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Baked Pork Chops I

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2005
These were such a big hit for our Sunday dinner. The beginning of the recipe is very much your standard way of making breaded pork chops. You season the meat, bread the chops in flour, egg, bread crumbs then fry it in a pan of olive oil. I think the reason a few people complained that the chops were not flavorful is because they didn’t season their meat enough before dipping it in the flour. If you really season it with seasoned-salt a lot, that flour locks in that flavor very well. The second part of the recipe is what makes these pork chops so good. After frying them you bake them in the oven for an hour. I thought this amount of time was a little excessive, but I went ahead and followed the recipe. These were the moistest pork chops I have ever had. The sauce is very easy too. Pop open a can of cream of mushroom soup, then add milk and wine. I actually ended up omitting the wine and added more milk (I didn’t have any wine on hand) and it still turned out plenty flavorful. I added about a teaspoon of thyme to my sauce and that complemented the mushrooms very well. I will be adding the wine the next time I make this because I think that will add an even richer flavor, but it tasted great without it too. I would like to try to make fried chicken or chicken fried steak this way (breading it, frying it, and then baking it). I’m sure it will turn out just as moist and yummy.
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Banana Cake VI

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2006
It's pretty good...but I didn't think it was amazing. I thought this was a banana flavored cake, but no, it’s actually more like banana bread baked in a cake pan. Expecting a real cake from this recipe, I made this for my son’s third birthday. We did a Curious George theme and my son loves banana’s so I figured this would be perfect. It was too dense and rich for an occasion like this. With the cake being super rich and the frosting being super rich it was just a bit too much. I think if I were to make this for a birthday type occasion again, I would make just a simple sugar frosting rather than the rich cream cheese frosting. Also, as many others have mentioned, the cooking time is off in the directions. I had to bake it for about 20 minutes longer than asked for. Overall, I think this is just a so-so cake. In my opinion, it’s nothing extraordinary.
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Caramel Popcorn

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2007
This recipe is amazing. I made this as a fun snack at my three year-olds birthday party and it was a huge hit. Everyone was amazed when I told them the pop corn was home-made and not store bought and they all wanted the recipe. I love this recipe so much that I now give out little gift boxes of it at Christmas time. It's very easy to make, it's wonderfully addictive, kids go crazy over it, and adults can't get enough of it. Great recipe.
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2007
I really liked this recipe and will for sure be making it again. Even my picky three year-old really liked it and asked for seconds. The cheese topping had a wonderfully rich flavor that didn't over power the natural flavor of the fish but rather complimented it very well. My only problem with this recipe (as others have mentioned) is that the cheese topping mixture didn't stay put very well once broiled. Of what did stay on top of the fish, was very delectable.
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Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2007
This is the best roasted chicken I have ever eaten or made. I have tried about five different roasted chicken recipes and this one comes out on the top for sure. The slow cooking allows for a juicy and moist chicken while having a nice crispy outside. The spice rub works really well too and makes for great gravy drippings. Initually I thought the cooking time was a bit long and was really afraid I would end up with a dry roasted chicken, but it was seriously perfect. My three year old had like three helpings and my husband kept nibbeling on it all night. Not a thing I would change about it and this will be our roasted chicken recipe from now on...all the other recipes are going in the trash.
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Barbecued Beef

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2007
I have made this a few times for family gatherings and once for my son's birthday party and it has always been a huge hit and goes REALLY fast. We never have leftovers when I make this. The meat is moist and juicy and there's just the right amount of sauce. I think the ingredients are really great, but I prefer my BBQ sauce to have a little bit of a bite to it so I added 1/2 tp of chili molido powder to it.
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Easy Tuna Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2007
This was not a hit for us. I followed the instructions and it just came out dry and bland. I thought there was not enough tuna and spices and too much noodle. I like my tuna casserole to be creamy, lots of tuna so I can actually taste the tuna flavor, and a few more spices. If you really look at the majority of reviews on here, a lot of them state they used this as the 'base' of the recipe but added a lot more to it...to me, it's not fair to give a recipe a good review if you do that because you aren't really using the actual recipe...you're making your own. I don't think I will be making this again unless of course I add a lot more to it...but then I wouldn't really be using this specific recipe then would I?
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Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2007
I had been looking for this sauce for a really long time. I had a sauce just like this at a restaurant several years ago and I just sat there at the restaurant savoring every bite. This is the closest I have found to it. It is so good and flavorful. Only thing I added was some sweet Italian sausage, and some peas. My family loved this.
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Rich and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2007
I loved it, but my husband just thought it was okay. The only reason why my husband didn't like it was because he thought it was too acidic. I would have to agree with him, but overall I think it's a keeper in our recipe book. I think next time I make it I will cook the tomatoes a bit longer. I think 20 minutes is too short for fresh tomatoes. Also, by adding a bit of sugar, that really helped cut down on the acidic taste. I also sauteed a little bit of garlic and finely chopped onion before adding in the tomatoes and tomato juice. Overall, I think this is a great recipe and I will be making it again.
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Cream of Mushroom Soup II

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2007
This is the best cream of mushroom soup recipe I have tried on this website. My husband LOVED it and he hates mushrooms. Every time I make this for dinner guests they rave about it. This dish is wonderful in that is tastes fancy, but it really isn't...it's very cheap and easy to make. Only thing I changed was I used shallots rather than onion because I think shallots add a richness that is just perfect for soups. I like that this recipe does not call for you to puree the soup. I like my cream of mushroom soup with big chunks of mushrooms.
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Asiago Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2007
My husband and I really liked this but it was not a hit for my three year-old...he didn't like the sun-dried tomatoes. Since the recipe only calls for one tablespoon of Asiago cheese, I just substituted for fresh Parmesan cheese since they are very similar cheeses and my grocery store only sold Asiago in wedges costing $5.00 a pop. Also, I thought that one cup of sun-dried tomatoes was a bit much an overwhelming. I got like three chunks of sun-dried tomatoe in every bite. I will put about half a cup next time. Other than that the dish was wonderful!!
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Sauteed Apples

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2007
I made this for my daycare kids for their afternoon snack and they loved it. Perfect snack-time food. I added some raisens and almonds and it was so yummy!
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Delicious Ham and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2007
It's more like pot-pie filling soup really. Don't get me wrong, I loved it, but I actually am going to use this recipe the next time I decide to make a pot pie. I think it would be wonderful. Both my four year old and my husband had seconds and loved it. Pretty quick and easy to make.
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Amish White Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2007
My first loaf of bread! And it turned out awesome! For some reason I have always been fearful of making bread or baking in general. With regular cooking, if you mess up you can correct your mistake. With baking it's like once you put it in the oven, it's a done deal and if messes up there isn't much you can do. This recipe has taken away my fear of baking. This was a really easy recipe to follow and the results turned out so great. For those like me who are on the timid side when it comes to baking, have no fear with this recipe.
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Chocolate Lovers' Favorite Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2007
Huge hit for us. There wasn't a slice of cake left over for my son's birthday party. I used this cake for his birthday cake because my son is a chocoholic and it turned out so well. It's a pretty dense and rich cake (almost like a brownie) so I used a light, fluffy, and creamy frosting to go with it as to not compete with the chocolate cake flavor (used the '7 minute frosting' from Joy of Cooking cookbook...and it was perfect). I also baked mine in two round cake pans rather than a bunt and the batter divided perfectly between two pans. I really wouldn't change a thing about this recipe. This is a cake for chocolate lovers...that's for sure.
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Fry Bread Tacos II

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2007
Oh what an ordeal to make...but boy were they worth it. I think I must have done something wrong in the frying process (I've never really fried anything before). I used a big sauce pot, filled it with oil and heated the oil to the temp the directions told. Only thing is when I fried my bread the whole house filled with smoke. By the time I fried my last piece my fire alarm was going off, then my security system went off, then the fire department came, then all the neighbors came out to see what was going on...and I'm just like 'what...I'm just making fry bread...'. After the smoke cleared we sat down at the dinner table and enjoyed a wonderful and yummy meal of fry bread tacos. Everyone LOVED them. I will for sure make it again, though, next time I will have to figure out a way of doing it without involving the fire department.
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Neat Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2007
These were great! My four year-old and I had two helpings, my husband had four. Everyone loved them. This was such a quick and easy meal to throw together. I can see how some would think they tasted a bit sweet, but I actually really liked them that way. No more Manwich's for us ever again.
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Apple Dumplings I

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2007
I followed the recipe exactly and I think it came out perfect as is. I don't see the need to change it up at all. I didn't dice the apples as some suggested but just halved them as the recipe says and my apples came out nice and soft and perfectly ccoked. The dough outside came out nice and brown on the outside and fluffy in the middle. This was so quick and easy to make and everyone loved them. I will for sure make it again.
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2007
This was just so-so; not a huge hit but not totally bad either. I have been very spoiled by my grandma's chicken and dumplings though and I still think her recipe comes out on top though it takes a lot more work to make than this recipe. I thought I would try this recipe because I like the idea of a slow cooker chicken and dumpling recipe. I used the refrigerator biscuits as suggested and I think the ones I picked out at the store were just too sweet or something because all I could taste were the biscuits. I prefer the homemade dumplings like my grandma makes over the store bought dough. Also, I didn't think there was enough liquid. The recipe calls for two cans of biscuits and I think that is way too much, I think one is more than enough because when I put two in they sucked up all the liquid and I was left with kind of dry chicken and dumplings. I also think celery, carrots and maybe some peas would be nice in it next time. It was an okay recipe, but there are better out there, believe me.
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Mall Pretzels

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2007
Wow! These were fantastic! I made these with my daycare kids for their afternoon snack. They were very easy and fun to make and the kids (and I) LOVED them!!! I had to send some home with them because they just wanted more and more and I didn't want to spoil their dinner. There is nothing I would change. They were just the right softness and texture and such a perfect snack. This is a keeper for sure.
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