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Boudreaux's Zydeco Stomp Gumbo

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2008
I think i have spoiled my guests with too many good recipes...now i just get "that was good, it always is"....i made this gumbo last night to let the flavors 'get happy' over 24 hrs...served it tonight and people were literally slurping the juices off their plate....everyone said it was the best dish i have ever made! left out shrimp and doubled chicken and sausage...and it could have even used a little more meat than that (but we're big meat eaters)...used Hillshire Farms hot smoked sausage and it worked very well. **Update 11/12/08** My friends are still talking about this dish on a regular basis, begging me to make again. Served it to my family recently and all said "restaurant quality". Its a lot of work, but its so worth it when everyone makes such a big deal!! :) :)
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Super Easy and Spicy Fried Pickles

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2010
I am a fried pickle FANATIC...I've had them lots of different places and lots of different ways and I, personally, think the bread crumb version is FAR FAR better than the flour or cornmeal versions. It makes a nice crunchy coating without being weighed down by heavy flour batter or gritty cornmeal. I've been looking for a good bread crumb recipe and this is it! Although, I do prefer spears for more of the pickle flavor.
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French Dip Sandwiches

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2010
Terrific! Loved the rosemary and thyme combination. Liked this recipe better than the other highly rated french dip recipe on this site - that calls for french onion soup/beef broth/beer - liked these seasonings MUCH more.
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Avocado, Tomato and Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2010
I've been wanting to make this for a long time..finally did, and it was terrific. Only thing i did differently was squeezed the tomato juice out of the tomatoes (per reviews) to reduce the liquid in the salsa and i was glad i did. Had 10 people and tripled the recipe...worried i had way too much, but there was very little left over. It looked beautiful and got rave reviews. Also, maybe i'm slow...and granted, I did triple the recipe...but all that peeling, chopping and dicing took me a long, long, time.
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Charley's Slow Cooker Mexican Style Meat

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2010
I have made this recipe exactly as called for and I have made it following the recommendations of Impish (the first review) - and although its got quite a kick, I now make it like that all the time. I thought it was a flavorful spicy...not burn your lips off spicy. If you can take the heat, its delicious!
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Stuffed Peppers with Turkey and Vegetables

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2009
I did add some paprika, basil and oregano to this mix. I also threw in a little mozzarella cheese because I personally think everything tastes better with cheese! Overall, though, I've been looking for a stuffed pepper recipe that didn't call for rice, so I was excited to find this and I thought it was FANTASTIC. My husband said it could have used a little "more spice"...maybe I'll try a little chili powder next time.
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2009
Thought this recipe was outstanding. My father said that it could very well be the best muffin he has ever had in his entire life! :) Only thing I did different was use brown sugar instead for the topping and I did half the topping, per so many reviews. They were gorgeous!!
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Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2009
THIS IS SO GOOD! I couldn't find mexican vanilla, so i used the normal stuff and other than that, followed the directions to a T. I was worried when I took it out of the oven, it was pretty and brown and fluffy but the butter/sugar mix on top had pooled in places and seemed too wet like maybe I should put it back in for a few minutes...but I decided not to and a few minutes later, I look at it and the fluffy brown pastry on top had sunken quite a bit and then I REALLY worried that I should have cooked it longer (hubby even laughed and asked if my cheesecake was supposed to look like that!)....but by the time that it had cooled completely, it was delicious and I wouldn't do anything differently next time.
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Grandma's Green Bean Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2009
I made this for Thanksgiving...tried a different recipe for Christmas and my family begged me to make this one again for Easter. It really is soooooooooooooo good!! I also cook the onions in the butter until they are a little softer, halved the salt and flour and mixed half the cheese in the casserold, per other reviews. Delicious!
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Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2009
OMG! i had a sweet tooth last night and don't normally keep much for sweets in the house and i don't know WHAT made me think of looking up this recipe, but i'm so glad i did. it was DELICIOUS! I also lightly buttered the other side of the bread and sprinkled with a little cinnamon/sugar...toasted to golden brown and used a tiny bit of maple syrup on top. I cannot believe how good it was or that I had never tried one before. Don't knock it til you try it!!
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Irish Cream Bundt Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2009
The hit of my St. Pats party! Incredibly moist and delicious. I also poured glaze in pan and returned the cake to the pan to let it soak up the glaze. Absolutely perfect. Even my husband loved it and he doesn't usually like dessert that doesn't have chocolate in it!
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Guinness® Corned Beef

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2009
Holy smokes! I don't even like corned beef, I just made it cause' its one of my husband's favorites and I thought this was fantastic (he said it was the best he's ever had. He said it might be the best meal I've ever made!) I did mine in the slow cooker for about 9 1/2 hours, adding potatoes with 2 hours left and cabbage with a little over an hour left. I cut off the layer of fat from my brisket, I did use the seasoning packet, (even though some reviewers said not to?) and I used 2 bottles of beer to cover the whole thing. I was very skeptical..I don't like dark beer and its kind of pricey when I only needed 2 bottles....but it was WONDERFUL....those other 4 bottles will definitely be used when I make this again for St. Pat's company. AND SO EASY TOO!!!!!!!
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Pork Chops Stuffed with Smoked Gouda and Bacon

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2009
I was a little skeptical because I had never tried Gouda cheese, but I got some in a Christmas basket, so I didn't want it to go to waste. YUMMMMMMMMMMMM! Pork chops are one of my least favorite meats, but I make them because my husband loves them...I have no problem making them more often with this recipe!!
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D's Famous Salsa

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2010
Easy and delicious. My company all said that store bought salsa will never be the same again!
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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2008
These were so easy to make and turned out so pretty! (plus gave me an excuse to buy the mini muffin pan :) For the holidays, I made bags of these, the Big Soft Ginger Cookies, Cashew Cookies, and Award Winning Chocolate Chip cookies (all from this site) and these were the biggest hit and disappeared the fastest!
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Baked Havarti Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2009
This has become one of my favorite chicken dishes! I've made it w/ and w/o the greek seasoning and it definitely "makes" the dish WITH the seasoning. I usually use regular white wine instead of the cooking wine and double the wine/mushroom sauce...YUMMY! Even my husband who complains that i make chicken too often really liked this one :)
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Marzetti® Red, White and Blue Slaw

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2011
My new favorite recipe! ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! My husband doesn't like bleu cheese at all, so I was surprised when he even tried it (he is a sucker for bacon) - he had 2 large helpings. This is my new favorite side dish and I can't wait to bring it to a cookout! AND so easy when you use bagged cabbage!
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Microwave Oven Peanut Brittle

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2008
Terrific! I also have a powerful micro, so I did the 2.5 min, added the nuts, 2.5 min, and then another 1.5...perfect! I couldn't believe how easy it was. I did get scared of how rock hard the candy was getting on my bowl and utensils, but followed the advice of another reviewer: boiled water and soaked everything for a few minutes and TA-DA! CLEAN! Made a peanut batch and a cashew batch..half the company said the peanuts were best, half said the cashews were best...but EVERYONE said it was totally addictive. Once you start, you have a hard time stopping!
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Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2008
The turkey was delicious and easy to prepare, but BEWARE THE COOKING TIME! Figuring the recipe said to cook a 12lb turkey for 4 hrs and one of the reviews said their 21lb turkey was done in 6 hrs, I planned my whole dinner around my 21lb turkey taking about 5 1/2 - 6 hours. After 4 1/2 hrs, I checked on the turkey to remove the foil and try to let it crisp a little the last hour and when I checked the temp, it was perfectly done! I panicked because the rest of the meal was still an hour away from being ready and because i hadn't removed the foil yet, the top of the bird was not brown at all...so i uncovered it and put it back in the oven to try to brown it and when i took it out a little while later, it was over done....the temp didn't even register on the thermometer! it was off the dial! It was still a very good turkey and pretty moist, but I don't think it was AS MOIST as it should have been.
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Jalapeno Popper Spread

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2008
The biggest food hit at my party! I did double the jalapenos and although people commented that it was spicey, they also couldn't stop eating it. I would definitely recommend baking it (I did..can't imagine microwaving it)...and I served mine with toasted french bread slices. i had 1 1/2 loaves of the long skinny french bread and ran out of bread..people were still putting it on whatever they could find (tortilla chips..or a SPOON) but next time I will make sure i have enough bread, cause that was definitely better. Everyone wanted the recipe, one lady literally CORNERED ME for the recipe...can't wait to make again! Only thing i'll do different next time is mix half the cheese into the spread...although it was delicious, it did create a crust that was a little too thick and i noticed people were digging under the crust for the good stuff.
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