Beth B.

I'm a transplanted Buckeye fan, living in the middle of Packer country. I'm getting back into cooking, after taking a few years off during college. Two of the things that I want to learn to make are pie crusts and bread bowls.
T's Sweet Potato Fries
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Beth B.'s rating

I cut the fries smaller than the recipe suggests - they were roughly 1/4" thick and 3" long. After reading the other reviews, I only microwaved them for 2 minutes, and then baked them for about 30 minutes. They weren't crispy, but I still enjoyed them. My husband (not big on spices) thought they were too spicy, while I thought they needed some more kick. Next time I make them, I'll split the fries into 3 sections - one with the lemon pepper/Italian seasoning, one plain, and one with cayenne pepper and garlic.

Marinated Spicy Pork Chops
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Beth B.'s rating

Easy to make, and it kept the pork nice and moist. I enjoyed the flavor, but it wasn't spicy at all - maybe I'll double the hot sauce next time.

Skin-On Savory Mashed Potatoes
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Beth B.'s rating

Before trying this recipe, I'd never made skin-on mashed potatoes, although I'd had them at restaurants. I'd use thinner-skinned potatoes next time, as there seemed to be a lot of skin in them. Also, my husband wasn't crazy about the flavor, although I liked it. They were really easy to make though - I loved not having to peel the potatoes!

Italian Style Meatloaf II
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Beth B.'s rating

I tried cutting the recipe in half, since there are just 2 of us, and, as a result, it ended up being way too soggy. (I think I needed more bread crumbs.) Also, it took much longer to bake. I wasn't crazy about the flavor - I think it needs more garlic, or maybe some Italian seasoning. My husband, who's not crazy about spices, liked it though.

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Quick Coffee Cake
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Beth B.'s rating

It's a good base recipe, and I liked the cinnamon-sugar topping. I think next time I make it, I'll add either raisins or apple pieces to the batter... or maybe blueberries or raspberries. Either way, it's great that it uses basic ingredients - 9 times out of 10, I'll have all the stuff I need to make it.

Lemon Berry Slushy
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Beth B.'s rating

I was looking for a quick, easy slushy, and this one fit the bill! I didn't have frozen berries, so I used fresh ones, and I juiced up a fresh lemon and got a little less than 1/3 of a cup. I kept the sugar the same though. Either way, we loved it, and I'll probably make this again - maybe with strawberries and blueberries.

Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
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Beth B.'s rating

I made this after my husband requested "ham and cheesy potatoes." I ended up taking the advice of other reviews and used milk instead of water, added extra cheese (didn't really measure it) and used condensed cheese soup instead of mushroom (we don't like mushroom soup). It turned out pretty well - he ate it all up!

To Die For Blueberry Muffins
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Beth B.'s rating

These muffins are easy to make, and pretty tasty. I followed the recipe and I thought it turned out great. I didn't fill the muffin cups to the brim though - but I used all of the topping. All in all, they're good muffins - but there's no way I'd die for a pastry! ;)

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Noodles Alfredo
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Beth B.'s rating

I made this after my husband requested chicken alfredo. (I cooked up some chicken breast and served it with this.) He liked the flavor, although I thought it was a little bland (maybe some garlic next time?). My biggest problem was that it never thickened up - he called it "soupy." Either way, I'll probably keep playing with it; maybe I'll add flour or cornstarch next time.

Strawberry Bruschetta
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Beth B.'s rating

I thought this was OK... to me, it tasted a lot like buttered toast with whole fruit on top, rather than jam. I mixed up some cream cheese, sugar and cinnamon, and spread it on the bread and toasted it at the same time too. I put the strawberries and sugar on these slices too. I liked those slices better, but, overall, the recipe's a fun, sweet snack.

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
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Beth B.'s rating

I loved how easy this was to mix up! The more you chill the dough, the better it rolls out, so I kept the bowl in the fridge and only worked with a little at a time. I used powdered sugar, instead of flour, to keep the dough from sticking, and I think that worked out well. I put sprinkles on some of them, and a powdered sugar glaze on others. They still taste good the next day. My husband, who's not crazy about sugar cookies (he says there isn't enough flavor in them), loved them - that's good enough for me!

Morgan's Grilled Fish
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Beth B.'s rating

Easy to make, with a great flavor! I used it on perch (didn't have salmon)filets and thought it turned out just fine.

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