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Mock Chicken Fried Steak

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2008
I rated this recipe three stars, but I think with some changes, it could be a four (maybe even 5 stars). I followed the recipe exactly with a few very minor changes (I added some garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and a bit of soya to the meat mixture to try to moisten it up a bit). We found that the patties were WAYYYYY too salty in the end. It's really important to note (and I'm surprised nobody has mentioned it yet), that if you are using salted crackers (salted tops), then there is no need to add salt to the meat mixture. Also, as I mentioned, the meat mixture was pretty dry; IMHO 1 cup of crackers is way too much to add - 1/2 cup would be more than sufficient. Lastly, I made a peppercorn gravy to serve with it and both my DH and I agree that this dish would be pretty bland without it. Here is my recipe for peppercorn gravy. Once the patties are cooked, remove from the (cast iron) skillet. Reserve 1/4 cup of the drippings; to the oil add the following to the pan: 4 Tbsp of flour, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp paprika and 1/2 tsp garlic powder. Cook for a few minutes (to cook the floury taste out of the mixture). Add 2 cups milk and stir until thick, then add 1 1/2 tsp of crushed peppercorns, stir and serve with the patties. This gravy recipe is also really good with the real thing (real chicken fried steak!)
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Simple Ranchy Breaded Fish Fillets

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2008
I made this fish last night following recipe exactly (the only minor change I made was to add some olive oil to the butter so that it wouldn't burn). The end result was pretty tasty, but both my DH and I found that the ranch seasoning really over-powered the flavour of the fish. So if you're looking to actually taste the fish you're eating - this recipe probably isn't for you.
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Pizza Without the Red Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2008
My DH made this for supper the other night and it was fantastic!! We used our homemade pizza crust and followed the recipe exactly with one minor exception; we didn't use jalapeño because we don't really care for it. The only point of interest to mention is that if you're considering making this pizza, make sure your choice of feta is a good one. The flavour of this cheese is kind of strong and there is a lot of it on the pizza, so a sub-standard choice will really affect how good (or not good) this pizza is.
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Great Garlic Knots

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2008
Yumm! These were so good! I used dried rosemary instead of fresh and next time I make them, I will add a sprinkling of parmesan cheese to them. The only other point worth mentioning is that I gave each knot a sprinkle of sea salt and fresh pepper before baking....really good, thanks for such an easy, super quick recipe!
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Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2008
This is really good soup. I omitted the vegetable broth and used about 2 cups of extra broad egg noodles and the end result was really yummy, satisfying (not to mention super quick) chicken noodle soup to help comfort my sick hubby (although I did have to add more broth than the recipe called for, in part because of the extra egg noodles I added). I will most definitely make this soup again, but I will add more vegetables (probably double what the recipe calls for). I also want to note that I used 3 medium cloves of garlic which I added when sauteeing the onions, celery and carrots. I also added 1 package of chicken bouillon for added flavour. Thanks for a great recipe.
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White Cheese Chicken Lasagna

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2008
I made this for dinner last night - and while I would have rated it three stars, my DH liked it more than I did (as did my toddler), so it gets 4 stars. I changed a few things though, here's what I did. I used 3 large cloves of garlic, 1-10oz box of frozen chopped spinach and only 1/2 tsp each of dried basil and oregano (I think if I'd added the whole amount....the herbs would have been overwhelming). The end result was good, but I found it pretty rich. Given that my son and DH liked it so much, I will likely make it again, but if it were just me...I probably wouldn't.
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Sicilian Spaghetti

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2008
I made this spaghetti for dinner last night and we were pretty disappointed with it I'm afraid. I kept all the ingredients the same expect I used half the amount of spaghetti and bread crumbs. The end result didn't really taste like anything....well except for spaghetti with breadcrumbs and a little bit of garlic. I might be able to work with this recipe over time, but I doubt I'll try.
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E-Z Drop Biscuits

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2008
Really good biscuits! I made these tonight to go with some soup and the only change I made was to add 1 Tbsp of sugar (instead of 2 tsp). The end result was a really light, flaky and tasty biscuit....I would bet that this will become my "go to" biscuit recipe!
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Creamy Potato Leek Soup II

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2008
Well, unfortunately we didn't really enjoy this soup much at all. I tweaked the recipe a little to accommodate our personal preferences. I added 3 medium cloves of garlic to the leeks; I used whole milk instead of cream and I added 2 packs of chicken bouillon while the potatoes were boiling (for added flavor). I also pureed the soup using my hand blender. The end result was a very rich soup which I ended up having to add another can of chicken broth to as the finished product was still really thick. The flavor of the bacon overpowered the flavor of everything else. So while the soup is very quick and easy to prepare, we probably won't make it again.
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Banana Pancakes I

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2007
Yumm!! I made these pancakes for breakfast this morning for my family and everyone really enjoyed them - especially my 2-year old! I made two minor changes in that I added about 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract and I used butter instead of the oil. The recipe yield is a bit off though as this recipe makes 8 pancakes using a 1/3 cup measure, so not enough for 6 people, but enough for 2 adults and a toddler. The only reason this recipe didn't receive 5 stars is that my husband felt the banana flavor was too strong, so the next time I will reduce the amount of banana to one large.
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Brunch on the Bayou

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2007
I made this casserole on Christmas Eve to bake and serve on Christmas morning. I followed the recipe for the most part, the only changes I made were to add a medium diced onion to the sausage mixture when cooking and I omitted the white wine because I didn't have any that was appropriate to use in this dish. I was a bit concerned about how the sour cream would affect this dish, but the end result was a really good savory casserole which was perfect with fresh fruit salad on a busy morning.
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Flatlander Chili

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2007
My DH and I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious...although we changed so many things that we probably should just post our own recipe! Here is what we did: cut the recipe in half to 5 servings; used 2 cups tomato juice; omitted the tomato sauce; added 1 can "spicy red pepper" diced tomatoes; 4 cloves garlic; omitted the green pepper; added 1 can kidney beans and 1 can brown beans in molasses; we also increased the amount of sugar to about 1 Tbsp and the amount of chili powder by an additional 2 tsp. We simmered stovetop for about 2 hours and then transferred to a slow cooker for about 3 or 4 hours. The end result was absolutely delicious served with sour cream, grated cheddar and sliced green onion.
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Garlic Red Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2007
I made these potatoes tonight for dinner alongside some baked chicken and neither my husband or I enjoyed the flavor. I followed the recipe exactly and the potatoes were very lemony and just tasted like they boiled in their own sauce. The only change I made was to alter the cooking time as the potatoes took over an hour to cook. It's not likely that we will make these potatoes again.
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Garlic Cheddar Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2007
I made this for dinner tonight and it was really yummy. I changed a few things based on other reviews, here is what I did: I pounded my chicken breasts pretty thin; I used a mixture of cornflake crumbs and bread crumbs; I used basil instead of oregano; I dredged the chicken in flour before the butter and crumb/cheese mixture. I also cut the recipe in half using 3 medium sized chicken breasts. The end result was very moist, flavorful chicken which we will very likely make again.
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Awesome Baked Sea Scallops

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2007
I made these scallops tonight for dinner and served them alongside some lemon spaghetti (Rachael Ray's recipe). The end result was pretty darn good, but if I were to make them again, I would change a few things. My DH over salted the scallops (which isn't the fault of the recipe), but I mention it as a point of caution because scallops are pretty briny to begin with (plus if you're using salted butter, this will add to it); so be careful of the amount of salt you use. Secondly, we used panko instead of regular bread crumbs and we found that it was just too much bread crumb for the amount of scallops (1 lb which is about 16 medium/large scallops). Next time, I would reduce the amount of panko to 2/3 cup. Lastly, 5 Tbsp of butter is too much, you could easily cut this in half and still get the buttery flavor (especially considering the olive oil used on the bread crumbs).
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Grandma's Doughnuts

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2007
These were good and super easy given what they are. We had "donuts" inside 20 minutes or so. They're not as sweet as a regular donut, but they do in a pinch. Thanks for such a clever idea!
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Garden Herb Loaf

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2007
I made this bread yesterday and we were really happy with the end result. I followed the method exactly, but I did swap out the marjoram for some fresh dill (thought I had some and did not). The bread is pretty dense and is both sweet and savory at the same time. I'm looking forward to trying it toasted!!
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BLT Dip

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2007
I made this dip for a dinner I hosted last night and it wasn't received very well. Initially I cut the recipe in half, added all the ingredients and tasted it and all I could taste is mayonnaise! Needless to say, I ended up doubling the amount of sour cream and I reduced the amount of bacon as I felt it was just too much. In the end, it wasn't really our cup of tea; only a few people tried it and they didn't go back for seconds! :(
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Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2007
I made these potatoes to serve along side a pork roast at a dinner party we were hosting. The end result was pretty good, but I did mess up the recipe a little. When I cooked the potatoes, I forgot to add everything to the pot, so I ended up having to add it after the fact (I just minced 2 cloves of garlic, added to the mashed potatoes and hoped for the best). I did follow the advice of another reviewer by placing an absorbent towel under the lid to collect the moisture and it worked out great. The potatoes were still a bit more runny than I would have wanted, the the flavour was pretty good.
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Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2007
I made this mousse to serve at a dinner party we hosted last night and it was really well received. I made the raspberry sauce using triple sec because that's what I had on hand and my (frozen) berries were already in light syrup, so I didn't add sugar. Unfortunately, I whipped my cream too much (to stiff peaks instead of soft peaks), so the end result of my mousse was somewhat stiffer than it should have been, but it was still really tasty. We all agreed in the end that the while the mousse is really good, it is the raspberry sauce that really makes it.
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