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Lithuanian Krupnikas

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2008
I just got the krupnikas in bottles and it really smells delicious. I couldn't find whole yellow ginger (turmeric) so I used 1.5 tsp of powdered. Grain alcohol is illegal where I live so I used 1.5 quarts of vodka. This yielded almost 2 quarts of krupnikas with the water and honey. Even after settling overnight it has a luscious taste, but it is quite cloudy. I plan to let it sit 3 weeks and have a little on Christmas and then keep the rest for at least a year to mellow.
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Haroset for Passover

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2008
This was a delicious haroset. I used Gala apples as suggested, and substituted almonds and pecans for the walnuts. It does seem that the recipe calls for an awful lot of apples. I added extra nuts and cinnamon.
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Easy Hamantaschen

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2010
I also found the dough bland and hard to work with, but the latter may be my relative lack of experience with baking in general. Putting more than a teaspoon of jam is definitely a mistake and as another reviewer noted, jam is preferable to jelly as jelly will run. I would even go so far as to say that you want confiture or very thick jam for this. As evidenced by the photos, it isn't easy to make these cookies look good either. I know it's possible though, so I'm guessing experience counts. I will try a different recipe next time though as the dough really is bland. Had fun making and eating them with the kids nonetheless.
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Jamie's Cranberry Spinach Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2008
This was a complete and total hit and the only thing to be completely devoured by the dat after Thanksgiving. Even the kids liked it! The only thing I did differently was use rice wine instead of wine vinegar and used a little extra apple cider vinegar for kick. Luscious and beautiful!
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Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2010
I used half a (large) jalapeno pepper instead of a whole. This is a super-easy and delicious recipe. The most difficult part is wrangling the mango. I'm also impressed by how healthy it is.
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Green Beans for a Special Occasion

Reviewed: May 3, 2009
This is very tasty and easy to make. I added some portobella mushrooms (2 large caps, cubed) sauteed in olive oil and garlic. Very nice indeed and guests had seconds.
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Sugar Snap Peas

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2009
Tasty, tender, crunchy, quick and easy. I added a little crushed garlic. I'll make this again.
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Beer and Brown Sugar Steak Marinade

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2009
Everyone liked it! I used this with top sirloin steaks and the only difference is that I fully tenderized both sides of the steaks with fork punctures beforehand and marinated the steaks for 3 hours before grilling. Used Guiness for beer. The steaks were very tender and flavorful. We'll use this one again.
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Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2008
I made this recipe exactly as written. My husband and one of my sons loved it, but I found the chocolate overwhelming to the point that you couldn't taste the bourbon at all. It is ultra-rich and a good option if you need to satify a chocoholic but want to do a nut pie.
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Chocolate Mint Candies Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2011
These are super-chocolately and have a brownie-like texture. The kids loved them. We couldn't find thin mints so I used Ghiradelli mint-filled squared which melted and worked just fine. They are a bit too rich and chocolately for me.
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Cream of Pumpkin Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2010
Made this for Thanksgiving last year and it was an enormous hit. Everyone loved it including kids. I used fresh pumpkin though. Just slice a pumpkin in half, put it sliced side down on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 45 min - an hour. Let sit for 20 minutes to cool. It's easily scooped out of the skin and pureed in a food processor.
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Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2010
I used half a (large) jalapeno pepper instead of a whole. This is a super-easy and delicious recipe. The most difficult part is wrangling the mango. I'm also impressed by how healthy it is.
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Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews

Reviewed: May 2, 2009
This is extremely delicious and everyone loved it, including the kids. The amount of butter is a little worrisome in terms of saturated fats so next time I may try half butter, half olive oil or just sesame seed oil. It is quite salty too so I could see using unsalted cashews in the future as well.
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Asparagus and Cashews

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2009
I don't have a wok so I used a regular frying pan. If the cashews are crushed they stick to the pan. Otherwise this is quite tasty indeed. My husband liked it too.
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