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Chicken Pot Pies with Puff Pastry

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2005
I didn't like the flavor of this pot pie. Although it could be because I added ground thyme, rather than thyme flakes (who knew?). But I also didn't like the consistency--it was a bit runny. I could probably alter it to make it work, but instead I'll stick with my mother-in-law's pot pie recipe.
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Peanut Butter Pie I

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2006
I just won 1st place (and $50!) at the company's pie baking contest with this recipe. The only alteration I made was to double the cookie crust (that's the best part in my opinion). And I decorated the top with reeses peanutbutter cups. Yee haw! Thanks for the recipe!
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Turkey Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2006
I just made this soup and am eating it as I write this review! It is really good--nice and spicey. I did make a few changes... I left out the half & half to save on calories. I then added another can of chicken broth, a small can of green chilis & frozen corn. The soup was plenty thick with the corn tortillas. Oh, I also added the jalapenos and cup of tomatoes to the mix, rather than adding it after serving. Great use of leftover turkey! UPDATE: 11/30/2008. I made this soup again tonight (Thanksgiving leftovers again!). I added an entire box of chicken broth, one diced jalapeno, and a can of rotel tomatoes, and left out the half and half. I also added a cup of frozen corn. We topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, and avocado slices. I'm pretty sure the corn tortillas are supposed to be mushy, otherwise the recipe would have you add them just before serving. They serve to thicken the soup and add flavor. My husband and 7 year old had seconds--they love it!
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Chili Beef Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2007
I didn't care for this casserole, nor did my family. It was very bland (I did add garlic and salt to the ground beef). It almost needed something to hold it all together. Perhaps a can of rotel tomatoes instead of the diced tomatoes would have helped with the seasoning. And more cheese would have made it more like a casserole and not a bunch of ingredients just thrown together.
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Burrito Pie

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2007
I made this for the first time last night and my family loved it; it was even better today as leftovers! I made one 9x11 casserole and one pie casserole dish (to freeze). I was going to try and make 3 pie casserole dishes, but it seemed there wouldn't be enough of the meat mixture to layer all 3 dishes. I made the following changes based on reviews: 1) I pan friend the tortillas for more texture. 2) I spread the refried beans between two tortillas per layer. 3) I added one full packet of taco seasoning to the meat. I somehow ended up with the tortillas on top, so I just top it with cheese, and another can of sliced olives, then I baked it covered so it wouldn't dry out. It came out great. I may actually try mixing the refriend beans with the meat mixture next time to make it easier to assemble.
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Beer Lime Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2007
I made this for dinner tonight and it was just okay. I increased the amount of honey to 1 TB and added additional garlic and sliced onions (I used tecate beer). Then I marinated the chicken all day. The chicken was tender, but lacked flavor. My husband makes a similar recipe (Key West Chicken) that calls for basically the same ingredients, plus soy sauce. I think that may be the kick this recipe needs.
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Ice Cream Cone Treats

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2007
I made these for my daughter's Birthday yesterday and they turned out great! But I did bake them differently. I put the cupcake batter in the papercups, then put the cone on top. The cake filled the top of the cone, but not the 'handle', which was fine. (I tried pouring batter in the cone and had problems with overflow and soggy cones.) I then did what another user suggested and cut X's in cereal boxes to stand up the frosted cone (decorated with chocolate and vanilla frosting, sprinkles, and a cherry). I wrapped a separate shoebox with Birthday wrapping paper for the 4 cones that each held a candle for the Birthday girl to blow out. A cute desert for 24 people for less than $5!
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Vanilla Ice Cream IV

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2007
I made this yesterday for a Birthday party. I'm only giving it 4 stars because it was sooo sweet. But that could have been my fault because I didn't add any additional milk (just the 4 cups). I also think adding fresh fruit would cut back on the sweetness. My husband really liked it--he said my other recipe tastes like marshmellow fluff. The vanilla pudding definitely helped with the flavor. I made this again last night for the 4th of July. Since there were young kids I cooked the eggs in a sauce pan on medium along with the milk and sugar for about 20 minutes. I then added the rest of the ingredients and let the mixture sit in the fridge over night. I ended up adding an entire pint of cream. Mainly because I didn't want to waste the other half, but also to cut back on the sweetness. I also added only 1/2 box of vanilla pudding. I like the flavor of adding the pudding, but a whoe box gives it an artificial flavor in my opinion. Everyone loved it.
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Famous Pork Chops

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2008
Yummy!! I made these last night and we loved them. I made 5 bone-in pork chops (Costco thickness) and seasoned them with salt, pepper and sage before dipping in the eggs (use 2 instead of 3). I used Chicken in a Biscuit crackers--I would highly recommend them because they are already so buttery and seasoned and it's what I had in the cupboard. (I haven't tried this recipe with the Ritz crackers so I can't compare.) Then I used about half of the butter, melted it and drizzled some on each chop. Definitely bake uncovered for last 15 minutes as other suggest. The 'cracker crust' was so yummy that I hope to incorporate it into other recipes!!
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Cinnamon-Roasted Almonds

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2008
Y-u-m-m-y!! I just made a batch of these and followed the recipe exactly. I didn't think they were sweet enough so I came back and read the reviews. Based on the reviews, I made another batch of the coating (w/a little almond extract) then dumped the already toasted almonds in the second coating. I then toasted them for another 30 minutes. Now they are tasty!!! I think this method might actually work better because the second batch of coating seemed to adhere better to the already toasted/sugared almonds. So you get a nice double layer of sweetness... and who can complain about that?!?!?
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Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes

Reviewed: May 26, 2008
These cupcakes did not turn out for me. But I'm pretty sure it was all my fault!! After putting all of the ingredients together the batter was really, really runny. So I left out the 1/3 cup of water and added 3/4 cup flour. I'm sure this threw off the chemical balance resulting in brownies that sunk in the middle. Bummer because I love hazlenuts and they're not cheap!! Oh well, if you try these, just beware that the batter is runny. Maybe I'll try them again some day--especially since I now have two jars of Nuttela!
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Simple White Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2008
Wow... I'm surprised after reading all of the reviews because I didn't like these cupcakes at all! I thought they were too dense and lacked flavor (I did mix the eggs and sugar until fluffy). Maybe if I had added chocolate chips or other flavoring they would have been okay. But overall, I think a .99 cake mix tastes better.
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Apple Crisp II

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2008
This was our 4th of July desert, along with Vanilla Ice Cream IV. It was a big hit, except the kids didn't eat the cooked apples. I used 6 large green apples (tossed in the sugar/cinnamon/nutmeg mixture) and double the topping; cutting in the butter instead of melting it. Next time I will one-and-a-half the topping because it made too much in my opinion-- I had to get a bigger pan to hold it all! I forgot to add the water, but it still cooked nicely since apples hold a lot of moisture. But I like my apple crisp more saucy so I will make sure to add the water next time. Pecans would be really yummy in this as well.
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Old Fashioned Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2008
Yum! This recipe is most similar to my mother-in-law who has been making her potato salad for decades! Now I finally have the exact measurements. I did make the following changes: doubled the sauce, used green onions, sprinkled it some All Seasoning, and added about 1/4 cup of Miracle Whip to give it some tang. I recommend making it the day before if you can--it gets better with time.
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Brie Cheese Appetizer

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2008
Easy and delicious appetizer. I covered the sliced brie with pineapple/apricot marmalade and toasted almonds. For finishing touch I cut out stars from the corners of the pastry sheet to decorate the top, sprinkled with more toasted almonds and served with Ritz Crackers. I also baked at 400 for 30 minutes and it came out perfectly browned.
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Peanut Butter Bars I

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2008
I am definitely going to have to pass these out to the neighbors or else I will eat them all!! They are so quick to make with ingredients that I always have on hand. This is now my official go-to desert when I need something last minute. I did add everything in the sauce pan and melted it all together. Then I let it cool in the fridge while I made the topping. The graham crackers are definitely better than the rice crispies found in some bars--I may even add another 1/2 cup next time. Oh, and the little bit of peanut butter in the chocolate topping tones down the semi-sweet chips... Good stuff!
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Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2008
My family really loved this recipe. I made the sauce around noon and let the chops marinate about 5 hours. Then I basted them as they cooked on the grill. My only change next time I make this will be to half the oil--you just don't need that much.
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Chicken and Bacon Shish Kabobs

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2008
These were soo good! I didn't have canola oil so I used sesame oil. My husband said I should have cut back on the amount since sesame oil is so flavored, but they came out great. I also used apple cider vinegar because I didn't have regular. I marinated the chicken about 5 hours, and the veggies only about an hour (only because I had to go buy them!). I would recommend using regular bacon because there is no need to pre-cook. And I used the following veggies: green pepper, white onion, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and of course pineapple. I skewered the veggies separate from the meat since they cook for less time. Delicious!
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Angel Hair with Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2008
My family just thought this was okay (kids just ate the noodles, which they really liked), but I thought it was better than okay. I had never cooked with sun-dried tomatoes before so I wasn't quite sure what to do with them... I ended up soaking them in a little water and olive oil for about an hour. Then while I brought the water to a boil, I marinated minced white onion with the garlic, olive oil, black olives, and threw in the sun-dried tomato mixture. I just used one 12 oz. box of pasta because I didn't want to open another one; it was plenty for my family of 4 with lots of leftovers. I had about a half cup of chicken broth in the fridge so I threw that in, as well as some grilled chicken we had the night before. Finally, I didn't add the feta cheese because I wasn't sure if my 5 and 6 year old would like it. I just set that on the table for those who wanted to top their pasta. Oh, and I forgot to add the cilantro... kids probably would have picked that out too anyway! One last comment: My husband didn't like the black olives; he though green would have been a better flavor for the dish. Overall, quick and easy and delicious.
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Amazingly Good Eggnog

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2008
My son loves eggnog (or 'eggnock' as he says it!) and I love eggnog lattes so this is our go-to recipe since we can't buy eggnog off-season. I have made this recipe at least 3 times (sans rum, obviously!). Not the healthiest drink around... but definitely a good one if you like eggnog and can pace yourself.
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