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Corn and Chicken Chowder

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2003
This is a good chowder, but I cooked it differently than the directions.This is the time of year I am looking for ways to use up corn and I even had ham leftover! I always begin my soups by cooking the onion and celery until the onion is transluscent, then add the meats and cook them, this draws out the good flavors and leaves little juicy bits in the pan,then the broth is added and the bits are scraped into the broth and other ingredients go in to simmer. I cut the recipe in half but used two stalks of celery including the leafy tops, and I toss a little (1 small clove) garlic or garlic powder and about a TB of parsley into all my soups.(I didn't use the thyme). Unless there is a reason to drastically cut ones fat intake I would recommend using whole milk or half skim and half cream to make a more creamy and palatable chowder. I prefer to use cornstarch to thicken soups, it's not so heavy and dissoves better.Also, I never add salt until the end if needed when using salty meat and broth. I debated about adding some cubed Velveeta,for a cheesy corn chowder,but decided not to this time.
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Blueberry Crumb Bars

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2003
With a plethera of store fresh blueberries, and company coming, I was going to bake a pie-but really felt too lazy so I tried these and WOW they are really very good!! I agree they are kind of like a crumb pie (especially having tasted it while it was still warm 'cause hubby and I couldn't bear to wait til dinner time)! Anyway, I beat the egg a little before adding it to the dough then worked the cut up two sticks of margarine (I think real butter would make these OUTSTANDINGLY rich and yummy), and egg in with my clean fingers until it was fairly crumbly-works better for me. I also added one more Tb. of cornstarch just because it has been my experience that most berry recipes never set up as much as I like. Be sure to lightly oil your pan. I also baked them at a slightly lower tempurature (my oven is weird), and added just a dash of cinnamon as well as a tiny dash of nutmeg to the crumb mixture. We're going to serve big squares of this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side kind of like pie or cobbler because as others have said they are kind of crumbly. Thanks for a wonderfully good and simple recipe!
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2003
WOW! These have a wonderful flavor, are crammed with blueberries, and Colleen is right don't leave out the struesel topping it really makes these deelicious!! I cut the recipe in half because I only had a half cup of blueberries and they came out great!Made 6 BIG muffins. The grandchildren LOVED them too! We had scrambled eggs with ham and cheese mixed in and these muffins for a scrumptious and special midweek breakfast.
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Lazy Katie's Taco Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2003
Good basic idea, but better we think, if you add some taco seasoning to the ground beef. Also good with some drained kidney beans layered in and Thousand Island dressing or top with sour cream and salsa as usual. Of course your imagination can rule as far choosing your favorite toppings!
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Banana Cream Pie III

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2003
Wow, this is SO easy and SO good on a hot summer day.I prefer a pastry crust, but the ready made one in your grocer's dairy case work very well! Bananas will get brown if it hangs around too long....as if that would ever be a problem!
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Randy's Wedding Gelatin Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2003
The grandchildren helped me put this together and the 4 year old was quite skeptical, asking me if I knew what I was doing putting all that "stuff" in her Jello! We put it in an oiled mold which made it extra special. Some of the grownups ate it..Kids and hubby aren't crazy about it though. Great, tasty and easy recipe Maybe more suited for ladies luncheons? - Thanks
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Reuben Casserole

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2003
OK, but we would rather have an actual Reuben sandwich, as long it we have all the ingredients anyway. Also prefer Thousand Island to Russian dressing for Reuben stuff.
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Simple BBQ Ribs

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2003
Yummy! So much easier than trying to grill ribs and losing the sauce and burning them!! Searing the ribs in some oil locks in their flavor better than boiling them. You can then place them in the oven a little longer and on lower heat, or the crockpot on low for several hours. I like to add a little onion too, and used Hunt's Original BBQ sauce. Throw some potatoes in to bake along with them, or serve with potato salad and coleslaw for a deelicious hearty meal! Thanks Lloyd!
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Annemarie's Lemon Bars

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2003
I juiced 1/2 of a large lemon and added 1/2 tsp. lemon extract and some zest from the lemon peel. I think you need to make sure you use an 8" not a 9" square pan and be sure to lightly oil the pan.
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Talerine

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2003
We like this better with the sliced green olives! It adds a lot to the dish.
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Chow Mein Clusters

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2003
I love this! especially because I always buy the big bag of chow mein noodles (cheaper that way) and they get stale if I just use them for Chinese food. Good way to use up some of the noodles!
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Chicken Fried Steak I

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2003
The three stars are because 2 cups of oil is WAY too much for 4 steaks. Otherwise the recipe is ok. I use tenderized sirloin, salt and pepper the steak cutlets, dip in beaten egg, then in flour with more salt and pepper..have about 1/4 cup of VEGETABLE oil ready in large skillet and carefully place the steak in the hot oil watch carefully and turn down the heat (Med/low) so the oil doesn't get too hot and burn the flour coating. When LIGHT brown on one side, turn over. If you need to add a little more oil do it by the Tablespoonsful as necessary. The secret to keeping the coating from falling off is to have oil hot when you put the steaks in it. Also Olive Oil will burn faster than veg. oil so I would not recommend it for this type of frying.
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Artichoke Cheese Dip

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2003
Good with pita chips!!! Make some margaritas too......Yummy
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One Dish Chicken Bake

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2003
I like to add a thick slice of swiss cheese on top of each breast and cover with the prepared dressing then bake, the cheese melts and adds a nice flavor and keeps the chicken more moist.Easy basic chicken and stuffing-good with steamed brocolli.
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Bunyaculta

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2003
Great party food! We too, call it Bania Caulda meaning "hot sauce" or something like that in Italian. Anyway, it serves more than 2. I saute' the garlic in butter and olive oil in an electric frying pan on low, then add the anchovies and let it all simmer then add a Tablespoon of vinegar (an Italian lady told me to do it) and mix well. We never put cream in it, but if I did I would not put in very much. Then we have a tray of assorted veggies and sliced French or Italian crusty bread, and folks stand around the same electric pan, using the bread as a "plate" and dip the veggies in the hot sauce and use the bread to catch the drips and munch away. Great conversation starter and so good with some good red wine!
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Brenda's Lasagna

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2003
Good quick and easy. I don't add any extra salt though. I also sub cottage cheese for ricotta, and sprinkle some parmesan on top. The addition of a little cheddar to lasagna is just really good for some reason! (If any of you haven't tried the "new" ready to use lasagna noodles do it soon-they work great and are sure a time saver-no more wet,hot,torn noodles for me)!
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Cream Cheese Pickles

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2003
We love it with sliced ham too!!
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Beau Monde™ Dip

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2003
This is another one I had in the 70's and lost, So easy and so good. I used dried minced onion.
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Texas Sheet Cake II

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2003
So good for a picnic! Try adding 1/2 tsp. cinnamon to the batter for a special little something, folks will wonder what that different taste is!
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Kraft's Seven Layer Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2003
This is an oldie, that I had forgotten about. It's so good to take to a potluck everyone loves it and it keeps and travels so well.
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