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Mexican Cream Cheese Rollups

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2001
Used this recipe for a wedding reception and it was a big hit! This is an easy make-ahead dish as the filling can be made the night before! I got requests for the recipe before the reception was even over!
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Carry Cake with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2007
I ran out of time to bake the scratch cake in this recipe so I made a marble cake (2 - 8" rounds) from a box. But this frosting is AWESOME!! I used my stand mixer and modified the recipe to use only 8 oz of room temp low-fat cream cheese, 1/2 tsp Watkins double strength vanilla and 1/2 tsp almond extract -- and I forgot the salt (oops)! The whole thing came together in less than one minute -- it was amazing! Instead of having a "torte" with multiple layers frosted only in-between, I laid down a thin layer of the frosting on the 1st layer of cake with my silicone spatula, arranged split strawberries on it and then covered it with another thin layer of frosting. Then I topped with my 2nd layer of marble cake and frosted the whole thing, top and sides -- I used the spatula for the whole operation, it's a very forgiving frosting. Add a few strawberries on top and VOILA! Guests said it was the best cake they'd ever eaten and most zeroed right in on this frosting! I was amazed at how well this cake/frosting held up to room temperature, not like a whipped cream frosting normally would. This will now be a family standard -- easy, quick and absolutely yummy! Thanks for the recipe!
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Candy Coated Pecans

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2003
This is a good recipe (I added about 1/2 tsp cinammon to it - yummy!) but you really have to do what it says. The eggwhite must really be STIFF. If it isn't the nuts will be soggy and stick together. In order not to add anymore moisture, I used Reynolds Release foil and ditched the PAM spray. Even still, I found they needed to be baked longer (maybe 1/2 hour total)and that as they were cooling, I had to turn them to get them dry all around. They stored nicely for almost a month in a ziplock bag. They were the perfect addition to my Citrus Splash Salad! These will be trotted out in my house again at Christmas time for sure!
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Luscious Spinach Artichoke Dip

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2007
Excellent dip but MUST be kept warm or it will still be left over at the end of your party! I find that I have good luck setting out a double batch in my small crockpot, set on Keep Warm. Pita chips or tortilla chips are what most folks want with this!
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Seven Layer Dip I

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2007
Great dip! I used packaged taco seasoning when browning the meat. I also used a standard 9 x 13 baking dish that has its own basket for serving. Best served at room temp; when it's cold there's just no scooping it without destroying the tortilla chips. Be sure to have several spoons at hand so guests can scoop the dip onto their desired chip!
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Best Spinach Dip Ever

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2007
This is a winner every time. I use light versions of everything I can and it always turns out awesome. I find that veggie soup and leek soup are interchangeable and both are always a hit with the "grazers". I also serve triscuits (or you might try any other sturdy large-ish crackers you like) to use when the bread is gone. I've also added chunky chopped artichokes to the recipe instead of the water chestnuts with good success. Thanks for the recipe!
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Fresh Spring Rolls

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2001
The spring rolls recipe as published was OK but I couldn't help doctoring them up to make them outstanding :-)! I used napa cabbage, frozen tiny steamed shrimp (canned is yuckky), and matchstick carrots. I also added shredded poached chicken breast, matchstick red peppers and cilantro. I didn't measure these but just threw in what I had -- that's the beauty of these: experiment! For dipping sauce, I used hoisin sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce and a soy/ginger sauce. The recipe made almost 50 spring rolls and they disappeared from the platter in less than 10 minutes at my brother's wedding reception! By the way, I made these the night before, laying them on a platter scattered with shredded napa cabbage. I covered them with damp paper towels and then shrouded the whole thing with foil. They were PERFECT the next day!
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Jezebel Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2001
This was a great addition to a wedding reception! Had a hard time finding pineapple preservers so substituted apricot pineapple jam and it worked fine! You may want to halve this recipe because it makes a ton -- I had enough sauce for 2 plates of spread!
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Easy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2001
This is a nice recipe although I would cut down on the amount of tahini; I found that it had a little bitter after taste that wasn't exactly what I was aiming for. It was well received by the adults at the party but virtually every kid turned their nose up (as kids are apt to do!).
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Bacon Water Chestnut Rolls

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2001
I used this recipe for a wedding reception and it was a hit. Made these changes: used whole (not halved) waterchestnuts, used 1/3 strip of bacon to wrap each piece (didn't need toothpicks to hold together). I also substituted 1/4 cup hot sauce for the chile sauce. I turned them mid-cooking so that they would evenly brown. They were very good!
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Dried Beef Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2003
We've used a similar recipe for years but I misplaced it and used this one recently. I left out the MSG and added a little garlic powder. It's great with wheat thins!
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Crab Dip

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2003
This was "OK" as published but I couldn't resist the urge to doctor it up -- the results were excellent. First off, I used "sea legs (imitation crab); then I added 1 cup sour cream, 1 tsp horseradish, 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning. YUM YUM!! Instead of serving it "in" the bread bowl, I served it in a small crock pot -- it's ever so much better if it stays warm. I used cubed rye (from the bread bowl!), pita and wheat thins for dipping. It went quick and I'll be making it again very soon!
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Beth's Tex Mex Dip

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2001
I used this for a wedding reception with good results. I substituted canned chopped jalepenos and added mayo and parmesan cheese to the recipe for a different texture. It got rave reviews!
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Sausage Flowers

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2003
I made these for New Years; it made a TON of them and there was really no good way to keep them warm for the length of the party. We used a sterno steam tray (with heated water under food pan to keep it warm) but I found that the flowers got pretty soggy. I think that I would halve the recipe next time and perhaps change it to a taco concept using ground beef, taco seasoning and much of the same other ingredients as listed here for the sausage flowers.
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Southern Living magazine's Fajitas

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2003
I used this recipe for New Years. I decided to make half a batch of beef and another of chicken. I cut back on the lime juice and adjusted some of the other ingredients "by pinches". The beef was OK but the chicken was awful. Don't know what I could have done differently but it was truly a waste. Don't make my mistake!!
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Hummus III

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2003
This was an OK dip but it had way too much tahini in it for my/my guests' taste. I think that had we cut it back to just 1-2 tbsp, it would probably have been great.
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Spicy Party Pretzels

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2001
I may have done something wrong, but my pretzels burned in the oven after about 40 minutes. Every time I opened the door to stir the pretzels, my eyes watered! I ended up tossing the whole project out. It might have been an oven problem so make sure your oven is correct before setting out to make these. They sounded good; if they hadn't burned, they probably would have been...
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