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Key Lime Pie VIII

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2008
Wow! Sooo easy and sooo good! I made it even easier and quicker by using a graham cracker crust. (used FF sw. condensed milk, and Lite Cool Whip) Limes were 99 cents each so I only bought 2 and used bottled lime juice to make up for the rest. Still outstanding!
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Delectable Marinated Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2008
It was easy to throw together, grilled up beautifully, but the flavor was lacking. I won't give this a bad rating since I didn't follow directions and only marinated one hour. I might try this again and marinate the 4 hours suggested, but there are other great marinades that just don't take that long.
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Kickin' London Broil with Bleu Cheese Butter

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2008
This was "Kickin'"!! Reduced the pepper by half and doubled the bleu cheese butter (had some extra after the meal was over, but that was better than not having enough) :) A previous reviewer said the bleu cheese butter is best at room temp, I wasn't sure what he meant at the time. I started out spreading bleu cheese all over the top of the steak and it melted away to nothing. I found it was much better served on the side. Use a small cookie scoop for a nice presentation.
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Caribbean-Spiced Pork Side Ribs

Reviewed: May 28, 2008
Loved this rub! I actually put it on a 2 lb pork roast and the cooking time was right on. I had a little rub leftover and wanted to sprinkle it on everything - especially good on my potato salad. YUM!
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Red and Sweet Potato Salad

Reviewed: May 28, 2008
This was very good, but I wasn't blown over by it. Tasted much like a regular potato sald, but much prettier with the all the colors. But my 20 yr old son went crazy over it - had 3 helpings! I'll make this again.
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Cilantro-Lime Rice

Reviewed: May 27, 2008
It's always hard to rate when I love it and another family member hated it. I think the difference is that I ate mine WITH Shish Kabobs and he opted to eat his as a stand alone side dish. For me, it was a nice complement to Chicken and Bacon Shish Kabobs, but for him the lime flavor was too tangy in a stand alone rice dish.
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Chicken and Bacon Shish Kabobs

Reviewed: May 27, 2008
Very good- entire family enjoyed it. I'll be making this again in the summer. I found the amounts to be right on. Perfect amount of marinade for the chx and mushrooms, and I literally skewered the last mushroom with the last piece of chx. I followed the recipe exactly and then added crushed red pepper and garlic to the marinade. The only changes I will make next time are to have more pineapple and mushrooms. Even my super-carnivore husband wanted more. I skewered them chx, mshrm, chx, pnapple, etc. Next time I'll do chx, mshrm, pnapple, etc. and end up with more skewers. Served with cilantro lime rice from this site.
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Scalloped Corn

Reviewed: May 18, 2008
I have made this twice now and loved it both times (left out the sugar), but for some reason the rest of the family doesn't like it. They eat it, but they'd prefer I not fix it again. I can't imagine why.... I think it's a good down-home comfort food, and I had no problem finishing the entire pan myself over the weekend.
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Easy Arugula Salad

Reviewed: May 18, 2008
I wasn't at all impressed. It was easy and wasn't bad by any means, but I'd prefer to take only a couple extra minutes to throw together a nice tossed salad with a few more fresh ingredients and a good choice of salad dressing. I won't be making this again.
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Shortbread Cookies II

Reviewed: May 15, 2008
Do not let the lack of eggs deter you from making these luscious cookies. My advice would be while preparing the dough, treat it gently - cream your eggs and sugar, but stir your flour in a with a wooden spoon. I believe overmixing could cause a tough cookie. I rolled and cut some cookies, and some I rolled into balls and pressed them flat. Rolling/cutting worked better for me. (Sprinkled powdered sugar on my board and roller to prevent sticking) Also, I found that the tube end of a "wonder cup" (push thru measuring cup) works well as a cookie cutter. Drizzled a little chocolate over them and they were Delicious!
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Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: May 12, 2008
Trying to get healthy and tried these out - very very good and will be making these again. Followed the recipe exactly and added the suggestions of worsteschire, soy sauce, and lightly floured the patties. Even hubby, who was extremely skeptical, liked them. Served them with spicy sweet potato fries. Update: I had frozen leftover patties and defrosted them in the microwave for dinner last night. They were soggy and would not hold their shape. I put far too much flour on them and it helped only a little. I finally had to put them back in the freezer for a short time to firm up so they wouldn't fall thru the grate on the grill. They came out fine, but definitely took extra time. Just a heads up to you! :)
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Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken

Reviewed: May 9, 2008
Very flavorful chicken. I followed the recipe exactly, but used only 2 large chicken breast halves and sliced them into 'tenderloins'. I found the 'sauce' to be not so much a sauce, but more like a glaze. In the end, I think we liked it a lot, but it wasn't *fabulous*. It reminded me of a cross between the Roast Sticky Chicken recipe and the Greasy Chicken recipe, both on this site.
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Spinach Brownies

Reviewed: May 4, 2008
I skipped the step where you boil the spinach, just used raw spinach from a bag, and it was excellent. Admittedly, I don't know what this tastes like if you cook it, so I have no comparison. The other thing I changed was the amount of butter. To save fat and calories I halved the amount stated. The last thing I did different was totally unintentional - I forgot the cheese!! On the bright side I guess I saved even more fat & calories. :) With all the changes, both intentional and unintentional, I thought these were fabulous!!
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Restaurant Style Chicken Nachos

Reviewed: May 3, 2008
Very good basic recipe - adjust to suit your own taste as far as seasonings, hot or mild salsa, more or less tomato, onions, etc. - you can't go wrong! Knowing my family's tastes, I seasoned the chicken with some chili powder and cumin (cooked it in the microwave), used medium salsa, added jalapenos, sliced black olives, and more chopped tomato. I used 'restaurant style' tortilla chips and did not warm them first to avoid soggy chips. I just drained the chicken mixture a little bit before topping, then broiled the nachos.
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Anniversary Chicken I

Reviewed: May 2, 2008
5 for easy prep, 5 for presentation, but 4 for flavor. There was nothing special about this chicken, but there was also nothing bad about it either. I still give it a 5 because the kids loved it, hubby and I thought it was just OK. It would be perfect for large gatherings, but not my first pick for a family dinner - unless I'm very short on time or energy.
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Margarita Grilled Shrimp

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2008
Followed the recipe exactly - Very good, very easy, will definitely make these again.
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Frozen Avocado Margaritas

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2008
I feel like odd man out here, but at least it's in a positive way - I liked these. Keep in mind tho, I did not follow the recipe. I just made my usual margarita (2 parts margarita mix + 1` part tequila = total 8 oz), added ice, and a half of an avacado (didn't want a whole avacado to go to waste if I didn't like it). If you're looking for a spin on a margarita, this isn't it, this comes out thick and creamy like a smoothie - an Avacado Smoothie. I usually salt the rim for a margarita, but I don't think salt would go with this. Hubby doesn't care for avacadoes, can't get past the *green*, so he didn't like it, but if you love avacados like I do, you just might like this.
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Texas New Potato Salad with Grilled Red Onions

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2008
I gave it a 5, but hubby just wanted the "missing mayo". Followed the recipe for the most part, except I used 1/4 tsp ground cumin, omitted coriander, used jalapeno slices from a jar (chopped), and added cilantro and jalapeno according to my family tastes (tho I think it was pretty on target for the recipe). My only suggestions are cut your onions into 1/2 - 1 inch pieces for better distribution and add the oil/vinegar right before serving. I think that was part of why hubby wanted the mayo, I let it sit for an hour and the potatoes absorbed the vin/oil, but it was wonderful when I first added it. Also, I think next time I'll add more bacon and onions.
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Eggplant Parmesan II

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2008
AWESOME!! Hubby had never had eggplant before - he now loves it! Leftovers were just as good. I sweated the slices as suggested, browned them in the oven 8 minutes, used 1 large and 1 small eggplant and one 24 oz jar spaghetti sauce, the rest of the recipe as is. Perfect!
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Spinach and Orzo Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2008
It's hard to believe such a beautiful and tasty salad such as this could be so easy to make. Wow! The only changes I made were black pepper instead of white and I toasted slivered almonds instead of pine nuts. I wanted to add dried cherries but my family liked the salad so much as is they wouldn't let me. I added them to my own serving and thought it was even better.
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