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All-Day Apple Butter

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
I grew up on apple butter. In fact the village I lived in hosted an Apple Butter Day every year and still does. Nothing beats homemade apple butter! This was my first time attempting to make my own apple butter and I kinda battled with it but it still came out good, though next time I'd make some modifications. I used Jonathan apples but probably would try a different kind next time. Like others, I cut down on the sugar and used only 3 cups. I also added allspice as some suggested but may have added too much because it was very spicy when it was done, will probably leave that out next time. I tried to cook my apples the 9-11 hours as stated but by the 8th hour, a lot of the liquid was gone so I had to stop. It was still very chunky so I threw it all in a blender and that helped to smooth it out. I got over the flavor, being a little too spicy, but as it sat in my fridge, it thickened up a lot and became almost too gummy. I ended up using most of it in an apple butter spice cake, which came out really nice. Will try again next Fall. It did make the house smell wonderful! :)
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Sausage and Egg Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
This is one of my absolute favorite breakfast casseroles. I grew up with my grandmother making this for us kids when we visited. It was always a hit! However, I did make some modifications--like others, I cooked it about 10-15 mins longer than stated so the middle would cook-through and not be mushy. Like my grandmother, I used white bread but cut the crust off and placed the 6 slices whole on the bottom of the pan, layering the rest of the ingredients. I added 1 more egg and little bit more milk to the egg mixture. The next morning before it went in the oven, I added a top layer of cheese. Will definitely be making this again!
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Sweet and Sour Meatballs in Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
Loved this recipe! At first I thought the sauce was way too sweet but once it cooled and I kept eating it, it wasn't so bad. I served this over rice and my husband just gobbled this up! It was a little too much for just 2 people but it gave us lunch for the next day. Will definitely make again! I'm interested in trying this sauce with other proteins instead of beef, like kielbasa or maybe even chicken.
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Campbell's Kitchen Chicken Broccoli Divan

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
Absolutely loved it! It came out so creamy and cheesy! However, just this dish alone wasn't enough for dinner. My husband and I found ourselves hungry a few hours later. Maybe next time I'll put this over some rice, or just make a salad to go with it. It also works great the next day as a leftover lunch. I will definitely be making this again! (This is great for low carb eaters too!!)
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15-Minute Dinner Nachos Supreme

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
I was planning to make this recipe as stated but ended up doing my own thing with this in mind. I made the meat as stated but added a can of Rotel's tomatoes & chiles to it. Instead of making my own rice, I bought Lipton's Spanish Rice- made as directed and then added it to the meat mixture. I also heated up a can of refried beans. I melted the cheese on the chips in the microwave first then added the beans and meat/rice mixture and topped with salsa, taco sauce & sour cream. Absolutely loved it!! It's like making your own Nacho Bellgrande :)
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Tomato Zucchini Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
Absolutely loved this recipe! Made it as stated but added 2 summer squash and it turned out perfect. My husband isn't the biggest fan of zucchini and summer squash but raved about this dish. Will definitely make again!!
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Seven Layer Bars

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
LOVE this recipe! My mother used to make these cookies every single holiday season. I agree that it's best to use regular graham crackers and crush them yourself. I also agree it's best to mix the graham crackers with the melted butter first, then add it to the bottom of the pan. I used a 13x9 pan and it was almost too little. Maybe next time I'll use 2 packages of graham crackers instead of 1 and 1/2. I love the condensed milk but a whole can is way too much. I think you can get away with 3/4 a can or even 1/2 a can, depending on sweet you like it. But no matter what you do, these cookies are RICH! You can't eat too many at once but they are addicting. They also go nicely over some vanilla ice cream if you crush them up. Will definitely make again!!
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Monkey Bread I

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
The bread tasted great but didn't turn out like I wanted it to. I made this for Christmas morning brunch and was a little disappointed. I think the biscuit dough was too dense and thick. I'd like to try it again with a different kind of dough, maybe more like bread dough. I didn't have a tube pan so I used a regular bread pan and the middle didn't cook through. So I dumped it out onto a baking sheet to cook the rest of the dough, which it did but in the meantime, cooked the sauce too much, which crystalized too fast and was hard to eat. I will try again but with some modifications.
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Janet's Rich Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
I made this bread a couple times this holiday season and it came out perfect each time. It's the moistest bread I've ever eaten. I think the trick is the sour cream, which you can't even taste. However, I did lower the baking time to 45-50 mins. I like the middle to be a little gooey and I have a very hot oven so usually I have to bring down baking/cooking times anyway. Add chocolate chips for a nice change. DELICIOUS!!
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Beef Pot Pie III

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2012
This is a really easy recipe, though it takes a long time to make. Took me almost 5 hours total. But it was DELICIOUS!!! My husband had seconds so I know it was really good because he hardly ever has seconds. I did make a few modifications: used a beef bouillon cube when simmering the steak and added some red cooking wine. Then when the carrots and potatoes were cooking, I added garlic, onion, thyme and fresh rosemary. I had to add some water to the gravy mixture because there wasn't much left after cooking everything else. I might use 2 cans of beef broth next time. The one thing that annoyed me a little was that it made a lot, way too much for 1 pie pan. So I used a bigger dish, which the pie crust didn't exactly fit but I stretched it out to fit. Baked it for 50 mins and it was perfect. Definitely will be making this one again; it's a keeper!!
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Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2012
OMG!! I LOVED this dish!!! I added onion, frozen peas and fresh thyme & rosemary. I made homemade dumplings from another recipe instead of using Bisquick. It was so flavorful. However, I didn't think it made enough. I made it for my husband and myself and we ran out. So I would double or even triple the recipe to have a lot and/or leftovers. I will definitely be making this again!!!
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Creamy Rice Pudding

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2012
I'm a huge fan of rice pudding and this is one of the best recipes I've ever had. It's so creamy and soft! I've never made homemade rice pudding before, just semi-homemade using Jello's cook & serve pudding. It was very easy to make and in total took me about 30 minutes. I had a huge bag of rice we bought at an Asian market, kinda like sticky rice, and used this short grain rice. It came out so soft and tender. The only modifications I made were omitting the raisins and adding 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. It tasted great warm but I prefer my rice pudding cold, so I put it in the fridge and I think it tasted better once it had time to sit. My husband loved it and he's not the biggest fan of rice pudding. Will definitely be making again!!
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Cream Cheese Squares

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2012
These are AMAZING!!! My husband absolutely loved them and said I found "gold" with these bars. He said it's been the best dessert I've ever made. These are so delicious and so easy to make. I followed the directions as is and they came out perfect. On their own they taste great but I took some others' advice and tried strawberry jelly with them, which was good. But then I tried it with caramel sauce, WOW! It tastes like it was from a restaurant. I think they taste the best when cold, which helps solidify it, so I kept it in the fridge after it cooled from baking. You gotta make these but be careful, they are SO addicting!!!
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Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2012
I was really looking forward to this dish but it was a little disappointing. I thought it was a bit too salty and not at all that sweet. I omitted the hot sauce and just wanted it sweet & sticky. I added an extra teaspoon of brown sugar to sweeten it more but it didn't really help. My husband took over and added Mirin, which helped a lot. He cooked the chicken in sesame oil and also added waterchestnuts, bamboo shoots & broccoli to make it more of a stir fry. We put it over rice. The sauce didn't thicken so he added cornstarch and it helped a little but after mixing everything with it, there wasn't much sauce left. It was enough to coat the chicken and vegetables but it wasn't saucy and that's how I like it. Not sure we'll try this one again. It was decent and we did eat it but I've had better.
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Kielbasa Cabbage Skillet

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2012
I really liked this dish, but it was a little too greasy. I added 2 red skin potatoes, cooking them in the microwave first for about 6 minutes. I started with a little oil to cook the sausage and potatoes, and then added butter before adding the onions, peppers and cabbage. Like others, I didn't want my veggies to be mushy but crispy so I added them last. I also added some red pepper flakes and other seasoning. It had great flavor, maybe due to the seasonings and chicken broth. It's a light meal that goes well with a salad. I will make this again but attempt to make it not so greasy.
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Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2012
This is a pretty good cake. I really liked it but my husband said it was too sweet. Like others suggested--I used 1 c. sugar, 1 c. brown sugar, only needed 2 apples, added the brown sugar/cinnamon ribbon in the middle and added 1 tsp. cinnamon to the batter. I agree that the sauce is what makes this cake but it also makes it super sweet. It may be too rich for those that don't like really sweet cakes. Not sure if I would make this again.
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Alaska Salmon Bake with Pecan Crunch Coating

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2012
This was really tasty. I followed the instructions as is but added a little more honey. I baked it for 10 mins but noticed it was still pretty dry on top. So I made another small batch of the sauce, drizzled it on and cooked it 5 more mins. Came out perfect. Will definitely make this again.
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Mandarin Orange Cake I

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2012
This cake was delicious!! It's very light, flavorful and easy to make. Like others, I didn't want to use a cup of oil, so I only used 1/2 cup and added 1/4 cup applesauce and it came out super moist. I squeezed half an orange in the batter as well to enhance the orange flavor but it didn't do any good. The best part was the topping, so yummy!! As the cake was cooling, I put the topping in the fridge to help solidify it, and then after it cooled and I added the topping, I put the whole cake into the fridge to set a little longer. It came out perfect! Will definitely be making this again!!
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Classic Red Velvet Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2012
I just made this for my husband's birthday since this is his favorite cake. It was my first time baking a red velvet cake. I give it 4 star because the cake recipe was wonderful but the frosting needs work. The cake had an amazing taste and was very moist. I made a few modifications as others suggested: didn't have the cake flour so I used 2 cups of regular flour, sifted; used 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda; didn't have butter flavoring so I used 1/4 cup butter, melted; and added 1/2 cup sour cream. However, I was disappointed by the frosting. It was way too sweet and had that grainy sugary texture. My husband and I like a full-bodied cream cheese flavor and all the sugar masked that, so I'll be looking for another cream cheese frosting recipe but I loved the cake. Will definitely be making again with different frosting.
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