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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2013
Many years ago I had a recipe for molasses ginger cookies I got from a West Virginia farmer's wife - best cookies I'd ever tasted. That recipe got lost during a move and I have been chasing that flavor ever since. Out of all the recipes I have found to date this comes the closest to that remembered taste. One year I made them for a family Thanksgiving gathering and they went up against a few other homemade and a bunch of expensive store bought. At the end of the evening there were none of mine left, but plenty of the others available to take home with the leftovers. One little 3 year old guy was caught with one in each hand and a third in his mouth ;-) Well done!
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Pork Chops for the Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2013
As I usually try to do my first time making any recipe I followed it to the letter. While the output was edible I was disappointed, as the chops were not as tender and moist as I would have expected. The pot juices, while thin, provided enough moisture and flavor to salvage the meal. Perhaps it was the fault of my older crock pot - it was the smallest one of three, and seemed a good choice for my 6 chops, as opposed to the newest which holds 4 times as much - maybe it was too hot, I don't know, so I may try again using my larger newer slow cooker if I try this again. The flavors in the sauce are marvelous, so I may give it another shot. I'll happily update this review at that point.
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Roasted Yam and Kale Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2012
I had no trouble rating this 5 starts simply because it is a close variant on a dish I have been making for years ;-) My version has it served hot, tossed with either chucks of sausage (any type you like works from mild Italian to sweet chicken/apple to turkey kielbasa to vegan) sauteed' with the garlic, or chunks of leftover cooked chicken, to make it a satisfying meal ;-)
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Cranberry Walnut Relish I

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2011
A year ago I was invited to a Thanksgiving gathering with distant family I didn't know. I had made this before, and really liked it, just as written, so I decided to bring this as my table gift. There were two canned versions already on the table - jelly & whole berry - when mine arrived. When the time came to clear the table there was nothing left of my offering - the other two had barely been touched, and were consigned to leftovers. I had never before gotten so many compliments on my cooking, and nothing has topped that triumph yet except for my molasses ginger cookies we couldn't keep the kids out of ;-)
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Italian-Style Swiss Chard

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2011
Thank you! I had been looking for a simple tasty way to serve chard to my notoriously picky hubby - he only 'likes' what he grew up with. However his doctors now have him on a low protein diet - mostly veggie, which has complicated my life. Your recipe, along with the tweaks lojo added, made a huge dinner time hit and a new keeper recipe ;-)
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Sweet Potato-Turkey Meatloaf

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2010
I found this recipe by using the 'ingredients' option and gave it a try last night. I did make a couple minor alterations to suit our tastes. I sauteed the onion and garlic gently until translucent before adding to the loaf mix (hubby dislikes finding semi-raw onion in his meatloaf), and I left much of the sweet potato in small chunks. The resulting slices, while soft due to the natural texture of turkey were lovely - studded with golden nuggets of sweet potato. Hubby, whose appetite has been difficult to entice due to health issues, ate every bite and congratulated me on finding such a delightful recipe ;-) I served it with a simple side - canned green beans, mostly drained, added to sauteed garlic with Italian spice mix. The tang contrasted nicely with the sweetness of the loaf. A keeper!
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Mostaccioli with Spinach and Feta

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2010
Delightful! I found this through the 'ingredients' option because I had an odd collection of stuff and needed a quick supper. I down-sized a bit, added a center cut pork chop cut into thin bite sized slices and some fresh oregano from the garden and it made a complete supper for two. Definite keeper!
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Kielbasa with Peppers and Potatoes

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2010
Delightful! I was desperate for a quick supper and used the 'ingredients' option looking for kielbasa peppers and potato since that's what I had on hand. Mine is the lazy cooks version - I used a chunked Hillshire Farms smoked chicken sausage (already cooked) and a cut up baked potato I had leftover from a previous meal, added to the sauteed peppers (I added an onion) sprinkled with Bragg Sprinkle. Since both the sausage and potato were already cooked I just added them to the saute, heated through and served - yummy!
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Chicken Marsala

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2010
I was desperate for a simple tasty meal to tempt the appetite of my ailing hubby, and found this almost by accident. I don't use cooking wine but had both Marsala and sherry on hand. I was out of oregano, but used a bit of marjoram in its place. I used a mix of white and baby Bella mushrooms, and served it with lightly buttered and parsleyed noodles. Lovely! He ate significantly more than usual, thoroughly enjoyed it and so did I! this is now on my Wall of Fame with other favorite recipes ;-)
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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2009
I gave this 5 stars because whether I do it exactly as written, as I did last Thanksgiving for the first time, or with personalized additions, as I have a couple times since, the meat is more moist, tender and delectable than any I have done in the oven! I normally prefer dark meat, because roasting has always rendered the white too dry for my taste. This recipe has made me a believer! With frozen breasts available easily year round, turkey is no longer just for big holidays ;-)
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Spinach and Pasta Shells

Reviewed: May 16, 2009
This is almost exactly what I made last night, before finding this :-) In my version I added a bit of white wine and chicken broth and threw in some thawed peeled shrimp just before the spinach. delightful combo :-)
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Maple Walnut Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2009
I just finished noshing on my first batch, made exactly per recipe - I feel it is only fair to try it as written before making changes. I find they are tender, moist and pleasant. Next time I may try some of the recommended changes, like using B grade maple syrup for stronger flavor, or adding a crumb topping, but as-is they are a nice wake-up and I will certainly make them again.
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Sausage Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2008
Yay! I had this recipe in the booklet that came with my Bundt pan and was heartbroken when I lost it. I always got raves (and a few puzzled 'what is in this - it's delicious!') when I made it for parties. It'll be great to make it again!!! Thanks!!!
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Easy Banana Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2008
I had lost my old favorite - this more than made up for it! I added chopped nuts, because we love 'em in our banana bread, but this was so good it would have still been 5 stars without them. Moist and delicious :-) One suggestion, that I've used for years with sweet breads of all sorts: instead of flouring the greased pan I use sugar, or in this case cinnamon sugar - it makes a lovely additional crunch and flavor rather than that floury taste, and works just as well.
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Better Peanut Butter Sandwich

Reviewed: May 23, 2008
Try using apple butter - less runny - tastes great :-)
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Shrimp Lemon Pepper Linguini

Reviewed: May 22, 2008
Thank you so much for this recipe! I only just realized I never got around to rating it, so a long overdue 5 stars thumbs up :-) Hubby (a picky meat & potatoes eater usually) loves it, and so do I. I have used it as-is with great success, and also as a jumping off point for variations. The most recent was substituting fresh asparagus for the shrimp for a light and lovely Spring supper. I use angel hair pasta usually, so when the water is hot I throw in the stem pieces, let the water come back to a boil, add the pasta & start the timer, let the water come back to a boil, then add the tips. They all come out done at the same time and then I toss with the basic sauce. Scrumptious! I've used this recipe so often I now have to go buy yet another jar of dried basil - my winter substitution for fresh. I ran through 2 jars since I found this dish :-)
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Lamb Chops with Balsamic Reduction

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2008
Very tasty - good lamb is a must, as is good balsamic vinegar. Adding garlic is an option, but not necessary, even for a garlic-nut like me, since the flavors of the reduction are so delectable. Nice one! Will do again!
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Kathy's Delicious Whole Slow Cooker Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2008
Delightfully moist, with good flavor. I was out of soy, but had Teriyaki sauce on hand and it worked. The chicken was so falling-off-the-bones tender that the biggest problem was getting it out of the crock pot :-) Served it over Basmati rice with a generous ladle of the juice and it made a hit with hubby.
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Creamiest Rice Pudding

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2008
Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I cannot eat it, having a dairy allergy, but hubby loves rice pudding. Recently he became very ill, and had no appetite, so I bought him some commercial rice pudding. He gobbled it up so fast I figured I'd better learn how to make it myself. With so many recipes to choose from, this one caught my eye for it's simplicity and creamy sounding texture. I made a batch and he raved! He likes it much better than the commercial stuff, and says it reminds him of what his Mom used to make when he was growing up - high praise indeed! Since then I've been making it for him regularly, and it remains the one thing I can be sure he'll eat, even when he is having a bad day. It smells so good when I'm making it I really regret my allergy :-)
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