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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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Bow-Tie Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2012
I make a pasta salad similar to this one, except I like to also add chopped cauliflower to it as well, and I do not use MiracleWhip, too sweet & tangy. I use real mayo (lite) and with the addition of the sugar, it is not overly sweet. I also do not add basil to mine, just a little salt and a generous sprinkle of blk. pepper. The parmesan cheese gives it a great boost! Looks beautiful & is super yummy! :-) Enjoy!
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Spiced Bacon Twists

Reviewed: Feb. 29, 2012
This has been a Christmas morning tradition in our home for a long time...but the kids beg me to make it more often! Everyone raves over this and fights over the last piece. Make plenty and go ahead and indulge every once-in-a-while! This bacon is outstandingly delicious!!!! :-)
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Green Bean and Bacon Saute

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2012
These are 3 stars with frozen green beans, but a 4-5 if you use fresh green beans! Yummy! :-)
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Easy Breakfast Sausage Burgers

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2012
These are tasty and can be modified to your liking. Florabunda, if you are so concerned about fat & cholesterol, surely you know by now how to tweak a recipie to make it a healthier choice. Use ground turkey sausage. Smart Balance Spread instead of butter. Egg whites only...skip the yolk. Reduced fat cheese, or no cheese at all. Whole grain/whole wheat buns or bread. It's really not so complicated. When you see a recipie that sounds good, think of how to make it healthier and test it out! I made mine with the healthy mods and it turned out excellent and was very low fat and high in protien & fiber...most importantly, it was totally yummy! I skipped the pickles, though! Will be making these when camping this summer! Thanks for the idea! :-)
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Coconut Sevai (Rice Noodles)

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2012
Thought this was pretty tasty. Nice with a squeeze of fresh lime, too! I have a friend from India that I will share this recipie with to see if she has any suggestions or a variation that she uses. I always enjoy reading reviews on this website but on this recipie...I gotta say...C'mon, people! Seriously...you people cook out there or you wouldn't be on this site...you didn't REALLY think that the submitter of this recipie meant for us to add uncooked lentils to the dish? DUH! Lentils, while fast cooking, must be simmered and not simply stir fried with spices & coconut to be edible! As with all recipies, you sometimes need to use common sense. Don't bash the recipie, just read it carefully and THINK about how the ingredients/cooking method will produce the finished product. If it doesn't make sense to you, adjust accordingly! These are the kitchen experiences that make you a better...and more confident...cook! :-)
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Strawberry Butter Cracker Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2012
An outstanding pie! Beautiful, delicious, and not too filling! I used pure almond extract in place of vanilla and NEVER use cool whip...fresh whipped cream is so easy to make and takes only a few extra minutes and tastes far superior to the oil & chemicals also known as cool whip. I like to add a little almond extract to the whipping cream, too! Thanks, Tammy for sharing this recipie! YUM! :-)
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Cocojito (Frozen Mojito)

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2012
This is yummy. Added a bit more of the coconut to it, and since I noticed one reviewer mentioned the Wray & Nephew white rum...I remembered a bottle of this "moonshine" like rum I brought home from Jamaica, mon! I put some in....be careful with this over-proofed white rum if ya' use it. Hard to find here, though...I've only seen it in Jamaica. It's what they put in those wicked good rum punch drinks! Have fun! ;-) Thanks for the reminder, blacksnapper!!!
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Candied Cashew and Pear Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2012
3 stars as written but with some tweaking, was much tastier and is worth making. First off, way too much cinnamon as listed in the directions. I cut this back to one heaping teaspoon and found that to be plenty. I used salted cashews, as I like the salty/sweet combo. Add a bit less vinegar, and add more if you think it needs it. I also added about 1/4 of a cup of white sugar, as I thought the dressing was waaaaay to tart & tangy with frozen, unsweetend raspberries and also added some salt & pepper and 1/3 of a small onion before I pulsed it all together in the food processor. I drizzled in the olive oil through the hopper and it emulsified nicely. Dried cranerries can be used if you don't have cherries. I also sprinkled the feta on seperately on the serving plates. It was a good salad..worth making again. I think finely shredded swiss cheese would taste good instead of feta, too and my try next time!
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