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Beef Pot Pie III

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2007
This came out wonderful, even though I made a number of adjustments. I used leftover pot roast, which cut down on the prep time considerably. I added 1/4 c. chopped onion; 1 clove garlic, chopped; and 1 stalk celery sliced; and 1/2 t. Seasoned salt; 1/2 t. Italian Seasonings; and 1/4 t. pepper. After cooking the vegetables, I realized the remaining broth was not going to make enough sauce, so I also added one package of brown gravy mix, prepared, to the final sauce, and added a splash of red cooking wine. Instead of just frozen peas, I added 1/2 c. frozen corn as well. I pre-baked the bottom crust for about 7 minutes and it came out nice and flaky, not at all mushy. I added sliced mushrooms to the top of the vegetables in the pie before putting on the top crust. The one thing I didn't do, but will next time is layer the vegetables and sauce in the final assembly. I had just put the sauce over all the vegetables and it didn't soak through like I would have liked. This recipe probably would have been great with a lot less tinkering by me, but it came out wonderful even after playing with it.
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Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2006
This is so easy to make and so good! I cook the chicken breasts in the broth to make the broth a bit richer, then build the soup from there.
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BBQ Glazed Homemade Meatballs

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2006
These meatballs were great and everyone in the house loved them -- especially the 12yo, who said they were awesome. For the sauce, I did cut the brown sugar in the glaze in half as recommended by others, and it could have been reduced even more. With half the recommended amount of brown sugar, the sauce is still very sweet, maybe too sweet. I'd recommend starting with about a quarter of the recipe amount of brown sugar and working your way up from that. (Another idea is to make the meatballs without the glaze and use your favorite BBQ sauce instead.) As for quantity of sauce, you really don't need to smother the meatballs, so I don't think doubling the sauce is really necessary. For the meatballs themselves, I substituted 2% milk for the evaporated milk to lower fat grams, and it was fine. I used regular Old-Fashioned Oats rather than quick cooking, and the oats cooked up just fine.
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Speedy Salmon Patties

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2008
These were really good and really quick to make. As suggested by other reviewers, I doubled the crackers. I also added one clove minced garlic. Otherwise, I made the recipe as posted. Served with Creamy Dill Sauce from this site. Great, quick dinner!
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Light and Fluffy Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2007
This was excellent. I added a tiny bit of minced garlic, and a cup of fresh sliced mushrooms, and both were excellent. The baked quiche did not set as solidly as I normally like, so next time I would add an egg and cut back a bit on the milk/mayo mixture. Otherwise, this was a great treat.
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Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2011
Based on the reviews and the couple of minor adjustments suggested by Cat, I made this recipe with just 2 TBSP sugar and 1 TBSP oil, otherwise everything else is the same. The sugar/cinnamon coating is way more than you need for one batch, so cut it back to 1/4 to avoid waste and shake warm Churros in a paper bag to coat. I also used the large star tip on Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator and had the perfect Churros. If you pump them out onto an icing spatula and then turn them into the oil, they hold their shape beautifully. Excellent recipe!
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Apple Fritters I

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2008
I was trying to replicate the Apple Fritters that the convenience store chain, QuikTrip, used to have. The ones they have now are just not the same. This recipe came darn close with the couple of modifications I made. As suggested, I doubled the nutmeg and added 1 tea. Cinnamon. I also increased the sugar to 1/3 cup. As suggested by another reviewer, I diced the apples and microwaved them for 4 minutes, then put them, liquid and all, into the batter and dropped the batter in 1/4 cupfuls into hot oil. Instead of dusting with sugar when done, I made a glaze of 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 1 Tbsp. light corn syrup and 2 Tbsp. water, and drizzled that over the fritters. It dries to a sweet, slightly hard and crunchy glaze on the fritter. My husband says these are closer to the old QT fritters than what they have in the store now, but could be fried just a bit thinner and crispier. Next time I'll add one more apple and see if that doesn't thin the cakey-ness down just a hair. Great recipe!
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Ham, Potato and Broccoli Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2007
First, this recipe is great comfort food. I did add about a cup of Cheddar Cheese to the soup/milk mixture, along with a can of sliced mushrooms. After reading the reviews, I opted to use hashbrowns instead of French Fries, and I shredded my own potatoes rather than using frozen -- mostly to make sure the potatoes would cook thoroughly. They cooked fine, but the dish is really not very appetizing to look at when made this way with hash browns. Next time, I will use potato slices that I parboil for a few minutes first to ensure they cook through. I will also add some sauted onions and garlic, along with some salt and pepper to taste. Will definitely use more Cheddar Cheese next time too. Even without my changes though, I think this is a great comfort food and my whole family liked it.
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Meatball Grinders with a Yummy Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2007
Wow, excellent sauce! I cut back just a little bit on the apple jelly based on other reviews and used three heaping tablespoons instead of 10 oz. I put all the ingredients in a slow cooker along with a double batch of "The Best Meatballs You'll Ever Have" on this site. This does make a lot of sauce, so don't hesitate to add more meatballs than this recipe calls for. I cooked the sauce in the slow cooker for about five hours. Great meal for after church on Sunday.
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Rye Bread Party Pizzas

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2009
A dear departed friend gave me this recipe years ago. She added a handful of oregano. She also gave me the tip that these freeze very well. Just put them together on the party rye, freeze on the cookie sheets, and when you're ready to eat them, just toss a few on a baking sheet and bake at 400 until browned on top.
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Taco Potato Pie

Reviewed: May 13, 2009
This was really good and a hit with the family, but no. 1, the picture with it is not the right picture. The mashed potato "crust" is not really a crust, per se, and the final product is really better suited to be a filler for a soft taco, or maybe used as a dip for tortilla chips. The taste is great, it's just not meant to be a pie. It's filling consistency.
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Authentic, No Shortcuts, Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2010
I did not care for this recipe. It was bland, tasteless, was sort of grey in color, pasty and had the consistency of gruel when done. There was no flavor at all and the rice turned to mush. I was so disappointed! Scratch this one off the list!
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Best Bread Machine Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2008
Wow, great loaf of bread. Like other reviewers, I increased the salt to 1-1/2 tsp. I also buy bread machine yeast in the jar, so one packet is equivalent to 2-1/4 tsp. yeast. I used the dough cycle on my bread machine and then put the dough in an oiled bread pan, let it rise for 30 minutes, then baked for 30 minutes at 350°. It makes a soft, dense loaf, and the taste is excellent.
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Creamy Dill Dipping Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2008
Very quick and easy to make. I made Fast Salmon Patties from this site and served with this dipping sauce. Just perfect. I did substitute the fresh dill with dried dill -- Sub 2 tsp. dried for the 2 TBSP fresh. Let the flavors blend for a bit in the fridge to get the best taste.
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Hearty Hamburger Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2013
I used all ingredients exactly as written and only changed the cooking method to slow cooker. Excellent, hearty soup, but could use a bit of zip -- next time I'll add a bit of chopped jalapeno and maybe just a tad of salt. I might also try adding a can of drained black beans. As for cooking, brown your hamburger with the onion and garlic before putting in your slow cooker, then add all the other ingredients. Cook on high for 2 hours and then low for 6 more hours. Perfect!
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Chicken Taquitos

Reviewed: May 22, 2010
This is a highly customizable recipe. We substituted ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning and instead of green salsa, we used a jar of three chili salsa. One tip: Rather than using up a ton of toothpicks, use bamboo skewers, which you can resuse over and over as you're cooking. It's a labor intensive recipe, but comes out wonderful!
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Cranberry Orange Loaf

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2007
I've been making this recipe for years -- I originally found it in an old Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, and that page is well worn in my copy now. This recipe divides into three mini baking pans very nicely, and makes great holiday treat giveaways.
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Oyster Dressing II

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2006
Very good. I didn't have poultry seasoning, so I used Thyme and Sage in equal proportions -- BF liked it very much, but suggested just a bit more sage next time.
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2008
This makes a great cookie. However, if you're using butter rather than margarine, be sure to keep the cookie dough refrigerated between batches. My first cookies came out great, but as my kitchen warmed up from the oven, and the dough sat out, the butter in the cookies started to separate out as they baked making a mess on my Air Bake cookie sheets. The resulting mess had to be pried off -- tasted good, but still a mess. So, don't let the dough warm up if you're using butter, and don't put the dough directly on a warm cookie sheet either.
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Baked Pork Chops I

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2011
My husband turned up his nose when I bought pork chops, and wound up raving over how wonderful this recipe was. I omitted the flour and just dredged in egg then bread crumbs. After skillet browning, I only baked 30 minutes (the recipe calling for 1 hour is as others have noted, WAY too long). While baking, I combined the soup, milk and wine in a saucepan and warmed it. At the end of 30 minutes baking, I poured the sauce over the chops, recovered with foil and returned to the oven for 20-30 more minutes. Very tender and moist and a big hit with teenage son and husband. Served with German Potato Pancakes, also on this site.
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