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Grilled Broccoli

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2009
Wow!! My husband's favorite vegetable is broccoli and this was an amazing way to make it. I would have never ever thought to make broccoli on the grill but I am so glad that I found this recipe. The only changes I made was to reduce the oil by a little bit and squeezed two lemons into the marinade. Also, I let it marinade for a few hours and cooked it a little bit longer over lower heat and just sprinkled the cheese on it while it was on the grill. Everyone was eating it right off the grill it was so good! I can't recommend this enough for an inexpensive, and super healthy bbq side dish!
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Apple Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2009
This was a really delicious and simple appetizer. It seemed much fancier than it actually was, and it definitely didn't taste like there were so few ingredients in it! The only change that I made was sprinkling a little bit of olive oil over the bread before I toasted it on parchment paper since I liked my crostini that way. This will definitely be a recipe that is going into my rotation!
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Cola Onion Pork Chops

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2009
I was really excited for this recipe because I love simple things like this that can be made from things I always have in the house. However, it was pretty unappealing when it came out of the oven, and it just didn't smell appetizing. The pork was very moist, but the sauce wasn't thick at all. I always make 3 small pork chops for my husband and I for dinner and I knew this wasn't very good when my hubby didn't go back for his second pork chop and asked for more salad ;) I wouldn't say that this was bad, but I won't be making it again. There is a similar pork chop recipe on allrecipes.com made with cola, brown sugar, and ketchup that is outstanding that I will be sticking with.
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California Italian Wedding Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2009
This was a very good soup, I was surprised how light and flavorful it was. The fresh lemon zest really made it outstanding. I think it is important to take the time to roll the meatballs really tiny to make the soup easy to eat. I also omitted the pasta and largely increased the amount of spinach to keep the calories down. This was filling, and kept in the refrigerator really well. I didn't give this 5 stars because I didn't think it was "craveable". I made it a couple of weeks ago and by the time the pot was empty I was done with it, and I haven't wanted it since.
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Tortellini Soup I

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2009
This is a very satisfying and hearty soup. The only change that I made was to use hot italian sausage for added flavor, I think that I could have used 1/2 lb instead of a full lb of sausage though. There is quite a bit of sausage in this soup. This is really nice for a change of pace for lunch, with the tortellini and sausage it is definitely filling enough.
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Pepperoncini Beef

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2009
Wow!! What a perfect and super easy dinner! I used london broil since it was on sale for super cheap and just dumped it in the Crock Pot, threw the sliced garlic on top, and dumped in the pepperoncini. I did cut off the tops/stems from each pepperoncini before I put it in the Crock Pot, but even with this step this meal took under 5 minutes of prep time in the morning. When I got home from work I threw some tater tots in the oven, and heated up some veggies. During the last few minutes of the tater tots cooking I put the beef into sub rolls, it was so tender it just fell apart with a fork, covered it in the pepperoncini's, and put a slice of provolone on top of each sandwich. I threw these in the oven with the tots for about 3 minutes to melt the cheese and they came out perfect!! My husband hasn't stopped raving about this delicious dinner since I made it! Total this dinner cost me under $5 including the side items and tasted wonderful. I love recipes that can be made with stuff that I keep in my pantry. This will definitely satisfy a fast-food craving without the expense or thousands of calories. Thank you for the wonderful recipe, I am adding this into my rotation.
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Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2009
These are officially called "Meat Candy" at our parties! This couldn't be any easier and they are a huge hit, especially with men. They are nice to serve as well since you can make them a few hours in advance, toss them in the Crock-Pot and they just get better. Also, the toothpicks make them really easy for people to just reach in and grab one. We have also made these at night and instead of tossing them in the Crock-Pot after the oven we just refrigerate them in a small foil tray and our hubbies have brought them down to tailgate with and just put the foil tray directly on the grill and let them warm up. They are a favorite for tailgating now!
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Blueberry Buckle

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2009
The actual cake of this was delicious but my topping didn't turn out at all like a crumb topping. It actually made the cake look very unappealing. I would make this again and serve it without any topping, and it would be much better.
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Pumpkin Fluff Dip

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2009
This was very easy to make and a big hit for fall football parties as an easy dessert. It is nice because you can make it ahead of time and then just pull it out when you are ready to serve. I served it with apple slices and cinnamon graham crackers, everyone preferred the freshness of the apples with it. The dip is very good but super sweet, borderline kid's sugary sweet but none of the kids really liked the pumpkin. I served it to people who love sugary sweets so it was fine, but personally a little bit of this went a very long way for me. Delicious, but I only put a tiny bit of dip on my apples and crackers.
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Chocolate Mint Cookies I

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2009
Wow! I am a terrible baker, and needed a cookie to bring to a holiday cookie exchange. I made these and I can't tell you how wonderful they came out! Out of 18 different cookies everyone couldn't stop raving about my cookies. They taste like Thin Mint girl scout cookies, but even better...I know, I didn't think it was possible either! Also, if you keep them in a tupperware container in your refrigerator they keep for as long as you can keep from eating them! The only change I made to the recipe is that I used a full Andes mint on each one instead of breaking them in half. You will not be dissapointed by these!
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Red Cabbage Salad II

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2009
I substituted all of the salt and seasoned salt with garlic salt and reduced the oil to about 1/4 cup and up the vinegar to 1 cup to make it lighter and it was delicious!! This really is something that only improves as it sits in the refrigerator. It is a great thing to make on Sunday and eat with your lunchs all week long. This is something that really fills me up, and tastes indulgent. Sprinkled with the tiniest bit of gorgonzola cheese this becomes a decadent treat!!
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Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2008
I recently made this for my Christmas Cocktail party as a non-alcoholic choice for my guests. This is WONDERFUL for a party! I made it about 3 hours before the start of the party after all the cleaning and other cooking had been completed. After it was finished on the stove I transferred it to my Crock-Pot and my house smelled wonderful for the entire evening. I followed the directions exactly and it came out delicious! It wasn't overly sweet, or sugary, as I find most non-alcoholic drink recipes are. It was wonderful to offer a beverage suited to adult tastes to my guests that don't choose to drink alcohol instead of a more child themed beverage. Also, I witnessed many of the alcohol drinkers switching to this at the end of the evening as a nightcap. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!
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Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2008
Oh goodness! This was seriously awful. I used dijon mustard, which I really like on everything else, but this just didn't turn out. It was so bad that we couldn't even finish it. The one good point was that the chicken stayed extremely moist while it cooked.
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Cola Pork Chops

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2008
Wow!! I love simple recipes that come out this amazing. I took people's advice and I lightly dusted the pork chops in flour and garlic powder and browned them in my Le Creuset dutch oven on top of the stove with a tiny bit of butter while the oven preheated. Once they were brown I poured the sauce over the top, sprinkled on salt and pepper and transferred the whole pot uncovered to the oven for 40 minutes. When I pulled them out of the oven they were just PERFECT! The sauce had gotten thick and carmelized and even though I was scared it would be too sweet it really wasn't at all. I love having recipes that I don't have to go to the store to get any of the ingredients for and this one is perfect. Cola Pork Chops are going into my regular rotation of easy weeknight meals.
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Roquefort Pear Salad

Reviewed: May 14, 2008
Wow, wow, wow!! This was absolutely perfect. I followed the recipe exactly and served it for a party and everyone couldn't stop raving about it. I did make the dressing a day before which I think made it taste even better, but it completely isn't necessary. I just did it to save me a step on the day I was serving it.
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Jalapeno Popper Spread

Reviewed: May 14, 2008
Wow! This was delicious and so beyond easy. I served this with the Ritz crackers that are pretzel on one side and cracker on the other and it was perfect. I was sort of concerned that this wouldn't really taste like a popper without crunchy outside. The crackers added the perfect crunch to this without adding any extra steps to make a top on the dip. I love that you can just stir this together in under 5 minutes, pop it in the fridge until you are ready to serve it, then just pop it in the microwave for 3 minutes, open a bag of crackers and you have wonderful homemade appetizer. This is perfect for parties since you don't have to do any last minute prep. Also, once it cools off it still tastes great and still looks appealing.
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Marinated Broccoli

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2008
I don't really know what happened with this recipe. It sounded good, I tasted the dressing before I put it on the broccoli and it was very good, but all together it just wasn't good. I put it together last night and I just tried it for lunch today and I only had one bite. The veggies were still firm, it smelled OK, but just didn't taste very good. I wish this would have been better!
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Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip II

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2007
This was fabulous!! I am actually dieting right now and I was looking for some healthier options for appetizers. I made this recipe with reduced fat cream cheese and instead of the mayo I used Fat Free Sour cream. I omitted the layer of mozzarella cheese on the top and just stirred in about 1/8 of a cup of it. I also decreased the rest of the cheese by a little bit and increased the spinach a little bit. I made sure that I drained the spinach REALLY well, I think that if you didn't the dip wouldn't have as creamy of a texture. I also added an extra clove of garlic. I served this with a chunks of french bread, crackers, and pretzels and it was wonderful!! I had several people tell me this was the best spinach artichoke dip they have ever had, everyone asked me for the recipe, and no one could believe that it was low-fat and low-calorie. This is definitely going to become a regular when I entertain.
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Mock Champagne

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2007
PERFECT! This champagne was just the cutest way to start out a baby shower that I hosted!! When you pour this into a glass it gets the exact same little foamy hed that champagne does. Also, it was so delicious! Really light and refreshing, most of my guests enjoyed several glasses of it. I just chilled all of the ingredients really well before I mixed them into a pitcher and then poured the "champagne" into glasses as guests arrived. I am going to use it as an alternative to champagne for the next baby shower I am hosting so guests can make Mommymosas!! How Cute! This is a wonderful recipe that I plan to use over and over again as a fun alternative for non-drinkers that isn't the typical overly sweet drink.
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Baby Blue Punch

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2007
This punch is MUCH better in theory than it is in reality. It definitely created that "Oh, How Cute!" reaction at first but the few people that tried it commented on how sweet it was and didn't go back for seconds. It was really overpowering! By the end of the party the ice cream looked like a curdled mess on the top of the bowl and was just SO unappealing! It was a cute idea to have blue punch for a baby boy shower however, you would be MUCH better off using a little bit of the blue kind of Juicy Juice and mixing it with sprite or ginger ale to get the same color without the overly sweet taste and yucky look. I would take a pass on this punch!
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