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Alison's Colcannon

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2008
This is delicious. After boiling the potatoes, I sauteed the garlic/onions/cabbage in an iron skillet, reserving the cabbage water. I added some of the cabbage water to the potatoes, to make them creamy and added lemon pepper seasoning. Served with corned beef on St. Patrick's Day, (fresh fruit for dessert,) it was a hit with the entire family! We will make this throughout the year. -Therese in St. Pete, FL
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Fig and Lemon Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2008
My entire family loved this recipe (3 kids & their dad). I used the ingredients for 12 servings of sauce for 8 chicken thighs and I used fresh figs instead of dried. I also substituted balsamic vinegar for white and skipped the parsley. After the chicken was done, I pureed the defatted sauce and served sauce in a gravy boat. This is great with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. My husband had the sauce over some leftover roast turkey breast the next day and loved it! Definitely a keeper.
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Beef and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwiches

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2008
My husband and I learned to make a similar version of this 30 years ago when we worked together in a little college tavern in Indiana. Then, we made it from scratch. Today, we buy sliced roast beef from the deli, and make a broth from beef soup base, minced garlic, oregano, thyme and pepper, and we simmer sliced onions, red and green pepper slices until the vegetables are cooked, then stir in the beef and simmer until hot. Provolone or mozzarella slices are great and don't forget to top the sandwich with banana pepper slices and hot sauce! It's the perfect Super Bowl sandwich!
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Extreme Banana Nut Bread 'EBNB'

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2008
Everyone wants this recipe! I add 1 tsp. vanilla and 2 tsp cinnamon to the dry mixture and I throw in a handful of raisins or chopped frozen cranberries or blueberries. I work in an office of 7-8 and I always take a whole loaf (1/2 the recipe) to work and it's gone in an hour. VERY moist. Great with spreadable cream cheese if you want to throw caution to the wind!
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Steak and Spinach Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2008
This is my favorite use of leftover steak! I used to get something similar years ago at a local deli, and they served it with BBQ sauce instead of salad dressing, which is an delicious twist! But we also like it with a Raspberry Vinaigrette as well as citrus dressings. Hard boiled eggs are also good in it!
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Love Mussels

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2009
Delicious! My husband and I made this and served it over linguine. The sauce is just awesome-capers add a touch of salt and the red pepper gives it a nice kick. I added some white wine before I put the mussels in the pot. This is a new favorite! Thanks.
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Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2009
Wow! This is the simplest and most delicious recipe I've made in awhile. I felt like it was almost a Mexican dish, so rice was the starch that we used, and it was perfect. I used uncooked frozen shrimp AND scallops (since we were short on shrimp) and I used only one large jalapeno, and canned chopped tomatoes (one cand had green chilis in it, too). I had a garlic/herb blend of feta here, so that was the topping and I added fresh cilantro after serving for those who wanted it. My husband and both sons (12 and 17) went crazy for it. Thanks a bunch for such a simple treat!
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Greek Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2009
I served this with brown rice pilaf cooked in chicken broth, containing sun dried tomatoes, garlic, chopped celery and black olives and I tossed in fresh diced green onions at the end and topped with feta cheese. Steamed broccoli on the side made a great meal, even left over!
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Roquefort Pear Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2009
I made this for my Bible study group and everyone raved! I used Romaine and mixed greens instead of head lettuce, and I used walnuts instead of pecans. Since the toppings tend to be heavy, be sure to have enough greens to support the rest. This would easily make a meal on its own, it's so filling and delicious!
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Sesame Seared Tuna

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2009
Fabulous! My 17-year-old thought it was the best recipe we'd made in months. I served the tuna with white rice and oven roasted asparagus, red pepper and garlic, coated in olive oil. The lefover fish was great in a wrap the next day with baby greens, cucumber and sesame-ginger dressing!
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Gouda and Spinach Stuffed Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2009
This was a huge hit with my 3 teens and their dad. The first time, I made it with roasted red potatoes (tossed in olive oil and garlic) and roasted asparagus and red peppers. Our traditional "Stuffed Chops" recipe called for stuffing and gravy, and now, the kids vote for this instead!
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Savory Pork Stew

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2009
I took this GREAT recipe and created a Southwestern version: I had some leftover boiled red potatoes, so I chopped them up, added fresh corn cut off the cob, added sliced carrots, used chicken broth instead of beef; added 3 cloves minced garlic, 1 can of green chilis and instead of Italian sseasoning, seasoned with about 2 tsp. ground cumin and 1 Tblsp. chili powder, plus squeezed in juice of one Key lime (bottled juice would work if you can't grow them)and a few shakes of hot sauce to taste. Cooked on low in Crock Pot for almost 11 hours (just because we got home late), and then added a mixture of about 1/4 c. corn starch to 1/2 c. water to the crock pot and let it thicken to gravy consistency. We all loved this! If I weren't trying to lose weight, I would top with sour cream! I would also consider skipping potatoes and serving over rice for another version, but as hubby said, "This is a Make-Again!" Thanks for the inspiration, Mitzy!
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Savory Pork Stew-Southwest Style

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2009
I took this GREAT recipe and created a Southwestern version: I had some leftover boiled red potatoes, so I chopped them up, added fresh corn cut off the cob, added sliced carrots, used chicken broth instead of beef; added 3 cloves minced garlic, 1 can of green chilis and instead of Italian sseasoning, seasoned with about 2 tsp. ground cumin and 1 Tblsp. chili powder, plus squeezed in juice of one Key lime (bottled juice would work if you can't grow them)and a few shakes of hot sauce to taste. Cooked on low in Crock Pot for almost 11 hours (just because we got home late), and then added a mixture of about 1/4 c. corn starch to 1/2 c. water to the crock pot and let it thicken to gravy consistency. We all loved this! If I weren't trying to lose weight, I would top with sour cream! I would also consider skipping potatoes and serving over rice for another version, but as hubby said, "This is a Make-Again!" Thanks for the inspiration, Mitzy!
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Matty's Brie Cheese Fondue

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2010
After shopping, I realized I had no corn starch, so I subbed white flour. I used chardonnay and cooking sherry for the alcohol. I made this for my hubby and sons (18 and 13) and another 19-year-old whose timing is always perfect. Used french bread cubes, steamed broccoli and apple pieces. Great hit! Everyone loved it. Probably made enough for 6, but we served with steamed shrimp. Definite make-again. Can't wait to try with corn starch to compare silkiness, but flour was fine, too! Thanks, OregonCoastGirl, for a great cheese fondue!
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Shrimp and Catfish Gumbo

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2010
Fabulous, if you don't overcook the shrimp. Add shrimp right at the end! First try, followed the recipe (although we use soup base instead of bouillon) and loved it! Second time, substituted chicken soup base for the beef, added shrimp right at the end, and after shrimp cooked a few minutes, added about a cup of half and half. INCREDIBLE! Served over white rice. A new favorite!
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T's Shrimp and Catfish Gumbo

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2010
Fabulous, if you don't overcook the shrimp. Add shrimp right at the end! First try, followed the recipe (although we use soup base instead of bouillon) and loved it! Second time, substituted chicken soup base for the beef, added shrimp right at the end, and after shrimp cooked a few minutes, added about a cup of half and half. INCREDIBLE! Served over white rice. A new favorite!
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Picnic Potato Salad

Reviewed: May 23, 2010
This is terrific! I used fresh mint and basil (3 times the dried amt.) since I had it and I think all fresh herbs would be even better. I like it this way, but the 2nd time, I added 2 stalks celery, diced, and 3 green onions, sliced thin (green included). I also added 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped up. We plan to pack this in our lunchboxes this week!
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Picnic Potato Salad II

Reviewed: May 23, 2010
This is terrific! I used fresh mint and basil (3 times the dried amt.) since I had it and I think all fresh herbs would be even better. I like it this way, but the 2nd time, I added 2 stalks celery, diced, and 3 green onions, sliced thin (green included). I also added 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped up. We plan to pack this in our lunchboxes this week!
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Spanish-Style Quinoa

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2011
I had only made quinoa once before for my family of five, and they weren't thrilled to try again. But this was great! My changes after reading reviews: I rinsed the quinoa, used olive oil for the sauté, and used red, green and yellow bell peppers with onions & garlic. I added a 7 oz. can of green chilis with the liquids. I used chicken stock instead of water and Pace Chunky Salsa Medium instead of tomato sauce. I offered grated cheddar cheese for topping, which the kids loved, but it didn't need it. HUGE hit all around. Thanks, Momi!
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Tex Mex Quinoa

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2011
I had only made quinoa once before for my family of five, and they weren't thrilled to try again. But this was great! My changes after reading reviews: I rinsed the quinoa, used olive oil for the sauté, and used red, green and yellow bell peppers with onions & garlic. I added a 7 oz. can of green chilis with the liquids. I used chicken stock instead of water and Pace Chunky Salsa Medium instead of tomato sauce. I offered grated cheddar cheese for topping, which the kids loved, but it didn't need it. HUGE hit all around. Thanks, Momi!
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