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Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2008
Very good and I'm not a seared tuna fan - had to 'overcook' mine by most people's standard but my husband's was med. rare and he loved it. Will reduce the cayene next time though. Didn't seem too salty to us, but we used Kosher salt vs. plain sea salt and that does make a difference. Only 1 peppercorn popped, but they were still good.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Mole

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2008
I love mole and this was my first attempt. I only made 4 servings and it didn't seem that the conversion made for enough sauce. I added some extra tomato sauce and chicken broth near the end. It didn't need the whole 10 hours to cook either. The taste was very good though. I used all raisins since I didn't have currants. My 16-month boys ate it heartily. Will make again.
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Kalua Pork

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2008
I've made this twice now and both times ended up with it being too salty. Be sure to use Hawaiian sea salt and not regular sea salt. The second time I didn't have enough Hawaiian sea salt so used regular sea salt to make up the difference, another mistake. I added more liquid smoke the second time and it was better that way. I cooked it all day in the crockpot so it is a very simple dish. Even with my salty mistakes, still very tasty and I'll continue to make.
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Winter Root Vegetables

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2007
This was so yummy. I only had parsnips, potatoes and brussel sprouts and I was craving roasted veggies so combined this recipe with another. I roasted the veggies (with red onions) tossed with olive oil for about an hour first. Then tossed them in the sauce. So good!
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Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2008
Very good and a great way to use tempeh (which we love but always use in stirfry). It wasn't as saucy as I expected, so I added more tomato sauce and a little ketchup. Good spices for us, actually too spicy for my toddlers so I'll cut back on the cayene and some others next time.
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Pumpkin Pie Shake

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2008
Added almost double the pumpkin and used real whole milk since I didn't want to open a can of evap milk for just this. Added some allspice when blending. Just ok, but we all still slurped them down. Nice fall treat.
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Oriental Sesame Slaw

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2008
Good slaw. Nice to find a recipe that isn't all mayonaisy. The lime juice is a nice touch.
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Rumbleberry Crisp

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2007
Soooo good! Made for two summers now, using fruits from my garden and neighborhood. I follow pretty much as written but usually add extra fruit and a bit more cinnamon. Hard to beat.
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Cuke-a-Mato Broiled Polenta

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2007
This has become one of my favorite appetizers to serve. I love the cucumber in there!
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Dijon Crusted Halibut

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2008
Very very good. My husband said it was "restaurant quality"!!! My fish was a bit thick so it took 30+ minutes of cooking, part of that at 400 degrees. I didn't have enough (soy) mayonaise so I added plain yogurt and it was fine. It crusted nicely, looked good and tasted delicious.
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Pork Medallions with Dijon Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2007
This was very easy and very good. We didn't get to eat it right away so it sat in the warming drawer for awhile and was still tasty.
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Roasted Butternut Squash and Garlic Lasagna

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2012
I've made this a couple times now. I like that it doesn't include a lot of cheese so it makes me think it is healthier than traditional lasagna. The first time I followed the recipe as is and and it was good, but I wanted some more flavors. The second time I used a bit more garlic and layered fresh spinach leaves and some cooked mild Italian pork sausage in with the noodles. I sprinkled dried parsley on top before baking. I'll make it that way again. In fact, I think the original recipe is a good base to experiment with. Thanks for sharing Anna.
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French Onion Soup with Celeriac

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2011
I didn't enjoy this recipe. If I were to make it again, I would thinly slice the onions and celeraic, not chop them. I assumed they would dissolve more being chopped. Instead I had chunky, almost stew-like soup. Maybe increase the beef or vegetable broth to help with that.
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Grilled Eggplant Moussaka

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2011
First time making moussaka and this wasn't what I remembered from Greece. I learned a few things making this and might try a different recipe next time. I sliced my zucchini too thick, so its flavor was too strong in each bite. I almost burnt the zucchini and eggplant on the grill (its too far from the kitchen) so need to do the first couple things one at a time instead of all at once. I cooked the potatoes on the grill in a grill dish (don't know what it's called, a square metal dish with holes to BBQ with) and that worked great so they didn't overcook. Not enough nutmeg in here - couldn't even taste it and I used more than a pinch. Don't need to use olive oil to cook the ground beef. My sauce didn't come out great. Not sure why. It wasn't as thick as I expected.
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Red Lentil Curry

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2011
Seriously good. I added some chicken thighs after the onions carmelized. Topped with fresh cilantro. Skipped the curry paste because I didn't have it and also the chili powder as I wanted my kids to eat it. One did, the other nibbled. Husband and I inhaled it.
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Red, White and Blue Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2008
Good and a nice change from traditional potato salad. It was a bit bland, except for the blue cheese flavor, so I added some fresh Italian parsley and fresh lemon thyme and salt. The colors were great and perfect for a 4th of July BBQ.
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Oatmeal and Wheat Flour Blueberry Pancakes

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2008
These pancakes had an odd smell while cooking and just didn't taste great. I followed the recipe except added a sprinkling of wheat germ and doubled the amount of blueberries. Loved how healthy they were but won't be making again.
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Orange-Chile Tilapia

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2007
Way tooooo hot for me and my mom. My husband could barely eat it, but his head was sweating.
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Pumpkin Cake III

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2014
I used applesauce instead of oil like others suggested. The cake was very moist, but tasted more like an applesauce cake. I think it needed a few more spices other than just cinnamon.
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Jenn's Out Of This World Spaghetti and Meatballs

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2008
This was the first spaghetti and meatballs I made for my toddlers. It was such fun to watch them suck up the noodles. I made the modifications others suggested, cutting sugar to 1/4 cup and using 2 cups of water instead. I also used 1 can tom. paste, 2 cans tom. sauce, 1 can diced tomatoes and 1 fresh tomato from the garden. I did use fresh herbs and think that is important (vs. dried). The meatballs were perfect as stated in the recipe. Will make again for sure.
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