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Pear and Almond French Toast Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2015
Yummy! Fresh pears are a must....not too ripe/soft, a bit firmer is better! Press the bread down into the egg mixture to assure that it's completely covered. I like to top it with fresh whipped cream and candied sliced almonds!
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Almond Crusted Chevre and Grape Truffles

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2015
I've made these before....they're a bit tedious, but worth it! Make them way ahead of when you need them so you're not all stressed & in a hurry....or you'll be doing lots of cussing while you're rolling the cheese around the grape! I didn't use plastic wrap. I just put some of the cheese mixture into the palm of my hand and rolled it around with the palm of my opposite hand to make a little ball, then dropped them onto a pie plate that had the finely chopped nuts so I could get them coated with those. Wear gloves if you don't want you're hands messy! You can omit the chives if you'd like. I always used red grapes, the firmer the better and make sure they are VERY dry after you wash them or the cheese won't stick to the grape! I've used pistachios before and their greenish hue looked very pretty. Store them in the fridge until ready to serve! People are always super surprised when they bite into one of these if they don't know what they are. They'll create plenty of chatter at your next gathering & lots of recipe requests!
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Spiced Peach Oatmeal Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2015
Yummy....and any muffin that has less than 2 grams of fat is a friend for life! Yay for this recipe, great base for healthy muffins & you can substitute whatever fruit you want! Thanks for sharing!
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Monkey Bread Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2015
I just made these 2 mornings ago for my sons...they loved them & they looked so pretty! The only things I did differently was use just cinnamon & to save some of the caramel to drizzle on top before serving. I kept the caramel warm & also added an extra TB. of butter to it so it was a bit thinner and would drizzle better. (The caramel is quite thick, otherwise) I used non-stick spray in my pans instead of butter and put 7 biscuit pieces into each cup, 6 in the last one. Make sure you pour the caramel more towards the center of the biscuit pieces & just a little around the top edges. I used a knife to push some caramel down between the biscuits. Be forewarned...these will bubble over during baking. To avoid a gigantic mess in your oven, put the muffin tin on a foil lined baking sheet before placing in the oven. Any caramel lava will flow onto the foil instead of the bottom of your oven! I also let them sit for a few minutes to "set up" a little as I felt they would fall apart if I tried removing them from the pan right out of the oven. I used a skinny spatula to GENTLY pop them up on one side, then used the spatula & my other hand to place them onto the serving plate, bunched together in a circle. I then drizzled the remaining warm caramel over the tops. Beautiful & very yummy. I had found this recipe on the Pillsbury site when looking up Monkey Bread recipes and was so glad that I ran across these. They have lots of other great recipe ideas on their site, too! :-)
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Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2015
I have an almost identical recipe from another site & have been making this salad for many years. It is outstanding and always gets many recipe requests. I prefer to leave the skins on the fruit & always use Honeycrisp apples and red pears. I also think that using finely grated swiss cheese is really important as it is a strong tasting cheese & when shredded finely, balances nicely with the lemony dressing and fruits. Be sure to give this one a try!
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Snow-Capped Sour Cream Drops

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2014
Yummy & festive. I used almond extract in the icing and pistachios instead of pecans...the greenish color on the outside of the nuts looked really pretty with the icing and cranberries.
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Delicious Chicken Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2014
Super yummy!This recipe is a new family favorite!Brought this without testing it first to a friend who just had a baby & it got rave reviews from them.The next night I made it for my own family and we all loved it, including my ridiculously picky 12 yr. old. I did not add the celery when simmering the chicken as I didn't have any on hand. It didn't make a difference! I also skipped the celery salt since I didn't have that, either. It doesn't need it anyways...there's enough salt in everything else. I also added about 1 1/2 - 2 c. of shredded cheddar cheese to the soup & sour cream mixture and two things FOR SURE, you'll need to increase the rice (I used about 3 1/2 cups of cooked jasmine)and DON"T SKIP the buttery cracker topping, it's heavenly. Don't substitute with saltines, either...they would be too bland. For my friends I added some frozen peas that I partially cooked before adding to the dish. Would be great also w/broccoli or peas & carrots or even corn, each of which I'll try in the future. Such an awesome base recipe! Thanks for sharing it! :-) Enjoy this one, folks!
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Mini Apple Pies

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2014
Fun & Yummy! Thanks for sharing!
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Peanut Butter Balls III

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2013
This is just like the recipe that my friend & co-worker Kelly made long ago, except using only 2 cups of powdered sugar....4 is too much. The rice crispies add great texture and crunch. Some use crunchy PB, as well, but I strongly prefer using creamy for these. I make these every Christmas to give as gifts. I found it too tedious dipping each ball one at a time, so I now line mini muffin tins with the mini liners, put 1 TB of melted chocolate in the bottom of each liner, drop in the ball and cover with more melted chocolate. You can decorate with Christmas sprinkles or finely chopped peanuts on top before they harden. They look beautiful & festive, taste delicious, and are very popular with everyone who receives them. They look so cute in the mini muffin liners! :-)
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Strawberry Romaine Salad I

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2012
I have been making this salad for years and it's an all-time favorite & sure to please anywhere you take it...just be sure to toss right before serving. In my version of the dressing I use less poppy seeds (a little go a long way!) and I also add 1 tsp. of pure almond extract...it adds a fabulous twist to the flavor of the dressing and goes great with the strawberries. I also add candied almonds and use only romaine...no spinach...but I think a little spinach would be ok. A mayo-type dressing seems to me like it would be too "heavy" for those tender spinach leaves. This is such an excellent summertime (or anytime!) salad! :-)
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Wiener Winks

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2012
How cool are these!? I have unexpectedly been taken back to Sunnyside Elementary School on my favorite lunch day...weiner winks!!!! Yay!!!! I cannot wait to make these for my two boys...I tried once a long time ago but forgot to butter the bread. Couldn't figure out how something so simple didn't turn out the way I remembered them! I think the butter is the key! THANK YOU so much for posting this...I never forgot about those good 'ol winks. Now if I could only figure out how they made their pizza burgers, and those pioneer bars! (peanut butter bar w/choc. frosting) If anyone out there knows the school lunch recipie for either of those, please share! :-)
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Dupre Family Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2012
Just like the stuff my Mom learned to cook when she lived in New Orleans & made when I was growing up, along with many other cajun favorites. Thanks, Crawfish, for sharing this heritage recipie from down South! :-)
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Pineapple Cracker Spread

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2012
4 stars for a great idea! I've always wondered what kind of dip would be tasty inside of a hollowed out King's Hawaiian Bread round loaf, and here it is! I've seen some put spinach dip inside the Hawaiian bread, and it doesn't taste right to me! This will go perfectly and I will also serve with some crackers for those who want some "crunch" with their dip...stuffed in celery would also be pretty & delish! Thanks, we'll be giving this a try on Easter! :-)
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Fresh Fruit Breakfast Lasagna

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2012
I have never attempted to make crepes and wouldn't dare try unless I have the right non-stick pan...but the filling for these sounded so interesting I came up with an alternative! I baked 2 rectangle sheets of puff pastry and put the filling in-between, then piped some fresh whipped cream stars to fill up the top layer and decorated with strawberries, blueberries & kiwi. I opted to use kiwi in the filling as I feared the bananas would get icky. It was delicious & beautiful, lots of oooh's & aaaw's when it arrived at the table! :-)
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Spinach, Caramelized Onion, and Muenster Au Gratin Potatoes

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2012
Outstanding! I added some crumbled cooked bacon to the top of the potatoes along with the final addition of cheese, then baked the last 10 min. or so per directions. Wowza! Not for calorie counters, but a nice treat when your having guests. Went great with marinated & grilled ribeye's...but these would go great with any meat. Enjoy! :-)
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Quick Chicken Piccata

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2012
Easy & super yummy! I added a little bit of Panko breadcrumbs to the flour to give it some crunch, and because I'm counting calories & fat, used less EVOO to brown the chicken in the pan and finished it off by baking in the oven after spraying the chicken with some olive oil Pam. (I wanted to have some flavor from the chicken in the pan before de-glazing & making the sauce!) Also used Smart Balance Spread instead of butter. My wine was a light and fruity Pinot. This was outstanding on whole wheat angel hair pasta and despite taking some healthy shortcuts, tasted like I was cheating on my healthy eating plan! Thanks for sharing! :-)
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Easy Rice Breakfast Treat

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2012
I made this for my youngest son (age 5) who, like me, adores anything made with rice. I used Jasmine. We enjoyed this with a pat of butter added in. FYI, if you have a newer microwave like mine with high wattage DO NOT leave it in the microwave for 5 minutes. In my microwave liquid boils in 2 minutes. If I left milk ccoking in there unsupervised, I would have a huge, stinky, boiled over mess in way less than 5 minutes! The rice is already cooked, so just watch it and take it out every minute or so, until you have the consistancy you desire! :-)
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Sauteed Mushrooms

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2012
Used portabellas and no way was I going to use an entire 1/2 stick of butter. I used 3 TB of unsalted butter and a drizzle of EVOO and let the 'shrooms sweat a few minutes in the pan. I then added about 1/2 of the package of dry ranch and I thought they were just right. Quite tasty and this method has much less fat and sodium.
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Strawberry Syrup

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2012
Delicious! Be sure to use fresh strawberries, and if it's too sweet for you, use less sugar! I like to add 1 TB or so of fresh squeezed lemon juice to this, and sometimes, depending what I'm using it for, 1 TB of finely chopped fresh mint. Soooo Yummy! :-)
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Microwave Cracker Pizzas

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2012
Fun & easy snack idea and the kids love 'em! They may not need 1-2 min. in your microwave, though so keep an eye on them!
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