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Best Lemonade Ever

Reviewed: May 23, 2009
This is really GREAT lemonade. The simple syrup was super easy to make. I ended up using a full 2 cups of lemon juice, because we like our lemonade pretty tart, but otherwise followed the directions. Very refreshing!
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Easy Beef Stroganoff

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2009
Really good - everyone cleaned their plates. Used beef stew meat instead of hamburger, and cooked this in the crock pot. First I coated the beef with flour and browned in batches with a little olive oil. Once all the beef was browned, I added a mixture of half shallots and half white onion (didn't have enough of either by themselves) and pre-sliced baby Bella mushrooms to the skillet and lightly browned them. Added mushroom/onion mixture and beef to the crockpot, deglazed the skillet with some of the beef broth, then added all the broth to the crockpot. I also added some thyme leaves, as I like the flavour they add. When I got home, I mixed about a tablespoon of flour with the sour cream, then mixed the sour cream in the crockpot to finish. Served over kluski egg noodles. Great and super easy dinner to come home to.
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My Kid's Favorite Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2009
My first Review! This was soooooo good. I used a pork loin instead of chops, Guinness and Sweet Baby Ray's honey bbq sauce, and cooked it in the crockpot. Oops, forgot the steak seasoning... The pork came out so tender I ended up shredding it and served it over mashed potatoes with broccoli. Even the picky eater ate everything. Thanks for a super easy, tasty recipe!
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Pork Dumplings

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2009
YUM! Soooooooo good! This recipe really makes a lot, so think carefully before doubling - I did, and had TONS of filling left over. Used my vegetable steamer to steam them, but some of the skins ended up sticking, so I am looking for a bamboo steamer for the next batch. Used angel hair coleslaw shred, as mentioned by others and it worked out great - also used more garlic and ginger because we love the flavour. Made the dipping sauce listed by another reviewer and it was also FABULOUS! Really made the flavour of the dumplings pop. These take some work, but it is soooo worth the time and effort.
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Slow Cooked Corned Beef for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2009
Oh... WOW! This is the first time I have made corned beef and I was amazed at how good this recipe is! And I didn't even add garlic (didn't realize I was out!) We had it the other night for dinner, and I'm already craving it again! Wish I had QUADRUPLED the recipe! Definitely adding this to the must-have for dinner rotation!
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Butternut Squash Risotto

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2009
Oh, YUM! This was my first time making risotto, and this recipe turned out great! Left out the wine, because we didn't have any in the house. Used several tips from previous reviewers: mixed cinnamon and nutmeg in the butternut puree, added about 1/3 of the puree with each addition of the broth. I also tasted and adjusted the salt and pepper just before each addition of broth.Added freshly grated pecorino at the end and the flavour was lovely - sweet and just salty enough with a little bite from the fresh ground pepper. Definitely will make again and again and again!
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Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2010
Really good! Skipped the bacon wrapping and just stuffed the chicken with the spinach mixture. Added a little olive oil to the baking dish, and squeezed a couple lemons over the top before baking - otherwise followed the recipe. Does take some time to prepared, so not great for weeknights, but well worth the time and effort
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Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Fresh Tomatoes

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2009
I really enjoyed this recipe. Used dried garbanzos that I soaked overnight, and cooked earlier in the day - I prefer the taste to canned. Didn't have any shallot or green onions so I used white onion and garlic instead. Great flavours all around and, once the beans were soaked and cooked, really fast to prepare. Oh, and soak the chard really well, if using fresh, to ensure all the "grit" is gone.
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Bow Tie Tuna Florentine

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2009
This was really, really good. Even my husband, who rarely comments about dinner, was raving about it to his co-workers. Substituted Whole Wheat bow ties, used a couple teaspoons of jarred pesto (couldn't find the mix), and omitted the tomatoes (couldn't find any really good ones). Definitely a keeper!
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Spinach Tortellini Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2009
Nice basic meal to come home to... put the broth in the crock pot with several cloves of garlic, a few shakes of dried Italian seasoning, and matchstick carrots and left it on low all day, then popped in the tortellini straight from the freezer, then added a few handfuls of fresh spinach leaves just before we ate. Kids ate it all up, and I enjoyed it as well.
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No Fry Crab Rangoon

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2009
These taste great - the filling really does taste like what you could get in a restaurant. While I like the healthier baked option, the texture is very different - didn't even crisp when I sprayed them with cooking spray. Maybe if they were broiled for a few minutes... I added more green onion than called for and included some of the green tops to add more colour. Really tasty overall.
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2009
Not a big fish lover, but the family and I really enjoyed the tilapia this way. Didn't have any mayo, so I left it out, and added 1/2 c plain bread crumbs as suggested by others - also sprinkled with Old Bay as suggested.
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Okra, Corn and Tomatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2009
Made this for the second time last night and it was as good as I remembered. Okra is "new" for me - after experiencing the slimy sort when I was a kid - and I'm so happy to be able to introduce my kids to okra with a great recipe like this! Completely non-slimy!! Added a couple cloves of garlic with the onion, used about a tbsp of olive oil to saute the onion and garlic, and didn't have any file powder, so used some Cajun seasoning. Also used a combination of fresh and canned tomatoes, and fresh okra from the farmer's market. So glad I tried this - you won't be disappointed!
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Skillet Pork Chops with Potatoes and Onion

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2009
Made this a couple weeks ago, and only just got around to reviewing... Only change I made was to use pork loin because I couldn't find any good thick cut chops and added sage and thyme to the potatoes. Taste was very good and even the kids ate well. The only problem I had was also mentioned by others - the potatoes didn't cook completely from raw, even sliced thin on the mandolin, so I had to put the potato mixture back in when the loins were already done. May try this next time in the crock pot to see whether the longer slow cooking works better. Definitely keeping this in rotation, I'm just going to play with it a little.
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Old Fashioned Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2010
Very good, as noted by others. I even substituted Splenda and Splenda Brown Sugar for the sugars used. Also added 1/4 cup light sour cream and 1/4 c pineapple juice (pineapple packed in its own juice). IMPORTANT: When you use Splenda, the cake apparently doesn't "lift" as much. And since I baked this in a 9X13, my cake was barely higher than the pineapple rings : ( - you might want to double or triple the cake recipe if using a 9X13. Still really delicious, though.
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Tabbouleh II

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2009
Pretty good. I scaled the recipe down to 1 serving cause no one else in the family likes tabbouleh : ( but had to add more bulgar because there was a LOT of water left after 30 min. Only had green onions and added a couple cloves of garlic minced fine and sauted over low heat in the olive oil. Will probably use more mint next time, too. Still, I enjoyed it as a light lunch.
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Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2010
Maybe my expectations were too high, given the previous reviews, but these weren't as outstanding as I expected. I found them to be pretty dry and a little tasteless, but the kids really loved them. Made as directed, except added chopped kalamata olives, and broiled rather than grilling (which could be why they were dry). Based on the rave reviews from the kids, and the ease of preparation, I will likely keep making these. Thanks VbCook!
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Dilly Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2009
Sorry to say that with the sugar these were very, very sweet to me - and I only added 1-2 teaspoons! However the addition of the dill, and the method of preparation do add a lot to this salad; I've always just used the white vinegar, cucumbers, and white onion. Also, I didn't salt to cucumbers and didn't have a problem with any excess liquid. Next time I'll just omit the sugar and continue with the recipe otherwise. Thanks for sharing, June!
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Curried Quinoa Salad with Mango

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2009
I really wanted to like this recipe - it had everything in it that I like. Unfortunately, the flavour combinations just didn't work for me. The dish overall was very, very sweet, too much so for my taste. I even tried adding red onion and celery as other suggested, but that didn't help. I still have half the recipe remaining and will try a couple things to cut the sweetness, but as is, this is not the recipe for me. Thanks anyway for sharing, Cinderella - I look forward to trying some of your other submissions!
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