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Cherry Farro Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2015
Thx for that lovely picture LilSnoo, I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe; yes the vinaigrette makes plenty so add what you need and there's extra if you are wanting to make it a day ahead, it tends to absorb some. ~ One thing was left out of the directions, after mixing the vinaigrette, you want to put it in the fridge to chill. Also in my notes is says you can switch the apples for celery, but I prefer it with both added. Enjoy! :)
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Craig's Cocktail Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2015
Really good recipe... Served with shrimp for one of our favorite meals: Appies for dinner, but I scaled recipe to half and it still made a lot! :)
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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2015
I didn't read the reviews before making this or I would have done the brown sugar ketchup (piquant sauce) on top; normally I browse them but I was kind of in a hurry to get dinner started; I only had a 1-lb chub of GB so I went with less of everything; I used onion powder because of picky eaters and added a few dashes of Worcestershire and paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder; I moistened with the 2 eggs and enough ketchup (didn't measure just squirted) and skipped the milk because I like firm meatloaf not squishy... Flavor was good and the family ate it... ;) Thx
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My Best Clam Chowder

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2014
Tonight I used this recipe but added some tiny frozen crab claws I had been saving; I increased the chicken broth by about a cup. They looked amazing in this chowder... I served it with some crusty sour-dough baguettes.. It's was wonderful on a cloudy cool day like today!
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Spiderweb Brownies

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2014
YUM!.. I had a box of "Gir-- Brownie mix which already had chips in it so I skipped the Butterfingers. That would be a great addition for kids but we are all adults and I didn't want them too sweet; my big guys enjoyed the spider web! :) I made this to play up Halloween this month. I used an 9" pan but wasn't able to get as many circles as I needed to use up all of the cream cheese, I would use a 10-inch pan next time. I followed the box's instructions which were "bake at 325 for 50 minutes" It baked perfect and the cream cheese didn't brown too much at the lower temp.
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Old Time Soft Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2014
I have my dough chilling right now, I was out of butter so searched for a recipe using shortening; many reviewers added butter and gave it 5 stars. I have also been guilty for altering recipes so I won't act as the review police! lol but I do know that would affect the outcome much... Here are my substitutions: 3tsp baking powder for baking soda, sour cream blended w/milk for butter-milk and upped the vanilla by a tsp. to hide the extra baking powder taste. Hoping for the best here because I wanted some sugar cookies today! My plan is to add a powder sugar glaze; I have both maple and lemon extract so I may do both since I doubled this recipe... :)
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Chef John's Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2014
Wow! This is my favorite recipe for "Pineapple Upside-down Cake"... I'm surprised at some of the low reviews or those that said dry. I admit I used canned and maybe that's where the extra moisture came from but I'm wondering if some with problems with this recipe were from pineapple that wasn't ripe/juicy enough. I haven't had the "rum" since I don't usually have alcohol on hand but I've used rum extract (1/2 tsp) along with enough pineapple juice to equal a tablespoon... The brown butter flavor is what really sets this off along with the cardommon... I'm an experienced baker who know's what she likes so I used maraschino cherries in mine as well.. :) Thanks Chef John!
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Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2014
This was very good and easy to make; as always I add a bit more seasoning. I used a little garlic and thyme to my gravy and add a tiny dash of hot pepper to my beef. Served over pasta. I love Salisbury Steak, it's a nice comfort dish.
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Byrdhouse Blistered Cherry Tomatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2014
Well this was a very simple way to use up our cherry tomatoes, fresh off the vines... I did forget the sugar and I think it would have just made these a little better.. Thx
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Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2014
I loved it! My changes were to decrease the soy sauce by 1T because I'm sensitive to soy;I added a T of olive oil in it's place and sprinkled a little cayenne over the fillets for some heat as well.. I grated my garlic along with my ginger for a "full flavor" please try this recipe with fresh, not powders.. :) Soooooo yummy!
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Oaty Cereal Bars

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2014
I used "Honey Nut Cheerio's" in this recipe. I was short on the honey so I used half honey and half corn syrup with the sugar. I followed everything else except for throwing in a cup of trail mix instead of the peanuts; I forgot the chips would melt but that was fine, it just gave it a darker color. Let simmer for a few minutes so it the sugar would set when cooled. I don't know why but it didn't look like enough for a 10x13 pan so I quickly greased my 8x8 brownie pan. I cut into squares.
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Maple Pecan Shortbread Squares

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2013
Just made these and they are still a little warm but I cut them because I couldn't wait.. The smell was just heavenly as they baked! I doubled the recipe, which I'm glad I did; I used a 13x9" pan and added 1/4 tsp. maple flavor along with using "real" maple syrup. They are rich and delicious without being too sweet. I wish I had a scoop of ice cream to put on top of them. This will most likely be what I'm bringing for Thanksgiving.. :)
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Chocolate Popcorn

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2013
This was really delicious! My only reason for 4 stars is because I felt it needed more coating. I did sprinkle some salt as it cooked too... :)
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Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote)

Reviewed: May 11, 2013
YUMMY! This was the first time I grilled corn straight on the rack without foil or in the husk; it was really good this way. We enjoyed the flavors even though I used parmesan in place of the cotija cheese. I will have to look for it in the stores next time I make it. My butter had some garlic from making garlic bread and I sprinkled a little chili powder as well as salt & pepper.
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Garlic Asparagus with Lime

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2013
This was delicious! Served with my shrimp scampi tonight; I forgot the shallot at the store so I skipped it. My only suggestion is to cook the asaragus and garlic on lower heat for 10 minutes so you don't get burnt garlic which is bitter.
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Bodacious Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2013
I had to make several changes, was 5 stars with them! (sorry to the ratings police).. :) I've used a recipe from this site for "broccoli salad" before but this apparently wasn't what I was remembering and I couldn't find that one, that's ok... I simply took out the cheese and added 3 stalks diced celery and sunflower seeds. I upped the sugar so it wouldn't be so tart/tangy; I like about equal parts sweet/sour. I'm not sure why it even needs the lemon juice but I did add it. I thought 2 tsp. of pepper was way too much so I sprinkled what looked like a good amount, (maybe 1/2 tsp). It's better after it sits a few hours. Good stuff!
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Rocky Road

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2013
Lol.. someone wrote this was a disgusting cake! Not a cake but Rocky Road is a "chocolate mashmallow coated candy"... I really wish I had graham crackers so I can make it like cookie bars but I will try that next time; Just a super easy treat when you are craving something sweet! I added some chopped nuts. Thx.
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Crispy Chicken Parmesan

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2013
This was really easy and really good! I didn't have mozzarella so I used slices of provolone on top; I also sprinkled some grated parmesan cheese in the bread crumbs since I didn't have 4 cheese croutons. I've made this before but first time in the oven, I liked how easy and I didn't have to clean up a greasy mess from frying the chicken first.
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Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2013
I had high hopes but it was just ok... It was edible because of the veggies and chicken but the flavor of the sauce was so bland... I don't think I used enough garlic because I went with the jar stuff. Oh well!
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