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Cajun Style Baked Sweet Potato

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2009
Save a step and just use pre-mixed Cajun spice blend along with the brown sugar and olive oil. I intended to make these in halves, but in the end cut the sweet potato in cubes so it would roast faster. I used a round cake pan as the higher sides made stirring easier.
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Smothered Pork Chops

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2009
Although I used basically the same ingredients, I prepared these chops in a different way. 1. I sauteed the chopped onion and removed it from the skillet, 2. I coated the chops with flour (some seasoning salt added) and browned them in olive oil, 3. added the onions back to the skillet along with about 1/2 cup of water, a tsp of chicken granules and a tsp of worchestershire sauce, 4. covered and simmered for about 30 minutes. Served the pork with cajun roasted sweet potatoes. Very tender and flavorful.
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Creamy Black Bean Dip

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2009
I just mixed the vinegar, ketchup, etc. together in a mixing bowl, added the rinsed & drained beans and mashed all together with my potato masher. I did add a bit of lime juice to the dip, also. I tried using some of the black beans in a quesadilla - and while I might make this recipe again as a dip, I won't be using it for another quesadilla. The vinegar/ketchup taste just wasn't quite right.
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Country Sausage Gravy

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2009
The addition of the onions, peppers, and spices/seasonings really made it stand out. I did use less flour because of my own personal preference to have gravy that is not so thick, and I would suggest not adding any extra salt, at least not until after adding the chicken bouillon.
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Apple and Pork Stew

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2009
When I first added the red wine to the stew, it seemed like it might be a bit overpowering to the other flavors. After it simmered, it was delicious. I wouldn't hesitate to serve this uniquely flavored stew with popovers or cornbread and a mixed greens salad to dinner guests.
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Asian-Style Zucchini

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2009
I used onions and yellow bell pepper along with the zucchini and served this with white rice to make a very satisfying & quick light meal. The only change in the seasoning I made was to use a few drops of sesame oil (instead of seeds) and about a tsp of white sugar mixed with the soy sauce.
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Low-Fat Corn Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2009
Cornbread sounded really good as a go-along with the soup that I was having for dinner, but I needed a quick and easy recipe as I didn't have time to make my usual. I didn't follow this recipe closely and make the bread completely non-fat -- I used whole egg and 2% milk. Also ate the cornbread topped with butter, so that incorporated more of the taste of "traditional" buttery corn bread. I'll make this again for something quick - although the texture isn't quite what I'd expect from cornbread.
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Mamma Rita's Eggs and Tomato Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2009
mmm... I picked the last of this season's Roma tomatoes today and chose this recipe so I could enjoy their fresh taste. And enjoy it I did! Couldn't resist adding some fresh basil to the tomatoes (I used 6 small-ish peeled romas per one egg, quartered) and a small amount of sugar. Just the right proportion of sauce to poach the egg.
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Jalapeno Poppers I

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2009
This was the first time I made poppers. Rather time consuming, but fun and delish. I do believe the peppers need to be blanched first - 1-2 minutes then cooled under running water. I used an Italian Cheese blend along with the cream cheese & mayo and skipped the egg, just dipping the peppers in milk before rolling in the cornflake crumbs. Also sprinkled a little extra shredded cheese on top and covered loosely with foil while baking. Didn't have plastic gloves so used baggies on my hands while cutting & seeding the peppers.
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Cheese Ravioli with Three Pepper Topping

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2009
Simple and delicious. And to make it even easier to prep, I just used a jar of roasted red pepper, cut in strips. Added a splash of balsamic vinegar and salt.
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Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Shake

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2009
I made a high-calorie version (!) of this shake using vanilla ice cream and Special Dark chocolate syrup. I followed Mary L's suggestion to puree the milk, ice cream and banana first and then add the PB (creamy) and syrup. I skipped the step of adding ice because of the ice cream. So delicious it was hard to put the glass down...
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Mushroom and Potato Chowder

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2009
Excellent comfort soup for a chilly, rainy, Sunday. I did saute all of the veggies except the potatoes (about a double amt of all) before adding the flour and used 1 can of beef broth, just adding water to cover.
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Hot Cheesy Spinach Dip

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2009
WOW we loved this! The wine/butter/garlic sauce the spinach cooked in was too good to waste so I reserved it and then just added a bit back into the dip instead of using the half-and-half. Was rich and creamy enough for me without it... I used Sargento 6 Cheese Italian Blend for extra cheesy goodness. No need to order out as an appetizer again...this IS better.
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Black Bean Soup II

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2009
A good basic recipe but it did need much less liquid and more flavoring in my opinion. I used chipotle powder and oregano in addition to the cumin and garlic (added the spices to the saute, not to the liquid) and only 1 cup of liquid for 1 can of beans - I would use a ratio of 1 cup chicken broth: 1 can of beans next time I make this. This soup is really good served with a dollop of sour cream.
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Nacho Popcorn

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2009
This brought back a childhood memory of a little shop that sold flavored popcorn where my grandmother used to take me. This popcorn tasted almost exactly like something that we would have purchased there.
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Spinach and Rice Alfredo

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2009
Very good, I could have eaten a much bigger serving portion! I did do some things differently - I cooked finely diced red onion with the rice, I used 2% milk so had to simmer longer to get that nice creamy texture, I garnished with more parmesan cheese, and as it still seemed a bit lacking in flavor, I stirred in some torn fresh basil.
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Broccoli Beef I

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2009
I used much more ginger, (fresh, grated), doubled the soy sauce and added green onion cut into 1" pieces. Was going to use additional veggies (red bell pepper, carrots, etc.) but decided to go with just the broccoli. Was glad I did - this was tasty.
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Peach Smoothie

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2009
The idea of using the combo of peaches and orange juice sounded good; however I'm not sure I'd care for the canned peaches, and we can get really tasty fresh peaches in the grocery store now. So for 2 servings I used two fresh peaches (peeled), 1/2 cup 2% milk, 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, and 4 ice cubes to lighten it up. A 5-star smoothie.
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Steak Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2009
Delicious and filling; I thought the dressing complimented the steak excellently. I used feta cheese as suggested by other reviewers and muffaletta olive sandwich spread - also a tsp of honey in the dressing. I tossed all of the ingredients together prior to plating.
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Soft Polenta with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2009
I was desperately looking for something new to use some of the overabundance of roma tomatoes from the garden. Used about 5 peeled and whole romas (for 2 servings) and balsamic vinegar instead of sherry. A keeper recipe with or without the quinoa.
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