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Easy Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2014
Used garlic infused olive oil in addition to the 1 clove called for in this recipe, low sodium soy sauce, no added salt, and about 1/4 tsp dried thyme. Marinated about 6 hours. Very good and tender. Entire family loved it. Personally, I'm not too big on soy sauce so may try wine instead next time. Or more garlic & pepper to mask it.
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Warm Blue Cheese Dip with Garlic and Bacon

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2014
This was a big hit at our party last night. I doubled the batch as there were close to 20 people there. Used applewood smoked bacon with the lowest sodium content we could find which I baked in a stoneware pan for more even doneness. The only change I made was I using 1 cup of half & half for the double batch because I was planning on serving it from a small crock pot and other reviewers had stated it had been dry served that way. That worked really well just make sure the cream cheese and half & half blend is "runnier" than the consistency you want it to be when you serve it. I would not use less if planning to keep in a crock for 4 hours or more. This was very good on the plain Italian bread I served it with. Was also very good on the celery, pears, and Granny Smith apples that other guests had at the party with their dips. Those items better balanced the saltiness which I think is mostly from the blue cheese rather than the bacon. Will make again!
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Country Apple Dumplings

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2013
Absolutely delicious! I increased this to 4 apples. After slicing them, I dipped them in some of the Dew and rolled them in a small amount of cinnamon & sugar. I then wrapped 2 slices in each triangle. This made a tight fit but well worth the extra apple flavor. I'd misread the butter as 1 stick rather than 1cup and cut that to 3/4 of a stick which I melted and mixed with 1/2 cup each of white and dark brown sugar and 1/2 tbsp of cinnamon. Poured this over the top and followed with only 3/4 cup of the Mountain Dew. The dumplings were beautifully browned at 35 minutes so I pulled them out. The bottoms of the dumplings were just starting to brown and were only slightly soft. Nice caramel/cinnamon/apple flavor. Husband said "keep this recipe!" I think I will.
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Pumpkin Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2013
Tried this recipe this morning before work. Used canned pumpkin which was about one and a half cups so I adjusted everything else 1.5 times. I guessed at the 1.5 eggs. Used half wheat and half white flour. Also used apple cider vinegar instead of white just because it was closer and I was in a hurry. Also dumped everything into one bowl and mixed. Left my husband to add extra milk to thin the batter as he saw fit. Consistency of the final product was just fine. Next time I will add more spice or pumpkin pie spice as I like a little more zip in my pumpkin pancakes. Topped with real maple syrup. DELICIOUS!
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Chocolate Zucchini Bread I

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2013
Loved this recipe! I did as BASSANGEL suggested and cut the sugar to 1&1/2 cups, used half wheat, and half white flour, and applesauce for half the oil. Also used mini-chocolate chips. The second time I made it I had semi-sweet baking squares on hand so used those instead of the unsweetened chocolate. Both ways are delicious though my sweet tooth preferred the semi-sweet way. Would definitely not recommend the full amount of sugar with the semi-sweet chocolate though. It's not even needed when using the unsweetened chocolate. Both times I've made this, I have had 4 cups of shredded zucchini so made double batches. I got three small loaves and 4 mini-loaves out of it. My only issue is the bread sticking to the pans when removing it. Will grease the pans myself next time and not let the kids do it. Maybe that will help. P.S. the kids love it too!
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Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2013
Excellent recipe! Made 30 to take to a party. I baked a full pound of low sodium bacon for a consistent doneness then cut that up. As others did, I used the bacon grease to cook the mushrooms and onions. Since some mentioned that the finished mushrooms were greasy, I used 50% less fat cheddar. A handful of Gouda and Gorgonzola were then thrown in the cheese mixture. (About 3 cups cheese total as per the serving size calculator). No need for bread crumbs thankfully. I also added a teaspoon of thyme to the cheese mixture to give an herbier flavor. As someone else suggested, I brushed the mushrooms with olive oil using a garlic infused oil. Very tasty!
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