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Terrific Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2011
It was really good tonight on 11/2/11 and probably will be better leftover. Left out the zucchini, onion and green pepper and used chicken broth instead of beef broth because that is all I had.
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Restaurant-Style Coleslaw I

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2011
The only change I made was to use all buttermilk instead of half milk and half buttermilk. It was EXCELLENT!
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Peanut Butter Noodles

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2011
Used this for the sauce and used pork
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2011
Made this on 7/19/11- used 3 large bananas which made only about 1 7/8 cup banana so I reduced the servings to 10 here and made using those measurements and baked 55 minutes at 335 setting on our oven. Very good...could use a bit more sugar and a dash of cinnamon.
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Enchilada Casserole III

Reviewed: May 4, 2011
I used about 1 1/4 lbs ground beef, browned, added taco seasoning, 1/2 can diced tomatoes and about 3/4 cup Pace Picante sauce and 1 can refried beans and 1/2 of a very large onion put in late so it would stay somewhat crispy for the meat. I had 6 1/4" corn tortillas. I used 1 can Old El Paso Mild Enchilada Sauce. Used my deep white pyrex dish and 1 1/2 of the tortillas covered the bottom. I did 3 layers of the tortillas each dipped in sauce before I did the first layer of meat (so 4 1/2 tortillas covered the bottom, then I used 1/4 of the meat, then 1 cup cheese, then 4 1/2 more tortillas (making 3 layers of tortilla) 1/4 of the meat 1 more cup cheese. Then I just did 3 tortillas (making 2 layers of tortilla) and poured the rest of the can of sauce over and then another cup of cheese. Next time use a full can of refried beans and maybe a little more salsa?
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Spanish Flan

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2011
Made on 4/9/11.
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Banana Cream Pie I

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2011
Made this on 3/19/11. I would have made 1/3 more pudding as I would like a bit more pudding in the pie. I used 3 medium bananas. Other than that is was great. Oh...and do not bake the pie after filling except to brown the meringue. I used 4 eggs instead of 3 in the pie and I used the 4 egg whites to make meringue with 6 Tbsp sugar. Then browned in oven at 425 for about 5 minutes.
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Slow Cooker Ham and Beans

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2011
Made this without the brown sugar as others suggested it was too sweet. I also just love the flavor of the beans and the ham so the only thing I added was pepper....beans, ham, water, pepper. Then add a Tbsp of sugar to your boxed cornbread mix and that give you the sweet you need.
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Cilantro-Lime Dressing

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2011
FABULOUS! This is just like the J. Alexanders dressing they serve on their Thai Kai Grilled Chicken Salad! YUM! I substituted 3 Tbsp. Blue Agave instead of 1/3 cup honey and kept the 1/4 cup (on the full side of 1/4 cup) lime juice and 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar. I also cut the olive oil to 1/3 cup just to cut some calories. Did everything else just as written and it was awesome! Serve on a salad of romaine, head lettuce, green and red cabbage --- all chopped fine, red pepper finely chopped and grated carrots---green onion if you like. Throw on a few store-bought tortilla strips and some grilled chicken and you will have the best and healthiest salad ever!
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Thai-Style Peanut Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2011
Made exactly according to the recipe except I didn't have any rice wine so I doubled the rice wine vinegar. Served with spaghetti noodles and chicken. It tasted great, but the leftover sauce was a little thick and gloppy so I thinned the leftover with a couple Tbsp. of coconut milk. This is almost identical to J. Alexanders' restaurant peanut sauce that they drizzle on their Thai Kai Chicken Salad that has already been tossed in honey-lime-cilantro viniagrette. YUM!
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Lucky New Year's Black-Eyed Pea Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2011
This was great! Made it Jan 1st along with Black Eyed Pea Gumbo (which was very bland) and this was really good. I used regular cabbage instead of Napa which was great and I am not a big cabbage eater. Used cubed ham and didn't have Cajun seasoning so I added some chili powder, onion and garlic powder, cayenne, salt, pepper, basil and oregano instead. I didn't serve over rice but that would be good! We loved the flavor. Oh...and I left out the Water Chestnuts. Didn't have them, but didn't think they would have gone well in this dish anyway.
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Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2011
If you make this as is, unless you are in the 1% of the population that likes their food BLAND BLAND BLAND you will NOT like this! I mean, there is NO flavor. Yes, I made it exactly according to the recipe except for no green pepper. But...it was salvageable! It needed more salt and way more TANG. I divided it into two batches and part of it I added another can of the HOT diced tomatoes with green chiles plus quite a bit of salsa. The other half I added a lot of Louisiana hot sauce and chorizo. Both ended up pretty good. Just be ready to doctor it up and it will end up pretty good.
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Lemon Lush

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2010
The taste was excellent but it NEVER set up! I cut back on the milk to add juice of 2 lemons, which it needs BADLY as the Jello lemon pudding just doesn't cut it! But I think the citrus in the lemon juice breaks down the pudding. Next time I'm going to put the lemon juice in the cream cheese mix or use lemon extract. By the way why are all the pictures showing such a YELLOW filling for the pudding. Jello Lemon Instant Pudding is definitely not that color!
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Chicken Stir-Fry

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2010
YUK! Bland! No flavor! If you use this you need to WAY brighten up the sauce with probably TRIPLE of everything and CUT DOWN on the chicken stock/water boullion. After I poured on the chicken stock it just looked like a bunch of vegetables and chicken boiling in water...nothing like a good Chinese sauce! Had to add add add add add ....2 more huge cloves of garlic, about 2Tbsps more of FRESH ginger, probably 1/4 cup more soy...even tried the brown sugar that someone here suggested and it still turned out like chicken and vegetables in a BLAND BLAND sauce! Probably needs ketchup, rice vinegar or sherry and lots more brown sugar to flavor it up. I am very surprised by the good ratings----must be people who rarely cook who impressed themselves!
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Teriyaki Pork

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2009
Good flavor! Used cole slaw mix instead of cabbage which was great! Added cashews at the end.
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Linda's Lasagna

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2009
I consider myself a great cook but have never found a lasagna that was just right. Most have too much sauce or just when baked the texture of how the noodles are place just doesn't make it chewy and good. THIS WAS THE BEST I HAVE MADE. The only substitute I mae was using a regular size jar of Ragu Marinara flavor sauce to which I added the cooked ground beef. I usually think I HAVE to have the ricotta, but wanted to try the cottage cheese as I had it on hand and it was TRULY GREAT! I used the "powdered" Kraft parmesan for the parmesan cheese and used about 50% MORE mozarella. I think what made it so good was -- a bit of sauce on the bottom followed by noodles, then more sauce (JUST LIKE THE RECIPE SAYS FOR LAYERS) then mozzarella then noodles, then ALL the cottage cheese (no sauce in this layer) then noodles then the rest of the sauce. I usually have put a little of everything in every layer but this way of layering seemed to make it SO much better!
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Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Hummus

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2009
This is the best hummus ever---actually I have never liked traditional hummus before. This version is very healthy/low-fat with no olive oil. I often use a fresh roasted red pepper instead of those in a jar. I first grill the red pepper and blacken the skin (you can also do that under the broiler) then peel off all the blackened skin and remove seed then throw the pepper in the food processor with the rest of the ingredients. UPDATE - Made this even better...delete the parsley and the salt and add a large clove of garlic and about a dozen kalamata olives (pitted of course!) and about a tbsp. of the brine that the olives come in! EVEN MORE FABULOUS and a good way to get healthy red peppers, beans and olives all in one dish!
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Healthy Banana Cookies

Reviewed: May 3, 2009
These are healthy "soft-granola-ish" tasting cookies. Definitely add nuts to them!
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