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Betsy's Mandarin Orange Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2006
Absolutely Delicious! As per prior suggestions I used half the amount of oil and a mixture of red leaf and romaine lettuce. Using bagged seasoned toasted almond slices saves a step and cuts the sweetness a bit. You may want to add about half of the dressing at first and then finish adding to taste. Even my husband ( "You are putting oranges in WHAT"? ) loved it!!
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Feta Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2007
I was thinking there would be too many veggies in this salad but I was very wrong. This is absolutely awesome. I used green pepper, sweet onion and basil and tomato feta. Left out the dill at first, added it to leftovers ... we prefer it without. Suggest omitting it if you do not like pickles in your salads. Thanks for a wonderful recipe! Would give it 10 stars if I could.
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Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2007
Used a combo of suggestions and it came out perfect. Try this: Boil the potatoes in skins until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Cool, peel and slice into greased casserole dish. Using only 1/2 cup of brown sugar total, mix remaining ingredients except apples and butter. Top potatoes with 1/3 sugar mixture. Mix apples (1/4 inch slices cut into 8 pieces each) with the remaining sugar mix, spread over potatoes. Drizzle the melted butter over the top. Bake for 20 min, stir gently and drizzle with 1 Tablespoon melted butter if mixture seems dry. cook 15-20 minutes more. Great flavor combo!
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Sugar Coated Pecans

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2008
These are great!! Note to self: double the cinnamon to 1 tsp and increase salt to 1 tsp. Also use 2 tsp water and 1 tsp vanilla with the one egg white.
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Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2008
5 stars for easiness, 5 for appearance and 4 for taste. Not the creamiest fudge but it is very tasty and couldn't be simpler to prepare. Happy Holidays and thanks for the recipe.
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Scott Hibb's Amazing Whisky Grilled Baby Back Ribs

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2008
Amazing even without the whiskey. Didn't have ground red pepper so I used 1 tsp. crushed red peppers in the sauce and none on the ribs. Just the right combo of sweet and spicy for our taste. I only added 1 cup of water to cut down on simmering time.
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Scalloped Potatoes and Onions

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2008
Wonderful flavor. note to self: use sweet onion and 2 teaspoons chix btb and water to equal 1 3/4 cup instead of broth. Did not use mayo.
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Tamale Pie Pronto

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2012
Very tasty. Made it in large muffin tins and it came out great. (just be sure not to overfill as biscuit on bottom will expand) Note to self: Use 2 teaspoons cumin instead of chili powder, 2 lb ground beef, one pack of sazon to season meat while cooking, sofrito (about 4 Tbs.) instead of ketchup and rotel in place of diced tomatoes.
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Classic Goulash

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2011
This was very good and it is easy to cut the recipe in half. Note to self: use only half the Italian seasoning called for and add a bit of oregano, add beef boullion in place of 2/3 of the salt. If using Bowtie pasta, double the number of cups needed. Additionally, a little extra garlic (2 cloves for half a batch) doesn't hurt.
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Tangy Honey Glazed Ham

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2011
Very good! Due to what was on hand and personal preference I used a mixture of dk. and lt. brown sugar, 1/3 c. prepared orange juice, regular mustard and no cloves. Put pineapples and cherries on with first application of glaze and basted them with glaze for 2 more applications and one additional basting with pan drippiings/glaze mixture, which was also delicious served on the side as is. I did tent the ham after first hour and cooked 2 1/2 hours total prior to adding glaze. Much enjoyed by all.
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Joy's Prizewinning Trifle

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2008
DO NOT prepare pudding prior to adding to whipped cream as one reviewer told you to. Read the directions, it says add "unprepared" pudding mix.
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Italian Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2008
What a great way to get your veggies! note to self: cook pasta apart from soup and add before serving, added a can of Goya mixed veggies and an extra 1/2 tsp oregano.
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Apple Raisin French Toast Strata

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2007
Update: I had no 1% milk, which is what I normally use, and I had very little half and half. I looked up a sub for half and half and it said I could use evaporated milk so I used a can of evaporated milk with half and half added to make 2 cups total. I now see why some said it was like bread pudding. It is much lighter and fluffier using 1% and I won't make it with heavier milk again. Original review: As per other suggestions I used only 3/4 package (6oz) of cream cheese spread on pepperidge farms cinnamon swirl bread (no raisin fans in our home), 1 can of apple pie filling sprinkled with cinnamon, only 6 eggs, two cups of milk and 1/4c. margarine. I covered well and then used three bags of beans (bags of water would work if closed well) on top to weigh it down and make sure the egg mixture was absorbed evenly. It cooked at 350 degrees for one hour, covered with foil first 30 minutes to keep it from drying out. It came out perfect. Fluffy, not too moist and absolutely delicious. Can't wait to have it again!!
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Easy Lemon Bars

Reviewed: May 20, 2012
Made changes as suggested by others and these were AWESOME!! This is one of those things that tastes and looks so good you will find it hard to believe you made it yourself. Notes for next time: Used 12 oz cream cheese and a bit less than 1/2 cup sugar. Used the zest from one lemon and 1/4 c. lemon juice (from 1 1/2 lemons), put 1/3 of the zest and a Tablespoon of juice in with the cake mix and the rest of the zest and juice in the cream cheese filling. Cooked as directed but with the extra liquid it needed about 25 minutes for the second stay in the oven instead of 15. Dusted with powdered sugar once it was cool. Soooooo yummy!!
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Frogmore Stew

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2011
We all LOVE this! Made it for my neice's rehearsal dinner/picnic and it was a big hit. The seafood and sausage will disappear long before the potatoes and corn when other side dishes are offered, so if there are a few other potato/pasta/veggie offerings it would be best to cut the potatoes and corn by 1/3 to 1/2 to avoid lots of leftovers. Also, this allows more space for some crab legs, which make a deicious addition. Note to self: use smoked beef sausage and replace part of the water with 2 beers.
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Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2011
This is very tasty as is, I made it as written the first time. This time, as per suggestions, I made it in the slow cooker with two chicken breasts. (1 hour on high, 2 on low, removed and shredded chicken then returned it and cooked for 2 hours more on low. Note to self: Added a tsp of cumin, 1/2 tsp of chili powder and a can of low sodium cream of chicken as per other suggestions and 2 Tbsp of goya cilantro base, which all together made it absolutely amazing!! Be sure to use low sodium broth, 2 cans is equal to most of a carton. Fat free sour cream works well with this.
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Marie's Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2008
Very tender and flavorful. So I would not end up with mushy veggies I put onions on bottom of cooker, added meat(after browning), soup packet, 1 cup water and 1 cup beef broth and cooked that on high for two hours and low for one hour before adding potato chunks and baby carrots and cooking on low another three hours. Perfectly tender meat which was not falling apart and sliced nicely and the veggies were soft but not mushy. Also makes delicious gravy.
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