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Carne Adovada

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2010
My family raved about this! Used lard instead of canola oil as a previous reviewer suggested. Used pork shoulder and added one medium onion, finely chopped. DON'T FORGET TO COVER IT BEFORE PUTTING IN THE OVEN...the recipe doesn't say anything and I ruined my first batch by not covering (I should have known better, though). Served with homemade corn tortillas, black beans and sour cream ~ Yum!
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Perfect Pita Chips

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2011
OMG ~ these are great, and so simple to make. I was completely fed up with the store-bought ones...always broken into tiny pieces too small for dipping or anything else. These are so fresh too...I won't be buying store-bought again. Followed directions exactly, only omitting the garlic powder since I was already serving with roasted garlic hummus. Next time will try the garlic powder, Parmesan and/or herbs which I'm sure are wonderful too. Separated the fronts and backs before brushing both with olive oil, cut into sixths, then put on large baking sheets. Only took 15 minutes in my oven...would have burned otherwise. Thanks ~ a real keeper!
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Banana Pancakes I

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2008
Wow, these really were good. My son was getting tired of the old buttermilk pancakes, so I thought I'd try these. He really loved them (gobbled them up!) and he isn't even a huge banana fan. This is a nice way to use up old ripe bananas when I don't feel like baking banana bread. I did use only 1 banana instead of 2 and, yes, it was still plenty moist and flavorful. I also added 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon as some other reviewers suggested and I felt these were nice additions. Thanks for the nice recipe!
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My Amish Friend's Caramel Corn

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2009
This recipe is wonderful...I made a batch today for New Year's and everyone just gobbled it up! Based on some other reviews, I did add 2 teaspoons of black strap molasses, substituted butter for margarine and reduced the oven temperature to 225 degrees F. Also, 1 1/2 cups of unpopped popcorn does turn out to be 7 quarts (28 cups) once popped. I used a regular lasagna pan and a nonstick roasting pan...the higher sides of the roasting pan worked out much better for stirring and the nonstick surface made it a snap to clean up. I will definitely be making this again and giving it for holiday gifts next year...Thanks!
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Coconut Apricot Balls

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2009
I'm a huge fan of both apricots and coconut, and have fond memories of eating these as a kid. I did make a couple of changes, though: I omitted the lemon peel and doubled the orange peel; used the entire 1/4 cup of sugar in the apricot mixture; used 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice; and used 1 cup flaked coconut to roll the balls in instead of the sugar. I then placed them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to firm up a bit. Very tasty! I also highly recommend using Califonia (slab) apricots...I think the flavor and texture is so much better than the Turkish/Mediterranean variety.
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Creamy Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2009
My family enjoyed this very much with a loaf of French bread for dinner. I did add an extra cup of broccoli plus 2 stalks of celery chopped, cut the flour down to 1 Tbsp. and omitted the oregano (preference only). I also pureed the soup and definitely added the cheddar cheese for flavor. Thanks for a really nice recipe!
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Spinach Brownies

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2009
These were very tasty...and nutritious too. I served them with tomato soup for dinner...Yum! I followed the recipe (did not increase or decrease any ingredients based on previous reviews), but added 3 cloves minced garlic (sauteed with the onion first) and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. I also steamed 10-ounces of fresh spinach, since that is what I had on hand. TIP: whisk the flour very gradually into the flour to prevent lumps. I'll definitely be making this again...Thanks!
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Sweet Restaurant Slaw

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2009
Excellent coleslaw...much better than most restaurants! The only changes I made were to cut the sugar in half, use mayo instead and omit the poppy seeds. Didn't even need to use all the dressing. Served it with pulled pork sandwiches...a very tasty, inexpensive and nutritious meal! Everyone raved and none was leftover. Thanks!
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Spicy Glazed Pecans

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2009
I've been looking for a sweet & spicy nut recipe that doesn't use butter or egg whites (so they'll keep longer)...and this one is really nice! I added 1/2 teaspoon salt and I'm glad I did. I cut the cayenne down to 1/4 teaspoon based on other reviews, but then it was barely detectable at all. Next time I will definitely add the full 1/2 teaspoon...and I'm not one for a lot of cayenne. I reduced the oven temp down to 325 degrees to try and avoid the burning that other reviews mentioned, but mine still burnt a bit on the bottom. Next time I'll lower it down to 300 degrees and check them at 12 minutes instead of 15. I also used parchment paper (not foil) and had no problem with the nuts sticking. I plan on making these again for holiday gift giving...Thanks!
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Steamed Zucchini

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2009
This is a really delicious and simple recipe...a great way to use up that extra zucchini from the garden! I did add a couple dashes of salt and pepper along with about 1 tablespoon fresh grated Parmesan cheese. My family raved about it and there were no leftovers.
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Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2009
I'm planning on giving these as holiday gifts this year, so I wanted to try it out first. I wasn't disappointed! This is a really easy, tasty and low-cost recipe. The presentation got lots of compliments from my extended family before I even made it. And then they really enjoyed it for dinner...even the picky eaters. The only modifications I made were to use half French lentils and half red lentils since they add such nice color and cook up great. I also added 1/2 cup dehyrated diced carrots on the top layer just under the pasta and think this was an excellent addition. And then I used one 10-ounce can tomato sauce instead of tomato paste, and only one 15-ounce can diced tomatoes. Served with grated Parmesan cheese on top and a green salad on the side...Yum! P.S. the 1-quart jars I had on-hand worked out fine, though next time I think I'll use wide-mouth jars for easier filling...using a funnel really helped too. Hint: for decorative canning labels I went to MyOwnLabels.com and made beautiful custom lid labels for a reasonable price!
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Sweet Potato Casserole I

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2008
This recipe was wonderful! The only thing I changed was the amount of sugar, otherwise it would have been absolutely too sweet for my family. I cut the brown sugar all the way down to 1/3 cup and the white sugar down to 1/4 cup. With these reductions it was still plenty sweet for us, perhaps because I used sweetened coconut in the topping. If I had used unsweetened coconut, I probably would have used a little more sugar but still not the full amount. I served this with a ham for Christmas and it was the perfect pairing. I'll definitely be making this recipe again and again...no need to look for another sweet potato casserole recipe (and there are a lot out there).
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Beef Pot Roast

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2009
This was really great...so simple, delicious and easy to make! I had all the ingredients already at home...nothing special to buy or have on hand. Other pot roast recipes called for a crockpot (which I don't have, nor do I like them) and things like canned tomatoes or mushroom soup with I didn't particularly want to use. I followed the recipe exactly, making sure to sear the meat well and not adding any extra liquid. The only additions I made were to add a little extra onion and garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon dried Herbes de Provence. Next time I might try adding a stalk of celery and/or some carrots, but not necessary. The roast came out very moist, tender and flavorful...even my mother-in-law raved about it! I served it with mashed potatoes and gravy along with some steamed zucchini from the garden. Thanks for a wonderful recipe...I won't make pot roast any other way now!
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Drop Biscuits and Gravy

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2009
If I would have known it was so easy to make great biscuits & gravy at home, I would have done so a long time ago! These were very good and quick to make. The only changes I'd make next time would be to use 2 cups of milk in the gravy since it ended up just a little too thick for me. I'd also make sure to use freshly ground black pepper for extra flavor.
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Lola's Horchata

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2010
Great recipe! I didn't know horchata was so easy to make or I would have done so a long time ago. I did add the cinnamon to the rice and water in the blender so it wouldn't float later...seemed to work well. I also cut both the cinnamon and vanilla down to 1 teaspoon since my first batch was too strong for me. I also prefer less sugar, so I cut that in half as well. Will be making this over and over again!
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Soft Garlic Breadsticks

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2010
Yummy! I halved this recipe (since I only have a family of three) and they came out great. I did increase the Parmesan a little and, subsequently, reduced the salt a little. Also, sprinkled Parmesan on top before baking. They were heavenly warm out of the oven...served with a green salad ~ Thanks!
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Chai Tea Mix

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2010
A super nice instant Chai Latte recipe. The first time, I made the recipe exact. The second time, however, I tweeked it a little based on my own personal preference. I reduced the sugar to 1 1/2 cups since I don't like my Chai very sweet. I also added a little more unsweetened instant tea, ginger and cardamom, then added 1 tsp. allspice and 1/2 tsp. white pepper. Plan on giving as gifts ~ Yum!
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Buttercream Icing

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2010
So delicious and easy to make, it puts the store-bought stuff to shame! I did use 1 cup butter (no shortening) and increased the vanilla to 1 Tbsp for extra flavor. Made enough for a 9-inch round double-layered cake. A new family favorite ~ Thanks!
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Lemon Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2010
Best Lemon Cake recipe I've tried from this site! I just made the cake, not the topping. Very moist and flavorful, plus super easy when time is limited. I did cut the water down to 1 1/2 cups and used 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice. I also used lemon cake mix as other reviewers suggested. I accidentally used 3 whole eggs instead of egg whites, but it still came out great. Use the Buttercream Icing recipe from this site to frost it ~ Outstanding! Made one 9-inch round double-layered cake that the family couldn't stop raving about. We can hardly wait to make it again. Posted a picture of it as well. Thanks!
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Chocolate Mousse

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2010
Super easy, outstanding recipe! Doubled the recipe to serve 4. Only change I made was to add a little coffee extract, but not necessary. Very rich...could see many young kids liking it even better with milk chocolate chips.
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