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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2015
I followed the instructions, adding bouillon, frozen stew vegetables, poultry seasoning, and parsley. I also made my own dumplings and dropped them in 45 min. ahead of the finish. I made my dumplings from (dry) 1/2 cup white flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, dash salt, 2 teas. baking powder, 1 T. fresh parsley + (wet) 1 beaten egg, 1/4 cup milk, 2 T. cooking oil. Mix the wet with the dry just so mixture is combined. Drop into the slow cooker.
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Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2015
I made these for a Superbowl party and they were tasty. We were trying to duplicate a local restaurant's method. This recipe was on target. I ground up the cheese in my small food processor and added 4 precooked turkey breakfast sausages (ground up) and a splash of lime juice. I pre-cooked the bacon slightly too as mentioned by other reviewers. We cooked ours 45 minutes too. Yummy. Will definitely make them again! Note: Be sure to buy one whole piece of bacon per popper. I cut mine in half and they were almost too small to wrap around once.
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Butterscotch Bread Pudding

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2014
This recipe is way too good. I followed the directions of the "most helpful" review using white chocolate chips mixed with the butterscotch chips and raisin bread. I also used half milk and half heavy cream. After taking it to a church event and getting lots of compliments, I made it a second time halving the brown sugar (Splenda). This is a keeper, though its too rich for too often. Sorry no photo. It went too fast!
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Butterscotch Bread Pudding

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2014
This recipe is way too good. I followed the directions of the "most helpful" review using white chocolate chips mixed with the butterscotch chips and raisin bread. I also used half milk and half heavy cream. After taking it to a church event and getting lots of compliments, I made it a second time halving the brown sugar (Splenda). This is a keeper, though its too rich for too often. Sorry no photo. It went too fast!
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Apfelkuchen (Apple Cake)

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2014
I made this recipe substituting "Splenda for Baking" for the batter because you need some sugar for the yeast. My batter came out rather wet so I could not push it up the sides. DO NOT BEAT the dough in a stand mixer for 5 minutes otherwise your batter will come out like rubber. The 5 minutes must be for hand beating. I used the last 4 apples on our Golden Delicious tree. My result was yummy, but my lower layer also got very brown on the bottom. I did not use the lemon peel. All-in-all I believe this is a very versatile recipe that might be used for several other kinds of fresh fruit: apricot, peach, or cherry. I love the three layers: cake bottom, fruit center, and streusel-like topping. The streusel topping measurements of the sugar-to-butter ratio seemed like too much sugar for the butter. I've been looking for something to bake for work and this would be a good one. I will try this again soon to test my ideas. I too have experienced the wonderful baking of a German Konditerai and this is very close, if not the same.
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Dixie Pomegranate Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2014
Instead of the dressing mixture in this salad, I used a cole slaw dressing consisting of: 1/3 cup Splenda (or sugar), 1/2 teas. salt, 1/8 teas. pepper, 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1 1/2 teas. white balsamic (or rice vinegar), and 2 1/2 T. lemon juice. Loved it prepared this way.
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Apfelkuchen (Apple Cake)

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2014
I made this recipe substituting "Splenda for Baking" for the batter because you need some sugar for the yeast. My batter came out rather wet so I could not push it up the sides. DO NOT BEAT the dough in a stand mixer for 5 minutes otherwise your batter will come out like rubber. The 5 minutes must be for hand beating. I used the last 4 apples on our Golden Delicious tree. My result was yummy, but my lower layer also got very brown on the bottom. I did not use the lemon peel. All-in-all I believe this is a very versatile recipe that might be used for several other kinds of fresh fruit: apricot, peach, or cherry. I love the three layers: cake bottom, fruit center, and streusel-like topping. The streusel topping measurements of the sugar-to-butter ratio seemed like too much sugar for the butter. I've been looking for something to bake for work and this would be a good one. I will try this again soon to test my ideas. I too have experienced the wonderful baking of a German Konditerai and this is very close, if not the same.
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Rhubarb Cheesecake

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2014
Yummy and not intimidating to make. It is essential to bake the crust-rhubarb layer longer (45 min.) as recommended in the AR magazine. I subbed Splenda for sugars. Will surely make again.
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Best Peanut Butter Cookies Ever

Reviewed: May 24, 2014
Made these as directed using the top-rated review. If substituting with Splenda, use 2 cups. The cookies were not that sweet using only one cup of Splenda. (Note: When I sub Splenda, I usually use half the measure because Splenda is sweeter.) We recently bought commercially made flourless peanut butter cookies and they were crumbly, but full of sugar, I am sure. These are a treat even though you must wash them down with coffee or milk.
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Best Peanut Butter Cookies Ever

Reviewed: May 21, 2014
Made these as directed using the top-rated review. If substituting with Splenda, use 2 cups. The cookies were not that sweet using only one cup of Splenda. (Note: When I sub Splenda, I usually use half the measure because Splenda is sweeter.) We recently bought commercially made flourless peanut butter cookies and they were crumbly, but full of sugar, I am sure. These are a treat even though you must wash them down with coffee or milk.
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Oven Pot Roast

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2014
I made this recipe just before a TV football playoff game. Had not much time to assemble, but it was quick and easy. I started it on the stovetop in a cast iron pot and transferred it into the oven. I added carrots and shallots to the pot. I used an inexpensive sweet white wine. I also baked some potatoes in the same oven the last hour and a half. Yes the aroma is very inviting and the taste great. I checked the meat at about an hour and it was tough, then let it finish the three-hour baking and it could be cut with a fork. The meat was then soft and yummy. My only negative is that the soup mix adds too much salt. I would look for a low salt alternative next time. I might try doubling the liquid since it makes such a nice sauce. This was the first successful pot roast I have made. Will be doing this again.
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Cannoli

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2013
I would substitute candied pineapple or a mixture of candied pineapple, green or red cherries --available at Christmas time in the grocery. The fruit keeps well unopened for a while. I do not like citron at all and would most definitely replace it.
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Sweet Russian Cabbage Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2013
We have been trying to find a recipe to approximate the Russian Cabbage Soup at a favorite restaurant. This one pleased us and it was yummy! My husband thought it was better than the restaurant's. My only changes were that I used beef stew meat and a quarter cup of Splenda instead of the sugar. I also added the garlic earlier with the veggies. I thin-sliced the cabbage after quartering it too. I will most definitely make this recipe again. Was really tasty on a cool fall evening!
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Artichoke, Cheese and Olive Antipasto

Reviewed: May 27, 2013
We enjoyed this recipe and will make it again. I do advise, as other have also, to cut the cheese amount in half. Also it does not indicate whether one should use water packed or oil packed artichokes. Go for the oil packed, but drain and set aside the oil. Then add the olive oil to the reserved liquid (or the olive oil first and then reserved marinade) and add into the mixture to taste. Some people prefer less liquid, like me. I'd also go easy on the balsamic. I used a cheese with a salt and pepper rind. Yummy. If you want to make Bruscetta, buy sliced black olives instead of whole and cut all ingredients to pea-sized pieces.
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Campbell's Kitchen Tuna Noodle Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2013
EASY and FAST to assemble. I've been cooking meals for a loved one and this one hit the spot. I doubled the recipe and made a few additions. I sauteed two stalks of chopped celery and a medium onion to add to the ingredients, then added 1 teas. dill, and substituted whole wheat penne pasta. I included the pimentos too. For the topping I used a combination of 10 crushed Milton's Everything Crackers, about 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, and 1/2 cup melted butter. I poured 1/4 of the tuna mixture into another cooking pan which necessitated more topping. It was easy to put together and baked in 20 minutes. We all thought the topping made the dish, though I would cut back on the butter. (I also used Cream of Celery soup since one in our family does not like mushrooms.)
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Classic Holiday Egg Nog

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2012
As others have said, this is a simple basic recipe, but made it because store-bought is so full of sugar. Threw everything in a blender. I substituted 2 Cups of whipping cream for 2 cups of the quart of milk, used twice the vanilla, and added a teaspoon of nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves. I also used regular unsweetened lowfat canned milk and added 1/4 Cup Splenda. I also used pasturized liquid eggs (Egg Beaters) instead of eggs for safety. Yummy nog and can be easily spiked, I'm sure.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Mole

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2012
We enjoyed this recipe very much. In the middle of a busy day, I threw it together and we were so impressed we could hardly wait for dinner. We paired it with Mexican rice and I cooked up some Chayote squash as a side veggie. Will definitely cook again --even for guests. I used thigh meat, 3 packets of Splenda for the sugar, and added !/2 teas. instant coffee (cause I've seen other recipes with coffee). I cut the meat up into bite-sized pieces. This recipe makes plenty of sauce, so the sauce-to-chicken ratio is generous. Next time I will process the raisins before adding.
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Apple Bread Pudding Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2012
This recipe is tasty. A great solution to our Granny Smith apple tree over-producing this year. We enjoyed it with a little no sugar added vanilla ice cream a few minutes out of the oven. I skipped the pie crust as others suggested. This first time was a test for a dinner I'll take it to next week. I used a couple extra eggs and apples too and added a teas. of vanilla to the egg mixture. I also used cinnamon bread from a specialty bakery and made my own applesauce. I might add raisins and or pecans next time. A definite keeper.
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Ultimate Breakfast Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2012
My husband thought this casserole was sensational. I used 2 pkgs of Alexia thick cut parmesan potatoes, but I would cut it to one next time or use actual hash browns. That's all I had in my freezer when I decided at the last minute to make this. Seems very versatile and is impressive as noted. The chicken soup is okay. I prefer cream of mushroom, but many people prefer anything but mushroom (my husband). Doubled the eggs as noted and that was good since they may not have been seen otherwise. I also threw everything in together as noted in other reviews. Cut the sour cream in half and it was fine. We think this recipe might be tasty at any time of the day.
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Broccoli Chicken Divan

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2011
This dish was yummy. Steamed the broccoli and cut up a store-bought rotisserie chicken. Added sauteed onion and garlic, then threw in 1/2 teas. lemon pepper and 1/2 cup light sour cream as suggested. Used crushed potato chips instead of bread crumbs and Colby cheese instead of cheddar. Will make again.
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