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Vanilla Cherry Ice Cream

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2015
I read the reviews, and did make a few adjustments. We're not into overly sweet anything these days (3/4 cup of sugar sounded like a lot), and I really wanted to enjoy the pure creamy flavor of the decadent whipping cream (a treat for us), so I cut the sugar to 1/3 cup which worked perfectly (just a person taste preference). I also cut the almond extract by half to 1/2 tsp, and that was more than enough to not dominate. I wanted the tasty Rainier cherries to be the flavor star, not the almond extract. That being said, this was the perfect dessert, with a great balance between vanilla and cherry, for a July 4th grilled steak dinner.
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Italian-Style Bruschetta

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2015
Fantastic appetizer to a 4th of July grilled steak dinner. The only thing that I changed was adding a bit of salt, nothing else. After tasting the tomato mixture, I almost added more red wine vinegar. Glad I didn't, because the balsamic drizzle brought just the perfect balance of acidity to this bruschetta. Thoroughly enjoyed, thanks for sharing! And it really is "light and fresh."
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Peach Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2015
I substituted nectarines for the peaches. The fruit was very sweet, very ripe and very juicy, and I was a little concerned that I'd end up with a runny pie filling. I added 2 Tbsp of Minute Tapioca and about 1 tsp of cornstarch to the nectarines, and cut the sugar in half (personal taste preference). Ended up taking about 1 hour for the pie to bake and start to brown. Good pie!
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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese I

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2015
Had a day dedicated to yard work and some time in the pool afterward, so I wanted a meal that could be prepared early in the day and good-to-go at dinner time (salmon patties, coleslaw, and mac & cheese). I think the key to success on this recipe is to not overcook it. I used 2% Kraft® sharp cheese, skim milk (plus evaporated) and followed the directions with the exception of the cooking time. I read the reviews, and many said it was done at 3 hr instead of 5 to 6, so I checked at 2 hr 45 minutes. At that point, it already was a little overdone, so in the future I'll turn off the heat at 2-1/2 hr. The center of the mac cheese may be a little soupy, but if you check around the edges, they're very brown, a bit dry, but the elbow macs are cooked. Once you give it a stir, it will be creamy (as long as you don't overcook it). I wouldn't say that I like this better than my homemade mac & cheese made with a cheese sauce and baked in the oven. But I will say that this was pretty darn good for basically mixing everything together (not even cooking the macaroni), pouring it into a crock pot, and letting it do its thing. For taste, I'd give this a 5, but the timing is so off, that I'm giving it a 4-star rating. Just start checking for doneness at about 2-1/2 hours.
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Slow Cooked Collard Greens

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2015
A neighbor gave me some fresh collard greens from his garden. Seriously, these may be the best collards that I've had, either homemade or in a restaurant. Two things that I really liked about this recipe are the rich flavor that the chicken stock adds and the little kick from the fresh jalapeño peppers. I know many people add crushed red pepper flakes to collards, but the jalapeños brought a different flavor (I added a pretty good sized pepper). And the fact that this is a slow cooker recipe, keeping me out of the hot kitchen at dinner time, is a bonus. Served with a splash of vinegar at the table. 3 D's Mom, thanks for sharing your recipe, we really enjoyed it.
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Berry Baked Oatmeal

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2015
The layer of strawberries on the bottom not only adds some sweetness, it keeps the oatmeal moist. I didn't have any dried orange peel, so I just added orange zest to the oat mixture. I think vanilla/almond milk would make this even tastier, and I even had some in the fridge (darn it!). This had just the right amount of sweetness for me, and the juicy blueberries just pop in your mouth. A great, tasty breakfast and a filling one, too. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
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Sweet & Spicy Asian Style BBQ Back Ribs

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2015
We thought these were a nice change of pace but, honestly, we still prefer the more traditional BBQ sauce pork back ribs. It took much longer than 15 minutes for the sauce to slightly thicken (the consistency was as thin as a marinade initially), and I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more of an "Asian" flavor in the sauce...maybe a bit too much honey IMO. The sauce was just a little too sweet for us, so I did add some crushed red pepper flakes while simmering. I served these ribs with grilled fresh pineapple with chili oil and Asian slaw. I will say that these were the meatiest pork back ribs that I've ever had, plenty moist, and they did grill up nicely.
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Steak House Au Gratin Potatoes

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2015
Didn't have any heavy cream, so I used all FF half-and-half which worked out fine. I put in a layer of sliced potatoes (used the food processor), then added some sliced onion (added good flavor), and layered the rest of the potatoes on top. Certainly was easy to make, timing was spot on, just not as creamy as I would have liked, but we still enjoyed it.
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Vincent's Famous Garlic Coleslaw

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2015
Who knew garlic could taste soooo good in coleslaw? The recipe author is correct, you really do need to love garlic to enjoy this recipe. Well, we do, and we LOVED this coleslaw dressing. Never been to Vincent's Seafood Restaurant, but we go to Dallas every Christmas, so we just may have to check it out. crancherry, thanks for sharing your copycat recipe.
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Summer Fruit Salad with Whipped Cream

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2015
The raspberry liqueur is subtle in both the dressing and the whipped topping. I would think some raspberry extract would work well in this if you don't have the Chambord. Didn't have any raspberries, so I substituted some green grapes, and I literally forgot the almonds (think they'd be a nice addition). This was a great dessert on a smokin' hot Florida day! The summer fruits are starting to come in season, so bring on the fruit salads!!
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Locro Ecuatoriano

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2015
Never had this soup before, so I can't say how it measures up to its namesake, but I liked it. If I did anything differently, I would mash fewer potatoes, leaving more cubes in the soup (personal preference) and thicken with a little cornstarch slurry, if necessary. Muenster cheese is not bold (very mild), and the chicken broth adds needed flavor, so I'd recommend making this soup only with broth, not water. Didn't have an avocado for a garnish, but will try that next time.
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Traditional English Pickled Onions

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2015
Honestly, laziness crept in, and I used frozen pearl onions for this recipe rather peeling all of those little bitty onions. Wasn't sure about what to do with them after I poured the pickling liquid into the jars, so I just put lids on them, and into the fridge they went. I uploaded a photo on 5.20.15, but I just knew that I couldn't wait 6 weeks to sample these onions. So I'm coming clean with you, I cheated and opened a jar today. Seriously, the best pickled onions I've ever had. The thing that makes this recipe unique is the malt vinegar, and the hot chili peppers. I not only added some crushed peppers to each jar, I added a couple of the whole dried chilis. That malt vinegar-chili pepper combination is just crazy good. I vow to never not have these on hand in my fridge. Hmmmm, wonder how those onions would be in a very dry gin martini (is that called a Gibson??). Five-star recipe in this house!
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Creamy Banana Strawberry Split Smoothie

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2015
I often find that cinnamon can overpower, but there's just enough in this smoothie to add a little bit of interest. This not only tastes good, but it's also a real winner nutritionally. You may have to adjust the amount of ice to reach your preferred smoothie consistency, but other than that, I wouldn't change a thing. Thanks, Cindy, I drink a lot of smoothies, and this one will go into my morning smoothie rotation.
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Easy German Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2015
This just didn't have enough flavor for me. I made this early in the day, put in the fridge, and when served with dinner, the cukes had released so much water that the dressing was soupy...we didn't eat it. Sorry for the bad review, but I think I'll stick with mayonnaise potato salad and the vinegar/bacon version for German potato salad.
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Classic American Blueberry Crisp

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2015
I followed the recipe to the letter, except that I forgot the cinnamon. Didn't matter because it was just pure fruit flavor goodness, not overly sweet! Not only is it delicious, but it takes no time at all to get this into the oven. Teresa, we enjoyed your blueberry crisp!
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Healthy Homemade Ice Cream

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2015
This has a different frozen texture, loaded with good flavor, low in calories, carbs & fat. The best way to describe the texture is sort of like a frozen "slurpee." It also will melt very quickly (so eat fast), but you can certainly enjoy this guilt-free, so go ahead and have a second serving. Yeah, it may be a compromise to a rich ice cream, but I liked it!
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Randy's Slow Cooker Ravioli Lasagna

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2015
Used a 24-oz jar of Classico® Tomato and Basil sauce and a 12-oz container of my homemade marinara that I always keep on hand in the freezer. I'll admit that I'm not a huge slow cooker fan, but this one won me over, and I definitely would make it again. It really is a "no brainer," tastes pretty darn good, quick to get into the crock pot, and using a crock pot liner makes cleanup a breeze. I think one or two links of Italian sausage cooked with the ground beef would be a good addition. The presentation may not be classic lasagna, but you definitely will think you're eating lasagna...those cheese raviolis really do the job! RandyOSU you won me over!
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Watermelon Fizz

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2015
Didn't know what a poco grande glass was, so I just poured this into an old-fashioned glass. I didn't add the stevia because my melon was plenty sweet, and I didn't think that it needed any additional sweetness. The coconut water definitely is what you first taste, but then the subtle flavor of the watermelon kicks in. Pretty tasty for a hot Florida day!
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Summer Greens and Strawberries with Poppy Seed Dressing

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2015
This salad has a very light citrus-based poppy seed dressing; it's also VERY light in calories, carbs and fat (and that's a wonderful thing!) Have always enjoyed arugula and watercress together, and I really liked the addition of the sweet fresh strawberries. The addition of grilled shrimp would turn this into a fantastic summer main course salad. Will be making this one again.
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Watermelon Salad with Grapes and Citrus

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2015
What a bright and refreshing salad. Used green grapes instead of red (think that gives the salad a little more eye appeal), and I did add just a little squeeze of both the lemon and lime which only heightened the citrus flavor. Very good combination of ingredients, each one complementing the other. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
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