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Chef John's Lemon Bars

Reviewed: May 26, 2013
This is definitely the best lemon bar (square) I have ever tasted! I like to add 1/4 teaspoon baking powder to both the crust and the filling. It will help to get those tall, chewy bars (squares). I love how Chef John gives us those excellent tips, such as beating the filling for 2 minutes, and wetting the knife before cutting the bars. Just follow the recipe exactly, and you will get your prize-winning lemon bars (I mean, lemon SQUARES!). Expect lots of complements!
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Baked Oatmeal

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2013
The family pronounced it delicious, so this recipe is a keeper. I decreased the sugar to 1/2 cup. I love the addition of the maple syrup! You really have to get all natural maple syrup that actually came from the tree. Makes a world of difference. I added wheat germ to get some nutrients in there. :) Nobody notices. (Don't you love being sneaky?) Anyway, thanks for this recipe! It's a delightful way to start your day.
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Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2012
This recipe beats all other sweet potato casserole recipes!! I am definitely making this for Thanksgiving. Here are some changes I thought helped: 1) Instead of boiling the potatoes, put them peeled and cubed in the oven on a well-greased baking sheet until they are tender. 2) use brown sugar instead of regular sugar. 3) double the vanilla 4) add 1/2 - 1 teas. of the following spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. 6) if you want, toast the pecans before you add them to the topping. This is not absolutely necessary because they will be in the oven later, but if you would like more flavor from the pecans, toast them. 7) When you make this, be aware that the topping will not spread out when baked - the flour prevents it. So however you spread the topping, that's how it's going to look when it's done. I hope you like this recipe as much as I did! :)
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Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2013
Super easy recipe! I didn't have half and half so I had to use regular milk. Which led to other problems. Since I didn't use half and half the sauce didn't thicken. Since the sauce didn't thicken, I had to add cornstarch. Since I had to add cornstarch, it had a funny taste. Since it had a funny taste, nobody really liked it. Since nobody like it, I had to eat the whole pan (ugh). since I had to eat the whole pan, I am now sick. Anyway, overall this is a brilliant recipe. Conclusion: don't make the same mistake I did: follow the recipe exactly.
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Aunt B's Peanut Butter Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2013
WOW. These are soooooo good. If you follow the recipe exactly, you'll end up with a dessert. I used only 2/3 cup of sugar, and added a bit more peanut butter. Also, don't worry about the lumps of peanut butter, sugar and flour in your batter. These muffins are just delicious!!!
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Low-Carb Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2013
LOVE this recipe! I like to make mine with 1/3 cup of oatmeal to give it texture and protein. Add a few coffee beans to make a mocha-choco-peanut wake-up smoothie. Yummm!!! Thanks for submitting this recipe! :)
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Healthier Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2013
I'm so glad for these people that are health conscious! I changed a lot with this recipe, and I'm giving it 5 stars based on what I did with it. So here goes. 1) Use Greek yogurt. Much better for you, and makes the cookies moist and rich. 2) Use wheat flour. No reason to use white flour (which is as bad - or worse - for you as sugar is). With oatmeal cookies, you won't be able to tell a difference. Well, only slightly. ;) 3) Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Which brings up another point: use unsalted butter. :) 4)Toast your nuts before-hand. I toast mine in a 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes. That will bring out all of the nut's crunchiness and nuttiness and flavor. I used pecans. You can use any kind of nut you want! 5) Roughly chop the pecans and cranberries before adding them to the batter. I love the addition of the carrots! That is pure ingeniousness. 6) My cookies needed much longer to cook. 7) A neat addition to these cookies is peanut butter. That's up to you. Thanks for sharing this recipe, "MakeItHealthy"!
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Easter Spicy Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2013
Very good recipe! I like to use Dijon mustard and no hot sauce. Again, this is VERY GOOD!!
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Easy Salmon Cakes

Reviewed: May 16, 2013
This is a good, basic salmon cake. You can use crushed saltine crackers or chips for the fresh breadcrumbs. If you use dry dill, (which isn't a sin, by the way) make sure you half the amount. Dried herbs are about twice as strong as fresh herbs. I like to add some lemon zest and some minced, fresh garlic and onion to my salmon mixture. The green onions are a great idea! If your cakes aren't coming together nicely, add mayonnaise - low fat, of course! That is really delicious in a salmon cake! Please refrigerate your patties for one hour before cooking. Otherwise you will be prone to having your cakes crumble in the skillet. These things are just delicious, especially served with ketchup, vegetables, and brown rice!
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Best Cream Of Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2013
I give the original recipe 4 stars. I give MY version 5 stars. Here's what I did: 1. I didn't have celery on hand, but I think it's a good idea. Instead I added about 3 cloves of garlic. (that's just a 'must-have' in a soup. sorry.) 2. My broccoli took 15 minutes to get tender. 3. Instead of blending all the soup, I blended HALF of it and left some broccoli so you can sink your teeth on something. ;) 3. I used 1 cup of heavy cream and 1 cup of skim milk. (You can skip the cream altogether and use milk for it to be less fatty) 4. At the end, it seemed a little bit bland. So I added about a teaspoon of sea salt - in addition to the pepper to taste. I also added 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. (No, I'm not crazy.) It really added another dimension to the soup. It is a brilliantly easy recipe, but not as good as my version. ;) (at least to me.) Even the kids gobbled it up. O.O that's when you know a recipe is good - KIDS eating BROCCOLI?! Yup, this is a keeper. :D
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Fast and Friendly Meatballs

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2012
WONDERFUL RECIPE! I used ground beef with 25% fat instead of turkey. You really need to have more than 7% percent of fat in your meat - trust me. After reading the reviews and wanting more flavor, I added a teaspoon of onion powder, 1-2 teaspoons basil, 1/4 cup of extra bread crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. They turned out great! If you need even more flavor, add a little bit of oregano, but I doubt you will be disappointed with this recipe! note: if you want them to be healthier, use less olive oil. 2 tablespoons was too much for me. 1 Tablespoon would be better. :)
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Moist Chocolate Muffins

Reviewed: May 15, 2013
These were delicious! They taste more like dessert! I used half wheat and half white flour, half sour cream and half yogurt, and 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda instead of just 1 teaspoon. The recipe directions never mentioned the vanilla extract, so just whisk that into the wet ingredients. I didn't have any chocolate chips, so the muffins were not quite as sweet. I guess they were more like "dark chocolate muffins". I sprinkled the tops of the muffins with a few rolled oats before they went into the oven. These muffins are moist, delicious, and a crowd pleaser. Thank you, LONESTAR1
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Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta

Reviewed: May 2, 2013
I felt so proud to put this on the table tonight! It was the best tasting pasta dish I've had in a LONG time!!! Everyone pronounced it exquisitely delicious. Didn't change a thing! This made about 8 servings.
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Oven Roasted Baked Potatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2013
I loved these!!! The coconut oil is wonderful! I added some roughly chopped parsley, and it was even better. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
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Chef John's Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2013
Wow. That's all I can say. If you don't like brussels sprouts, you'll like these- no kidding. :) Wow.
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Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Reviewed: May 22, 2013
I make mine with honey instead of sugar. You can't tell a difference in the taste, and it ends up with this beautiful, golden tint to it. You don't have to have an ice-cream maker. Just stir it up well and freeze overnight. I like to satisfy my sweet tooth with this easy, healthy treat! Yum!
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Garlic Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2013
This is a long review - brace yourself! I give the original recipe 5 stars. I give MY version of this recipe 7 stars! 1) I used more garlic and let it simmer with the olive oil for about 10 minutes. 2) I added a teaspoon of basil, oregano, and half a teaspoon of parsley to the bread crumb mixture. 3) I topped the chicken in the pan with tomato sauce, more basil, sea salt, and pepper. 4) I topped the whole thing with more cheese and croutons. (Yes, croutons. That's a trick I learned from watching Chef John. It makes a nice golden looking topping and is just an amazing crunchiness to contrast with the soft chicken.) There are lots of recipes just like this recipe for Garlic Chicken, but my version is more like Chicken Parmesan. So it just depends on what you like. This is one of those recipes that just gets better the more you modify it. :)
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Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2013
This is the easiest pudding recipe I have ever found! To change it from chocolate to vanilla, omit the cocoa powder (obviously), add about a half teaspoon or so of more vanilla, and add about 3 egg yolks. You need to make sure you cook this thoroughly, especially if you use egg yolks!
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Mom's Favorite Baked Mac and Cheese

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2012
This is the best Mac&Cheese ever! It deserves MORE that five stars! My mom just can't stop eating it! (btw, if I don't take it away from her soon, she'll eat the whole pan!) ;) I used all sharp cheddar - we're not too big on American Cheese. I also added a bread crumb and parsley topping. It got crispy when baked, and added a nice contrast to the a soft macaroni! This is now one of our favorite dinners. I got so many complements on it! You've got to try this!! :D
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2012
The best apple pie I have ever made. The longer you simmer the filling, the thicker it will be. Mine turned out so gooey and delicious! I also added a teaspoon of cinnamon, because I just couldn't contain myself. ;) Happy Thanksgiving!
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