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Cranberry Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2014
Just made this and can't wait to have it with Thanksgiving dinner! I did cut back the sugar to about 3/4 cup, and I added a cinnamon stick and one vanilla bean, as well. Wow, this will be phenomenal over ice cream at a later date, too! :)
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Layered Chicken and Black Bean Enchilada Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2013
GREAT recipe! I make this at least once or twice a month. I dice up my chicken, sauté it with some cumin and mix it with the sour cream. After many a dinner with this meal, I've found that brushing the tortillas (corn) and baking them in the oven directly on the racks until brown and crispy provides the best results... not soggy tortillas like I experienced the first time making it. I layer as directed with those few changes and it's amazing. My family loves it. It also freezes well... wrap in plastic wrap and foil and when you're ready to reheat, unwrap, pop in an oiled pyrex pan, cover with foil and bake at 375 for about 45 minutes! Thanks for a family favorite!
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Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2013
I'm used to candied yams during the holidays... you know the ones I'm talking about.. canned yams and marshmallows. It's always been one of my favorite holiday dishes, but this year, I decided to make something a little different for our "Friendsgiving." Wow. This dish was amazing!! I used white sweet potatoes and baked them according to other reviews. I used three large potatoes. I also double the topping and added cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice to it. Again, wow. This was raved about, even the kids loved it! I had more than one person claim me as their new best friend, so I'd say this was a definite winner! Will be making it again for my family Thanksgiving! :D
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J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2013
First biscuits I've ever made and they turned out PERFECT! I took the advice of others and used butter instead of shortening, and only added probably 3/4 cup of milk. I didn't change anything else. Instead of "kneading," I "folded" my dough a few times and patted it down. Wasn't ready to bake right away, so I put it in the fridge for about an hour or two . Rolled it out, cut them out, put them on a cookie sheet that I lightly oiled with EVOO, brushed with melted butter and baked at 425 for 13 minutes and they are amazing. I think they taste great (and I'm a bread/biscuit snob!!) Thanks for a fabulous recipe... I will be using it over and over again! :)
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Simple Whole Wheat Bread

Reviewed: May 28, 2013
I've made this bread many times and it turns out phenomenal every time! I take the advice and only make two loaves instead of three and I knead it by hand because my KA mixer is one of the smaller models and doesn't handle all the dough very well. Thanks for a winning recipe! LOVE IT!
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Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: May 13, 2013
Great recipe! Super yummy, chewy and flavorful cookies! My best friend is a Snickerdoodle Snob and she loved them!! Thanks!!
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Lemon Pie Bars

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2013
These lemon bars are DIVINE! I took the advice of others and made 1 1/2 the amount of filling and it's perfect. I cooked it all at 350, cooked the crust for 20 minutes and 20 minutes for the filling and they turned out just perfect. I couldn't wait too long before I taste tested them to make sure none of them were "poisonous." ;) The prefect combination of sweetness and tartness... really mouthwatering! Will be making these again and again! NOM!
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Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2012
This turned out great... the second time. Here is my suggestion and hopefully it helps someone else not waste an entire batch of dough the first time around. First, proof your yeast with the water AND sugar, then add the rest of the ingredients. Secondly, only add 3 cups of flour. I've found my breads to come out so much better when I knead by hand, so do that. And while you're kneading, have that last cup and a half of flour ready to flour your surface with while kneading. I ended up using almost the full amount of flour called for that way, but when I added it all at the beginning, it made a very stiff and difficult to work with dough. Instead of grilling it, I put some EVOO in my cast iron sillet and cooked them over medium high heat for a few minutes. When the bottom browns up, flip. This bread is absolutely delicious, and I easily ate one alone without my homemade hummus! Thanks for the recipe!
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Roasted and Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2012
Delicious. The only thing I did differently was to add a little more brown sugar and curry powder, but that's my own personal taste. It is heavy on onion flavor, but that could have also been my vegetable broth. I didn't add the yogurt to the soup, because I wasn't serving it right away, but I did add a nice healthy dollop of sour cream after I heated up a bowl and sprinkled some pepitas on top for crunch factor. Lovely and perfect for the fall days ahead!
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Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2012
I have used this recipe so many times over the past few months. I make my own chicken soup from scratch and this is the perfect addition. First time I've ever made dumplings and this recipe is so straightforward and easy. I substitute butter for the margarine (and I use a little extra.) I use cold butter, cut it into small cubes and incorporate it by hand... the technique hasn't failed me yet! Getting ready to eat another fabulous dinner of chicken and dumplings! Thanks for the recipe!
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French Bread Rolls to Die For

Reviewed: May 20, 2012
The dough will be VERY soft and sticky... just a warning. I really freaked out while waiting for these to bake, thinking they might not be that great. Don't worry... it's supposed to be that way, as I finally read in a few reviews AFTER I made them! I also used my stand mixer and ended up using 3 1/2 cups of the flour with my mixing paddle, then I switched to the dough hook and set it on 2 for about 8-10 minutes. These are FANTASTIC. I thought they were very similar to french bread, and I know my bread. I ended up only using half of the dough for rolls (we're a family of three,) and I froze the other half and used it for pizza a few days later. It was my first pizza from scratch and it was AWESOME. My second batch is proofing right now. (to freeze, after proofing and punching down the first time, form leftovers into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap a few times and put in a freezer bag. To thaw, just set on the counter... it thaws fast and will expand.) I've tried a few recipes but am still new to the bread making game... this one is a home run, in my humble opinion.
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Ken's Perfect Hard Boiled Egg (And I Mean Perfect)

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2012
I cannot begin to express my frustration with hardboiled eggs, but this recipe has changed my life, I kid you not! I can't even tell you the last time I was able to peel an egg (and an older egg, at that... I have always known fresh eggs are likely to be difficult,) without any of the flesh peeling off with the shell, but today, I have success!!!! Yippee! Thanks for an awesome recipe! **FYI, I did double the amount of water, vinegar and salt.... boiled a dozen at once.
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Laura's Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2012
I'm making this for the second time today after it was so well received the first time around! I also took the advice of other reviewers and added a can of corn and replaced one can of kidney beans with white cannelini beans. I also sauteed the onions and then added the turkey in and cooked them together. I used the exact measurements when it came to spices and it turned out great... not to spicy for me or my son, and my husband, who is the spice lover, thought it was perfect. We topped it off with some crunched blue corn tortilla chips, cheese and sour cream. Delicious! I love having enough leftover to freeze... makes a really easy dinner later!
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Aunt Teen's Creamy Chocolate Fudge

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2011
My first time making fudge and this was a great recipe! I found a few others that looked iffy, but this one worked like a charm... just what I wanted out of fudge. The first time I made it, I used 2 cups of milk chocolate and 1 cup of white and it was lovely. This time, I used 2 cups of semi sweet and one cup of white mint candy melts... it's in the fridge now, so I have to wait to test it, but it looks and smells divine, and the spoon tells me this will be a winner!
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