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Baked Coconut Shrimp

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2011
Fantastic! My son chose this recipe to do a cooking demonstration in his Advanced Foods class. They turned out super tasty. So much cleaner and easier than the fried version, not to mention far more healthy. They brown up so nicely that you won't miss the oil. We sprayed the cookie sheet but also the tops of the breaded shrimps so they wouldn't stck after flipping. We found they cooked more quickly so watch them close so they don't burn. He made an orange dipping sauce that compliments them perfectly. Mix together 1/2 cup orange marmalade, 1/4 cup Dijon mustard, 1/4 cup honey, and 4 drops tobasco.
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Baked Buffalo Wings

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2011
I made these for Super Bowl and they were fantastic! Definitely bake them on a rack on top of the foil lined baking sheet. I'm so glad that I did because the juices/sauce will blacken on the bottom and you don't want them cooking in that. I chose to do 2 flavors, buffalo and terriyaki. I used 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/4 cup Franks buffalo sauce, and 1/4 cup bbq sauce for the buffalo wings and in another bowl I did 1/4 cup melted butter and 1/2 cup terriyaki sauce. When the wings were done I felt the terriyaki wings needed more coating so I warmed some terriyaki sauce and recoated them. The buffalo wings seemed good as is but you could do the same with additional Franks/bbq sauce. This method produces wings that are easily as tasty as the fried version and the clean up is so easy! Just throw the foil away.
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Chewy Brownie Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2011
I am getting rave reviews from my boys on these. I subbed almost all but about 2 Tbsp. of the shortening for butter with a fine result. I used 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup semi-sweet. Omitted the nuts. I baked some as directed as cookies but did half in mini muffin tins and they turn out as perfect little brownie bites. The kids preferred the brownie bites by far over the cookies.
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Lemon Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2011
For good lemon flavor you've to add more lemon juice. I used the juice from an entire lemon. For the glaze I used 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp. half and half, and the juice of another whole lemon. When the bread comes out of the oven let it cool a bit and then remove it from the pan and place on a plate. Poke all over with a toothpick and pour the glaze over. I like to let the bread cool just a bit so that the glaze doesn't all slide off onto the plate. It's good to glaze while still slightly warm but not piping hot out of the oven. Very good!!!
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Mama's Asian Chicken and Rice

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2011
Wonderful! I followed as written but doubled the sauce as I was using almost 3 lbs. of chicken. It was the perfect ratio. I used the juice from one whole orange and the zest as well. Great orange flavor and the Chinese five spice powder adds that little something special to the dish. I served with white rice, roasted asparagus, and pot stickers.
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White Chocolate Macadamia Cranberry Dreams

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2010
Delicious! I used parchment paper lined cookie sheets and chilled my dough for about an hour before rolling into small balls. Perfect for your Christmas cookie tray. I think the macadamia nuts really work well in this recipe but they are quite pricey. You could try subbing cashews or walnuts and I think either would work well.
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Pesto Cheesy Chicken Rolls

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2010
So good and so easy. I butterflied my chicken breasts to get them thin enough. I chose to use provolone for more flavor. I dipped the rolled chicken in buttermilk and then in Italian style panko bread crumbs and placed them in a 13 x 9 pan coated with cooking spray and cooked as directed. The result was fantastic! Served with ravioli and a salad.
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Boston Cream Pie I

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2010
I have to agree with other reviewers. The cake is dry. I would sub another yellow cake recipe or even a box cake and follow as written otherwise to get a better result. I was disappointed with the result.
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Mini Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2010
Yummy! I think they are good as mini muffins cause they are somewhat rich with the butterscotch chips. I subbed vegetable oil for the melted butter. I just didn't want to add a whole stick of butter to the mix. Great little snacks for the kids.
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Fudgy Chocolate Chip Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2010
I was a little short on applesauce so I made up the difference with light sour cream. After mixing together the dry ingredients I didn't think it had enough cocoa powder so I added a litte more - about 1/8 cup. The result was perfect. Check them right at 22 minutes or you might overbake and dry them out.
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Pumpkin Wheat Honey Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2010
These are great! I used 1 cup whole wheat and 1/2 cup all purpose flour. The only other thing I did differently was that I finely chopped the walnuts and sprinkled them over the top of the muffins before cooking instead of mixing into the dough. They are absolutely delicious, great texture. A nice healthy snack to have on hand.
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Raspberry Almond Coffeecake

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2010
I used a mixture of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries that I had on hand. I felt there was not enough batter so I doubled the recipe and used a deep dish pie plate. I baked it on a cookie sheet but only a small amount dripped over the edge. I also subbed half the sour cream for buttermilk. Had to use about 3/4 cup buttermilk to get the right consistency. I used slivered almonds instead of sliced. Followed as written otherwise. The end result is beautiful and very tasty.
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Parmesan Roasted Corn on the Cob

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2010
I didn't care for this because I could taste the mayonnaise and that just made it strange for me. I think it would be a lot better with butter or even oil but the mayo taste was odd.
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My Zippy Summer Shrimp

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2010
This was SO good! I used 1 lb. of the large raw shrimp/tail on from Costco. Super easy to just pull off the tails and they are ready to go. If you are using 2 lbs. of shrimp, double the sauce. If you are using 1 lb. it's perfect as is. We are wimps so I just sprinkled in about a tsp. or so of the red pepper flakes and added lots of fresh basil at the end. The sauce was amazing. I want to try it with scallops too. My kids said it was like something you would have at a restaurant and it really is. Served with ravioli in pesto and asparagus. Delicious!
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Zippy Summer Shrimp

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2010
This was SO good! I used 1 lb. of the large raw shrimp/tail on from Costco. Super easy to just pull off the tails and they are ready to go. If you are using 2 lbs. of shrimp, double the sauce. If you are using 1 lb. it's perfect as is. We are wimps so I just sprinkled in about a 1/4 tsp. or so of the red pepper flakes and added lots of fresh basil at the end. The sauce was amazing. I want to try it with scallops too. My kids said it was like something you would have at a restaurant and it really is. Served with ravioli with pesto and asparagus. Delicious!
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Sirloin Tips and Mushrooms

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2010
I had a dish in mind and this was as close as I could come to finding a recipe for what I was after. I added 1/2 cup chopped red onion with the sirloin. I added 1 cup of beef broth and then also added 1 tsp. thyme. After cooking for about an hour I thickened by mixing in a little water that had about 1-1/2 tsp. cornstartch mixed into it. I prefer to thicken with cornstarch vs. flour beause it mixes in so smoothly. Definitely use fresh mushrooms. We served over mashed potatoes and the kids loved it. Good hearty meal.
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