 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder since my family doesn't like spicy stuff. This is a keeper!
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Chicken Enchiladas I

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2010
Delicious!!!! I modified the recipe by (as others have) omitting the water and using only 1/2 can of tomato sauce. I also used a Red Enchilada sauce recipe I found on this website instead of the taco sauce. I didn't have a green pepper, but I had a yellow one, and that worked just fine. I, too, sauteed the pepper, onion, and garlic together before adding it to the mixture. I didn't put chili powder into the enchiladas since I have small children and my husband doesn't like things spicy. (Plus there was chili powder in the enchilada sauce). I also only put about 3/4 cup of cheese in the mixture and 1/2 cup on top (trying to cut out a little fat). The only thing I'm going to do differently next time is to cook the chicken ahead of time and shred it, it seemed a little chewy cubed. But this recipe is DEFINITELY a keeper. Okay, made this again following the recipe to a "T" - well except for using enchilada sauce instead of taco sauce - and it came out wonderfully just the way it is! (I actually forgot I had made those other changes....I've got a newborn...so chalk it up to mommy brain. ;-) )
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Homemade Mac and Cheese

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2010
This was really really yummy. However, I didn't like the taste of the Parmesan cheese in it, it was too overpowering for me (and my kiddos). I did change the recipe a little by doing what some others did and I substituted evaporated milk for 1 cup of milk, mixed in 1/2 cup of sour cream (in a double batch), and added about 1/2 cup of velveeta cheese. My husband loved how creamy it was. I think I'll try it again, but next time, I'll nix the Parmesan.
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Fruit Dip II

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2010
It was yummy, but really sweet. I took the advice of another reviewer and put in some juice from the cherry jar and I wish I hadn't because that made it even MORE sweet. It's yummy though.
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Cream of Tomato

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2010
This was the best tomato soup ever! I upped the servings to 10 since I was making it for a playgroup. I used 7 fresh tomatoes and one 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes (no salt added) since tomatoes are so expensive this time of year. I used 1% milk, FRESH HERBS (SOOOO TASTY!!!!), and added one can of tomato paste. It came out amazing! The kids even loved it! They put fishy crackers in theirs and us adults had it with Feta cheese (per another reviewer) and it was sooooo good. I recommend using fresh herbs and letting it simmer for a while. It smells amazing. I made mine the night before and then heated it back up on the stove - even BETTER!
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Stacey's Hamburger Seasoning

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2010
WOW! This was soooo yummy! I never knew a few spices could change a hamburger so much! I have never been very good at hamburgers, but I am NOW! If you are worried about the cayenne pepper and black pepper making it spicy, don't worry, it's not. SO tasty!!!!!!!
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Chicken Stir-Fry

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2010
This was yummy! The chicken's texture was just like from a Chinese restaurant. It was a little bit bland, that's why I have it four stars, but then I doubled the soy sauce/garlic powder/ginger part and added about 1.5 tablespoons of brown sugar and about 1/4 cup of orange juice, it was even better. I also bought a package of lo mein noodles and cooked those, mixed them in the pan, and then it was like chicken lo mein. Very yummy, even my 3 year old and 1.5 year old liked it!
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Creamy Twice-Baked Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2009
Okay....YUM! I have tried other recipes on this site and this was BY FAR THE BEST ONE! I followed the recipe mostly. The only things I did differently were: *I cooked the potatoes in the microwave first because I was short on time - worked out great! *I added some scallions/green onions, but only a few, that was very yummy. *I topped them with some shredded cheddar cheese. Everyone was absolutely in love with them at Christmas dinner, as was I. They were so creaming and sooooo tasty! Definitely give this recipe a try!
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Monkey Bread I

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2009
I made this on Christmas morning for the first time. My 3 year old even helped me! It was sooo easy and so incredibly YUMMY!!!!!! It tastes like a cinnamon roll, mmmmmmm. The only thing I did differently was I spritzed the dough pieces with a little water so the cinnamon/sugar mixture would stick better because at first, it didn't stick too well. That required minimal effort though. It was absolutely delicious and it looks like we found a new Christmas morning tradition! :)
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Quick Quiche

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2009
This was DELICIOUS!!!! I only made a couple of changes...I used only 4 slices of bacon (I didn't want to make it too bacon-laden) and I used 5 eggs since the ones I had were smaller. I also used shredded cheddar cheese instead of swiss. Everyone loved it and it was sooooooooooooo easy and had a very simple clean up. Yum yum!
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Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2009
Absolutely divine! I wish the topping was included in the recipe. I have no clue what it is. Everyone LOVED it!I didn't change a thing from the original recipe. It's very rich though, you only need a small piece....enjoy! :)
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Turkey Noodle Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2009
This soup is VERY easy and VERY yummy! I made it for a mother's group and they all loved it. It's a great soup for a cold winter day. :) The only changes I made were using dry noodles (be careful, the longer they simmer, the more soft they get and then they break) and I added garlic powder, thyme, and basil. It's awesome with some cracked pepper on top too. So I guess the only downside is that is was sort of bland without any seasonings. Just add whatever kind you prefer and YUM!
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Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2009
This was good but not WOW. I don't think I added enough salt or something. It tasted a little bland. I think next time I'll jazz it up a little with some garlic salt or something.
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Fudge Truffle Cheesecake

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2008
This was a great chocolate cheesecake! If you are looking for something chocolatey, then is your ticket. I followed the recipe exactly except I 1 and 1/2'd the crust because I never seem to have enough crust. I also put a ganache topping on top (boiled 1 cup of 1/2 and 1/2 and about 9 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips, whisked them together and poured on top and put it in the fridge) Everyone raved about how yummy it was! It is very rich though and a small sliver of this cake goes a long way.
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Meatball Stew

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2008
I made this recipe the way it is written except that I added more water and used frozen turkey meatballs instead. It ended up being WAAAY too salty for my liking so I fixed it up a bit to be more my speed. These are the changes I made: -Like I said, I used frozen Turkey meatballs, but I used the whole 28 oz. bag since it was for a mothers group with moms and kids. -I added about 2-3 cups MORE water so that it was more soupy. (for a total of 3-4 cups) -I added 1 can of NO SALT ADDED tomato paste to thicken it up after adding more volume to the soup with the water. -I added about 1 tablespoon of sugar to cut the saltiness. -I used 5 ribs of celery and 4 potatoes (Not counting the raw one I added at the end to soak up some of the salt) -I added 2 cloves of crushed garlic -I added one bay leaf. This makes a whole crock pot full. (a big oval crock pot) By making it THIS way I would give it four stars. It's a very yummy soup but not out of this world. It's good for kids! The kids in the mothers group seemed to love it since it had meatballs and carrots and potatoes in it, all good kid foods. If I made it again I would do all of my changes and possibly omit the bouillon since there is onion soup mix and condensed soup in it already, which is probably what makes it so salty. For me, It's worth keeping with the changes I made.
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Fluffy French Toast

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2008
This french toast was perfect. I love to cook but have always STUNK at making french toast. My husband found and made this one and it was absolutely perfecto! I love the hint of cinnamon flavor, it's not too much. Great recipe!
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Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2007
I made this for Christmas and my family RAVED about it! The different things I did to the recipe are as follows: 1) I used a whole bag of caramels (minus a couple for snacking ;) ) instead of 30. So I doubled the milk too. I think that helped the caramel to not be too hard in the end. 2) I used chocolate graham crackers instead of regular for the crust. 3) I used a whole bag of graham crackers (they come in two separate bags within the box) instead of just a cup. I never have enough crust. So I added another 1/4 cup of butter to the crust. 4) I didn't 'chill' the caramel/crust, I just left it sitting out on the counter for a few hours before adding the filling. 5) I used 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips and 1/2 cup Wilton's semi-sweet chocolate buds for the chocolate to go in the cheesecake. 6) Lastly, I topped of the cheesecake with some caramel sundae topping and mini semi-sweet morsels. It was beautiful! Other than that, I did as the recipe said. Mine didn't crack at all and it wasn't that difficult to cut through the caramel layer. Of course it was a little tougher than your average crust, but not that hard. I, personally, found it VERY sweet, but I'm giving it a 5 because every person told me it was "incredible" and my sister told me, "This is really good fancy restaurant quality!" I can't imagine serving it with more caramel sauce...it was sweet enough! I will definately make it again since everyone loved it so. It's a keeper!
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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2006
PERFECTO! Just what I was looking for! This is a great meal for a cold or rainy day. I followed the directions except for the following: *I used low sodium cream of chicken soup *I used 1% milk - that's all we had! *I only used 1.5 cups of milk to make it thicker I sauteed the cubed chicken in a large skillet, thawed the veggies in the microwave, and then added everything right to the skillet. It was SO easy and SO quick! I also served it over big buttermilk bisquits. It was heavenly!
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Polish Cabbage Noodles

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2006
This was good, but didn't taste like my mother's! I called her and asked her what she did with hers. She chops up the cabbage, salts it, lets it sit for about 10-15 minutes, then rings the water out of it and sautees it in butter or margarine. And she DOESN'T use onions! I think the onions ruined it for me. It still tasted pretty good, but not as yummy as my mom's! Next time...no onions. 9/23/10 I made this recipe again using my mother's tips (see above) and OH.MY.WORD.!!!! It was PERFECT! Definitely (in my opinion) NO ONIONS! The cabbage gets a sweet taste when you cook it and, combined with the salt and butter, it's mouth-watering. Brings me back to my childhood! :) With no onions and salting the cabbage before you cook it, I give it FIVE STARS!
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