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Red Cabbage-Asparagus Salad with Tahini Dressing

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2008
No one in my family particularly likes this salad (we're not big "tahini people"), but when I brought it (scaled to 24 servings) to a Holiday potluck, I came home with two pretty large salad bowls that were completely empty. Hence, the 5 stars.
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Creamy Carrot Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2008
Oh, my goodness! This soup is DELICIOUS! I used "crystallized" ginger instead of powdered, bouillon cubes instead of broth, fresh basil instead of Rosemary (didn't have any) and 2% Evaporated Milk instead of Heavy Cream (which would have been my preference, but we're trying to "diet"). I also topped each bowl with some crusty bread and a thick slice of PepperJack cheese (any "hard" cheese would work equally well). We're a family of 5, and there wasn't a drop left. NOTE: next time I make it (and there WILL be a "next time"), I think I'll include some sliced up turkey sausage or kielbasa and serve it over pre-cooked rice or barley. What a meal THAT will be!
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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2008
NO ONE in my 5 member family likes Oatmeal. But since we all agreed that this year (New Year's resolutions and all of that) we would try to eat healthier and to budget more wisely, we also all agreed that Oatmeal would be a good place to start. And after I tried 3 other Oatmeal recipes from this site, we unanimously agreed that this one is the absolute BEST! I scale the recipe to 8, use 1 cup "regular" applesauce instead of apples (too lazy to "set up"), toss in 2 T. butter (more out of habit than need) plus a fistful of raisins and set out both Cinnamon and Splenda (another "substitution" in our quest for a healthier lifestyle) so that "who wants" can flavor theirs to taste. SO SUCCESSFUL that my 23 year old son (you know him -- the one who will NEVER leave home :)) came downstairs this morning and said: "Morning, Mom. Breakfast ready yet?" Now THAT'S a 5! (Oh, yes, any of our "leftovers" are set down for our 2 dogs. Result: NO leftovers!)
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Creamed Cabbage Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2008
I make Cabbage Soup for my adult family (myself, DH, 2 sons, daughter, son-in-law and Angelica on the way) fairly often and it's always a hit. This version is particularly good and even better if left to "sit" for an hour or two before serving. I would recommend chopping the celery and onion particularly thin/small and making sure that the carrots are no larger than "bite-sized." If you need to "stretch" it (as I often do), serving it over white rice works well as does adding a can or two of white or pink beans before adding the cream or milk (sometimes I omit these all together and simply throw in a large can of diced tomatoes or tomato sauce). Other great additions include green beans and mushrooms. Finally, this works very well meatless or with ground beef, turkey or chicken or smoked turkey sausage or kielbasa, too. Adaptable, economical and delicious. Who could ask for more?
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Succotash

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2008
This was VERY good. I made it this past weekend to see whether or not I wanted to include it in my Thanksgiving dinner offerings this year. Decision: YES! I used frozen Baby Limas, frozen Niblets corn and fresh tomatoes. I did not include garlic as others suggested (at least not this time; too many "flavors" in T-day already) but I probably will next time (and there WILL be a next time). I think the tomatoes make the dish. Opinion? Don't even think about leaving them out.
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Bacon Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2008
I prepared 3 different variations of this recipe (1. as written, 2. with ham instead of bacon, and 3. meatless) and served them as appetizers at my New Year's Eve gathering, and I'd score each variation with a 5. I used Bisquick as my baking mix (no fail; puffed up perfectly!) and baked them in mini-muffin pans (yield: 24 appetizers per recipe). I used more onion (probably closer to 1/2 cup per recipe) and distributed 2 green and 1 red pepper (finely chopped) throughout the 3 different "batches". Delicious. My guests raved. And I will be making this again (and again and again).
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Real Hummus

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2007
I don't like Garbanzo beans (and, so, then, neither does my family). But I DO like Hummus (restaurant style; not so much supermarket offerings). Anyway, I substituted Cannellini beans for the Garbanzos when preparing this (as written), served it to my family (beside lamb chops and broccoli) and it was a GREAT HIT! I made it for myself one afternoon, substituting Pink Pinto beans (what I had available) while indulging in Triscuits. What a JOY!) I'm giving this recipe 5 stars because, while I KNOW that Garbanzo beans are traditional when making Hummus, I refuse to fault either the recipe or the submitter of it simply because I, personally, felt it appropriate to substitute my preference for the recipe's main ingredient.
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Orange Glazed Carrots

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2007
These were delicious! I used regular carrots rather than "babies" and sprinkled them with Apple Pie Spice (cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg) and tossed in a handful of raisins as they simmered in the orange juice (next time I think I'll include some onions, too). Like others, I thickened the glaze with a little Corn Starch. I doubled the recipe and was really glad I did.
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Sausage and Wild Rice Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2007
This is a GREAT recipe. I conducted a "trial run" (via a stove top version) for my Thanksgiving Dinner on my family over the weekend and 1 hubby and 3 "almost adults" thought it was WONDERFUL. In the past, I've always made a cornbread/sausage stuffing. But -- and quite humbly -- I have to acknowledge that this recipe beats the one that USED to be "mine" by a large margin. I'll be preparing it again on my stove top and serving it on Thursday. At other times, too.
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Green Abundance

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2007
My family absolutely LOVED this soup. My 21 year old daughter (the most finicky among us, but an avid Brussel Sprouts lover) actually gave it a 12 star rating :). My tweaks: (1) used cooked and "de-boned" boned-in pork chops rather than boneless pork loin (what I had on hand); (2) used 2 white potatoes and 2 red potatoes, quartered but unskinned (again, what I had on hand); (3) exchanged 2 carrots for the green pepper (family preference); (4) included 1 yellow onion to the leeks and scallions (green onions); (5) added 1/4 tsp. Sage (family preference) to the herb mix; and (6) tossed 4 chicken boullion into the pot as it cooked. I also "garnished" each serving with a slice of American cheese and set out our Parmesan/Romano mix fo;r who might want. A TOTAL success: really great flavor; wonderful texture. Will make -- again and again.
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Lemon Pepper Catfish

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2007
I had never even eaten catfish before, much less prepared it for my family but since (a) I've always heard it was delicious (so I've been long-term curious), (b) catfish nuggets were (short-term) available at a ridiculously low price in my area, and (c) I had recently purchased ground lemon pepper spice, I thought I'd give this recipe a try. And it was good. Probably VERY good (even EXCELLENT) if you are a "catfish person" (which is why I gave it 5 stars). But my family wasn't particularly impressed. For us, it was the catfish (not one of the 5 of us liked it). But the recipe is good and, therefore, not to be faulted. So while I probably will not be making catfish again any time soon (if ever), I will, in likelihood, be using the recommended coating, seasoning and cooking method the next time I prepare flounder or sole filets.
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Oatmeal Soda Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2007
No more store bought English Muffins in this house, no sir! This bread was absolutely scruptious (I added raisins), and was devoured in minutes!
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Mom's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2007
I don't usually award 5 stars to any recipe, but this one is a genuine KEEPER. I made this yesterday AM -- substituting applesauce for the oil (as others had suggested) and tossing a 1/2 cup of raisins into the mixture -- expecting I'd be able to send each of my 5 family members off to work this AM equipped with a mini-loaf of zucchini bread. Well, this bread was so well received by everyone in my house that I had to make another 4 mini-loaves last night if anyone was going to have lunch today! :)
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Honey Baked Chicken II

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2007
A very nice/SUCCESSFUL recipe. I made it with Chicken Thighs ($0.79/lb.). My husband and my sons gobbled up 3 thighs each. My daughter (who really does not like chicken all that much) ate her share, too. I served it with heapings of Instant Mashed Potatoes (next time I'll be better, I promise), fresh carrots (cooked) and canned peas (heated). I will DEFINITELY cook my chicken pieces this way many times again.
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Zucchini and Pork Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2008
This is a GOOD Soup. Better than a "base" but definitely amenable to variation(s). The first time I made it, I doubled the recipe in the hope of having leftovers after serving my (adult) family of 5 (giggle, giggle; not a drop leftover). The second time I made it, I omitted the flour (which I perceived as being simply a thickener in any event) and, in order to "stretch", tossed 1/2 cup of PEARL BARLEY into the mix (rice would work equally well, as would a potato or 2 and/or certain tiny pastas). I used pork chops (as specified) because that's what I had on hand, but YES, I can see how sausage (in any form) would work here, too. I left out the salt (but left the shaker on the table) but did use black pepper, basil and oregano (while cooking) according to the recipe because that is how I cook, but I would understand if others chose to spice and/or flavor theirs differently. I, personally, am so sick and tired of sprinkling parmesan (and/or romano and/or locatelli) cheese over EVERYTHING that (second time around) I served the soup over SWISS cheese and it was a MAJOR hit in my household. In this regard, I'd suggest using ANY at least FLAVORFUL cheese (for instance AMERICAN, CHEDDAR, PEPPERJACK, GOUDA (especially SMOKED) etc.) I gave this recipe a 5 because, even after "adapting" it to my family's tastes as well as our BUDGET, this is, indeed, a keeper.
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Restaurant Style Egg Drop Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2007
This was very simple to prepare and quite good. I doubled the recipe (using scallion tops instead of chives and 2 slices of fresh gingeerroot) and had some for lunch. At dinnertime, I added a cup of frozen early peas and 1/4 lb. of sliced, firm Tofu. My husband and 2 sons literally devoured it; not a drop was left.
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Cream of Celery Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2008
I've been trying desperately -- for both nutritional and economic considerations -- to all but eliminate meat from my family's diet. And especially because this soup used all of the same ingredients I've always used when making my "meaty" soups (celery, carrots, onions, pepper, flavored stock, butter flour, etc.) I thought I'd try it. And I'm glad I did. I scaled the recipe to 10 and added a potato (as a thickener). After about 45 minutes, I pureed all of the vegetables. Even with the added potato, the soup was a bit thinner than we would have liked, so I lined all of our bowls with some PepperJack cheese, added a couple of crackers to mine and served my husband's and grown son's over some leftover Barley. Once we adjusted to "all that celery" (but, then again, isn't celery what a cream of celery soup is supposed to taste like?), we all agreed that if this is what it's going to be like being a vegetarian, it's OK by us. (PS: I made half the recipe in my soup pot for "immediate consumption" and tossed the rest of the ingredients into my CrockPot. BY REQUEST, I will be filling all lunch thermoses with this soup and serving it again tomorrow night. Now, THAT's a 5!)
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Restaurant-Style Zuppa Toscana

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2008
I make this soup (or some rendition of it) every Thursday night. It's a GREAT "base" recipe in that it's quite versatile. For instance, my husband likes the "bitter" greens (kale, escarole, collards, etc.) better than I do so whenever they're on sale I stock up; otherwise, I use Spinach (my preference). I sometimes leave out the sausage (but always include the bacon). I often substitute either (dried) Cannellini (white pinto) beans or Great Northerns for the potatoes. I usually cook the "greens" in my slow cooker/crockpot on Wednesday night (all night on low; when using beans, I toss those in too) and I "flavor" the pot with the onion, garlic and "stock" (sometimes homemade, sometimes bouillon) the recipe calls for. Approximately 1/2 hour before serving, I sautee the meats in just a little butter and, when cooked, I incorporate them (and their "grease") into the soup and then "warm it". Some of the time, I add some sort of dairy (heavy cream, 1/2-and-1/2, milk, evaporated milk) but a lot of the time I don't. And (trust me) it's just as good without it. I ALWAYS add CHEESE -- sometimes Parmesan, sometimes Provolone, sometimes Cheddar, American or Swiss. Salt, pepper (black, white and cayenne) are staples on our table. Who wants, adds; who doesn't want, doesn't add. In brief, this is a SIMPLE, DELICIOUS, NUTRITIOUS and ECONOMICAL meal -- even when you "improvise".
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Chicken Lo Mein

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2008
A WONDERFUL recipe. And HEALTHY, too. I felt a tad bit guilty using Linguine in what is supposed to be an Orientally inspired recipe, but my entire family LOVED it. WILL MAKE AGAIN. And again and ...
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Tasty Collard Greens

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2008
I grew up in the North where Escarole (which I abhor) is a staple so I had never eaten (much less prepared) Collard Greens. But I've always been curious about them. So now that I'm living below the Mason-Dixon line, I thought I would try this recipe. WONDERFUL! I didn't have turkey, so I used 1-1/2 lb. of pork chops (which I eventually cut up and re-incorporated) instead. DH loved it as did my 3 adult "children". Thank God, we'll never have to eat Escarole ever again! [oh, yes: I'd recommend allowing the finished product to sit and "marry" for at least 1 hour (reheat if necessary)]. We are 5 people. The recipe, as written, suggests 10 servings. NO leftovers. 'Nuff said.
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