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Healthy Choice Chunky Tomato, Mushroom and Garlic Pasta Sauce copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur

Healthy Choice Chunky Tomato, Mushroom and Garlic Pasta Sauce

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Healthy Choice was one of the first low-fat brands to hit the stores. The Wall Street Journal reported in 1993, "When Healthy Choice dinners first arrived in stores, big competitors were caught off guard: nothing quite like it had ever been marketed on a large scale." But nowadays the competition ain't so lean. You'll find more than a dozen brands devoted to the same low-fat, healthy claims in stores, all fighting it out for shelf space and market share.

If you like your marinara sauce with big chunks of veggies in it, then this is the one you'll want to make. The canned tomatoes, plus fresh mushrooms, onion, and garlic make for a thicker sauce that works great over your favorite pasta dish.

Nutrition Facts
Servings size–1/2 cup
Total servings–5
Calories per serving–45
Fat per serving–0g

Source: Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 2 10 3/4-ounce cans tomato puree
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped canned tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup sliced white button mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup minced white onion
  • 5 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch ground pepper
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1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium/high heat and bring to a boil.

2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the sauce is thick.

Makes 2 1/2 cups.

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    Technically speaking "new potatoes" can be any young potato. Boston Market, however, uses red potatoes for this particular dish, and they're actually not all that young. So, for this recipe you need some common, medium-size red potatoes. After cutting the potatoes into bite-size slices, you steam them on a steamer rack or basket in a large covered saucepan over boiling water. When the potatoes are done, toss them with a delicious mix of melted butter, fresh dill, and garlic, and you've got a quick clone that could stand up to any taste test.

    Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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    Romano's Macaroni Grill Chicken Portobello

    Menu Description: "Grilled chicken breast with Portobello mushrooms, smoked mozzarella and demi glace, with a spinach orzo pasta."

    Fire up the grill for this take on one of Romano's most popular entrees. After you grill a couple portobello caps, slice them thinly at an extreme angle to make wide slices that fit perfectly on top of grilled chicken breasts that have been rubbed with stone ground mustard (the kind with the whole mustard seeds in it). Romano's delicious demi glace is made from reduced veal stock, but a nice substitute can be made from a combination of canned beef broth and chicken broth. With plenty of garlic, rosemary and thyme in there, the aroma of sauce simmering on the stove will make everyone in the house drool.

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

    Update 1/25/17: If your demi glace is too thin add an additional tablespoon of cornstarch to thicken. 

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    Olive Garden Chicken Scampi

    Menu Description: "Chicken breast tenderloins sauteed with bell peppers, roasted garlic and onions in a garlic cream sauce over angel hair."

    This dish is a big favorite of Olive Garden regulars. Chicken tenderloins are lightly breaded and sauteed along with colorful bell peppers and chopped red onion. Angel hair pasta is tossed into the pan along with a healthy dose of fresh scampi sauce. The sauce is really the star, so you might think about doubling the recipe. If you're cooking for two, you can prepare this dish for the table in one large skillet, saving the remaining ingredients for another meal. If you're making all four servings at once, you need two skillets. If you can't find fresh chicken tenderloins (the tender part of the chicken breast), you can usually find bags of them in the freezer section. 

    Find more delicious recipes for Olive Garden's most famous dishes here

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

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    Crunch 'N Munch Buttery Toffee Popcorn with Peanuts

    Look at what F. W. Rueckheim started. He was the guy who, back in the late 1800s, made candy-coated popcorn a national treasure with the invention of Cracker Jack. Now we've got Fiddle-Faddle, Screaming Yellow Zonkers, Crunch 'n Munch so many other candy-coated popcorns. Sure, these other varieties don't have the traditional prize inside the box, but let's face it, those prizes are pretty weak compared to what used to be found at the bottom of a box of Cracker Jack when I was a kid. 

    The old-fashioned molasses formula used on Cracker Jack just doesn't have the appeal of some of the other tantalizing candy coatings on popcorn today. Butter toffee is a good example, so that's what I've reverse-engineered for you here. My Crunch 'N Munch buttery toffee popcorn recipe is simple and makes a finished product so tasty, you'll have to beg someone to take it away from you before you finish the whole bowl by yourself. All you need is a candy thermometer, some microwave popcorn, and a few other basic ingredients to re-create a home version of popcorn heaven.

    Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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    Top Secret Restaurant Recipes

    Exclusive signed copy. It's no longer necessary to stand in line for a table at T.G.I. Friday's or Red Lobster, Olive Garden or Outback. You can make the menu items you love right at home—with ingredients from your local supermarket. Included in this book are some of the best-kept restaurant secrets that let you eat in with the great taste of eating out!

    In this unique cookbook Todd Wilbur re-creates more than 100 signature dishes from America's most popular chain restaurants—including such hot theme eateries as the Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood.

    Wilbur's easy-to-make knock-offs, the product of years of research, are indiscernible from the originals—and the most ingenious way we know of to cut down on the cost of eating out. But watch out, once you start cooking, people may start calling for reservations at your dinner table!

    Find out how to make home versions of Applebees Oriental Chicken Salad, Benihana Hibachi Chicken & Steak, California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza, The Cheesecake Factory Cajun Jambalaya Pasta, Chi-Chi's Sweet Corn Cake, Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole, Hard Rock Cafe Famous Baby Rock Watermelon Ribs, Hooters Buffalo Wings, Marie Callenders Famous Golden Cornbread, Olive Garden Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dip, Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken, Pizza Hut Original Stuffed Crust Pizza, Planet Hollywood Chicken Crunch, Ruth's Chris Creamed Spinach, T.G.I. Friday's Potato Skins, and many more.

    Other books you may like: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 and Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3.

    Contents
    Applebee's Club House Grill
    Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad
    Applebee's Pizza Sticks
    Applebee's Quesadillas
    Applebee's Tijuana "Philly" Steak Sandwich
    Benihana Hibachi Chicken
    Benihana Hibachi Steak
    Benihana Mustard Dipping Sauce
    Benihana Ginger Dipping Sauce
    Benihana Japanese Fried rice
    Bennigan's Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
    Bennigan's California Turkey Sandwich
    Bennigan's Cookie Mountain Sundae
    Big Boy Cream of Broccoli Soup
    Big Boy Original Double-Decker Hamburger Classic
    Big Boy Club Sandwich
    California Pizza Kitchen Original BBQ Chicken Pizza
    California Pizza Kitchen Thai Chicken Pizza
    California Pizza Kitchen Southwestern Burrito Pizza
    Cheesecake Factory Bruschetta
    Cheesecake Factory Avocado Eggrolls
    Cheesecake Factory Cajun Jambalaya Pasta
    Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Cheesecake
    Cheesecake Factory Key Lime Cheesecake
    Chi-Chi's Beef Nachos Grande
    Chi-Chi's Chicken Nachos Grande
    Chi-Chi's Sweet Corn Cake
    Chi-Chi's Twice Grilled Barbecue Burrito
    Chi-Chi's "Fried" Ice Cream
    Chili's Grilled Caribbean Salad
    Chili's Fajitas for Two
    Chili's Peanut Butter Cheesecake
    Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole
    Cracker Barrel Eggs-in-the-Basket
    Cracker Barrel Chicken & Dumplins
    Denny's Scram Slam
    Denny's Moons Over My Hammy
    Denny's The Super Bird
    Dive! Carrot Chips
    Dive! Sicilian Sub Rosa
    Dive! Brick Oven Mushroom & Turkey Cheese Sub
    Dive! S'mores
    Hard Rock Cafe Filet Steak Sandwich
    Hard Rock Cafe Grilled Vegetable Sandwich
    Hard Rock Cafe Famous Baby Rock Watermelon Ribs
    Hard Rock Cafe Orange Freeze
    Hooters Buffalo Chicken Wings
    Hooters Buffalo Shrimp
    Hooters Pasta Salad
    Houlihan's Houli Fruit Fizz
    Houlihan's 'Shrooms
    Houlihan's Smashed Potatoes
    IHOP Banana Nut Pancakes
    IHOP Cheese Blintz
    IHOP Fajita Omelette
    IHOP French Toast
    Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon Amarillo Cheese Fries
    Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon Black Bean Soup
    Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon Texas Rice
    Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon Sweet Bourbon Salmon
    Marie Callender's Famous Golden Cornbread
    Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie
    Marie Callender's Banana Cream Pie
    Olive Garden Italian Salad Dressing
    Olive Garden Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dip
    Olive Garden Toscana Soup
    Olive Garden Alfredo Pasta
    Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion
    Outback Steakhouse Gold Coast Coconut Shrimp
    Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Soup
    Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken
    Perkins Family Restaurants Potato Pancakes
    Perkins Family Restaurants Granny's Country Omelette
    Perkins Family Restaurants Country Club Omelette
    Pizza Hut Original Stuffed Crust Pizza
    Pizza Hut Pepperoni & Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza
    Pizza Hut TripleDecker Pizza
    Planet Hollywood Pizza Bread
    Planet Hollywood Chicken Crunch
    Planet Hollywood Pot Stickers
    Red Lobster Broiled Lobster
    Red Lobster Broiled Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
    Red Lobster Grilled Scallop & Bacon Skewers
    Red Lobster Stuffed Shrimp
    Red Lobster Stuffed Mushrooms
    Red Robin No-Fire Peppers
    Red Robin BBQ Chicken Salad Red Robin Mountain High Mudd Pie
    Ruby Tuesday Potato Cheese Soup
    Ruby Tuesday Smokey Mountain Chicken
    Ruby Tuesday Sonora Chicken Pasta
    Ruby Tuesday Strawberry Tallcake for Two
    Ruth's Chris Steak House Barbecued Shrimp
    Ruth's Chris Steak House Petite Filet
    Ruth's Chris Steak House Creamed Spinach
    Ruth's Chris Steak House Potatoes Au Gratin
    Shoney's Country Fried Steak
    Shoney's Slow-Cooked Pot Roast
    Shoney's Hot Fudge Cake
    Sizzler Cheese Toast
    Sizzler Chicken Club Sandwich
    Sizzler Southern Fried Shrimp
    Stuart Anderson's Black Angus Cheese Garlic Bread
    Stuart Anderson's Black Angus Western T-bone
    Stuart Anderson's Black Angus Whiskey Pepper Steak
    T.G.I. Friday's Potato Skins
    T.G.I. Friday's Nine-Layer Dip
    T.G.I. Friday's California Chargrilled Turkey Sandwich
    T.G.I. Friday's Spicy Cajun Chicken Pasta
    T.G.I. Friday's Friday's Smoothies--Gold Medalist
    T.G.I. Friday's Friday's Smoothies--Tropical Runner
    Tony Roma's World Famous Ribs
    Tony Roma's Original Baby Backs
    Tony Roma's Carolina Honeys
    Tony Roma's Red Hots
    Western Sizzlin' "Teriyaki" Chicken Breast

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    Even More Top Secret Recipes

    Sold out until 7/11/22!

    Exclusive signed copy. Ever wonder what makes McDonald's Special Sauce so special, or puts the supreme in a Taco Bell Burrito Supreme, or makes Newman's Own Creamy Caesar Dressing so darn good? 

    This cookbook includes all the step-by-step instructions for making your own professional quality clones. With a dash of spicy humor, a spoonful of food facts, and a hearty serving of culinary curiosity, Todd Wilbur serves up another batch of America's favorite recipes. Todd puts his sleuthing taste buds to work to bring us over 85 amazing new clones in Even More Top Secret Recipes.

    Armed with his recipes and blueprints, you can now duplicate your favorite brand-name food, from famous hamburgers to candy bars and snack cakes, right in your own kitchen without spending a lot of dough. Discover how to make your own versions of KFC Extra Crispy Chicken, Girl Scout Cookies Thin Mints, Kraft Stove Top Stuffing, McDonald's French Fries, Panda Express Mandarin Chicken, Wendy's Spicy Chicken Fillet Sandwich, Cadbury Creme Egg, Boston Market Meatloaf, Cinnabon CinnabonStix, Hot Dog On A Stick Hot Dog, Drake's Devil Dogs, Nestle Baby Ruth, and many, many more!

    Other books you may like: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked, Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3

    Contents
    Arby's Bronco Berry Sauce
    Auntie Anne's Pretzels
    Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Cake
    Boston Market Meatloaf
    Bull's-Eye Original BBQ Sauce
    Burger King Big King
    Burger King BK Broiler
    Burger King Breakfast Sandwich--Biscuit Sandwich
    Burger King Breakfast Sandwich--Croissan'wich
    Cadbury's Creme Egg
    Carl's Jr. Bacon Swiss Crispy Chicken Sandwich
    Carl's Jr. Ranch Crispy Chicken Sandwich
    Chef Paul Prudhomme's Poultry Magic
    Cinnabon Cinnabonstix
    Dolly Madison Zingers (Devil's Food)
    Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Drake's Devil Dogs
    Emeril's Original Essence
    Fatburger Original Burger
    French's Classic Yellow Mustard
    Girl  Scout Cookies Shortbread
    Girl Scout Cookies Thin Mints
    Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing Mix
    Grandma's Cookies Oatmeal Raisin Big Cookie
    Grandma's Cookies Peanut Butter Big Cookie
    Great American Cookies Snickerdoodles
    Great American Cookies White Chunk Macadamia
    Heinz 57 Sauce
    Heinz Ketchup
    Hershey's Payday Candy Bar
    Honeybaked Ham Glaze
    Hot Dog On A Stick
    K.C. Masterpiece Original BBQ Sauce
    Kellogg's Cocoa Rice Krispies treats
    Kellogg's Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats
    Kenny Rogers Roasters Corn Muffins
    KFC BBQ Baked Beans
    KFC Extra Crispy Chicken
    KFC Honey BBQ Wings
    KFC Macaroni & Cheese
    KFC Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
    KFC Potato Salad
    Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese
    Kraft Shake  'N Bake
    Kraft Stove Top Stuffing
    Kraft Thousand Island Dressing
    Lawry's Seasoned Salt
    Lawry's Taco Spices & Seasoning
    Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies
    McDonald's Arch Deluxe
    McDonald's BigXtra
    McDonald's Biscuits
    McDonald's Breakfast Bagel Sandwich--Ham & Egg
    McDonald's Breakfast Bagel Sandwich--Steak & Egg
    McDonald's Breakfast Bagel Sandwich--Spanish Omelet
    McDonald's Breakfast Burrito
    McDonald's French Fries
    McDonald's Hot Mustard Sauce
    McDonald's Special Sauce
    McDonald's Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce
    McDonald's Yogurt Parfait
    Mrs. Dash Salt-Free Seasoning Blend
    Nabisco Cheese Nips
    Nabisco Nilla Wafers
    Nestle Baby Ruth Candy Bar
    Newman's Own Creamy Caesar Dressing
    Pace Picante Sauce
    Panda Express Mandarin Chicken
    Panda Express Orange Flavored Chicken
    Papa John's Dipping Sauces--Special Garlic Sauce
    Papa John's Dipping Sauces--Cheese Sauce
    Papa John's Dipping Sauces--Pizza Sauce
    Pepperidge Farm Ginger Man Cookies
    Progresso Italian-Style Bread Crumbs
    Sabrett Onions In Sauce
    Schilling Salad Supreme
    Sunshine Lemon Coolers
    Taco Bell Burrito Supreme
    Taco Bell Chicken Fajita Seasoning Mix
    Taco Bell Fire Border Sauce
    Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
    Taco Bell Soft Taco
    Taco Bell Taco Seasoning Mix
    Tommy's Original World-Famous Hamburgers
    Wendy's Chicken Caesar Fresh Stuffed Pita
    Wendy's Classic Greek Fresh Stuffed Pita
    Wendy's Spicy Chicken Fillet Sandwich
    Wienerschnitzel Chili Sauce

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    Top Secret Recipes Unlocked

    Exclusive signed copy. The original clone recipe king has done it again. For the last thirty years Todd Wilbur has been creating amazing culinary carbon copies of all your favorite brand-name foods using his special techniques. 

    In Todd Wilbur's Top Secret Recipes Unlocked, his 9th cookbook, the Clone Ranger brings you over 100 new kitchen clones! Todd reveals key ingredients and the secret-yet-simple steps for duplicating famous foods from Starbucks, McDonald's, Panera Bread, Subway, Burger King, Mrs. Fields, Taco Bell, Orange Julius, Boston Market, Popeyes, Sonic Drive-In, KFC, and many more.

    Every recipe is created from scratch in Todd's top secret test kitchen, so you know you're getting the best original clone recipes on the planet!

    Other books you may like: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3, and Top Secret Recipes Step-by-Step.

    Contents
    Arby's Horsey Sauce
    Baja Fresh Salsa Baja
    Bisquick Original All-Purpose Baking Mix
    Boston Market Butternut Squash
    Boston Market Garlic Dill New Potatoes
    Boston Market Sweet Potato Casserole
    Budweiser Chelada
    Burger King Onion Rings
    Burger King Zesty Onion Ring Dipping Sauce
    Carl's Jr. The Six Dollar Burger
    Carnegie Deli Classic New York City Cheesecake
    Chex Mix Bold Party Blend
    Chick-fil-A Honey Roasted BBQ Sauce
    Chick-fil-A Carrot & Raisin Salad
    Chipotle Mexican Grill Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette
    Chipotle Mexican Grill Barbacoa Burrito
    Cliff & Buster Coconut Macaroons
    Cocoa-Cole Blak
    Crunch 'N Munch Buttery Toffee Popcorn with Peanuts
    Dairy Queen MooLatte
    Del Taco Crispy Fish Taco
    Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Yellow Cake Mix
    Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Coolatta
    Einstein Bros. Bagels Santa Fe Egg Sandwich
    El Pollo Loco Avocado Salsa
    El Pollo Loco BBQ Baked Beans
    El Pollo Loco Creamy Cilantro Dressing
    Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Fritos Hot Bean Dip
    Hellman's/Best Foods Mayonnaise
    Hidden Valley The Original Ranch Dressing
    Jack in the Box Pumpkin Pie Shake
    Jacquin's Peppermint Schnapps
    Jason's Deli Creamy Liqueur Fruit Dipping  Sauce
    Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage--Regular
    Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage--Maple
    Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage--Hot
    KFC Cajun Honey Wings
    KFC  Chicken Pot Pie
    Kozy Shack Rice Pudding
    Kraft Miracle Whip
    Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts
    Lawry's Red Pepper Seasoned Salt (made with Tabasco)
    Lipton Brisk Iced Tea
    Lipton Diet Green Tea with Citrus
    Lincoln Snacks Poppycock
    Maid-Rite Loose Meat Sandwich
    M&M/Mars Munch Bar
    Mauna Loa Kona Coffee Glazed Macadamias
    McDonald's Sweet Tea
    McDonald's Vanilla Iced Coffee
    McDonald's Cinnamon Melts
    McDonald's Fruit & Walnut Salad
    McDonald's Tangy Honey Mustard
    McDonald's Lobster Sandwich
    Mrs. Fields Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies
    Mrs. Fields Pumpkin Harvest Cookies
    No Pudge! Original Fat Free Fudge Brownie Mix
    Nuts 4 Nuts Candied Nuts
    Old Bay Seasoning
    Orange Julius Banana Julius
    Orange Julius Strawberry-Banana Classic Smoothie
    Pal's Sauceburger
    Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup
    Panera B read Cranberry Walnut Bagel
    Panera Bread French Onion Soup
    Panera Bread Spinach Artichoke Baked Egg Soufflé
    Pepperidge Farm Soft Baked Snickerdoodle Cookies
    Popeyes  Buttermilk Biscuits
    Popeyes Cajun Gravy
    Popeyes Cajun Sparkle
    Popeyes Red Beans and Rice --Improved
    Ragu Pasta Sauce--Meat
    Ragu Pasta Sauce--Tomato, Basil, and Italian Cheese
    Rondele Garlic & Herbs Cheese Spread
    Sabra Classic Hummus
    Skyline Chili
    Sonic Drive-In Peanut Butter Shake
    Sonic Drive-In Peanut Butter Fudge Shake
    Sonic Drive-In Strawberry Cheesecake Shake
    Sonic Drive-In Sonic Burger
    Sonic Drive-In Hickory Burger
    Sonic Drive-In Jalapeno Burger
    The Soup Nazi's Crab Bisque
    The Soup Nazi's Cream of Sweet Potato Soup
    The Soup Nazi's Indian Mulligatawny
    The Soup Nazi's Mexican Chicken Chili
    Spatini Spaghetti Sauce Mix
    Starbucks Caramel Macchiato
    Starbucks Frappuccino (Bottle Version)
    Starbucks Gingerbread Latte
    Starbucks Hot Chocolate
    Starbucks Mocha Coconut Frappuccino
    Starbucks Carrot Cake
    Starbucks Classic Coffee Cake
    Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar
    Starbucks Lemon Loaf
    Starbucks Maple Oat Nut Scone
    Starbucks Peppermint Brownie
    Starbucks Pumpkin Bread
    Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin
    Starbucks Pumpkin Scone
    Starbucks Vanilla Almond Biscotti
    Stouffer's Macaroni & Cheese
    Subway Bourbon Street Glaze
    Subway Chipotle Southwest Sauce
    Subway Sweet Onion Sauce
    Taco Bell Baja Sauce
    Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla
    Taco Bell Mild Border Sauce
    Wendy's Garden Sensations Mandarin Chicken Salad
    Wendy's Wild Mountain Bacon Cheeseburger
    Weight Watchers Smart Ones Banana Muffins
    Yonah Schimmel Low-Fat New York City Knish

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    Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2

    Exclusive signed copy. After 10 years of research in the Top Secret Lab, America's Clone Ranger emerges with his highly anticipated follow-up to the best-selling Top Secret Restaurant Recipes cookbook.

    Author Todd Wilbur reveals 150 new secret formulas for duplicating the taste of your favorite dishes from America's biggest restaurant chains including Applebee's, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse and many others. 

    Todd's simple recipes and detailed blueprints will have you creating culinary copycats that will fool even the most critical connoisseurs at a fraction of the cost of eating out. But beware, everyone will be so amazed, you may have to start taking reservations!

    Discover the secrets to making your own versions of Original Pancake House Apple Pancake, Olive Garden Sicilian Scampi, The Cheesecake Factory White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake, Chili's Grilled Baby Back Ribs, Romano's Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica, Applebee's White Chocolate & Walnut Blondie, Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits, Tony Roma's Baked Potato Soup, Houston's Chicago-Style Spinach Dip, Benihana Ginger Salad Dressing, IHOP Country Griddle Cakes, Carrabba's Chicken Marsala, T.G.I. Friday's Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad, Chili's Southwestern Eggrolls, Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake, Bennigan's The Monte Cristo, P.F. Chang's Orange Peel Chicken, Outback Steakhouse Kookaburra Wings and many more.

    Other books you may like:Top Secret Restaurant Recipes and Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3.

    Contents
    Applebee's Mud Slide
    Applebee's Perfect Apple Margarita
    Applebee's Perfect Sunrise
    Applebee's Onion Peels
    Applebee's Baked French Onion Soup
    Applebee's Santa Fe Chicken Salad
    Applebee's Almond Rice Pilaf
    Applebee's Bourbon Street Steak
    Applebee's Chicken Fajita Rollup
    Applebee's Crispy Orange Chicken Bowl
    Applebee's Honey Grilled Salmon
    Applebee's Tequila Lime Chicken
    Applebee's White Chocolate & Walnut Blondie
    Benihana Ginger Salad Dressing
    Benihana Japanese Onion Soup
    Benihana Mandarin Orange Cheesecake
    Bennigan's The Monte Cristo
    Buffalo Wild Wings and Sauces
    --Spicy Garlic Sauce
    --Medium Wing Sauce
    --Hot Wing Sauce
    --Caribbean Jerk Sauce
    California Pizza Kitchen California Cosmo
    California Pizza Kitchen Thai Crunch Salad
    California Pizza Kitchen California Club Pizza
    California Pizza Kitchen Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza
    Carrabba's Bread Dipping Blend
    Carrabba's House Salad Dressing (Creamy Parmesan)
    Carrabba's Chicken Marsala
    The Cheesecake Factory Mini Crabcakes
    The Cheesecake Factory Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes
    The Cheesecake Factory Chicken Madeira
    The Cheesecake Factory Bang-Bang Chicken & Shrimp
    The Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake
    The Cheesecake Factory White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake
    Chevys Fresh Salsa
    Chevys Mango Salsa
    Chevys Chile Con Queso
    Chevys Garlic Mashed Potatoes
    Chevys Sweet Corn Tomalito
    Chevys Flan
    Chili's Salsa
    Chili's Boneless Buffalo Wings
    Chili's Boneless Shanghai Wings
    Chili's Chicken Crispers
    Chili's Chili Queso
    Chili's Lettuce Wraps
    Chili's Southwestern Eggrolls
    Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup
    Chili's Southwestern Vegetable Soup
    Chili's Honey Mustard Dressing
    Chili's Grilled Baby Back Ribs
    Chili's Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie
    Chili's Molten Chocolate Cake
    Claim Jumper Garlic Cheese Bread
    Claim Jumper Fire-Roasted Artichoke
    Claim Jumper Cheese Potatocakes
    Claim Jumper Spicy Thai Slaw
    Claim Jumper Meatloaf
    Denny's Fabulous French Toast
    Denny's BBQ Chicken Sandwich
    Denny's Club Sandwich
    Hard Rock Cafe Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
    Hard Rock Cafe Bar-B-Que Beans
    Hard Rock Cafe Pig Sandwich
    Houston's Chicago-Style Spinach Dip
    Houston's Honey Lime Vinaigrette
    Houston's Cole Slaw
    IHOP Cinn-A Stacks
    IHOP Country Griddle Cakes
    IHOP Country Omelette
    IHOP Harvest Grain 'N Nut Pancakes
    IHOP Pumpkin Pancakes
    Islands China Coast Salad Dressing
    Islands Island Fries
    Islands Tortilla Soup
    Islands Yaki Soft Tacos
    Joe's Crab Shack Blue Crap Dip
    Joe's Crab Shack Garlic King Crab Legs
    Lone Star Steakhouse Lettuce Wedge Salad
    Lone Star Steakhouse Baked Sweet Potato
    Lone Star Steakhouse Lone Star Chili
    Margaritaville Crab, Shrimp and Mushroom Dip
    Margaritaville Jamaica Mistaica Wings
    Margaritaville Key Lime Pie
    Marie Callender's Lemon Cream Cheese Pie
    Marie Callender's Pumpkin Pie
    Mimi's Cafe Carrot Raisin Bread
    Mimi's Cafe Corn Chowder
    Mimi's Cafe French Market Onion Soup
    Olive Garden Limoncello Lemonade
    Olive Garden Bruschetta
    Olive Garden Sicilian Scampi
    Olive Garden Stuffed Mushrooms
    Olive Garden Toasted Ravioli
    Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli
    Olive Garden Minestrone Soup
    Olive Garden Chicken Scampi
    Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna
    Olive Garden Frozen Tiramisu
    Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake
    Olive Garden Tiramisu
    Original Pancake House Apple Pancake
    Original Pancake House German Pancake
    Outback Steakhouse Honey Wheat Bushman Bread
    Outback Steakhouse Grilled Shrimp On The Barbie
    Outback Steakhouse Kookaburra Wings
    Outback Steakhouse Bleu Cheese Dressing
    Outback Steakhouse Caesar Salad Dressing
    Outback Steakhouse Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
    Outback Steakhouse Ranch Salad Dressing
    Outback Steakhouse Tangy Tomato Dressing
    Outback Steakhouse Cinnamon Apple Oblivion
    Outback Steakhouse Sydney's Sinful Sundae
    P.F. Chang's Mai Tai
    P.F. Chang's Chang's Spare Ribs
    P.F. Chang's Chicken in Soothing Lettuce Wraps
    P.F. Chang's Shrimp Dumplings
    P.F. Chang's Garlic Snap Peas
    P.F. Chang's Chang's Spicy Chicken
    P.F. Chang's Dan-Dan Noodles
    P.F. Chang's Lemon Pepper Shrimp
    P.F. Chang's Mongolian Beef
    P.F. Chang's Oolong Marinated Sea Bass
    P.F. Chang's Orange Peel Chicken
    P.F. Chang's Chocolate Torte
    Red Lobster Tartar Sauce
    Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits
    Red Lobster Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
    Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Crab Bake
    Red Lobster Parrot Bay Coconut Shrimp
    Red Lobster Red Lobster New England Clam Chowder
    Red Lobster Teriyaki Glazed Fresh Fish
    Red Robin Seasoning
    Red Robin 5 Alarm Burger
    Red Robin Banzai Burger
    Red Robin Teriyaki Chicken Burger
    Roadhouse Grill Roadhouse Rita
    Roadhouse Grill Roadhouse Cheese Wraps
    Roadhouse Grill Baby Back Ribs
    Romano's Macaroni Grill Chicken Portobello
    Romano's Macaroni Grill Chicken Scaloppine
    Romano's Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica
    Ruby Tuesday Creamy Mashed Cauliflower
    T.G.I. Friday's Black Bean Soup
    T.G.I. Friday's Broccoli Cheese Soup
    T.G.I. Friday's Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad
    T.G.I. Friday's Sizzling Shrimp
    Tony Roma's Blue Ridge Smokies Sauce
    Tony Roma's Baked Potato Soup
    Tony Roma's Maple Sweet Potatoes
    Tony Roma's Carolina Honeys BBQ Salmon
    Waffle House Waffles

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    Auntie Anne's Pretzels

    The first Auntie Anne's pretzel store opened in 1988 in the heart of pretzel country—a Pennsylvanian Amish farmers' market. Over 500 stores later, Auntie Anne's is one of the most requested secret clone recipes around, especially on the internet. Many of the copycat Auntie Anne's soft pretzel recipes passed around the Web require bread flour, and some use honey as a sweetener. But by studying the Auntie Anne's home pretzel-making kit in the secret underground laboratory, I've discovered a better solution for re-creating the delicious mall treats than any clone recipe out there. For the best quality dough, you just need all-purpose flour. And powdered sugar works great to perfectly sweeten the dough. Now you just have to decide if you want to make the more traditional salted pretzels, or the sweet cinnamon sugar-coated kind. Decisions, decisions.

    Find more of my copycat recipes for famous muffins, bagels, and rolls here

    Source: Even More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

    Try my improved version in Top Secret Recipes Step-by-Step.

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  • Score: 5.00 (votes: 1)
    Boston Market Creamed Spinach Reduced-Fat

    When Boston Market first opened in 1989, it was called Boston Chicken. That's because at that time chicken was the only meat served at the chain. But three years later, in 1992, the chain added meatloaf, turkey, and ham, and officially became Boston Market. Yes, a lot of signs had to be changed at considerable expense.

    This popular side dish, which contains three types of cheese, normally has 24 grams of fat per serving. So, for this recipe, we will be using two fat-free cheeses along with regular Provolone, and we'll be able to re-create the taste of the real thing, but with just 25 percent of the fat in the original.

    Nutritional Facts
    Serving size–1/2 cup
    Total servings–4
    Calories per serving–180 (Original–300)
    Fat per serving–6g (Original–24g)

    Source: Top Secret Recipes Lite by Todd Wilbur.

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    KFC Macaroni & Cheese Reduced-Fat

    In 1991, the world's largest chicken chain introduced a new logo to better reflect the addition of non-fried chicken products. Kentucky Fried Chicken morphed into KFC.

    One of the chain's classic side dishes is the tasty macaroni and cheese, which has been on the menu for years. Using the light version of Velveeta cheese and some reduced-fat Cheddar, we duplicate the taste while cutting the fat grams in half here in this reduced-fat conversion.

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving size–4.5 ounces
    Total servings–6
    Calories per serving–95 (Original–180)
    Fat per serving–4g (Original–8g)

    Source: Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • Score: 5.00 (votes: 2)
    Taco Bell Hot Taco Sauce

    Here's a way to make plenty of hot sauce that tastes just like the stuff people are pouring over the tacos at Taco Bell. If you like it even hotter, check out my recipes for Taco Bell Diablo SauceFire Border Sauce, and Lava Sauce.

    Now that you've got your sauce, whatcha gonna slather it on?  Find all your favorite Taco Bell copycat recipes here

    Source: More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • Score: 5.00 (votes: 3)
    Chex Mix Bold Party Blend

    Little checkerboard squares of rice, corn, and wheat are worth big bucks! In 1996 General Mills paid $570 million to Ralston Purina for the entire brand of Chex cereals and snack mixes. As it turns out, developing these cereals into a convenient snack mix brand was a smart move. 

    When I was a kid the only way to get Chex Mix was to make it myself from a recipe on the box of Chex Cereal. Today Chex Mix comes in nearly a dozen different flavors, including chocolate, cheddar, honey nut, and hot & spicy. But a home version using the recipe on the cereal box never tastes the same as the stuff in the bags. That's because the recipe leaves out a very important secret ingredient: MSG, or monosodium glutamate. This amino acid salt enhances the other flavors in the bag and gives the snack mix its addictive savory taste. You can find MSG in grocery stores near the salt (Accent Flavor Enhancer is one popular brand name). Add a little of that to your creative mix of Chex Cereal, pretzels, crackers, and breadsticks, along with some white cheddar popcorn seasoning, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and a few other common ingredients, and you'll have amazing homemade Chex Mix Bold Party Blend.

    Find recipes for more famous snacks here.

    Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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  • Score: 4.85 (votes: 26)
    Stouffer's Macaroni & Cheese

    What is it about Stouffer's Macaroni & Cheese that makes it the number one choice for true mac & cheese maniacs? It's probably the simple recipe that includes wholesome ingredients like skim milk and real Cheddar cheese, without any preservatives or unpronounceable chemicals. The basic Stouffer's Mac and Cheese ingredients are great for kitchen cloners who want an easy fix that doesn't require much shopping. 

    I created my Stouffer's Macaroni and Cheese recipe to work as an exact duplicate of the actual product: a frozen dish that you heat up later in the oven. This way you'll get slightly browned macaroni & cheese that looks like it posed for the nicely lit photo on the Stouffer's box. Since you'll only need about 3/4 cup of uncooked elbow macaroni for each recipe, you can make several 4-person servings with just one 16-ounce box of macaroni, and then keep them all in the freezer until the days when your troops have their mac & cheese attacks. Be sure to use freshly shredded Cheddar cheese here, since it melts much better than pre-shredded cheese (and it's cheaper). Use a whisk to stir the sauce often as it thickens, so that you get a smooth—not lumpy or grainy—finished product. 

    If you're still hungry, check out my copycat recipes for famous entrées here.

    Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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  • Score: 5.00 (votes: 36)
    Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

    Order an entree from America's largest seafood restaurant chain and you'll get a basket of some of the planet's tastiest garlic-cheese biscuits served up on the side. For many years, the Cheddar Bay Biscuits recipe has been the most-searched-for clone recipe on the Internet, according to Red Lobster. As a result, several versions are floating around, including one that was at one time printed right on the box of Bisquick baking mix.

    The problem with making biscuits using Bisquick is that if you follow the directions from the box you don't end up with a very fluffy or flakey finished product, since most of the fat in the recipe comes from the shortening that's included in the mix. On its own, room temperature shortening does a poor job creating the light, airy texture you want from good biscuits, and it contributes little in the way of flavor. So, we'll invite some cold butter along on the trip -- with grated Cheddar cheese and a little garlic powder. Now you'll be well on your way to delicious Cheddar Bay. Wherever that is.

    Complete the Red Lobster experience and make favorite entrées and side dishes here.

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  • Score: 5.00 (votes: 2)
    Red Lobster Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Shrimp

    It's shrimp, it's bacon, it's cheese; what's not to like about this Red Lobster bacon-wrapped shrimp recipe? It's one of the groovy appetizers on the Red Lobster menu, and now you can re-create it at your crib. Find some large shrimp, a wooden skewer or toothpicks, and cook the bacon about halfway to done before you begin. Mix up clones of Red Lobster's top secret seasoning and cilantro-ranch dipping sauce, and you're minutes away from a great appetizer or party finger food dish. For other bacon-inspired dishes, try making Red Lobster's bacon-wrapped scallops recipe

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • Score: 5.00 (votes: 1)
    Ruby Tuesday Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

    The low-carb craze is influencing menus of America's restaurant chains, but no chain has embraced the trend as enthusiastically as Ruby Tuesday. Nation's Restaurant News awarded the chain "Best Healthy Choice Menu Selection for 2004," based on more than 30 new low-carb dishes added to the menu, including low-carb cheesecake, burgers in high-fiber tortilla wraps, and other low-carb stand-ins such as Creamy Mashed Cauliflower. This most talked-about of the new selections is a side dish stunt double for mashed potatoes, with a carb count coming in at a measly 9 net carbs per 3/4-cup serving, according to the menu. Spices and cream are added to steamed and pureed cauliflower to give this dish the taste, texture and appearance of America's favorite side.

    Serve this up with any entrée that goes well with mashed potatoes, and you'll never miss the spuds.

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • Score: 4.81 (votes: 47)
    Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

    In early 1985, restaurateur Rich Komen felt there was a specialty niche in convenience-food service just waiting to be filled. His idea was to create an efficient outlet that could serve freshly made cinnamon rolls in shopping malls throughout the country. It took nine months for Komen and his staff to develop a cinnamon roll recipe he knew customers would consider the "freshest, gooiest, and most mouthwatering cinnamon roll ever tasted." The concept was tested for the first time in Seattle's Sea-Tac mall later that year, with workers mixing, proofing, rolling, and baking the rolls in full view of customers. Now, more than 626 outlets later, Cinnabon has become the fastest-growing cinnamon roll bakery in the world.

    Source: More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • Score: 5.00 (votes: 5)
    Chi-Chi's Sweet Corn Cake

    Chi-Chi's cofounder Marno McDermott named his restaurant chain after his wife Chi Chi. He claims the name is quite memorable as it translates in Spanish into something like "hooters" in English. The Minneapolis Star quoted McDermott in 1977 shortly after the first Chi-Chi's opened in Richfield, Minneapolis, "English-speaking patrons remember it because it's catchy. And the Spanish-speaking customers are amused. Either way, it doesn't hurt business."

    One of the side dishes included with several of the entrees at Chi-Chi's is the Sweet Corn Cake. It's sort of like cornbread, but much softer, almost like corn pudding. You'll find it goes well with just about any Mexican dish. The recipe requires a bain marie, or water bath—a baking technique commonly used to keep custards from cracking or curdling. This is done by baking the corn cake in another larger pan filled with a little hot water.

    Try more of my Chi-Chi's copycat recipes here.

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • Score: 4.71 (votes: 28)
    Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole

    Menu Description: "Made from scratch in our kitchens using fresh Grade A Fancy Russet potatoes, fresh chopped onion, natural Colby cheese and spices. Baked fresh all day long."

    In the late sixties Dan Evins was a Shell Oil "jobber" looking for a new way to market gasoline. He wanted to create a special place that would arouse curiosity, and would pull travelers off the highways. In 1969 he opened the first Cracker Barrel just off Interstate 40 in Lebanon, Tennessee, offering gas, country-style food, and a selection of antiques for sale. Today there are over 529 stores in 41 states, with each restaurant still designed as a country rest stop and gift store. In fact, those stores which carry an average of 4,500 different items apiece have made Cracker Barrel the largest retailer of American-made finished crafts in the United States.

    Those who know Cracker Barrel love the restaurant for its delicious home-style breakfasts. This casserole, made with hash brown-sliced potatoes, Colby cheese, milk, beef broth, and spices is served with many of the classic breakfast dishes at the restaurant. The recipe here is designed for a skillet that is also safe to put in the oven (so no plastic handles). If you don't have one of those, you can easily transfer the casserole to a baking dish after it is done cooking on the stove.

    Love Cracker Barrel? Check out my other clone recipes here.

    Source Top Secret Restaurant Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

     

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  • Score: 4.88 (votes: 17)
    Chili's Salsa

    This super simple Chili's salsa recipe can be made in a pinch with a can of diced tomatoes, some canned jalapeños, fresh lime juice, onion, spices, and a food processor or blender.  Plus you can easily double the recipe by sending in a larger 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes, and simply doubling up on all the other ingredients. Use this versatile salsa as a dip for tortilla chips or plop it down onto any dish that needs flavor assistance—from eggs to taco salads to wraps to fish. You can adjust the Chili's salsa recipe heat level to suit your taste by tweaking the amount of canned jalapeños in the mix. 

    Now, what's for dinner? Check out some copycat entrees from your favorite restaurants here.

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • Score: 5.00 (votes: 10)
    Olive Garden Stuffed Mushrooms

    Menu Description: "Parmesan, Romano and mozzarella cheese, clams and herb breadcrumbs baked in mushroom caps."

    Breadcrumbs, clams and three types of cheese are baked into white mushroom caps in this clone of a top pick from Olive Garden's appetizer menu. Mix all the stuffing ingredients together in a bowl, fill the mushroom caps, sprinkle on some minced red bell pepper, cover the mushrooms with a blanket of mozzarella cheese slices, and bake. After 15 minutes you'll have a great appetizer or hors d'oeuvre for 4 to 6 people—that's twice the serving size of the dish from the restaurant.

    Did you love this copycat Olive Garden stuffed mushrooms recipe? Check out more of my clone recipes here

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

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