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Campbell's® Green Bean Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2007
And old family favorite. Who ever could give this less than five stars just for nostalgia value! When I couldn't get the Campbell's soup and the French cut green beans in Europe, I substituted a packaged Cream of Mushroom soup, added sour cream and milk. One year I tried to slice frozen green beans down in to French sliced -- too time consuming and absolutely frustrating! Just used regular frozen green beans and the taste was also fabulous. Made thin-sliced homemade onion rings as well. In the end, a lot more time consuming than this easy original. I realized how very much I appreciated the ease of this great side dish for holiday meals when everything else in the kitchen is topsy-turvy from cooking.
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Grandma Irena's Palacsinta (Hungarian Crepes)

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2009
In Budapest, we use Nesquik as a filler as well as various jams. The palacsinta recipe can be adapted to make savory meals as well. Another popular one in Hungary is Hortobagyi Palacsinta, a savory pancake stuffed with cooked seasoned chicken chopped fine, then rolled and covered in a paprka/sour cream sauce. The art and the versatility of the palacsinta is a lasting legacy from Hungarian kitchen! Thanks to contributor for helping spread the word! This recipe can be made as is or tweaked to unlimited variations!
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Momma's Wine Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2009
Delicious! Used ultra moist yellow cake mix, as someone suggested. Also cut down the nutmeg to 3/4 teaspoon and 1/4-1/2 cinnamon. Also used Pam first in Bundt pan, then buttered it and dusted pan with cinnamon sugar. Used Chardonnay from a box -- so not the best quality, but it was FABULOUS. Will definitely make again! Later review: I've made this cake about a half dozen times since first trying it in late December. I have come across with a wonderful change. I had pecan chips (the really fine, almost powdered ones). I mixed those with cinnamon sugar. Coated the inside of the Bundt pan with butter, then dusted the pan with the cinnamon sugar/pecan mix. This gives the cake such a wonderful crunchy coating, with the divine moist cake inside. Hey, definitely worth a 15 star rating, if possible!
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Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2004
I lived in Germany and learned how to make this there. I use almost the same recipe, but place the rouladen in a brownie pan, add a bit of water, then bake it for one hour partially covered. I do not put bacon in the rouladen and it still tastes wonderful. I have found that it turns out better if you use the really hot and spicy mustard, sprinkle with coarsely ground black pepper. (I like spicy foods, though). Have never used the brown gravy mix as suggested in this recipe. The drippings from the meat-onions-pickles makes a tasty gravy base on their own.
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Dairy Free Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2009
I have been making this for forty years, but with dairy! It is delicious! These are my changes: I always add a couple of dashes of cinnamon to the batter for a better color and zip. I add more sugar because I like a sweeter dough. We love the streusel topping, so I always make way more of that and also put walnuts or pecans in. Finally, these are GREAT as mini-muffins or regular muffins. They look spectacular but only take a couple of minutes to make.
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Luscious Slush Punch

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2010
The punch seemed sweet to me, but everyone loved it. I would probably cut down the sugar next time, as others have suggested. I used raspberry and cherry gelatin. I used generic lemon-lime and ginger ale as the beverages. Served it for Easter dinner. Children drank it straight and adults dashed in vodka to their taste. Also, I kept adding orange juice, lemon juice, and carbonated beverages as the punch bowl emptied. Still fabulously tasty and had to do that because it was wildly popular and I just about ran out. This is a keeper! Later edit: I have made this about a dozen times now. The ziploc bags were beginning to be a bother for me, so bought the grocery store's huge generic tub of ice cream. Once we ate the ice cream, I have made that the designated slush punch container. Make the punch and put it in the freezer, no mess!
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Linda's Awesome Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2004
If I could give this more than a five star rating, I would' Absolutely one of the best brownie recipes ever. Added 2 T cocoa powder, a bit more semisweet chocolate, and walnuts. Had to make twice within 12 hours for family. What a hit' Thanks'
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Bread and Celery Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2004
Cut celery and onions the night before and put in fridge. Also made the chicken broth the night before. (One chicken breast, one onion, one bell pepper, one bouillon cube, half bell pepper, two carrots and two stalks of celery in about six cups water as I don't really like canned broth). Plopped veggies in with the butter the next morning. Did not have poultry seasoning, so used a pinch of each of thyme, sage, parsley, herb salt, and a bit of marjoram. Stuffed the turkey, then put the rest into crock pot. (Yes, I doubled the recipe to make sure there would be enough. My family adores stuffing and dressing). Fabulous. Easy to adapt to taste.
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Bisquick® Streusel Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2009
This has been a family favorite for 40 years or more! I have a couple of adaptations, though: Add a dash or two of cinnamon in the cake part. It improves the taste and color. Add a tablespoon or two more of sugar in the cake part for added sweetness. WE LOVE THE STREUSEL TOPPING! So I double the recipe for the topping. Also include nuts (walnut or pecans). Which brings me to the next point: Not everyone likes nuts, so I bake these as either regular muffins or mini-muffins. Half the batch is made without nuts in the topping. The other half has nuts as indicated by a piece of nut clearly showing on top. The muffins/mini-muffins work spectacularly well with this recipe. They are cute as buttons and everyone can choose their preferred style.
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Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2010
Do not underestimate this recipe! Sauteed 2 onions along with 3 or 4 medium-sized chunks of poblano pepper to give it some umpfh. Took out onions and peppers and put in crock pot. Dredged round steaks (not cut into small pieces) in flour and pepper to brown in onion-flavored oil. Put meat, raw carrots & celery into crock pot. Did not have tomatoes, so I used 1/2 can of medium Rotel (tomatoes and peppers) instead. (Was a bit worried about Rotel, but it worked out fabulously) No Worcestershire sauce. No brown sugar. No added salt. Did add about 1/4 packet of onion soup mix, 1 can of beef broth, 2 tablespoons of beef bullion and about 4-5 cups of water. Let it go on high for a couple of hours, then reduced to low for another 3 hours or so. Toward the last hour I added roasted garlic cloves squeezed through garlic press and 2 or 3 T of brown gravy powder. NOTHING is left -not even a drop - and I started out with 12 healthy portions of round steak. Served with mashed potatoes and Mall Pretzels (on this site) made into bread sticks and spread with roasted garlic, melted butter & kosher salt. This is one of the most heavenly meals I've ever made --and I've made a lot of good meals in my lifetime. Sorry I added so many variations but I wanted to remember for always and forever how to make this dish just exactly like I did today. Had to abandon all pre-conceived notions about Swiss Steak. This is the best round steak recipe I've ever had and by far the best crock pot recipe, too.
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German Brotchen Rolls

Reviewed: May 23, 2010
My Hungarian husband says perfect. MOST IMPORTANT CHANGE IS THAT I USED A BREAD MACHINE ON THE DOUGH SETTING. I made another tiny change which I will probably keep. I didn't have another egg for the egg wash, so I put about an 1/8 cup of milk and 2 T of butter in the dish that I had whipped the egg whites. Put the milk mixture in the microwave for 30 secs. Used this as my egg wash. First batch came out perfectly, the second batch came out with a crusty crust like "Au Petit Pan." Both were "flawless," according to husband and son. They want me to start making these every day we are in the US. I didn't find this any more labor intensive than any other bread or roll recipe on this site, but I did use the bread machine.
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Tangy Honey Glazed Ham

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2010
Been improvising this glaze for years. Stud the ham with cloves after cutting diagonal pattern on top. Decorated with pineapples as shown. Did not have Dijon mustard, so used brown mustard. Also tasty.
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Uncooked Banana Pudding

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2010
Tasty, although I added lots, lots, lots more bananas. Sliced them down into thin slices and sprinkled them with reconstituted lemon juice to make sure they wouldn't turn black. Used regular flavored instance vanilla pudding, but probably will use French vanilla next time and/or add vanilla extract. Wanted just a tad more vanilla flavoring. Used generic vanilla wafer cookies, so maybe that might make a difference as well.
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Grandma Minnie's Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2005
My mom died recently and her mother died when she was a young girl. She remembered making sugar cookies with her mom as a favorite memory, so we spent much of my girlhood trying to find exactly that same recipe that her mom used by trying dozens of variations. When I made these with my five-year-old son today, I had the sense that I had found finally that perfect cookie recipe that my mom made with her mom. This was quite a wonderful moment, the circle of life, all brought on by these exquisite cookies. Added a splash more cream and a dab (probably 2 T) more butter. Perfect, simply perfect. Thanks so much.
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Apple, Cranberry, and Pear Crisp

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2011
Had five overripe Bartlett pears and one sorry looking Gala apple leftover from a lunch box, plus one Gerber baby applesauce and a cup of frozen cranberries (bought fresh yesterday, so not craisins). Tossed all of them together with a bit of cinnamon in addition to the honey (a little bit less due to the applesauce) and flour. Then made the crisp topping with a bit of cinnamon. Oh my stars. I am not even a big fan of pears, but this was phenomenal. Deserves far more than five stars. Eternal thanks for a fab recipe!
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Toffee Bars

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2010
Used to make these all the time years ago, but had forgotten the recipe. Glad to find it here! Made these a few days ago with butter but did not bake the bottom long enough, so it was hard to spread the chocolate. Found that the bars were much, much better after they cooled. Made them again tonight with (horrors) Blue Bonnet margarine. BIG mistake. Real butter is needed. Soft brown sugar is needed so that you won't have islands of melted brown sugar clumps in the bottom part. BTW, I remember the trick I used to do long ago with these bars. I put the chocolate (such as milk chocolate chips) on top of the bottom and let it sit for about 2 minutes after I've turned off the oven. It makes spreading much easier. Also, since we could not decide on the nut topping, I designated three sections of 1) walnuts, 2) almond slivers, and 3) no nuts. I used blanched almond slices a couple of days ago and that tasted best of all.
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Light Oat Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2009
Had to make this three times, one right after another on the same day. I set the first one out. My 10-year-old son ate 3/4 of it with homemade bean soup. Then I made another one. That was quickly cleaned off by two little kids and a hungry husband. I then made a third -- and we're holding steady on that one. Am going to the store to get more packets of yeast. My Hungarian husband said this is the best bread he has had in the US. We may get tired of it one day, but it sure is delicious! Used rapid rise yeast and real butter. Also baked it in a Pampered Chef bread form. Don't know if makes a difference, but the whole texture was simply divine!
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Ranger Joe Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2004
I made these just exactly as described, but used Cocoa Krispies as I am in Europe and cannot get regular rice cereal. The result was yummy. My four-year-old son, office mates, family members all devoured them. Lovely mix of flavors and the crispy texture is a sure hit.
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Creamy Chicken and Rice

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2009
Tasty, tasty! Used Durkee's fried onions instead of crackers. Cooked rice in chicken broth. Added cooked mixed vegetables. Chopped cooked chicken rather than shredded it. Mixed shredded colby jack and cheddar cheeses in with the cheese sauce. Only had about one cup of sour cream and it still worked out well. My son doesn't eat meat, so made a portion for him without meat in one tray. A guest doesn't eat onions, so put the crunchy onion topping only on part of it. Easy to adapt for nearly all picky eaters at the same table! Will definitely make again! Thanks!
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Cranberry Apple Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2010
One week after Thanksgiving and I still had homemade cranberry sauce from this site (1 c orange juice, 1 cup sugar, 1 bag cranberries). Loved that recipe so much I doubled it, so still had some left over -- maybe about 2 cups or so. Cut fresh Gala apples -- about 4 large ones -- until the consistency looked rather like not just cranberry sauce but somehow more like pie filling -- no spices or additional sugar, then put topping on. I loved it and will always keep this in my recipe file as I hate throwing out homemade cranberry sauce after the holiday feasting is over. Very, very tasty. Needs no tweaking on spices at all. The fruits (in my case, apple, cranberry and orange juice) carry the recipe to perfection.
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