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Zucchini and Potato Bake

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2014
This is a very, very good dish - a GREAT way to use up the abundance of garden fresh zucchini, if you're fortunate enough to have that problem :) I made very close to original recipe, but used panko in place of regular breadcrumbs, probably quadrupled the amount of garlic, and had to up the amount of salt, pepper and paprika about half way thru when a taste test wasn't satisfactory. It's a simple but satisfying side that would be great paired with a grilled meat. Also relatively inexpensive ingredients - a keeper!
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Juicy Roasted Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2014
This is fantastic - I've made roast chicken dozens of times but will rate this five stars for the EASE + deliciousness of the end result. Used butter in place of margarine, and was very generous when salting, peppering and onion powdering the bird. Basted every 20 minutes. The highlights: the tasty, crispy skin at the end, and the milk gravy made with the drippings. To make gravy (DONT skip this!! You'll be glad you didn't): after letting chicken sit for 30 mins, transfer it to a plate and scrape all remaining brown bits and drippings into skillet. In a separate bowl (or mason jar with lid), mix 1 1/2 cups whole milk and 2 tbsp. flour together until blended. Pour into skillet with drippings and whisk constantly over medium heat. When bubbles appear, continue whisking for another minute then remove from heat. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed (mine needed salt). The gravy is to die for!
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Coconut Conch Chowder

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2014
I've been a member of All Recipes for seven-ish years and rarely rate recipes, although I've tried probably close to 100 from this site. This chowder is divine. Changes: tripled the veggies, cooked for about 45 mins because I like a real soft vegetable consistency, used tilapia instead of conch. This is a very special chowder and will truly wow any self respecting lover of delicious food. Try it!
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Alicia's Aloo Gobi

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2011
This is awesome - super tasty, perfectly seasoned and very satisfying. Because I didn't have any I left out the garam masala and cumin seeds (but replaced with a bit of ground cumin powder). Also decreased the amount of salt per other suggestions. Otherwise followed this pretty closely. I will definitely make again!
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2010
There is a reason why this banana bread recipe (among many, many others on this site) has five thousand some reviews, and four and a half stars - it's THE. BEST. I've tried so many different recipes, questing to truly find the perfect, virgin (no nuts, berries, chocolate, etc.) banana banana bread and this is it. It's simple, moist, delicious, and full of banana flavor. Trust me - look no further, this recipe is IT.
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Old Fashioned Sicilian Succo

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2009
I have been searching for a recipe to resemble make my husband's Sicilian grandmother's homemade sauce, and this is the closest I have come! Alleluia! If you are used to American spaghetti sauce, this is not it. This is the real deal Italian stuff from the homeland. I pretty much followed the recipe to a t, but made a few additions: half of cup heavy cream and a cup of parm to the sauce to try and cut back on the acidity (parm was a mistake, it became too salty, next time I'll try carrots). Followed the meat-a ball :) instructions exactly and added six links of hot Italian sausage. TIP: don't pre-cook the meatballs (or sausage), just gently add to sauce and stir occasionally. They'll cook during the four hour simmering and will come out perfectly. If you are looking for authentic Italian meatballs and gravy, look no more.
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Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2009
I was very much swayed by the amount of reviews for this recipe--only to be disappointed. The cookies came out okay (were pretty flat and not as dense as I like/expected, any reasons why?) but not amazing by any means. Just okay. Wonder where I went astray.... if you're looking for a decent oatmeal raisin cookie, this will do it. But a standout, crowd pleaser, super star cookie? Keep looking b/c this ain't it!
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Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2009
Wow--I'm giving this recipe five stars and I don't even love sausage and peppers! Was skeptical about half way through cooking, the onions and peppers weren't softening and cooking as fast as I expected and I wasn't sure what to expect for a turnout. After about an hour or so of simmering on low heat this was ready for consumption and boy did we consume!! I loosely tripled the recipe, used sweet and hot sausage, otherwise followed to a T. This can be a real crowd pleaser for sausage and peppers lovers crowds. Enjoy!
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Hummus III

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2008
This is a pretty darn good hummus recipe, very close to the best I've ever had. I don't measure any of the ingredients and usually add a clove or two more of garlic. In response to all the comments on a bitter flavor--I've found that this is BEST for consumption 4-6 days after date of making. It's much less bitter and allows the flavors to truly meld.
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Artichoke & Spinach Dip Restaurant Style

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2008
This recipe is very good, I followed it pretty much to a "t" (didn't drain the spinach and am glad b/c it provided enough liquid that this was scoopable and spreadable) and received many compliments and comments such as "this is better than what we find in restaurants"... so it does live up to it's name. I, however, felt it was lacking that special something... perhaps onion? Red pepper flakes? It wasn't as zippy as I like. I used Bertollini (sp?) alfredo sauce, roasted the garlic even though I don't think that's necessary, and sprinkled a little extra mozz on top--also unnecessary. Overall a real crowd pleaser.
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Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2008
This balsamic butter sauce is one of the easiest and yummiest drizzles I've come across. Forget what other reviewers said about switching the soy and balsamic proportions--follow this exactly and you will not be disappointed. NOTE: when sauteing butter, must allow to brown before adding remaining two ingredients. Very important step in achieving the desired taste you want. VERY YUMMY!
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Pasta Lasagna

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2008
This dish turned out to be awesome! It was simple, yet flavorful, and really hit the spot. I used a whole pound of rigatoni and a whole pound of beef. I actually had leftover potroast type beef to use up, so I spiced that up with some hot pepper flakes, garlic, oregani, etc. and it was perfect. Followed all other directions per the recipe, threw it all in a 9x13 and we had a fantastic dinner 45 minutes later--as well as yummy leftovers for the rest of the week. If you're on the fence, reading these reviews--make this recipe! You can't go wrong
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Sour Cream Chicken Quiche

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2007
I didn't think this recipe lived up to the rave reviews that it received. It was just okay. I don't like Swiss cheese--so perhaps that's why I didn't care much for the dish. It was just lacking in flavor--very bland. I was looking for something with a little more pizazz. I'll keep looking...
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2007
I only give this three stars... not sure if I did something wrong, but I followed this recipe to a t, and the cookies don't taste any different than the regular old tollhouse recipe ones. I mean, they're good, but they just taste like a plain old chocolate chip cookie. I was looking for something really good, and this wasn't it. Too bad too, I was swayed by the eight hundred some reviews, most of which were positive.
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Fettuccine with Sweet Pepper-Cayenne Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2007
My husband loved this dish because he loves spicy food. I liked it okay... I only used 1/2 tsp. of cayenne, and that was plenty for me--my mouth was hot. I added shrimp for a little something more, and re-heated the next day with a little chicken broth and half & half to re-create the creamy texture from the night before. For those of us who don't love the hot spice, I think this dish would be awesome with something in place of the cayenne. Not sure what that would be... italian seasoning, basil, rosemary, etc. but overall was a crowd pleaser, which makes me happy :)
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Zucchini Patties

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2007
These zucchini patties are AWESOME!! My husband and I both loved them--I can't wait to make them for others. I did tweak the recipe a bit and followed the suggestions of others. The liquid from the zucchini absolutely needs to be squeezed out to make this work--otherwise it will be much too runny. Here is what I did: used 3 eggs instead of 2 (i had a bit more onion and zucchini than what was called for), added 3 cloves of pressed garlic, a 1/2 tsp. of red pepper flakes, 3/4 to a full cup of italian seasoned bread crumbs, and 1/2 c. of cheddar (on top of the other cheeses). Also, I lessened the amount of flour to maybe 1/4 c. Lastly, I sprinkled the patties with bread crumbs before frying. Will definitely make this again--can't wait in fact!
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Onion Pasta

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2007
This was a very good pasta dish. I served it at a dinner party and received many compliments. I'd recommend seasoning it with salt though, as it might be a little bland for some. It's not a fancy dish, if that's what you're looking for. It's mild, but good, and really hits the spot.
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