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The Best Meatballs

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2013
Very good recipe, although I did alter it a bit. Used half beef & half pork. I didn't have romano cheese, so used parmesean, powdered garlic instead of minced, used Italian seasoning instead of the parsley, added 1/4 tsp of red pepper for a little kick, used a half cup of beef broth in place of the water, and I baked my meatballs rather than frying. A cup and a half of water seemed to be way too much. My meatballs held up well baking as well as when I placed them into my pasta sauce. They are very tender and have a great flavor. The recipe made enough that I was able to get 40 nice size meatballs, half for now and half for later.
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Baltimore Zoo

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2010
Great drink to have at home as long as you don't have to drive. We don't like beer, so replaced that with a splash of sprite. Also I use gin instead of tequila. You absolutely cannot taste the alcohol, so do not serve this at a party and allow people to drive home after-wards.
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Fuzzy Navel Slush

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2010
Wow......this is great! The only reason I rated it 4 stars is because if you actually added the amount of sugar called for it would be way to sweet. I cut the sugar down to a little less than a cup. I also used more schnapps, actually the entire bottle (5th) but did add more water. Couldn't wait for it to freeze so put it in the freezer for a couple hours and then put some crushed ice in a glass, some of the drink mixture, then filled the rest of the glass up with Sprite. Fantastic! Sure it will be even better once its actually frozen. Only caution is that even with a 5th of Peach Schnapps, this does not taste like it has alcohol in it so be careful & be sure to keep it away from kids. They will definitely think its is just a slushy. Great summer drink!!
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High Temperature Eye-of-Round Roast

Reviewed: May 19, 2010
This is a fantastic basic cooking method. I wanted Italian Beef so changed it a bit I marinated a 4 lb roast by using 3 envelopes of Italian Dressing, 1/2 tsp of Italian Seasoning, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/4 cup olive oil & the juice of 2 lemons. Mixed this all together then placed the roast in a bag & poured in the marinade. Massage the meat & let it sit at least overnight then cook according to the recipe. If you can, turn the meat several times while it is in the marinade. Mine actually was in the marinade for about 18 hours. I did find that it did not need to stay in the oven for 2 hours. I pulled it when the temp read 145 degrees & it still ended up more medium than medium rare. A meat thermometer is a must for this recipe. I wrapped the whole thing in foil & refrigerated the cooked roast overnight which helped to seal in the moisture & allow the seasoning to penetrate the meat even more. Sliced it paper thin for sandwiches tonight. My sons said it was as good as Portillo's and if anyone is from Chicago, you know that is a true compliment. Now I just need to work on the Portillo's chocolate cake!
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Fried Onion Rings

Reviewed: May 10, 2010
Great basic recipe. I didn't have any beer, or sparkling water, so I used a small can of 7-up. It worked perfectly. I think you just need something with fizz. I omitted the salt & pepper, added a teaspoon of Cajun seasoning & a 1/2 tsp of sugar. The onion rings were perfect. This is definitely a keeper!
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Peppered Beef Tenderloin

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2009
This is a good method for cooking tenderloin. I did tweak the recipe a bit. I used a spicy steak seasoning which already included garlic,so just added a little lemon pepper since I didn't have any lemon. The key to a good tenderloin is to use a meat thermometer. Take the meat out when the temp reads about 10 degrees lower than what you want. Once you take it out of the oven, tent with foil and let it rest at least 10 minutes before cutting. The temperature will continue to rise during this time which will result in a juicy roast. Beef tenderloin is an expensive cut of meat, but if you buy it whole, even for a family of 6 (which I have), you can cut the whole roast into 3 smaller ones which will be enough for 3 dinners, plus a little left over for sandwiches. And its way cheaper, not to mention better, than going out for an expensive steak dinner!
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Kettle Corn

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2009
This kettle corn is great! I'm so happy that now I don't have to wait until the fair to have kettle corn, and I can have it without spending $8.00 for a bag! I didn't have any problems with burning. I used half butter and half popcorn oil, and the same amount of sugar, and used a Whirley Pop for cooking. I think being able to constantly stir helped the popcorn not to burn. This popcorn is so good that if you don't have a Whirley Pop, I would go out and buy one just to make this kettle corn!
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Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2008
Great recipe once I made a few changes. My family doesn't like pumpkin, so I use a cup of homemade sweet potato pie filling instead, and used a half cup of dark brown sugar, after cutting back the white sugar to a cup. I also wanted a cookie that would be easy to pack for lunches, so I decided instead of the icing, to roll the cookies in a mixture of raw sugar and cinnamon. The raw sugar gives the cookies a nice crunch, and the brown sugar makes them less like cake. Excellent!
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Apple Squares

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2008
Great recipe, although I did make a few changes. My kids don't like nuts so I left those out and increased the apples. Also for the topping, I combined about a half cup flour, a couple of tablespoons of butter, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 tsp of cinnamon. I spread this over the top and baked. Outstanding!
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Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2008
I was very disappointed with this recipe. The batter of the cobbler turned into more of a cake consistency, and did not have much flavor. I typically make a cobbler with more of a streusel topping, but wanted to try something different. I would not make this again.
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BBQ Dry Rub

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2007
Great rub for chicken or pork. I changed the recipe just a bit, by increasing the pepper & paprika, and adding 1/4 cup each of garlic powder & onion powder. It does a wonderful job of seasoning meat.
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Garlic Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2007
Very good basic recipe. Since I was out of olive oil, I used Italian dressing to dip the chicken in. I think this added even more flavor. Great quick recipe.
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Brooklyn Girl's Penne Arrabiata

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2007
This dish was very good after I added a few changes. Since we like things spicy, I added red pepper flakes & about 1/2 tsp of red pepper to the sauce. Also for the breading for the chicken, I used Italian Bread Crumbs and a spicy chicken breading I make. Once I made those changes it was great.
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Amish White Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2007
This bread is good, but rises extremely slow, possibly due to the amount of sugar in the recipe, which is why I am giving it 4 stars. You just need to account for that if you're planning to have it for dinner. In addition to making great sandwiches, it makes wonderful french toast.
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Chicken Quesadillas

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2007
These were great quesadillas! I did cook mine in a skillet to save time, and seasoned my chicken since my family likes things a little on the spicy side. I used 1 boneless skinless chicken breast which made enough chicken to construct quesadillas for a hungry family of 6, including 4 boys!
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White Texas Sheet Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2007
Just made the cake this afternoon and it came out well. I agree that the chocolate one is a little better which is why I'm giving this 4 stars, but this definitely has a good flavor. My family doesn't like almond, so I used vanilla extract. Not sure what happened to the people who had problems with the cake rising. Mine did just fine. It tose about the same amount as the chocolate one.
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Perfect Turkey

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2006
This turkey was good. The only reason I didn't rate it as 5 stars was because it was so hard to find something to fit it in. Next time I'll cook a smaller turkey. I also omitted the white wine since I didn't have any and the taste was still very good.
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Super Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2006
WOW! This is a great soup. I did make a few adjustments to suit my family's taste. I used my leftover turkey carcass from Thanksgiving to get the broth. Boiled this most of the day and got a really rich stock with plenty of meat that fell off the bones. Also I only used 1 can of cream of chicken soup and used shredded cheese instead of the processed stuff. I used frozen green beens for the vegetable and added a tablespoon of coarsely ground black pepper for a little spice. I served this tonight with the French Bread recipe from this site along with a salad and chocolate cake for dessert. It was definitely a hit with my family.
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Daddy's Fried Corn and Onions

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2006
Sorry, I didn't really care for this recipe. I love fried corn, but had never thought to put onion in with the corn. Big mistake - my boys hated it. I thought it was ok, but definitely not worthy of 5 stars.
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Breaded Chicken Fingers

Reviewed: May 26, 2006
Very good. The only reason I didn't rate at 5 stars was because I still needed to add a little additional seasoning to get them nice and spicy. I used a chicken flour mix that I make up myself that has lots of spices and mixed that with italian bread crumbs. I also added about 1/4 cup of hot sauce to the buttermilk. They were great. The recipe as is makes a lot of chicken fingers, but they keep well, and cut up make a great fried chicken salad. They didn't actually last that long in my house anyway, so I didn't have to think of very many ways to use them.
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