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Burrito Pie

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2007
I just made this recipe! It was great. Based on the prior reviews, I made a few changes: *used a pack of taco seasoning to flavor ground beer (no onion/garlic) *Mixed chunky salsa, corn, and diced green chilis in w/seasoned beef (I would prefer jalaps, but dh is a little wimpy when it comes to hot stuff) *used a round casserole dish to layer, starting w/salsa, tortilla, meat, cheese, tortilla spread w/refried beans, etc *halved the recipe and it fit perfectly in the casserole....could feed 4-8 depending on hunger and sides *served w/sour cream I'm always trying to eat healthier, so I used 97% lean ground beef, fat free refried beans, 2% cheese, and fat free sour cream and it was still very tasty!
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Caramel Apple Dip

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2007
I made this for a reunion and it was a big hit. I, too, used the entire bag of caramels because I am not a big fan of the taste of cream cheese. I followed the recs of prior reviewers and used full fat cream cheese. I served w/granny smith apple slices, Nilla wafers, and chocolate. I used lemon juice to keep the apples from browning. This dip is good at any temp, warm, room, and cold. I will make this again.
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Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2007
This is a good recipe; a nice change of pace from the usual apps. I followed the recipe and had no problems shaping it into a ball (I did heed the warnings and use full fat cream cheese). I served w/Scooby Doo bone shaped grahams (they were very sturdy and a big hit with the kids) and Nilla wafers. Guests seemed to like it, I thought it had an overpowering cream cheese taste. I will make again.
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Fiesta Pinwheels

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2007
These are awesome!! I used the entire pack of taco seasoning, eliminated the olives (don't like), and used jalaps instead of chilies. Some guests thought they were too hot, but I thought they were just right; a nice bite but didn't send you racing for a drink. My only issue (and it's probably my error) is they don't have as nice of a presentation as I prefer. Maybe it was the tortillas I used....I have already made these 3 times since my initial experince a week ago. Keeper....and I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese, 2% cheese, and fat free sour cream and they were still fabulous.
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Fresh Tomato Pie

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2007
This was a good way to use tomotoes. I followed the suggestions of prior reviews and made the following changes: *After pre-baking the crust, I sprinkled the bottom w/cheese *I diced the tomatos (and drained them well) rather than slice them for eating ease (same w/onions) *I mixed italien seasoning in the mayo It did not take me nearly as many tomatoes as it called for. It was a hit w/our guests; they request it everytime we eat with them, but it was a little rich for my taste. It's def something you only want a sliver of.
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Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2007
I have never taken this anywhere that I have not been asked for the recipe. The only thing I do differently is melt 1/2C white sugar and brown almond slivers in it to add to the salad for an extra kick and some crunchiness. The only downfall to this salad is it must be eaten just after dressing; it's not good leftover. Great for summer potlucks or patio entertaining!
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Swiss Chicken Casserole II

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2007
This is a great weeknight dinner. Based on prior reviews, I substituted 1/4 C white wine and 1/2 C fat free sour cream for the milk. I cubed the chicken and added frozen broccoli as well as frozen mixed veggeie over the sliced swiss. I only used 2 large chicken breasts and the amounts of everything else worked. I can't see how it would be enough for 6 breasts. I also used cornbread stovetop and sprinkled Montreal chicken seasoning on the chicken before topping it with cheese. Something tasted a little "off" in some bites; I think it might have been the carrots in the mixed veggies, but I'm not sure. DH enjoyed it and I'm anxious to see how it heats up tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe.
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Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2007
wow wow wow....bacon, cheese, sour cream, how can you go wrong? I couldn't believe this recipe didn't call for milk, but it certainly doesn't need it! I followed the recipe, w/the addition of minced garlic. I blended the bacon (Hormel real bacon bits...I took the easy route), cheese, chives, and garlic when i mashed the potatoes and splashed some on top for garnish prior to rebaking. My husband said they are the best he ever tasted. I used all fat-free/low fat foods and the taste wasn't affected at all....This will get a lot of use at our house! UPDATE: I just made these again for the first time in months and I forgot just how awesome they are! I know it's hard to not use milk making mashed potatoes, but trust me, you don't need it!
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Green Bean Bundles

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2007
First, the presentation is superb w/this! I want to love it, but it just wasn't quite right, I think because I didn't quite get "crisp tender". I think I would like it a little more if the beans were sauteed w/the onion mixture, then bundled and baked. I really enjoyed the onion saute flavor, but I didn't really get a sense of it in the beans. I will def try again! UPDATE: This time, I added the beans to the sauted onions and let them soak up the flavors, then I bundled and baked them. I liked them a lot better this way; they were more flavorful and didn't lose that great sauce!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2007
I would actually rate this about a 4.5....I thought it was a great EASY meal, but my husband said it was just ok. Suprisingly enough as we both very much enjoy beer, I think it was the "beer" taste he (and I) didn't care for. I did use a Sam Adams Summer Ale which is a pretty flavorful beer, so perhaps that was the problem. I will try a black and tan next time and if the "beer taste" stil exists, I'll switch to chicken broth. I followed the recipe, except I used kidney beans and only 3 chicken breasts (it was plenty of chicken!). The best part of this soup is that the prep that took the longest was dicing an onion! Thanks for the recipe! *Update* I just thoroughly ENJOYED a bowl of leftover soup...the beer taste was much less noticable reheated....it was outstanding!!! *UPDATE 2* I made this the second time using chicken broth in place of the beer and what a difference! We both thoroughly enjoyed it and the leftovers are amazing.
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Asparagus Roll-Ups

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2007
These are fabulous! I was a little hesitant when I read the recipe included plain white bread (although reading the prior reviews helped). However, these are great and super easy. Our grocery store was out of fresh asparagus, so I had to use frozen as plan B and they were fine. These will def become an app staple at our house. Followed the recipe to a "T", except the frozen asparagus and I didn't measure the cream cheese mixture, just spread a thin layer on each slice. Thanks for the recipe!
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Savory Party Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2007
This wasn't quite as easy to prepare as I envisioned, perhaps I used to hard of a bread. i had some difficulty "opening" the bread w/out ripping it apart. Although, I did try shredded cheese thinking it would be easier, but now I think sliced cheese is probably the way to go (as the recipe states, duh). The taste is great though and I think I'll try this one again.
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Baked Scallops

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2007
These were pretty good, made as is. When I make them again, I will use way less butter, prob only a tbsp. Not my favorite, but a decent scallop dish; I served it w/dels, bacon cheddar mashed, and green bean bundles and they were well received.
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Grandma Ople's Apple Pie

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2007
I've made this pie twice now and not only is it delicious, but it's also incredibly easy. Based on prior reviews, I made a few modifications: I only ended up using 3 apples (all that would fit), I added cinnamon, flour, and a dash of vanilla to the apples, and i pre-baked the bottom crust for 8 min at 350. This pie is awesome and looks bakery quality (each time guests saw it they assumed it was bakery bought!). Thanks for a great recipe! UPDATE: I've made this pie *both* ways now; adding the butter mixture to the apples AND pouring over the top. No difference. At all. So, I rec following the recipe and doing as it suggests so you can prepare the lattice while the butter mixture simmers. I also no longer pre-bake the bottom crust. So, basically, I now just follow the ORIGINAL recipe (go figure), with the exception of adding cinn/flour/vanilla to the apples and using a variety of apples (granny smith, mac, and gala/fiji-usually a total of 5-6). If you haven't yet made this pie yet, MAKE IT! EDIT: I accidentally made this as the recipe states, w/out cinnamon, and did not like it nearly as much as I d w/the addition of cinnamon!
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Corn Dip II

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2007
WOW! Based on the reviews, I was prepared to not really like this cold, but it's awesome!! Love it served w/Tostitoes flour chips. Made a few changes because i don't like cumin/cilantro and didn't have lime juice. Used a dash of lemon juice and used garlic salt and dill weed. Yummy. I reserved half to try baking it, but I think I'm going to serve it cold; what a great summer dip. Thanks for the recipe; it's a keeper at our house!
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Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2007
Just ok. Don't love it, nothing special. The texture of the PB wasn't as creamy as I expected. I'm not a banana fan, so I used M & M brownie mix and then topped w/the M & M's.
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Spiedies

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2007
AWESOME! My husbands family grew up in the greater Bing. area and he loves when we go to the "cabin" and get Speedies. I was thrilled when i stumbled across this recipe to be able to re-create this for him. I made them and took them camping. Super easy and super tasty. This will be a regular for us. I followed the recipe as is. Thanks!
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BLT Pizza

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2007
I have to admit, I was kind of skeptical of pizza w/no red sauce, but this was fabulous! I prepared as directed, except I'm lazy and hate my house smelling like fried bacon, so I used Hormel real bacon pieces instead of "real" bacon. I used part skim cheese and light mayo and it still tasted great. To further lighten the recipe, I will also use a stronger cheese, maybe a sharp blend like classic melts, but use less of it. My husband enjoyed it, too. This will be a cheap, easy weeknight keeper! THANKS!
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Roasted Red Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2007
I can't speak from personal experience because I don't like potato salad, but based on my guests comments/reactions, I would say this a good one. They enjoyed the subtle differences from your everyday potato salad. Very easy to prepare, too. I used the recipe exactly as is, except I used Hormel real bacon pieces instead of frying "real" bacon. Oh, and I added celery because I made it for Father's Day and my dad likes celery in his potato salad.
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Hot Sweet Onion Dip

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2007
I've been making this a party staple ever since snagging the recipe from a friend years ago. This is THE BEST and it's so easy. The rater who said "cuppa, cuppa, cuppa" made me laugh, because that's how I remember the recipe when I asked. Equal parts swiss, mayo, and sweet onions. I use light mayo and it's still yummy. Great w/crusty french bread.
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