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Fruit Dip II

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2006
This fruit dip was so quick and easy to make. The biggest hardship was getting all that gooey marshmallow cream out of the jar. :) It tastes incredible with fresh cut strawberries. I gave it 4 instead of 5 because there isn't anything particularly special about the taste - it is very good, but it doesn't have any pizzaz to it. All in all a very good recipe.
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Hershey's ® Kisses Birthday Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2006
This was INCREDIBLE! I made it as a cake for my daughter's 2nd birthday, and it was a huge hit. My cakes always fall (no fault of the recipe, I'm sure) so I tried to hide the dent by sprinkling colored confetti sprinkles on the frosting. I then added the Hershey kisses and it looked beautiful, dent and all. It was a tremendous hit; everyone loved it. I tried this again but made it into cupcakes, instead, because I didn't want to deal with another fallen cake. I used sweet mini-morsels to decorate the cupcakes. They were a huge hit, too. I will DEFINATELY use this recipe again, we all loved it!
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BBQ Pork for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2006
I love how easy this recipe was to prepare! It didn't take the full 4 hours for the pork to finish in the crockpot, but I let it sit on low until the end time anyway and the pork turned out really nice and tender. I had an extra bottle of BBQ sauce on the table to serve with the sandwiches, and we had baked beans on the side. It was a yummy and easy meal with very few ingredients, which is very nice! It went over really well with my family. My 2-year old had a hard time holding her sandwich, but she seemed to enjoy the taste. Thanks for the recipe!
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Baked Potato Soup I

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2006
I am giving this recipe five stars as is, because it is absolutely delicious and the family loves it. If there are leftovers, they often thicken in the fridge but can be reconstituted with a little milk when reheated. I have made some adaptations over time because I no longer use the recipe while cooking this, but I do think it tastes great as written. - I peel and chop raw potatoes and boil them instead of baking - usually omit green onions because the kids pick them out anyway - time-permitting, keep the soup simmering for at least an hour instead of bringing to a boil - if I do bring it to a boil, I stir CONSTANTLY, not frequently, as it frequently burns to the bottom of the pan very quickly - garnish with a little shredded cheese, bacon, and green onions to make it pretty :)
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Creamy Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2006
It's a little dull, but it's very good for such an easy recipe. The chicken came out very moist. The whole family, including two toddlers, gobbled it up. We served it over egg noodles.
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Bean Quesadillas

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2007
I made this recipe on a Friday during Lent, when we abstain from meat. My husband and I were both a bit leery of a meatless quesadilla, but I gave it a try and I'm so glad I did! This turned out to be absolutely delicious. My preschooler loved it, too. Instead of sandwiching the filling between two tortillas, I did as other reviewers did and spread the filling over 1/2 a tortilla, then folded it over to make a half circle. After they were cooked, we cut them into triangles, and served with sour cream, salsa, and shredded cheddar cheese. We'll DEFINITELY make this again and recommend it to friends, too.
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Delicious Rosemary Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2007
This bread was incredible! I made two loaves, as the recipe indicated, and the first one was gone within ten minutes of coming out of the oven. This was the first bread I've ever made (besides the ones I helped my mom with when I was a kid) and it turned out beautifully. I used a pinch of oregano and a pinch of parsley in place of Italian seasoning. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly, and even though I overkneaded by about ten minutes (lots of distractions!) the bread turned out great and was a huge hit. Perfect for gifting because of the size and shape. Definitely something I'll make again.
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Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2007
I gave the recipe 4 instead of 5 because it came out very crumbly and was difficult to mold into a round, and difficult to cut. Maybe it was my fault (this was the second bread I've ever made, and the first was made about an hour before this one!) but in any event, it tasted great and went very fast after dinner! I think it's worth making again to see if I can make it better, especially because it went over so well with our company.
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Mom's Stovetop Pork Ribs

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2007
I loved trying a new recipe and cooking method, and while my family thought the pork was delicious, I found it a little dry and tough. I think I will give it at least one more try to see if I can get it better with practice because it was such a huge hit with my family. I used fresh parsley - if I had added cilantro, my husband would have ordered a pizza. :) Also, like other reviewers have warned, you have to watch that water like a hawk once it gets really low. Otherwise, before you know it, it will boil away and start to burn.
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Bill's Sausage Gravy

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2007
Not like this recipe needs any more positive ratings, BUT... ...we LOVED this recipe! It was so easy and DELICIOUS! It turned out perfectly. I had doubts when it didn't look like it would thicken up, but be patient and it will work out just fine. It was so flavorful and creamy. Definitely don't make this if you're on a strict diet ;) but it was a wonderful treat!
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Garlic Chicken Fried Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2007
Great recipe. As usual, I didn't measure anything, just tossed it in and mixed it up. Pounding the chicken was very theraputic for anyone who's had a bad day. ;) It took a while to fry and it seemed like everything was going wrong with the rest of my meal...I kept thinking, "This BETTER be good!" Fortunately for my sanity, it was VERY good. *WHEN* I make it again, I will add more garlic and some other seasonings as well. I made gravy to go with the chicken, and I thought it was the perfect touch. It was an easy roux-based gravy (the recipe wasn't here, but you could probably find it...it was just butter, milk, flour, cream, and some seasonings to taste). The chicken turned out ever so slightly dry (which is why I deducted one star), so the gravy gave it the perfect amount of moisture and the creaminess was a nice contrast to the crunchy chicken. A big plus - my picky son LOVED it and had three pieces!
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Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Herb Sauce

Reviewed: May 15, 2007
I modified this recipe slightly to use what I had on hand (thyme and oregano instead of basil), and I doubled it to feed our lsrge family and have leftovers for my husband's lunch the next day. My preschool-aged children enjoyed it (my four year old cleared his plate - a rarity!). I loved that it was easy to prepare and it looked so pretty on the plate. I have only made pork tenderloin in the oven so it was fun to try something new. I do think care should be taken when choosing side dishes - I served mashed potatoes and broccoli, and it was kind of blah. I wish I had at least added fresh garlic to the potatoes. I gave 4 instead of 5 because while I liked it, I wasn't jumping up and down over it. My husband said it was "good" but wasn't oohing and aahing over it like he does when he really loves something. I will most likely make it again, though. *** After trying this again, I'm upping my rating to 5 stars (from 4). YUMMY! I think I used a better quality of pork the second time around. It was incredible - tender, extremely flavorful, and it reheated really well too! *** Four years later, this recipe is still in my regular rotation. I have made it for friends when they were sick or just had a baby and they all loved it! I sometimes cook the carrots on the side because my husband will eat them but he doesn't care for them; they are just as good when chopped, steamed, and added later for those who like them. Thank you CARRIEKWF for this recipe that has stood the test of time
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London Broil II

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2007
After reading all these great reviews, I was expecting an AMAZING marinade...this was good, but didn't blow me out of the water. I did add a little lemon juice as per another review. The steak turned out nice and tender, but the taste was...eh. I had to add a lot of salt to the finished product to bring it up to my standards a little moe. :) I prefer the Southern Living recipe for London Broil marinade.
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Meatball Sandwich

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2007
DELICIOUS!!! I made the meatballs to freeze, but my husband and I both snitched a couple of them before I packed them into the freezer. They are flavorful and incredibly delicious. The kitchen smelled great when they were cooking!!! The only change I'll make next time will be to use leaner meat - they were a little greasy after they cooked. Thanks for the excellent recipe!
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Mozzarella Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2007
Because I made a prepping error, I gave this recipe a one-star handicap...it tasted like a 3-star recipe, but that might have been my fault. ;) My husband, who is not a fan of chicken, said it was good. Even without that prep error, though, I found this meal a bit dry and bland. I would like to make it again and give it another chance, but next time I will probably add some other seasonings besides salt and pepper.
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Chicken Fried Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2007
Delicious and EASY!!! I have made this recipe exactly as-is and I have also made my own alterations - no matter what, it always tastes great. I think it's impossible to mess this one up. We serve it with a white gravy and garlic mashed potatoes with a green vegetable, and the whole family gobbles it down.
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2007
I had never made a pie before in my life, and I chose this recipe because of all the excellent reviews. I figured if the pie is really THAT good, I couldn't possibly screw it up. :) The finished result was incredible. I made one small change - I sprinkled freshly grated nutmeg on the apples as I layered them in the pie pan - but otherwise I followed the recipe. I used Braeburn apples, which turned out really delicious and had the perfect consistancy. This was an incredible pie and two days after its debut, I'm already getting requests to make it again. This recipe is a keeper.
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Chicken Pot Pie III

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2007
I used a Pillsbury roll-out pie crust (the kind in the long red box) and frozen mixed vegetables for soup, added some oregano, and used 1 1/2 cans of cream of celery soup rather than 1/2 can celery + 1 can potato. As other reviewers said, the thyme was a bit much, but not enough to keep my family from pigging out on this pot pie! It was incredibly delicious. My husband isn't normally a fan of chicken or mixed veggies but he raved about this pie. My four year old son, who has shunned every single chicken pot pie anyone has ever given him, said, "Mmmmm, this is yummy, Mommy!" I doubled this recipe and froze 1/2 of the chicken/veggie mixture so when I want to make it again, all I have to do is thaw it and put it in a pie crust to bake. I can't wait to have it again, and I think I'll make this next time I bring a meal to someone.
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Sloppy Joes II

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2007
My husband had never had sloppy joes from scratch and I had never had sloppy joes PERIOD. We both enjoyed the meal very much and the kids loved it, too! My husband still likes the canned kind better, but he gave this recipe his seal of approval as well. :) This freezes and reheats very well.
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Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2007
First of all, the mix looks beautiful in the jar. To the reviewers who said it didn't fit: (1) Make sure you're firmly packing down each level as you do it to make sure there will be room in the jar. (2) When you're measuring your flour, don't dip your cup measure into the flour and dump it into the jar. Loosely spoon the flour into the measuring cup, level it off with a knife, then put it into the jar. I did this one 1/3-cup at a time so I could press down each level. If you're dipping your measuring cup directly into the flour you could potentially have twice the amount of flour you need, as this method packs the flour in more tightly. If you measure the flour correctly, all the ingredients should fit perfectly with not an inch to spare. I baked the cookies myself and they burned to a crisp. I apparently have a different view of "walnut-sized." :) I tried again and kept a closer eye on the cookies, and they turned out beautifully. I'm not a big fan of oatmeal in my cookies but it's not an overwhelming taste, and I ended up liking them very much.
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