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Classic Waffles

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2013
Great recipe as is. I made a variation on this that I liked quite a bit. Instead of using plaing milk, I used buttermilk. Delicious. But it only made 7-8 waffles. Next time, I'll use buttermilk and double the recipe. I didn't add any more butter or sugar. The waffles are perfect without extra sugar. Sometimes serve it with maple syrup, powdered sugar, sauteed fruit (in butter and brown sugar - e.g. apples, bananas, peaches, blueberries), or like today with leftover chicken fried steak.
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Meatball Nirvana

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2013
These meatballs were quite good. I made them and placed them on a cookie sheet in the freezer til frozen then transferred them into a ziploc bag. Just took 9 meatballs out and put them in the toaster oven at 350 for 30 minutes before heating up some tomato sauce to make sandwiches. A few modifications: - Because I want to make them for meatball sandwiches, I didn't make them completely round. I just flattened them a bit, so they'd fit better in the bread - I had to leave out the peppers and hot sauce to appease the kids. I'm sure they taste great with the peppers, but even without the sauce, I found it to be tasty - I have also increased the amount of onions, carmelized them and then added them in once cooled. Otherwise, if using raw, I'll mince instead of dice. When I tried dicing, I thought the onions were a bit overpowering.
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Cheesy Creamed Spinach

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2012
Tthis is the recipe I've spent the last 10 years looking for! Excellent recipe requiring no modifications to improve the flavor! i might try half and half or just milk to reduce the fat content though.
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Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2012
Like some of the others, I initially found this to lack some depth. That could have been due to the specific broth I used which wasn't as rich as I would have liked. I was surprised that the sweetness of the apple did not come through. There was no mention of what kind of apple would be best for this. I had a Fuji on hand, so that's what I used. I'll try others next time. Because of the thin-flavored broth and the lack of sweetness from the apple, the garlic just ended up overpowering the sauce, so I'd probably cut the garlic in half. Despite all of this, I did enjoy the sauce. But I did have to make some modifications to appeal to my kids. I added a lot more cheese and blended the sauce. I also added a pinch of oregano at the end to give it a little more flavor. Served with liberal amounts of Parmesan on top. My older child had seconds, and the second griped his way through it, but I was thrilled he ate as much of the veggies as he did (I also let him crumble corn chips over it - I didn't have bread crumbs or crackers...the things I do to appeal to a young palate). To the poster who asked why the recipe didn't look like the photo, the photos were taken by others who pureed their sauce, not the original poster.
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French Onion Dip From Scratch

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2012
Too much mayo.
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Buttermilk Pancakes II

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2012
allrecipes.com recipe contributors provide another great recipe with this buttermilk pancake recipe. Because I have a food allergy in our household, I use a gluten free flour blend (I would recommend the source if I recalled where I found it - it was somewhere online - 2 cups rice flour, 2/3 cup cornstarch, 1/3 cup tapioca flour, 1 tsp xanthan gum). I stopped buying buttermilk years ago and instead make sour milk (3 cups of milk heated in microwave for a minute and mixed with 3 tbsp vinegar then left to sit for 10 minutes). I completely omit the milk from the recipe - the buttermilk always seems to be enough. Sometimes I toss in blueberries while they cook on the skillet. Everyone loves them and ask for the recipe.
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Oh-So-Good Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2012
A surprising success for a family with finicky taste! Everyone in the family ate it, my daughter had seconds and my husband had 3rds. I did modify the recipe to appeal to the blander tastebuds of my kids (my daughter finds ketchup to be spicy). I made the following changes to accommodate the family: - sauteed mushrooms and layered it at the bottom of the casserole (my husband and I love mushrooms), the kids not so much so we could give them less - mixed leftover sticky chicken (also from allrecipes) with a tbsp of taco seasoning and layered on top of mushrooms - layered corn on top of the chicken - mixed rice, more taco seasoning, sour cream, cheddar cheese and tomato sauced mixed with cumin (instead of salsa) to give it more flavor - topped with crushed tortilla chips and more shredded cheddar cheese It was great. I'll make this and begin to incorporate more salsa and less tomato sauce until the kids are used to the flavor. Definitely a keeper!
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2011
Agreed with all other reviewers that if you have a sweet tooth, this frosting will not satisfy it. IMHO, this serves as the perfect complement to most cakes rather than overpower them with the tooth-achingly sweet frostings I generally come across. Thank you for this keeper!
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Roasted Kohlrabi

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2011
I was surprised to find that I was not wowed by this the way others were. I would give it 3.5 stars - it was okay but not very good. I think a prior poster's suggestion of adding other root vegetables (potato, carrot) and ham would make a nice improvement. It would also be a great ingredient to add in a hash but as a standalone recipe, it didn't work for me.
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Sauteed Swiss Chard with Parmesan Cheese

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2011
My kids hate most veggies but loved this with a generous serving of parmesan cheese. I left out the onions since my kids don't like them but followed the recipe otherwise. Next time, I'll try the variations with golden raisins and the one with cannellini beans.
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