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Strawberry Cake and Frosting I

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2013
This has been my strawberry cake recipe for many years. The smaller box of cake mix (16.5 oz) didn't seem to make a difference unless it was that the three layers were very thin. (I usually make just 2) Since they don't sell 10 oz. of frozen sweetened strawberries anymore, I bought 16 oz. and weighed out 5 oz. of strawberries and juice for the cake batter. Then I drained the remainder very well, reserving the juice. I added all the left-over strawberries to the frosting and added a little juice at a time alternately with the confectioner's sugar.
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Easter Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2013
I wanted to make this recipe mainly for the colored egg part; however, I did scale it down and follow the recipe exactly. I hated the boiling method because it was a pain to get the shells off. My tried and true method never fails me, whether the eggs are fresh or old. So I will stick to that. I scaled the recipe down to try the filling and my husband said, "Where's the pickle relish?" I didn't think it was anything special either, so I made the rest according to my usual recipe with pickle relish and mayo. I had to double the food coloring to get the shade I wanted and it took about 15 minutes of soaking time. I think the colored deviled eggs will be a fun addition to the Easter dinner menu, especially for the Grands.
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Baked Aloha Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2013
I was not pleased with how this recipe turned out. I cut the recipe in half and intended to use 5 leg quarters, but when I opened the package, they just didn't smell right. So I used 2 large chicken breasts, the only other chicken I had. While the chicken did have a pineapple flavor, the "sauce," if you can call it that, was grainy and not enough to even put over the chicken and rice. I even added more pineapple at the end, hoping that would help, but it didn't. I ended up making Sweet and Sour Sauce I to put over the chicken and rice. That is the only thing that salvaged this recipe. I would definitely make another pineapple chicken recipe next time.
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Sweet and Sour Sauce I

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2013
I rarely eat sweet and sour sauce, but tonight I had fixed a sub-par pineapple chicken dish that needed more sauce. I didn't have any more pineapple, so that is why I chose this particular recipe. It was good, and I certainly would fix it again mainly because it uses pantry staples.
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Sweet Vanilla Cupcakes

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2013
I've never cared for vanilla cake and have found many homemade cakes to be quite dense. Well, this recipe changed my mind completely! These cupcakes are delicious and have that sugar cookie flavor. They are light and airy and just perfect. I made them to top with sweetened strawberries and whipped cream, but I can't wait to make them again with frosting for my grandkids (ok, ok, really for me!)
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Baked Stuffed Peppers

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2013
This is the way I always make my stuffed peppers, except I don't cook the rice. I just add the raw rice and 1/2 tsp. salt to the cooked beef mixture along with the remaining ingredients. I omit the water and cheese out of preference. I then cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for an hour. ***Tonight, I subbed Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage for the beef and a can of Italian tomatoes for the regular. I added 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning and 1/4 tsp. salt. Again, I omitted the water and cheese. I filled the peppers, covered the dish with aluminum foil, and baked for an hour. A very delicious variation on stuffed peppers!
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Johnsonville Italian Meatballs

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2013
I can't believe I've never made spaghetti and meatballs before! I always thought they were time consuming. Not so with this recipe! I used Johnsonville Mild Italian ground sausage and jarred spaghetti sauce for a tasty, quick-on-the-table dinner. ***Update - I made these again with the hot Italian sausage and they are now 5 stars! So much better. I will use the hot sausage from now on. This time I used them with the gravy part of Chef John's Swedish Meatballs, and they turned out fabulous!
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Johnsonville® Italian Sausage and Pepper Medley

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2013
This recipe is very similar to Johnsonville Italian Sausage and Pepper Skillet. The two main differences between these two recipes: (1) this one has more liquid to it because of the amount of tomatoes and (2) it doesn't have basil like the other one. The other one is perfect for making a sandwich whereas this one is perfect over pasta. Both are delicious, quick, and very easy to make.
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Johnsonville® Italian Sausage and Pepper Skillet

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2013
Easy, quick, and delicious! I had never tried Johnsonville Italian Mild Sausage Links before, but now that I have, I will definitely be buying them again. I made this recipe and served it on toasted ciabatta bread with provolone and parmesan cheese.
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Simple Ranchy Breaded Fish Fillets

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2013
Such an easy, quick, and very tasty recipe! Husband loved it.
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Springtime Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2013
I made this for Recipe Group. I forgot to salt my pasta as it cooked and am very glad I made that mistake as this was a little salty for my taste. Next time, I will use garlic powder instead of garlic salt. As the submitter suggested, I used light mayo and light sour cream. I also omitted the olives because I don't care for them. Because the volume was less, I sparingly added the dressing and am glad I did. This is a good basic recipe to which more veggies like carrots and green peppers could be added.
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Banana Juice

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2013
This is a good basic recipe for a banana smoothie with the addition of pistachios. I love using my overripe bananas for drinks like this. I followed the recipe exactly (except for cutting it down to 1 serving) and blended it for 2 minutes. The pistachios were perfectly blended into the drink and the flavor was still there. While pistachios aren't something I'll add again, I'm sure others will like this flavor twist.
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P-nutty Fruit Salad Sandwich

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
I thought what Sarah Jo said sounded reasonable, so I decided to slice my bananas and apples onto one slice of bread. Then I mixed together the jam, peanut butter, and juice to put on the other slice. It's too much juice. Maybe half as much is needed. My homemade bread fell apart, but that didn't affect the taste one bit.
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Sugarless Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
While this pie was ok, it certainly wasn't as sweet as regular pumpkin pie. The main thing that bothered me about it was its appearance. It just didn't have an even color all across the top of the pie. However, I'm sure a diabetic or someone watching their weight would really enjoy having a slice of this somewhat sweet treat.
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Grandma's Very Easy Pie Crust

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
I halved this recipe to make a pumpkin pie. I really needed a little more crust because it didn't spread far enough up the side of my pie plate. It was easy enough for a novice pie crust maker to make, so I would probably make it again.
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Monica's Baptist Sangria

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
I usually try to be very gentle when I review a recipe poorly. This one is difficult. I followed the recipe exactly using unsweetened instant tea powder and the exact amounts listed. Entirely too much tea powder was used for the amount of Sprite called for. It tasted terrible!
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Kelly's Super Simple Shower Punch

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
I made this punch exactly according to the recipe. Sorbet makes a thinner, less intense tasting punch than raspberry sherbet does. It's also more expensive than sherbet. While it was good, I do prefer the taste of sherbet.
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Creamy Strawberry Sandwiches

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
I chose to add just a little powdered sugar and serve them open faced topped with a strawberry sliver. A perfect addition for my tea party!
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Crabmeat Toasts

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
This was the hit of my tea party! I did change the recipe a bit based on what other reviewers said: I used garlic powder instead of garlic salt, and I used half the seasoning salt. I will definitely make this again!
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Fruit n' Nut Sandwich

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
A perfect little sandwich for a tea party...and the leftover filling on toasted homemade bread makes a delicious breakfast the next day!
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