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Good Burger

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2009
Oh my, this was really good indeed! I admit, however, to toying with the recipe as follows: First, I carmelized a couple of large sweet onions in olive oil and then set aside. I omitted the raw onion from the recipe and reduced the brown sugar to 2 TBL. I made pretty large burgers, more than 1/3 pound each, and pressed them to about a 4" burger. I fried them in a fry pan on the stove using just a little butter in the pan. After the burgers were cooked, I topped each burger with a dollop of the carmelized onions and then a slice of provolone cheese (melted over the onions). WOW!!! Now that was really delicious. I even over-cooked them to well-done (by accident), and they were still incredibly moist and juicy. Don't put ketchup or anything on these until you taste. They were so flavorful, we ate them "bare!"
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Perfect Baked Jerk Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2009
Wow, this reminded me of the broiled chickens that my Mom used to make when I was a kid. Delicious! Just a couple of changes: I cut the cinnamon in half. I didn't "marinate it" because I didn't have time, but I can't imagine it made much of a difference since it's basically a dry rub. I baked it at 350 convection (equals 375 in a regular oven) for exactly one hour and it was perfect. Crispy, papery skin and perfect on the inside. Yum!
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Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2009
My family asks for this by its new name: "Amazing Chicken!" Like some others, I cut down the butter a little bit and poured the leftover butter down the edges of the pan before cooking. I have already shared this recipe with others and all agree that it is delicious!
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Curry-Coconut Shrimp

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2008
This was a delicious recipe. I stuck with the recipe, substituting only light coconut milk for the regular variety (save a couple of calories) and omitted the red pepper because I didn't have it on hand. I added a little cornstarch at the end, but I think I would leave this out next time - it was actually a little too thick. BONUS SIDE DISH: I made a middle eastern coconut rice on the side (cooked the rice in half light coconut milk and water), then after cooking, added toasted coconut (toasted in a pan with a little olive oil), toasted almond and toasted raisins, all mixed through the rice (do all the toasting separately). With the curry-coconut shrimp, it was absolutely delicious!
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Savory Chicken Breasts

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2008
This recipe initially sounded like it would be rather bland, but after reading the reviews I decided to try it and I'm glad I did. I was completely surprised at how good this was. With all due respect to the originator of the recipe, I made a few changes. I liberally seasoned the chicken with sage, thyme, paprika, rosemary, salt and marjoram. (Without the strong seasoning, it might have been a little bland.) I used Campbell's "Healthy Request" cream of chicken soup and "skim plus" milk to cut fat. Finally, I substituted herb seasoned stuffing, crushed, for the breadcrumbs, and mixed the stuffing crumbs with the butter before topping the chicken. The recipe came out incredibly flavorful and juicy and the stuffing topping was crunchy and delicious. This was a bit hit with the family. Oh yeah - and this recipe was really FAST and not that messy to prepare. Thanks!
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Unbelievable Fish Batter

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2007
This was just terrific. I always struggle with frying fish in the typical bread crumb coating, and this solved the dilemma forever! I too reduced the baking powder to 2T, but did not change anything else. The coating is a little messy to apply, but wasn't a problem. It can be thicker or thinner to your taste. Absolutely delcious! It reminded my family of the old Arthur Treacher's fried fish (or Long John Silver's). Thank you!!!
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Peppered Shrimp Alfredo

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2007
Absolutely delicious. I modified the recipe a little bit (with apologies to the creator!). I cut out the oil entirely. Used 1/2 of the red pepper and onion. Used button mushrooms. Finally, I used fat free half-and-half in place of the cream. This receipe was OUTSTANDING. Hubby and son said it was as good as anything you would get in a restaurant (and I agreed). There wasn't a scrap left!
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Apricot Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2007
This was super easy to make and pretty tasty. I can't say that it was my favorite dish in the world, but for a basic, fast and easy pork dish, it did the trick. It gets four stars because of ease and because my kids and Mom liked it! I served it with rice. The sauce would certainly work on chicken as well. I used the light Catalina like some others, but might try the Russian next time to see how that changes the taste.
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Broccoli Chicken Casserole I

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2006
I used one can cream of chicken and one can cream of broccoli, as suggested by others. My family had two different opinions. My kids absolutely loved it. To me it was just okay. My grownup tastebuds felt that everything was drowning in the sauce; and there was just nothing "wow" about it. A very ordinary casserole. But it gets 4 stars for the happy kids. Your kids will like it, too.
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My Kid's Favorite Pork Chops

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2006
This was a huge hit. Easy as can be. For all you folks worried about giving your kids beer, don't be. :) Just like cooking with wine, the alcohol burns off and leaves a terrific flavor. I used pork chops with the bone, which is much more flavorful and tender than boneless. Like others, I used Sweet Baby Ray's Honey BBQ sauce and vidalia onions. Make sure you cook as long as directed, at the lowest flame - it should barely simmer, else it will dry out - the longer you cook it, the more tender it will be! Just keep fork-testing it. The family LOVED this! Thanks for a great addition!
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Nutty Coconut Fish

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2006
I highly recommend this! Fish is hard to cook, but this recipe was easy and it came out perfect. I made a few changes to suit my family's taste. I used tilapia. I reversed the quantities on the breadcrumbs and mixed nuts (so there were more nuts and less breadcrumbs); I also added extra coconut. It came out great, absolutely delicious, and the kids loved it! Next time I may try Miracle Whip instead of mayo. Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe - this will be a staple in our household!
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Chicken a la Mayo

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2006
This was a nice recipe. I used to do something similar, but using butter before dipping in the cornflakes. This variety actually gave it much more flavor. I will make it again. Kids and hubby liked it a lot.
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Pleasant Pork Chops

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2006
Truthfully, I found this receipe to be "pleasant," indeed, but a little on the bland side. That being said, it gets 4 stars because hubby and kids loved it. I will try it again and perhaps figure out how to spice it up a bit.
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Extreme Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2006
WOW!!! Follow the instruction and hand-stir the boiling water VERY thoroughly. You will end up with a somewhat soupy, but uniform, batter. I had no problem, as some did. I used two 9" pans, but only filled them 2/3 of the way and had some batter left, which I tossed out. (I was afraid of overflowing the pans.) This batter cooked up high and perfect! To avoid problems de-panning it: make sure you use the toothpick test and also touch the top to make sure it springs back. If you take it out too soon, you'll have a wet mess. And follow the instructions and let it sit AT LEAST 10 minutes before de-panning it. The frosting was an amazing consistency! Creamy and easy to work with. Add a little extra milk if it is not creamy enough and alternate the milk/cocoa/sugar as recommended. I measured the 10X sugar per the recipe, but then added it a little at a time "to taste." I ended up with about a half cup of 10X left. If you split the layers, you will have sufficient frosting. I did not split the layers and had a ton leftover. This cake was UNBELIEVABLE. Moist, dense cake - not too sweet - and creamy delicious frosting. I made it the day before a party and covered it tightly and it was perfect the next day. Better than bakery cake. Better than any chocolate cake I have ever had!!! My guests' eyes were rolling back into their heads, this cake was THAT good. This doesn't get 5 stars, it gets 10!!
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Curried Shrimp with Sugar Snap Peas

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2006
This was a very nice recipe. I doubled the curry as others did and also added some red pepper to spice it up. I served it over rice and it was very good (even enjoyed by two 13-year olds). My only negative comment is that the sauce is rather voluminous and strong in flavor, so that it was difficult to taste the shrimp itself. Next time I would probably cut down the coconut milk in order to make it less saucy. Other than that, it was very good!
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Oven Fried Parmesan Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2006
This was really terrific. I altered it to four boneless, skinless breasts. I cut all the coating ingredients in half except for the garlic and the parmesan cheese (I grate mine fresh, and recommend that!). Since I had cut down the butter, I brushed the garlic butter onto the chicken with a pastry brush rather than dipping the chicken into the butter. There was a ton of coating mix leftover, so after I drizzled the leftover garlic butter onto the chicken as recommended, I then dumped some of the remaining coating on top of the chicken when it was already in the pan. I baked it for about 40 minutes. It was really fantastic - made the whole house smell delicious - it was moist and really flavorful. My kids both loved it. I will definitely make this again. I can only imagine that if it is made with the skin on the chicken, it is probably incredible. But it worked extremely well prepared as above.
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Marinated Baked Pork Chops

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2006
This was a very nice variation for pork chops. I doubled the marinade and made 4 chops with it. Like others, I drained the pan before adding the second batch of marinade to the pan. Baked pork chops have a tendency to be dry, but these were tangy and very moist. My kids loved them.
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Honey Baked Chicken II

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2006
Wow! Fantastic! I tried this for a "company" dinner in which I was using two chickens. I doubled the ingredients, but cut the total butter in half at the suggestion of others. Cooked it for the full 75 minutes. There was a lot of sauce while cooking, so I think next time I would perhaps multiply the sauce mix by just 1.5 for two chickens and see how that works. Even though it was very saucy and didn't carmelize to a great extent (although it did brown a little), it was absolutely delicious! My guests raved and my younger son, who hates everything, said I should make it again. This was so easy to make, I'm still amazed how good it was. A total winner!
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