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Simply Parmesan Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2006
I use this chicken recipe for a lighter version of my Chicken Parmesan because I like the fact that you bake the chicken instead of pan-frying. The chicken is so moist, tender and delicious! I use fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and seasoned Italian bread crumbs. The last five minutes of baking I top the chicken with spaghetti sauce, mozzarella cheese and a sprinkle of additional Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
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Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2005
This is to die for hot cocoa, it really tastes like something from a gourmet coffee/chocolate shop! I made gift jars for Christmas and called it snowman soup! I used Coffee-Mate's creamy chocolate powdered creamer, and Wilbur Chocolate's cocoa powder (because I live right outside of Lititz, PA)! I would suggest that you sift the powdered sugar and cocoa to break up the lumps for a nice powdery consistency. In addition to the hot cocoa mix, I added a few Wilbur Chocolate Buds, and Hershey Hugs kisses, mini marshmallows, and peppermint sticks to stir it all up! The presentation was adorable!
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Italian Pasta Salad I

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2006
This is one of those recipes which allow for as much or as little liberties as you like! I personally love to jazz this Italian pasta salad up with half moon slices of pepperoni, cubed mozzarella and smoked cheddar cheeses, black olives, small pepperoncini peppers, and little grape tomatoes! It could be a meal in itself!
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Libby's® Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2002
This was a Thanksgiving favorite! I enjoyed it so much that I am going to make small loafs to give out for Christmas! I just tweaked the recipe a little, by substituting 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 all purpose, and 3/4 cup of brown sugar and 2 cups of regular sugar. I used 1/2 cup of apple sauce and 1/2 cup of oil to reduce the fat which made it so moist and flavorful. I also added a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts, and doubled the amount of fresh cranberries. It was very easy to make and the house smelled wonderful!
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White Chili II

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2007
I made this for my husband's hunting trip to feed a group of hungry men, and they all insist I must make this for every trip now. This is a recipe you can really play with...first off I did cheat a little and used a store bought rotisserie chicken, cut up. I also used a yellow and orange pepper along with the red and green for color. I omitted the ginger and sage completely and opted for poultry seasoning, a little more cumin, and some chipotle red pepper. I always use a bunch of different white beans...Northern, Cannellini, Garbanzo, Navy, and even black-eyed peas (because I LOVE them). I usually will mash one can to get a thicker heartier consistency. Top with a dollop of sour cream and some fresh cut chives and a sprinkle of Cheddar is so yummy and very satisfying!
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Best Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Corn Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2006
As a true born and raised Lancaster County native…I must say, this recipe really does capture the authentic “Pennsylvania Dutch” recipe you will find at the local Fairs or Festivals! I did add some additional seasonings to my taste…tarragon, white pepper, saffron, and a dash of poultry seasoning. For the rivels, the trick is to make little pea size balls of dough, if not, the dish would be more like chicken and dumplings. I made this for my sick niece one weekend we were snowed in together, and it was a perfect snowy winter night dinner to sooth a cold!
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Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2005
These cookies are not only impressive, they are mouth watering delicious! I made the "thumb print" indentation with a wine bottle cork, and filled the centers with a seedless raspberry preserve that I heated on the stove for an easier consistency. I alternated the drizzle every other cookie with a semi-sweet chocolate and the almond glaze, using a zip lock baggie to pipe the glaze. This has got to be the most simple, yet impressive cookie I have ever made!
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2005
Thank you Arvilla for such a wonderful recipe! I made this for my son's 18th birthday and it turned out better than anything you would get in a five star restaurant!!! I used Oreo cookies (my son's favorite) instead of chocolate chip, and I used cookies-n-cream ice cream for the bottom layer, and Häagen-Dazs vanilla for the little scoops on the top! I re-froze the cake after each layer, and softened the ice cream for the scoops. For the middle layer, I used more hot fudge mixed with crushed Oreo cookies, and then a thin layer of Cool Whip, then topped it with little mini scoops of Häagen-Dazs vanilla and decorated with mini Oreo cookies! It literately turned out picture perfect!
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Boneless Garlic and Rosemary Rubbed Prime Rib with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2008
I really wanted to impress my husband with a wonderful romantic dinner in our new home and this recipe did the trick. Two hints that really helped me, let the meat come up to room temp before you roast it just like the recipe says, and invest in thermometer, also let it rest for 15-30 minutes after you take it out of the oven, it will continue to really can't go wrong then. The ajus was out of this world!
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Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2005
My family voted that this was the best pumpkin pie they have ever tasted! I made it with a gingersnap cookie crust and it turned out perfect. I also added in a little ginger along with the cinnamon and nutmeg. I personally loved the streusel topping!
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Awesome Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2007
This a favorite summertime recipe that I love to take to picnics! I omit the pimentos, and I add black olives, pepperoncini peppers, and a combination of fresh mozzarella and provolone cheeses. I use Ken's Steak House light Northern Italian dressing, it's wonderful in this!
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Baked Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2007
What's not to love about this recipe...tastes even better then a loaded baked potato! I am not sure why the recipe states not to substitute low fat mayo, I used low fat mayo, sour cream, and a low fat cheddar cheese blend and it was to die one knew the difference, it was still rich and creamy packed with flavor! I put the potatoes in the microwave for 10 minutes first before I cubed them which really cut down on the time!
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Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2005
This is a very good refreshingly light dressing. I used EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and served at a dinner party over over mixed greens, with crumbled blue cheese, walnuts and dried cranberries.
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Momma's Wine Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2007
A cake with that caught my eye! Ok, let me start by saying I love to make my own cakes from scratch, however...this bundt cake was fantastic with a little semi-homemade kick! The cake was so moist and flavorful! The only thing I changed with the recipe was to reduce the oil by 1/4 cup and replaced it with applesauce, and I followed other reviewers advice and dusted my bundt pan with cinnamon/sugar. I also made a cream cheese and white chocolate drizzle to go over the top...the entire cake was gone before I knew it!
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Make Ahead French Toast

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2005
This made our Christmas was the perfect breakfast to celebrate the holiday. I used day old french bread from a local bakery and I took other reviewers advice and cut down on the milk to a 1/2 cup. I also added a little cinnamon and nutmeg to the egg wash and used pure maple syrup to top it off!
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Fudge Truffle Cheesecake

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2006
One word comes to mind after taking a bite of this…decadent! This truly tasted like a fudge truffle, it was rich, creamy, almost silky! I used reduced fat cream cheese, but trust me, you would have never known the difference. I would also recommend that you use a very good chocolate, I used Wilbur semi-sweet chocolate. Also, make sure your cream cheese and eggs are at room temperature to achieve that smooth silky consistency and I always add the eggs one at a time as I beat them in. The cookie crust is absolutely perfect, I wouldn’t cheat and use Oreos for the crust, they just don’t seem to go with the taste of a truffle.
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Delicious Tangy Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2011
Wow, I am always looking for ways to cook pork chops that don't dry them out...I don't know if it was the lemon that tenderized the meat, but this simple recipe was just delicious, I only added a little cracked pepper!!!
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White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2005
I found this recipe by accident, and I am so glad that I did. It's a wonderfully unique holiday cookie! Nice twist on a traditional cookie dough recipe! I used vanilla instead of brandy, and used dark brown sugar. I would also recommend using a good white chocolate chip, like Ghirardelli, and Craisins (sweetened dried cranberries). My son ate a half dozen as soon as I got them out of the oven!
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Bangers and Mash

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2007
I made this recipe for St. Patty's day dinner, I used Johnsonville's O'Irish garlic sausage...all I can say is it was out of this world, served with baby brussel sprouts!
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Tortellini, Steak, and Caesar

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2005
This is a wonderful week night meal, it is very simple and quick to throw together. This is a salad even the guys will like to eat as a meal! I used a light Caesar dressing (Ken's Steak favorite), and fat free Caesar style croutons.
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