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Simple Strawberry Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2013
Perfect! I can remember as a child being at my Grandmother's & I can still see that big white ceramic bowl sitting on her counter full of ripe, juicy, sweet strawberries (from this recipe). My cousins & I would peel back the saran wrap & sneak a couple, scraping each one against the stray sugar that had gathered around the top half of that ceramic bowl, each time we entered the kitchen whilst we ran about our Grandparents house like grandkids / cousins often did during that time. Today, I use this same recipe as a topping on pounde cake, followed with a big dollop of cool whip. I try to always use home made (cake & whip cream) but have found pound cake from my stores bakery & cool whip work beautifully! Also, these berries taste great over ice cream! This recipe deserves 5 stars for being delicious, easy (you can't mess it up if you tried!), & nostalgic! Thank you!
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Country Fried Steak and Milk Gravy

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2012
I've been making this recipe for years. The only difference is I use Vegetable oil instead of lard & I don't use an entire cup of flour (1/4 C give or take). This is one of the good ole southern dish's that I grew up eating. More than likely one of the first recipes I learned to make. As a young lady growing up in the mountains in Tennessee, the first things I learned how to cook was how to fry EVERYTHING! (Poultry, beef, pork, venison, wild turkey, vegetables, etc!) My family never used measurements, I learned to "eyeball" it & add a little more of this, a little less of that, whisk & continue cooking until it "looks right." Lol.. I know it sounds funny but that is really how I was taught! My husband requests this the most. But he doesn't like gravy on it, (I do) he just likes it fried extra crispy with salt & pepper. This is a great basic recipe that you can play around with & add your own spin on it with adding spices & making the gravy to your preference. It's absolutely a 5 star recipe. Everyone will enjoy this one!
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2013
These were a hit for my hubbys birthday. Also, so easy to prepare & easy on the checkbook - we will be making these often! I used Hershey's chocolate chips, half semi sweet & half milk chocolate. They did not turn out overly sweet this made the perfect balance of sweetness. On the advice of other reviews, I made sure the boiling water did not touch the pan holding the chocolate. I melted the shortening first then added half of the chocolate chips. After the first half of chips melted I turned off the stove and added the remaining chips. Stirring constantly they all blended & melted together perfectly. I did not have any problems with the consistency of the chocolate. This is the first time that I have ever tried making chocolate covered strawberries so I was quite clumsy while dipping the berries & took longer than I probably should've bust still no problems with the chocolate. I absolutely reccommend this recipe! Easy peasy even for beginners. I also do not own a double broiler & just used a regular pot w/ a stainless steel bowl that fit almost 1/2 way down into it but not quite. Get creative! There are endless ways to use this recipe!
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Easy Iced Coffee

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2009
Love it! I added 1/2 tsp. more sugar and 1/4 tsp. imitation vanilla. This is much cheaper than the expensive drinks sold at fancy coffee stores and tastes just as good! I will be using this recipe frequently if not daily.. thank you so much Christy.
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Beefy Baked Ravioli

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2010
This was so very simple and delicious! We will be making this again!
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Slider-Style Mini Burgers

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2010
I used the split dinner rolls from the Ingles Bakery. I also used the store brand of beefy onion dry soup mix. I skewered a couple of pickles on each toothpick and stuck on the tops of them. They were so cute and a big hit at the party we took them to! We ended up bringing 4 home and my husband reheated them in the microwave the next day and enjoyed them just as well. I will absolutely make these again thank you for the great recipe! UPDATE: I have made these at least 5 times and they turn out great every time as written but I have figured out a way to make it even better. When they come out of the oven add a couple pickles and a squirt of mustard to each one- with that change this is absolutely a 5+ rated recipe!
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Pastry for Double Pie-Crust

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2010
I added 1 T. white sugar when mixing the flour & salt. It was very easy to work with I made "Grandma Ople's Apple Pie" from this site and rolled out the top crust then cut it with a pizza cutter to make a lattice topped crust. I never made a pie crust before I have always used store bought but I won't ever have to again! I didn't realize making a pie crust could be so easy! I can't wait to try my chicken pot pie recipe using this crust!
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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies I

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2010
I made these the night before our party and they were just as great the next day as they were right when they came out of the oven! They were very moist & chewy and did not dry out in the slightest. Everyone raved about these cookies!
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Easy Turkey Gravy

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2010
Tried this a few years/Thanksgivings back and it was a hit! My Mother-in-law especially loved it & after trying the first few bites (this is after the entire family had been sitting at the dinner table for a while) she said she enjoyed it so much that she needed more. She went back to the kitchen for a second helping, then shortly thereafter she wanted a third & this time she brings the entire pot off the stove & places it directly on the dinner table & then everyone joined in & scraped the bowl! It is honestly that good & obviously a very impressive dish! It can be very versatile, you can adjust the amount of broth, etc to your liking & try different things with it. Since finding this gem we have made some minor changes, altering it making an easier version of a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner that can be used all year long & you don't have to bake an entire Turkey to enjoy it! And you can make it even more easily & save time by using a crock pot! Just buy turkey breasts & bake or boil them. Then after making this gravy recipe transfer it to a crock pot. Debone & "shred" (we actually leave it in big chunks) the turkey & add it to the crock pot. Let it simmer & mix together while you make cornbread dressing to go with it. Then there you have it, the traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with out all the fuss! I'd say this is the best & most used recipe I've found online! Recommended highly! Thanks 4 posting!
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Jay's Signature Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2008
I have never made any sort of dough in my life. And usually when bread enters the oven at our house I end up burning it.. But not today!! The pizza I made was incredible. I doubt we will ever being ordering and bringing home anymore pizza! Jay's Signature Pizza Crust was the way to go. It was very easy to make. However I think I added a lot more flour than the recipe called for still it came out great! We will be making this again and again!
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Sweet Potato Casserole II

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2008
Update- My original review was in 2008. I have made this recipe MANY times and tweaked it to make it the best ever! 1st, some of the reviewers say to bake the potatoes instead of boiling them. I've done it both ways and I prefer to boil them they do not taste better baked but NEVER used canned potatoes that will make a HUGE difference! I use at least 3.5-4 lbs. of potatoes. I whip them in a kitchenaid mixer with the flat beater. All the strings from the potatoes stick to the beater so I'm able to remove them - this makes the mixture smoother. 2nd, always use whole milk. I have used evaporated milk, etc - whole milk is always better. 3rd, I also add a few light dashes of cinnamon to the potato mixture. 4th, on the topping I use 2 C. brown sugar, 1 C. flour, 1/2+ C. pecans and I keep the butter at 1/3 C. sometimes I may add a little more (1 T. or less) so the topping resembles cookie dough. Put it in a 9x13 pan and spoon the topping across. There will be a lot but it's worth it! Then bake for about 30-35 min. until the top is brown but not too hard. I have made it the night before just do the potato mixture as written, spoon it into the pan you are going to bake it in, wrap it up and keep it in the fridge. The next day all you have to do is make the topping and bake (45+ minutes) and it turns out just as great! This is my family's favorite dish and now with all these changes it's the best ever! People are always wanting this recipe! I hope this helps you!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2009
This was extremely good! I was also skeptical about cooking the chicken with only butter and the dry italian seasoning for so long at the beginning of the recipe.. but since I read the reviews first I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfect! The only think different I did was add only a tablespoon of sourcream and a little dash of milk to make it a little more creamy because the finished product seemed a little thick. We really enjoyed it and the leftovers didn't last long... Thanks for such a great recipe!
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Cherry-Blueberry Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2009
If I could give this recipe more than 5 stars I absolutely would! This was so delicious! I had a lot of fresh blueberries given to me and I was looking up recipes to use them in and this is the first one I tried. This is also the first fruit pie I have ever made. I just subsituted the fresh blueberries in place of the frozen. I did use a 12 oz. frozen pie crust instead of a 15 oz. refrigerated pie crust. I don't think it really made to much of a difference. The eggwhites brushed on and then sprinkled with sugar made it taste amazing. I did put tin foil over the edges so they wouldn't burn. The blueberries and the cherries mixed together tasted so good! I topped my piece with whipped cream and my fiance had vanilla ice cream with his. But it would be delicious by itself! I still have a ton of blueberries left and a lot of different recipes to try out but I plan to make this again soon! ::UPDATE:: I ended up freezing a lot of the fresh blueberries I had this summer. I have made this pie several times using fresh and several times using the same blueberries frozen. Even though the pie is delicious both ways it is better using the frozen blueberries! When using the frozen -you don't loose the blueberry taste to the cherry pie filling.
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Awesome Broccoli-Cheese Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2010
I did use an entire 12 ounce bag of cheese and crushed up 1/2 sleeve of ritz crackers on top. But other than those minor changes I kept the recipe completely as is and I'm sure I would still give it 5 stars regardless we just like the extra cheese & cracker topping. This is an absolute keeper- there was not one bite leftover- infact people were arguing over the last serving. We will make this our "staple" broccoli & cheese casserole from now on and will make it again and again! Thank you for such a great recipe!
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Easy Batter Fruit Cobbler

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2014
EASY & DELICIOUS! I could go on forever about how good this cobbler is! Everyone who tries it loves it! I have used fresh & frozen fruit (some times 2 cups, most of the time 3+), usually a combination (fresh peaches & frozen blueberries or blackberries being our favorites). Canned sweet potatoes are another favorite we like to use. I usually add a heavy teaspoon of vanilla extract to the batter. And I sprinkle a generous spoonful of cinnamon (when you sprinkle on the sugar, right before baking), too. The crust is amazing & it has just the right amount of sweetness. The recipe as is, is perfection & can be easily doubled or altered (like adjusting the amount of butter, adding the vanilla extract & cinnamon, etc., etc., etc.,...) to your liking. I've tried several different cobbler recipes, this is the best so far, by far! It's so simple, usually have the ingredients on hand & you can mix it up with endless different filling ideas. I won't be looking for any new recipes for this any time soon. Absolutely a staple worthy recipe! Thank you, Pam Anderson!
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Pork Chop and Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2006
I had an abundance of porkchops and didn't have a lot of recipes to make with them. I jumped online and found this one. This was great. I will make this more often!
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Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2008
My boyfriend's sister gave me this recipe a few months back and now we make it all the time at home. It is so easy because there is not a lot of work to put into it and it can cook in the microwave while you are preparing other dishes. However we use a different variation of this recipe.. 1.) Melt the butter in the microwave by itself. 2.) Then add the rice. 3.) Pour 1 can of french onion soup & 1 can of beef consomme on top of rice- Do not stir! 4.) Cook for 20 minutes. Then stir it up and put it back in the microwave for 5-10 more minutes to make sure the rice is fully cooked. You will LOVE this recipe!
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Oven Baked Potato Wedges

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2008
I took the advice of another reviewer and changed the cooking temp 450. The potato wedges turned were crispy on the outside and cooked on the insides.. I mixed the breadcrumbs with crushed up ranch flavored croutons.. I also brushed them with olive oil instead of butter. We absoloutly loved these! I can't wait to make them again and try different things to coat them with.
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Country Fried Squash

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2010
This is the best recipe for fried squash ever! The garlic salt really sets it apart from other fried squash recipes. This will be a staple in our home! Thank you Maryanne!
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Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2010
We are not big on sweet but when I came across this recipe I knew we had to try it. I made it for our weekly game night with our friends. Everyone loved it! I left the salt out on accident, but I don't think that it hurt the recipe at least we couldn't tell. I also think the cooking time should be changed to 25-30 minutes.. I checked the brownies after 15 minutes and then ended up cooking them 10+ minutes more. Even so these were delicious and we will make them again! Thanks for the great recipe!
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