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Rocco's Olive Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2010
Skyere, don't let the lack of a bread machine deter you from making bread the old fashioned way. I don't own a bread machine, nor do I have any desire to. I do, however, have a KitchenAid stand mixer which helps with the kneading process. This is how I start out all of my breads no matter what the directions say. I pour the warm water into the mixing bowl and then add the yeast and sugar and then stir. This particular recipe calls for brown sugar so I would go with that, but normally when a bread recipe calls for regular white sugar, I use honey instead. The sugar by itself or in the honey will help the yeast to proof. From there you can then add your butter, garlic, flour, garlic and olives. If you don't have a heavy duty stand mixer, you'll have to knead the dough for about eight minutes until it's smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a bowl with a bit of olive oil and coat. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let it sit in a warm place until it doubles in size. (about an hour) Punch the dough down, knead for a few minutes and if you have the time, you can give it a second rise. Punch down again and shape dough into a loaf and place on a cookie sheet. Cover loaf and let rise again; about thirty minutes. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it really isn't as bad as it seems. Plus I think it's so much more satisfying than throwing a bunch ingredients into a machine. Have fun!
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Irresistible Whole Wheat Challah

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2010
Yum! The challah came out beautifully and so delicious! I used three eggs instead of the two and no raisins. Made a wonderful French Toast Toad in the Hole for dinner on this very snowy NJ night! Thank you so much!!
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Chinese-Style Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2010
My family thought this was delicious Christy! Soy sauce has plenty on it's own so I skipped the salt and to give the salad some color, I added shredded carrot. Made this in the afternoon and served it chilled. Thank you!
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Taco Quiche

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2010
This was very tasty but I would never call this quiche. Actually it was very similar to a Taco Bake recipe I've seen on the back of the baking mix box. I used ground turkey for this and made my own taco seasoning to cut back on the salt. Enjoyed by all Mary and thank you!
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Vanilla Berry Parfaits

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2010
Yum Yum! The possibilities are endless and I chose lite strawberry yogurt, blueberries and Honeymaid 100 calorie pack cinnamon swirl thin crisps. Healthy and delish. Thank You!
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Weeknight Wonton Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2010
This was so good but because I'm not a fan of the Chinese Five Spice Powder I left that out. Instead of salt I sprinkled in some lite soy sauce. Delish and thank you!
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Manicotti Shells

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2010
I've tried several crepe recipes and this one turned out excellently! I made manicotti and it's just so much easier making your own shells than trying to stuff those tubular pasta noodles. So good and thank you!
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Sausage Spinach Manicotti

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2010
I made crepes instead of using pasta noodles but the filling was excellent altho I used ricotta in lieu of the cottage cheese. This was a nice change from the usual all cheese filling. Thank you Donna!
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Noodles Romanoff II

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2010
This was so good Kathy, even given the fact that I was out of sour cream and used a mock sour cream recipe from this site. I decided on garlic powder rather than the clove and added more parm than suggested. Delicious and thank you!!
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Mock Sour Cream II

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2010
I needed sour cream for a recipe and certainly was not about to run to the store during the blizzard. Was so happy to find this and it worked out beautifully in my noodles romanov. Thank you!!
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Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2010
Oh my, my new favorite soup! This was absolutely amazing! I doubled the bacon, used Italian sausage links, removed the casings and browned in the oven. I used one tsp. of the red pepper flakes and it was just the right amount of heat for me. Because it holds up so much better than spinach I used kale instead and while the onion and garlic mixture was sauteing and the sausage was browning I put my chicken stock in the soup pot and threw in my kale so it could start to cook. Not much gets by without the addition of my usual garlic and onion powders and I also added dried parsley and black pepper. Once done, I added in Fat Free half and half and only because I thought it looked pretty, I placed a big handful of baby spinach into each bowl before ladling in the soup. Thank you so much for one terrific recipe!! Yum!!!!
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Slider-Style Mini Burgers

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2010
Served these for Super Bowl and were really liked by my gang. I omitted the onion soup entirely and replaced it with lots of fresh minced onion, garlic and onion powders and black pepper. Definitely tasted very much like White Castle and I'll certainly be making this again. Thanks so much Minnesota_Girl!
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Spaetzle I

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2010
I grew up in a German/Austrian family and my Oma was always making her own spaetzle. I really did try this with the colander but it didn't work for me so I did as my mom always did and just pinched off small pieces. As good as it was I'm not sure I'll be making it again as my German butcher carries a bagged brand that fits the bill. However, it was a lot of fun trying it on my own for the first time and I thank you Rhonda for a great recipe!
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Gourmet Gouda Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2010
To me an egg, breadcrumbs and meat equals meatloaf which is not what I wanted so I left those two ingredients out. What was left was a wonderfully delicious turkey burger that my girls and I all enjoyed. Portobellos are always awesome on the grill and they really topped off these burgers beautifully. Thank you!!
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Justin's Hoosier Daddy Chili

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2010
My daughter and her friends made this and none were impressed. The cumin overpowered the dish, it tasted like canned tomato soup and it was way too thin. Chili is supposed to be thick and hearty like a stew, not a soup.
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Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2010
I've been making this dish for years and it seriously doesn't get any better than this. Please take everyone's advice and follow the directions for the roux. I know it's a pain because it just takes so long, but that's where you'll be getting your true gumbo flavor. To help it along, you can brown your flour in the oven on a cookie sheet the day before but just make sure you watch it carefully. This method will help get you to that very rich and dark color a bit faster. My only addition to the recipe is the traditional okra for thickening purposes. This also works beautifully with leftover Thanksgiving turkey and if you have any turkey gravy left, don't be afraid to throw that in too! Served over rice this is total comfort food. Thank you so much!
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Chiliquilla

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2010
When a recipe doesn't call for any seasonings, it's a dead giveaway that it's going to bland. I know many people like to cook a recipe as written in order to rate it fairly, however, if I see potential in a dish I'm not going to bore my family to tears just to make a point. Well, this was one of those kinds of dishes to me. I seasoned the meat with garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne, cumin and chili powder. Also added two cans of green chiles, pinto beans and minced onion. Instead of scrambling, I poached my eggs and then nestled them on top of the meat mixture. Kind of like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree, this recipe just needed a little tender loving care. The end result was so yum and I thank you for a great start to a dish we all enjoyed!
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Cracked Sugar Cookies I

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2010
Not a sweet to be had in the house and needed something to satisfy. Dipped the balls into chocolate sprinkles before baking. So good and thank you!
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Pasta Con Sarde (Pasta with Sardines)

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2010
I don't know whether this is authentic or not but what I do know is that we loved it! For those who said the dish tasted fishy, make sure you buy a good brand of sardines like "Season." I found I didn't need nearly as much olive oil as called for and to brighten the flavor, I squeezed in the juice of a half of a lemon. So delish and thank you!!
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Sheila's Greek Style Avocado Dip

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2010
Was looking for a different type of avocado dip to have for lunch today and this really did it for me. I did use lemon juice instead of the lime and added in a bit of onion powder and cayenne for some kick. Delicious Islandgurl and thank you!
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