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Oven Fries II

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2012
YUM! I mixed the paprika with salt and shook it onto the fries. I flipped these after 20 minutes to make sure they browned evenly. These were delicious, and so easy to make. Thanks for a keeper!
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Fish Chowder I

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2012
This was decent, but it needs some work to be really good. The directions for cooking the bacon and onion are a little flawed. The bacon, when cooked with the onion and added to the soup, ends up turning rubbery in the broth. The chowder itself really lacks seasoning. It needs salt and garlic to really flavor it properly. The recipe calls for milk, but states in the direction "milk product". I used cream to give the chowder a thicker texture. I also used a potato masher to help thicken it before adding the fish. This left some of the potatoes chunky. To make this better if I make it again, I'd cook the bacon crisp and remove and drain it, then use the drippings to cook the onions and a clove or two of minced garlic. I'd save the bacon and garnish the chowder with it at the end, then allow diners to stir it in before eating. (I cooked extra bacon to use as a garnish.)
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Blueberry Brunch Loaf

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2012
This recipe turned out pretty well, but the bread was a little dense. I liked the combination of orange and blueberry. The recipe is definitely incorrect. It does not mention milk in the ingredients, but tells you to add it with the orange juice. I started with 1/2 cup, but ended up adding a little more as the batter was still very thick. I hope Allrecipes will correct the mistake in this recipe so that others may enjoy it in the future.
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Pineapple Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2012
These just didn't work out for me. I've baked a lot of muffins - A LOT of muffins. These sounded like they had the potential to work, but there are several problems with the recipe. First, do NOT use paper liners. Half of the finished muffin sticks to the liner and it's a mess when unwrapped. Second, this recipe lacks flavor. It needs some salt, sugar, maybe some vanilla, and some type of spice, cinnamon maybe, to amp it up. The muffins, as made, were very bland. They didn't taste like pineapple or anything else, really. The muffins tested done at the 20 minute mark, but they were heavy, dense, and very wet inside. I rarely rate anything lower than 3 stars, but I ended up throwing these away. Sorry.
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Bread Machine Honey-Oat-Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2012
This bread is very tasty when it's complete. It isn't truly "bread machine" bread, though. Yes, the dough is mixed in the machine. I do this on a regular basis, then bake my loaves in the oven. Just this once, I'd planned to bake the bread in the machine, but didn't notice the part about putting it in the oven until I'd already started adding the ingredients to the pan. Being a "bread machine" recipe, I chose to add the ingredients to the pan as I always do. I followed the ingredients for the most part. I didn't have powdered milk, so I used skim milk in place of water. I also added 4 tsp. of vital wheat gluten to the flour. When the dough was done rising, I realized very quickly it was too much for one bread pan. (Other reviewers have mentioned this as well.) I divided it into two parts and placed each in a 9x5 bread pan. I dampened the top of each loaf and sprinkled on some oats before covering the loaves. After the one-hour rise, the loaves were both well above the tops of the pans. The bread was done baking in 25 minutes and was nice and light, not at all dense. The loaves did sink a little as they cooled. As stated, the bread is very good, but the directions are definitely off. I'm wondering if this is a misprint by the editors or intentional.
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Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2012
These turned out tasty, but I found I couldn't follow the directions exactly. I believe I'd have ended up with a mess if I had. If garlic, then onions are cooked for the stated times on medium heat and then raw brussels sprouts are added, the result will be sprouts that are burnt on the outside and raw on the inside. I added the garlic and onions together in the cold oil and brought it up to while sweating the aromatics. I added the sprouts (I had to cut most of mine as they ranged from medium to huge). They started to brown quickly, so I added about 2 TBSP of water and covered them for a few minutes. When I uncovered them, I continued to cook them until they carmelized. At this point they were cooked nicely and not burnt.
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Bread Dipping Oil

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2012
This was quick and easy to throw together. I like that it uses ingredients that I usually have on hand. I served this dip with Jo's Rosemary Bread. Very tasty, with a nice tang from the citrus.
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Hearty Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2012
This is a good base recipe, but it lacked any seasoning at all. I made as directed, but added salt, pepper, parsley, and granulated garlic after tasting. I served this with Rosemary bread and it was delicious.
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Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2012
There were a few problems with this recipe. The baking time was way off for starters. 20-30 minutes for a 9x5 loaf? No way. I did check it at 30 minutes, but it was still liquid in the middle. I baked it for an additional 15 and it was nice and moist, but even a bit gooey at the bottom. The outside was a little dark at this point as well. The amount of sugar in this recipe is escessive. I cut each type of sugar by 1/4 cup and it was still very sweet. I opted to skip the powdered sugar because of this. This cake did sink in the middle as noted by another reviewer (see my photo). I'm not sure why others had a problem with the pan size. Perhaps their loaf pans are the smaller 8x4. I have both sizes and made sure to use the 9x5. There was no danger of overflowing the pan. I'm sure it would easily have accomodated the 1/2 cup of sugar I left out. Possibly these reviewers added a large amount of raisins. I did not. In short, if you make this recipe, cut back on the sugar, make sure your loaf pan IS 9x5, bake 40 minutes before checking, and leave out the raisins if you want it to fit in the pan. You'll end up with a tasty coffee cake that doesn't need the additional powdered sugar.
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Buttermilk Ranch Cheeseball

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2012
This is quick and simple to throw together and uses ingredients I generally have on hand. I made this to take to a family gathering and it was very tasty. I found that I actually liked this better after the flavors had a chance to meld together and the cheeseball warmed up a bit. I would definitely make this again!
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Meaty Barbeque Sandwiches

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2012
I used butter and cut down on the onion. Otherwise, I followed the ingredients to a T, at first. I made the sauce completely before adding the meat. When I tasted the completed sauce, it just didn't work for me. It was overly tangy from the white vinegar. At this point, I added a little more sugar and worchestershire sauce, and finally some liquid smoke to give it more of a barbecue flavor. I thought the flour was a little strange. My son enjoyed this and had seconds, so this gets 4 stars.
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Chicken Tetrazzini II

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2012
My husband really liked this. I thought it was okay, but the sherry was a little overpowering for my taste. The sauce also wasn't as creamy as I would have liked. I imagined this would be quick to throw together. Though it wasn't difficult, this is a "one dish meal" that dirties two pans, a skillet, a baking dish, a strainer, and numerous utensils. If I make this again, it will probably be with leftover chicken and pasta from other meals.
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Cinnamon Rolls II

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
These are very good cinnamon rolls. The only problem I ran into with this recipe was the lack of indication of just how large the rectangle should be when rolling out the dough. Other recipes say to roll the dough into a 9x12 rectangle. Mine was a good bit larger than this, but I think I'll go with this size in the future. I ended up with 17 cinnamon rolls that baked up nicely.
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Baked Scalloped Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
Quick and simple enough to make. I was looking for a recipe similar to what MIL uses as DH loves hers. This was pretty close. It did need some extra seasoning, however, as the potatoes were somewhat bland without it.
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Fluffy Cake Doughnuts

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
These were delicious. I did make some changes - I used cake flour, buttermilk, and melted butter to replace the AP flour, milk, and oil. I also baked at 400 degrees and they still took 10 minutes to be done. Very tasty.
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Ham Balls

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2011
These are very good. I did think the sauce needed a little something more - more vinegar and mustard powder, maybe? I halved the recipe and used my 1 1/2" cookie scoop to portion the meat mixture. My intention was to make the meatballs slightly smaller than the recipe calls for. I still used a 9x13 baking dish, but quickly found that half the sauce would not come close to covering the meatballs, so I mixed up a second half batch of sauce. After baking for 30 minutes, I flipped the meatballs over to completely coat them with the sauce. Very tasty!
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Breakfast Treat

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2011
My husband proclaimed this "the best egg bake thing" he ever ate. I made two changes to the recipe: the first was to butter both sides of the bread instead of melting the butter, and the second was to add some diced sweet red bell pepper. Otherwise I followed the recipe, possibly adding a few minutes to the baking time (forgot to set the timer - oops!) The bread toasted up nicely on the bottom.
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Scrumptious Baked Buttermilk Cake Doughnuts

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2011
These are cake doughnuts, NOT deep fried yeast doughnuts like the famous chain doughnuts. They are lighter and fluffier than any fried cake doughnuts I have tried.
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Three-Cheese Macaroni

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2011
I found this recipe when I searched for "leftover ham" recipes. Imagine my surprise when ham wasn't listed in the ingredients. It is mentioned in the submitter's description, though, so I went ahead and made it. I had all of the ingredients *except* elbow macaroni, but any short-cut pasta should work well in this recipe. I chose Campanelle. I added one cup frozen peas (which I thawed in boiling water for 2 minutes) and one cup julienned ham. I was honestly leery of this recipe because of the cheddar cheese soup, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The combination of cheeses made this a winner. It is definitely quick and easy and scores points there. It would be a great recipe for kids or beginning cooks. The next time I may add shredded sharp cheddar cheese for a little more flavor. I found this needed a sprinkling of black pepper for my taste. Thanks for a super-simple, tasty recipe!
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Cranberry Nut Tarts

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2011
These were very tasty, but I really didn't taste the cranberry. The next time I'd maybe cut back on the amount of nuts and add more cranberries.
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