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Marinated Baked Pork Chops

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2013
Nice sauce. Made as is with a little garlic powder and red pepper flakes. It's thick and more like bbq sauce than a marinade. Despite the sugar it's not overly sweet either. I quadrupled the recipe for about 8 pork loin chops(make it 24 servings for easiest measuring), marinated for a few hours, saved some sauce back (not from the marinade) and cooked it down and served it over the top. Very tasty.
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Spam Musubi

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2008
Good recipe. I skip the step with the rice vinegar, just plain rice is fine. Frying your spam, then marinating and then frying again gets rid of a lot of the fat as well. Low sodium spam works best. I've also had some people prefer is as a sandwich - rice, seaweed, spam, rice.
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Crispy Fish Fillets

Reviewed: May 18, 2009
My whole family loved this. I followed the recipe exactly, but added some old bay to the fish and did dredge it in flour like others have suggested. The instant potatoes give the fish such a crispy golden brown crust. It turned some ordinary cheap fish (flounder in my case) into something delicious. Thank you.
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Corn Dog Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2009
Really good! I just followed the directions on the package of cornbread, which was smaller then this recipe calls for, and it worked out well. Didn't add sugar because it was sweet cornbread mix. I made them a second time just as cornbread, cutting up the dogs really small. They were a hit.
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Antipasto Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2010
So good and easy! It doesn't take long to throw everything together. I made it pretty much exactly according to the directions, but added artichokes and banana peppers and used bow-tie pasta. It's so easy to customize with what you have in your fridge. I let it sit for 24 hours and it was an amazing and quick Friday night dinner. Thank you!
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Best Cream Of Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2010
Delicious soup! So easy and cheap. I used frozen broccoli and made it in the crockpot with just a few changes. I added the onions and celery and a bit of butter to the crock, then added the frozen broccoli and 5 cups of water and 5 bullion cubes on high for 4 hours. I added a bit of flour mixed with some water in the last hour of cooking. I added the extra water because I didn't have milk in the house. Instead I simply added a small container of cream cheese in the last 30 minutes. Used a masher and it was done. Will make this again! It's so simple. ETA: I've made this a few more times and half the time forget to even put the flour in. I think it's thick enough without out. Especially if you take some out and blend it up. I've also added garlic as suggested by a few people. You could also add a lot more veggies to sneak in if you wanted to. Carrots are great in this!
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Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2010
I've made this many many times. There is no need to change things because it's wonderful as it is (though I never use stewed tomatoes because my family doesn't like them, just plain canned are good), but this is a very easy recipe to customize to your taste. The last time I made it I doubled the recipe, but not the sausage, and added some celery and onions. Delicious and low cal!
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Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2010
So delicious! I halved the recipe and added a bit less sugar and finally added OJ instead of milk (didn't have any) and it was delicious. For quick roasting (I used only one huge potato, admittedly if you doubled the recipe it would be just quicker to bake) peel and chop your sweet potatoes and roast for 20 minutes or until tender in your oven. I could eat this all year round. So good.
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Creamy Pesto Shrimp

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2008
Very good recipe. Like others, I used half and half instead of heavy cream and less butter to cut down the fat. I also used smoked gouda cheese because it's what I had, added mushrooms (that were sauteed before), onions and garlic to sauce. It was a huge hit with everyone. This is a great starter recipe. I want to try it with chicken or the crab like suggested. Thank you!
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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2011
Delicious! I wanted to try new things for Lint on Fridays and this was a hit. I didn't have bell peppers so I used canned green chilis that were well drained. It gave it a nice kick. I also added two eggs as suggested and added bread crumbs until the mix came together. I also added a hand full of shredded cheese I had left. I then formed the patties and put them in the fridge for a few hours. Served them in a nice burger with the works and avocado. They are also great in a hot flour tortilla! I will make these again for sure.
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Puttanesca I

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2013
Great stuff. I always use crushed or canned tomatoes and I usually use all the anchovies from a can because that's how I like it. The portions of ingredients are flexible, but definitively don't skip on any of them(especially the anchovies!) They might sound weird, but everything coming together is what makes this sauce great.
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Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2013
Very quick and good! I was looking for a recipe to stretch 1 chicken breast to feed 4 people and this was it! I used about a 1/2 pound of chicken, added some garlic and took the suggestion of a top review to add 2 ounces of cream cheese. You could not tell at all this was made from a can of soup as a base. Very tasty and versatile. I could see this with seafood or even just different veggies.
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Coconut Poke Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2013
Really quite good! It's much better after it refrigerates a day or so as well. The weak part of the cake is the cool whip, which just really has an overwhelming fake taste. I think next time I'll try fresh whipped cream or maybe even coconut milk whipped cream. You definitively do not need the sweetened condensed milk as others have noted. It is plenty sweet enough.
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Hash Brown Casserole II

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2013
Great casserole. I've made it many times and rarely do I use all the butter it calls for. I know this isn't good for you, but a stick and half of butter is a bit much even for me! Most of the time I use cream of mushroom soup, add a bit of garlic and skip the cornflake crust. Instead I reserve about 1/2 cup of cheese and put it on top. Other than that I make it as is and it's wonderful.
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Chicken with Chipotle

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2013
The sauce is delicious! It goes without saying to customize the heat to your liking. I made it as is (removed the seeds from the peppers though) and it was pretty much perfect. I used chicken legs and added a bit of garlic, but other than that I followed the directions completely. Great dish. I'll make it again for sure. I love the sauce so much I do want to try boneless thighs or breasts shredded and just serve it over rice or as tacos.
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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2013
This is perfect. I did only put 1/3 cup of sugar because of some reviews, but I think 2/3 would be fine. It was moist and delicious even hours later. There is nothing cake-like about this. Cooked it for 25 minutes in a cast iron skillet. Served it with spicy seafood stew. Delicious! ***************** ETA a few months later - I made this a second time with 2 cups self rising cornmeal mix (has flour in it so I did not add more flour) and milk (I never have buttermilk, so I usually just add 1 tablespoon lemon juice/vinegar and a little under a cup of milk. let it sit and use it.), the full amount of sugar and it turned out wonderfully as well. And FYI, I'm from the South and I like my cornbread on the sweet side. I didn't know true southerners had to remove sugar... I didn't get the memo! Though like I said I do not find this overly sweet. The sugar does a great job at keeping it very moist though!
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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2013
These are great. I halved the recipe. Only changes I made were adding cranberries (in place of nuts) and white chocolate chips (in place of chocolate chips). I had an Ocean Spray cranberry and white chocolate cookie recipe, but I didn't like the texture of them. These were much more to my liking. I also added 1/8 cup extra flour (for a halved recipe, as suggested) and melted the butter before (wanted them chewier), and omitted the salt (used salted butter). I let them sit over night in the fridge. Cooked for 12 minutes @ 350. They were not flat. They were chewy with slightly crispy ends. It made 2 dozen delicious cookies.
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Baked Pork Chops I

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2013
These pork chops are seriously amazing. I've made them many times and they are always delicious. I usually don't cook them as long as they call for because I'm always running late cooking supper. About 30 minutes to start with and then another 30 minutes with the gravy. They are also perfectly fine with just doubling the milk if you have no wine. I do think the key is frying them brown and really crispy to start with so the breading only softens and doesn't get soggy. Everyone in my family LOVES these. They aren't exactly the most healthy (especially since they are best with buttery white rice!), but so so good.
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Delicious Chicken Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2014
This is good. I hate to make a recipe without trying it as is first, but I did feel it needed some veggies added and some other things changed. I didn't make broth, used a rotisserie chicken and 2 cups of brown rice. I sauteed carrots, celery, onions and mushrooms and added them for texture and flavor. I added a little more sour cream, a half cup of water and a jar of chicken gravy I had on hand because I didn't have the soup. Instead of crackers I used panko and a little less butter. It turned out well. The brown rice is the key because it will hold up better. I still had some nice texture on the rice after baking 35 minutes. It's a great way to sneak in brown rice to your family. You'll never be able to tell with all the creamy sauce on top. I'll try it again with cheese next time. This is a great starter recipe and does well with add ins. The basic recipe is the same so I'll still give it 5 stars.
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Garlic Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2008
Great recipe. I used panko and butter with some dried minced garlic. It worked very well and was such a quick recipe. I didn't add the cheese because I didn't have it, but I will try it again when I do have it. This is a really easy recipe to switch up with different oils and herbs.
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