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Rory's Most Wonderful Corn Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2004
First of all, I'm not a cook. In fact I have never baked any kind of bread but according to my wife I am now an expert! This was without doubt the best corn bread I had ever tasted. I didn't change any of the ingredients but I did add a tad more onions and an extra table spoon of cottage cheese. I used small curd cottage cheese. I didn't have an 8 x 8 baking pan so I put the mix in a muffin pan and made six corn bread muffins. I served the bread with corn beef and cabbage. Yummy!
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Corned Beef and Cabbage I

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2004
I'm a rookie when it comes to cooking. In fact, I have never cooked a complete meal before attempting this recipe. On St. Patrick's day, my wife was working and I wanted to surprise her with a corn beef and cabbage dinner when she got home. The directions were easy to follow and the finished product was outstanding! I also made corn bread (my first attempt at baking bread). I used chicken broth instead of just water as some others had recommended. The carrots and potatoes were really good as well!! I was really surprised how delecious the meal turn out and so was my wife!!
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Restaurant-Quality Baked Potato Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2004
This soup is absolutely delecious. I can't believe that I made something that tasted so good! On my day off, I wanted to make something for my wife when she got off work. She loves potato soup so I picked this recipe to attempt. This was my third attempt at cooking, so I consider myself a bonified rookie. The directions were easy to follow. I did make a few changes... We had some left over corn beef from St. Patty's day so I sliced it up and added it to the soup. I also added more potatoes, some fresh mushrooms and a garlic clove. The soup was extra thick so next time I would put a little less corn starch. I ate three bowls last night and two for breakfast this morning!! My wife said it was the best she had ever eaten. WOW!
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Baked Corn I

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2004
I reciently retired and my wife still works so I've been learning to cook so she would have dinner ready when she comes home. I've found that I really enjoy cooking. Anyway, I made this baked corn recipe along with a meat loaf (also a recipe from this site). The baked corn tasted great but I did make a change. After adding the two cups of corn, I only had a little bit of corn left in the frozen bag so I dumped the rest of it in to eliminate any left over corn. I should have added more flour and milk but it still came out great. I finished the left overs the next day and it as just as good warmed up!
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Pigs in a Blanket

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2004
I love hot dogs and this came out great BUT... I have to tell you what NOT to do when you make these. My wife doesn't care for hot dogs so I always have then when she isn't home!! I would toss them in the microwave and make quick hot dogs. Well.... When I made this recipe, I did the same thing. I followed the recipe perfectly except I put them in the MICROWAVE OVEN for fifteen minutes!!! I thought they looked a little over done when I took them out of the oven... I started to take one of them off the plate but it was stuck like glue to the plate. After prying it off the plate I noticed that the hot dog was light as a feather (there was absolutely NO moisture left in the bread or the frankfurter). It was dry as a cork. I attempted to take a bite and found that although it was light as a feather, it was also hard as a rock!! I sat looking at the hot dogs trying to figure what went wrong!! Only then did I realize that I should have put them in the regular oven. My second attemp at the recipe, I put them in the regurar oven and they came out five star great!!
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Garlic Prime Rib

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2004
I consider myself an expert when it comes to EATING prime rib. It's one of my favorites. So I figured it was high time for me to learn how to make this for myself. I went to the grocery store and ask the butcher for a really good cut of prime rib roast. He suggested a five pounder that was $12.00 a pound!! Now I know why it's so expensive at the resturants! So I take my little treasure home and mix up the stuff to season it with exactly per the recipe. Then I covered the entire roast with the mixture instead of just the fat part. After reading about smoking up the house at 500 degrees, I put the roast on the BBQ. I checked the temperature after two hours and it was 150 degrees. I had dinner ready for my wife when she got home complete with mixed veggies, squished taters, champagne and flowers on the table! We both thought it was one of the best tasting and juiciest prime ribs ever. The next day I made sandwiches on french bread and that too was excellent. Our BBQ has three burners and I set the front and back one to medium heat and the center one off and put the roast in the center of the BBQ and didn't open the door for two hours and it was medium with a little pink in the center. I think one and one half hours would be right for it to be rare. Absolutely, positively delecious!!!!
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Little Meat Loaves

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2004
I admit that I'm no cook, but I followed the recipe exactly and the end result wasn't as good as I had anticipated. The sweet and tangy sauce was really good but I thought the texture of the meat loaf was not quite to my liking. My wife said she really liked it and had seconds. I like the texture of the meat loaf that she makes better. Maybe I did something wrong, but to me it was just OK.
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American Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2004
This seems to be one of those recipes where anything you want to throw into the pot is acceptable. As long as the end product tastes good, the endevour has been a success. Several of the reviews mentioned that the "pie" was bland. This was my clue to expermient. So I put in some things to give it a kick. First I added a can of cream corn (cause I really like corn) as several reviewers mentioned and I used mushroom soup instead of veggy soup, then three cloves of finely cut garlic. In the potatoes, I added milk and a LARGE tablespoon of creamy horseradish sauce (anything with the word horse in it should give it a "kick"). I added a dash or two of worchestershire sauce and a dash or three of garlic salt. I tossed in a can of white beans (this one gave it a real boost and I highly recommend concidering the beans as an additive). I also used more than the three cups of potatoes. I used three good sized russet potatoes. I have no idea what Colby longhorn cheese is, so I had some medium chedar that I used. The end product of this concoction was absolutely delicious! My wife, who is kinda pickey, had three helpings and I had four. Between the two of us we ate three quarters of the "pie" at one sitting!! This was really, really good and full of great flavors. Thank you Lisa for a great recipe idea.
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Three Bean Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2004
All the ingredients in this are things that I like so I figured it was worth trying. I gave it five stars. It's not a prime rib five star but for taste it's definately a fast five star meal. I did change the a few things. I used kielbasa instead of hot dogs because my wife wont eat hot dogs but likes kielbasa. I uses white beans instead of the honey beans and added a can of pinto beans, making it a four bean casserole, just to take up the extra room in a 9x13 casserole dish. I also added a sprinke of garlic powder and pepper. I couldn't get enough of this tasty treat! Thanks Joann for a great idea.
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Baked Corn Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2004
I made this meal because corn is my favorite vegetable. I fixed this exactly like the recipe stated with the exception of a little more chopped onion. I gave this five stars and will definately make againl. The serving size suggests eight servings. I think this may be an overstatement . I think six would be closer because there will surely be calls for seconds.
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Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2004
I'm not a big fan of pot roast but my wife likes it a lot. I made this for her and she thought it was great. I wasn't as thrilled about it as her. The gravy was nice and thick, the meat was so tender that it cut with a fork. I think it deserves five stars.
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Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2004
I used 1/2 cup of apple cider, 3/4 cup of thinly sliced onions, two cloves of garlic and 1 tsp pepper. I cooked on high for 4 hours and on low for two hours. I served with apple sauce, mashed patotes, and corn bread. This is by far the BEST meal that I have made to date! Keep in mind that I'm a rookie cook but I REALLY REALLY did enjoy this easy meal and will make many more times. My wife thought it was really good as well.
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Easy Corn Pudding

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2004
Corn is one of my favorites, however this recipe tasted mealey. Corn pudding made with corn meal is not one that I would recomend.
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Potato Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2004
This is the third time I've made this and each time I've spiced them up a little more. To make them not so bland, I added seasoning salt, more sweet onion and a BIG tbs CREAMY (not the really hot kind) horseradish sauce; took out the egg and used less flour. I now have them the way I REALLY like. I think the horseradish sause and leaving out the egg makes the difference. Not bland at all!
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A Southern Fried Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2004
My wife REALLY liked this. I'm not a chicken lover but I had seconds. I marinated the chicken for six hours in the refer before frying. I don't see why so much oil is needed for frying. I used about two tbls. oil in a non stick frying pan and the chicken came out a really golden brown and tasted really good.
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Mom's Italian Beef Barley Soup

Reviewed: May 3, 2004
I was a little disapointed. My wife said she really liked it. I liked the left overs the next day better than when first made. I give three stars, my wife said it should have five so I'll rate at four stars.
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Slovak Stuffed Cabbage

Reviewed: May 7, 2004
I give this one ten stars!!!!!
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Breaded Chicken Fingers

Reviewed: May 9, 2004
I must have done something wrong because I didn't really care for this recipe.
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Baked Spaghetti I

Reviewed: May 11, 2004
I made this for my wife when she came home from work. During the meal she must have commented four times about how good this was. She said it was the best spaghetti she had ever eatten. I agree with her that it was outstanding. It's the best meal that I have fixed yet. I did change several things that were suggested by other reviewers. I added an extra can of mushroom soup for the first layer. I used spaghetti sauce in jar from the grocery and I did add a little extra spaghetti than the 12 oz called for. I highly recomend.
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Oven Roasted Red Potatoes

Reviewed: May 11, 2004
This recipe is the best red potatoes I've ever eaten. I added a teaspoon of honey to the mixture and really like them better. With or without the honey these are great. I think the honey helps hold the mixture to the potatoes and also give a hint of sweetness to them. It's a good idea to use pam or butter the dish to prvent sticking. These are so good with the honey that you will like them as finger food!!!
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