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Friday, May 1, 2009

Mother's Day Week - Romano's Macaroni Grill

Basic fact: I love to eat. I cook so that I can eat...and I'm no great cook by any means, but I'm trying to get better. Sometimes, I'll get carried away and try an intricate recipe only to be disappointed because I couldn't execute it properly. Other times, I'll go really easy but the meal is lacking some serious flavor. What I want is something easy to make, and is also a pleasure to eat.

MyBlogSpark clued me into these great Romano's Macaroni Grill Restaurant Favorites dinner kits. Now, I'm not usually a fan of these boxed kits, but I'm willing to give anything a try especially if it's easy. Turns out, they're actually pretty tasty. We tried the Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken and Pasta flavor. It came with everything I needed to make the meal, except for the chicken. What I loved about it was that while the meal is good on its own, it's simple to "tweak" it a bit and make it to your personal liking. I added fresh tomatoes and cheese to my dish. I also found the sauce to be a little salty, so I just added some extra water. I prepared two boxes, because it looked like it might not be enough, but there was no need. We ended up with lots of leftovers which I thought tasted even better the next day. There are four flavors for you to try:

Garlic & Herb Chicken Penne
Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken & Pasta
Chicken Alfredo with Linguine
Chicken Marsala with Linguine


In addition, you can print out a $1 coupon from the website. This makes a wonderful gift for mom on Mother's Day - you can either give her an easier time with cooking, or you can make the meal for her in minutes (even better!)

WANT TO WIN? Three winners will win a Romano's Macaroni Grill gift basket. It includes: a sample of the Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken Pasta variety, three coupons for you to try the other varieties the next time you visit your local grocer, a colander, serving spoon and cheese grater. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Friday, May 8th at Midnight and tell me what your favorite family meal is. Please include your email address with your comment. Winners must provide a US mailing address.

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244 comments :

  1. We love to have baked macaroni and cheese for dinner. I make it extra extra cheesy. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

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  2. We love chicken broccoli and rice casserole.

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  3. Right now our favorite meal is quiche. It's easy and I can easily pack in the veggies. Thanks for the chance!
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

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  4. I make a wonderful cheesy turkey meatloaf, it sounds gross but honestly its wonderful!

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  5. Our favorite meal is homemade Cheese Enchiladas.
    mgoss@bobgoss.com

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  6. twice baked potatoes, yummy!
    KawaiiNeko2008 at aol dot com

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  7. My family loves my stuffed peppers!
    lgrieser(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  8. Our favorite family meal is spaghetti. Everyone of us likes it and that is always hard to find something everyone loves. Thanks.
    magic5905@embarqmail.com

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  9. Grilled fish, basmati rice and other stuff.

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  10. My favorite family dinner is pot roast with oven baked potatoes and onions!

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  11. My family loves my crock pot taco soup & it's so easy to have ready after a long day at work!!

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  12. Our favorite family meal is baked chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, beets and homemade bread.

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  13. Our favorite family meal is my husband's chicken and rice creation. It's delicious.

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  14. My kids love macaroni and cheese.

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  15. tuna casserole
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  16. Favorite family meal--shrimp creole.

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  17. Our favorite is spaghetti with meatballs.

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  18. Meatloaf and scalloped potatoes.

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  19. we are Asian-Indian so my fave family dish is naan- paneer curry.thanks

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  20. Our favorite meal is pot roast. I got my mother in laws recipe after we were married & its a family favorite.

    Ellen
    eering99@hotmail.com

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  21. My favorite family meal is homemade macaroni and cheese, with ham and broccoli. It's fun and easy to make, and tastes delicious.

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  22. the kids love mac & chesse..and this looks good and easy..
    ppoverboard@aol.com

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  23. I love fish, broccoli/asparagus, and rice!

    alison_luby at hotmail dot com

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  24. We make pizza dough in the bread maker and have home made pizza.

    abfantom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  25. cdziuba@aol.com

    Favorite family meal is my famous spaghetti sauce, meatballs, braciole, and pasta.

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  26. My favorite family meal is my egg friend rice with lots of yummy veggies and meats tossed in for good measure!
    Thanks for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. We love macaroni and cheese or pizza! It changes every day lol

    orchestratenoise0726[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  28. My favorite family meal is my moms chili recipe. I dont think you could consider it chili. Its hamburger, italian sausage, 3 kinds of beans, tomato puree, and onion. Its to DIE for.

    ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. My fav meal is my Mexican Meatloaf that my man and I invented

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  30. my favorte family meal is eggplant rollatini...YUM

    qtelee143@yahoo.com

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  31. Our favorite family meal is lasagna with Caesar salad and fresh garlic bread! We have 6 people in our family (hubby and I, plus our 4 kids) and I love that I can get two full meals out of a giant pan of lasagna in our hungry household! Our family LOVES Italian food and we would be thrilled to try these new and yummy products from Romano's Macaroni Grill. The Macaroni Grill is one of our favorite local restaurants! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  32. We have several favorites, spaghetti & meatsauce, roast beef with onions, carrots & potaoes are the top 2.

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  33. pot roast and homemade scalloped potatoes mverno@roadrunner.com

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  34. We all love hamburgers on the grill w/ the fixings and salad and mc/potato salad.

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  35. Barbecued chicken with grilled corn on the cob and potatoes sliced thinly and cooked on the grill.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    email in blogger profile.

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  36. Pot roast.
    john ferris
    guapo1317@live.com

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  37. Meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Hard to believe that my kids like it, but it's really good.


    tutucuteforme (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  38. I love having Roast and mashed potatoes and gravy!

    jessicabcote@gmail.co

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  39. Homemade maccaroni and cheese is our favorite

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  40. favorite is stew- a huge roast with potatoes but meat is expensive so go with the next which is pasta alfredo and italian bread

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  41. Vegetarian burrito night!
    meredycat*lycos*com

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  42. Favorite family meal is (any)pasta and meatballs

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  43. Our favorite is any kind of pasta. I love to get creative with it. Thanks for the chance.

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  44. Our favorite family meal is my lasagne

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  45. My favorite family dinner is lasagna with salad and garlic bread. Yum!

    sphinxcw (at) aol (dot) com

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  46. Love to have this. We love spaghetti and garlic bread

    Thanks,

    darkfyre1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. Pot roast with carrots and potatoes go over very well. But we eat a lot of pasta as well.

    clynsg at yahoo.com

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  48. My family loves chicken casserole or tuna casserole.... As long as it has lots of cheese!


    texas_heartland84[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  49. my family loves cheesesteaks... (of course we would need a side, and this sounds very yummy!)

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  50. Our favorite meal is Stuffed Green Peppers!
    lgrieser(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  51. My favorite family meal is Chicken Parm with spaghetti. You can never go wrong with lots of cheese and spaghetti sauce.

    shelnew19 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  52. Our favorite family meal is anything my husband grills along with a good side dish like my famous pasta salad.

    mamie316@sbcglobal.net

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  53. My favorite meal is pot roast

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  54. Our favorite family meal is pork chops and rice and of course with every meal Green Beans! my daughter cannot get enough.

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  55. During the summer, a nice barbecue is our favorite meal. Any other time, it would be spaghetti.
    jamielz@verizon.net

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  56. fried round steak (chicken fried) mashed potatoes gravy and corn

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  57. RED BEANS, WHITE RICE AND FRIED PORK CHOPS
    snowyatnite@yahoo.com

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  58. We love Spegetti with Italian sausage and meatballs

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  59. My favorite meal is meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn...

    thank you
    allain99@gmail.com

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  60. BBQ Chicken

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

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  61. We love to grill chicken outside.

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  62. a nice cookout is the most fun!

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  63. Our favorite meal is scallops and peas.
    pkildow at gmail dot com

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  64. The family favorite meal is steak and baked potatoes on the grill. My favorite meal is anything that has cheese in it.

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  65. Our favorite evening meal is meatloaf, mashed potatoes and peas. Yum. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

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  66. The family favorite is my homemade spaghetti and meatballs. It is a lot of work so we don't have it often

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  67. Wild Mushroom Risotto!
    pleaseundress@yahoo.com

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  68. We love spaghetti and have it just about every week. Thanks for the giveaway!

    sueellison@hcecwildblue.com

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  69. When I have the time, I make a mean Chicken Mock Pie, it's basically cubed chicken breasts, potatoes, carrots & peas with two cans of chicken-mushroom soup and water. After boiling it all until cooked, I put it in a 9x13 pan and top it with cut buttermilk biscuits and bake until they're cooked.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  70. Our favorite meal is Rosemary-Lemon Chicken. It's my boyfriend's creation and we absolutely love it.
    cherriblossom25[at]gmail[dot]com

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  71. My whole family loves tostadas!

    hebert024 at aol dot com

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  72. We love to have stuffed shells.

    samsakara@twcny.rr.com

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  73. I love alfredo - but would never attempt to try it on my own!!

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  74. Meatloaf,mashed potatos and cdeamed corn is a meal we enjoy. jelly15301@gmail.com

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  75. Chicken Cashew over white rice, and a Spinich Mandarin salad is our favorite family dinner!
    msurosey@yahoo.com

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  76. Pork Chops, mashed potatoes, steamed veggies! Yum!

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  77. I have a recipe for open-faced blue cheese sandwiches that we enjoy very much. THank you.
    Elizabeth
    mrsgerbil@hotmail.com

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  78. My family loves it when I make cheesy tuna noodle casserole with mushrooms.

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  79. Our favorite - orzo with olive oil, chopped olives, feta, and roasted pine nuts. Sounds fancy but is actually really easy and tastes gourmet!

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  80. We love a good lasagna! I am queenesperfect at yahoo.com

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  81. favorite family meal is chili and salad

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  83. I like food so it's hard to decide. I'll say my favorite would have to be a cheesy chicken stroganof

    email is in profile, but here it is

    vlbsweeps at gmail dot com

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  84. My family's favorite meal is pizza. They could eat it 365 days a year.

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  85. We enjoy a chicken casserole for dinner during the week. Thanks.

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  86. Our favorite meal is Shepard's Pie.

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  87. Turkey burgers, roasted potatoes, and lemon broccoli.
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

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  88. Baked Lasagna is our family favorite dinner! Just thinking about it is making me hungry ;)

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  89. We all like to have grilled steaks and twice baked potatoes!

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  90. we love chicken and eggplant pot pie

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  91. It would be a tie between country fried steak and stuffed shells. Thank you

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  92. My favorite family meal is whatever precedes everyone else doing the dishes!!! Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize. (krstrpp at hotmail dot com)

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  93. Wooo Hooo Make me a winner!

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  94. Our favorite meal is chili mac. It's shell pasta mixed with tomato paste, tomato sauce, chili powder and ground beef and onions. Add salad and garlic bread, nice dinner.

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  95. My favorite meal is spaghetti with my own, homemade, very slow cooked sauce. But, I would love to try this! Thanks for the chance of winning!

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  96. Our favorite meal is lasagna.
    Marsha Heerde
    marshaheerde@yahoo.com-email

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  97. My family loves my stuffed peppers

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  98. My family's favorite meal that I make is no peek chicken which is a chicken and uncle ben's wild rice dish made with cream soups and lipton onion soup on top. It's YUMMY & easy.

    pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

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  99. My families favorite meal is homemade lasagna with homemade cloverleaf yeast rolls.
    It's one meal that everyone is always home in time for.
    Thank you so much for the chance to win.

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  100. anything fast and easy but we all love chicken tacos

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  101. One of our favorite family meals is roast chicken with mashed potatoes and broccoli.

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  102. pork chops,green beans,and fried tators and onions:)

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  103. Pasta...mmm so good in so many ways.

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  104. My favorite family meal is stuffed shells! YUM!
    quelleheure4[at]gmail{dot}com

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  105. I have SO many meals that I like. I think I'd have to say that my favorite is homemade french fries, homemade chicken nuggets and green beans. It's fun for the kids and tastes good too! :-)

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  106. Our favorite family meal is meatloaf.
    imjessica(at)mail(dot)com

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  107. Our favorite family meal is Boston Baked Beans with hot dogs, coleslaw and parker house rolls!

    cathy54321(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  108. Homemade vegetable soup made with fresh veggies right out of our garden! With hot homemade cornbread! Yummy!

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  109. Our favorite meal is good ole Spaghetti and Meatballs.

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  110. We love y cheesy chicken casserole. Yum!

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  111. OUr favorite meal here is meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  112. Our favorite meal is raspberry chipotle chicken

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  113. My favorite meal would be beans, fried potatoes and cornbread

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  114. homemade fried chicken with corn on the cob and bisquits...ok now i am hungry :)

    awesome giveaway ! thanks bunches...

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  115. "gruel" -- what we have nicknamed Sweedish meetballs when I made them one time and they fell apart!

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  116. Favorite meal is spaghetti with lots of meat and a good quality grated cheese. Chicken and rice is also a favorite.

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  117. We like lasagne at our house!

    ehhogan@bellsouth.net

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  118. I cook almost everything we eat. Everyone likes my fried chicken with biscuits and white gravy and green beans from the garden. JeansandTs@hotmail.com

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  119. My family's favorite meal is a dish I call Sunny Chicken. It's marinated in orange juice, soy sauce, ketchup and honey, and then baked. Yummy! Thanks for this offer.
    Adele
    oak462@juno.com

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  120. Our daughter loves to have Spaghetti with Spinach Balls (A spinach based version of meatballs).

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  121. Inside Out Burgers - I found a recipe for it a few years ago and it's been requested over and over again. You make two thin patties and fill them with a mixture of cheese and whatever other goodies you may want. Then you press them together to make a big patty and grill! YUM!

    Tarah
    tarah716[at]ymail.com

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  122. The Fam fave is Chicken Parmesen. Thanks for the chance to win!! mogrill@comcast.net

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  123. My favorite family dinner is Garlic Chicken Lemon Pasta. Even my Two year old loves it!

    ilovebabynoah707@yahoo.com

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  124. Our family favorite is tater tot casserole.

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  125. Christina - xristya@rock.com - I love having (and making) lasagna! I was born in NYC but my parents came from Ukraine and we ate Ukrainian cuisine at home, so Italian cuisine was very exotic to me! I remember "Now let's build the lasagna" from Joy of Cooking, and how I loved making it as a child!

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  126. Clams Maranara.I found you on Sweepstakes Advantage, www.sweepsadvantage.com . Good Luck to veryone!

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  127. Pepperoni Calzone. I make it every Friday night.

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  128. Our favorite family meal is steaks my husband perfected on the grill and one of my famous salads!

    Katie
    showbizkp[at]gmail[dot]com

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  129. My favorite family meal is Taco Salad. It's so easy to make and you can have such variety, it's never the same!

    ilikecitylights @ gmail dot com

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  130. I love to make meatloaf. At first I have to admit that it tasted dry and kind of looked like dog food. Now though, after hundreds of tries, it comes out so good that my family actually asks me to make it!

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  131. Our favorite meal is BBQd/grilled chicken, roasted potatoes, and salads with all the fixins.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  132. We like making veggie stir fry(well hubby adds meat to his):)
    jokermoonsun1@aol.com

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  133. Our favorite family meal is a good old fashioned chef salad. We always try to eat light for dinner!

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  134. sweet and sour meatballs thanks for the giveaway

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  135. Romano's is the best chain restaurant.

    LINDA

    HONDHH@YAHOO.COM

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  136. We love pasta- lasagna, spaghetti, etc.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    -Rob C

    robertcalkins@hotmail.com

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  137. Our favorite family meal is anything grandma makes. One example is chicken, pollenta, and peas.

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  138. Lasagne, cole slaw.
    electricisland(at)gmail.com

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  139. Its not the cheapest, or the easiest, but everyones favorite is Snow Crab and Garlic mashed potatoes.

    jason@allworldautomotive.com

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  140. Biscuits and gravy is always tasty!

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  141. My kids love homemade pizza!

    jnkrim (at) qwestoffice (dot) net

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  142. We love ham and scalloped potatoes!

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  143. our favorite is spaghetti

    weblynx at hotmail.com

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  144. We love macaroni and cheese, and squash.

    Stephen Hand

    mystery250 at comcast.net

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  145. My favorite family meal is Pizza cause it is easy to pop in the oven or pick up and everyone likes it which is a rarity in my house!

    Justine417@comcast.net

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  146. We love to have Gumbo. Yum.


    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

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  147. My whole family loves chicken enchiladas, thanks so much! :) sbcashortie (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  148. our favorite family meal is lasagna.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

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  149. Ny favorite family meal is spaghetti, because everyone in my family has a job and we work together. I boil the noodles, hubby seasons the sauce, daughter grates the cheese, middle son rips lettuce for the salad, and the littlest guy butters the garlic bread (with a plastic knife). It's great fun, and the kids want to eat spaghetti every night!

    sasquatch1bmf[at]gmail[dot]com

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  150. Our favorite family meal is my secret recipe meat loaf with garlic mashed potatoes and peas. sharonaquilino(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  151. One of my favorite meals is a four cheese Lasagna!

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  152. we have so many favorites, but i guess it would be my roast chicken w/ stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, and fresh corn. mmmm yum!

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  153. Our family likes to get together at our daughter's and enjoy her twice baked pork ribs--mouthwatering and fall off the bone. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  154. Our favorite family meal is lasagna!

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  155. our favorite family meal? my husband just loves this vegetarian lasanga I make. I have to agree it's my fave too.

    teechbiz at gmail dot com

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  156. My first choice is pasta - any variety. My second choice is anything WITH pasta. :)

    mcj4tlj@comcast.net

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  157. We enjoy steak, salad, and baked potatoes.

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  158. We love pizza with breadsticks.

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  159. We love a lot of different dishes, my kids love pastas. Our favorite meal combo is hash brown casserole with my homemade barbecue pulled chicken or beef.

    Happy Mothers Day to All

    camper223[at]live[dot]com

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  160. Our favorite meal is pizza because the whole family likes it.

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  161. Meat Loaf, mashed potatoes, creamed corn and a big salad. Had it last night!

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  162. I make a simple herbed chicken with pasta.. we love it

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  163. our all time favorite meal has to be when the winter weather leaves and you grill chicken and ribs nothing is better!

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  164. Our favorite family meal is spaghetti and meatballs with a marinara sauce

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  165. Our favorite meal would be shrimp quesadillas!
    Thanks
    Sarah
    believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

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  166. We love spaghetti with meat sauce and lots of garlic bread.

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  167. Our family's favorite dish is a tradition Cuban dish called Picadillo. It is very tasty made with ground beef.
    THANKS

    jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

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  168. One of my family's favorite meals is my tangy chicken, with mashed potatoes, and green beans or corn!! Thanks for the great Romano's Macaroni Grill gift basket :-}

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  169. We love stuffed pasta yummy

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  170. We love fish tacos! Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

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  171. We love pasta and would love to try these :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
    blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

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  172. A favorite at home is lasagna. Even picky eaters love it.

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  173. Our favorite meal is homemade pizza.

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  174. lasagna intime(at)myself(dot)com

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