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Cocktail Meatballs IV

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2003
I was supposed to bring an appetizer to Christmas dinner and I totally forgot. 3 hours before I am supposed to be there, the stores are all closed and I am scrambling to figure out what to do. I found this recipe and it saved me. At first I didn't have grape jelly so I used strawberry instead. They turned out ok. I didn't have leftovers but the meat balls were tough and they seemed bland to me. I knew they could be better. I tried it again for the next party on Friday night only this time I used Grape Jelly, a combination of Oriental red chile oil and Marca El Pato sauce and I made the meat balls with some cracker crumbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Wow! What a difference! The slight modifications really went over well. It gave them a real punch of flavor that was missing the night before. Thanks for a simple and very good recipe.
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Garlic Prime Rib

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2006
I had never attempted to make a prime rib before but this was SO easy. When I served it for Christmas Eve dinner, my husband dictated that it is the new Christmas tradition and he will now request I make it for the family every year. He said it was the best prime rib he had ever had - hands down. It was spectacular! I didn't alter anything in the recipe except that we like our meat rare and I had a roast that was less than 10 lbs so I reduced the time a bit. One more thing - I read on this site that it is difficult to find a "prime" cut of meat and instead most non-restaurant cooks use "choice" cuts. I actually found a "prime" cut at my local Super Target. (I live in Thornton, CO) Good luck and enjoy!
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2006
This is great soup and very easy. I think the Enchilada sauce really gives it a nice flavor. The only thing I would do different next time is to not mess with cutting up the corn tortillas and toasting them. Instead I will just buy some chips because I don't think the extra work with the tortillas really added anything. However, if you do decide to toast your tortilla strips, a toaster oven works very well and is much faster.
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Green Grog

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2006
This was a good punch. I made it for my son's Halloween party so of course I left out the rum. I found a sherbet at Baskin Robin's that was actually rum flavored lime and it worked perfectly. I also added dry ice for the "witch's brew" effect. I made a lot of it and there was enough left over to share with another class later. The cool thing was that after some time the dry ice turned it into a slushy consistency, which made it even better. Another reviewer said it was too sweet. I didn't find this to be true, but I do think it has a strong tart flavor, and the slush seemed to tone it down a bit. Next time if I don't have dry ice, I may use regular ice and a blender to duplicate the effect.
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Christmas Cinnamon Pears

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2006
This is SO easy and my family begs me to make this recipe. My 10 year old son volunteered me to make it for his class without telling me until the last minute. The cool thing was that since it is so simple, I could easily supervise him as he pulled it together himself!
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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2006
Really yummy standard meatloaf recipe. This never comes out dry and it has lots of flavor. I love to make meatloaf sandwiches with it the next day too.
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Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2006
This is always a favorite at our house. I don't change anything except that sometimes I use spicy sausage - depending on who will be eating.
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Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2006
Very yummy! Thanks for the recipe!
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World's Best Lasagna

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2007
I made this recipe to take with us to Sturgis this year. We were traveling with a group of people so I thought it would be an easy meal to prepare ahead and cook when we got there. I followed the recipe exactly except that I used no boil Lasagna noodles and I froze it after step 4. It makes a lot more sauce than is used when you assemble it, but I figured I'd use the extra on speghetti. The sauce seemeed a little salty so I wasn't sure how it would end up. I hoped the cheeses and noodles would even it out. At the last minute I was unable to go on the trip so I sent it with my huband. They defrosted it and popped it in the oven after a long day of riding. They called me no less than three times last night to tell me how wonderful it was and apparently seven people ate the entire pan! This morning when I spoke with my husband again, they were still talking about it. Now I have to make some more and try it myself! :-) It looks like I'll be keeping this one!
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Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2007
My family prefers meat lasagna but we were going on a trip with some vegetarians so I made two batches of lasagna, one with meat and this one. This got rave reviews, even from my husband who is no fan of vegetables, and especially eggplant. He even said he would eat it again! I followed the recipe exactly except that I had to use much more olive oil and garlic than 3 Tbsp to coat all the vegies.
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Grilled Salmon I

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2008
I've made this 4 times now and it was really good each time. I first tried it as written. This was good. I would probably have given it 4 stars. Then I took the tip from another reviewer and used half the oil and mandarin oranges. I reduced the remaining marinade with some corn starch and water and used it as a sauce. Again this was good, and again I would give it 4 stars. On the third and fourth times I took a different reviewer's tip and cut the oil to 1/4 cup and added 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce. I grilled it on a cedar plank on the grill. This was SPECTACULAR!!! My husband hates fish and hates it when I make fish. He told me three times that he liked it and couldn't believe he liked it. I'm giving it 5 stars because it is such a versatile recipe and because it impressed my picky fish-hating husband. I do recommend getting a high quality salmon and I really liked using spicy BBQ sauce. I used Famous Dave’s Devil Spit on the fourth version and I think that was my favorite.
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Banana Sour Cream Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2008
This has really good flavor. My family loved it but my husband said it had too much sugar. I liked the cinnamon sugar crust but he said that made it too sweet. I also did a crumble topping with flour, butter and brown sugar from another recipe on this site. That may have just made it too much, but having a sweet tooth, I enjoyed it and my kids couldn't get enough!
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Flank Steak Pinwheels

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2008
I really like this recipe. My husband calls it "Fru-Fru" so I'm giving it 4 stars intstead of 5. However the second time I tried it I got a large flank steak and cut it vertically into two slabs. I then tenderized both and made one of the slabs into pinwheels as per the recipe. For the second one I took the marinade, soaked some sliced fresh mushrooms in it for a few hours, and then chopped them up a bit in my mini-food processor. I then used that as the filling for the second half of the flank steak and rolled it into a pinwheel. My husband LOVED it that way. I grilled both on the gas grill with a grilling pan so the cheese and mushroom pieces wouldn't fall into my gas grill. Both versions were really yummy!
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Spinach Tomato Tortellini

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2008
Really good. I used 1.5 cups of 2% milk instead of using heavy cream and I forgot to buy parmesean cheese so I substituted a few small Gouda wheels torn up and melted into the sauce. My family all loved it! Will make again and try parmesean cheese next time.
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Honey Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2008
I love how simple this recipe is and the flavor is really nice. I didn't change anything. Family said they definitely want me to make again.
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Honey Nut Sticky Buns

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2008
I had some frozen rolls that were accidentally left out on the counter and they thawed. I needed a recipe to use up the dough because I couldn't re-freeze it. I found this one and all I can say is it was AWESOME. My family can't stop talking about how yummy these were. The only difference I made was to not use salt in the topping and I didn't put pecans inside the rolls. Also, my brown sugar was hard as a rock so I put it in the pan with about 1/8 cup of water first to dissolve it. Then I went on with the recipe as written. The water may have helped the bread stay moist but I don't know for sure. Next time I make these I'll use my own white bread recipe and maybe put some sliced Granny Smith apples in the topping. Thanks!
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Roasted Rack of Lamb

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2008
This was a big hit! I didn't have bread crumbs so I crumbled up Ritz crackers instead. My family loved it. 12 minutes was very rare. We like rare meat but I had to give it a bit longer. I picked up the meat at Costco for a great price.
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Baklava

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2008
I've made this many times and it is always a hit. It is very rich. My son begs me to make it frequently. I don't change a thing on the recipe. It's much easier than you might think.
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Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2008
These are ok. They are much better if you replace some of the butter with either Amaretto or Bailey's Irish Cream. They're gooey and chewy and they have lots of chocoloate, but they can be better with the liquor.
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Herb Roasted Pork

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2008
This is excellent! I followed other's suggestions and I doubled the ingredients on the rub. I pushed crushed garlic into holes in the meat. I covered it for the first two hours and cooked it at 300 degrees. When I basted it, I first took a knife and stabbed it so the sauce would seep into the meat better. My family loved it.
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