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Original Chex® Party Mix

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2014
This is NOT the true original Chex Mix recipe. My mom made something called Texas Trash which I think is much closer to, if not the actual, original Chex Mix recipe. This version is absolutely less healthy so don't complain about the calories or salt if you make these changes...you have been warned! ??. That being said, this mix of spices tastes soooo much better. Use 1 Tbsp each garlic salt, onion salt, celery salt and Worcestershire Sauce and mix that with 1 1/2 cups butter, add Tabasco sauce or cayenne to taste. Then use 3 cups of each of the 3 Chex cereals, 3 cups of Bugles, pretzels, nuts and any other items you would like to add. We like to add goldfish crackers, more pecans to ours. The extra salts give the mixture a bolder flavor but it is not overly salted if you mix everything well. I personally prefer using the old fashioned oven method of baking the mixture in the oven at 250 for 2 hours and stirring every 30 minutes. I typically divide the mixture in two large roasting pans for easier mixing. The time gives all of the seasonings time to soak in and let's the mixture get nice and crispy....totally worth the little bit of extra effort!!!
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Holiday Cranberry Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2013
This recipe is just wonderful and I have gotten raves both times I have made it. I used a 12oz bag of cranberries, substituted orange juice for the water and added in the zest of half an orange. I also cut the sugar down to 1 cup and used light brown sugar. Finally, I added in a handful of chopped pecans (probably equal to 1/4 to 1/3 cup) a minute or so before I took the sauce off the stove. The spices and the orange zest really make the sauce incredibly flavorful.
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Greek Layer Dip

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2012
Made this for an office party and it disappeared so fast I wish I had made a double batch. I did make a couple of small changes. First, I used roasted garlic hummus since I prefer that flavor. Also I seeded the cucumber and tomatoes before chopping to keep the mixture from being too watery. Finally I used greek seasoning and a pinch of salt instead of just oregano. I find that the mint and other spices in the greek mix just had a better flavor. Layered in a 9" pie plate and served with pita chips, carrots, and celery. Huge hit!!!
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Tacos in Pasta Shells

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2012
Absolutely delicious dish! I did make a few changes after reading the reviews. First, since we didn't have ground beef, I used ground chicken. I omitted the salt and chili powder and instead added in an envelope of taco seasoning and some cilantro to the cooked chicken to add extra flavor to the filling. Also, I put a jar of Pace chunky salsa in the bottom of my baking dish to prevent the shells from drying out. Used a can of red enchilada sauce to pour over the shells. I also used one cup of shredded mexican cheese blend and one cup of shredded pepper jack. The shells came out fantastic and we served them with shredded lettuce, sour cream and black olives. Even my picky kids loved them. Will definately make again!
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Baked Soy Lemon Chops

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2012
As suggested by others, I replaced half the soy sauce called for with water. Glad I did so because otherwise it would have been way too salty (and I am a saltaholic!). Next time I will add in a little more lemon juice because I felt like that got lost in the other flavors. I used bone-in center cut pork chops and marinated them about 4 hours and then baked the chops in the marinade for 40 minutes. The chops came out tender and flavorful. Will make this again.
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Southwestern Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2011
This pasta salad is different and delicious! I made the salad pretty much as written. However I did use Chipotle Chili Powder instead of regular Chilil Powder and I scaled back the amount to 1 teaspoon since I didn't want it to be too spicy for the kids. Will probably add a bit more next time. Added in a little extra cumin and garlic also. Served it up with some grilled Mahi Mahi. Next time I will add in a bit more lime juice than called for and will also throw in some black olives. This pasta salad is easy to make and a deliciously different change from the usual pasta salad.
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Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2011
Easy and very tasty! Only change was to add a little bit of Tony Chachere's seasoning right before I added in the cheese and basil. Next time I will probably only put in 3/4 cup of cheese and I do like the suggestion of adding in some sauteed mushrooms and baby spinach.
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A-Maize-ing Corn Chowder

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2011
Not a bad recipe, but just average. Spiced it up with some cajun seasoning and used a whole pack of bacon. It was simple and not hard to make but the family was only so-so on it.
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Sausage and Bow-Tie Pasta Florentine

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2011
Simple and delicious! After reading the reviews I made some additions and modifications. First, I just took the sausage out of the casing, crumbled and browned it in a pan. Then, I sauteed some fresh mushrooms in the olive oil and garlic. I also used a bag of fresh baby spinach instead of frozen and wilted that with the mushrooms. I used Classico Roasted Garlic Alfredo sauce and added in 2 TBSP of basil pesto. Next, I mixed in some petite diced tomatoes that I had drained and then added in the cooked sausage. Let everything cook for a few minutes and served over bow tie pasta. Deliciouso!
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Three Cheese Manicotti

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2011
Decided to try this recipe over the holidays and it came out very well. I did make a few adjustments to the recipe to suit my tastes. I used a five cheese italian blend to mix in with the ricotta. I also added in some frozen spinach that I had thawed and drained well into the cheese mixture. Also added in some chopped fresh basil, garlic and Tony Chachere's seasoning to the cheese mixture. I omitted the bread crumbs because I didn't see the point in putting them in. I browned a pound of ground beef and added that in to the spaghetti sauce which had been doctored up with extra garlic, fresh basil and some italian herbs. I boiled my pasta only 5 minutes as others suggested and then used kitchen shears to cut the manicotti open. It made the filling process so much easier and you couldn't tell after the manicotti was baked! I baked the manicotti about 40 minutes and then sprinkled the top with more of the five-cheese Italian blend. Baked about 10 minutes more to melt the cheese. This came out tasting wonderfully cheesy and delicious!
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Zippy Praline Bacon

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2011
Decided to make this and bring to a New Year's Eve party; everyone LOVED it! Made a couple of minor changes to the recipe. I used thick sliced bacon and used Chipotle Chili Powder in place of regular chili powder. Because the Chipotle powder has more heat I reduced the amount to 1 teaspoon. Because the bacon was thicker, I cooked the bacon 15-20 minutes in the first step. then I sprinkled on the sugar chili mixture and the pecans before baking another 7 minutes. The bacon was sweet with a nice "kick" to it. Got lots of compliments recipe requests from people at the party. Great recipe!
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Black Bean Salsa Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2010
This soup is good and we will probably make it again. We pureed some of the beans and I added in a couple of cans of green salsa and extra garlic to ramp up the flavor a bit. I also added in some cubed ham that we needed to use up. The soup came out delicious.
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Cheeseburger Soup I

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2010
What a delicious soup...great comfort food! Only made a couple of changes. We used the frozen cubed hash browns to save time, used beef broth instead of chicken and substituted mushrooms for the carrots. I also added in a bit of chipotle powder for some kick. The soup was a big hit with my family. Even my picky kids liked it!
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Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2010
This is a simple but delicious recipe. We used a whole package of bacon and cooked that well. Then we sauteed some minced garlic and then put in some fresh mushrooms, fresh asparagus tips, and two cans of diced tomatoes (did not drain the tomatoes) in the left over bacon grease. After those ingredients had cooked for a couple of minutes we added in the fresh chopped spinach and let that wilt. Finally we added in some fresh chopped basil. Lots of beautiful colors and wonderful flavor!
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KELLOGG'S* RICE KRISPIES* Cheese Wafers

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2010
A friend of mine made these and they are good (love the crispiness that the rice cereal gives them!) but need something to add a bit more flavor to them. I am going to try to make them and maybe add a pinch of garlic salt and cayenne pepper to them.
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King Ranch Chicken Casserole I

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2010
Made this for dinner tonight and it was simple to make and delicious. Used the meat from a roasted deli chicken and squeezed some lime juice and sprinkled some cumin, garlic and chipotle seasoning blend into the chicken pieces. We also added a tablespoon of sour cream into the soup mixture and threw in some fresh cilantro. The lime juice really added zip to the chicken and the extra spices and herbs kept it from being bland. Well worth a try!!
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Mushrooms with a Soy Sauce Glaze

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2010
Simple and delicious. Found this recipe and since I had all of the ingredients on hand I made it to go with some mahi mahi we were grilling. Added in a bit of chopped onion along with the garlic and I also added in a splash of balsamic vinegar in addition to the soy sauce. Mushrooms were flavorful and delicious. Will definately make this again.
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Simple Whole Roasted Chicken

Reviewed: May 9, 2010
Made the chicken with just a few modifications. First, we doubled the seasoning blend and added granulated garlic to the mix. We also placed some minced garlic into the cavity of the bird. We baked the chicken according to the directions but did need an additional 10 minutes of baking time (our bird was closer to 5 lbs). Bird came out so tender and juicy! The spices used gave the chicken such a wonderful taste. Will definately make this again and might even triple the spices this time for even more flavor.
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Easy Garlic-Lemon Scallops

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2010
Took suggestions of Mia and seared the scallops in garlic infused olive oil and then made a sauce with some butter, chicken stock and a little white wine. Then added in some mushrooms asparagas and tomatoes. Let that simmer and then added in the pasta. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, even my picky kids. Delicious, different and easy to make.
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Cuban Ropa Vieja

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2009
This was pretty good. We used a chuck roast and put it in the crockpot all day. We used alot more garlic than was called for and also quite a bit more cumin. Since it was in the crockpot we cut down on some of the broth and we didn't use any tomato paste. Next time I will probably stuff the roast with garlic to infuse the meat with more garlic flavor as it cooks. Good recipe
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