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Easy Creamy Chicken Mushroom Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2012
First, make sure you add the pepper to taste! If you dump in the whole amount I think you will be rather disappointed! I also added the paprika to taste. Instead of canned cream of mushroom soup, I made my own to avoid all the additives: sauteed some chopped 'shrooms in butter, added some garlic and sauteed a few minutes more. Then added some flour, cooked out the starchy flavor a bit, then added some milk, and then some chicken stock (which I boiled and strained after I poached and cubed the chicken for this recipe), and a dollop of sour cream. Seasoned with salt, pepper and added some parsley. Tasted WAY better than the canned stuff, YUM! Unfortunately, the final result of the overall recipe was nothing that made us say "wow." Seemed as though it was missing something but couldn't put a finger on it. Was alright but I don't know that I would make it again.
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Poppyseed Dressing

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2012
Fabulous! I used Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar from Trader Joe's, used a little more onion, and a little less olive oil. Used on a salad of spinach, pecans, and raspberries. I did make the mistake of halving the recipe...should have just made the whole lot of it! Yummers!
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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2012
Just what I was looking for! It's nice to be able to adjust the salt depending on the recipe/diet. You will want to make more than 10 servings of this though, trust me!
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Salsa Chicken Burrito Filling

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2012
This was very good with some adjustments. There really isn't enough tomato sauce to "bring to a boil" and cook the chicken in, so I poached the chicken in chicken stock first, then shredded it and continued with the recipe. I then boiled, strained, and used the stock to make rice as a side dish. I also felt that the whole amount of taco seasoning was going to be far too much, so I added to taste and skipped the additional cumin and chili powder as they are already in the seasoning blend I used (Taco Seasoning I). I also snuck some black beans and corn kernels into the filling. I did need to add more liquid (used chicken stock), though I didn't cook on too high of a heat. Final product was tasty! Made 4 servings for 3 people, served with sour cream, guacamole, rice, and refried beans and it was all gone!
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Smooth and Creamy Peanut Butter Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2012
Wow! This was a hit! If I could, I would ding it just half a star because the amount of sugar is over the top. I used natural peanut butter (only ingredients = peanuts and a little salt) so I figured a cup of sugar wouldn't be too much, yet it was too sweet. If you are using a PB with sugar or another sweetener listed in its ingredients, I highly suggest you add only 1/2 C sugar or maybe even less. I chose this recipe over the others because it had less ingredients, but make sure you buy some mini PB cups to garnish with! Super simple to whip up with the Kitchen Aid!
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Pasta with Broccoli and Bacon

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2012
This was ok, but there was definitely not enough bacon. I added a little bit of red pepper flakes to give it some oomph. Good for a quick weeknight meal-I always have these ingredients on hand.
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Buckeyes I

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2012
I halved the confectioners sugar and am so glad I did-would have been too sweet! I didn't really have problems rolling the balls-but since it's hot outside I found it easiest to periodically re-chill the filling and then stick my hands under very cold water for a few moments then blot dry rpior to rolling. Heat will turn them to a mess in your hands. I kept reheating the chocolate coating, but it kept getting really thick really quick, and the balls kept falling off the toothpicks. Kind of a pest, but the results were tasty!
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Easy Iced Cappuccino

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2012
Super easy instant iced coffee. I used 2 packets of PureVia, not Splenda. Tastes just fine! Technically not a cappuccino though, as cappuccino has foamy milk with high volume, and with this recipe you try to get the actual coffee foamy instead. I could not get it to stay foamy. Still tastes fine, and is a great sugar-free option!!! Made for Western Region Allstars Faceless Frenzy July 2012
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Healthier To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2012
I was a tad nervous making a "healthier" muffin, but these came out moist, springy, and absolutely delish! I even used frozen berries since I had them in the freezer, and was 1/2 cup short but they are still bursting with berries! Put 2.8oz batter in each little cup, leaving only enough room for crumb topping and the muffin tops came out great! I had tons of topping left over though so you may want to make less to save waste. Made for Western Region Allstars Faceless Frenzy July 2012
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Lemon Peach Parfaits

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2012
This was rather good! Quite a bit more work than just layering yogurt and berries in a glass and topping with granola, the the flavors tell why! I felt the need to add more sugar because when the sauce coated the spoon, I tasted it and puckered right up! I had to use angel food cake because pound cake was sold out 3 different places I went (must be for shortcakes and the 4th!), but either works. Made for Western Region Allstars Faceless Frenzy July 2012
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John's Broccoli and Ziti Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2012
This recipe has great potential but was just alright as is. 16oz pasta for 6 people is quite a bit, so I stirred in just enough of the cooked pasta to be better balanced with the broccoli. Quite a few other reviews said it was dry; I foresaw that and added in some butter, which helped but wasn't enough. The cheese was in melted globs throughout the dish. I think making a roux and creating a sauce would fix that. I added Parmesan cheese too. Really good flavors but I think making a little sauce would really help. Made for Western Region Allstars Faceless Frenzy July 2012
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Garlic Cajun Ribs

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2012
This is a REALLY TASTY sauce! After reading other reviews, I knew I had to knock out some of that salt. I used full-salt seasonings as called for during poaching, but I made salt-free 'seasoning salt' and salt-free Cajun seasoning for the sauce. The taste was PHENOMENAL! I think I chopped more garlic than called for for the sauce, but it was perfect! My other problem with this recipe is I do not like the cooking method. I like my ribs tender and falling off the bone, and these did not come out that way at all. I have the best luck doing ribs low and slow in the oven before finishing on the grill. Thanks for the great sauce but the simmer method just isn't for me. Made for Western Region Allstars Faceless Frenzy July 2012.
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Cheese Popcorn Snack

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2012
Too salty with garlic salt and onion salt, plus the salt in the cheese. Use powders instead of salts and then add a touch of table salt. I used a little Parmesan along with the cheddar and it was a nice addition. Made for Western Region Allstars Faceless Frenzy July 2012.
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Dijon Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2012
The flavor was rather dull so I added Greek Mediterranean Seasoning from CostPlus World Market, which really brightened it up. This recipe is also a bit heavy on the vinegar. Less vinegar and a little seasonings and you've got a 4 or 5* dressing! Made for Western Region Allstars Faceless Frenzy July 2012.
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Refreshing Summer Cucumber Lemonade

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2012
This is REALLY close to 5 stars! I don't like using juice concentrates because they usually have High Fructose Corn Syrup, so instead I juiced more fresh lemon. The Sprite almost hides the cucumber too much. Tastes good and refreshing too! Made for Western Region Allstars Faceless Frenzy July 2012.
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Apricot Sausages

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2012
The glaze looked really nice. I tasted the sauce before finishing and it was too orangey so I added more apricot to try to level it, but the orange still highlighted overall. Made for Western Region Allstars Faceless Frenzy July 2012.
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Iced Tea I

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2012
Classic tasting iced tea. I used double the hot water and lessened the cold water, simmered on the stove then removed and added tea bags as directed. Great as is, or add lemon and sweetener! Used Lipton tea. Made for Western Region Allstars Faceless Frenzy July 2012.
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Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2012
This doesn't call for salt and pepper but it sure needed it! I also felt it was a tad dry and needed more dressing. Fixing these things would make this 4*. Made for Western Region Allstars Faceless Frenzy July 2012.
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Sour Cream and Horseradish Asparagus

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2012
You can definitely halve the sauce and be fine. The horseradish flavor was almost lost. Also very sour-creamy. I think this could be improved by halving the sauce so you don't waste it, doubling the horseradish, and maybe subbing in some mayo. Made for Western Region Allstars Faceless Frenzy July 2012.
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Salami, Cream Cheese, and Pepperoncini Roll-Ups

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2012
These are pretty good, similar to something my husband said his grandma made when he was younger. What she did was have another layer of cream cheese and also flour tortilla, then slice into coins and serve on their sides as pinwheels. I can see how her slight addition would really push these over the edge! Yum! Made for Western Region Allstars Faceless Frenzy July 2012
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