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Antipasto Pasta Salad

Reviewed: May 27, 2014
I did make several changes to this recipe, but they were really substitutions rather than changes. Anyway, I just used pepperoni (left out the salami) and cheddar rather than asiago, added some chopped red onion, and used red wine vinegar instead of balsamic. Also I didn't bother with adding the tablespoon of parmesan since frankly, I don't see how much of an impact it could make in this huge bowl of pasta salad. Loved using the Good Seasons salad dressing in this... It's so much better than bottled dressing. This went over very well at a Memorial Day barbecause yesterday - everyone seemed to love it!
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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2008
This is great! It's so easy to make and really hits the spot on a cold day! Everyone in my family enjoyed it. I might add a little dried thyme next time I make it - then it will taste just like my favorite pot pie recipe - only it takes a lot less time to make! Great comfort food! Thanks!
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Chili Cheese Turnovers

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2008
These were great and very easy to make! My youngest daughter doesn't like beans so I used two cans of meatless chili. The dipping sauce was very tasty but it was a little too chunky for dipping. We will definitely make this again!!
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Pear Salad II

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2009
I grew up eating Pear Salad too!!! We still have them at our family reunion every year and for special occasions. It does sound strange but don't knock it til you try it. I think you really do have to grow up eating it to really appreciate it. I don't even like pears - this is the only way I will eat them. So simple and so delicious!!!
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Bacon and Tomato Cups

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2009
These are soooooo good!!! I used regular sized muffin cups - I ended up with an extra biscuit or two so I just split them up evenly among the cups. Everyone loved them!! Yummy and so easy, especially when you use a package of Oscar Mayer Real Bacon pieces!!
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B.L.T. Salad with Basil Mayo Dressing

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2009
This is my all time favorite salad recipe - it is sooooo good!! I usually add a bit of sugar to the dressing to cut the tanginess a bit. Yummy!!!
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Dilly Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2009
Sooo good! Have made it many times!
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Creamy Lettuce Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2009
Simple and tasty and I had all the ingredients on hand - it doesn't get much better than that!! I personally love the dressing, but only one other family member chose to use it - the others used bottled dressing. I have made this twice and will certainly make it again.
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Crunchy Romaine Strawberry Salad

Reviewed: May 20, 2010
I loved this and will definitely make it again!!! I doubled the dressing, and will most likely double the noodles and walnuts next time - that part really made the salad stand out and there just wasn't enough of that for me!! The flavor of the toasted walnuts was perfect with the other ingredients. I also added a little salt and pepper to taste (to my own portion). Yum!! Leslie - I saw your recipe first in Simple & Delicious - congrats on winning the grand prize!
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Apricot Chicken

Reviewed: May 24, 2010
This was very good and easy to throw together... I cooked it on the stovetop...
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Sarah's Rice Pilaf

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2014
It's recipes like these that make me wonder why I ever reach for a box of Rice-a-Roni!!! This was simple to make and so yummy! I used vegetable broth which I think sometimes has a better flavor than chicken broth. And of course it needs some salt and pepper to taste. Otherwise, absolutely perfect! This would be a great side dish to pretty much any entree - I served it with Sweet Orange-Sriracha Chicken and roasted asparagus with a lemon vinaigrette - our taste buds were happy last night:)
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Crunchy Romaine Toss

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2011
This is so good, I would give it more stars if I could! I have made it several times. I use a bag of precut romaine hearts and substitute red bell pepper cause we don't like raw broccoli... I also double the noodles and saute them along with the walnuts in the butter (to which I add the seasoning packets). Definitely wait until right before serving before adding the dressing and the noodles. It is delish!!!
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Fiesta Ravioli

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2012
This was soooo good!!! Made it just as the recipe called for, except that I didn't bother heating the sauce and the salsa in another skillet - I just heated it in the pot that I cooked the ravioli in while the ravioli was draining. This is definitely on the cheesy side so I think you could cut back a bit on the cheese if you wanted to... Also, I thought this was the perfect meat:pasta ratio so I can't really imagine adding other meats to it. This was a very hearty/heavy dish - it was great served with a tossed salad with a salsa/ranch dressing. Will definitely make it again!
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Pierogi Casserole

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2012
This was amazing!!! Definitely a lot more work than just using frozen pierogies but it was worth it in the end. A few recommendations: (1) cook the bacon separate from the onions or it will never cook through properly; (2) add salt and pepper to the mashed potatoes; (3) leave out the garlic. This was delish with sour cream and chopped green onions on top!
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Jalapeno Popper Spread

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2012
So easy and so yummy! It was great served with celery sticks and pretzels... Wouldn't change a thing about this recipe!
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Beautiful Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2013
Delicious salad, and beautiful - like the title!!!
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Cheese and Bacon Potato Rounds

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2013
I adore potato skins, and these really tasted just like them. These were so easy to make which is a little scary cause I just might start making them all the time LOL! LOVE, LOVE, LOVED these!!!
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Amazing Muffin Cups

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2013
We thought these were great! Very easy to customize for my daughter who isn't eating a lot of meat these days - I simply didn't add the sausage to several of the muffin cups. Mine turned out perfectly, although I felt the hash browns are sort of lost in the bottom (and hash browns are probably my favorite part of breakfast!). This would also be good cooked in a casserole dish which would probably appeal more to men - somehow I think a big square wouldn't be as "dainty" as the muffins, but they were perfect for me and my girls!
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Beef Tips and Noodles

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2013
This was easy and delish... I love things that you can get into the oven quickly and just leave them for a while. Served over buttered noodles with some green peas and crescent rolls on the side. Great Sunday night dinner! Oh and the house just smelled fabulous while it was cooking!
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