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Slow Cooker Ham

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2006
I am sure this is a great recipe from all the reviews. The problem I had was I have a small crock pot, so I purchased a 3 lb picnic ham which to my delight fit perfectly in my crock pot. I had no idea how to adjust the time difference so I figured 3-4 hours on low. Apparently it was done in about an hour or two. At 3 1/2 hrs it was brown and tough and in the garbage. So I just wanted to write this to help someone in the same predictament.
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Slow Cooker Stuffing

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2006
LOVED IT! --yes--I read all 200+ reviews before I made it. The issue with the ammount of broth does depend on the kind of bread you use. Use less for fresh bread and more for store bought hard packaged. I used the packaged and used all the broth. I think taking the time to mix it thourghly to absorb the liquid is essential also. I also got the feeling it was on edge of being over cooked, so I skipped the 45 min high setting and I put the crock pot on Low for 4 hours and it was perfect.
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Shrimp Scampi Bake

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2005
We loved this recipe. So fast and easy. As far as some of the comments made about using less butter, I went ahead and used all the butter which I think was needed to make sure the shrimp was coated. There was a lot left over in the pan but that was o.k. We did add a light sprinkling of parmesan and old bay, which i think helped the butter cling to the shrimp. A little splash of white wine is also good in the mix.
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Basic Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2006
Take about 8 cloves of raw garlic and throw them into the water with the potatos and let them cook together. They will be soft and mash easily. TO DIE FOR
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Home Style Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2006
.Love this recipe....BUT...7 ounces of pasta would barely feed 2 people in my family (we're German i.e. big eaters) Plus that seemes like a lot of sauce for the ammount of pasta.. So I upped the butter to a 1/2 cup and left everything else the same and used a 1 pound box of macaroni. It was PERFECT!!
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Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2008
For more lemon flavor--totally skip the milk and substitute with a cup of lemon juice. For a prettier cake--instead of greasing and flouring, grease then use sugar. It works better than flour and makes the cake prettier than dry flour baked to the surface. Enjoy!
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Amish Breakfast Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2006
This will be our new favorite breakfast casserole recipe. We wanted something that didn't use bread or canned soup and this fit the bill. We did substitute bob evans zesty sausage for the bacon. Added tsp salt, garlic,and onion powder. Great meal!
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Beer-Batter Onion Rings

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2008
This is wonderful recipe. The batter must be of pancake batter consistancy. So add extra beer as needed. Recipe as written is good. But on our second batch we decided to add some spices to see if it would make them more flavorfull. We really enjoyed them better with the spices. We added some paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, red pepper, extra salt.
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Garlic Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2005
For a 1 1/2 lb machine, if you change the "customize this recipe" on the bottom of the page to "11" servings you will get a perfect sized loaf. Also put in 3 teaspoons of minced garlic and went heavy on the parmesan and basil.
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Vegetarian Lasagna

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2008
I will give 4 stars for the nice idea of using all these great vegetables, but the recipe needs 'help' No bake lasagna noodles need a good amount of sauce in order for them to cook and stay moist, and they need some extra time. To fix this recipe you will need at least two jars of pasta sauce or use a large can of tomato sauce, add olive oil, and spices. Put the sauce at the bottom of the pan, and add sauce over each layer and on top. Chop your veggies very fine and small. Bake at 350 cover tightly with foil and bake for an hour. Let sit 10 minutes before serving. This recipe will be fine if you do this.
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Regular Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2006
I used half chicken broth and half water. I let the veggies cook 15 min then added raw chopped up chicken breats to make it's own broth. Let that cook about 20 min then tossed in the noodles for the last ten minutes. It was wonderful. Added some parsley and salt and pepper too.
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Ziti Chicken and Broccoli

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2005
This is a nice recipe, but unless you like bland food, be prepared to add a lot of spices. I added much more garlic, salt, and some other complimentary spices. Also before cooking I decided I wanted to make an "oven baked ziti" So after it was prepared, I placed it a baking pan, sprinkled the top with shredded cheese and parmesan and put it in a 350 degree oven for 30 min. I also cooked the chicken in olive oil, instead of frying. I will say that I tasted it before baking it and it was much more flavorful after baking it.
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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2011
Just reference for anyone with a smaller weight breast. Put a 2.5 lb boneless breast in a rival crockpot on low (10hr) setting only, and it had a pop up timer which was great so I could actually see when it was finished cooking, and it took exactly 3 hours and ten minutes.
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Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2006
I cooked the onion and chicken in butter and a little chicken broth. In the same pan I added some cream cheese and the shredded cheeses etc. I added some cumin and cilantro. I did this to make my own sauce instead of using canned soup. I also poured some red enchilada sauce over the top then cheese.
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Easy Bake Fish

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2006
Tasted way too sweet. Not sure about that low oven temperture. Upped mine to 350 half way through, didn't look like anything was happening.
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Italian Herb Infused Olive Oil

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2007
I wanted some dipping oil for bread I was making now. So I used all dried herbs and let them soak in the oil in a covered bowl for two hours and it was pretty tasty. Nice for a small ammount and a hurry and the herbs started to swell up from soaking making it look more like fresh.
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Una's Cheddar Beer Bread (bread machine dough cycle)

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2005
My husband and I ate the whole loaf before dinner was served. I halved the recipe for the bread machine and substituted: Butter for margarine, regular sharp cheddar-instead of low fat, half-and half instead of milk. We think the real ingredients rather than processed diet versions make for better flavor.
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Picnic Potato Salad with No Mayonnaise

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2012
This is an extremely delicious recipe. I really love the mayo type potato salads- but wanted a change-and had a party of people with sophisticated palates, Plus I had an abundance of fresh basil and chives in my garden. Here are some tips for a perfect outcome. You really have to watch the cooking time. If the potatoes over cook, they will break down to mush, like mashed potatoes, so depending on how large your cubes are, they need to come out as soon as its soft enough to eat. They need to have plenty of firmness to withstand the mixing. My cubes were approx. an inch in diameter and they were done in 10 minutes. After they cool down to the point where they aren't profusely steaming, you need to coat them with the wet dressing, this will help stop the sticky characteristics that potatoes get as they cool. I would also wait to add the blue cheese until serving. Cheese can start to get runny if mixed in. There are similar recipes on this site that add celery and pickle, and I think that would ruin this elegant and tasty dish that has such great flavors and sophistication without being too complicated.
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Easy Homestyle Green Beans

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2005
I substituted chopped ham for the bacon. I let the ham, and onions simmer a while in the liquid from the beans with the bouillion. When the onions were cooked then I added the green beans.
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Amazing Cocktail Sauce

Reviewed: May 7, 2008
Forgot to pick up cocktail sauce for a party, so in a panic found this recipe. It's just as good if not better than the jar. Only thing I changed after tasting it, was to add a sprinkle of garlic powder. Also I didn't have chili sauce so I just added some chili powder to the catsup and tasted great.
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