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Chicken Tortilla Soup V

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2008
Good starting point, but tortilla soup is never done without fresh (dried is terrible) cilantro!
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Cucumber Salad I

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2008
The only reason I didn't give this 5 starts is because I made a few changes that I feel made it better, but it a GREAT springing point! I used regular white vinegar because it's what I had (like other people on here). I also used white onions. I used 1 1/2 tsp sugar instead of just 1, the same amount of vinegar, and only 3/4 cup water instead of 1 1/2. I added probably what amounted to a tablespoon of olive oil to make it more like salad dressing (in place of the missing water). I also put in two tomatoes, largely cubed. It was sensational!
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Baked Fried Eggplant

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2008
This recipe is mediocre if it is all you are planning to do with the eggplant. It is quite bland. However, I am impressed by how crisp is gets in the oven, so kudos on that. Overall, I think this is a good alternative to frying eggplant for another recipe, or a good start for eggplant parmesan. One hint for those of you who may not know: if you find eggplant to be too acidic, always be sure to buy the "male" eggplants (they are long and thin compared to the "females" which are shorter, fatter and rounder). Also, you can sweat the eggplant before you use it. So, slice it (or cube it or whatever you are doing with it) and rub it with a little lemon juice (eggplant browns quickly once cut), and salt it heavily. Let it sit for 30-60 minutes. You will find a puddle of pinkish tinted liquid at the end of the time. Then quickly rinse it and follow your recipe. You will find doing this makes is FAR less acidic or strong tasting. Enjoy!
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Tangy Glazed Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2008
Delicious, delicious, delicious! Easy, easy, easy! It doesn't get any better than this. The recipe is SUPER easy on a busy night. I LOVE sweet flavors with chicken, and the taste of the apple jelly was fabulous. I would change one though - less chicken broth, more apple jelly (or add a little cornstarch to thicken at regular proportions). The sauce was quite thin, but yummy nonetheless. I served it with egg noodles and spooned the sauce over them too!!!! GREAT RECIPE
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Molasses-Pepper Glazed Chicken and Squash

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2007
I so looked forward to this recipe and was rather disappointed. The ingredients sounded great, but some reason the glazed didn't taste at ALL how I expected. I thought it would be sweet, but it wasn't at all - not something I would pair with butternut squash. I think the squash I used was not so good, perhaps, and may be partly to blame. I very much WANTED to like this recipe, but I simply can't.
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Skillet Apple Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2007
Lacking a little something; needs some tweaking. As a starter recipe, this was great. I never imagined that pumpkin spice would be good on chicken, but it truly was! I didn't use tarragon because my husband dispises it, and it came out fine. I didn't use the garlic sailt - like most of the reviewers on here - but rather used about 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder instead. I sprinkled it with a little sugar (about 1 tsp). I also added sauteed onions and dried currants. Otherwise, I sort of felt as though it was sauteed apple pie filling with chicken...will do again! And SUPER easy and fast, which I like.
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Tropical Baked Bananas

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2007
My family LOVED this! I had some bananas that didn't really seem pretty enough to eat plain, so I searched for a way to cook them instead (as to not waste them). I decided to try this recipe because it was so very simple. I did as most others did, and sprinkled the banans with the ingredients and dotted with butter instead of creaming it together. Also, I used freshed squeezed clementine oranged instead of OJ (I used more because fresh squeezed is milder than OJ). I also drizzled the bananas with dark rum (a VERY little). It came out fabulous and would have been even tastier with vanilla icecream or frozen yogurt. Super easy! Will do again for sure.
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Chris's Incredible Italian Turkey Meatloaf

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2007
WOW! My husband and I are watching our fat and cholesterol intake, so this was right up our alley. I was leary about a turkey meatloaf for fear it would be dry and tasteless...BOY I was WRONG! This is great. My supermarket did not have italian turkey sausage, so I used regular sweet Italian sausage. Removing the casings was surprisingly easy. It had to cook an hour and a half though. Otherwise, I adhered to the recipe. It came out perfect and both my picky husband and picky daughter ate it all. One note: 2 pounds of meat, plus the oats makes a GIANT meatloaf. We barely ate half of it. If you are cooking for a small family, you may want to consider halving the recipe. Great meatloaf!
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Mandarin Chicken Skillet

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2007
This was definitely something different. I am forever looking for new ideas for chicken, because it gets so boring. However, I feel like it was lacking something... I did not use flour. Rather, I used cornstarch (as another user suggested). I just kept adding it until it was the texture I pictured it should be (about 2 tsp). Also, to cut back on the high sodium, I only used 1/2 of a bullion cube, and it tasted fine. I did half OJ concentrate and 1/2 water instead of the measurements provided. It made the orange flavor a little stronger. I also added about a tsp of sugar. I only made 1 1/2 lbs of chicken instead of 2, and increased the broccoli and mushrooms. It made more than enough for my husband, my daughter, and I. I served it over whole grain brown rice to make it a little healthier too. I will probably try this one again...when I am out of ideas. It's easy enough to be a back-up recipe.
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