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Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2015
It doesn't get any easier than this. The first thing that attracted me to this recipe was the simplicity of the ingredients - the 2nd thing was that it only made 12 muffins. Just the right recipe size for my husband and me. I only made a couple of minor changes - I used frozen shredded zucchini and blueberries that I drained some of the juice from before adding it to the batterand I used 1 tsp. of Chinese 5-spice powder instead of the cinnamon and they turned out great!! I have several bags of frozen zucchini in my freezer and now I have a great use for them. Thanks for the recipe!!
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Ham and Shrimp Gravy

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2015
I was a bit skeptical at the onset of this recipe. My hubby doesn't like to try a lot of new dishes but when I told him his two favorite ingredients - ham and shrimp - were involved, he said ok, let's give it a try. I made the recipe pretty much according to the directions; I only made two changes - I used more flour for a thicker gravy and added about twice the amount of garlic. Served over rice, it was AWESOME!!! I used one jalapeno that was about 3" long and 1" across at the stem end. It gave it just the right bite for our taste. A definite keeper - maybe next time I will even try adding a bit of tomato paste for a little tang. All-in-all, 5 stars and I do believe this is the only dinner recipe I've given this rating to. Thanks, Chef John, keep'em coming
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2014
Made these cookies today. Awesome is about all I can say. They are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, just as advertised. :-) With a diabetic husband I try to watch the sugars without spoiling the product. I used 1/2 c. Splenda Blend sugar in place of the white sugar and baked at 325 for 11 minutes on air bake sheets covered with parchment and allowed them to cool 5 minutes on the sheets before removing to the countertop to finish cooling. Almost had to put up a new door to the kitchen to keep hubby out while I finished baking. Thanks for a GREAT recipe.
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Rhubarb Salsa

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2014
I gave this 3 stars because while it's not an impressive dish, it is addictive. I can't explain it, it just is. I only tasted it with chips; I plan on making grilled chicken breasts and serving the salsa with them. Hopefully I will be able to up the stars then.
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Baked Mac and Cheese for One

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2014
This was a pretty good mac & cheese, but a little salty for my taste. Next time I'll add only half the salt. I will also add about another cup of cheese as it wasn't quite cheesy enough as written.
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Gramma's Date Squares

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2014
My hubby says they're just like mom used to make! I made a few minor changes also - a little less sugar in the filling and some chopped pecans to only the top layer. The bars were still sweet, but with a subtle nutty flavor on top. The best of both worlds at my house!
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies IV

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2014
Awesome cookies. As others, I made a few small changes. I used 4 large eggs, 2 tsp. cinnamon and a shake of all spice. Because my husband doesn't like nuts in anything, I eliminated the pecans - this time - but they will be added next time. I didn't read all the reviews, but I baked mine on air bake pans using my convection setting at 325 degrees for the allotted 10 minutes and allowed them to cool on the pans for 5 minutes before removing to the countertop. Turned out crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The only thing I couldn't figure out is how anyone got 6 dozen out of this recipe. I came up with 42 3" diameter cookies. UPDATE: 2-9-14. I made another batch of these wonderful cookies. This time I used chopped dried apricots, craisins and pecans and added a dash of cloves along with the cinnamon and allspice. AWESOME once again!! I also forgot to mention that I used C&H "Light" sgugar (sugar & stevia blend). I don't know if this makes a difference in texture and chewiness or not, but I have never made a cookie that keeps its texture and chewiness like these do. I will be printing this recipe and sharing with my kids. They may not have grown up on this recipe, but there's no reason their kids shouldn't. Thank you for a wonderful recipe Gerirein!!!!!
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Grandma Moyer's Rhubarb and Strawberry Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2013
I thought this would be much tangier than it is. If I make it again, I will replace the strawberries with more rhubarb - and, I will lessen the sugar. Otherwise, a VERY moist cake. A dollop or two of whipped cream helped, by the way.
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Chicken Ranch Dijon

Reviewed: May 21, 2013
I made a few small changes to this recipe. I added some sliced green onions to the pan just as the chicken was finishing cooking. I then removed only the chicken and added the wine and sauce to the pan. I also added about 1 TB of sweetener to the sauce while it simmered. This recipe wasn't bad
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Rubbed and Grilled Pork Loin

Reviewed: May 15, 2013
Made this for Mothers Day. It is AWESOME!! I used roasted garlic olive oil and then rubbed the roast down. Then I sealed it in a vacuum bag and let it marinate for 2 days before browning on a gas grill and then finishing in a 325 oven (too windy to cook completely outside). My son-in-law couldn't make himself leave the kitchen!! I now have another roast, prepped the same way, in the smoker. I will update you on how it turns out. SMOKER UPDATE: This method turned out great also. We used hickory smoking chips. I prepped the loin much the same as for grilling/baking. Only I butterflied it and laid some fresh sliced garlic cloves down the center, added a little of the rub and then tied with kitchen string. I should have either added more rub to the center or injected the loin with some garlic/butter marinade just to get a little more flavor to the center. But otherwise the recipe is a definite keekper!
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Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2013
I made this for supper tonight - pretty good! As did others, I also tweaked. I used 8 oz. shell mac, 8 oz. smoked gouda, 5 oz. extra sharp cheddar (we love cheese!), 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 tsp. onion powder, 1 tsp. garlic salt and only 2 c. milk. I also topped it with 6 TB panko breadcrumbs mixed with 2TB melted butter and 6-8 slices chopped, cooked, bacon. Because of the extra cheese it did get a little "grainy" in texture but the flavor was awesome! Next time I will try using regular gouda and smoked cheddar - just for a little twist. Yep, we're lucky here - we don't live far from a fresh cheese and dairy shop so the combination of cheeses I can try is almost unlimited.
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Orange, Honey and Soy Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2013
This wasn't bad but WAY too salty. I added some rough-chopped carrot, onion and red bell pepper, along with about 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes and canned pineapple chunks. I will try it again but be a bit more prepared with fresh veggies like mushrooms and pea pods and especially low-sodium soy sauce.
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