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Raspberry Almond Kiss Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2007
These were wonderful. I found Hershey's dark chocolate kisses and used those. The flavors of almond, dark chocolate and raspberry went so well together. These did not last long in my house.
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Fresh Cherry Crisp

Reviewed: May 29, 2005
I've made this twice now and it was a huge hit both times. My oldest son was hovering over it while it cooled when I made it for a party last night! I used 2 bags of frozen, no sugar added, sour cherries from Safeway. Followed the directions just as they are with the frozen cherries and it turns out wonderfully!
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Italian Sausage Market Meatloaf

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2013
I followed the recipe as written, which is a bit rare for me, and my family loved it! I love the idea of filling the meatloaf with a layer of spinach and provolone. The addition of the veggies was nice too. Using a combo of Italian sausage and ground beef is a great way to add a lot of flavor to meatloaf.
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Jumbo Dark Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2013
They taste as good as they look! Be sure not to over bake. Get them out of the oven when they still appear to be a little under done and they will continue to set up and be just perfect after they sit on the cookies sheets for 5 minutes. Delicious!
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Lemon Blueberry Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2009
I had a tons of meyer lemons to use up so I searched up bunch of lemon recipes, this is one I decided to make. It turned out really nice, moist, and tasty. Meyer lemons are milder and sweeter than normal lemons so I went ahead and used the juice from one lemon instead of just 3 Tbsp. I also used powdered sugar for a little more substantial glaze. Very nice!
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Butter Brickle Frozen Delight

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2013
Good gosh almighty! First off, it's as good as it looks. I read through a lot of the reviews and noticed many reviewers felt it was too sweet so I opted to omit the sweetened condensed milk and sub a 1/2 cup sugar in it's place. Still plenty sweet but I do think it tones it down a bit from the super sticky sweet quality of sweetened condensed milk. Second, making it in a springform pan makes for a beautiful presentation. This is the perfect summer BBQ dessert!
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Chiliville Chili

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2013
I made this with a few modifications to suit our taste and we loved it! Instead of the 3 cans of diced tomatoes I just used one can of Rotel tomatoes and a 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes. I did one can of kidney beans and one can of pinto beans for a little variety. Based on the comments from other reviewers, I omitted the brown sugar and I'm glad I did. Italian sausage has a bit of sweetness so unless you like your chili very sweet, I would not add it. We topped our bowls of chili with sour cream and chopped avocado and scooped it up with tortilla chips. Yummy!
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Chocolate Pretzels

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2006
I was inspired by the photo and used Hershey's Hugs. What a beautiful result! My only other tip is to make sure you place the candy with the M&M print down so it looks prettier. My kids LOVED these. I have to make another batch because they were gone the same day. This one is definitely a keeper. It's a really easy and beautiful addition to a holiday cookie tray. Try it!!!
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Golden Rum Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2013
I made this cake for my stepmom's birthday, at her request. I'm not one who typically bakes a cake from a boxed mix but I've go to tell you, this went over extremely well with the group who devoured it. I used pecans instead of walnuts (stepmom's request) and used Captain Morgan spiced rum which was just fine in this. Very moist and flavorful cake!
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Apple Butter Pork Loin

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2006
There is an obvious error in this recipe that has been noted by many other reviewers that has to be mentioned. You would not cook a pork tenderloin for 3 hours as stated. They need about 20-30 minutes per pound. If you take this into consideration, this recipe is really good. I followed the recipe as directed except I only baked it for about 1/2 hour, then poured off about 1/2 of the apple juice and then covered the meat with the apple butter mixture and baked about another 45 minutes to an hour at the most. After it was done, I sliced the meat, plated it and drizzled just a bit of the cooking sauce over it. The meat picks up so much of the flavor. Everyone just loved it. I served it with Cheesy Mashed Potatoes and acorn squash.
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Avocado, Tomato and Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2009
This stuff is so good. I changed up the ratios just a bit and added 2 avocados and only 3 tomatoes since it's not tomato season right now. I mixed it all together and realized I forgot the olive oil but I tasted it and it was SO good I decided it didn't need it. It's super simple and really healthy. Make sure you make it just before you want to serve it cause it won't keep well at all. That doesn't matter though because it will be eaten very quickly.
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Chocolate Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2005
Fantastic! The flavor and moist texture of this bread is wonderful. The recipe is perfect as is. Kids love this chocolately change from traditional banana bread. UPDATE: I make this all the time now to use up old bananas. Recently I cut it in half and used it to make mini muffins with mini chocolate chips. Great!
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Blue Cranberry Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2006
Love, love, loved this one! I took the advice of others and added 1 full cup of sugar. The cranberries need to simmer a little longer than stated, about 15 minutes should do. I didn't have any allspice on hand so I substituted 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon for all the seasonings listed. Pumpkin pie spice is a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves and it worked perfectly. I used 1-1/2 c. blueberries and about 1/2 c. raspberries. The berries add a rich, beautiful color and the mixture is so tasty. You can put this out with the main course and leave it out for people to have with their pie and ice cream.
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Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2006
This stuff is so good! I was asked to bring a side dish to a party and brought this and it was a big hit. I altered the dressing a bit based on another recipe on this site "Asian Chicken Salad". It's very similar but makes less dressing and uses brown sugar instead of white. I think as written this would be far too much dressing for one box of bow tie pasta. I would scale it in half. I also added shredded carrot for color and I used a can of chicken breast meat instead of cooking the chicken which saves a ton of time. I drained the chicken and placed it in a bowl, added a bit of the dressing to it then added it to the pasta. It was a great light and tasty side dish.
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Caramel Bars

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2005
I had my 10 year old open all the caramels while he was watching t.v. so that was no sweat for me. The result is fantastic. I gave one to my 18 year old who is somewhat picky on desserts and he said "this is the best thing in the world". That has to be worthy of 5 stars! They were gone by the following day. Update: I had to come back on and update this review. I've made these many times now and even packaged them up and mailed them to my son in college. They were still moist and fresh when he received them 2 days later. Great!
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Creamy Parmesan and Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Penne

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2012
I've tried most of the new McCormick Gourmet Recipe Mixes and this one is at the top of my list. Everyone loved it. Leftovers reheated really well. So quick and easy to prepare!
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Picnic Baked Beans

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2006
These are just like the beans that my Mom made too! I followed the directions as written and found that they should cook longer than the 2 to 2 1/2 hours stated. I would let it go at least 3 or maybe even 4 hours so they really get nice and tender. Be sure that you do reserve the cooking liquid because you will need to add it in as you check on the beans througout the cooking time. I ended up having to add back quite a bit of it to get them to the consistency I wanted. The flavor was perfect. Just like I remember. Thanks for this one.
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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2008
This is the best tasting cornbread I have ever made. I'm sure it has a lot to do with the fact that it has an entire stick of butter and 2/3 cup sugar but what the heck, I don't make it that often so might as well splurge! Be sure to sort reviews by most helpful and follow the submitter's instructions for the prep. Mine was done in under 30 minutes so watch closely at the end of cooking time. So good!
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Beef, Burgundy Style

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2007
What a great recipe. So much better than others I've tried that just seemed too much like stew. I have a great tip for the herb bouquet that I learned from Tyler Florence on Food Network. Instead of using cheesecloth to wrap the herbs, take a slice of uncooked bacon and wrap it around a bundle of rosemary and another piece to wrap around some sprigs of thyme. Cook these in your pan as the first step until you render out some of the bacon fat and the bacon is nicely browned. Remove the bacon/herb bundles and proceed as directed. You then can add the bundles back when directed in the recipe to simmer in the sauce. Since the recipe calls for using bacon drippings this really works well. I opted to chop my fresh parsley and add it at the end with the mushrooms. I used good quality beef base to make my broth and as a substitute for the demi glace. I doubled the sauce ingredients as recommended by other reviewers which is definitely the way to go. Just make sure you have a good amount of meat so the ratio is correct. Served with mashed potatoes (to soak up all that gravy) and peas and carrots.
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Serendipity Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
I LOVE this recipe and the grilling method. My mind is swirling with all the possibilities for variations. I did mine in my KitchenAid but love that it works well in the bread machine. Will do that way next time. I used my stovetop grill since I didn't want to fire up the BBQ in February. Followed as directed otherwise but added a little fresh basil. Really, really good!
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